celebration of mediocrity

been thinking a lot lately about how (for lack of a better word) ugly men are allowed to be, and still be seen as natural and human, versus the forced maintenance of femininity required of women to be seen simply as human and worthy of respect. we live in a society that celebrates male mediocrity and demands constant performance from women, and idk it just really makes me wanna scream

Honestly I don’t trust people who sit around on the internet and call female celebrities snakes and whores and then post about how much they like male celebrities who are mediocre at best or post nice things about male celebrities who are known women abusers or sexists

Tensionless Action -- The Problem I have with Wonder Woman and a lot of other movies these days.

So recently I watched Wonder Woman at a dollar theater.  I know this is a very popular movie, a blockbuster and I think the highest grossing superhero movie. So I’m sure I’m going to ruffle a lot of feathers when I say, “eh, I wasn’t all that impressed.” I’m not a big fan of superhero movies, to me most of them seem to be cheap schlock, lacking in plot, a great villain, story development, and filled with tensionless action.  Tensionless action is the biggest problem I have with Wonder Woman. What do I mean by tensionless action? I’m certainly no screenwriter, but to me the best way to develop a story through action is to test your protagonist to his or her very limits. Perhaps even have your protagonist experience disaster, failure, or defeat before succeeding. Doing so make the audience feel like something is really at stake, like there are real consequences to what is happening, and leave audiences members at the edge of their seats wondering what is going to happen next. Take what I think is one of the greatest action scenes of all time; The Death Star run in Star Wars: A New Hope.

Luke Skywalker is flying in his X-Wing down the Death Star trench to his target. One by one Darth Vader is picking off his squadmates, each of them screaming in terror as they erupt in balls of fire. Finally Darth Vader approaches Skywalkers ship. He tries to dodge and evade Vader, but Vader is relentless. Vader opens fire blasting Luke’s droid. The tension builds and is complemented by increasingly tense music and reactions shots from other characters. In the midst of this, it is revealed that the worst has happened. The Death Star is in range of the rebel base, and Tarkin has given the order to fire.  Luke must make his shot now or all will be lost.  The tension reaches a crescendo as Darth Vader finally closes in on Luke. He gets a target lock and opens fire, but at the exact moment Han Solo appears out of nowhere, opening fire and causing Vader to spin out of control. With a gasp Luke fires his torpedoes, the Death Star blows up, and the day is saved.

For a first time viewer of Star Wars, this scene is truly amazing. The building up of tension sucks the viewer into the movie to the point that he or she forgets it’s even a movie, and wonders what going to happen next. Could our hero fail? Could our hero die a horrible death? We know the hero is going to succeed in the end, but because our hero is tested to his very limits his success seems truly earned. The struggle seems much more real.

And that’s the problem with Wonder Woman, at no point did I feel like Wonder Woman was in any danger, that anything could stop her, that she could actually fail at her mission.She’s pretty much invincible and unstoppable.  She bashes through German soldiers with ease, and while some of the boss characters bump her around a little, she pretty much dispatches them with ease too. A far cry from Darth Vader nearly blowing Luke to bits, or in the case of Empire Strikes Back when he is casually toying with him during a lightsaber duel, or Luke being helplessly electrocuted to death by Palpatine.  It’s the reason why I can recall from memory the Death Star scene in detail, but even though I just saw Wonder Woman, I really couldn’t tell you what happened in any of the action scenes of that movie.  I mean, she takes down a lot of German soldiers, beats a German boss, then beats a guy with a mustache and then the movie is over and I’ve already forgotten it.  The same with Age of Ultron, the Avengers destroy robots and save the day… I guess, I don’t really remember.  How about the first Avenger movies, Loki does something bad with a mcguffin, and they fight aliens and save the day I guess. Don’t get me started with the Transformers movies. These movies are all so forgettable and boring! They are grand celebrations of mediocrity!

Contrast this to Logan, where by the third act Xavier is dead, Wolverine is badly wounded, everything has gone to hell and you’re left wondering what are they going to do to get out of this terrible mess. How about the Dark Knight, a modern classic?  The Joker is such an awesome antagonist, one who is able to exploit Batman’s weaknesses and make him almost powerless.  Batman feels so helpless against him that at one point he considers giving up entirely. Harry Potter is just a young boy who barely survives all his encounters with bad guys, pulling through with the help of his friends, his wits, and sheer luck.  Throughout the whole series tension builds as Voldemort becomes more real and a more threatening figure.  Even characters established throughout the series are brutally killed giving a sense that there is real danger and the consequences of failure are real.  John McClane is just your average working schlub who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Die Hard he gets the shit beaten out of him, but despite this manages to prevail and beat the odds. How about Ripley barely being able to escape terrifying aliens which have massacred an entire platoon of Marines, or Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a game of cat and mouse with a predator, or Sarah Conner being so close to death the Terminator literally has it’s robot hands around her throat?

These are all great movies that know how to appropriately use action and use it to develop a story and characters.  Not Wonder Woman bashing apart helpless German soldiers, or Dwarves effortlessly hacking apart orcs, or the Avengers destroying robots by the thousands, or Anakin Skywalker slicing through battle droids like butter.  I’m getting tired of all these play it safe cheap action schlock movies! I’m getting tired of all the mediocrity! Movie makers need to do better!


Tensionless Action: Why the Hobbit Sucks Part 2, from justwrite

I will never stop being salty about this. We NEED to stop celebrating mediocrity from non LGBT creators and start fucking supporting content from LGBT creators for LGBT audiences. Representation is not only about putting one black character in a screen-it’s about allowing all people to tell their stories, listening to them and accept that not all minorities are homogeneous faceless masses 

Let Not Light See My Black and Deep Desires, an Adlock fic

So, this came about as a result of this post based on a dream @francesca-wayland​ had.

Slightly NSFW under the cut. (By slightly, I mean that there’s nothing explicit, but you  still don’t want to read this with your boss or family members looking over your shoulder.)

The title comes from Macbeth, when the titular Scotsman is plotting to murder the king and doesn’t want anyone to know. Because if I can use a Shakespeare reference (or even if I can’t and have to reach), I will.

(Also, I’m sorry this took so long. I’ve been in rehearsal all week.)

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BTS as Line from The Incredible.

#ILOVETHISMOVIESOMUCHITWASGREATANDSEQUELISCOMING!!

Originally posted by them-damn-fandoms

Jin:  This is a horrible suit, darling. You can’t be seen in this. I won’t allow it. Fifteen years ago, maybe, but now? Feh!

Yoongi:  Reliving the glory days is better than pretending they never happened!

JHope:  That was totally wicked!

Namjoon:  It’s psychotic! People keep coming up with new ways to celebrate mediocrity, but if someone is genuinely exceptional…

Jimin:  I cut it a little roomy for the free movement, the fabric is comfortable for sensitive skin…

Taehyung:  But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.

Jungkook:  ‘Greater good?’ I am your wife! I’m the greatest *good* you are ever gonna get!

welcome back dgm!! and thank you for 300+ followers!!

anonymous asked:

3/10 negative reviews are rolling in drownedinsound. com/releases/19935/reviews/4151029

the whole article is amazing, i’m holding myself back from pasting it into your inbox in it’s entirety lol

“From start to finish, Harry Styles is a series of impressions. One minute he’s Elton John, then he’s Beck, then he’s Mick Jagger, then he’s The Beatles—and then he’s every milquetoast singer/songwriter blanding up the local boozer on an equally nondescript evening. There isn’t a single trace of Harry Styles the person on these ten songs. None of them belong to him, nor is there a tangible feeling that he’s greatly enjoying what he’s doing.”

they also callout rolling stone on their bullshit : Rolling Stone profile penned by Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe; a piece which worked overtime in the ‘gushing’ department.

Vaunted lead single ‘Sign of the Times’ fails to connect any better in context; it’s still a laboured lift of ‘Angels’, with a surreal use of slide guitar, clunky lyrics, and a grandiosity that registers as misjudged self-indulgence.

Speaking of flying too close to the sun, the irritating ‘Sweet Creature’ represents the latest futile attempt at a ‘Blackbird’ reworking while more jaunty fare like ‘Carolina’ and ‘Only Angel’ haven’t a prayer when one is a cheap ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ pastiche and the other drops clangers like ”it turns out she’s a devil between the sheets” without a hint of irony. Pumped-up guitar stomp ‘Kiwi’, meanwhile, sounds like an unholy union between Scouting For Girls and Jet.

In trying to be all things to all fans, all critics, all expectations, all click-bait corners, Harry Styles has failed to make a defining statement. His first shot in anger is an expensive stab at empty imitation. There’s also a troubling sense of a marketing team burning the midnight oil as their top priority is made palatable for every potential audience; think the Harry Potter books with their ‘adult-friendly’ cover facelift.

Like the precocious wizard, his name alone is enough to generate huge amounts of money in a matter of seconds, so don’t worry, he’ll be fine. For now, however, there is no cause to celebrate such aggressive mediocrity.“ WOW this reviewer is so sharp and so blunt about everything i’m just in awe after all these obvious payola reviews


This is so savage i’m ??!? yelling like it’s sososo good i’m fucking flkerjflerkjfrlekjfel like??? he’s calling out everything that harry’s done just to pander to everyone and i’m not breathing that’s so wil dthat’s amazing

anonymous asked:

Here's a link, for anyone that's interested, to a review of Harry's album that I like that's.... quite harsh (he gave it a 3/10) but the guy brings up good points. A lot of the criticisms are things people on this blog have brought up in the past (he's impersonating people, he doesn't have a sound, etc.). drownedinsound,com/releases/19935/reviews/4151029

“In trying to be all things to all fans, all critics, all expectations, all click-bait corners, Harry Styles has failed to make a defining statement.”

“there is no cause to celebrate such aggressive mediocrity.“

Thank you for sending this!

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April moodboard tagged by @4thebenefitofmistah-jay

Thanks for tagging me! In all honesty, this month has been one of the most difficult months in terms of my professional life, career and just like in general “what am I doing and what does it all mean???” life. I’m trying to have faith and stay positive by being more grateful but it ebbs and flows.

I applied for a job that I was so over qualified for and had more than the required work experience and yet I did not get the job. The interviewers were severely under qualified but were pākehā men who had a lot of “experience.” I will know one day that it was meant for a reason.

I’m starting up my YouTube channel and I want to interview Māori/Pasifika folks particularly and share lived experiences. I’ll also be vlogging and sharing beauty stuff. I’m really scared to put myself out on a platform like that and I’m struggling to take the first steps because I genuinely think no one will be interested.

I’m in a band but I’m thinking of letting it die a natural death. I’ve written heaps of new songs so I will put out an E.P. sometime at the end of this year and maybe call it quits. I went to a gig recently and the band’s were so bad!!!! I think my music is really good but we hardly get opportunities and then I see people celebrate drone noise band pākehā shit and it’s like ???? I did not pay $30k for a music degree only to go to this gig and to see people celebrate mediocrity. I’ve lost hope and faith in my creativity. I hope this changes in May.

I’m trying to be grateful because I’m well and I have the privilege of researching my whānau. May will be better!

Sorry for the long read I think I needed to vent.

I tag my mutuals and I’m sorry if I miss anyone! @violentxfemmes @mackere @seaofconjuncture @greedybisexuals @dafidol @whyneji @loloniu @keikino @jahnibravo

anonymous asked:

Can I ask you why do you hate La La Land? I mean, I loved Moonlight too, but I liked La La Land a lot more.

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed La La Land. I didn’t hate it at all. I enjoy old Hollywood films. I liked Singing in the Rain, and Meet Me in St. Louis, and Victor/Victoria and Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. And as an homage to those kinds of films, La La Land was wonderful 

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The Incredibles - Sentence Meme

Change pronouns and such as needed

  • “Where’s my super suit?”
  • “Uh-uh! Don’t you think about running off doing no daring-do. We’ve been planning this dinner for two months!”
  • “'Greater good?’ I am your wife! I’m the greatest good you are ever gonna get!”
  • “We’re dead! We’re dead! We survived but we’re dead!”
  • “Well, he’ll look fabulous anyway.”
  • “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for ten minutes!”
  • “This is a horrible suit, darling. You can’t be seen in this. I won’t allow it. Fifteen years ago, maybe, but now? Feh!”
  • “I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now.
  • “No capes!”
  • “Now I’m losing him! What’ll I do? What’ll I do?”
  • “Pull yourself together!”
  • “Well, you know where he is. Go, confront the problem. Fight! Win!”
  • “Call me when you get back, darling. I enjoy our visits.”
  • “Ha! Never heard that one before.”
  • “My God, you’ve gotten fat.”
  • “Normal? What do you know about normal? What does anyone in this family know about normal?”
  • “We act normal! I want to be normal!”
  • “This is the third time this year you’ve been sent to the office. We need to find a better outlet. A more constructive outlet.”
  • You always say ‘Do your best’, but you don’t really mean it. Why can’t I do the best that I can do?”
  • “Do not change the subject! We’re discussing your attitude!”
  • “Stop right now, or you’re fired!”
  • “Huh? Huh? Oh, come on! You gotta admit, this is cool!”
  • “ I’ll be a bigger hero than you ever were.”
  • “You mean you killed off real heroes so that you could pretend to be one?”
  • “I’ll give them heroics. I’ll give them the most spectacular heroics anyone’s ever seen!”
  • “When everyone’s super no one will be.”
  • “I was wrong to treat you that way. I’m sorry.”
  • “See? Now you respect me, because I’m a threat. That’s the way it works.”
  • “Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it.”
  • Oh, ho ho! You sly dog! You got me monologuing! I can’t believe it.”
  • “You can’t! It’s impossible! I’m far too busy, so ask me now before I can become sane.”
  • “Are we there yet?”
  • “Sure, it was difficult, but you are worth it. I mean, after all, I am your biggest fan.”
  • “That ship has sailed. All I wanted was to help you. I only wanted to help, and what do you say to me?”
  • “Fly home. I work alone.”
  • “It tore me apart, but I learned an important lesson. You can’t count on anyone, especially your heroes.”
  • “Ya see that? That’s the way to do it. That’s old school.”
  • “You always, always say “Be true to yourself,” but you never say which part of yourself to be true to!”
  • “And now, you have officially carried it too far.”
  • “This is because I don’t have powers, isn’t it? Well, not every superhero has powers, you know. You can be super without them.”
  • “It’s great to see you, but I gotta tell you, I’ve got no idea what you’re talking about.”
  • “But you said we weren’t supposed to use our powers!”
  • “I know what I said! Listen to what I’m saying now!
  • “I can’t lose you again! I can’t. Not again. I’m not strong enough.”
  • “Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.”
  • “Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys aren’t like those guys.”
  • “They will kill you if they get the chance. Do not give them that chance.
  • “Oh, man–That was totally wicked!”
  • “Well, I am sure I don’t know, darling. Luck favors the prepared.”
  • “Do you think I’m totally irresponsible? Thanks a lot!”
  • “Just like old times, huh?”
  • “That was the best vacation ever! I love our family.”
  • “I should have told you I was fired, I admit it. But I didn’t want you to worry.”
  • “You keep trying to pick a fight, but I’m still just happy you’re alive.”
  • “He’s a disruptive influence and he openly mocks me in front of the class.”
  • “Coincidence? I think not!”
  • “You’re letting him go again? He’s guilty! You can see it in his smug little face. Guilty, I say! Guilty! Guilty!”
  • “I’ve taken courses and learned CPR, and I’ve got excellent marks and certificates I can produce on demand.”
  • “You know, I wish my parents played Mozart when I slept because half the time I don’t even know what the heck anyone’s talking about!”
  • “ I’m sorry. I’ve been a lousy father, blind to what I have. So obsessed with being undervalued that I undervalued all of you.”
  • “You are my greatest adventure, and I almost missed it.”
  • “Am I good enough now?”
  • “DARLING! How are you, it’s been such a long time.”
  • “Don’t make me beg, darling, I won’t do it, you know!”
  • “Tell me you haven’t been listening to the police scanner again?”
  • “Look, I performed a public service. You act like that’s a bad thing.”
  • “Uprooting our family again so that you can relive the glory days is a very bad thing!”
  • “Reliving the glory days is better than pretending they never happened!”
  • “It’s psychotic! People keep coming up with new ways to celebrate mediocrity.”
  • “He starts monologuing! He starts like, this prepared speech about how feeble I am compared to him, how inevitable my defeat is, how the world will soon be his, yadda yadda yadda. I mean, the guy has me on a platter and he won’t shut up!”
  • “I’m not happy. Not happy. Ask me why.”
  • “They caught you on tape and you still got away with it? Whoa!”
  • “Look, what if we actually did what our wives think we’re doing, just to shake things up?”
  • “Valuing life is not weakness.”
  • “Look, I called his bluff, sweetheart, that’s all. I knew he wouldn’t have it in him.”
  • “Next time you gamble, bet your own life.”
  • “Why are you here? How can you possibly bring me lower? What more can you take away from me?”
  • “Oh, you’ll get over it. I seem to recall you prefer to work alone.”
  • “That sounds a little dark for you.”
  • “I knew you couldn’t do it. Even when you have nothing to lose! You’re weak! And I’ve outgrown you.”
  • “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out!”
  • “You took away my future. I’m simply returning the favor.”
  • “Oh, don’t worry. I’ll be a good mentor: supportive, encouraging. Everything you weren’t.”
  • “You know, I was right to idolize you? I always knew you were tough, but tricking the probe by hiding under the bones of another super? Oh, MAN! I’m still geeking out about it!”
  • “Help me! Help me! Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame!”
  • I just need a patch job. For sentimental reasons.
  • “Have a great day, honey. Help customers, climb ladders…”
  • “Let me guess. It became smart enough to wonder why it had to take orders.”
  • “Shut it down, do it quickly, don’t destroy it.”
  • “You asked me how to get there and I told you!”
  • “Mom and Dad’s lives could be in jeopardy, or worse their marriage.”
  • “You know I’m retired from hero work.”
  • “Let go of me! Let go, you lousy, lying, unfaithful creep!”
  • “How could I betray the perfect woman?”
  • “That was so cool when you threw that car!”
  • “I’m sorry ma'am, I know you’re upset–Pretend to be upset.”
  • “Did I do something illegal?”
  • “The law requires that I answer no.”
  • “Easy, easy girl. You’re overreacting, everything’s fine, they’re just all getting coffee! At the same time. Yeah.”
  • “Settle down, are you kidding? I’m at the top of my game! I’m right up there with the big dogs! Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.”
  • “Every time they run, we take a shot!”
  • “You didn’t save my life, you ruined my death, that’s what you did!”
  • “I’m fired, aren’t I?”
  • “My employer is attracted to power. As am I. It’s a weakness we both share.”
  • “Someone’s always in trouble.”
  • “We appreciate what you did in the old days, but those days are over. From now on, you’re on your own.”
  • “It’s time to engage! Do something! Don’t just stand there, I need you to intervene!”
  • “You’re late. When you asked me if I was doing anything later, I didn’t realize you’d actually forgotten. I thought it was playful banter.”
  • “Does this mean we have to move again?”
  • “You want to go toward the people that tried to kill us?”
  • “Stop it! We are not gonna die! Now, both of you will get a grip!”
  • “We look like bad guys. Incompetent bad guys!”
  • “If he even sneezes, we’ll be there with a hanky and a pair of handcuffs.”
  • “Well, with counseling, I think you’ll come to forgive me.”
  • “Look, I’ve been nice, I’ve stood for photos, signed every scrap of paper you pushed at me.”
  • “Oh, no, no, you don’t have to worry about training me! I know all your moves, your crime-fighting style, favorite catchphrases, everything! I’m your number one fan!”
  • “You’re not affiliated with me!”
  • “I don’t see anyone from the old days, just you, and we’re pushing our luck as it is.”
  • “Where are they now? They are living among us. Average people, average citizens quietly and anonymously making the world a better place.”
  • “Shh, it isn’t your fault. It wasn’t fair for me to suddenly ask so much of you. But things are different now, and doubt is a luxury we can’t afford anymore, sweetie.”
  • “You have more power than you realize. Don’t think, and don’t worry. If the time comes, you’ll know what to do. It’s in your blood.”