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Don't worry, the heat and hot water are both still here. (For the time being, at least. Knock on wood.) It's a completely new frustration this time.
Utilities are handled by a third party company that works with the complex. I get a bill every month for everything, I pay it, end of story. If you don't pay it within a reasonable amount of time, then the bill gets transferred to the office, and you have to pay them directly rather than paying the third party company. Now, I usually pay my bill online, despite there being an extra convenience fee; it's been worth it to know that the payment was going to get there. I decided to try paying last month's bill by check, though, just to see how well it worked (since saving money is always a good thing).
The answer was "not very." I kept an eye on my account, noticed that my check wasn't cashed within a reasonable amount of time, and therefore went online and paid that way after all (plus the convenience fee). The check was cashed a couple of days later, so for a couple of days I had a negative balance on my account that then transferred over to my next month's bill.
Anyway, the apartment complex just stuck a note under my door saying that the third party company had transferred the balance to them because I hadn't paid it. Cue headdesking and cursing. The accounting part of the office is closed until Monday, so I shot them an e-mail with screenshots of my online account attached showing that, you know, I'd paid the bill weeks ago directly to the third party company.
Fingers crossed, they'll get back to me on Monday and say "oh, sorry, it was just a big misunderstanding." Otherwise, there may be bloodshed. I'm just saying.
I saw the movie in 3D and VOSTFR, for the record. I can't speak for any other version, but I will note that the subtitles had Caine call Jupiter "vous" and Jupiter call Caine "tu", at least once they were in space. Make of that what you will.
For various reasons, it took me a while to go and see this movie. There is apparently a direct correlation law between how well-laid my plans to see a movie are and how likely I am to scramble a last minute outing instead because all the well-laid plans fell through. See also the Avengers saga.
Anyway, I loved this movie. LOVED IT.
It was everything I was told it would be and more. I was told it was a 'grand spectacle'/big spectacle kind of movie and was it ever. I was told a lot of other things too, but somehow no one ever saw fit to mention, between all the crowing about how much Jupiter loves being called "Your Majesty" or various people's lack of shirts, that it's a damn good movie.
Actually, I'll go further. It's not a perfect movie, but for the type of movie it is (iddy wishfulfilment space opera adventure) it comes pretty damn close.
To get the few criticisms I had out the way first: some of the fight scenes jumped a little too fast between cuts which made the action a little hard to follow, wearing 3D glasses over prescription glasses is as annoying as ever (I may have missed some details because either/both of the glasses were often slipping down my nose) and it's really realy not a subtle movie. The only way the movie could have been any less subtle about its opinion on capitalism would be if, after/during Balem's big speech on how some lives are worth more than others, there had been a title card saying "CAPITALISM: WE DON'T LIKE IT!". (And just so we're clear, that attitude of Balem's is how you know he's the bad guy, as it should be.)
I've heard some people complain that it wasn't intellectual/philosophical/etc enough, which is strange, because the movie never pretended to be any of these things. From the very beginning of all the promo material I've seen for it, all it every pretended to be was "iddy wishfulfilment space opera adventure". Judging it for the movie it isn't instead of the one it is is a bit like complining that Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is not a serious WW2 film.
This is not Apollo 13. This is Guardians of the Galaxy.
Here's the thing about Jupiter Ascending: you've seen this movie before, probably more than once. I know I have. It's the exact kind of iddy wishfulfilment space opera adventure that's dime a dozen. Well. Almost, and I'll get to that.
Wishfulfilment stories usually that the form of "This boring, mundane life is not Our Hero's real life. In truth, he's secretly Very Important and destined For Great Things".
Matrix is "This boring, mundane life is not Keanu Reeves' real life. In truth, he's secretly The One and destined to free humanity from their robot overlords". Star Wars is "This boring, mundane life is not Anakin/Luke Skywalker's real life. In truth, he's secretly a Jedi and destined to bring balance to the Force". Lord of the Rings: "This boring, mundane life is not Frodo Baggins' real life. In truth, he's secretly the only one who can carry the One Ring and destined to destroy it".
Need I go on? Because I can.
Guardians of the Galaxy: "This boring, mundane life is not Peter Quill's real life. In truth, he's secretly A SPACE PIRATE with a heart of gold and destined to foil Ronan's attack on Nova Prime". Superman: "This boring, mundane life is not Clark Kent's real life. In truth, he's secretly the last son of great Krypton and destined to be Earth's greatest hero".
There's a lot more where those came from, but I trust I've made my point.
Witness now the basic plot of Jupiter Ascending: "This boring, mundane life is not Jupiter Jones' real life. In truth, she's secretly a space princess and destined to inherit the Earth".
It is literally the exact the exact same wishfulfilment plot, except for one thing. She's a she where he was a he and that changes everything.
When we thing of wishfulfilment fantasy, we think of the kind of things a twelve year old would find cool. More precisely, we think of the things a twelve year old (presumed straight) boy would find cool: Space adventures! Hot babes in leather! SPACE ROLLER BLADES!
Jupiter Ascending asks you to think of the things a twelve year (presumed straight) girl would find cool: Space adventures! Dudes without their shirts on! SPACE ROLLER BLADES!
And it is glorious.
In a way, the movie reminds me of Fifth Element, with its complete unwillingness to apologise for what it is. This is a movie that says 'Come with me, leave your disbelief at the door, and you'll have the time of your life'.
It's a movie that knows what it is and that is wishfulfilment and by all the stars in the sky, it will fulfill all those wishes and turn everything up to eleven.
Dudes without shirts: The only character who doesn't take of his shirt at any point is Sean Bean. There's an entire fight scene where Channing Tatum doesn't wear a shirt. Balem at one point wears a choker and a cape but still no shirt. You want abs? this movie says. I'LL GIVE YOU ABS.
The Love Interest: He's her bodyguard! But also he's half-wolf! And half-albino! And he needs a pack! And he calls her "your Majesty"! And he's ~troubled with a heart of gold! And he used to have wings! When he waers shirts (which is apparently as little as possible) he wears leather! He's very loyal!
Space princess: Bees recognise royalty! SHE OWNS THE EARTH! Because her past self owned the greatest economic empire in the galaxy.
(I'll take a moment of your time to mention that all three Abrasax siblings are naked on screen at one point.)
It's a movie that's as OTT as it can and revels in it, because it is very, very earnest.
Another thing I really really loved about the movie: it's not all white. Space has the unfortunate tendancy to look like some dropped a bottle of bleach all over it.
This movie shows us a space society where a black woman can lead the Space Police and a South Asian man be her ship's pilot and an East Asian woman and a black man be bounty hunters. None of this is remarkable. (Notice also how as soon as the movie moves to space, there is no more sexism.) This was really refreshing and I wish more movies would do this. Show us a world where everyone gets to have space adventures, not just the twelve year old boys whose wishfulfilment these kind of movies usually are.
I wish the movie had found a way to show acceptance of LGBTQ people as well, but the closest we come to that is the line about Channing Tatum and Sean Bean's fight being a "male mating ritual". You will note that neither of them protests this description in anyway.
Most of all, though, this movie is all that, but it's fun. It's got space fights and high speed chases and brawls in crumbling buildings and gorgeous shots of space and architecture and great costumes. It's also visually stunning. (For an idea, you can look at the lookbook.)
Speaking of architecture, I really liked the way all three Abrasax siblings had a distinct archictural style from what we saw of their holdings. There are similarities (arches! aaaaaaaaaaaall the arches! and high ceilings) but they are still distinct. Kalique's style is pretty clearly inspired by Medieval Morocco, Titus by Gothic cathedrals and Balem by Art déco. Meanwhile, the administration on Orus felt like USSR steampunk. Great understated wordbuilding.
I want to say they also all had different fashion styles, but I know next to nothing about fashion.
(I will pretend that the Legion is space!Romans, because if they hadn't wanted me to think it was space!Romans, they wouldn't have called it the Legion.)
I also love Jupiter. I love how she always tries to make the righ decision, even if it costs her, like when SPOILER: she chooses to save the Earth over saving her family /SPOILER. I like how ressourceful she is. I know some people think she was too trusting and/or she didn't think anything through, but I'd like to point out that the movie takes place in less than a day, two days at maximum: early on, Balem orders for Earth to be harvested "tomorrow" and as Earth is decidedly unharvested by the end... Plus, it's in the best interest of all three Abrasax siblings to not give her time to think things through or else she might see through the giant holes in their various plots (which she does, by the way).
There is a point where one of the Abrasax siblings -- I want to say Titus, but it might have been Balem -- tells Jupiter that the person she's a reincarnation of "never cleaned toilets a day in her life". Jupiter's answer? "Maybe that was her problem". I think she's right and that's why I didn't mind when she went back to Earth at the end: she's making sure that she satys Jupiter and doesn't become one of the Abrasax. That, and she gets to spend time with a family that isn't made of murderous, incestuous sociopaths.
Overall it was movie I really really enjoyed and if I can see it again, I definitely will. (And if it had been based on a book/there was a novelisation, I would read it in a hot second.)
Last weekend I went to Redemption (convention). I think I've just about recovered. It didn't help that my body hates me and won't let me sleep past 8am, no matter what time I go to bed, and I stayed up until 2am at the disco on the Saturday night and 2am at the Dead Dog Party on the Sunday night. Although the latter was only because were playing games (Munchkin, Witch Trial and four player Spaceteam). Otherwise I was struggling to stay awake at 8pm.( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from my blog.
Here—in memory of him, have that old (incredibly surreal) Ballad of Bilbo Baggins music video he did, rather than his funeral from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In his memory, I shall watch Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Then, I’ll try to track down his Night Gallery episode, as I have never watched the show.
I don't remember whether or not he was the first tv or movie character I saw that made intelligence a positive thing. But I remember that it's at least partly from watching Spock that I ended up idealizing the concept that acquisition of copious amounts of knowledge just because it might come in handy someday, or maybe even not, was a good thing. (I think you can probably blame Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden for that from the literary end of things.)
Uhura was always my go-to favorite from Original Trek and she still is, because I could never not love Uhura, and she was a role model in many ways. But Spock was a pretty close second. I still cry every single time I watch the end of Wrath of Khan.
“Petra,” I said. “Hey. Hey from Spain.”
“Happy Apocalypse,” she said. “Hope you don’t mind me calling. It’s kind of a tradition now, you and me and the end of the world.”
“I’m coming home,” I blurted.
“Yeah?” Her voice lifted happily. Behind it, there was music, something choral and ancient–sounding.
“Yeah,” I said, and I pressed my free hand to my eyes to keep them dry in the chilly Spanish wind.
I found Claire Humphrey's "Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye" smart and layered, so when I saw that someone had added another story of hers to our Hugo (2014-2015) spreadsheet I jumped right on it. "The End of the World in Five Dates" is rather different in form to "Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye" - like "Four Steps to the Perfect Smoky Eye" it's built around linked episodes and follows one set of characters, but "The End of the World in Five Dates" skips through time quite quickly and requires the reader to follow some sharp story jumps.
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This one's not in the chapter, but seeing as the very first thing kass said after I showed her the first episodes of Agent Carter was, "Wow this is pretty. I may need to vid this," I suspect she (and perhaps many, many more of you) need to see this:
Found via tumblr, here. I don't know if it's posted anywhere else with a dl link, but I would love to know if it were. I want to watch it in high quality over and over again.