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Huge thanks to Toby Fox and everyone else involved for making a really cool game! I don’t think any words could sum up the enjoyment I experienced, but pictures of the cast having fun on the surface definitely can.

You cannot properly kiss a fifteen year old girl

Mirror of the Witch debuted this week and all of my very intense feelings reared up as discussion popped up again on tumblr. Since I don’t like jumping into other people’s conversations, I decided to organize my feelings here. 

There appear to be three main themes inside the discussion that I want to address because this essay isn’t letting me sleep at night–outrage and confusion at the age gap, the Wait and See viewing approach, and Noona Romance. 

Age Gap Outrage

I’m going to start with a little story. When I was in college, I had a roommate who would constantly rent movies and drag us into a movie night. One night, she rented Princess of Thieves which is a 2001 made for TV movie staring a fifteen year old Keira Knightly as the daughter of Robin Hoon and Stephen Moyer, who at the time was nearly thirty, as the secret son of King Richard and her love interest. It is a cute romantic adventure with hijinks, love, and thrilling action. 

It came with special features and I love watching how movies are made. The next day, while I was avoiding my class reading, I popped in the dvd and watched the interviews with the cast. It was standard fare, lots of praise for Keira Knightly’s maturity in her performance and jokes about the difficult stunts. I remember being confused at all the male actors constantly praising her maturity and skill as an actress until the interviewer asked Stephen Moyer what was the most difficult part of filming. His response has stuck with me for nearly a decade.

The kissing scene. Because you cannot properly kiss a fifteen year old girl

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The new Black Mirror was excellent

Each episode had something for everyone.

Nosedive: 

Very funny but like a lot of Black Mirror episodes, very fucked up.

Playtest:

One of the best horror movies this year.

Shut Up and Dance:

Holy shit! Has all the twists and turns of a Twilight Zone episode but somehow even more messed up.

Men Against Fire:

On the edge of my seat the whole time. Malachi Kirby needs to be in more things. 

Hated in the Nation:

Wow. Some of the best social commentary we have right now. Perfectly talked about how there are no consequences for actions on the internet.

San Junipero:

HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE ONE. Damn. Made me cry and feel every emotion in the world. Beautiful performances, looked wonderful, and great script. If you watch one, WATCH THIS ONE!

The reaction to Dawn of Justice by the masses is like that to fire. Our hands touch the flame, and we end up not liking the feeling of pain. We conclude that fire is bad. As time passes, we realize the sun is made completely out of fire. Thus, there would be no life, so we see things in a new light. The analogy is similar to how cavemen are scared of fire, but later learn that they can cook on it and that it is useful to keep them warm. This movie has some really strong themes that can be truly appreciated only if one takes the time to ponder them. Superman is a symbol for unilateral action. Batman is a symbol for oppressed. It doesn’t paint Clark as a villain, but draws parallels that even the best of intentions can have negative consequences. BvS is a commentary on our current times: cynical and war-torn, but the world can change for the better.  Superman stands for the ideal of hope for a better world by sacrificing his life. “Men are still good. We fight. We kill… But we can rebuild. We have to. We will” is such a positive message, one seen when the public gathers and becomes a living example of what it means to be good by doing good actions and following Kent in always doing the right thing in the face of all odds. We can join forces and fix the world if we wish to. BvS explores what it means to be a hero. It is about an outcast overcoming all the hate in the world; a god faced with his mortality and real physical pain for the first time in his life, and that is when he learns what it means to be brave when he chooses to put himself in harm’s way, even though he knows he will die. A man who lost everything, and protecting Earth from an alien threat is the only thing left in his life, but he realizes that he has become the very thing he swore to protect others from; it’s about that man coming back from the edge and waking up to smell the roses. A demigoddess who lost all faith in humanity and left us to defend ourselves from each other; however, she is inspired by Kent’s sacrifice and has a renewed sense of hope.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, by Michael Chang.

The Best Commentary Ever on Jamie and Claire

(Ep 16, before and beyond)

This commentary is entirely the work of Marc Spurlock. Thank you again Marc, for allowing me to post your beautiful words, which are so understanding and insightful of their connection to each other. Truly, the best commentary I have ever read on Jamie and Claire. 


“Episode 16: My commentary…..

I am not commenting on the episode itself, nor, necessarily, the chapters in the book. I feel the need to comment on the effect. We talk about Claire healing his body and saving his soul……the obvious. I feel in many ways that this chapter is the core of all the books. Claire’s complete acceptance and lack of judgment is what heals Jamie. She protects his manhood, his privacy, his concept of himself. She never tells a soul, either…..nor does he……only each other. Being a modern woman, she understands the pathopsychology that makes up BJR. Jamie was a virgin when he married Claire. He had had no other sexual relationship with any other person. He mistrusts his feelings, his sexual arousal due to sky high testosterone….and Claire completely understands and does not judge him. Someone talks about her forgiving him….What in the hell does she have to forgive? He gave his body to save her life. She knew it. She knew he was honorable and would keep his word, and she knew what BJR would do too.


Jamie now is forever attached completely to Claire…..forever, no matter what. Claire loves Jamie fiercely and will save him time and again, as he does her. Jamie forever also has doubts of how could Claire love him, and Claire knows this too and over and over tries to assure him of that love. He says he will endure 200 years of Purgatory to find her again (think about his ghost in the first episode…..it is approximately 200 years).


In Voyager, when Claire finds him again, he still has doubts about why she would come find him. She thinks him crazy. He says, “I am not the man I was 20 years ago. Are you willing to accept the man I am for the man I was?” Claire again thinks him crazy. Doesn’t he know how much she loves him? She tells him, she has changed also. Is he willing to accept the woman she is for the woman she was? He says, “Of course.” And she says, “And of course, I accept you.” “Jamie,” Claire says, “what is this all about?” Jamie says, “I had to know. I lost you once. I will not survive losing you again.” They have sex. Afterwards, he says, “This is so wonderful!” Claire, slightly confused, says, “Uh, what are you talking about?” He turns beet red and says, “Not the sex, it was good, but no. I can say anything to you and you never judge me.” This goes back to her acceptance of his ordeal with BJR, no judgement, just unconditional love!


In MOBY, she overhears the end of a prayer Jamie says in private, “…..I hope that I am enough.” She thinks it has to do with his physical ability to endure the Revolutionary War. But a short time later, she realizes that she misunderstood…..he was hoping he was enough for her to go with him. She grabs his face and says, “Jamie, you are everything!”


Do all of you now understand how strong Claire is? Jamie surely does. They cannot live without the other, or they don’t think that they can. They surely are not whole without the other. BJR didn’t know what he really did….. he sealed them so tightly together, they never come apart, not even over 20 years of separation. They are soul mates of unconditional love forever and anon! Nothing will ever separate them from each other. They are bound to each other for eternity!”

@fira211: [quoting Steve in the foodieverse] “My mama told me never to let my boyfriend be my boss.” I’m struck with a need for Steve’s mum to just be around while Tony courts her son. I feel like she’d have the best advice and commentary.
Sam: Steve’s mum would probably be like “Well he can cook and he doesn’t seem like an ax murderer, and frankly my son you’ve dated worse” and Steve’s like FOR THE LAST TIME I WASN’T DATING SANDRA LEE

Total headcanon that there’s a rumor Steve Rogers, Hot Hipster Food Truck Chef, was Sandra Lee’s boy toy for a while, no matter how hotly or loudly Steve denies it.

(It’s not that he’d be embarrassed about his partner, it’s that she’s dating the governor of New York and Steve really doesn’t need his permit pulled.)