…in the past week. Will try to keep it brief.
- 1 week ago
Aliens was a revelation to me when I was a kid.
As soon as the actual action started, what immediately struck me was that every woman onscreen had her shit absolutely together, and every man (with the exception of Corporal Hicks, Bishop and Apone) was a complete walking clusterfuck.
Moreover, as in this .gifed scene, the narrative itself made it explicit that the only way the men were going to survive was by emulating the women.
And even though I was still just a dipshit kid when I first saw this, I didn’t pull on an MRA fedora and whine about my gender being portrayed in such an unflattering light, because even then, I immediately recognized, “This is what it’s like for women to watch literally every other sci-fi action film. Well played, movie.”
this movie is almost thirty years old. it’s inspired countless films and video games. you’d think we’d be drowning in action/sci-fi heroines as a result but NOPE somehow that iconic aspect of this movie didn’t get cloned
instead we got the Space Marine. And not Vasquez, but Hicks (usually with Gorman’s haircut)
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- 1 week ago
Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy cosplayers?
Actually, no. These are the stunt doubles for the film.
Chloé Bruce (Zoe Saldana stunt double)
Rob de Groot (Dave Batista stunt double)
Olivia Jackson (Karen Gillan stunt double)
Chris Pratt had a couple of doubles, that might be Daniel Stevens or Ben Wright.
I believe that’s Jamie Walker as Ronan.
Photos from Chloe Bruce’s Facebook page.
Remember that the stunt doubles are the people who put a lot of the awesome into your films, and are usually unrecognized for their work, buried deep in the credits.
Bruce has also performed stunts for Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Thor: The Dark World, however this is hardly the pinnacle of her achievements.
She has won several World Kickboxing Association Gold medals internationally, and holds the Guinness World Record for most kicks in a minute (212).
Daniel Stevens is the only man to ever portray Wolverine, Iron Man, Green Lantern, Spock and Anakin Skywalker on film.
Jamie Walker is a guide for extreme expeditions, has rowed across the Atlantic, and holds five world records.
Support your local stunt doubles! They make your favorite films better.
i was SO BUMMED to see Zoe Bell in Oblivion playing a silent bodyguard. She’s great! She can act! And she doesn’t need a gun to kick ass.Source: briangefrich
- 2 weeks ago
My ritual June post.
HOW HAVE I MISSED THIS!?!?!
[Are these from The Object of My Affection?]
no that’s Jeffrey. Starts at 1:25.
In googling this I came across an interview he did at the time of Jeffrey's release (1995). A highlight:
I felt that the writers and producers [of Star Trek TNG] could not escape from their own essential rigidity in their attitudes to women. They were continually featured as sexual objects, as softer, weaker, and therefore - it always seemed to me—second-class individuals. And because I believed and still do that the show represents what our underlying philosophies are, it doubly irritated me that in that area I thought we were failing.
There is a kind of boys’ club about Star Trek, do you understand? It’s in the air all around the show, in the producers, in the front office, in the writers’ building. Our actresses were not finding sympathetic ears for the things they had to say, and I think at times they simply got exhausted by the battle.
[Homosexuality] was singularly absent from the show. Given what growth and advancement have been made in the past 20 years - even in the most rigid male bastions like the military—one would have thought that Star Trek would be the ideal environment for projecting oneself 400 years forward and saying, “All right, this has happened in 20 years; what might we have achieved in 400 years?”
this man is SO GREAT
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- 2 weeks ago
So, I was in the middle of searching for how long Keke Palmer will be on Broadway as Cinderella. Gotta get my ticket. I scrolled down and saw this first comment:
The reach with this one disneyfied ass tale. They, however, have no problem whitewashing different races and ethnicities and see our disdain as sensitive and “reverse racist.” Case in point: Exodus - God and Kings, the new British-American biblical movie set in Egypt, that has caused uproar and boycotts:
Apparently these are acceptable…
Lemme not go over the post limit. This is just a handful that scratch the surface.
………………cinderellas……….earliest…………origins………..have……been……..:..traced…………to…..10th century China……….chinese………….cinderella……..white brain malfunction
"I like to see my culure’s folklore accurately represented"
Congratulations, so would everyone who isn’t white!
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- 3 weeks ago
Foxy Brown was on cable today (part of a Quentin Tarantino promotion, obviously) and I loved it. Granted, it puts the Xploitation in blaxploitation (lots of nudity, sex, rape, violence, misogyny, and racism) but given its baser tendencies it still kicked ass and Pam Grier was great in it. And how weird is it that a forty-year-old movie still feels subversive today? Why is it so uncommon to see movies about a woman (black or otherwise) kicking ass? Why are films where men’s deaths motivate the female hero to get revenge so rare while the reverse is Hollywood Storytelling 101?
Imagine my surprise when Foxy got kidnapped and put through hell but then she rescued herself, killing her tormentors in the process. And no, she didn’t “use her sexuality as a weapon” to get away.
I’m the last person who should decide if a movie is “feminist” or not but I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie like this where a woman was 100% in charge of her own life (even if they never say what she does for a living). To say nothing of video games! Jesus, video games haven’t even come close to embracing non-white audiences* as these movies did.
tl;dr: Foxy Brown is great, Pam Grier is great, I need to see more Pam Grier movies.
*in countries where whites are the majority
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- 3 weeks ago
it’s pouring rain tonight and I watched The Black Hole for the first time since my childhood. It’s a movie that deserves to be seen and remembered, even if some aspects are forgettable.
I was too young to notice trends at the time, but once Star Wars became a hit, every studio in Hollywood must have wanted their own glitzy science-fiction picture to attract that audience. Someone at Disney must have wanted that money so bad they greenlit this: a surreal, bleak, barely-family-friendly space opera.
Listen to that theme song (by John Barry of James Bond fame)! This is no roaring adventure, it’s a descent into madness. As a child I’m sure I was hooked by all the robots and eventual laser blasters but watching it as a grownup, the entire film gives off an Event Horizon vibe. Indeed, I think one could write a compelling essay putting those two films in the same universe.
The Black Hole isn’t a great movie. Despite being a brief ninety minutes, the movie takes a long time to get started and the characters on-screen seem to be the last ones to realize that the obvious villain of the film is going to kill them. And that villain’s exact intentions are never really made clear: he wants to go through the black hole, but was he waiting for someone to find him first? Was he always going to kill his guests, or did he decide to do that only when they finally figured out he was chaotic insane?
There’s also the matter of the nonsensical science in this science-fiction movie. I don’t demand realism at all times but I’m old-fashioned enough to want some semblance of rational physics. Yet multiple characters seem to survive the vacuum of space in The Black Hole because…someone catches them? They have a firm grip?
Regardless, it’s worth watching because it’s such a strange creation. The evil robot, Maximillian (seen above) is cool. The Cygnus, the giant ship where the villain lives, is cool. And when they finally go into the black hole…I won’t give it away, but it was the last thing I expected.
The bad news is that Disney seems to have forgotten (or lost interest) in this movie. No Blu-Ray exists as far as I can tell, and the DVDs are from a decade ago. I’m not sure it even came out on DVD in Japan at all and Japan loves everything Disney touches.
But I recommend you seek it out. Don’t break the bank, don’t sacrifice too much, but give it a look. For years, The Black Hole lingered inside my head like a nightmare, as nothing but images minus all context. Now that I’ve seen it as a grown-up, I can rest easier knowing that it’s not cinematic buried treasure but I’m glad I dug it up all the same.
I’m going to dream about this movie, aren’t I? Be kind, brain.
- 3 weeks ago
Wonder Woman vs. The Furies (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse)
Can I mention how much it bugged me that Supergirl and Wonder Woman are major characters in this movie (as much if not more than Batman) but instead the title only mentions two men? I know, I know, marketing rules, but their omission feels like a cheat in this case
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