Lauren. Northern California native. Nerd. Feminist. Liberal. Cinephile. Bibliophile. Pagan. Belly Dancer. Hufflepuff. Renaissance Faire reenactor. Has a love/hate relationship with George Lucas. Joss Whedon fangirl. Disney Enthusiest.
♥Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel. Xena Warrior Princess. Firefly. Supernatural. Lost. Stargate. Ugly Americans. Robot Chicken. The Tudors. The Walking Dead. Archer. Once Upon a Time. Fringe.♥
♥Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Pirates of the Caribbean. Indiana Jones. Jurassic Park. Disney. Practical Magic. Moulin Rouge. Jaws. Harry Potter. Zombieland. Titanic. Resident Evil.♥
Richard Lawson’s review of Brave
YEAH WE NEED MORE MEN MOVIES LIKE MAYBE A BUDDY COMEDY ABOUT A COWBOY AND AN ASTRONAUT OR MAYBE A MOVIE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A FATHER FISH AND HIS SON OR ANOTHER BUDDY COMEDY ABOUT TWO MONSTERS OR ANOTHER MOVIE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP OF A FATHER FIGURE AND A YOUNG BOY
YOU’RE RIGHT, RICHARD, PIXAR DOESN’T REPRESENT NEARLY ENOUGH MALE RELATIONSHIPS
‘At least Black Widow will be good.’ THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE SAID THE MOMENT THEY HIRED JOSS WHEDON.
AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT EVERYONE WHO MADE THAT BLIND ASSUMPTION IS THAT THEY WERE ULTIMATELY RIGHT. AFTER ALL, JOSS WHEDON HAS HAD HIS FAIR SHARE OF FEMALE ASS-KICKING HEROES, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY HE ALWAYS HAD A PENCHANT FOR MAKING THEM COMPELLING PEOPLE. IN HER PREVIOUS ROLE IN IRON MAN 2, BOTH SCARLET AND THE BLACK WIDOW CHARACTER WERE, WELL, FINE. BUT THERE IS NO DENYING SHE WAS PRETTY MUCH ONLY REQUIRED TO ALTERNATE BETWEEN SEXY/PROFESSIONAL AND KICK-ASS/PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS HOW MOST WOMEN’S ACTION ROLES ARE WRITTEN.
SO HOW DOES JOSS GO BEYOND THAT?
LOOK PEOPLE, IT’S NOT MAGIC. IT’S NOT EVEN THAT HARD. IT ALL COMES FROM A PLACE OF RESPECT. YOU BASICALLY SIT THERE AS A WRITER AND SAY THE FOLLOWING: “I will not take the easy route because I assume that is all that is expected of me. I will make this character a fully-realized person. I will give her a range of emotions. I will give her capacities beyond being sexy and kicking ass. I will give her great moments. I will not make her fight the other woman. I will give her the same stuff I’m required to give all the other characters.” THAT’S IT.
AND THAT’S HOW WE GOT A BLACK WIDOW WHO HAS GREAT MOMENTS, A SENSE OF HISTORY, A SENSE OF EMOTIONAL GRAVITAS, A RANGE OF EMOTIONS, AND HEY, WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT? ALSO HAPPENS TO BE SEXY AND ASS-KICKING TOO. WHODATHUNK?
And here is what Leia does, when you force her into a scanty outfit and choke-chain: she takes that chain, and she kills you with it. She doesn’t let her clothing get in her way or limit her more than she can help—she waits for her moment to strike, and then she conquers her would-be conqueror and saves the day.
And I was a little kid, not yet desensitized to violence […] Jabba’s death scene freaked the hell out of me. It wasn’t a clean blaster shot to the chest or a slice from a lightsaber that sent sparks flying or made you turn invisible. There were struggles, and flailing, and twitching limbs. The shots are close-ups, and very dark—it’s vicious, and vengeful, and physical, and very very personal.
So for me, wearing that gold bikini does not mean Here I am, a sexy toy for your amusement and gratification.
To me, that gold bikini says, If you fuck with me, I will end you.
As egos collide, Black Widow—street name, Natasha Romanova—is the only character who does not throw a monstrous hissyfit. The only character to gather actionable intelligence against Loki from Loki. The character who not only literally kicks sense back into the brainwashed Hawkeye, but then absolves him of any sins performed while under the loony god’s spell.
You want fearless? When midtown Manhattan is swarming with thousands of robo-aliens, the dreaded Chitauri, Black Widow commandeers one of their slippery aero-sleds and flies it to steal Loki’s glowing phallic scimitar so as to save the world so Iron Man can blow up the aliens.
EVEN if the information might be vital to the patients survival.
This makes me sick to my stomach, on the verge of tears.
It’s very clear that conservatives don’t care if women live or die as long as they can control us.
once again, FUCK YOU Arizona! FUCK YOU VERY MUCH!