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Epic Movie (Re)Watch #94 - The Book of Life

Spoilers below.

Have I seen it before: Yes.

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: Yes.

Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: Yes. #325.

Format: Blu-ray.

1) I watched this about a week ago - on the actual Day of the Dead - but didn’t have time to write it because I live in Chicago and the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. So my priorities were a little different than usual.

2) Anyone here a fan of “El Tigre”?

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Well the creator of that show - Jorge R. Gutierrez - was the writer/director of this film! Some El Tigre characters even cameo in the film’s opening, but you have to REALLY look for them.

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3) The framing device of this film (a bunch of kids at a museum being told a story) is a classic fairytale/magical realism device that can be found in films such as Big Fish. It also gives the film a plot driven reason for it’s unique animation style (the characters looking like wooden figures).

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4) This film has some really great humor.

Vendor Boy: “Churros! Churros! (A bird poops on the churros.) Frosted churros!”

5) I will talk about La Muerte and Xibalba as individual characters in just a second, but for now I want to focus on their relationship.

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I’m not overly familiar with Day of the Dead lore outside of this film, but I think the idea of having the ruler of The Land of the Remembered (La Muerte, everything good and wonderful in the world) and the ruler of the Land of the Forgotten (Xibalba, everything that is negative in the world) be lovers is a great idea. Their relationship is tense, volatile, and can be filled with conflict, but never is it abusive. Never is it hateful. You always get a great sense of love between these two and that’s what makes it work.

6) Ron Perlman as Xibalba.

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These two wouldn’t work so well together if they couldn’t stand on their own as characters. And the work so well in that field because of equal parts writing, character design, and voice over work. Ron Perlman is a regular collaborator of Guillermo Del Toro’s, the executive producer on this film, and has worked in a number of animated project before (including VP Lancer in “Danny Phantom” and Clayface in “Batman: The Animated Series”). Perlman brings a roguish charm to all his characters, even when it’s just his voice. He’s interesting, rough, and just likable! And he makes Xibalba all those things. You’re never particularly rooting against him, even though he’s technically the villain. You’re just entranced whenever he’s on screen.

7) Kate del Castillo as La Muerte.

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American audiences are not as familiar with Kate del Castillo as they are with Ron Perlman, although she is one of Mexico’s most acclaimed popular actresses. As Perlman does with Xibalba, Castillo brings genuine charm, likability, and charisma to La Muerte. As well as an added fierceness that lets you know this undead ruler can keep her own when head-to-head with her darker lover. You definitely get the vibe that La Muerte is the more dangerous of these two but also the kinder, and so much of that relies on Castillo’s performance.

8) Manolo, Maria, and Joaquin.

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We first meet these characters and get a sense of their relationship as children, and it’s great. Yes Manolo and Joaquin both love Maria, but they’re friends first. ALL of them are friends! Later in the film Joaquin and Manolo remain friends even when vying for Maria’s affections, and they are friends with Maria before they are lovers. And I think it’s driven home by this statement from Maria as a child:

Maria [after Manolo and Joaquin fight over who’s she is]: “I belong to no one!”

They don’t belong to each other, they chose to be friends. They chose to be with together because they genuinely like each other. I love that.

9) A huge theme of this film is also seen in Maria’s, “I belong to no one!” line and that is the theme of being true to yourself.

Both Joaquin and Manolo have huge shadows they live in (a line which is actually uttered by Joaquin later): Joaquin’s dead father was a great war hero and Manolo’s father pushes him to be a bullfighter like all the men in their family have been. It makes for a unique conflict and a great message to kids of all ages: be yourself.

10) Maria as a character.

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You get a real sense of Maria as a character when we first meet her. Not only does she have the wonderful line, “I belong to no one!” but she also shows her placement of morality over societal values by freeing animals slated for slaughter. Her father sends her off to a convent to become, “a proper lady,” but…it doesn’t really work. At least, she doesn’t become his definition of proper. She is loving, kind, sweet, but fiercely independent and someone who follows her heart above all else. Zoe Saldana voices Maria, and breathes such wonderful life into the character you forget she’s acting. Everything about Maria just feel so real it’s amazing.

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11) The decision to compose the film’s soundtrack from popular music recorded specifically for the movie (the mariachi version of “I Will Wait For You” being the earliest example) as well as original songs composed by Paul Williams is a great one. The copyrighted songs never feel out of place and don’t distract from the plot, instead playing perfectly into the emotion of the scene. And the original songs are made for the moments which are purely story and pure character, so they could not possibly be represented by something which was already written because this story hasn’t existed before.

12) Manolo!

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All the characters in this film are written with such life and depth that lead character Manolo couldn’t POSSIBLY be an exception. He has skills as a bullfighter, but is deeply conflicted by his duty to his family and his duty to his heart. But it’s all guided by love, something with is illustrated by the inscription on his guitar (a gift from Maria, nonetheless): “Always play from the heart.” It is Manolo’s defining characteristic and defining struggle: that he wants to be himself, not his father or anyone else.

Diego Luna just…ugh! So I’ve seen Luna in small roles before (The Terminal, Elysium) but this film makes me a HUGE fan of his! I’m really looking forward to his role in Rogue One BECAUSE I loved his performance in this film so much. Manolo sings more than any other character in the film, and Luna infuses each song with such sincerity and warmth it is nearly impossible not to fall in love with his performance as Manolo. And he treats each line of dialogue the same. Like Saldana as Maria, you don’t feel like you’re listening to an actor. You’re listening to Manolo.

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13) Grandma is hysterical.

Grandma Sanchez [after Manolo refuses to kill a bull]: “Kids today, with their long hair and no killing stuff.”

Grandma Sanchez [after Manolo’s father says everyone in their family was a great bullfighter]:

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“A BEAST!”

She doesn’t have many lines but very nicely embodies the film’s wonderful characters and humor.

14) Manolo’s Father, Carlos.

I have seriously MIXED feelings about Carlos, and I think you’re supposed to. He shows a genuine desire to do the best for his son, he just doesn’t actually KNOW what’s best for his son. He pressures him into being a bull fighter because it’s the Sanchez way, and when Manolo expresses dissatisfaction with this his father shames him into doing it.

Carlos [to convince Manolo to be a bullfighter]: “Don’t you LOVE your family?”

(GIF source unknown [if this is your GIF please let me know].)

(PS, I find this line to be the sign of an abusive relationship but maybe that’s just me.)

BUT Carlos has genuine moments of love with his son. He encourages him to tell Maria how he feels, he comforts him when he’s missing his dead mother, he actually LOVES Manolo. Hector Elizondo’s performance and the writing gets this across in a great way, and I think the film is better for it.

15) Channing Tatum as Joaquin.

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I do have to say of the trio of friends, Channing Tatum’s Joaquin is probably the weakest link. BUT that’s like calling one of The Lord of the Rings movies the worst in the trilogy: it was still nominated for best picture! I think it’s definitely because you know Joaquin is the third wheel, you know that Maria loves Manolo, and so it’s hard to get behind it. And you just can see that although they’re great as friends they wouldn’t make a good couple (despite Joaquin’s hopes to the contrary).

It would’ve been easy to write Joaquin as a jerk. And although he can be a bit pig headed here and there, you understand that he’s a genuinely good friend who truly cares for Maria (even though they’re not a great fit). Tatum brings a lot of this to the role, and even though I believe he’s the only non-Hispanic actor playing a decidedly Hispanic character (Ron Perlman gets a pass because Xibalba is an otherworldly creature) he has the same warmth and sincerity as Luna and Saldana have. It’s a nice way to round out the trio of friends.

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16) I can’t tell if this joke is stupid or hysterical.

Pepe [when he and his brothers are in danger]: “I’m allergic to dying!”

Pancho: “Especially in the face!”

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17) Joaquin’s biggest failing is probably that he buys too much into societal values, and his society’s values are…sexist. He is surprised that Maria reads, expects her to be a doting housewife (as all the high up men do), and that’s not what his heart wants it’s what he thinks should be.

18) “I Love You Too Much”.

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This is the song Manolo sings to express his feelings for Maria, and it’s beautiful. Paul Williams has crafted a quiet, loving melody which pulls at your heartstrings and is sung beautifully by Diego Luna. I think it’s my favorite song in the film and one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.

19) Maria is awesome, if that hasn’t been made clear already.

Maria [stopping a kiss after Manolo’s song]: “Did you think it was going to be that easy?”

She’s not the girl who falls head over heels for someone just because they sang to hear. It’s appreciated, but there needs to be more than that. I love it!

20) This film never subscribes to storied cliches. It’s not like Manolo can’t be an idiot too, as noted when he and Joaquin start to fight over Maria (which she has shown to never truly appreciate).

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Maria: “You two are acting like fools.”

Manolo: “Wait, me too?”

You mean me, the nice guy romantic lead, is actually making a mistake? What kind of movie is this? (Hint: a great one.)

21) How long must it have taken to put out all those candles?

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It shows devotion on Manolo’s part. As will the rest of the film, honestly.

22) One of the conflicts in this movie that gets me going the most is how unfair everyone is to Manolo. When they were children he stopped a wild boar from hurting people, but Joaquin got credit because he saved the mayor. As adults he’s ready to fight off bandits without a magic medal, but Joaquin gets credit because he does fight them off WITH a magic medal which protects him from harm. And when Maria dies from a snake bite everyone blames him. He’s not the snake! He didn’t bite her! So bug off!

23) My brother and I laughed so hard after we heard this line:

Student [after Manolo dies]: “What is it with Mexicans and death!?”

The only reason that line isn’t racist is because it was written by a Mexican in a film directed by a Mexican which is produced by a Mexican. So it’s okay to laugh.

24) The Land of the Remembered!

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Originally posted by lolitajohnadams

The Land of the Remembered is when this film’s visual style really takes off. Gutierrez’s imagination and the animation department’s skill bleeds through every scene in this wonderful place and it really pulls you into it’s world magnificently.

25) I mentioned in my Nightmare Before Christmas recap that Burton and company did a good job of establishing minor character with small introductions, and The Book of Life (although not Burton) follows in that tradition when we meet Manolo’s family.

Each family member - from the brutish Carmelo (voiced by the film’s director) to grandpa Luis (voiced by Danny Trejo) - is given a unique character with just a few seconds of screen time and dialogue which carries through until the end of the film. It works wonderfully.

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26) This freaking line, after Jorge is established as wanting to have been a singer.

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Manolo [after the two laugh about it]: “They crushed our dreams. Hilarious!”

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27) Manolo’s Mother.

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Immediately there is a difference in what is expected from Carmen Sanchez (his mom) and what there is.

Manolo: “And I became a bullfighter, just like you wanted.”

Carmen: “Me? Are you crazy?”

It turns out Manolo’s father saying his mother wanted that was…uh…wrong, to put it mildly. It’s a nice juxtaposition which establishes her as a character and not just a plot device.

28) Dude, I love this dialogue.

Xibalba [after Luis says La Muerte would never hand over her kingdom]: “She lost a bet.”

Luis: “Oh. She would do that.”

29) You get a lot of Manolo’s tender side and playing from the heart, but it’s easy to forget that he’s still a headstrong Sanchez boy. He still has the fierceness of a bull fighter, even if that’s not what he wants to do. And we see this particularly when Manolo threatens to expose Xibalba. That may not be the smartest move, but it is fierce.

30) Did I mention this dialogue and humor is awesome?

Luis [after his body is knocked away from his head]: “Hey, my arthritis is gone!”

31) The Candlemaker

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The Candlemaker rounds out the trio of immortals here, and falls in the middle. He is not about the Land of the Remembered or the Land of the Forgotten, he creates the candles (each candle representing a life). He is this big ball of happy childlike energy which is just fun to watch. And who’d they get to place this super upbeat and positive guy with hope and optimism dripping from him?

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It’s a nice change of pace from Ice Cube’s more hardboiled characters to see him play such a wonder filled creature, and to do it so well too! His voice work stands up there with the rest of the cast in that you never think you’re listening to Ice Cube, you’re just watching the Candlemaker. It’s great.

32) ALL THE LADIES IN THIS FILM ARE FIERCE AS HELL!

  • Maria’s fierceness has been established above.
  • La Muerte getting pissed when she finds out Xibalba cheated on the beat is fierce!
  • MANOLO’S MOTHER SLAPS XIBALBA AFTER SHE REALIZES HE KILLED HER SON!!!

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It’s a lot of fun to watch.

33) The final fight before Manolo can return to the land of the living is born from a wager he makes with Xibalba (he’ll face whatever challenge is thrown his way and win).

Xibalba: “What, do tell, is your worst fear?”

And then we get this:

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But it turns out his greatest fear isn’t killing the bull, it’s being true to himself. This ties into what I mentioned earlier: Manolo’s defining characteristic and his struggle are the same in that he wants to be himself. And we get a wonderful song to tie it up, of the same quality as “I Love You Too Much” and it is simply called “The Apology Song”. (Manolo’s father, who’s dead at this point, said that a Sanchez never apologies but after the fight is incredibly proud of his son.) It’s a nice character climax for Manolo before we get the final fight of the film.

34) When you have no idea this is coming, it’s the funniest line in the film.

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35) I give massive credit to the filmmakers for the way they handled Joaquin. He and Maria are set to be married now that Manolo is dead, and he knows Maria doesn’t want it so he’s about to talk to her about it before the town is attacked by bandits. Joaquin could have easily been some Gaston type but instead we got a sincere, honest character who deepens the conflict of the film.

36) This freaking movie…

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37) The entire final fight of the film is wildly fun to watch.

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It’s well paced, well choreographed, brings in all the characters we’ve met so far (living and dead), gives us a nice “dance” with Manolo and Maria, is filled with nice character moments, good humor, and has Joaquin decide he’s going to be his own man and try to sacrifice himself for his friends (it doesn’t work, he survives). It’s a great climax to the film.

38) “No Matter Where You Are”, the final song in the film, is a great ball of energy and love. But more than that, it let me know something I didn’t before…

Zoe Saldana can REALLY sing!

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Just thought I’d share.

39) The final reveal, that Christina Applegate’s tour guide and the security guard are really La Muerte and Xibalba, is in classic tradition of magical realism and fairytale stories. It’s a nice ending to the film.

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The Book of Life is great, and truly under appreciated. It’s representation of Mexican culture is unique in the animated film landscape, and gives the film a unique visual and musical style. The acting is topnotch, and you can feel through the writing/directing/character animation that it is truly a labor of love for all those involved. A great film which everyone should see.

Up next: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Things I've heard about the maximum ride movie

“This camera work is shakier then my will to live”

“Maximum disappointment”

“Isn’t that the guy from mean girls? Jesus Christ the guy from mean girls is playing Fang”

“Why is there a glue stick playing a half-Hispanic girl?”

“THEIR WINGS WHAT THE FUCK”

guys, I have a video of my nephew, who’s 1 year and 10 months old, singing “haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate” that would make Taylor so proud! my work as a swiftie is done.

Some Help: Hispanic Muses

So, I’ve been wanting to make this post for some time now because I’ve seen plenty of Hispanic muses played by either non-Hispanic muns or non-Spanish speaking muns and sometimes they miss certain things. These are just some small tips on bullet point forms just to help out! Also excuse me for not putting it under a read more but it’s just in case I ever delete this blog or something, it’ll still be around.

  • First, Google Translator is helpful for figuring out words but not helpful for figuring out what proper conjugation to use. Most of the time google will translate something in the singular masculine form. And sometimes it just misses other conjugations in general. So, here’s a little chart that will help you figure that stuff out. 

( Yo means ‘i’. means ‘you’. él means ‘he’. ella means ‘her’. usted ( the ‘ud’ ) is a ‘formal you’ ( used for those older or in a higher rank than you ). nosotros is ‘us’. vosotros is a more ‘formal us’ ( but it’s not used often, at least not in Dominican or Puerto Rican Spanish as that’s what i am). ellos is a ‘masculine them’ ( or if it’s a group of people with mixed genders you would use this ) ellas is a feminine ‘them’. ustedes is ‘you all’. ) 

  • Papi and mami aren’t just your kinky words. In fact a lot of the times they aren’t used in these kinky situations at all. Despite being words legitimately used to address fathers and mothers; it’s also used as a term of endearment. ‘Papito’ is a ‘cuter’ form of ‘papi’ used on children. ‘Mamita’ is the same way. 
  • Adding ‘-ito’ and ‘-ita’ at the end is the kind of way of either, making a term into an endearment or just referring to something as small. So saying perrito, is referring to a tiny dog. Or if said in an endearing way, is just a term of endearment. Like ‘oh look un perrito’ and ‘aww where’s mi perrito lindo??’ and as we know, i’m probably speaking to a male dog. Perrita and perra would be the female version.
  • Now, i’m speaking mostly for Dominican and Puerto Rican Spanish but there are different names for the same things. Like tia is aunt. But in Puerto Rico you would call your aunt titi. Or like empanda and pastelito are the same food but if you’re Dominican you might call it pastelito. There’s other words that I can’t entirely remember but this is really just an added fact if you want to go that one step further.
  • Also, and this is very important, no one who speaks Spanish ever ‘accidentally’ starts speaking Spanish and ‘doesn’t realize it’ or ‘forgot to switch back to English/etc’. That’s some fake non-Spanish speaking bullshit someone made up and everyone else just went with it. In fact it’s fake non-multilingual shit because no one who speaks another language does that. If they said something in Spanish than they meant to say it in Spanish. 

And… that’s all I could think of right now. If any Hispanic muns got anything else feel free to throw it in. I just wanted to spread a bit of wisdom into here. And also keep it a bit more general since every Hispanic group does their own things differently. 

Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Diego Luna,

Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Diego Luna,

My name is Jessica. I was born to a woman whose second language was English and whose first language seems almost controversial in this country right now. I was born to a woman who was called stupid because she struggled to find the right words to use. I was born to a woman who-when she was mad-would yell in Spanish at people who couldn’t understand her. I was born to a woman who would sing lullabies to me in her native language. I was born to a Mexican woman. When I was growing up, my mother and I lived far apart for personal reasons, but that didn’t mean we didn’t love each other. She would always tell me to be proud of my ethnicity.

Living in Vermont (a predominantly white state), my darker complexion made me different, made me a target. When I was in first grade, the kids would ask me why my skin was dirty, and I remembered asking to take extra showers. All the while, my mother told me to embrace my dark skin. I loved being outside growing up because my natural skin tone would show itself, but when I saw ads for beautiful women, I saw how light their skin was, so I stopped going outside. Plus, my dark skin made me “look like a dirty Mexican” (something kids my age used to tell me). All the while, my mother reminded me that strength and resilience are beautiful no matter what the color of your skin is. When I wanted to take a proper Spanish class in middle school, I was harassed until I settled on taking French because it was “more realistic” living in a place like Vermont. I was always proud of my ethnicity until people started singling me out because of it. They would ask me if I was legal, and they would push me to work on a farm because that was where “people like me” belonged. All the while, my mother supported me as I lost touch with our traditions and culture in order to fit into a group that never accepted me in the first place.

Then, when I was 14, my mother died.

I’m almost 21 now, but for such a long time, I had been ashamed of the color of my skin and the family traditions that this woman was proud of regardless of the harassment, oppression, and racism she faced on a daily basis. She never had the opportunity to see representation in this form. Natalia Cordova-Buckley, a woman who plays a powerful and badass Hispanic superhero/inhuman on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. A woman who-in the real world-is a strong voice for women and someone who seems so comfortable in her own skin, someone who is beautiful and gracious. And Diego Luna, a man who played one badass character in STAR WARS!!! Since I was a kid, Star Wars held a very special place in my heart as my favorite movies of all time. However, it was the last place I thought I would see someone who looked like me. My mother didn’t live long enough to see this representation, but I did. I am so incredibly touched by the strength and resilience you have both shown the world, and for the first time in a very long time, I am proud of who I am. Thank you for representing me and giving me a voice. Thank you for being a light in the darkness. Thank you for making me feel beautiful. Thank you for making me feel valid. And, thank you for being a hero to me and so many others like me. I am eternally grateful.

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OMG guys, Tom’s short movie $GAME, about a female basketball hustler. is online. He directed it and also appeared as a very angry basketball player. With Maureen Holohan, Michael Ian Black, Judy Greer, Richard Kind, and everyone else Tom could blackmail into appearing.

Gibslythe you did nothing wrong

I really hate this I left 4 days ago to go on a family trip with my family (we’re Hispanic) and it’s like 14 of us in a little house having fun spending time together and while I was there I had no internet and so I downloaded Dirty Laundry by @gibslythe and spend all night one day while I was gone reading it and absolutely loving it, being a part of a giant Hispanic family it felt so great reading like I have never read a fic or seen a show really that portrays Hispanic families as large, fun and hectic but loving and caring yet at time overbearing or downright unbearable with family tension AND I LOVE EVERY SINGLE PART OF IT??? Because that’s exactly what my family is like, we love each other, there are lots of us on each side of the family so now I’m back with internet after 4 days, back then Dirty Laundry was the best thing ever and so loved by the fandom and now I come back to ALL THIS UTTER NONSENSE  

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE SAYING THINGS LIKE LARGE FAMILIES AND THE SONG GASOLINA OR WHATEVER ELSE THE HELL YOU ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT IS A STEREOTYPE what else is it supposed to be????? I mean really? Who is controlling what is a stereotype because literally all I’ve seen in the fic is what I’ve grown up with?? I’ve grown up with large families or going to visit extended relatives, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc, I’ve grown with my mom playing Hispanic music in the car I PRACTICALLY HAVE THE LYRICS TO GASOLINA AND SEVERAL OTHER SONGS FOREVER STUCK IN MY HEAD SO WHAT THE HELL

Why are you attacking the writer to the point it is too emotionally overwhelming for them to write anymore after their final update? What the hell??? If you don’t like something they wrote you could be polite and ask them something or just stop reading the fic BUT TO DRIVE THEM NOT WANT TO WRITE ANYMORE? WHAT THE HELL

I also hear there are people asking why one of the characters are autistic and giving grief but the writer is using friend/family experiences to write that character so again why hunt them down like that? They are doing so much work, so much effort and research to portray these characters so why? Why are you doing this to them? Turning this once beloved fic into a witch hunt??? Why?

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS WAY TO GO YOU ASSHOLES IN THE FANDOM WHO HAVE BEEN DOING THIS YOU SAY WANT MORE DIVERSITY YOU WANT MORE AMAZING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT BUT NO YOU JUST HAVE TO PULL THIS BULLSHIT

HONESTLY since we’re here let me tell you a story so while I was in my screenwriting class last semester I was probably the only Hispanic person in class I didn’t care really and didn’t really notice until the class was going over our final scripts in class and this guy who’s not Hispanic wrote a script about a white and a Hispanic roommates in college, pretty much in the story the Hispanic guy had very bad stereotypes, he had a sombrero and a few other things that were really stereotypical I can’t remember all at the top of my head but basically the story went was the white roommate was trying to get the Hispanic guy expelled for listening to his music (Hispanic music, which is fine) really loudly and keeping the room hot (the writer said “like south America” which I found a bit weird) but anyway, yeah this character wanted to get a kid expelled over something stupid like that’s too severe and I was getting weird feelings from the story by then, so then the white kid recruits a friend to get marijuana and stash is with the Hispanic kid’s stuff so he could get caught and expelled and here I am trying not to scream because the story ends with the white roommate winning and the Hispanic one getting expelled and the thing that hit hard the most was when the Hispanic kid was begging not to get expelled he said something along the lines of “No! My family is poor!” that really struck a nerve with me, it made me angry and sad to hear because my family is not well off but we get by and my parents are sending both me and my sister at the same time to a PRIVATE school because they care and are working their asses off to make sure we get a better education than them, my sister and I hardly get to see them because of how hard they are working for us they literally both leave the house at 6:00 am sometimes my dad at 3:00 am and don’t get home til 5:00 so yeah that line “My family is poor!” FUCKING HURT ALRIGHT? And while we were sharing the scripts another person was reading out the script and literally said when he was done reading “I’m really glad I’m not Mexican” (the Hispanic guy was supposed to be Mexican, anyway moving on) seriously, the guy who was reading it even saw how offensive the script was my class even got into a debate because of it, some saying the writer wasn’t trying to be offensive, while others including myself saying it was still offensive I’m sure the writer of the script is a decent person and didn’t mean to come off as offensive they just didn’t know the culture enough or bother to look up the culture to make it not offensive.

So what’s the point I’m trying to make? THIS FUCKING SCREENPLAY IN MY CLASS WAS OFFENSIVE.

This screenplay made me feel terrible and sick listening to it.

DIRTY LAUNDRY IS NOT OFFENSIVE.

This fic made me feel at home and so happy to see my family values and such positively portrayed. I literally read the whole thing in one sitting until 3:00 am because of how beautifully written it is

I don’t give a bloody fuck if people send hate to me for this post you people who did this to the writer are sorry excuses for human beings and should be ashamed for harassing a minor and driving them to this

@gibslythe you did nothing wrong and I’m really sad to see this fic go so soon I really hope this harassment doesn’t hold you down you are a very talented person and care so much, giving the time to portray these characters amazingly I hope to see your work someday again and wish you well and hope you’re doing alright

Please watch Conviction

So, a monthish ago I made a plea to have more people watch a show I liked and I got a good response, so let’s try is again.

Conviction on ABC is a smart case of the week law show about a group of people who review cases and see if people have been wrongly accused. This team actually has the power to get people out of jail, so it generally (though not always) has a happy ending.

When I first heard the premise I was nervous because it’s on cable news and I didn’t think a TV show would be willing to call the system broken, point out injustices, talk about racism, sexism, homophobia and not be kind cringeworthy. But Conviction has done all this, while having a bisexual female lead, have a team with more women than men, and have more than one queer person on said team.

Hayes Morrison (played by Hayley Atwell of Peggy Carter fame) is the daughter of a president. She’s liked Chelsea Clinton if Chelsea was a walking disaster area of a human being who also had a gay brother. Also if her family were even more messed up than in reality. Hayes gets busted with coke in her purse and her mother calls a friend the DA of New York City to get her daughter’s ass out of jail. DA Wallace is Hayes’s ex boyfriend (Eddie Cahill, who is also a much older and yummier Tagg from Friends), and he sets her up as the head of a new team he’s made to investigate old convictions. The Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU).

All of that is basic set up. What’s the most fun is that each character is complicated, but trying in their own way. Hayes is a deeply flawed human being, an asshole genius like Sherlock or House. She stumbles her way through life, privileged and well aware, causing havoc because she can and coming away clean and free while the people around her take the heat. And the show calls her out for that. It calls out her family for enabling this. It calls out the police for racism. It calls out so many people, but also allows victims and survivors to have a voice.

Casew work and privilege aside. The CIU team includes:

- A white male who was jilted from the job as head of the CIU, but who also realizes that his female boss is way better than him and that she should have the job because of her skill (Sam Spencer, played by Shawn Ashmore aka: Bobby from the X Men movies).

- A white woman who when she was a little girl witnessed a murder and identified the wrong man as the killer, who has worked the rest of her life trying to save people who were put away wrongfully (Tess Larson, played by Emily Kinney).

- A hispanic man who was in prison who is also a forensic genius. He is also queer, having a relationship with another inmate who is still inside. He, Frankie, struggles with if he should get his ex-lover out of prison because Frankie thinks he did it, but he also isn’t sure if he’s formed the opinion because it’s easier if his ex isn’t able to be around him. Also, Frankie may or may not also be Bi, as he has strong Chemistry with Tess which could be romantic or platonic. (Frankie Cruz, played by Manny Montana).

- And last but not least is my fave is Maxine Bohen (played by Merrin Dungey). Maxine is a cop who got addicted to Perscription pain pills after she was shot in the leg in the line of duty. She’s over 19 months clean, has a son and often visits her father at the bar. She struggles to walk the line between her identity as a cop and a black woman. She’s also a mother. She doesn’t deal with Hayes’s entitled bullshit, but is also shown to be amused by Hayes and pleased to work with her because Hayes is good at what she does.

Also, I ship Maxine and Hayes pretty hard.

Also, the current arc on the show involves DA Wallace and Hayes’s ex girlfriend Naomi (played by Ilfenesh Hadera). Naomi is a beautiful and brilliant black woman lawyer who is representing Wallace after the fall out of Hayes’s coke bust coming out and Hayes telling everyone the truth about how she got off and how she became the head of the CIU. Naomi is well aware that Wallace hired her to hurt Hayes. Hayes asks her how she feels about being a pawn in her and Wallace’s fights, and Naomi tells Hayes she sees herself as a player, and that she likes being around their drama. She’s flirting with both of them, open to getting together with either (or possibly both), and happy to do her job.

So yeah, Naomi is awesome. A lot of the cast is awesome. And I gotta say that while I like the chemistry between Wallace and Hayes and would love for them to get together, I love that the show has left open a chance for Hayes and Maxine. Hayes is Bi and is still smitten with Naomi. There'vs mo good reason why Hayes and Maxine couldn’t get together.

If you liked Agent Carter, but hated the homophobia and total lack of diversity, then go watch Conviction. If you like shows like House or Sherlock and would like to see a female tortured genius, then go watch Conviction. If you want a show that deals with injustic without skating around underlying discriminations, then go watch Conviction. If you want a show that actively calls out Privilege and uses a lot of the terms that get tossed around when talking about social issues (aka: terms the general population doesn’t also know) on tumblr, then go watch Conviction.

It’s a fun, smart show with a solid cast, drama, humor, and diversity that is all about the problems with the justice system.

characters that i have imagined for the signs

aries:
teenage boy, but has intense emotions, maybe anger issues. wants to figure himself out. white, 6'2", short, spiky brown hair, green eyes. pretty hot. keyword: typical

taurus:
mom, stubborn and very intelligent. pushes her kids to be their best. real estate agent. white, 5'4", brown hair in mom cut, brown eyes. keyword: determined

gemini:
little boy, elementary school age. very mischievous, loves playing pranks. loves his family. hispanic, 4'9", black hair, dark brown eyes. keyword: fun

cancer:
young woman just starting her life. has some anxiety, but just wants to be a good teacher and find someone and start a family. white, 5'2", longish blonde hair, blue eyes. keyword: loving

leo:
model, started from a bad place but worked her way up to an amazing career. very ambitious. haitian, 5'11", curly black hair, brown eyes. keyword: confident

virgo:
old woman. very neat. husband passed away a few years ago, still has grandkids and kids she loves. spanish, 5'5", long gray hair, brown eyes. keyword: traditional

libra:
college aged boy, major flirt. likes beer pong. truly just wants to find a good girl but can’t seem to commit. african american, 6'0", short black hair, brown eyes. keyword: confused

scorpio:
30 year old man. very successful and attractive but can’t find love bc he’s closed off. mixed race (black and white), 5'11", cropped black hair, light blue eyes. keyword: passionate

sagittarius:
young man. wants to leave his hometown but doesn’t have enough money. native american, 6'1", longish black hair, dark brown eyes. keyword: adventurous

capricorn:
young business woman. cold, but that’s why she’s so good at her job. has no interest in a love life. white, 5'9", long white blond hair, light blue eyes. keyword: ambitious

aquarius:
teenage girl. popular and really funny. tries to show people she’s intelligent but doesn’t really know how. indian, 5'6", really long black hair, green eyes. keyword: unique

pisces:
middle school boy. doesn’t get girls yet. or boys. just figuring stuff out. has lots of friends. is as nice to everyone as possible. ethiopian, 5'3", black hair, black eyes. keyword: caring

DISCLAIMER: these aren’t to describe you. these are characters i thought up. i really don’t want hate messages about how you aren’t exactly like the character i made. thank you.

Growing up, my dad played Hispanic music and tons of 90s rap. My mom played everything when she was painting or going to a work event that she would take me to. One time I went to a showing for her and all they played was dance music. I was 8 and I lost my mind.

Whether it was going with my dad when he would DJ weddings or being in the car with my mom while listening to Coldplay for the first time. Music took me to a place where my imagination would go wild.

Now, my favorite song changes constantly. Currently either Ginza, J Balvin, or Calvin Harris “How Deep Is Your Love.”

—  Selena for Genius
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It had never occurred to me that I might be nominated for the Oscar. It just didn’t seem in the realm of possibility, especially for a Puerto Rican girl. Only one Hispanic in history had ever won an Oscar: José Ferrer, who had earned the Best Actor award for playing a non-Hispanic role in Cyrano de Begerac.

There followed a flurry of negotiation with the movie company. The result was that they would release me for only three days: one day to fly over, one day for the Oscar ceremony, and one day to fly back to the jungle.

I didn’t care. The important thing was that I was going! I ordered a heavily brocaded dress made of special Japanese obi fabric, a gorgeous gown with a black bateau top that I still have (and can still get into, happily).

On April 9, 1962, I attended the Academy Award ceremony, George Chakiris, who had also been nominated, was my escort, and on the way in the limo we laughed and practiced our “loser faces”–the fake smiles we would need to show when other actors won in our categories.

I was convinced that I wouldn’t win that I almost gave that fake smile when my name was called: “And the winner is…Rita Moreno!”

Stunned, I made my way up to the stage and stared in disbelief as Rock Hudson handed me the Oscar. I was so gitty that I was literally speechless. I didn’t thank anyone, because I hadn’t prepared a speech. All I managed to say was, “I do not believe it! And I leave you with that!” before I ran off.

– Rita Moreno: A Memoir

after making a post about with statistics about black oscar nominees/winners, i was asked to do it for other PoC so here you go, a compilation post  

since the academy awards began in 1929:  

a black man has been nominated for best leading actor 20 times 

  • out of these 20 nominations, there are only 13 different black men who have been nominated  
  • only twice were more than one black actor nominated in the same year 
  • out of these 20 nominations, only four won (not including Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is nominated this year and will hopefully win) 
  • out of these 20 nominations, 16 were for roles that had to be played by black men (i.e. they were based on real people or the storyline called for it) 
  • Out of the mere 4 roles in which the actor being black was not specifically required, only 2 roles could really have realistically been played by an actor of another racewithout it being awkward/unrealistic/changing the story (Denzel Washington in Flight, and Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption) 

a black woman has been nominated for the academy award for best leading actress 10 times 

  • only once was more than one black actress nominated in the same year 
  • out of these 10 nominations, only one won 
  • every single role required a black actress 

an asian man has been nominated for best leading actor 3 times 

  • out of those three nominations, two won 
  • only two different asian men have been nominated
  • out of those three nominations, all three had to be played by asian men 
  • there have never been more than one asian man nominated in the same year 
  • the last time an asian man was nominated for best leading actor was 11 years ago 

an asian woman has been nominated for best leading actress 

1 time 

  •  no asian woman has ever won the oscar for best leading actress 
  • the role did not require an asian actress 
  • the last time an asian woman was nominated for best leading actress was 79 years ago

a latino or hispanic man (including those born in and outside the US) has been nominated for best leading actor 10 times 

  • of those 10 nominations, only 1 won 
  • of those 10 nominations, only 6 different men were nominated 
  • of those 10 nominations, 4 had to be played by hispanic/latino men
  • at least half of the men nominated have been white-passing (this is not just an opinion: they played specifically white characters such as italians and greeks) 

a latina or hispanic woman (including those born in and outside the US) has been nominated for best leading actress 

4 times 

  • no hispanic or latina actress has ever won the oscar for best actress 
  • every role nominated required a hispanic or latina actress 

do you see the problems here?

  1. ridiculously low number of PoC nominees, and even lower number of PoC winners  
  2. lack of opportunities presented to PoC actors: the roles that do not specify a race are overwhelmingly given to white actors, leaving only the PoC-specific roles for PoC actors 
  3. the number of movies starring PoC people or with the cast being a majority PoC, but not about their race, is stunningly low