X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik, “Heart’s a mess,” The god with a Laurel Crown
I’m not a huge fan of the coloring—it skews more filter than adding anything narratively or critically—but the attention to microexpressions, precise editing, and flawless song choices (“Let me occupy your mind as you do mine”) is magnificent. And the use of the deleted scene in the hallway to highlight their physical proximity (and lack)… this is so beautiful and tear-inducing.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Due to all the hype from those I respect—specifically, Empire—I was expecting a little bit more. But I think Pacific Rim, which even only approaches the diverse vistas being imagined in prose in sf these days, has spoiled me in every way, from characterization to plot to tension to escalation. (I still haven’t seen it since my first viewing, mostly because nothing can top crouching in my seat quietly muttering “oh shit oh shit OH SHIT!”.) BUT Edge of Tomorrow is still a pretty smart piece of work, from playing against Cruise’s type to playing with the timeline. I don’t know if I’m totally in love with Bill and Rita as a couple, although I adore Rita as a character. Again, spoiled by Pacific Rim: if they’d headbutted instead of kissed, and the last shot was Bill just happy to see her again, to have a shot at a relationship beyond “EVERYTHING IS ON GODDAMN FIRE.”
Also: then those two guys could have headbutted too. IT’S THE FUTURE, HOLLYWOOD.
Jem and the Holograms, “Battle of the Bands”
This is my comfort viewing these days, even though it’s new to me.
Jem and the Holograms, “Starbright, Part 1: Falling Star”
Jem and the Holograms, “Starbright, Part 2: Colliding Stars"
Jem and the Holograms, “Starbright, Part 3: Rising Star"
This is a three-part story, about the Misfits screwing over Jem and the Holograms’ movie (turns out Pizzazz is secretly loaded!) and one of the foster girls going blind. Boasts a handful of moments of the girls telling off people for judging other people and telling them what to do. Specifically, Jem continues to play Rio like a fiddle. Their love life is complicated.
Sailor Moon, “Usagi Learns a Lesson! The Road to Stardom is Tough”
…this happened. Yes. It happened.
Sailor Moon, “Is the Genius Girl a Monster? Brainwashing School of Terror”
And finally, we get another Sailor Scout. Sailor Moon, in my memory, is all about the many, many characters, because it’s about friendship.
Sailor Moon, “Usagi's Misfortune! Watch Out for the Rushing Clocks”
Tuxedo Mask crosses dimensions to show up to inspire Usagi and then leave. Whatta babe.
Sailor Moon, “Cursed Buses! Fire Senshi Mars Appears”
Rei, you glorious badass. I remember being impressed by Rei fighting in heels as a kid, but now I’m really fond of her status as a shrine maiden. I don’t watch enough anime for it to be an overused trope for me, and it does give Rei the interesting ability to fight demons while not a Sailor Senshi. I love characters who choose to go out and fight evil, which doesn’t—or at least, hasn’t—happened so far. Usagi actively rebels against it and Ami seems to approach it like she does school—something to excel at.
Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)