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They will catch you… Or isn’t it rather you who will catch them? Coming very soon to your garden, parks, cities, villages… well… mostly everywhere.

A spoof of your average blockbuster epic trailer. With the obliged spoiler of the movie’s key scene: THE SNEEZING!

I wanted to pay a tribute to a recurring state that hits me every year at the same period since I’m 10: pollen allergies. It’s been so long, we’re like good old friends now!

TRIVIA:

  • All the fake names at the end are among the plants I’m sensitive to.
  • Aerioos is a spoof of Aerius, a treatment for allergies
  • Klinex is a spoof of a famous tissues brand, that one uses in mass when allergic!

Music:
Twelve Titans Music - Monolith

“Enemy Giants Attacking”- soundtrack. Action, energetic music for films, action scene videos: (fight, battle),  TV and film production, audiobooks, games , trailers , teasers or for any other uses.

Cinematic, Orchestral, Symphonic, Adventure, Dramatic, Action

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Destiny Live Action Trailer ‘Become Legend’

Activision and 72andSunny have come together to create a blockbuster live-action launch trailer to build upon the excitement and momentum leading up to the global launch of Destiny.

The spot, “Become Legend,” is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy) and features a Fireteam of Guardians on an epic, action-packed road trip across our Solar System to face our enemies, take back what is ours and in the end, Become Legend. The spot is set against “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.

Regarding the Complaints of Sexism in GOTG:

First off, I want to make it clear that I don’t want to tell any fans to shut up or stop complaining about the sexism they perceive in this or any movie because I recognize that it is just as important to discuss the subtle instances of sexism in media as it is to call out the more glaring ones. And it is certainly important to recognize sexism in the media we enjoy the most.

That out of the way, the following is my response to some of the major criticism of GOTG and my reasoning as to why it was not in fact a sexist movie:

(WARNING: contains spoilers)

1.) Womanizing Peter Quill and Drax’s ‘Whore’ Comment:

The first thing one needs to understand in a discussion of the male characters’ sexist behavior in GOTG is that the Guardians of the Galaxy, as individuals, were sold to us right from the beginning as basically bad people who develop enough throughout the movie to do something selfless and heroic in the end. This is their trademark, the thing that distinguishes them from the Avengers and other comic book teams; they are lousy people; they are meant to be taken as charming miscreants to be alternately laughed at and with, not as role models. The moral of the story in GOTG is not that we should go home and behave like Quill, or Rocket, or Drax, but that even flawed people like them are capable of finding it in themselves to be heroes. This is of course a valuable lesson, but it requires that our characters first be, in the movie’s own words, a-holes. So, it should come as no surprise that they are presented as such for the bulk of the film.

Why should it be shocking (or offensive, for that matter) for characters who unabashedly swear like sailors, steal valuables, hunt others for bounty, gamble in bars, and kill people to also be portrayed as sexist? Sexism is just one of these characters’ many and abundantly evident flaws they need to work through. We are not supposed to admire this behavior; we are supposed to find it shocking and offensive; we are supposed to laugh at it while being mildly appalled. That is the unmistakable tone of the entire movie.

So, to the people who were upset by Quill’s womanizing and Drax’s comment to Gamora, here’s what you are missing: it is supposed to be offensive. Even the slowest, least attentive audience member understands that Drax calling Gamora a ‘whore’ is not a reflection on her, but on him. The shock and exasperation of the other characters upon hearing the comment and the way it was juxtaposed with his next line (‘nobody talks to my friends like that,’ defending Gamora against Nebula) is intended to show us just how unbelievably oblivious and out of touch Drax is, so that we can laugh at him, not so that we can judge Gamora. The movie is not telling us that women are whores; we already know Gamora is not a whore, having seen her honor and integrity clearly displayed in previous scenes. If anything, it is putting a spotlight on the way ignorant men wrongly perceive all attractive women as sex objects… at Drax’s expense. This is a point in the movie’s favor, not against it.

The same is true of Quill’s womanizing behavior; we are not supposed to take it as virtuous or even attractive; like most of the Guardians’ behavior, it is supposed to exasperate us. We want to see Gamora respected, not slighted, and this is the movie’s intent.

 (Also, just a side note: this movie makes a prison rape joke at Quill’s expense, so… like most of the other horribleness on display for comedic effect here (thieving, cheating, murder, etc.) the application of uncomfortable sexual humor was not in fact limited to the female characters)

2.) Sexualization:

Some people have complained that Gamora was oversexualized. I do not understand this argument. I really don’t. Yes, she was sexy… but I think that has more to do with Zoe Saldana’s jawline than the camera work.

In the trailer, they showed a naked Gamora shot alongside shirtless Peter Quill to get the asses of their lowest common denominators (male and female) into the seats, as is the job of a blockbuster trailer. However, I was pleased to find that in the movie itself, Quill was shown half-naked in one scene and Drax spent the entire movie without his shirt while Gamora remained clothed (in more conservative garb than her usual comic book get-up, I might add) for the entire movie. Hell, we saw more of Rocket’s bare body than we did Gamora’s. For every ass-shot of Gamora (I counted one and a half because the second one was less than a second in duration), there were at least five of Quill’s and/or Drax’s abs and/or arms. And if your complaint is that she wore tight leather, well… hell, so did everyone else for most of the movie. I don’t get it.

3.) Agency in Female Characters:

First, let’s talk about Nebula, who isn’t given that much screentime (understandable, considering this movie’s brand new cast of thousands) but still leaves a powerful impression. Where we would traditionally get an ass-kicking but blindly loyal female servant/hitwoman/right hand to the main villain, we have Nebula, who plays all sides of the conflict, defying and/or double-crossing Thanos, Gamora, and Ronan, all to preserve herself and pursue her own ends. Instead of a mindless compliment to either of the main male villains and their schemes, she has her own plans in mind, making her a personality and a force unto herself. This is a level of autonomy and depth we don’t usually see in female villain sidekick characters, but Nebula manages to pull it off in just a few short lines and facial expressions. Instead of leaving us with little to no impression beyond character design (as many underdeveloped female sidekick characters do) Nebula leaves us wondering at the end of the movie where she will go and what she plans next. We care about her as an active, independently-motivated piece of the MCU’s plot rather than a pretty accessory to any male villain’s plot.

A similar, but much simpler and briefer display of female agency in GOTG comes in the form of Karina (which is probably spelled much weirder than that), the Collector’s slave girl. Even this tiny character with barely any lines or screentime (who, let’s be real, could have just been a wall decoration and no one would have batted an eye) is given emotion, and desire, and ultimately refuses to accept her subservience the male character who is ‘supposed’ to be her ‘master.’ The filmmakers could have simply used her to demonstrate the Collector’s bizarre eccentric cruelty (honestly, that’s what I expected them to do) but instead they gave her a will of her own and had her break out of her allotted role by her own volition… however badly that may have ended.

Last, Nova Prime, who everyone seems to overlook in their discussion of GOTG’s female characters (why? because she’s older? because she doesn’t punch anyone in the face? I don’t get it). To those who complain that Nebula and Gamora were just standard ass-kicking female characters, neither of them was actually the most powerful female in the movie; that distinction goes to Nova Prime who, not only has command of an entire planet and its military, but the entire Xandarian empire. She may not be a main character so to speak, but she has enough scenes (and certainly enough influence, as the leader of the Nova Corp) that I consider her a key player. Throughout the movie, we see her handle her position of power with competence, dignity, and grace, never once being sexualized or scorned for her gender (even by the Kree ‘prick’ she talks to in her first scene). If that’s not progressive to you, I don’t really understand what you’re looking for in your female characters.

If Gamora’s portrayal or other characters’ behavior toward her did make you feel uncomfortable or alienated, maybe I’m wrong and the makers of this movie did screw up. I just don’t see how a sound argument can be made that Guardians of the Galaxy was a truly sexist movie.