the first one was filmed with a potato

The M/M Shipping Thing: Misogyny, the Male Gaze, and Feminist and Queer Representation

Follow up post to this one, here. Read this to see my thoughts on the importance of allowing women to see men through a lens where male sexuality is something to be celebrated, not feared. Seems like a lot of people can relate to this, and I just love talking about it so have some more of my thoughts.

First of all, it’s a numbers game…

Going off of this point by @colt-kun which I’ve copied and pasted here. This gives a great overview of a purely statistical analysis of why m/m ships are more common.  

“There’s also the sheer numbers to take into account.

Take the first Avengers movie as an example (because frankly its one of the few recent blockbusters with two female speaking roles). Two females, Black Widow and Maria. Then eight males, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Loki, Fury, Coulson.

Not counting polyships/selfships for ease of math, and using the characters cisgender identities bc that is what they are largely seen as (no disrespect meant to any trans/nb interpretations)

Possible f/m ships: 16 (35.5%)
Possible f/f ships: 1 (2.2%)
Possible m/m ships: 28 (62.2%)

That’s not even accounting for screentime, character chemistry, interaction times, etc. thats just the NUMBERS.

When there’s a large disparity in character gender then yeah, you’re going to see a heavy inclination to m/m ships because that’s really ALL THATS POSSIBLE. The fans have a natural desire for more story and romances, they want to world build and AU. We’ve done that since stories were first told.

So of COURSE you’re going to see a lot of women - of all sexual orientations - leaning towards m/m pairings because when there’s only potatoes at the buffet… you eat the potatoes. Think of all the shows an movies with only one female character in a cast of men. Is it really difficult to see WHY there’s a lot of m/m ships there?”

Mainstream media is male-centered and male-dominated.

Going beyond just the numbers the fact is that in the majority of popular films and TV shows many of the female characters aren’t well-rounded or on screen as much as most of the men. There is a tendency for women to be the secondary characters or maybe to have one main female character. This makes it hard to really relate to and invest in a lot of the female characters out there. Not that people don’t, but it’s not going to attract a huge following.

Take Supernatural (low hanging fruit I know) where even if there are a large number of women that appear throughout the series, there aren’t many that stick around(and let’s not even go there with all of the deaths and how sexist that is right now ha)or interact with each other in a way that would lead to a lot of shipping. Even in my lovely Hannibal fandom, the Marlana ship which people love and people write for just isn’t going to have as much of a following just based on the fact that they aren’t the main characters. And Marlana is a good example of a w/w ship where they aren’t objectified, don’t die, and still it’s a secondary focus. There obviously are some exceptions, but they are few and far between.

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Guillermo del Toro Gómez born October 9, 1964, is a Mexican American film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil’s Backbone (2001), and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013). His latest film, The Shape of Water, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and is scheduled for an American release on December 8, 2017.

In addition to his directing works, del Toro is a prolific producer, his producing works including acclaimed and successful films such as The Orphanage (2007), Julia’s Eyes (2010), Biutiful (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss in Boots (2011), and Mama (2013). He was originally chosen by Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit films; he left the project due to production problems but was still credited as co-writer for his numerous contributions to the script.

Del Toro’s work is characterised by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty.  He has a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power.[3] Del Toro is known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, the themes of Catholicism and celebrating imperfection, underworld and clockwork motifs, practical special effects, dominant amber lighting, and his frequent collaborations with actors Ron Perlman and Doug Jones. He is also friends with fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, collectively known as “The Three Amigos of Cinema”.

When del Toro was about eight years old, he began experimenting with his father’s Super 8 camera, making short films with Planet of the Apes toys and other objects. One short focused on a "serial killer potato” with ambitions of world domination; it murdered del Toro’s mother and brothers before stepping outside and being crushed by a car. Del Toro made about 10 short films before his first feature, including one titled Matilde, but only the last two, Doña Lupe and Geometria, have been made available. He also wrote four and directed five episodes of the cult series La Hora Marcada, along with other Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón.

Del Toro studied special effects and make-up with special-effects artist Dick Smith. He spent 10 years as a special-effects make-up designer and formed his own company, Necropia. He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Later in his directing career, he formed his own production company, the Tequila Gang.

In 1997, at the age of 33, Guillermo was given a $30 million budget from Miramax Films to shoot another film, Mimic. During this time, his father, automotive entrepreneur Federico del Toro, was kidnapped in Guadalajara. Del Toro’s family had to pay twice the amount originally asked. The event prompted del Toro, his parents, and his siblings to move abroad. In an interview with Time magazine, he said this about the kidnapping of his father: “Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am an involuntary exile [from my country]

Del Toro has directed a wide variety of films, from comic book adaptations (Blade II, Hellboy) to historical fantasy and horror films, two of which are set in Spain in the context of the Spanish Civil War under the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco. These two films, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, are among his most critically acclaimed works. They share similar settings, protagonists and themes with the 1973 Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive, widely considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s.

Del Toro views the horror genre as inherently political, explaining, "Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.”

He is close friends with two other prominent and critically praised Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu.[15] The three often influence each other’s directorial decisions, and have been interviewed together by Charlie Rose. Cuarón was one of the producers of Pan’s Labyrinth, while Iñárritu assisted in editing the film.

Del Toro has also contributed to the web series Trailers From Hell.

In April 2008, del Toro was hired by Peter Jackson to direct the live-action film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. On May 30, 2010, del Toro left the project due to extend delays brought on by MGM’s financial troubles. Although he did not direct the films, he is credited as co-writer in An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies.

On June 2, 2009, del Toro’s first novel, The Strain, was released. It is the first part of an apocalyptic vampire trilogy co-authored by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The second volume, The Fall, was released on September 21, 2010. The final installment, The Night Eternal, followed in October 2011. Del Toro cites writings of Antoine Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Bernhardt J. Hurwood among his favourites in the non-literary form about vampires.


On December 9, 2010, del Toro launched Mirada Studios with his long-time cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, director Mathew Cullen and executive producer Javier Jimenez. Mirada was formed in Los Angeles, California to be a collaborative space where they and other filmmakers can work with Mirada’s artists to create and produce projects that span digital production and content for film, television, advertising, interactive and other media. Mirada launched as a sister company to production company Motion Theory.[19]

Del Toro directed Pacific Rim, a science fiction film based on a screenplay by del Toro and Travis Beacham. In the film, giant monsters rise from the Pacific Ocean and attack major cities, leading humans to retaliate with gigantic mecha suits called Jaegers. Del Toro commented, “This is my most un-modest film, this has everything. The scale is enormous and I’m just a big kid having fun.” The film was released on July 12, 2013 and grossed $411 million at the box office.

Del Toro directed “Night Zero”, the pilot episode of The Strain, a vampire horror television series based on the novel trilogy of the same name by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. FX has commissioned the pilot episode, which del Toro scripted with Hogan and was filmed in Toronto in September 2013. FX ordered a thirteen-episode first season for the series on November 19, 2013, and series premiered on July 13, 2014.

After The Strain’s pilot episode, del Toro directed Crimson Peak, a gothic horror film he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Cox. Del Toro has described the film as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story”, citing The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining as influences. Del Toro also stated, “I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.” Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam starred in the film. Production began February 2014 in Toronto, with an April 2015 release date initially planned. The studio later pushed the date back to October 2015, to coincide with the Halloween season.[

He was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Del Toro directed the cold-war drama film The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon.[29] Filming was set to begin on August 1, 2016 in Toronto,[30][31] but del Toro confirmed on his personal Twitter account that filming would begin on August 15, 2016.[32] Production was officially announced to have begun on that day and wrapped twelve weeks later, the film is currently in post-production.[33] On August 31, 2017 the movie was screened and premiered in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival where it was awarded the Golden Lion for best film, making Del Toro the first mexican director to win the award[34][35].

On July 21, 2016, it was reported that del Toro will retire from producing for projects that he isn’t creating or directing himself.

At the D23 Expo in 2009, his Double Dare You production company and Disney announced a production deal for a line of darker animated films. The label was announced with one original animated project, Trollhunters. However, del Toro moved his deal to DreamWorks in late 2010. Trollhunters was released to great acclaim on Netflix and “is tracking to be its most-watched kids original ever

Mark Gatiss Download & Streaming Links

This is a collection of download and streaming links to Mark Gatiss-related TV, film and audio content; ranging from the League of Gentlemen to Sherlock to A History of Horror, from cameos in obscure 1990’s sitcoms and radio documentaries on Doctor Who to London Spy and Game of Thrones. (Not forgetting the legendary film ‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men’.) It’s unlikely to ever be a comprehensive set of links to everything he’s done, but hopefully it’s a pretty good place to start.

This list is in approximate chronological order, divided between the League of Gentlemen related material, other TV/Films and then Radio and Audio Books. Where shows are commercially available in your area please watch, listen, screencap and gif away, but also consider purchasing the relevant DVDs or legal downloads as applicable. If you like it (and Mark/the League/etc) then buy it and help to support more creative works!

If any of the links are broken, incomplete, stop working or go all screwy in any other way please let me know and I’ll try to get things re-uploaded. I’ve got around 50GB of material uploaded and lots of links so apologies if things have got mixed up anywhere. The streaming links aren’t mine so if they break I’ll just try to find an alternative!

Hope you enjoy and spread the Gatiss-appreciation. <3

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More translations from that Mexican magazine (only the white boxes) (apologies for the amount I don’t know!):


- Welcome to Mexico.  What is the girl of your dreams like?
Ignazio: Simple and with personality; if she is pretty in my eyes, it’s a bonus.
Piero: A girl that understands me, that is loyal and intelligent and although the physical (/body) isn’t the most important, she has to be a beautiful girl (does that make sense? He just contradicted himself…).  The physical beauty may tire but the inner never will.
Gianluca: I reflect in her eyes(?).  Her look/appearance must capture me.  I need someone that makes me smile because I am very melancholy.  If she’s going to fall in love with me, she must love my melancholy and I her joy.

 
- What would your ideal date be like?
I: I really like to cook, so I would love to do a dinner for two on the beach.  
P: (I literally don’t understand - someone help??? I think it’s something about being up for anything if he’s with a girl he likes?)
G: A dinner alone at the pyramids(?) having white wine.  


- Which actress or singer do you have a crush on?
I: I really like Anne Hathaway.
P: I love Angelina Jolie and for singers; Taylor Swift.
G:  Natalie Portman is my favourite.  I love elegant women.


- What is your most sad, entertaining or strange date story? (I’m guessing “historia de ligue” means something like “date story”, someone know?)
I: One time I met a girl in Brazil.  I don’t speak Portuguese and she didn’t speak English so we couldn’t communicate with each other.  She started to speak ill of me to her friend and I understood some words.  Before I went I told her  "Look, I don’t know how to speak Portuguese but I know to respect people in all languages".  I turned and went.   (This doesn’t sound like a date, Ignazio…)
P: The first kiss. (Fue con una papa a la francesa = it was with a French potato???  Or as a dictionary says: “Papa French” - does this mean anything to anyone?! Someone help! I don’t understand Piero!!), same as in the Disney film “The Lady and the Tramp”.  Each one I ate at one end until our lips touched.  
G: I remember when I was small a woman kissed me and I ran away from the pain it gave me (???).  I was 12 years old and I was very shy.  


- Lastly, would you like to go out with someone famous or do you prefer to go with women who aren’t in the media?
I: Definitely I prefer someone who isn’t in the media, because it is difficult to meet a girl in my world that is simple.  The fame and style of life in many cases prevent being humble.
P: I couldn’t tell you.  In one possibility I meet a famous actress, I fall in love with her and we marry.  Or maybe I meet any fan and I marry her.  I don’t plan my future.
G: “Low profile” because I need someone that reminds me what I did before I was famous, that keeps my feet on the ground.  I want to return to my house and do what I miss doing.  


Well this went well! I tried, okay.  Sorry again for the amount I don’t know! I’d be really appreciative if someone could help me out on the bits I don’t know! :)

ancmicroyalty  asked:

tips on how to feel better?

  • DO MY THREE GOOD THINGS THING NOT TO BLOW MY OWN TRUMPET BUT IT. WORKS.
  • GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE PICTURES OF THE SKY AND PLANTS WHEN IT’S JUST RAINED
  • PLAN YOUR NEXT LAZy/ DUVET DAY TO WITHIN AN INCH OF IT’S LIFE AND STICK TO THAT PLAN LIKE IT’S FIRST AID BC IT KINDA IS
  • EAT NUTELLA ON TOAST WITH BANANAS AND EAT POTATOES WITH THE SMILEYS AND EAT PINEAPPLE AND ICE CREAM AND DRINK SMOOTHIES AND COLA FLOATS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER WITH LEMON
  • MAKE ARTY THINGS AND GET GLITTER EVERYWHERE
  • DANCE AROUND TO SOME HAPPY SONG ON REPEAT UNTIL IT’s YOUR FAVOURITE THING IN THE WORLD OR THE MOST ANNOYING THING IN THE WORLD THEN PICK A NEW ONE
  • READ. READ A NEW BOOk . READ YOUR CHILDHOOD FAVOURITE. FIND THE PART THAT ALWAYS USED TO MAKE YOU LAUGH. READ TERRIBLE FANFICTION. READ SILLY BLOG POSTS
  • WATCH THE FILM THAT YOU USED TO WATCH WHEN YOU STAYED HOME FROM SCHOOL WHEN YOU WERE ILL THAT MADE YOU FORGET YOU WERE ILL
  • WRITE EVERYTHING OUT ON ONE SHEET OF PAPER UNTIL YOU CAN’T SEE THE WHITE ANYMORE THEN THROW IT AWAY
  • DO A BIT OF EXERCISE THAT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE EXERCISE
  • TAKE YOURSELF OUT ON A DATE IN A CITY OR IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND DECIDE WHAT YOu’RE GONNA TREAT YOURSELF TO THIS TIME
  • TREAT YO SELF
  • obvs cater this to you and what makes you happy
  • remember not to feel bad if you set out to do a load of happy stuff one day and you end up not really doing any and feelin kinda bad still, and also don’t feel bad if you fill your day with happy stuff and feel so incredibly awesome except you forgot about the stuff you probably should be doing that day
  • bc you’re the most important
  • and ily
AfterBuzz with Jeff Davis, Ian Stokes, and Skyler Maxon (Aaron Hendry):

General Information:

  • Themes in the show: Acceptance of who you are and owning yourself, Importance of Friendship (can’t always do things alone), Alternative Families (Scott’s pack is kind of his family - Stiles is his brother, not by blood, but he is and their bond is just as strong), and Growing Up (children becoming adults).

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Looking at Dan’s videos you can really see how much he has changed and grown since his first video. Like look at his first video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3q26mIsk1M&index=98&list=PLEnRczHRfqsIt1Oyx-K-dYcYGC0Iu_yWk

The first part where he just shows part of his face and is then like “Hi” just makes me laugh more than it should. If I was aware of Youtube at the time this was posted I would have subscribed as soon as that came on the screen.

When he is talking about his voice not sounding like the computer is making it sound he uses some pretty weird simile that I never thought I would hear anyone use, but as you watch more of his videos you get used to the strange similes. It’s nice to see the ways he has stayed the same since he made his first video.

During the part that he says what he is going to do during the videos and he goes on about what he isn’t going to be like and cuts to a video of him as a boring emo (if I’m wrong don’t judge me) you can really see how much effort he has put into the effect to make the clip all black and white and doing his make up to look all emo and gothic (again, don’t judge if I’m wrong). These effects might not be complicated or sophisticated but they showed how much he was trying to make this video good and for us to like it, not just recording himself saying his name and boring stuff. He added all the effects and took the time to edit it to make all the different clips flow. He cared about the quality of his videos from the very start, before he had any subscribers because he hadn’t posted a video yet, he still cared about how he looked to us and he didn’t even know who “us” were at the time.

I don’t think he is trying to impress us though in this video. When he is talking to the camera with the tissue paper from the party popper cover his head and his face I don’t think he is doing that to impress us, I think it’s just Dan being Dan. The same when he pretends to make the polar bear attack his face, something that normally younger kids do, I think that was just Dan being himself. I truly believe that this is the reason that Dan has as many subscribers as he does today.

This is really as important but I still noticed it and would like to talk about it. At the end of the video when he is talking about the weird mark on his arm he beeps out the swearing. I know that he does that in some of his videos now and sometimes he doesn’t but I still think it’s nice that he did that. It could be because he didn’t really know who his subscribers were going to be so just in case he beeped it out. But it could also be something much less deep than that so It’s probably not important.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcXaD9TjGYw&index=1&list=PLEnRczHRfqsIt1Oyx-K-dYcYGC0Iu_yWk

In Dan’s most recent video, “I Mumble”, you can really see how much he has changed but also stayed the same since his first video.

For a start he looks so much older, his face has lost the roundness that most younger people have and he just looks so much more grown up. Probably because he is a lot more grown up…

At the start when he goes from mumbling to yelling it shows how comfortable he is making these videos for us now. In the first one he seemed more awkward but now he is comfortable around us to some degree. Others might say things like he isn’t comfortable with us because of all the creepy edits and fanfiction that we make and that if he was completely comfortable Phan would have come out by now but I think that Dan is pretty comfortable around us, although some things might make him uneasy at times.

Dan  has always used a lot of similes in his videos when mainly describing himself. From saying his voice sounded like a paedophile-tramp-polar bear in his first video to saying he uses vocabulary like a 12foot penis at a party in his most recent video. I think Dan just does this naturally and not something he is putting on for his videos, although sometimes he may spend a lot of time thinking about them as we can tell from Phil’s tweet about Dan asking him what the best potato metaphor was for his previous video “The Time I Got Sunstroke”.

I really like the clip that he does with Phil to show how he  mumbles and how Phil is pretty deaf. It’s not really that important but I think it’s cute how they always film together and are seen together, you hardly ever got one of them on their own.

This one is kind of similar to the first video, Dan dresses put to get his message across. In the first video when he’s talking about what he isn’t going to do for his videos he dresses up as an emo (Again,  don’t judge if I’m wrong) and now he dresses up as a female a lot in his videos (Not going to take that too far..) and other things like being Kind Daniel in his most recent video. He puts so much effort into his videos, especially in the king Daniel scene, where he dresses up as a kind, although he looks more like a princess, and has got Phil to dress up as the prisoner, and then done all the background, I think it’s really clever and not many people would have been able to do it when they were just starting off making videos.

Okay so I had to write about the bit where he is doing his mouth exercises, I’ve seen pictures and stuff about it on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr so I had to put this in. I think it really shows how comfortable Dan is around us. If he wasn’t comfortable with it he would have just edited it out of the video, but he didn’t, so I think he is comfortable around us.

At the end of the video he shows a mistake when filming where he was so shocked his boobs fell off while he was dresses as a girl. After that he tells us how he wasn’t even drinking wine, it was watered down Ribena. I don’t see why he wasn’t drinking real wine, he is old enough to buy it and even if he wasn’t Phil would have been, I think it’s because he didn’t want to drink alcohol in front of us in case it gave a bad impression or something? I’m not sure but if I’m right it’s a really nice thought.

Finally I had to write about the amazing effects that Dan did with the photo of his meal with Pewdiepie! Editing it so that it looked as though the picture and moving and stuff was really good! A lot of people wouldn’t be able to do that and I certainly wouldn’t be able to, it just shows how much effort he puts into his videos recently, I mean he has that many dedicated fans now he could probably upload a video of a freaking tree or something boring like that and we would still give it loads of likes and all that jazz.

Anyway that’s my thoughts on Dan’s first and most recent videos, it got a bit more detailed than I was expecting and took me 4 days to write but its finally done! 

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  1. Master Plan: I was wondering if there is any special reason why Riley didn’t knew about Angela in Girl Meets Master Plan? “Because Shawn and Angela broke up well before Riley was born. Important to remember that.” (x)
  • Farkle’s Choice: Do Maya and Riley ever fight over something besides boys? “They never fight over boys. Our show is better than that.” (x)
    • They fought over Farkle. “They didn’t fight over Farkle. They fought over realizing the value of a loyal friend through the years.” (x)
    • Yeah but their friend was Farkle, a boy “Realizing the worth of the friendship was what the fight was about. Not that he’s a boy.” (x)
  • First Date: Does Farkle have important role in First Date? “Farkle always has an important role and will be going through some changes.” (x)
    • On a scale of 1-10 how cute is the cutest rucas moment in girl meets first date? “He says something that’s an absolute 10.” (x)
    • Does Maya like the person who kisses her? “Yes. It leads to something interesting.” (x)
    • Can you give us a hint on which guys get kissed or anything that happens in First Date? “It’s a Lucas kiss.” (x)
    • Does Riley get kissed in First Date too?  "Not really, no.“ (x)
    • A line: Will you? (x)
    • Cory to Lucas: "Riley’s not home.” (x)
  • Demolition: Does Demolition happen in the Summer?  You’ve never shown the Matthews during the summer… “No. You’re right. We need to do summer episodes.” (x)

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