I've spent the time working on my Unusual Bearings letter (spoiler: lots of pregnant dudes in peril) and watching stuff. Some things I have been watching:
Constantine (2005) - A rewatch for possible UB requesting. I hadn't seen this since it came out and had no memory that Shia Lebeouf was in it, nor of any of the plot whatsoever. It was really fun! Stylish, lots of A+ rumpled competence kink, fun worldbuilding, and Keanu Reeves at peak hotness, especially in those suits.
A Dark Song (2016) - A woman hires an occultist to help her perform a months-long ritual to speak with her dead son. The ritual requires them to stay inside this house in rural Wales for months and never step foot outside, and the deliberate choice of isolation and claustrophobia for a purpose was just incredibly iddy for me. I also enjoyed that our occult expert is a schlubby-looking balding ginger dude with glasses in his late 30s. The relationship between the two of them over the course of the film was really fraught and messy and interesting, because he's clearly power tripping sometimes but also utterly sincere about their ultimate shared goal.
The ending was a bit disappointing, first when the demons show up (did you know demons look like ordinary naked people in chalky white body paint) and then when Sophia finally asks the boon of the angel. I guess her asking for the ability to forgive, after everything, is not quite out of the blue; I can kind of work backwards from the ending to be like well, probably events X, Y, and Z helped change her perspective, and we already saw how the process of the ritual (and also dying of a septic stomach wound D:) affected Solomon's perspective, so it's not unreasonable that hers might have changed, too. It felt out of the blue, though, which is almost as bad.
On the other hand, I was surprisingly satisfied with the angel. If we were going to have an angel at all (which I actually didn't really expect), I liked the angel we ended up with. They were clearly working on a budget, but the combination of size and lighting made the angel uncannily inhuman-looking in a way that worked for me.
Anyway, definitely an interesting watch; if any of this sounds appealing, it's streaming on US Netflix. Thanks to valtyr and beer_good_foamy who recced this movie at different times!
Captain America: Civil War - I watched this so I could finish writing the Bucky/Shuri fic for Chocolate Box. I wasn't expect a lot, and it met my expectations. The T'Challa arc was nice and felt like it came from some other, more coherent movie; Scott Lang and Peter Parker felt like they were visiting from some other, more fun movie. The fight in the stairwell was good; the big climactic fight felt OOC for everyone involved but was really gorgeously lit; the fights in Lagos and at the airport were ugly and boring. The Accords plot was INCREDIBLY STUPID. I would like to have watched the movie that was only about Steve and Tony arguing about what to do about Bucky, just in time to find out that Bucky killed Tony's parents. I think that movie could have been pretty good, and also might've given us more Bucky, which would be nice, since he's kind of central to the conflict!! This movie, however, was not good.
I Am Dragon (2015) - This is a Russian historical fantasy movie about a young woman who's plucked from her bridal procession by a dragon and imprisoned on an island, where a young man also lives. (You'll never guess the young man's secret.) I watched it some time ago for an intriguing Yuletide request, and I enjoyed it a lot. If you're into girl/monster pairings or just fairy-tale style stories, I recommend.
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