The Rose of Versailles

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Since I’m currently writing a novel inspired by Revolutionary Girl Utena, I figured I would watch the inspiration for the inspiration – The Rose of Versailles.

For those who aren’t familiar, Utena is a girl who was saved by a prince as a child and decided to become one. She defends the honor of her friend just to find herself in the midst of a magical dueling game where the winner’s prize is engagement to the Rose Bride (Anthy). At first Utena rejects the idea of a relationship with Anthy, but … well, I won’t spoil it for you.

The Rose of Versailles is more historical fiction than fantasy like Utena. It follows Oscar, a woman who was raised as a boy by her father. Oscar becomes the royal guard of Marie Antoinette, from her engagement to French prince Louis XVI to their executions following the French Revolution (that’s not a spoiler – it’s history).

The thing about the Rose of Versailles, is that I expected a relationship between Oscar and…well, any woman. However, after watching it, I’m left disappointed. Unlike Utena, there are no f/f relationships. Yes, a girl does fall in love with Oscar but the feelings aren’t mutual. Oscar is only interested in men. Which doesn’t bother me – it’s kind of the norm. But I feel let down. Everywhere I read, it was hailed as revolutionary because of its yuri (f/f) elements and yet it doesn’t actually go there. It’s false advertising!

Aaaaanyway, that’s my rant for the day. Time to go back to writing – my queens await.

 

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter vs Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

It’s interesting how two books and two movies can be so similar, and yet so different.

I watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter when it came out in theaters, and I thought it was silly and ridiculous. It felt fake and only mildly entertaining. My husband, who read the book first, told me it was an aberration, and to give the original a chance.

I read the book and thought it was really good! The heavy historic feel of it was completely discarded in the movie for some offhand laughs. It only reinforced my opinion about how bad the movie was.

So when we saw a poster for Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, we both groaned. Why would Seth Grahame-Smith allow another book to be defiled by the industry?

I read PPZ a few years back, and I thought it was booooooring. And where it wasn’t boring, it was just downright preposterous. Can anyone truly say “Pentagram of Death!” with a straight face?

But then, the trailer actually looked interesting. And I thought, how much worse could it be? I didn’t like the book, so maybe I’d like the movie.

The crazy thing is, I was right! PPZ was actually a fun and entertaining film! It was pretty seamless in the plot, zombies and all, and grabs you from the start. Both my husband and I enjoyed it, even though the entire second half was changed from the book (for better or for worse).

So, for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, read the book and disregard the movie, but for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, watch the movie and skip the book.

Why You Should Go Watch the Ant Man Movie

I admit that while I’m a DC girl at heart, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly given it a run for its money. In the past decade, MCU has released some of the best superhero movies out there. I can probably watch the first Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America films on repeat and never get tired. Honestly, I can’t even tell you how many times I have watched them. Does that officially make me a nerd?

Well, if there are any doubts, I’m pretty sure my 288 days of /played on World of Warcraft definitely does. That’s 6912 hours, if you were wondering. Google it.

Anyway, this isn’t about me, this is about the latest MCU movie to hit theaters – Ant Man.

I really didn’t expect much from it, to be honest. It’s a guy the size of an ant who rides ants and saves the world from villains also the size of small insects. I expected it to be silly but I mainly went for the Marvel references and story building (the same reason I still trudge through Agents of Shield).

But let me tell you guys not only did it not disappoint, it actually exceeded my expectations dramatically. Let me break it down for you.

1. It was thoroughly entertaining. Sometimes I felt like I was watching a mash-up of Jurassic World (though it could have been the bob) and Guardians of the Galaxy. The silliness was (mostly) well balanced with the seriousness. I can’t say some of Paul Rudd’s one liners didn’t feel forced, but they gave me a chuckle either way.

2. It was well adapted to the big screen. We’re talking a movie about people who practically turn into insects here. And yet, I felt like it really delivered in terms of cinematic performance and action scenes. The zoom was well executed and special effects didn’t look super fake.

3. Oh the MCU teasers! I was positively giddy when they incorporated so much of the Avengers/Winter Soldier into it. All the mentions of other Marvel stuff really made the movie that much better. It’s the only thing I was disappointed in not seeing much of in the Daredevil TV show. Oh, and I won’t spoil it, but the mid and after credits bonus scenes are totally worth sticking around for.

4. I can’t wait for more! Instead of satisfying the superhero movie craving I’ve had since Age of Ultron it made me that much more excited for the next installment(s). And while I’m still riding high on Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad trailers from Comic Con, I just can’t wait for more.

5. It makes me wonder about the new Fantastic 4 movie. The trailers make it look like it has a much different feel to it than the rest of MCU, so I’m a little weary. I guess we shall wait and see! But meanwhile, go watch Ant Man! If you don’t go in expecting Iron Man and you like MCU, you won’t be disappointed.

Terminator Genisys: The best YA book there never was.

If you enjoy the YA genre, Terminator Genisys is the perfect mash-up of all your favorite things gift wrapped and delivered straight to the big screen.

The overall plot is the same as the original: A terminator is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor to prevent the birth of John, the leader of the resistance against Skynet.

But this one has a few new twists. I’m not going to spoil the movie for all of you who haven’t seen it, but I will go over some themes that stood out to me as the reasoning behind why this would have been a great YA novel.

First, the destined meeting and love of Sarah and Kyle Reese, the parents of John. Jai Courtney does a great job at being the hunky scarred male lead who will do anything to protect the ones he cares for. All he wants is to prove himself and get his family back and oh yea save the world.

Speaking of the girl, Sarah is everything you could ask for: she kicks ass, takes names, and her “dad” is a robot. Come on, that’s pretty awesome. All she wants to do is run from her destiny, but it’s YA, and we all know fate is fate, especially when it comes to love. My only qualm is that she looks 12, but meh, don’t they all?

Arnold is the comic relief we all need at the end of a long day. His quips are well placed and exceptionally executed. There wasn’t one person in the theater who didn’t laugh.

The bad guys were fantastic, but I can’t go into it without spoilers. Matt Smith’s role was also perfect but that’s all I’ll say. /wink

The whole movie was visually stunning and thoroughly entertaining. If you don’t want to spend the money in the theater, see it later on demand or however you watch movies.

Basically, the only way you won’t enjoy this movie is if you went to go see a direct extension of the Terminator franchise. This was even a big tone difference from the last installment, Terminator Salvation, that was more about sacrifice than anything.

I have a feeling that this is the first of a new type of movies: combining the YA genre for today’s generation with the greatness that sci-fi could be.

If you watched the movie, let me know what you thought!