apparently it's a really great movie

What Tumblr Has Taught Me About Fandoms I'm Not In
  • These may be spoilers but then again I don't know if these are even accurate. And by that I mean these are not at all accurate.
  • Hunger Games: Teenage girl volunteers for fight to the death. Love triangle issues between Katniss, a dude named after bread, and some guy whose name I forgot. The government is shit.
  • Divergent: Everyone is divided into dollar store brand Hogwarts houses. There's a character named Four and that really confuses me. Was he the fourth child? Did his parents run out of names? Was he cursed with "Stupid YA Character Names Syndrome"? Can someone just explain??
  • Maze Runner: They're in a maze and then they leave. The outside world sucks. The sun exploded or something. It's solar powered Walking Dead but with the gays.
  • Mortal Intruments: There was a movie and it was shit. There's vampires or demons or some kind of supernatural forces. The boy with the nice hair and the glitter-covered male model are really gay for each other. I thought it was called the Shadowhunter series but apparently it's not.
  • Raven Cycle: All I know is that this skater boy named Noah was too great for this world so he died. That's it. That's the extent to my knowledge.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: Cancer kids fall in love and make the symbol of unbreakable romance a parody of the saying of a broken up emotional wreck of a relationship.
  • Lunar Chronicles: It's modernized fairytales so it's pretty much the Grimm Brother's own version of Percy Jackson. And Cinder is a mechanic so I guess that makes her Leo Valdez?
  • Song of Achilles: Surprise they made Ancient Greece even gayer.

anonymous asked:

in regards to your last post, apparently the ideal counter balance colors are blue and orange. there are entire papers written about why they look good together. it's why almost every hollywood movie or video game (action type stuff) is blue and orange. i like your red and blue more, but it's something to think about? idk

Yeah the thing is complementary colors just means they cancel each other out, and if you try to blend them you’d end up with gray or mud. Sometimes comp colors lead to great combinations, but more often they lead to really bizarre, bland or straight up obnoxious palettes. Following it strictly can be pretty tragic (if you put complementary purple and yellow near me I will start screaming) and work best if you think of it more as a guideline than a rule like below. I mean you said yourself that you liked the blue and red more…

I just saw ghostbusters and let me just start with holy Christ. First of all everything was so much better than I was led to believe and you guys are totally underselling it. There are a few things I want to talk about (and as I do keep in mind that this movie may not be the first to do it, but it is the first time it is done by such a big movie, that will reach quite so many people).
1) The Slo-Mo fighting sequence Kate McKinnon got.
Ok the first thing is that gun lick. That was pure seduction and had me melting in my seat. Now that that’s out of they way, lets talk about the actual fighting. This is the first time (that was cool enough to stick in my mind) that I can remember seeing a woman have a fighting scene in a movie that was just a woman (not fighting with a man) 1, in slow motion, 2, not sarcastic, & 3, not sexualized. Although I do love black widow, she is a side character at best to the Avengers, and has yet to get her own movie, and I find she is almost never not sexualized. Another honorable mention is the implied fight scene in Serenity (River all killing reapers), and though it was incredibly epic, it was not actually shown, so it doesn’t count. I read somewhere (I don’t remember where but please assign credit where it is due) “the slow motion fight scene with Jillian Holtzmann was the scene I never knew I needed”. You wouldn’t think it makes such a big difference to have a woman filling in the role of ‘super kickass hero that is smart, funny, beautiful, and saves the day in slow motion with epic music’, but oh lord it does. When I saw it my heart exploded, and I might as well have been a little girl the way I squealed to my hearts delight. Kickass✔️
Genius✔️
Hilarious✔️
Flirty af✔️
Saves the day✔️
Slo mo fight scene with epic ass music and an orchestra✔️
Girl to pine after✔️
All that and on top of that she’s gay. This is literally all the representation I ever wanted now I just wish it were all like this.
2) Kevin (spoiler alert at the end of the paragraph)
This wasn’t the usual 'we’ve got a dumb guy’ act; they stuck with it the whole time. Usually when there is a stupid man there is a montage where he magically gets good at everything, or he gets trained by the women in 2 weeks and then suddenly he’s way better at fighting then they are and he beats her in the end, or he just magically gets smart in the end without the explanation, or sometimes he doesn’t get smart, but one of his stupid comments or exclamation leads the women to the right answer and then they 'couldn’t have done it without him’. They didn’t do any of that and all the glory, and all the credit goes to the women in the end. They even made a joke about it, when Kevin tried to say that he somehow helped and that it was all five of them who saved the city, him included. This was written to seem very laughable and point out the absurdity, and I though it was perfect.
3) The music
The soundtrack to this film was great. I don’t know what more to say other than it hit all the right spots and really amplified the mood and set the tone well. Also special shout-out to whoever did the music in Holtzy’s fight scene; Kudos to you that shit was great 👌👌👌
4) The girls
I’ve heard it said before, but this literally cannot be said enough, THEY WERE SO NORMAL. Sure they were super geniuses hunting the supernatural, but they were also normal people who DID NOT NEED TO BE WEARING SEXY COSTUMES AS WOMEN IN ORDER TO KICK ASS. They ate normally and they dressed comfortably. Sure it may seem like an easy simple thing, but if it is then why isn’t it done more often. Why don’t the women alway get practical eating habits and normal food which is not eaten in a super sexualized way. Like how hard is that to do, thank you for doing it for once.
5) The attraction
It would probably be stupid to have a character like Kevin who is basically a supermodel and not make some jokes about his looks/have somebody lust after them, but what I really appreciate is that it never got in the way of their work. It would have been really easy to make a cheap joke, and have one of the women get totally slimed because they were distracted by Kevin. Instead they made a few jokes and cracks at it here and there, but when it came down to it the women were professional, and while they were fighting/kicking ass they were allowed (by the writers in a sense) to focus on they fighting. ***

All in all, the new ghostbusters film was a great movie, with just about everything I need. Sure it has its problems (Holtzmann should have been explicitly gay because I went with my family and apparently none of them noticed and now think I’m crazy for seeing the gay everywhere, and I wish they’d chosen another character to pine after Kevin because to me it seems like they chose Erin to be a sort of no-homo between Erin and Jillian), but all in all I was really pleased with this movie. I think it’s a step in the right direction for big budget/large audience action films, and if for no other reason than to encourage Sony to make more films with nice female representation and more (and more explicitly) queer characters

Ghibli games masterpost

Did you know that studio Ghibli made games that WEREN’T NI NO KUNI?  Well they did! They worked on most of them uncredited, though so lets break it down:

JADE COCOON (PSX)

Jade cocoon is a weird game.  On one hand I’m not entirely sure it’s technically ‘playable’.  On the other hand, it has a fantastically haunting sense of atmosphere.  The backgrounds are all prerendered and the music is mostly atmospheric.  You catch monsters like in pokemon, except you can merge them together and they all end up looking like clumps of low res polygons.  The characters that HAVE designs, though, are very much reminiscent of like, a beta version of Princess Mononoke.  If you’re a fan and have some patience, it is very much worth a look!

JADE COCOON 2 (PS2)

The designs still rock, but the environments feel sterilized, less dangerous than before.  There’s also a bunch of grating anime stereotypes added in- I didn’t get to far with this one, maybe you can!

MAGIC PENGEL: THE QUEST FOR COLOR (PS2)

If you play one game on this list, make it Magic Pengel.  The game’s claim to fame is that you can draw your own characters in 3 dimensions, and they come to life.  And it works!  Then you battle them turn based rock-paper-scissors style at one of the local arenas.

What makes this game for me is that its the only game on the list that actually feels like playing through a ghibli movie.  The town feels alive, the characters are all fun and unique, the music sounds great, and the game even has that weird longing for the sky.  It’s first person, too, so it’s really the closest you can get to being in a ghibli movie.

GRAFFITI KINGDOM (PS2)

I don’t like this game.  Ostensibly it’s the sequel to Magic Pengel, and the drawing system is the same (improved) but the game itself is a really generic action/platformer.  Apparently miyazaki directed some of the cutscenes himself but they all look like garbage and so does this game

LOSTMAGIC (DS)

Lostmagic is a fun little game- sort of a combination monster catching RTS.  You also cast spells by drawing symbols, and you can combine symbols for combination spells, it’s pretty cool!  The story is charming enough and all the designs are neat, so this is one I’d actually recommend.  There’s a split midway through the story though, and I think I kind of got hung up there and never finished the game.  There’s a wii sequel, but honestly I don’t know much about it, or if ghibli’s designers were even involved.

NI NO KUNI (PS3)

Ni No Kuni is okay, I guess.  It mimics the aesthetic of studio Ghibli, but not the soul.  Honestly, it’s basically Blue Dragon if Blue Dragon was good.  Don’t play Blue Dragon.  I think I stopped playing the game after me and a friend spent an hour scouring the spellbook for a magic word that ended up being “Open Says-a-me”.  The game was originally going to be DS exclusive, and was going to include a real spellbook-  I wonder if that version was closer to the original vision?

Let me know if I missed anything, homies!

EDITSS:

greetings from the future (present) ((2016)) since this list I learned that Nintendo actually got help from some of Ghibli’s artists on Mole Mania for the original Gameboy!

MOLEE MANIA (GB)

 The stage– a desperate father, willing to do ANYTHING(terrorism) to save his children (i havent played mole mania)

Miyamoto (not yet a talentless idiot) directed this game, and it shared an engine with Zelda: Link to the Past, I think their workers were spread so thin between these projects that they managed to strike a deal with Ghibli, to borrow some guys to help with art assets.  Odds are it was mainly concept and promo stuff, but Mole mania’s art is a notch above usual for the time.  I can’t seem to find my source- it’s probably an out of print magazine???  but i’m absolutely sure on this one guys, i’d stake my reputation as a JOURNALIST and a CONMAN on it.

bonus:
 not a videogame, but i dont have enough material for a whole article on this… people kept talkin bout that shitty show goro made, but Miyazaki’s actual, REAL protege (asst. director of Spirited Away) already made a show with the eureka seven guys.  it’s called Xam’d: Lost Memories !  It’s very grown up-violence, relationships, worth of life- not really anime bullshit.  the art is top notch, ghibli lookin, and the monsters all look like kyogre from pokemon sapphire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Oc7ny2RvE

its a good thing they released it for viewing on Playstation 3s to make sure everybody saw it!!!

I was tagged by @lacontradictionvivante! Awe yeah!!

Tag nine people you would like to know better so they can participate, if they like:

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Relationship Status: Married. No kids. And a devil-cat. 

Favorite Color: Orange and green. Separate they’re great, together its really magic. I apologize for your eyes in advance.

Lipstick or Chapstick: Chapstick if I have to choose. 

Last song I listened to: We Are Never Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift. I don’t think many of you won’t be familiar with that one. Listened to it on the ride into work this morning. Gotta get pumped for the day!!

Last Movie I watched: I literally cannot remember. I normally do Youtube. …Which was apparently: Ranty Panty Insta Spanky (Baron Von Grumble ranting on his HP4 race (BMW). God I love that man.)

Top 3 characters: Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars), Vegeta (Dragonball Z), Sokka (Avatar the Last Airbender) Why do I not like any women? 

Top 3 ships: Obi-wan/Anakin, Vegeta/Goku, Sokka/Zuko …hmmm…I see a trend! 

Books/Manga: The Vampire Game manga is an old favorite of mine. Silly but well done. Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility are my life-blood. Fic is a whole ‘nother question. I think I’m going to type up a recommendation list this afternoon. 

Top 5 Musicals: I’ve only seen maybe three. And my favorite was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I prefer the cabaret. 

Okay, so the thing about Selfie.

Apparently people were turned off by its name, and so, they didn’t watch. Me, I was sceptic because of the trailer on YouTube. I thought it better portrayed an ‘OK’ movie, rather than a TV show. I was so shocked when I watched the first episode to see just how great and funny it was – it was nowhere near as vapid as the trailer!

But now ABC has cancelled Selfie and I’m really upset. Here’s why:

  • It was created by a woman.
  • Its executive producers are women.
  • Its leading male and female stars are Asian and ginger, respectively.
  • It has a talented, racially diverse supporting cast who embody a variety of body shapes.
  • It promotes social etiquette.
  • It is the home of what is basically the greatest line of all time: “Don’t be jelly, Linda.”
  • One particular episode made a point about self-love, and how you are worth more than any man’s (or woman’s) opinion.

Nevertheless, it’s been cancelled. Apparently the ratings just haven’t been good enough. However, let me point out something else:

So far, Selfie has aired six episodes with an average of 3.87 million viewers per episode.

This isn’t as much as, say, Community, which averaged 5.11 million viewers in its first six episodes, or Once Upon a Time, which averaged 11.31 million viewers. So sure, maybe if ABC wanted numbers like that, they’d be disappointed. – But here are a couple of other TV series to consider:

  • Pretty Little Liars – pulled in an average of 2.52 million viewers per episode in the first six episodes. This increased slightly to 2.87 million by the end of its first 22-episode season. The show is in its fifth season and has been renewed for another two.
  • Gossip Girl – pulled in an average of 2.75 million viewers per episode in the first six episodes. This actually decreased to 2.58 million by the time the first season ended. The show lasted six seasons.
  • The Vampire Diaries – pulled in an average of 3.91 million viewers per episode in the first six episodes. I don’t need to tell you that’s only slightly more than Selfie. However, viewership also decreased to 3.66 million viewers per episode by the time the first season ended. The show recently began its sixth season.

So far, Selfie actually appears to be doing better than some of the best drama shows that have appeared on TV. I don’t know what kind of ratings ABC was looking for – I do believe that they didn’t promote the show very well.

Either way, I think it is really important for a show like Selfie to be on TV – if not for the diverse cast, then for the support of female showrunners in an amazing yet male-dominated industry. You don’t necessarily need to have watched the show, but if it is something you feel strongly about, you should consider signing this petition: https://www.change.org/p/abc-save-selfie-3 .

Maybe it won’t save the show, but it is better than doing nothing.

We need to talk about how troublesome Inside Out is.

I saw Inside Out this weekend, and while I enjoyed it I wasn’t as blown away as a lot of the critical community has been. There were a lot of problematic things I just could not dismiss.

To start, it really bothered me that it was a story about a white upper-middle class girl with really supportive parents basically becoming a gentrifier. They move from an unspecified town/city in Minnesota to a house in San Francisco because her dad got an unspecified job at what is clearly a startup/tech company. They move into a fucking house. In San Francisco. They must’ve paid $3 or 4,000,000 for that house or a significant amount of rent each month. Clearly they’re not financially hurting. They had enough money that Riley could steal her mom’s credit card, buy a bus ticket on it, and they wouldn’t even notice. 

Now, I get it. The movie isn’t about financial difficulties. It’s about emotional ones. But the thing is, when I grew up we went through some pretty difficult, poor times. Within a month I went from living in a fancy two-story house with secret passageways and hidden rooms to living in a 4-bedroom apartment with my entire family in a run-down complex that was filled with drunk college kids. I couldn’t afford to do summer camp anymore and was torn away from my friends and that really hurt. And as an 11 year old I had to come to terms with the financial realities plaguing my family and understand that no matter how much I wanted some things I could never have them. But in the movie, Riley’s parents give her anything she wants.

Now, just imagine if the movie were about a girl who grew up in San Francisco and was forced to move because her family was priced out of their place because of gentrifiers like Riley and her family. Maybe I’m just irked because she had the most stable supportive nuclear family imaginable, who noticed she was gone immediately and loved and supported her no matter what, which is something that I never had. I love my mom dearly and she did a great job raising us, but she worked a tough job and wasn’t around all the time. And when she was, she was exhausted. The kind of super-supportive family Riley has is something a majority of American children don’t have, so at its heart it’s really exclusionary. Imagine if the movie were about a kid dealing with her parents divorcing. That would bring comfort to thousands of kids every year.

Furthermore, Pixar has a diversity problem and it’s really becoming apparent. The movie could’ve been about a kid from any race, and let’s face it, white kids face the fewest number of struggles by far. The only remotely non-white character I can remember in the movie is Riley’s teacher. Number the important minority characters in Pixar films and you get Frozone from The Incredibles, Bonnie from Toy Story 3, and Russell from Up. And only Russell had a starring role and that was shared with an old White man.


Inside Out had its clever moments and some really genuinely affecting emotional beats, but in its heart it tells a really privileged story that belittles the struggles that tens of thousands of less privileged kids have to deal with every day.


PS. can we talk about how deeply sexist Lava was? Was it necessary to gender the volcanoes? And to make them hetero? And to give a young bride to an old man?

anonymous asked:

so are you gonna watch The Last? Have you seen the spoilers for it

idk i’ve kinda distanced myself from naruto the last week or two because the spoilers and news surrounding the movie was so upsetting. so many subplots and character arcs went unresolved, and it’s just frustrating to see the last bit of the story revolving around completely illogical romantic subplots that were never properly developed. kishi really did sell out and it’s just soo unfortunate. it was such a good series and it had its problems but the overall core of the story was always great and it just feels so trampled on now. i’m not even bitter anymore just disappointed. 

gonna try to get back into the ask blog tho because i have my own canon to work with lol just a little hard rn cos i’m soo freaking grossed out by some of the stuff i’ve read and seen