kaberett: Clyde the tortoise from Elementary, crawling across a map, with a red tape cross on his back. (elementary-emergency-clyde)
The Red Turtle is a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Oscar-winning British-Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. Having premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it's had a general release in the UK this week. [personal profile] me_and spotted a poster in one of our local stations; I've just started showing him the Studio Ghibli back catalogue; he suggested going. (It's Ghibli! It's turtles! These seemed like good things.)

The Guardian, in one of many rapturous reviews, says:
Suffice to say that the official one-line synopsis of The Red Turtle – "the milestones in the life of a human being" – rings entirely true; the cycle of birth, death and rebirth is expressed with piercing clarity.


... which is sort of accurate, but very telling about expected audiences, and reviewers, and... everyone involved in the thing.

'ware spoilers! )

To be clear, I'm glad that I saw it: I loved the animals and the textures and the ways in which one got to know the small island; I loved the atmosphere and the great sweeping shots of tiny people against a vast expanse of sea and sky; I loved the detail of the glass bottle that washed up on the shore, echoing a much earlier barrel.

I just really wish that it didn't, in framing itself as universal, once again write the experiences of anyone who's not a factory-default man completely out of the story.
kaberett: Stylized volcano against a stormy sky, with streams of lava running down its sides. (volcano)
On the grounds that pretty much the bare minimum I ought to do after watching Moana was actually read some discussion (and it would have been better if I'd done that first), herewith a brief linkspam. A lot of these have been discussed in detail in the Facebook group Mana Moana: We Are Moana, We Are Maui.

I am not willing to host White People Criticise Critiques Of Racism. If you are a white person and you want to criticise any of the links here, (a) please actually try to read the discussions Pasifika people are having about this because that will give you a better understanding than discussion with me (do not wade in to tell them they're wrong if you go read), but also (b) I am okay with you PMing me to go "??? you thought this was worth sharing can you unpack some more for me" or similar.

Read more... )
kaberett: A painting of a ship, taken from the cover of Ann Leckie's novel Ancillary Justice. (ancillary justice)
I went to see it with [personal profile] me_and and [personal profile] sebastienne and [personal profile] shortcipher on, I think, the 24th of December; I walked out completely underwhelmed, completely unconvinced by the characters, and just not caring.

And then I read a bunch of meta, including all the discussion over at [personal profile] recessional's (no spoilers in post; spoilers in comments are ROT13ed) and [personal profile] nanila's not-a-review, which prompted the realisation that me liking the characters or finding them convincing wasn't the point, and then I cried a lot.

So! That's a thing. Noting for posterity, etc. Perhaps I will watch it again sometime soon.
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
1. I have taken to posting my todo/tada lists as do-not-display-on-Reading-page, e.g. today's, largely out of fear of being tedious/clutter/etc. However every time I link to one comments end up being made on it, ergo:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 30

Keep hiding t*d* lists from subscribers?

Yes
1 (3.3%)

No
26 (86.7%)

Something else, which I will explain in comments
3 (10.0%)



2. [tumblr.com profile] kaberabbits >:(

3. Spotted in the Evening Standard -- an article by a white dude about SW:TFA that kind of made me want to take him out to dinner when combined with the rest of his articles in that spread.
kaberett: Photo of a cassowary with head tilted to one side (cassowary)
It is an article entitled Rey is not a role model for little girls. By a man. (That turns out to contain oblivious cissexism too, hurrah.)

The first sentence is I hate to break it to you, but Rey is not a role model for little girls.

Read more... )
kaberett: A series of phrases commonly used in academic papers, accompanied by humourous "translations". (science!)
THAT'S NOT WHAT THALLIUM POISONING LOOKS LIKE

Spoiler. )

Also? My tailor's better than Daniel Craig's.
kaberett: A green origami stegosaurus (origami stegosaurus)
... that was definitely a nonsensical Western about dinosaurs, with a lovingly rendered backdrop of thoroughly referenced completely incorrect geology

I object strenuously to the fact that it made me cry that much in spite of the baffling artistic licence taken with evolution and wish to lodge a complaint

Nipples don't exist! But that's okay because the C4 photosynthetic pathway does, paving the way for remarkably resilient leaf loincloths

This concludes your complementary review of The Good Dinosaur, now showing in cinemas near you!
kaberett: Stylized volcano against a stormy sky, with streams of lava running down its sides. (volcano)
World On Fire (2011; apparently also called Miami Magma and Swamp Volcano) is something I picked up a few years ago while creating a collection of Terrible Geology Movies; I finally got around to watching it on Saturday night and it was actually surprisingly good.

I mean. Not the science, obviously; the science was gloriously wrong in all the ways one hopes for when one goes about buying this manner of thing. (THAT IS NOT HOW LAVA TUBES. THAT IS NOT HOW OIL FORMATION. THAT IS NOT HOW LAVA. :D) But... it passed Bechdel repeatedly (because the female PI kept talking to her younger sister, a "volcanology prodigy", about science); male characters died in a way that would have been fridging for the sake of the women's character development except they were too busy doing cool science to care particularly; bonus terrible CGI; and mind-bendingly wrong data security. A+ will probably watch again.



The Martian (2015) I unabashedly adore, because it is full of brave space robots and also brave space people and people making hard decisions as best they can and diversity in science and loyalty and brave space potatoes and did I mention the space robots. I cried most of the way through it (BRAVE. SPACE. ROBOTS.), I about corpsed when I muttered to [personal profile] shortcipher "... is that Sebastian Stan" and received the response "[confused look] who's Sebastian Stan?"

Laughed out loud several times in addition to crying, applauded it a fair bit, was gently horrified by the approach to spacewalks but whatever, am now intending to actually acquire and read the book. Probably also the DVD, because I think this can go on my safe shelf. Much gratitude to my useless ex for coaxing me out of the house and to the cinema.

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