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Hollywood, It’s Time to Retire the ‘Loveable Misogynist’ Movie Hero
Thanks Max Rockatansky for showing us there can be another way.

I love Mad Max.  The character, that is, and yes I mean the version as portrayed by too-pure-for-this-world precious cinnamon roll Tom Hardy.  This version of Max Rockatansky was a game- changer, a turning point, and it’s not so much because of what he does do in the film (tortured gun-toting loners like Max are common) but what he doesn’t do. And the most important thing Max doesn’t do in Mad Max: Fury Road is be a dick to women.

This is remarkable because Max spends almost his entire movie surrounded by women.  While there is some debate as to who is the protagonist of the piece, Max is the main character as the audience views the story through his lens, the Nick Carraway to Furiosa’s Jay Gatsby.  So in a movie with a male lead, it’s an extreme rarity to see a supporting cast that’s even half female, let alone mostly female.  And the most revolutionary element in Fury Road isn’t necessarily the quantity of female characters (though that is certainly extremely noteworthy, considering the relative paucity in most other movies that aren’t romantic comedies), but that gender doesn’t inform character interaction.  Max doesn’t alter his language or actions when he’s interacting with any of the women.  He doesn’t need to remark on girls doing non-girl things like shooting or punching, he doesn’t need to second guess anyone’s abilities and his ego isn’t bruised when Furiosa is his better at certain skillsets.  Here’s a male lead who isn’t driven by insecurity about his masculinity.

Why is that so rare?

The release of Jurassic World several weeks later, and the subsequent eye-rolling at the dull, played-out Beavis and Butt-head-level way that Chris Pratt’s character treated his female co-lead was placed into even more stark contrast by how people embraced Hardy’s Max.  Loveable wink-wink, nudge-nudge misogyny in your male lead isn’t a problem unto itself.  The problem is sheer volume.  It seems like with tentpoles and franchise properties that aren’t aimed at children, the lovable misogynist is a handy stock character if you want your protagonist to be flawed but relatable.  After all, if the Hollywood bro-club presumes the audience doesn’t respect women, why the hell should your protagonist?

These things seem to come and go in waves, but it’s nothing new.

“Lovable misogyny rarely furthers a narrative or builds interesting characters; it’s just there because it’s normalized.  And, again, this is not an issue of volume, it’s an issue of the pervasiveness for that being the go-to Thing when you want to give your male lead a character arc.  It usually doesn’t add anything (I’m looking at you, Age of Ultron “prima nocta” joke that everyone hated), it’s just set dressing that’s placed there for no reason other than the assumption that the drooling caveman audience will get confused at its absence.  It’s 2015, it’s not weird for women to have jobs and fix cars and punch faces anymore, move on!“

We wrote ‘Disconnected’ with John Feldmann and Alex Gaskarth - the ‘dream team’ as we like to call them. We love playing it live, it’s got loads of groove and we think it will be a fan favourite because of the lyrics…

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Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs by Terry Border

Artist Terry Border gives new life to old books in his latest series titled Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs. The artist utilizes his handcrafted technique of bending wires to serve as limbs and combines it with a great sense of humor. Each whimsical creation in the ongoing project is a sculptural work that stands on its own, reflecting its respective text.

Source: terryborder.com

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Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Ashton Irwin (5SOS), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte), Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan) and John Feldmann (Goldfinger)

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Battle Arms Development is easily one of my favorite firearms company. Producing AR-15 accessories/Parts, they’ve really started churning out custom AR-15′s. 

After stopping by there booth at SHOT Show 2015 to see the OIP Rifle(Ounces is Pounds) that weighs under 4lbs, I decided to order one and should be here within a month or two!

A small company out of Las Vegas, they’ve created some “themed” rifles as well as some awesome props to coincide with them. 

Pictured above are three different themed rifles:

Boba Fett themed AR-15 with custom made helmet

Stormtrooper themed AR-15 with custom made helmet

The latest in the bottom picture is called: “GoldFinger,” based on the James Bond Movie Goldfinger.

Please support Battle Arms Development! They have accessories, full custom rifles, services, etc.

http://www.battlearmsdevelopment.com


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Holiday Song of the Day: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” - Joel Madden (Good Charlotte), Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer), Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan), Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), John Feldman (Goldfinger)

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Architect/Illustrator Federico Babina recently created a collection of 17 posters entitled “Archiset” in which interiors from iconic films are presented in 2-dimensional cross sections. Using a somewhat retro 60’s advertisement-illustration style, Babina captures key moments and props from film ranging from Kubrick and Hitchcock classics to the (under-rated) Coen Brothers’ comedy, The Hudsucker Proxy. 

You can check out the entire collection and more of Babina’s work here.