Genius, or Insanity?

30 Aug 2014

ink-splotch:

(gotg spoilers ahoy)

Ragtag bands of losers (uh I mean people who have lost stuff) forming families is one of my favorite kinds of story. The running theme of “I didn’t ask to be made” (especially with Rocket and Gamora), the soundtrack which (like most of the movie) made fun of itself without making itself not matter, and of course Groot made this movie a delight and a surprise for me. I’m a fan. Go Guardians.  

But why wasn’t this Gamora’s movie?  

I mean, because it was.The archnemeses are hers—people she has betrayed, has lost, people she will stand against. (What I wouldn’t give for more discussion of Gamora and Nebula’s relationship, my gosh). The moral choices of the movie are Gamora’s; the cause, the mission—these are all decisions that she made first, and the other four fall into her crusade.  

But the movie is framed as Peter Quill’s. And as much as I adored Starlord, let’s reframe that.  

Give us an opening scene of a little green girl in a burning city. Just a moment. Just show us where she comes from—blood and fire, a dark shadow telling her not to cry because they were going to be family now. Just a glimpse of this tear-stained child and the hard fury in her face that lets us know that she is never going to go down easy.  

Frame her hunched body in the shot and then cut to little Peter, hunched in the hospital with his music. Now we’ve made them parallels, these two lost orphans, taken in by fathers who teach them to be criminals, who give them the tools they will use to be heroes.  

Give us this: Drax calls her a murderer, not a whore. One of these is true and untrue in striking, relevant, scarring ways. One of them is useless and ugly. Call her a killer. Then, when Gamora shuts him down it’s not her knocking down an unnecessary slur, it’s a woman with blood on her hands reclaiming her self from Thanos’s sins.  

And at the end of the movie? When she leans on Quill’s chair and says they’ll follow his lead? How about this: he leans on her chair and says they’ll follow hers.  

Because this is a story about revalidating the lost, the guilty, the overlooked people who never asked to be made this way. Rocket is not a rodent. And Gamora, of all of them, is the one whose drive and morality pushed this story to its end. She is the one who has earned this trust, who wrenched herself from Thanos’s clutches at the risk of her very existence, who defied enemy warlords and murderous sisters and death himself to save lives.   

Quill is the one who made them a family, but Gamora made them heroes.  

Let’s make Quill’s final emotional triumph that moment on the ship, when he at long last opens his mother’s gift (paralleling the moment with the glowy purple cloud thing, when he finally took her hand). He is accepting all of himself, the things he has lost, and found, and he is moving on.  

And let’s make Gamora’s this: the stolen daughter who stole herself back, who spent all her adult life subject to other people’s ordered deaths— she looks around at this new family, who trust her not for her lethal hands but for the choices she makes.

“What next? Something good or something bad?”

“How about a little bit of both?” she says, because that’s what they are, all of them, and maybe that’s okay.

30 Aug 2014

steverogersorbust:

shiningartifact:

OK BUT SEE, I DIDN’T KNOW.

I didn’t KNOW. Chris Evans swears like a sailor. Chris Evans has an adorable Bostonish accent. Chris Evans wants you to know that he can tap dance. Chris Evans thinks that Captain America is the least ass-kicking of all of the Avengers. Chris Evans loves to tell the story where he made an idiot of himself in front of Ben Affleck. Chris Evans is REALLY EXCITED TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. Chris Evans REALLY wants to talk to you and tell you what’s on his mind.

Chris Evans is STUPIDLY CHARMING. And no seriously, he swears LIKE A SAILOR. People who swear with alacrity are my fucking kryptonite.

I just DID. NOT. KNOW. I have literally never seen him outside of movies and photos before.

do you think coming of age movie is like, still haunting him?

PRECIOUS BABY ANGEL OH MY GOD

(Source: youtube.com)

30 Aug 2014

chasertiff:

When I say “boys are dumb” what I really mean is “boys have been raised in a patriarchal society that forces them into an incorrect and problematic view of masculinity that not only forces them to strip away valuable virtues from themselves, like patience and gentleness, but also forces them them to view and treat women in unhealthy ways that devalues women as people and makes them into objects purely for a man’s benefit”

but it’s a lot faster to say “boys are dumb”

30 Aug 2014

30 Aug 2014

actualmenacebuckybarnes:

This is where fandom angers me by mischaracterizing Jane Foster as some shy wilting flower with anime eyes clinging to Thor like a damsel in distress because EXCUSE ME

Jane Foster drove a fucking TRUCK into a LIGHTING STORM

Jane Foster broke a (as far as she knew) delusional, strange man out of a hospital to help him get his hammer back from a shitload of government agents

Jane Foster STAYED and HELPED EVACUATE CITIZENS after the Destroyer came for Thor

And that’s not even STARTING on the shit she pulled in Thor 2

Jane Foster is exactly the same off-the-cuff, zero-self-preservation, stubborn little shit as skinny!Steve was only she does it for SCIENCE instead of JUSTICE and if you don’t love Jane Foster I invite you to check yourself so hard

(Source: fuckyeahjanefoster)

30 Aug 2014

medioxumatepoet:

missionlameturtle:

andrysb24:

mandkips:

#and then he dies #and she starts killing people

Not to mention the whole damn town gets cursed

he doesn’t just DIE, he’s lynched because the Gaston-equivalent sees them together and the whole town is horribly racist and that’s why she starts killing people

I WILL DEFEND THESE TWO TO THE GRAVE

(Source: ashagreyjoyed)

28 Aug 2014

Get to Know Me meme: Favourite Characters [1/-] Alec Hardison (Leverage)

Bonus 15yo Hardison: 

28 Aug 2014

jessicachastains:

twofishies:

lightspeedsound:

all-the-fangirl-feels:

#remember how this movie took female stereotypes and crushed them into a million pieces

casual reminder that Elle Woods scored a 179 on the LSAT, which is one point shy of a perfect score.

Casual reminder that Whatshisface here had family connections and was a legacy and shit, whereas Elle Woods came out of nowhere.

casual reminder that Elle Woods actually had an amazing background in real life issues that people dismissed as unimportant but managed to not only learn the law, but learned how to apply the law.

Casual reminder that Elle Woods used her lawyer skills to save a woman from an abusive relationship and also save another woman from trumped up murder charges and basically what I’m saying is you go, girl, go get ‘em Elle Woods, thank you for this movie.

what’s fantastic about this movie is that it’s not that fucked up brand of feminism where the girls who arent like other girls and sip tea and read hemingway look down on the blonde party sluts. the message of the movie is like, you can be blonde and attractive AND enjoy stuff like shopping and partying and you can still be smart and kick ass!!!

I loved this entire movie. It was perfect.

(Source: fifthharmony)

28 Aug 2014

To All Writers of Everything Ever

latenightspooky:

I need to rant about this:

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Also known as the best writing program ever! It’s a full-screen writing program!

So you open it up, and it looks like this:

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You’re thinking, “Ok, so what? It’s a screen with a picture. Whoopdie do.” But it get’s better! It’s customizable!

See that “appearance”? Click it.

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You can also use custom fonts that you have installed!

See that “music”? Click it.

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If you drag your own music into the folder, like so:

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You get this!:

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But wait! It gets better!

See “typing sounds”? You can change those too!

Perhaps the best is - YOU CAN USE ANY PICTURE FOR THE BACKGROUND. It will automatically fade it for you!

Seriously, guys, this tool is wonderful. You can use it for:

  • Research papers
  • Novel writing
  • Play writing
  • Short stories
  • Homework assignments
  • Ranting about your friends when they piss you off
  • Writing your shopping list

It auto-saves. It exports to .rtf. Hotkeys from Word for italicize, underlining, and bold work. You can print RIGHT FROM THERE.

And the seriously best thing ever?

It fits on a flash drive. The entire thing with added music is maybe 131MBs.

The bestest thing ever.

It’s free.

Downloading IMMEDIATELY.

(Source: beenokle.com)

27 Aug 2014

pinkhairandbubblegum:

moynmoyn:

claudiaboleyn:

burntlikethesun:

loremipsumfandom:

fauxkaren:

quantumblog:

trying-to-resonate-concrete:

Dear STFU-Moffat and associates,

From now on, I insist you describe Steven Moffat as “Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat.” Just to make sure you’re being fair.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is a queerbaiting hack

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat’s writing features sexism and overly complicated plots that don’t really make any sense.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat has characters needlessly tell the viewer information that he should be showing them.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is incapable of creating real emotional stakes in his stories.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat calls teenage mother a ‘slut’ in DVD commentary

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat says bisexuals are too busy having sex to watch television, and therefore don’t need representing.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat thinks asexuals are too boring to write about. 

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat uses heavily racist stereotypes and tropes to represent his poc characters.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat can’t write female characters well unless they further the plot of a man.