In fact, in these films it seems that women are, by and large, the only ones likely to find themselves in serious physical peril. Peril is, of course, the default state for women everywhere: it is such a natural facet of our existence that many of us forget that it is something we are always experiencing. But we are. And the culture is here to helpfully remind us of that fact on a near-constant basis: why, after, develop a complex story arc for a female character when you can simply show her being raped instead? Or, alternatively, kill her off to make a man sad: this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did actually kill off a major character who was not a villain, but that was Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s girlfriend. Just about the entire collected oeuvre of Christopher Nolan features plotlines of this nature, from Memento to Inception to The Dark Knight.
But what does it mean for the cinematic landscape to be without peril? On television, women are still raped and murdered in depressingly disproportionate numbers (ahem, True Detective and basically every other crime show ever to be on air), but whatever the substantial flaws of, say, Game of Thrones in this area, there’s no denying that the show’s mortality rate is high across the board. Even The Good Wife, not a program known for this sort of thing, killed off a character to great effect this year. But on the big screen, when it comes to big entertainment—discounting, of course, horror, in which danger and violence are so manufactured and processed that they become some other product entirely—fear is gone. Everybody must stick to the formula. And the formula is that the heroes defeat the villains, and the world is saved, and if there are consequences they are manageable and positive. And always, always, there will be sequels.
Summer Movie Season in Review: In which I discuss Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Snowpiercer, and the fact that nobody ever dies at the movies anymore.
The Trio met for the first time 23 years ago today.
Playboy’s catcall flowchart.
I’m reblogging Playboy. Somebody stop me.
do men have resting bitch faces as well or do they not have negative characteristics ascribed to them for putting on a neutral rather than a deliriously happy facial expression
I held my breath at the last one.
IT WAS COOL AND THEN IT GOT SCARY AS SHIT
i’d say this is a very effective message
How can you make the two greatest assassins in the universe completely useless and boring?
I loved GotG, but this is fantastic and true.
“The movie is about…as he struggles to find an identity in the modern world, his old life is slipping away - is hanging on by a thread. Peggy doesn’t remember him… and she’ll be dead soon. She’s the last remnant of his past. And Sam happens to find his way into his life, so now he’s slowly meeting a new friend, he’s gaining a trust with Widow…so the movie is about a journey for him as he finds new elements in the modern world to emotionally attach himself to. The cruel twist is that, the Winter Soldier shows up…and it’s like the past punching him in the face.” — Joe Russo [x]
BOSS ASS BITCH: musical theatre edition; for the ladies who wanna crush the patriarchy while showing off their killer belting range. [listen]
01. candy store- heathers: the musical 02. when you’re good to mama- chicago 03. my strongest suit- aida 04. not for the life of me- thoroughly modern millie 05. out tonight- RENT 06. so much better- legally blonde 07. i can do better than that- the last 5 years 08. dead girl walking- heathers: the musical 09. watch what happens- newsies 10. take me or leave me- RENT 11. it’s a woman’s world- the full monty 12. big spender- sweet charity 13. forget about the boy- thoroughly modern millie
Albert Einstein teaching a physics class at Lincoln university (HCBU in Pennsylvania) in 1946
Sure as hell never mention that about him.
HOMIEEVEN OUR HISTORIANS ARE RACIST
did… did you think historians weren’t racist?
Friend, if you did not realize that historians are racist then I have some bad news for you.
Mark Evanier, Kirby: King of Comics (via nerdhapley)
It’s Jack Kirby’s birthday, so here’s that story of him being bad ass all of the time.
True fact: during WWII Kirby was assigned as a scout due to his art skills, meaning that he went in alone and unarmed, ahead of Allied attacks so that he could draw enemy fortifications.
Once he was ambushed by three Nazi soldiers, all of them with guns. He killed all three with a knife he stole from one of them.
Dude was verifiably grade-A stone-cold badass.
And that’s why Jack Kirby was the King.