I was tagged by lovely pangur-pangur and these are my life, these are my choices.
Moonstruck - opera, dramatic Italian handwaving and families. The Nephew - Irish island and heritage, romantic angst, family feuds. Beauty and the Beast - the romantic library scene! “I let her go because I love her”.
The Two Towers - humans move me and impress me more than stronger elves and dwarves when they rise against the dark forces. Plus music and Rohan. The Last of the Mohicans - the pride of 90′s adventure movies without CGI but a whole lot of suspense and drama anyway. Music!! And the tumoil of the end!! The Dark Knight - great action which has me excited every time i watch.
The Brothers Lionheart - Swedish literature queen Astrid Lindgren of my childhood wrote a story of death, siblings, courage and tyranny. Ronja Robber’s Daughter - Another Astrid Lindgren-story with fantastic humour, serious fights, independent children, and Swedish medieval forests. Pirates of the Caribbean, the Curse of the Black Pearl - the humour, the actors delver down to the smallest role, Jack and Barbossa’s snark, swordfights.
Pocahontas - another Disney favorite: Pocahontas fluent movements and running freely though forests (like me), the interesting culture clashes, the romance (Pocahontas offering a perhaps lost John Smith a home there!). Boondock Saints - cool movie with memorable scenes, excellent pacing, interesting moral dilemmas, and loyal brothers being loyal.
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I’m not really sure but the gist of it is that disgruntled ex-members have apparently been reporting posts to the sources, resulting in a large number of sources being banned (including massive ones like TMZ). It started with the principal article-posters (isntdaveone, hawaii_bombay, wonderwomanhero etc.) being suspended and has only escalated from there. And that’s meaning that the posts which remain are really scraping the bottom of the barrel, and some legendary old posts (‘everyone was dad and it was terrible’ for example) have disappeared.
Brenden and ecctv have apparently been hinting that they’ll let us know what, if anything, they’re changing as a result, leading to rumours that there was going to be some sort of big announcement on Monday, which of course never materialised. Now everyone is going in on ONTD’s current state like they’re vultures which, being members, I guess they (we) are in the first placce.
There’s also been a lawsuit against ONTD for reposting pics, which I think is over now or at least at first instance has found in LJ’s favour. It’s a messy situation and no one really knows what’s going on.
Celebrating the national holiday by having a pj partyyy with lots of wine and beautiful face masks and watching Ringcon 2013 dvds (which will hopefully also mentally prepare us for Ringcon 2014 because it is only TWO WEEKS away aaah~)
A while back, I wrote that I figured he was commenting on how he pictured Nymeria’s skin colour, not the fact that Janina was an Indian woman…and how that really highlighted his ignorance about race and ethnicity. I guess he wasn’t thinking about the importance of poc in his narrative, but somehow still writing these characters as poc based on his own prejudices and just not realising what he was doing, does that make sense? Like he was imagining these characters as darker skinned and inserting all this orientalising dialogue and in-canon racism, without any thoughts toward race–as you said with a colourblind lens–while apparently still thinking of them as white. And that’s just very confusing to me as someone who doesn’t have the privilege to ignore that race matters. How does an author with very modern sensibilities write characters who experience prejudice based on their skin colour, their culture, and not think of them as people of colour? How do you appropriate the experiences of people of colour without realising that you’re doing so?
You would think being constantly right about things like this would validate me, but it doesn’t.
The fact of the matter is that there are many woc with her skin tone and interpreting these characters as poc would change absolutely nothing about their narratives (well besides making them that more important)–especially since they are SO orientalised in the text. It’s something that would actually enrich and subvert the story so much. But now, knowing what I do, the entire series just became less interesting–it’s basically on the shelf next to all the other fantasy books that handle characters of colour the same way.
omg you should check out this one interview with chibs' actor (or maybe not because there WILL be spoilers) because it was a phone interview and in the middle his wee little daughter walked in and he says "no, darling, daddy will be with you in a sec, you go play now. I will be with you" ;A; By the way, what are your thoughts on Juice so far??
oh nooooo what a cutie. I might wait to check that out until I’ve marathoned a bit more though!
I’m not sure how I feel about Juice. I want more background on him because at the moment he just seems to be…there? I feel like he was supposed to be comedy relief at the start (when he passes out and gets done up like a baby lmao, or when he drugged the dog with idk, LSD or something instead of a sleeping pill) but that he’s not really had much to do yet? Like so far we had him acting as bait for the guy in prison (eesh) and then he got shanked (also eesh). More Juice please.
whaaaattt. I always think it’s so weird when celebrities (especially older men) have a tumblr. it’s not safe here! lol
lol I’m surprised no one’s hounded him off yet like the xkit guy. It seems to be run by his management - having his official site on tumblr is a pretty wise move, considering that he’s in so many contemporary shows/films with wide tumblr fandoms (Who, Merlin, Harry Potter…I’m sure I’m missing a couple) as well as just being a general legend.
Concerning your insights about Miyazaki movies, I wholeheartedly agree! I've been in Japan for a semester recently and like most westerners, who are interested in Japanese pop culture, my image of Japan has mainly been formed through media representation of it. And that representation, (magazines, TV news and TV entertainment) is made up of a majority of light-skinned Japanese people. However, when you actually go to that country, you encounter a rich variety of skintones. It's... interesting.
And there you go! It’s definitively erasure, imo, to have movies that portray Japanese populations as homogeneously light-skinned when that may not, as is apparently not, the case in reality. It’s a shame that such amazing movies suffer from this, but if definitively ought to be remarked upon and hopefully Studio Ghibli will move towards being more inclusive towards people with darker skin tones and actually portray them.
What does it feel like to live in NZ? I mean, I'm from Europe so I have already been to so many different countries on short and inexpensive trips. I've also lived in Japan for half a year and people would take short trips to Korea. NZ is so far away from everything, going somewhere else must feel like a big deal?
Uh, I don’t really know how to answer this because I’ve only ever lived here (and in England when I was 1-2 years old). So I guess it feels normal to live here?
I guess it’s quite different to other countries which are bigger or closer to each other because there, it’s easier to go travelling. I get pretty jealous when I talk to my English friends and they talk about their school trips to places in Europe like it’s no big deal - our school does those kinds of trips but they’re incredibly expensive and a huge deal. We do have quite a few tropical islands at our travel disposal, though, plus Australia. But even then, it’s still a plane trip away, instead of a car or train trip!
But actually living here itself is just like living in any other country, really… there’s a heck load of diversity and I actually live in quite a big city (relative to the rest of the cities here) which contributes to that. There’s not really any feeling of being fenced in or anything like that!
Even though the violence (and violence against women) just gets worse and worse, there are some really good Tig moments in the later seasons T__T You just gotta hold on!!
oh I missed this one! yeah, I’m starting Season 3 on Monday (got some DIY and Wimbledon to do on the weekend yay) and I’m looking forward to more Tig. Sad to hear the violence against women gets worse :/
lol Chibs just gave someone a Glasgow kiss. I bet his actor spoke to the director and asked for that to be included
(also my feelings about this 2 part series finale??? Gemma as ruthless matriarch of the whole crew. Tara using her SOA connections as leverage to stay in her job. Unser - who is clearly in love with Gemma BTW - basicaly prepared to lay his life, reputation, and career on the line to avenge her. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again - Sons of Anarchy is playing me like a fiddle)
Quick thank you to those who commented on my ‘family drama’ post last night. Rather than change the main locks I think what I’m going to do is add locks to my own room and just keep that as my space.
Hopefully it won’t be too expensive - the doors are pretty old and I don’t want to change them substantially, but my grandparents are fine with me adding a lock to one room. They didn’t even ask why! (I just bough them a new fridge freezer because the old one, which was 30+ years old, has finally given up on life - this may have had something to do with how ok with it they were haha).
I’ve told a couple of my friends (the ones I had to cancel on) and one of them has a place for me to stay if I need it. I don’t want to be that friend though - and I’ve dealt with this on and off the entire time I’ve been here - it’s just the fact that I know it’s happening now. I’m still extremely angry that my mum was and is doing this, but honestly it’s no more than I expect from her. In September I’m back off to London and I can once again rest easy knowing she has zero control over my life!
I hate feeling like this because I’ve done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide.