Kathleen
I got to see the new Disney Beauty and the Beast in theatres, and despite my reservations it completely blew me away to become my favorite version. I've never really liked the animated version with the exception of the servants - I've always been annoyed at it for completely turning the original fairytale upside down in regards to Belle and the Beast's characters and the reason for the curse, but it seemed better here. The Beast was wonderful, far removed from the unlikable animated version, fleshed out with a bit of backstory - I loved the comment about the servants not preventing him from being warped by his cruel father as the reason why they were caught up in the curse as well - and the decision to show the curse occur, but obscure his face with makeup was brilliant. The costumes were gorgeous - I adored the historical details of the 1700s style French clothes and shoes, the gorgeous gold effects on Belle's gown, and the whimsy of her tucked up skirt. Belle was perfect, kind and lovely, and Maurice was wonderful, with their relationship one of my favorite things in the movie. Despite the fact that, as usual, I longed for more scenes between the Beast and Belle, their love story felt more believable than in prior versions, helped by a kindness shining out of the Beast's eyes - someone commented this was the first version where the Prince felt like the heart of the Beast, rather than another person entirely and I agree - as well as a beautifully touching scene where the Beast and Belle bond over him reading Arthurian legends and feeling a similar sense of disconnect from society. I liked that Lefou got a bit of redemption arc, and that Gaston was unrepentantly evil to the end - it's sometimes nice to see a pure evil, nonredeemable villain for a change. I liked the changes to the animated film - having the original library Belle goes to be only a few worn books made so much more sense in a town where reading is considered odd, as well as enhancing the contrast between that and the huge library the Beast gives her. I can't say enough good stuff about the cgi - both breathtaking and flawless - with highlights for me being the rose petals swirling around the Beast as he transforms back into a prince, and the incredible details of the servants which carry back over into live-action - the piano has missing teeth as a human! Chip was precious, and as usual my favorite, Lumiere delightful, making me smile through all of his scenes, Mrs. Potts lovely and heartwarming, and the dog was adorable. I loved the scope and almost stage play feel of the set and song numbers, and the gorgeous songs, especially the heartbreakingly beautiful "Evermore".

I finally worked up the courage to see the latest X-Men film, Logan, which I'd been dreading. The series has been dear to me much of my life and it feels like a real life loss to say goodbye to the characters I love best. Despite that, it was a stunningly powerful and raw yet beautiful study, with a nearly western road trip feel I fell in love with. Laura was wonderful - I loved her foot claw!, and her relationship with Wolverine and Charles, too, was touching, as was Wolverine and Charles's relationship. I loved seeing all the familiar fighting moves and wildness of Wolverine reflected in a child, and the musings on nightmares, past mistakes, and love broke my heart as well as warmed it. I sobbed like a baby at the end - Laura turning the cross into an X! - and while I'm bitter that Wolverine couldn't live to find more joy raising her, I'm grateful he had a final moment of peace after all his torment.

The new Tangled series is out now, and despite my continuing issues with the animation - I'm sad it couldn't be like the film, or at least old-style 2d animation instead of the weird cartoon look - it's a delight to hear their familiar voices, and see Eugene and Rapunzel's relationship progress. There's so many cute nods to the movie - the cupcakes! - and adorable scenes, and the music and new characters are largely enjoyable.

In new old shows I've discovered the short-lived but intriguing Brimstone. Zeke is an easy to like main character, and the portrayal of the Devil is perfect and wonderfully creepy. I love its intro and concept, and it was building up quite an interesting story and cast of characters, all of whom interact wonderfully with the protagonist - I especially love Father Horn and the delightfully offbeat Maxine, as well as the poignant almost interactions Zeke has with his wife, who never fully gets to learn he's back from the dead. While some of the villains are more interesting than others, it's always fascinating to see where in history they came from, as well as what sin caused them to be condemned. Having Ash turn out to be the main villain was a stroke of genius, and an awesome twist, and I'm just sad the series didn't continue to see more of her and Zeke's interactions.

I've been meaning to check out Revolution for ages, and finally ended up binge-watching the whole series, completely falling in love with it along the way. The premise is both chilling and fascinating, the plot addictive, and I adore the character arcs, growth, and relationships, as I found myself growing to love characters I initially disliked and crying over ones I loved from the start. Miles and Charlie's relationship is the heart of the show - I'm so happy the comics revealed them to be father and daughter as I suspected from the start - and Miles and Bas's relationship both hurts and warms my heart in turns. I loved Maggie and Danny, and wish they hadn't both been killed off so early when their characters had so much potential. I'm also very sad about Jason, even if I never shipped Charlie and he. But I love most of the characters - I loathe Tom and Rachel - and watching them change.
 
 
feeling: happy
calliope tune: "Billy Bayou"-Jim Reeves