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Is it May first yet? No? Here's some more reasons Avengers: Age of Ultron will be fantabulous. And why it needs to come out now, if possible—which is not the case, really, but I'm in a ranty sort of mood, so let's go with it.

(i). Elizabeth Olsen is a version of Scarlet Witch I want to know more about. Kinda knowing about a character from hearsay and (very informative) YouTube videos is one thing, but being confronted with a live-action version in a wildly-anticipated film is beyond anything any of my expectations could have prepared me for (had I any expectations—the benefit of not having grown up with comic books?!?).

I maybe just want Elizabeth Olsen to be in as many awesome films as possible, but, besides that, I would have been slightly disappointed in Age of Ultron overall if the newly-introduced characters would have been either uninteresting or too forced. I'm speaking right now as if having already seen the movie, but just from the trailers the characterisation looks promising—and kind of exciting, too.

(ii). Credible special effects used in moderation? Check! (No, really, enough said.)

(iii). I miss storytelling which makes you yearn for even more storytelling. Put differently, I want to hear a really good yarn, or, alternately, watch a film which makes me smile in anticipation for the next scene; and the next; and the next. The reason I read and watch television and movies, and even write myself, is because I like stories, whether they're metaphysical holistic novels about very little that's actually concrete, or just compelling stories about characters who feel as real as you and me. I want to feel a story in my bones; my marrow misses a good yarn as well.

(iv). There's a lot of bullshit in the world. Hell, a good chunk of it gets made into film just to charge people just under twenty dollars a pop to watch it unfold. Let's hear it for some non-bullshit for a change, yes/yes?

(v). I need something good in my life right now, OK? Series I love love love get cancelled for no good reason. Books I adore don't get the visibility they deserve. That creepy movie adaptation of that one badly-written (and equally-creepy) porny (sorta?!?) schmoopy book that's really fanfic of a truly incredibly creepy book about sparking vampires is coming out in about a week and a half, or whenever Valentine's Day is. Post-Valentine's Day candy-and-chocolate sales cannot come soon enough. I just want. This. One. Thing. In my life. Now. Please?

Will Age of Ultron make me genuinely happy as only some things on a really big screen can? Then there's nothing left to say... until the next post exactly like this one comes along. Watch this space blog!

On a sorta slightly similar note, when exactly did I start blogging about superhero movies? Then again, maybe the real question is why wasn't I doing so before. *grin*

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I've had this post on my mind since mid-morning today, though it wasn't until I sat down to write it that it started formulating and unravelling itself properly. I've just been in a Firefly sort of mood lately (if I have to explain what that is, you have my sincere pity), and I've also been thinking about good television and how my interactions with all media tend towards both intensity and repeatability—essentially, I binge-watch things like nobody's business... multiple times. (Sometimes multiple times in a row! Yikes!)

I should start with a disclaimer re: the topic at hand that will surprise absolutely no one who's met me and/or interacted with me for more than two minutes straight: I'm a big fan of Joss Whedon's work. He is my childhood, adolescence and adulthood. (No pressure, Joss.) His work in television has directly influenced me in my development on various levels, some I haven't even remotely delved into. Hell, I would probably never have come close to being the sarcastic smart-arse nerd with a penchant for poorly-timed witty observations on human nature I am today without this influence in my life, though I probably shouldn't inform my immediate family of this as it may result in a lynch mob type of situation if the culprit is finally named in the presence of people who have had to put up with my fast-talking antics for decades now.

All Joss Whedon shows have affected me differently however much one can detect something resembling a common denominator in their core components. I have a particular love for Firefly that combines genuine fascination for and interest in the material with a wistfulness derived from its short-lived status and unfair early cancellation, which, not to put too fine a point on it, still does not make a lick of sense to me. It's both about what is and what could have been. Thus is the nature of a cult following, I guess.

So what does this all amount to? It occurred to me that Firefly is the perfect show to binge-watch ad nauseam. Here are the main reasons that is Truth. )

Now if you'll excuse me, I have awesome television to get back to.

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