Things that were actually pretty great about Ant-Man
The Pym particle vial looks like Steve’s blood and for a minute Peggy gives Howard this look and you can see how she never stopped knowing, best friends or no, that he’d fuck her over for profit.
Peggy Carter being in control of the room
Peggy Carter in the late 80s, Howard’s going to be dead soon though they don’t know it, and she is tired
Sam Wilson, the only person in the film to actually give someone with the suit a run for their money—and this WITHOUT anything but his own gear and regular kick-ass skill set
Sam Wilson, suave badass on the hunt for Scott Lang and looking amazing
Sam Wilson, looking for Scott Lang not to take him in or kick his ass, but to help Steve
They don’t call the Avengers because the Avengers of the moment are a tire-fire in progress
Those story re-telling sequences, HELLO
Scott Lang does actually know what his daughter is interested in (the “oh poor deadbeat dad, poor him!“ narrative is terrible and that’s a whole other post, but AT LEAST, bare minimum, he didn’t give her terrible birthday presents and the film didn’t shit-talk Maggie (what crumbs I cling to!)
JANET’S NOT DEAD (??!!???!!?)
Giving Hope Van Dyne her goddamn due
Scott Lang as a superior ant-dad (god, this movie was WEIRD)
Casualty control: the explosion is miniaturized, minimal damage, no civilian deaths
Casualty control: Luis goes back for the guard!
The villain of the piece is the one that spouts the bs “Oh, Hydra’s different now” because, remember, everyone at home, they’re nazis
“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” –Edgar Wilson Nye, a 19th Century humorist. The quote was made popular by Mark Twain, who always credited its source.
From the archive: Photo of Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese at Warner Bros. Cartoon Studio, Fernwood & Van Ness, 1954. They’re shown holding recordings of Wagner in preparation for “What’s Opera, Doc?”, released in 1957. At the bottom is Chuck’s hand-written list of the music to be used in the short animated film. It was the first short animated film inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 1994.
Byam Shaw’s illustration for Poe’s William Wilson in ‘Selected Tales of Mystery’ (London : Sidgwick & Jackson, 1909) on the frontispiece with caption ‘A masquerade in the palazzo of the Neapolitan Duke Di Broglio.’
“It was at Rome, during the Carnival of 18 – , that I attended a masquerade in the palazzo of the Neapolitan Duke Di Broglio. I had indulged more freely than usual in the excesses of the wine-table; and now the suffocating atmosphere of the crowded rooms irritated me beyond endurance.”
I soon found him of weak intellect, and, of course, marked him as a fitting subject for my skill. I frequently engaged him in play, and contrived, with the gambler’s usual art, to let him win considerable sums, the more effectually to entangle him in my snares.
If, like many East Coasters, you had a miserable commute today through the blinding snow of Blizzard Hercules, just remember that it could be worse. … You could’ve been one of the members of Robert Falcon Scott’s fatal expedition to the South Pole in 1910.
If you think you can imagine how miserable it must’ve been to be a mild-mannered British chap, dressed in reindeer skins that were frozen solid, 10,000 miles from home, eating little besides stale biscuits, and trying to be first to reach the South Pole, well, actually you can’t. At least not without reading Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s masterpiece, The Worst Journey in the World.
… What makes Cherry’s story much more endearing than the usual ego-driven adventure narrative is that instead of breathless bragging, we get understated British humor: Early on, he tells us “The minus thirties and forties are not very cold, as we were to understand cold afterwards, but quite cold enough to start with.”
Photo: Members of Robert Falcon Scott expedition’s at the South Pole pose for the camera: Robert F. Scott, Lawrence Oates, Henry R. Bowers, Edward A. Wilson, and Edgar Evans. (Library of Congress)