Steve-Ross

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Captain Fantastic (2016) - Matt Ross

5 bullets on this film:

  • I honestly hope 2017 blesses us with more movies like this one. The plot is original, it’s well written, there aren’t any boring scenes, and it made me cry and laugh at the same time. If there are more films like this one out there, please let me know.
  • The cinematography is perfect. I mean it. The setting and the colors are very relaxing and ‘pure’, and the way the film shows the constrast between nature and society is amazing. The soundtrack is also very nice, especially when the characters make their own music. 

  • Viggo Mortensen is great, I even cried because of his performance, you can really notice that he’s feeling his character. And the kids??? DO YOU WANT TO WALK ABOUT THE KIDS?? Some of them are like 5 years old and are already amazingly talented.   

  • The dialogues are really well written and there are some great references and memorable quotes, so if you’re looking for phrases to write on your bedroom wall, this movie will give you some ideas.  

  • This movie manages to send a strong message about capitalism and society’s values without being too extremist, so by the end of the film the viewer gets to have its own opinion on the subject. I think the whole point of the plot is that you can do whatever you want, but never impose your views on other people, let them decide what they want to believe in.  
MARVEL origin story rule: Hero gets the girl but can’t keep her.

Captain America and Peggy Carter

Loses her to time.


Iron Man and Pepper Potts

He just wasn’t ready yet.


Thor and Jane Foster

Divided by dimensions.


Hulk and Betty Ross

On the run with the monster within


Star Lord and Gamora

He dances and she doesn’t.


Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne

Closest to actually keeping the girl so far but he’s full of shit.


Dr. Strange and Christine Palmer

…it’s complicated.

On the Issue of Responsibility: Addressing T. Ross’s Slide-Show and Master Strategist Steve Rogers

By now, it’s a common theme in my posts that I’m extremely pissed that Tony Stark is apparently to blame for everything in the Marvel Universe. You know, in the How Civil War Should Have Ended video, the people who made it actually suggested that the Sokovia Accords should have been titled the “Tony Accords” because everyone else was just “fighting evil.” It was the first time I hated HISHE. Because no.

I’ve addressed a large part of it before – but there are some things I did not, and I figure, since Thaddeus was kind enough to put together a slide show of what the Avengers are blamed for, I’ll start there. 

Note: Since this is inspired from the Slide-Show, it ignores all events past that.

Avengers 1 (New York)

This one was unfair on Ross’s part. If there is any blame to be assigned on an Avenger, it’s on Thor, but that’s very VERY indirect. For all we know, SHIELD would have still poked the Tesseract even without Thor’s little visit and his fight with the Destroyer. The image Ross displays to illustrate the Avengers’ culpability is that of the Hulk – but if the Hulk hadn’t been there, those buildings would have been brought down by the space whales he was targeting. There must have been collateral damage, but it’s still a stretch. We’ll chalk this one up to the bad guys.

CA: Winter Soldier (Washington DC)

This one had me in a quandary for a bit. I love Winter Soldier. However, taking into account the bigger picture, the fact remains that Steve collapsed the WHOLE of SHIELD. Between him and Natasha, they dumped all of SHIELD’s files on the Internet. They cracked Hydra’s operation wide open. It was necessary, in a way – but it could have been done differently. Because the way it was done caused an incredible backlash against ACTUAL SHIELD agents. People died because Steve “punched his way in”.

The price of freedom is high, indeed. I’m pretty sure Steve didn’t ask all the people who were undercover and possibly died if they were on board with his scheme. Maybe not ALL of them were willing to pay it, Steve.

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Nobody ‘made’ Stone Cold, but damn sure a lot of people helped. Jim [Ross] helped more than most. He’s the reason that so many of my biggest moments had an stronger impact, as he was always the loudest fan in the building. Even when he was working backstage, I’d come to the back and ask what he thought and he never missed a damn thing. Jim’s a real good guy. A real good guy.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin

Steve, to me, is one of the last true cowboys in wrestling. You know, a man’s man who believed in what he was doing, whether it was right or wrong in everybody else’s eyes. When Steve first came in, he knew he was good, and he knew he’d have to work to prove it, but he never complained about having to do so. I respected him from day one, and I still do today. When he and I share a beer at ringside, there’s always a lump in my throat that I have to swallow before I can sip on some suds, because I know Steve respects me, and that feeling is very mutual.
- Jim Ross

Goodbye SourceFed

And here we are. I have no idea how to go about this. I don’t know how to begin. Maybe that was the proper intro. I don’t know.

SourceFed comes to an end tomorrow. I’ve delayed writing this because I’m having trouble processing everything that comes with the news we all got on Monday. 

In 2013, I found a channel as an 18 year old who just finished freshman year of college. I was on the edge of giving up my pursuit of an entertainment career since I wasn’t feeling it anymore. Then on May 12, 2013 - I found them. I found a Truth or Dare, then a Comm Comm, then a news piece, then a Table Talk and it spiraled into googling every host until 6am the next day. I found the channel when I found Steve and Lee through a YouTuber’s React and swear to god thought they were a comedy band (idk, they had the look). I went “Oh, SourceFed. That’s an interesting name for a band”.

They are what kickstarted my interest in YouTube. I had casually watched it since 2006 but I turned hardcore and obsessing over many YouTube creators since finding them. Their chemistry is unlike anything I had ever seen on YouTube and I have never seen anything like it since then. They reminded of my friends and that was something that resonated with me. 

I owe a lot to SourceFed. They propelled me into my YouTube and comedy career. They’re the main reason I ended up at Groundlings which turned into everything else I do now. I’m still in the program at Groundlings as well as taking classes with iO West and Second City. I did two years of sketch comedy with my college and I have been making videos consecutively since last August.

They’ve given me the most amazing friends (Hi Lee, Andre, Sophie, Kara, Ming, Ryan, Carol, Katie and many many more). I have a lot of memories. Getting picked for TableTalk 5 times as well as CommComm and Truth or Dare. Watching BFTT, Santa Steve, Truth or Dare, and the SourceFed Christmas Special. The OG comment commentary couch. Jonathan Gay. I hate wasp. DeFranco Does LA. The SF booth at VidCon 2015. Going to VidCon 2015 (and 2016 and eventually 2017). Competing against DeFranco in Super Smash Bros at VidCon. Matt Lieberman was even my mentor last year at VidCon’s mentorship program! Meeting any of them in person always made me feel so special seeing how personable and genuine and encouraging they were even while working in an industry that can leave a person so jaded. 

And then fan interaction went to a whole other level. Lee is now my friend and mentor at Groundlings and meeting her was one of the best things that happened to me. We’ve now known each other for a few years and she is like the sister I wish I had. That was something I NEVER expected to happen.

I went to their channel first when a friend passed away suddenly a few years ago. It was my go-to for laughing again after a hard day of school or work. Finding them changed the trajectory of my life forever. It ended up in my life at the right place at the right time. Watching the hosts grow into incredible pros in the industry and really wonderful people was a joy and I’m going to continue to watch what they do next because they will conquer the world. YouTube was blessed with 5 years of a channel that dared to experiment and I will respect them for that. It’s the end of an era. But I know I speak for many people who say that SourceFed is what prompted them to pursue a career in new media and through that we can carry on the impact of those 5 years. 

I want to thank the team for pouring so much into their work to inspire and educate everyone who was lucky enough to find their videos. Thank you for inspiring me, pushing me, and encouraging me. Thank you for being so kind to my baby brother at last year’s VidCon (his picture is at the very end. It’s blurry AF but you get the picture). He got the best group hug he’s ever gotten in his life. I write this now as a 22 year old with an office job in programming but spends most of her free time during the day at her desk writing, reading scripts, editing scripts, planning camera shots, you name it. I’m gonna make sure to eat shrimp scampi at some point soon to commemorate. And then I will make you proud one day. 

Godspeed.

Sincerely,

Lindsay

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Can you imagine Steve’s reaction when he broke into the Raft and saw Wanda in that horrific condition? The shock collar and straightjacket, her quiet demeanour, and her pale face with redness around the eyes? It’s so much like Bucky’s control under HYDRA that I bet Steve completely flipped.

Because Steve took Wanda under his wing: he (along with Sam and Nat) taught her how to be a Superhero, how to read the situation and how to stay safe. He believed in her, knew she could control her powers – Steve trusted Wanda with his life when he jumped into that building. He owes her his life when she stopped Rumlow’s bomb from exploding on him. 

Steve looked out for her wellbeing throughout the entire movie: checking on her after the Lagos incident, turning off the TV to make Wanda stop torturing herself with the footage, with the vitriol the media was spewing about her. Steve ordered General Ross to stop playing the Lagos footage. He wouldn’t let them control Wanda through fear, or use her for fear, like HYDRA (and the media) did with Bucky.

So when Steve heard that Tony had locked Wanda in the compound and had taken her choices away – that Tony even dared to call her a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’? He was pissed. Because Wanda’s just a kid and they’re treating her like a ticking bomb, like they treated Bucky – locking him away, treating him like nothing more than a weapon. Tony’s side made Wanda feel so terrible about herself that she was too afraid to do anything, thought it was better to hide away… again, much like Bucky at the start of CW. 

Steve sent Clint – the one person Wanda will listen to – to go get her, to talk some sense into her like he did in AoU. It was on the same vein as Steve had said: casualties are part of war, and if they don’t find a way to live with it, then no one gets saved. To make amends for herself, she has to get off her ass and fight. And she does; she has Steve’s back, and he has hers. 

tl;dr: Steve loves Wanda. He’s incredibly protective of her, he believes in her, and he feels connected to her; they both chose to let their government experiment on them to help their country. Steve refused to sign the Accords because he knew they would do something like this to her – since Wanda’s power is within her, locking her up is the only way the government can control her. She is the weapon, so she can’t be free. Bucky was treated much the same way, both by HYDRA and the US government. And Steve knew this. The parallels between Wanda and Bucky are so strong in this story, and Steve was doing everything he could to make sure Wanda didn’t suffer the same fate.

So to see Wanda like that… you can bet Steve freaked out. He’s not leaving her with Tony and the government – Wanda’s coming with him to Wakanda. He’s not going to let them control her. And after this? I’m betting she won’t let them, either.