steven universe review - erin horakova

okay so this review of Steven Universe by Erin Horáková is utterly perfect and brilliant and I want to quote THE ENTIRE THING FOREVER, but in lieu of that, please enjoy this utterly merited dragging of Steven Moffat and his mangling of Dr Who:

We get fragmentary glimpses of what looks to have been a terrifying technological war on a mass scale, with heavy casualties. The details are particularly poignant. It’s never flagged up, but at one point we visit an old battlefield that’s thickly overgrown with a riot of strawberries, plants that fare well in sandy soil—the kind of soil you might get if a lot of rock-based lifeforms were destroyed on this spot a long time ago. Strawberries are the gem equivalent of poppies, which thrive in soil that’s been disturbed: this the gems’ Flanders Field.

I don’t particularly go in for military SF as such, but space-opera combat surely ought to be this thoughtful, as well as being fantastic and ambitious. If you’re going to use combat in your SFF, as part of the mechanic of its attraction (and there are decent philosophical reasons to ask whether you should, but), then at least be inventive and challenging and use your SFFnalness for something. When Doctor Who did the Time War under Davies (or in Who’s Extended Universe, which did the Time War earlier and with more conceptual ambition), we heard about weapons with names like the Cruciform and the Nightmare Child; there were allusions to a kind of unimaginable warfare that used time, minds and physics as battlegrounds. Imagine my disappointment when Moffat’s “The Day of the Doctor” just gave us—Halo combat. Are you kidding me right now? I know it’s hard to visually represent this stuff, but look, bloody Thor II managed guns that ripped holes in existence at least! This is the bare minimum of what I expect! Otherwise you’re just saying “I think so little of your intelligence and imagination that I don’t trust you to understand the basic-AF idea of war if it doesn’t look like Saving Private Ryan plus shiny lasers”. 


Hey look it me!My order from @cherrycheezy arrived the other day and I’m impatient and had to wear them.

First off these socks/tights are they comfiest things I’ve ever worn, they’re super opaque and the print is so cute!

I had a slight hole in one of the tights which is a real big bummer as I hadn’t even put the on yet, I’m just hoping it wont get any bigger ;n; 

Both the tops are from Kawaiiscene

Also these outfits are boring AF I know, I’m working on them!Now to buy more things!
The most existential show on television is a cartoon about an alcoholic horse
BoJack Horseman continues its singular exploration of empty, hollow lives


With just two syllables, the final moment of BoJack Horseman’s second season suggested that the alcoholic anthropomorphic horse was on the mend, that things could — would — get better. In front of a swath of bright green grass, looking up towards the sky, BoJack had his epiphany.

Season three, which dropped on Netflix on Friday, begins in darkness, with BoJack intoning, “It’s a dream come true.” And for a precious, fugacious moment, you almost believe him. Then you remember that this is BoJack talking, and dreams end the second you open your eyes.

BoJack Horseman is the most genuinely existential show on TV. It actually understands existentialism instead of relying on a Wikipedia summary. One acerbic throwaway joke involves BoJack mocking people’s misunderstanding of Sartre as an excuse to be awful people (the French hate him; also, they smell). Instead of pontificating on the meaningless of life, like so much misery porn, the show allows its characters to create meaning — if they want to. But not everyone can be saved. Some people don’t want to be. Some shouldn’t be.

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Michael After Midnight: Sky High

Have you ever seen something that, at face value looks like it will be the dumbest thing ever, but, shockingly, it turns out to be really fuckin’ cool? That’s pretty much Disney’s Sky High in a nutshell, a weird fusion of X-Men and Harry Potter that really shouldn’t be as good as it is, and yet… it is.

An often overlooked but definitely noteworthy film, it was made by the same folks behind beloved cartoon Kim Possible and features a shockingly impressive cast with such names as Kurt Russell, Bruce Campbell, Lynda Carter, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. All of these factors and more will make you scratch your head and wonder: “Why the hell isn’t this more famous?”

The plot of this film is seemingly simple: in a world filled with heroes, they gotta learn the tricks of the trade somewhere, right? Well, they do, at the flying high school known as Sky High, which is where Will Stronghold is sent by his two parents, who are some of the most famous superheroes in the world. There’s just one problem: Will seemingly has no powers, which basically dooms him to being a sidekick, the ultimate in embarrassing superhero jobs. He befriends a bunch of other sidekick material folk, is confronted by Warren Peace, son of a supervillain his parents put away, and finds himself in one predicament after another as he tries to survive the school year. Will Will make it through, or is he going to fall prey to the supervillain scheme brewing under everyone’s noses?

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[Fantasia Review] 'Let Me Make You a Martyr': A Dense, Frightening Revenge Tale - Bloody Disgusting!
[Fantasia Review] 'Let Me Make You a Martyr': A Dense, Frightening Revenge Tale

The character that most straddles the line between right and wrong is Pope, a menacing hit man played by Marilyn Manson. Pope’s not an easy man to find. His wooden shack can only be reached via boat. He moves through society like a ghost. You want someone in your family dead? It costs double. In some scenes he’s simply observing his prey, in others he’s trading parables with them. He doesn’t seem to find any pleasure in his work and he wishes his marks would just accept their fate already, dammit.

After his introduction in the film’s opening scene, I pretty much forgot that I was watching Manson. Well, the tattoos and throaty voice are a giveaway, but Manson really does consume the role.

Are There Lesbians? Yes

What Happens?
Four women bust ghosts and save the world in a reboot of the original movie.

The Verdict:
So I get that Ghostbusters is a pretty hot topic right about now and that everyone and their aunt has done a review or discussion piece or whatever, but I can’t even consider not jumping on board that train because it is gaining traction and with good reason. Ghostbusters is truly awesome, and I must do everything in my power to convince as many people as possible to see it. I almost wish I was kidding when I say that pretty much every conversation I have these days goes thusly:

Me: *breathes in and points aggressively at friend* GO -
Friend: see Ghostbusters? We get it its awesome, please stop turning up at my house in the middle of the night, how did you even get in here?

Why am I so evangelistic about this movie? Because there are so few movies with a majority female cast that isn’t about “female problems”, because I genuinely love it, because it’s important to create revenue for the things we want so that producers can see that there is a need for this type of thing, and mostly because I want that damn sequel which is hinted at in the post credits scene. Yes there’s a post credits scene so DONT YOU DARE LEAVE THE CINEMA TIL THE CREDITS ARE OVER.

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The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - Ep 41

This month’s episode is another ReView! What is a “ReView” episode, you might ask? Well, it’s my highly-clever (ok not really) title for episodes where I go back and watch an older title I haven’t seen in a long time, and see if what I remember (and what my opinions on it) are still the same now that some time’s gone by. Summer’s here in the US, and that means Anime Convention season is in full swing–what better time to watch an anime about being an anime fan. That’s right, it’s @animeigo​‘s blu-ray of Otaku no Video!

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Steven Universe review s3e8: Mr. Greg

I am not the sort of person who rewatches movies or episodes of shows or rereads books. And yet, this will be my third viewing of Mr. Greg. Make of that what you wll.

“She would have loved it.”

While a poignant emotional moment on its own, I grabbed this screenshot mainly to provide context for the next.

Look at Steven’s face! He knows.

And, what’s more, he intends to do something about it.

See, ever since I saw Keystone Motel, I’ve been under the impression that Steven (1) is more observant than we give him credit for, (2) is more manipulative than we give him credit for, and (3) takes it upon himself to solve the gems’ interpersonal issues.

I never for an instant took “Is it my fault [that Ruby and Sapphire were fighting]?” at face value. He knew damn well why they were fighting. Either he was blaming himself not for causing the fight but for being unable to solve the fight, or he asked the question specifically because he knew it would have the effect that it did. Or both.

I believe it’s both. I doubt he’s good enough of an actor to fake those emotions, or that he wasn’t aware of how this would affect Garnet (and therefore the presumed average of how it’d affect Ruby and Sapphire).

With that in mind, look at this sequence of grabs and tell me you can’t see the gears turning in Steven’s head. Or notice what happens next

Steven is the one who suggests taking a trip (which nudges Greg into thinking about Empire City)…

…and then he insists on bringing Pearl…

…and then, as the cherry on top, he maximizes the awkwardness. If there was any chance of Greg and Pearl not thinking about their history and the reasons behind their mutual awkwardness before, there isn’t now.

The name of the hotel…is “Le Hotel”? lolwut?

“It’s really amazing how y'all were able to coordinate a song and dance number on the fly like that.”

“Thanks! The bee DNA they use in our cloning vats gives us an instinct for choreography.”

They bonk poor Pearl’s head on the doorjamb, lol.

I must admit
(you must admit)
it’s a perfect fit
(you look great in it!)

Greg and Steven telling no lies.

Here we see Pearl getting into the spirit of things…

And those fountains I found wasteful
are actually quite tasteful

Pearl, you live in a room made entirely of fountains.

“Those are magic fountains that recycle their own water; where does the water for this come from and go?”


To get back to where I was going with all this:

Here we see Greg getting excited that Pearl is getting into the spirit of things…

…overexcited, it turns out, as it causes him to overstep his bounds…

…and the spell is broken.

(For the record, I don’t think Greg’s line was intended to sound as rapey as it does–they just needed something to contrast as strongly as possible with “No!” ended up naturally with “yes”, which lead to “just say [yes]” without them really realizing what they were doing.)

The whole thing is compoinded by this guy booing, but if we ignore that context (as I said, I think it’s accidental on the show runners’ part), what we’re seeing here is a member of the service staff of what is clearly a high-end hotel backtalking a first-class penthouse guest.

The Steven Universe world clearly does not believe that the customer is always right.

Look at that mess. What has been happening all night???

I was fine
with the men
who’d come into her life
now and again

Why just men? I have a theory. It’s not all that complex a theory, even: You know those guys who’re fine with their girlfriends messing around with other girls but not other guys? Like that but in reverse. I don’t know whether the fact that there are no gem men would help or hurt her in developing such a concept; on the one hand, it means that there’d be no cultural naratives to influence such a thing one way or the other, but on the other, it means men are just that much more alien to her. It could be that women are close enough to being “real” people to her that they activate her jealousy, but men aren’t. As such, she could well have made a “no women” rule for Rose a while back.

Or maybe they just needed a slant rhyme for “again”, what do I know?

I apologize if having to consider that Pearl might have traits in common with the average douchebro has made you like her less.

Who am I now in this world without her?
Petty and dull with the nerve to doubt her

“The nerve to doubt her”, eh? This is absolutely something that’s going to have to be explored in future episodes.

It’s over, isn’t it?
Why can’t I move on?

…Well, at least you know you should move on. That’s the first step.

“Nothing’s going to fix this, is it?”


“Sorry you had to be around me.”

There has been hints throughout the episode (and the series) that Greg blames himself for this whole thing, but this is where it starts to get explicit.

Interestingly, it appears that Pearl does not.

“No. This is exactly why I brought you.”

In which we see beneath Steven’s mask. Possibly for the very first time.

Call back time!

So apparently he just ordered a shot glass full of cherries, I guess?

You thought I was joking with the whole bee clone thing, but those aren’t even words this guy is saying.

You both love me and i love both of you

I’ve seen it said that this line is in Rose Quartz’ voice the first time Steven sings it and I…almost hear it. The first “you” is almost entirely RQ but by the time of the last “you” it’s faded back into Steven. At least, that’s what I’m hearing.

Is it just in Greg and Pearl’s heads? Is Steven doing it deliberately? Does RQ still exist in some form in Steven’s gem and this is her bleeding through?

There’s a popular theory that Rose was poly and Pearl never really understood that. Then again, nothing we’ve seen has contradicted Pearl’s assertion that no man before Greg has really mattered. Hell, in the beginning, Greg didn’t matter (as seen in We Need to Talk). Still, though, just thought I’d leave this here.

“I knew how you felt about her and I stayed anyway.”

I invite you to consider the significance of the fact that Greg feels guilt for this. Actual, honest-to-God guilt. What we are seeing here is that Pearl had a stronger (or at least prior) claim than Greg for Rose’s time and affection–in Greg’s opinion! How could that possibly be the case if Rose and Pearl were not in a relationship?

Now, we’ve seen that Greg has developed something of an inferiority complex to the gems, but that can’t explain this–it could exasperate the idea that Pearl had more of a “right” to Rose than he did, but couldn’t create it. In fact, I propose that the opposite is true–that this whole situation is the source of the complex. I mean, it’d be a wee bit intimidating when your competition for someone’s affections is the Gem warrior they’ve fought beside and have been dating for ten thousand years! Somehow, against all odds, you win, you get the girl–and it leads to her death. It’d be hard to not go “Wow, nice job ruining everything, asshole!” to yourself after that.

(Sorry, but making that argument was entirely necesary. There are people out there who weren’t convinced that Pearl was in love with Rose until this episode! You know that there are people out there who still aren’t convinced it was mutual.)

Fusion has been used as an allegory for sex, and as an allegory for relationships. What it is more than anything, what it has been explicitly said to be, though, is a conversation. I’m bringing this up because it’s also been said that the dance this screengrab is from the beginning of is a fusion dance “just as much as the one between Greg and Rose was one”, and it is–but, to be clear, not a romantic one.

I blame our sex-obsessed, heteronormative culture for the fact that this is being taken as an excuse to ship these two.

Pearl is leading, BTW. Every other dance we’ve seen her in, she’s allowed herself to be lead.

See? Leading.

It occurs to me that this could be about more than their characters. Pearl is in a tux and Greg’s in the closest thing to a dress that they could put him in without it being too on-the-nose about the fact that they’re sticking it to the gender roles. Given this show’s politics, is that really so far fetched a theory?

I just realized we haven’t seen a single other guest of this place. Granted, it’s the middle of the night right now and they made a bee line (snrrk) for their room before, but still.

It’s over, isn’t it?

Now consider the fact that “it” has been going on for longer than Steven has been alive, and I’ve just turned an upbeat ending horrible on you, haven’t I? Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Seriously, though, it’s no wonder Steven has complicated feelings about Rose. Everyone keeps telling him how great she was, but all he ever sees is the messes she left behind.

[TRANS] 160725 Sports Seoul praises Irene’s acting in her Web Drama “Game Development Girls”

[TRANS] Even though it’s Irene’s first time to challenge acting in her career, she was able to understand and portray her character well, earning good reviews.

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The Spirit of Robot Wars Returns!

Robot Wars is back, and it’s good! It was never really gonna live up to the hype and there are quite a few niggles I have with it but generally, I enjoyed it!

The fights where as amazing as ever, if not even better, though where somewhat hampered by shoddy editing and cuts.

Awesome theme music and epic fight music have be replaced with… nothing? Disappointed with that.

Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon do well as the new presenters and kill it in the team interviews, though it could take them a series or two for them to really get feel for things and get into their groove.

12 years of the air has left Robot wars a little rusty leading to a slightly off atmosphere. That said it took two series of the original run for Robot Wars to really work out what it was and get into its stride. Once it sorts out the kinks the new series could ascend to the lofty heights of the hay day of the original run if not that, it could go beyond.

All in all a good solid bases to work off of and improve on and I have faith they will. It’s just this series suffers from the same issues as the rather poor First Wars, not knowing what it’s really supposed to be as well being somewhat rushed together.

Give it time, and Robot Wars will return to its former glory. For now though, we just have a damn enjoyable show.

Denis Larionov wrote an amazing review on my book of poetry in Russian “Mythical Geography,” where he calls me a well-known writer of prose. I am pleasantly surprised someone remembers my prose.

Only “MG” is my third book of poetry in Russian, and the forth book of poetry if “Contemporary Bestiary” written in English is to be included (which it should be).

#review #poetry #Larionov

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Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Directed by Justin Lin
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella, John Cho, Idris Elba and the late Anton Yelchin…

Star Trek Beyond is the third installment since JJ Abrams successfully rebooted the Trek Saga in 2009, but Beyond might be the most special of the three. Why? Because Beyond can steer clear of fan service and rehashes. Star Trek Into Darkness was great in my opinion, but seen as too much fan service and not really necessary in featuring one of Trek’s most iconic villains: Khan.

Beyond focuses on things that you really want to see from Star Trek: Deep space. The Enterprise is 300 days into it’s five year mission of exploring the universe, making contact with civilizations and offering them peace terms and membership in the federation. When they make a quick stop on one of the federation’s newest space stations, York Town, they encounter a victim of an attack and proceed to investigate this act of terror against another ship. Obviously things do not go well as the Enterprise encounters a force much stronger then their own, and are soon on their own on a planet they don’t know, trying to survive but also to make it out and protect whoever the new-found evil is trying to destroy.

The fun thing about Beyond is that it’s very much a Star Trek film, but crazy enough also very much a Justin Lin film. Meaning that all the old school Star Trek goofiness is honored here, with lots of weird creatures, space inventions, humor and the overall feeling of being there to explore where no man has gone before. On the other hand, you have amazing action set pieces brought to you by the same guy who made Vin Diesel fly over a high way to catch someone on the other side of a bride who got launched of a tank. Yeah. And it works amazingly. In my opinion Lin made the best of the three Trek movies.

These days it’s hard to be impressed by what you see on the big screen. Surely you can enjoy something very much, and love a story, but in terms of action set pieces it becomes harder and harder to bring something new to the table, and Lin had exceeded this in every way. A funny, bold, exciting and thrilling adventure that I could only describe as spectacular.