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Mad Max: Fury Road got me thinking about female action heroes – and in many ways I see Furiosa as a direct descendant of Ripley from the Alien Franchise. 

Additionally, the relationship between Max and Furiosa has parallels with that of Ripley and Corporal Hicks in Aliens. Both are refreshingly platonic pairings between a man and a woman that still carry a ton of emotional weight. While MM:FR pushes the relationship more into the forefront of the narrative, it’s an interesting comparison to make and I enjoyed that element of both films.

If you loved Max Max, I highly recommend checking out Aliens (the second in the franchise); I bet you like it too. 

anonymous asked:

I am having a hard time watching action movies with women in them lately because the casting is so shitty, as if I am supposed to believe that a 115 lb waif with no muscle mass at all can land a punch that could knock out a full grown man. I just want them to cast ronda rousey for everything because that's actually believable.

That’s because Hollywood is the least progressive medium and holds onto the ideal that muscular women go against femininity. Look at Wonder Woman in comics; beautiful and powerful, the perfect combo, now look at Gal Gadot, she’s thin even after training because they won’t let her put on any size. Am I to believe a soft, slender body belongs to a woman from a race of warriors that train daily?

As long as this trend continues we will never have believable female action heroes, unless they are like psychics

anonymous asked:

I have a feeling a lot of this pro-gun anons think they're vigilantes who are going to take down corrupt governments. You're not an action hero. Get a gun if you want protection, get it if you like shooting on a shooting range as a hobby. But there is no way you can justify average citizens owning assault rifles. And when these pro-gun anons get angry just by the thought of their guns being taken away is scary. You shouldn't own a gun if you're quick to anger like that.

Actually, the “hero complex” is pretty common. People think they’ll be the hero, people think they’ll be the savior. People are like that guy on the ferry in the Dark Knight. They’re like “hey we should do the thing. I’LL DO IT since you won’t” but when it comes to actually doing it, they don’t. 

-the Polish one

I really love the introduction of the ccbs because of how enjoyable it is to create custom action figures. Hero Factory’s 2.0 series is what really got me back into buying Lego. So I hope there are more figures from this series. I love the new Bionicle also, but HF style and design appeals to me much more.

Happy MURRICA day!

Sadly my google image search prowess did not let me find 90s action hero llama. :(

- Kuzco

Alternative names:

  1. Happy Blow Up a Chunk Out of your Country Day
  2. Happy Haha Sleep What is That FUCK EXPLOSIONS Day
  3. Happy Kuzco is going to slap the next person who sets off a firework at 2 FUCKING AM Day
  4. Happy Kuzco uses run-on-sentences in things that shouldn’t contain sentences at all for humorous purposes Day

I think one of the things I loved the most about Mad Max, beyond all the amazing way the film utterly destroys the typical portrayals of women in actions films, is Hardy’s portrayal of Mad Max. I haven’t seen the original films, so I don’t know if the way he played Max’s trauma was in keeping with the other films, but in Fury Road Max completely undermines all the typical ways of showing trauma in male action heroes. 

Hardy’s Max isn’t cruel because he is traumatized. He isn’t cold and emotionless, he isn’t stoic, he doesn’t force everyone to do what he wants. He doesn’t ignore his pain (of course, the occasional broody stare into the distance or choked explanation of the character (inevitably a woman) who died because of his mistakes is allowed for the action hero, but nothing more than that).  

Hardy’s Max is traumatized, he is twitchy, non-verbal, and is haunted by hallucinations/flashbacks. Despite this, he listens to the other characters; when the women decide to trust Nux, he trusts their judgement. He’s very obviously afraid. He is far more viscerally traumatized than anything you typically see out of male action stars. 

The film completely undermines the male action hero, both by having the women be the true propelling force behind the film’s action, and by having a traumatized action hero who is actually traumatized.

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These movie stills and film posters all have one amusing thing in common: hands that were originally holding guns are now giving the thumbs-up gesture. These manipulated images are from a crowdsourced photoblog called Thumbs & Ammo, which operates on a simple and rather awesome principle:

“Real tough guys don’t need guns, they just need a positive, can-do attitude.”

Anyone is welcome to suitably alter a movie still or poster and submit it to Thumbs & Ammo. Just send your ‘shopped image to thumbsandammo@gmail.com.

[via PetaPixel and Laughing Squid]