i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，
CHAIR 椅子EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
GUYS GUYS GUYS
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY WAS LITERALLY WRITTEN BY A FEMALE ROCKET SCIENTIST
SHE’S THE FIRST WOMAN TO EVER WRITE A MARVEL MOVIE
WHY IS THIS NOT GETTING TALKED ABOUT
But the script was then given to this homophobic, misogynistic piece of trash who rewrote it and directed it.
Also, where does it say she is a rocket scientist?
Serendipity saying it how it is
Always reblog Dogma.
Another movie everyone must watch.
This movie is so fucking underrated. Everyone needs to watch this movie at least once or twice in their life.
Always time for Dogma!
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as homicidal angels. Alan Rickman as a messenger angel, I think. I need to watch it again! The best Jay and Silent Bob.
“When men cook food, it’s art… but when women cook, it’s their duty.”
- Sridevi as Shashi Godbole in English Vinglish (2012)
I saw this movie in English class and it was absolutely BRILLIANT. 10/10 would recommend.
whenever a guy cooks well, everyone says he could be a chef at a five star hotel
when a girl cooks well, everyone comments on how she is a wifey material smh
It’s a really great movie. Touches on a whole lot of themes. 10/10 would recommend.
Hey everyone! I’m sure you remember this lovely post suggesting fantastic movies of queer ladies. And I thought that I might be of help, and give you links to those movies with some lovely lesbian romance.
To see the summaries of the films, check the post that gave me the idea. They make good summaries, and make them funny too. :)
R O M - C O M S
- Kyss Mig(Kiss Me)
- The Four-Faced Liar,
- The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
- Saving Face
- Nina’s Heavenly Delights
- Yes or No
- I Can’t Think Straight
- Desert Hearts
F U N N Y S H I T
A C T I O N / T H R I L L E R / M Y S T E R Y
P E R I O D D R A M A S
- The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
- Fingersmith part 1, Fingersmith part 2
- Tipping the Velvet episode 1
- The Night Watch
- Viola di mare
- Farewell, My Queen
H O T A S F U C K
D R A M A S
T E E N A G E R S ?
T R A N S W O M E N ?
O T H E R S
Sexualized Saturdays: Ward, Fitz, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ideal of Masculinity (source)
Fitz isn’t the only subversive take on masculinity in the MCU, either. Think about it: almost all the male heroes have some sort of vulnerability, some moment of “weakness”, that goes against the stereotype of what it is to be a tough, strong man, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t heroes. Think about it:
- Tony Stark has a drinking problem and PTSD severe enough that it nearly wrecks his relationship with Pepper.
- Steve Rogers is chosen as Captain America for his compassion and intelligence.
- Phil Coulson is a dweeby little bureaucrat in a tailored gray suit.
- Thor loves his brother so dearly that he pleads with him to come home even after Loki invades Earth.
- Bruce Banner despises the violence in his heart that allows him to become the Hulk, and becomes a freelance healer to compensate.
- Sam Wilson is a mental health counselor whose military service was in the pararescue corps, motto: ”So others may live.”
- Nick Fury’s three chief lieutenants are two women (Natasha Romanoff, whom he treats almost as a daughter, and Maria Hill, whom he depends on to fake his death) and one man (Phil Coulson, whom he tasks with rebuilding SHIELD from the ground up).
Almost all of these characters are seen crying or close to tears (especially Cap, who is on the verge of tears during the final combat in CA:TWS), all fight in ways that don’t have buckets of blood thrown at the screen, and all value and respect the women they love and fight beside. The most notable exception is James Rhodes, an Air Force officer, but even he is shown taking care of Tony Stark, his best friend, more often than he’s shown firing a weapon.
I think this may be why the MCU is so popular among women: the men AREN’T the stereotypical strong, silent American hero. They bleed, they cry, they let their guards down, and they treat their friends, regardless of gender, color, race, or religion, as equals. This could not be more different from the blood-soaked ideals of masculinity that have dominated the screen over the last few decades (remember Rambo?), and it’s very, very good to see.
Basically, these characters behave like actual human men; maybe the best of men, but still much more like the regular decent guys you may know in real life than fictional “Alpha Males”.
Which is probably why a certain section of men prefers gritty, grimdark anti-heroes: if Fitz and that SHIELD guy who refuses to launch Project Insight can stand up and do the right thing even when they’re terrified to the point of shaking and crying, if Antoine Triplett (in many ways, Ward’s counterpart) can be both a more “traditional” aggressive operative and quietly geeky, if Nick Fury - the ultimate pragmatist - can draw a line he’s not willing to cross, these men have no excuses left for their behaviour.
Because if these flawed characters can be decent human beings and heroes, then all men have the potential for being decent human beings and heroes. Even if not all men choose to follow that example.
(Additionally: their masculinity doesn’t depend on their ability to get a date, and the relationships are depicted as… complex. It’s almost as if these heroes saw their potential romantic partners as actual human beings with lives of their own - shocking, I know.)
+ various additions:
Oh man, NOT ENOUGH.
I can rec these few that I’ve seen personally:
Imagine Me and You - LENA HEEEEAAADDDDEEEYYY
Guys and Balls - German comedy about a dude who puts together a gay football team to take on his hometown’s homophobic counterpart.
The Gymnast - It’s not a traditional “happy ever after” but it ends optimistically. Also AERIAL SILKS.
Shelter - I watched this with two girlfriends and we spent the entire movie fangirl flailing around in our PJs.
I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone (Portuguese: Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho) (on youtube here) - WATCH THIS IMMEDIATELY. It’s only about 20 minutes long but it’s disgustingly beautiful. They’re also filming a feature length version right now.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - it’s a MUSICAL. A beautiful, beautiful musical!
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - If you haven’t seen this you need to look at your life and your choices.
Kinky Boots - Less sexuality, more gender identity and performance. I heart it so much.
And these two are next on my list (somebody come at me if I’m wrong about the happy ending thing):
Saving Face - A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
I love you Phillip Morris - A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he’ll stop at nothing to be with. (EDIT: I have been told this does not end happily - DAMMIT!)
If anyone has any other additions to add to this list, PLEASE DO. I need ALL of the happy ending queer movies!
The Birdcage - I’ve seen this and it’s amazing. I’m offended with myself that I forgot to include it in my original list.
But I’m a Cheerleader - Ditto to the above
Mambo italiano - The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he’s gay. (recced by anon)
Were the World Mine - A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself. (recced by @starwilson)
Touch of Pink - A gay Canadian living in London has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit. (recced by @deviousness-carter)
Weekend - After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. (recced by @haleswallows - “the ending isn’t an “happily ever after” but is good none-the-less" )
I’d like to throw:
D.E.B.S -Spies and Criminals! Handcuffs! Fake Kidnappings! The movie also contains the line: “I didn’t even want to be a criminal I wanted to be a pirate!” Also it is wonderful and ends happily ever after. Honestly one of my favorite movies ever. Ignore the IMDB rating this movie is wonderful.
Make the Yuletide Gay About coming out to your family and make sense of the person you were and the person you are now. There are bunk beds and candy canes and Filthy jokes and a dad character who is stoned this entire film and joy to watch. The family stuff ends happily, the central gay male couple ends happily, you will end this movie feeling happy.
Maurice - a gay man in the Edwardian era struggles to come to terms with his sexuality.
Big Eden - after moving home to care for his ailing grandfather, a man finds love with the local storeowner (thanks to the ENTIRE TOWN’S matchmaking schemes.)
Private Romeo - Romeo and Juliet at all all-male military school. (Yes, it has a happy ending!)
Tipping the Velvet - a Victorian-era lesbian travels through London’s gay subculture.
Fire - a relationship begins between the a shopkeeper’s young wife and her older sister-in-law.
And Then Came Lola - a photographer has to run across San Francisco to get a set of prints to her girlfriend on a time limit…and then time resets.
(I just wrote a more detailed post about it as well as the need for happy gay movies like it.)
Philosopher’s Stone deleted scene
I FUCKING CRY LAUGHING EVERY TIME I SEE THIS ONLY BECAUSE OF HARRYS REACTION LIKE LOOK AT THE LAST GIF OMG DANIEL RADCLIFFE A+ ACTING OMG
Okay, so imagine there’s a doctor. She’s examining you, but in order to give you a diagnosis, she’s got to run some tests. So she gives you an X-Ray and a urine test
Of course, I’m sure some of you have seen urine test results before, and all of you have probably seen an X-Ray at some point
It’s not like the results will just say “Whoop, they have diabetes and a broken arm.” She has to read the urinalysis and come to the conclusion that “well, this person’s urine has ketones in it, which means their body isn’t producing the right amount of insulin, so I say they have diabetes.”
And the X-Ray results don’t come with a post-it like “this person has tested positive for broken arm.” She has to look at the test results, see the break in the bone, and say “your arm is broken.”
This is what a diagnosis is.
That being said, a “pass” or “fail” on the Bechdel test is not a diagnosis. They’re test results that mandate further analysis to reach the diagnosis. When you use the Bechdel test, you’re trying to figure out whether or not the women in the story have independent agency, whether their motivations and goals are their own, and whether they exist in their own right beyond how they relate to the male characters
But the Bechdel test doesn’t test that. The Bechdel test measures whether or not a film passes the Bechdel test. A film can fail and still have spectacularly rounded women who are completely their own agents in the story, and a film can indisputably pass and still treat the women like an extension of the men around them.
It’s a good thing to have in your head when you’re watching an individual movie, because it forces you to examine the roles of the lady characters, and from there you can see whether or not they are independent agents in the story. It’s good to have on a larger scale because it makes the disturbing trend of not having two women in a movie directly observable.
But the Bechdel test isn’t a diagnosis, and you shouldn’t treat it as one. It’s there to make you examine the roles of women in any given film. If you’re already doing that on your own metrics, then you don’t have to also include someone else’s metrics for measuring the same thing.
tl;dr: the Bechdel Test is a really good thing, but please don’t treat it like it’s a scientific principle and that a “pass” or “fail” inherently means anything other than a “pass” or “fail” on that specific measurement. Don’t expect it to do all the work for you, you have to still analyze the Bechdel test results once you’ve got them.
My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.
So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?
In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.
Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.
Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.
Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.
Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her. It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…
This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)
This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.
This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.
This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”
Because of course she’s Sarah.
They were all Sarah.
That makes entirely too much sense.
BRB crossing “Sarah” off the list of likely names for kids.
also, awesome meta!
why does nobody on tumblr talk about this movie?
I mean seriously:
"The alumni cast of a cult space TV show have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help"
It’s a Star Trek spoof where the actors get sucked into a real space battle.
It has Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear, Santa Claus, and Tim Taylor of Tool Time), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett from Ghostbusters, and Ellen fucking Ripley from Alien), and Alan Rickman (SEVERUS SNAPE) playing the Kirk, Uhura, and Spock roles
Sigourney had lines like:
"Well, Alex, at least you had a part, okay? You had a character people loved! I mean, my TV Guide interview was six paragraphs about my boobs and how they fit into my suit. No one even bothered to ask me what I DO on the show."
"Look, I have one job on this lousy ship. It’s stupid, but I’m gonna do it, OKAY?”
which spoke directly to how ridiculously sexist so many female roles on TV (especially shows that can get away with throwing their female characters into skin-tight suits) are written, and also perceived by the fanbase.
Alan Rickman plays a character who is pretty much 900% done the entire way through the movie, and still managed to give me massive amounts of feels.
Tony Shalhoub (Monk) plays a perpetually stoned Scotty character who falls for a hot alien chick. Yes, there is interspecies romance in this movie.
Yup, an interspecies couple where the chick has tentacles and the guy is really into it.
The villain is played/voiced by Robin Sachs (Ethen Rayne from Buffy)
Sam Rockwell (we know him as Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2) plays an extra.
One of the awesome aliens is played by Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars’s dad)
back when he was this cutie
The above cutie is Justin Long (star in another all time favorite movie of mine, Accepted) who plays one member of a group of fans who analyze the show like we do with our shows, and ends up saving the fucking day because they analyzed everything so well.
This movie is about fans saving the actors when the show turns out to be real.
If you haven’t seen it…
Go watch it.
basically one of my favorite movies ever.
So my freshman year of college I took a english class that focused on Star Trek and Doctor Who (Trans-dimensional Views on the Intergalactic was the long name) and at one point when we were studying fan culture we watched this movie, I can tell you right now it’s fucking hilarious.
this is literally one of my favorite movies of all time, the acting is perfect, the writing is fucking hilarious. literally there is nothing about this movie that is bad, this movie is perfect
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST
I LOVE THIS MOVIE
I HAVE WATCHED IT SO MANY TIMES I CAN QUOTE PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE FUCKING THING
I LOVE THIS MOVIE
WHY ISN’T THIS ON MY COSPLAY LIST.
PLEASE WATCH THIS I WANT TO MAKE MORE GALAXY QUEST JOKES WITH PEOPLE OTHER THAN MY MOTHER.
THIS FUCKING MOVIEEEEEEEEEEE
See, this, I think, is what I love about Kronk. On the shallowest surface level, he fills the “low IQ sidekick” role. But ONLY on the shallowest surface level.
I’d have to watch the movie again to go into any detail, but Kronk is actually the smartest damn person IN this movie. There’s nothing he doesn’t know, he’s got all this specialized knowledge, dude is probably horrifically well read. He’s NOT stupid, he’s just eager to please and doesn’t have a proper “No” threshhold.
In the second gif, he’s like - “No, wait, I’m not who you think I am.”
Then in the fourth, he’s like - “Oh my God, the cook is gone and she’s got all these orders. If somebody doesn’t cook that up people are going to get upset! They’ll take it out on this poor woman who’s been on her feet all day and doesn’t deserve their wrath! And…oh my God…PEOPLE WILL BE HUNGRY!”
Then in the sixth gif he’s like - “NOT ON KRONK’S WATCH!”
He’s doing the right thing and he knows it. No judgement, no condescension, just always a moment to register the task at hand, determine the most logical course of action to completing it, and then it’s GO GO GO.
His only problem is that he never stops to ask himself whether this is actually his problem to solve, or whether people are taking advantage of him, and I love him for it.
I just…love him.
Kronk is the best hands down.
Why is no one freaking out over Mater from Cars? The guy lives in a junkyard full of car parts… which wouldn’t be that bad if he didn’t exist in a universe of talking cars
He sleeps surrounded by discarded organs and hollowed out corpses
The Cars universe is so fucked up if you give it more than twenty seconds of thought
Kiera Cass (via maxonshreaves)
Can somebody break this down for me? Why’s it so powerful? What exactly is it saying?
Wow, this is great! I never really thought about it this way before, but it’s actually true. And it makes me feel really bad for all the Cinderella haters out there (I know they exist, there was that one article by the mom who doesn’t like Disney Princesses and dislikes Ella most of all).
I think we’re so used to Disney girls getting a prince as part of their happy ending that we confuse this with wanting a prince from the beginning. (I know “Cinderella” is bigger than the Disney version but it’s what I am familiar with, so let’s focus on that XD)
Cinderella isn’t dreaming some impossible dream. She wants to be treated decently and have the chance to find her own happiness. And even in the bad situation she’s in, she does her best to be cheerful and good, because she has faith things will get better.
Cinderella is denied the status of her birth (forced to work as a servant for her stepmother and stepsisters) and mistreated, and clearly isolated from everyone else but the family (she’s making friends with mice and birds, come on). She dreams of a better life, but she tells her animal friends that she “can’t tell” them what she’s been dreaming, because if you tell a wish it won’t come true. Aside from this, she’s pretty practical, though.
"I know it isn’t easy," Cinderella says to her dog, knowing that he’s been dreaming of chasing her stepmother’s sadistic cat, "but at Ieast we should try to get along together."
And in fact, she doesn’t actually ask for a night off and dress. If things had gone as Ella wanted, she would have gone to the ball with her stepmother and stepsisters because she finished all her chores and updated her birth mother’s old gown to fit her. Ella’s not asking for anything when her fairy godmother shows up — she has stopped believing in the power of dreams almost entirely at that point.
Her godmother tells her she can’t go to the ball like this (all dressed in rags and crying), and Ella says “The ball? Oh, but I’m not—” and her godmother says of course she is.
"Even miracles take a little time."
Her godmother isn’t there to machinate things so Cinderella can marry a prince. She’s there to restore Cinderella’s faith.
And it works.
Cinderella get points from me for not caving in, putting ground glass in everyone’s food and watching them choke to death on their own blood.