Wednesday, April 16, 2014

stopthatimp:

nonasuch:

additionally, I CANNOT GET OVER Steve’s fucking Sadness Errands that he keeps running around DC, like, his schedule literally goes

6 AM: jogging

7:15: unburden soul to total stranger, lacking better options

3 PM: visit own museum exhibit to stare at the Dead Best Friend Wall

4:30: attempt meaningful human connection with sole surviving contemporary; fail due to Alzheimer’s

6 PM: dinner for one

7 PM: contemplate own loneliness, probably

but…this isn’t that bad???? like:

6 AM: exercise

7:15 AM: reach out to stranger, MAKE A FRIEND!

3 PM: make meaningful connection with his own legend, learning more about modern American culture and his own post-“death” history/the history of people he knew during the war

4:30 PM: visit Peggy, which is admittedly sad, but not that much sadder than the average person who has a dying grandparent or w/e

6 PM: PEOPLE EAT DINNER FOR ONE ALL THE TIME

7 PM: HE COULD READ A BOOK OR SOMETHING, CANON SAYS HE’S BEEN CATCHING UP ON ALL KINDS OF CULTURAL STUFF HE MISSED

bury me in a tomb and have that tomb incinerate all mentions of ~tragic steve in a 10-mile radius. LIVING WITH SADNESS! IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HAVING A LIFE OF UNENDING TRAGEDY! HE IS TRYING TO LIVE! HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB! GO STEVE!

and also, let’s not  forget what Steve was doing during the Avengers, by which I mean CHILLING IN THE HELICARRIER, DESTROYING PUNCHING BAGS - there’s the cut scene of him in the café, I guess, but other than that we have a very strong implication that he hasn’t been getting out much, that he hasn’t wanted to get out much.  In Cap 2, he’s obviously still pretty lonely, but he has work, he has people he talks to, he does things out in the world - he is doing his best, and doing a lot better than he could be!

copperbadge:

britta-saurus:

In which no one tells Chris Evans anything

I hold a secret belief that Chris knows way more about everything than every other cast member, but he has really passionate and controversial opinions about it all so on the advice of RDJ he just says he doesn’t know anything about it, because otherwise he’d be at war with the internet non-stop.

(Source: holdingsback)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I thought you were more than just a shield.
Let’s see.

(Source: hiddlesy)

(Source: kiralectric)

writeroost:

leadchainsaw:

Maisie Williams and GRRM, outside his theater.

This looks like a scene from one of those indie films that makes you feel really uneasy but you can’t put your finger on why

writeroost:

leadchainsaw:

Maisie Williams and GRRM, outside his theater.

This looks like a scene from one of those indie films that makes you feel really uneasy but you can’t put your finger on why

(Source: grrm.livejournal.com)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: grimdark is lazy, good is hard work and Jewish American superheroes

pluckyyoungdonna:

orangepenguino:

kerrypolka:

First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night because of this which I saw a few people reblog:

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(okay and also all the gifsets of Sebastian Stan crying. I WAS MIS-SOLD ON THIS FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CRYING AND ALSO HIS HAIR IS AWFUL.)

If Kavalier and Clay taught me anything it’s threesomes are the best solutions to love triangles Jewish-American cartoonists in the 1930s and early ’40s were all over inventing subversively American heroes to fight Hitler, and I was very unsurprised when I got home and looked it up to learn that Captain America was created by two Jewish guys too. (I know this is really basic comics history stuff and I’m sure fifty people have written dissertations on “He’s A Mensch: The Jewish Identities of Captain America and Superman” or whatever.) What really slotted everything into place was realising that Captain America was created and entered on a cover punching Hitler in the face before America had entered the war.

Basically (right?) Captain America was created by two Jewish-Americans to shame the US into properly fighting Hitler.

Like, I am Captain America, the America you say you want to be, and I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something about it. And yes he’s over-the-top and tacky but that’s where the challenge is, right? The chest-thumping American patriotism says “We are good and spread liberty! And also freedom!” and Captain America is like “great! I am that, and I have to point out you are not actually doing that”.

AND I think this is Jewishly on purpose, and here’s why:

Judaism has this important phrase/concept/slogan/life motto from the third-century-ish text Pirkei Avot, which goes: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor (it’s not to you to complete the work of repairing the world) v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena (but neither may you desist from it). You won’t be able to fix the world by yourself, or in your lifetime, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility to work towards it.

I feel like grimdark/anti-heroes are a response to the fact that the world is neither good nor moral, like “well if the world isn’t like that, I won’t be either”. But they’re also excuses for not working towards fixing the world: I won’t bother because it’s all fucked anyway. Lo alecha and Captain America say, yes, it is fucked, but you still have to work towards fixing it. And yes, it’s hard, that’s why it’s called work.

Which is why I think saying “Oh, if Captain America represents the US he should be a dick, because the US is a dick” or “Captain America is an imperialist symbol of US superiority and is therefore bad” are both off base and a dodge of having to do that hard work.  

"If Cap = America then Cap = dick because America = dick" is basically just throwing hands up and going "right but guys have you noticed that actually America is imperialist and horrible? DO YOU SEE?!” and implying “so what can you do about that, right?”. Captain America says, “Try to make it better! is what you can do!”

And about saying he’s a symbol of US imperial superiority, I mean, he is a symbol of America but aimed as a criticism at real America.  He’s the American ideal cranked up to five million - for the purpose of shaming America for not living up to what it says it wants to be. And he is aimed at Americans, so I can see a criticism for him being US-centric in that metanarrative sense, but he’s yelling at America to sort their shit out and I think him yelling at non-USAmericans to sort their shit out would be much worse? But I definitely don’t think Cap is supposed to be about how great America is, he’s about pointing out exactly in what ways and how much America is failing to be great. And then saying “but, that doesn’t mean you get out of trying harder!”

Also, how great is it that his ‘weapon’ is a shield.

so um that’s what I thought about when I saw The Winter Solder last night. that and biceps.

This is amazing on so many levels and also makes me want to have a special fandom-centric Shvi’i shel Pesach/seventh night of Passover virtual seder table on Tumblr to talk about the intersections of Judaism and popular culture with food and media crit and discussions of the diaspora.  ALSO everyone should read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS 

Monday, April 14, 2014
themarysue:

We noticed that we’re getting real close to 20k Tumblr followers, so we’re giving away season one of Orphan Black to a lucky member of our lovely Tumblr community, and you could win it. Here’s how!
Follow us on Tumblr.
Like and reblog this post.
Do it before noon Eastern Time on Friday, April 18th.
That’s it! That’s all you need to do. We will randomly choose one winner once the duration of the contest is over, and contact them through Fan Mail in order to get their shipping info. Now here’s the fine print:
The prize is the 3 disc DVD set of Orphan Black season one that the Orphan Black Tumblr so nicely sent to Jill.
We will ship the prize to the US and Canada, so if you don’t live there (or have understanding acquaintances who could forward your package to you), we advise you not to enter.
If you do not follow our Tumblr, you will be disqualified.
We ask you kindly not to spam your followers by reblogging the post over and over, but hey, we’re not the boss of you.
Good luck! And remember, get your likes and reblogs in by noon this Friday!

themarysue:

We noticed that we’re getting real close to 20k Tumblr followers, so we’re giving away season one of Orphan Black to a lucky member of our lovely Tumblr community, and you could win it. Here’s how!

That’s it! That’s all you need to do. We will randomly choose one winner once the duration of the contest is over, and contact them through Fan Mail in order to get their shipping info. Now here’s the fine print:

  • The prize is the 3 disc DVD set of Orphan Black season one that the Orphan Black Tumblr so nicely sent to Jill.
  • We will ship the prize to the US and Canada, so if you don’t live there (or have understanding acquaintances who could forward your package to you), we advise you not to enter.
  • If you do not follow our Tumblr, you will be disqualified.
  • We ask you kindly not to spam your followers by reblogging the post over and over, but hey, we’re not the boss of you.

Good luck! And remember, get your likes and reblogs in by noon this Friday!

jamwingles:

notanimp:

inkandash:

Someone asked me once, as a kind of dig at the movie, “Why someone like Zoe would have a dress?”
I looked right at him and said, “There’s only one white dress a woman like Zoe would keep. Her wedding dress.”

In the ep with Kaylee’s poofy dress, everyone always forgets that Zoe told Wash she’d want a long, slinky dress if she was gonna wear one.

also…like women can only ever like one kind of clothing? that someone who wears extremely practical clothing all the time doesn’t have that one great dress stashed away for the times they do want to wear it? I’m sure Inara had a great pair of pants that could get dirty no problem lying around.

ILU2, bb.  Also, cosigned to the moon - ladies who do not usually dress fancy at work can enjoy dressing fancy at other times!  ladies who normally do dress fancy can sometimes be less fancy!  ALL WAYS OF BEING A LADY ARE GOOD WAYS TO BE A LADY.

Furthermore, if your worldview does not have space for Zoe in a slinky dress,  your worldview is sad and pitiable.

(Source: withnopowercomesnoresponsibility)

sosungalittleclodofclay:

sakurasenshi:

Just saw this on twitter help I can’t stop laughing

EVERY TIME I SEE THIS I START LAUGHING AGAIN

sosungalittleclodofclay:

sakurasenshi:

Just saw this on twitter help I can’t stop laughing

EVERY TIME I SEE THIS I START LAUGHING AGAIN

(Source: summerrrz)

fozmeadows:

In which seven cats all discover the same slightly elevated flat thing and claim it as their own while pretending the other six cats don’t exist.

fozmeadows:

In which seven cats all discover the same slightly elevated flat thing and claim it as their own while pretending the other six cats don’t exist.

(Source: misterjakes)