this is like not just a really good horror movie it's also just like a super good movie like in general

Hellraiser (1987)

okay so im starting my two and a half months of preemptive halloween movie reviews! my goal with these reviews is to give people like me (horror fans who arent opposed to enjoyably bad films but also just want to know what theyre getting into) something other than your classic film review to chew on. also its just a fun autumn project for me lol

yesterday i finally finished watching the first Hellraiser after putting it off for 24 years and boy do i have a lot of thoughts (but no spoilers) so jump in if youre interested!

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anonymous asked:

I loved your post about female combatants. I was just wondering if you could think of examples of great representations of female combatants in popular culture? Either in terms of realism or in terms of representation?

Before I dive into media, I’m going to list some real women with the reminder that they do exist and are worth looking at.

You don’t get any more real than reality.

Here’s some references to women in history, from a post made by Indiana Jen to Wikipedia, and we have the article, “Women Have Always Fought” by Kameron Hurley. Also this article talking about women in combat.

There are women combatants throughout history, and currently today, you can find them everywhere fairly easily. You just have to dig and not that hard. There are women who have been great at fighting, terrible at fight, middling, and just on the rolling spectrum. Every variety you want. You can find them.

Ronda Rousey is currently very popular in sports circles right now for good reason, however checking out the entirety of the women’s division of the UFC is a good idea because it’s fast access to looking at women who choose to participate in blood sport professionally. Gina Carano, Holly Holm, and others.

You can actually often find old videos of martial arts and other competitions from the Olympics, which have female divisions for most sports. These include fencing, archery, judo, taekwondo, etc. There’s information out there about them than you’ll get straight out of entertainment media, but it’s always worth looking to reality for comparisons with fiction.


Alien: specifically the first one for a look at characters who were written from the perspective of being entirely gender neutral in that they were all originally intended to be male. If you’ve never looked at it purely to watch how Ellen Ripley is very different from many of the female characters in the general media, it’s always good to start there.

Aliens: Ellen Ripley returns and this time she’s written from a more traditional perspective as a mother bear. However, holding her in contrast to the hyper-masculine Vasquez is very interesting. Both are fascinating characters in their own right and the movie is a fun time if you can handle a little horror.

Terminator 2 (and Terminator): In Terminator, Sarah Connor is the quintessential horror movie heroine in need of rescue and the transition from that to her Terminator 2 persona happens in the last five minutes of the movie. However, it’s worth watching and looking at. Sarah Connor is an excellent example of a female combatant in 2 and fully ripped.

Farscape: All female characters on Farscape, not just as combatants but  in general. Aeryn Sun is the standout for female combatants and the Peacekeepers are interesting in that they are entirely gender neutral. She’s a good character to look at if you want one that’s been raised for war since birth and still trying to figure out the other particulars. Aeryn establishing her own identity outside her role as a Peacekeeper is a huge part of her arc.

Battlestar Galactica (The Remake): There are a bunch of really, really, really fantastic female characters to dig through on this show and the creators went specifically out of their way to play with concepts of gender with Starbuck. You want to see a very masculine, aggressive female character utilizing a lot of flaws that are traditionally masculine then watch Starbuck and compare her to the above. It has it’s flaws, but it’s on point most of the time.

Stargate SG-1: Samantha Carter, full stop.

24: Nina. Nina. Nina, Nina, Nina, and more Nina. Chloe. Also, Nina. Why Nina? Because Nina is awesome, because Nina is driven, because the answer to that question is spoileriffic. Because Nina is good at her job. Nina is a professional. Chloe is good too, for different and more conventional reasons.

Burn Notice: Fiona with the caveat that she’s not a professional and it’s important to remember that in context with the rest of the team. She’s IRA, a guerrilla fighter and she thinks predominately from that perspective. Still, the sequence where she tasers herself to get the guy is fun. She’s in the range of the very aggressive to the point of overly aggressive or hyper aggressive. She also gets off on violence, a lot.

X-Files: Scully. This may not be what everyone thinks of, but Scully is a federal agent and so she is a combatant. Unlike some other shows, X-Files did attempt to portray the federal agent part accurately. There are a few hiccups here and there, but overall it’s a good showing. Also, one of the earlier examples on television in the 90s of a woman getting to be the Spock and got her own trope out of it.

Elementary: Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. It takes her a while to get there, but it’s Lucy Liu. I mean, c’mon. Also, the Watson and Holmes friendship in that is great. You don’t get many platonic male and female friendships on television. Ever.

Babylon 5: Susan Ivanova for the military perspective, so willing to use violent solutions and is fatalistic. Delenn who walks the continuum from peaceful solutions but is willing to escalate into killing you and everyone who has ever met you, so the rare female character who prefers diplomacy but for whom violence is never off the table. Lyta Alexander and Talia Winters, the walking weapons like all telepaths and one of which is later commodified into a super weapon. The treatment of an incredibly powerful female character as an object by the other characters is intentional in the writing and it’s an interesting discussion on how people can be transformed into objects then discarded.

Salt: I can’t say this is a great movie, but Angelina Jolie plays a Russian undercover agent who is outed to the Federal government and must run for her life. The stunts are over the top, like in any action movie a real human being can’t do most of them. And her motive is very cliche for female characters. However, for attitude? Yeah. Jolie nails the ‘tude.

The Long Kiss Goodnight: These two are the Black Widow movies that you’ll never see, but Gina Davis plays a suburban housewife that discovers she’s a spy with memory loss.

Kill Bill: There are a lot of fantastic performances in this this and Volume 2, the fights aren’t realistic but they’re not supposed to be. Kill Bill is a great one when you’re looking for attitude.

R.E.D.: For Helen Mirren, she’s amazing. This is a much more classic example of the super spy in the genre.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Charlize Theron is great in this movie, but the other female characters are also excellent.

The Shield: All the actresses in the Shield deliver phenomenal performances, but all my love goes to CCH Pounder for being incredible. On the one hand, Detective Claudette Wyms is the stereotypical female Black cop on television. On the other, she’s incredibly well rounded, well acted, and very human.

Justice League: Unlimited: This one may seem weird compared to the others on the list, but it’s an excellent example of the more you have then the more diverse it becomes. Because it has so many superheroes, Justice League offers a wide variety of surprisingly well-written female characters complete with strengths and weaknesses. You want a low-key kick ass and take names approach that manages to transcend the silly/sexualized costumes by making its diverse cast of characters well rounded and human? Then watch Justice League. (It’s not just because CCH Pounder’s Amanda Waller is amazing.)

Queen and Country by Greg Rucka. Comics. Spies. Female spies that aren’t femme fatales, at all.

Live. Die. Repeat. (Otherwise known as Edge of Tomorrow): Mostly for Emily Blunt.

The Lord of the Rings: Eowyn. Because you can basically describe the Rohirrim as Fratboys and she’s one of them.

Strange Days: Angela Basset will take your teeth out through your nose. Like with Terminator 2, her character is one of the few examples you’ll see of women allowed to be buff. (TW: rape plot, though not her.)

Wing Chun starring Michelle Yeoh. You’re mostly watching this for the action, but there’s a lot of awesome martial arts to go around.

Get Smart (Original): This may seem a little out of left field, but Agent 99 from the 60s was actually a groundbreaking character on American television. This was long before the stereotype where women were automatically more skilled than men in spy fiction but not allowed to be the focus and she’s one of the first single, working women we have, and who is substantially more competent than her colleague, and who makes a great deal more sense given the gender roles of her timeframe. Anyway, if you’re looking for something a little lighter then give Barbara Feldon a shot.

Xena: Warrior Princess - Xena is one of the weird ones, because on the one hand she’s hypersexualized. On the other hand, Lucy Lawless fucking owns it. Honestly, I wouldn’t watch Xena if you’re looking for a female character that’s trying to be serious. I would watch Xena for reference if you’re looking to write a female character that’s just out to have a good time. Plus, when it came to LGBT representation, the showrunners were actively messing with Standards and Practices on what they could get away with. Remember, all that Xena/Gabrielle fanservice is trolling the network bigots.

Claymore - I don’t generally recommend a lot of anime or manga when specifically looking at female characters, mostly because like with any other piece of foreign media you’re taking a lot of the gender norms that come from that culture with it. If you aren’t familiar enough with the culture to really parse that out, then while it may be fun to watch it becomes more difficult to incorporate or you incorporate stuff you didn’t mean to. This is just as true if you’re not American and consuming American media, or not British and consuming British media, or any other kind of media.

That said, I’d read this manga. This is basically an almost entirely female cast of characters that are taking on roles traditionally masculine in the Shounen genre. It’s a whole bunch of complicated female characters killing monsters without the hypersexualization or the jokes that usually come with it. Basically, its kind  of like Berserk with women. If you’re going to do anything with the “I was experimented on and turned into a killing machine” then this is a must read.

Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 - Keeping in mind that the novels are fetishistic and the show isn’t that great, the Mord Sith Cara specifically in personality is one of the better examples I’ve seen on television of a female character who has been abused and then transformed into an abuser. Tabrett Bethell nails the mentality, the personality, and the expressions of a warrior with that specific outlook. Especially someone who was raised to combat in an unforgiving environment as a child. You’ll see a lot of characters out there like Kahlan, you won’t see as many that manage to nail the mentality behind a Cara. Also, Cara refuses to bend knee to Richard’s moral authority. She develops as a character, but she is always the one who decides the direction that development takes. She owns who she is and is proud of it, even when that makes other people uncomfortable.

Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce - If you’re not already reading Tamora Pierce, you probably should be. She writes some of the best female characters, especially for teens. So, just read the catalog. However, if you want to write a character who is a leader of men? Then, Kel is still the best and worth looking at. Pierce also does an excellent job digging into the sexual politics in a medieval setting, the lack of easy answers or solutions, and a lot of all around humanizing over finger pointing. Which is about 100,000x better than the vast majority of “teach them to fight” narratives.

Dark Disciple series by Margaret Weis - This is a sequel series to the War of Souls, but the evolution of Mina as a character is worth paying attention to. On top of that Weis’ books tend to have pretty good fight scenes.

At the end of the day, the real trick to writing female characters though is to create well-rounded individuals who are a reflection or informed by the world they live in. One of the biggest problems with female characters in fiction is often that they’re written to represent the way an author thinks women should be, rather than who they are. And no, sadly being a woman doesn’t automatically make you immune. Good female characters are characters, they’re well-rounded individuals who belong in the world they live in and whose lives are a reflection of their setting.

We are all the sum total of our experiences. If your characters experiences are not informing who they are, then you might have a problem.


counterwiddershins  asked:

Wait so now I'm super curious, what did you think of Ghibli's Tales of Earthsea? I only read the books after having seen the film and I definitely agree that it isn't a great adaptation (also the movie was just super confusing by the end, someone turned out to be a dragon? And they never really explained why the prince turned homicidal at the start? Personally I lived the beginning, it's the end that went belly up for me.) If you feel like it, please elaborate, I'd love to know what you thought!

Oh goodness now I feel a little embarrassed for being so harsh earlier heh; 

I’ll just put the rest of this under the cut for those who don’t like spoilers?

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Star Wars Rant-Along: TFA EDITION! (Chapter VIII)

Alright, so in honor of this glorious masterpiece I’m back for another round of dRUNKINATOR, aka Star Wars Rant Along: TFA EDITION. We are almost halfway thru book now, my spelling is perfekt, and I am pleased as a pickle. For those of you who are wonderingwat I am doing here, basically I am reading thru the TFA novelizationchapter by chapter while drunk, and imma ranting about it. u can find the not-so-drunk-thesis on this thing here. For penis novelization rants, follow these links below (warning: Chapters I – IV were drunk-blogged. Chapters V-VI were sober, and Chapter VII was drunk af again):

Also I called it. I called it back in FEBRUARY AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS

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TFA CHAPTER VIII (in which HAN-FUCKING-SOLO is a windbag and we find out where Kylo-fuckin’-Ren gets his habit of talkin’ out his ass)


  • Last week: kylo threw a hissy fit and mikata was all like mmmmwhatcha say. Then finn n’ rey tried to fix the ship and failed miserably. ADF tried to write romance and failed miserably. Han Solo arrived and tried not to be old and crotchety n’failed miserably. my speilling is really good tonite! i did not fail miserably.
  • THIS WEEK: finn, rey and TheSoloSmuggler™ have a convo that basically lasts forever. TheSoloSmgglr and generic bad guy have a convo. Rathars get loose. The end.

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Liveloggin’ (just started drinkin and I’m still spelling like a pro!)

  • So like, I am game for all this stuff, but I am also really tired so this thing will probably beshorter than normal.
  • Also I just lost my pants
  • again
  • Ignore that

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theemechanic  asked:

So, I now you posted that you want us to ask if we are interested, but I'm bad at not being awkward with friendly interactions. Since I was little, I have loved superhero movies, but I have only ever really had access to the movies and character encyclopedias- how should I go about reading comics/what are some good resources? DC and or Marvel? Because every time I see you post about either I get super pumped because I love learning about more comic stuff woops ok bye sorry

HI DARLING. I’m so sorry this took me like 2 weeks to get to. But also I’m really happy and excited you asked me about this!

I think I’m gonna give you like a starter kit of recs and then the resources I use? If that’s okay/what you’re looking for? ♡

(Also disclaimer for these recs: it’s always tricky to try to pick for other people because there are so many character/team options, so I’m just gonna throw a bunch of what I love at you and hope something sticks? But also try to pick out comics that are good entry points, including some older stuff that I was reading when I was getting into comics!

And I gravitate mostly towards younger heroes and hero families. So I hope that’s your jam :D

If you’re looking for like…iconic and important in a comics-history sort of way books, I can make another list for that and/or direct you to better resources than myself. But just lemme know, ‘cause that’s not the direction I’m going here. But I hope this is helpful, at all!)

DC Starter Kit: 

DC gets like its own whole other disclaimer. Which is that none of my recs are New-52 and my knowledge of New-52 DC like…plummets, I’m not really your girl for that. So maybe this should be pre-boot DC starter kit? Honestly, the early-mid 2000’s were a really good DC era for me and a lot of my favorites are from there, which also sucks because a lot of them are out or print (but don’t worry babe, I got u—there are a ton of resources and stuff linked later on in this response.)

DC recs are also a little trickier because a lot of what I love gets very interconnected and tangled up, so I kind of avoided those and tried to pick a few that would be easy to jump into new? There are also lots of character master lists and things out there/in the links at the bottom of this post, if you land on characters or teams you want to read more of! (And not just for DC!)

Gotham Central Okay! Here is my pitch for this comic: it is one of the best comics I’ve ever read. If you only ever read one DC comic, it should maybe be Gotham Central. There are characters and stuff I’m more attached to, but this comic is just so damn good. And it’s easily contained! And complete! And it’s so great! Okay!
 Teen Titans (2004/by Geoff Johns. Also, Young Justice from 1999-2000ish leads into this one, but isn’t necessary!)
• Outsiders (Overlaps with the above Teen Titans, but not in a way that if you only read one or the other you wouldn’t understand what was happening.)
• Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes)
• Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
• Batman: Hush
• Batman: No Man’s Land
• Green Arrow Year 1
• Green Arrow: Quiver (Vol 1/becomes the Green Arrow return arc)
I haven’t read all of Birds of Prey, but I’ve really liked what I have and it’s generally well received afaik? Gail Simone’s stuff esp. Also Gotham Academy is the one current thing I’m gonna throw on here because I’ve only heard EXCELLENT things and it’s at the top of my reading list tbh.

Marvel Starter Kit: 

Hawkeye (current)
Ms. Marvel (current)
Young Avengers (I DEF rec starting at the beginning with the Sidekicks vol. byt Allan Heinburg + Jim Cheung, and I also bailed the fuck out circa Civil War so I think there’s some in there that I haven’t read/read all of. BUT READ THIS SERIES.)
• Black Widow, Daredevil, and Captain Marvel are also all awesome! Like I mentioned before, I’ve got some major Marvel gaps and I’m definitely better at solo books, I’m not reading a lot of Avengers/team books right now because time/money/I’m horrible at keeping up with things/I haven’t gotten to sorting through which ones are interesting to me. BUT I CAN KEEP YOU UPDATED. 

I’m poaching a bunch of stuff from the amazing philcoulson because she’s hella organized and also, just great:

But here is a ridiculously awesome Marvel reading list resource

Here is a resource for Captain America comics, reading order, etc

Here is a resource for Winter Soldier arc comics, reading order, etc

Here is this fucking killer resource Emily put together about Marvel/comics/recs in general

Image/Vertigo even though they’re DC/Other Starter Kit: 

Y: The Last Man 
• Sandman

Image is KILLING IT—there is seriously so much good Image stuff out. Saga and Lazarus are the very tippy top for Image, for me, but like—just go for it. The Wicked and the Divine is on my reading list but I’ve heard really good things, Revival is awesome horror/noir, Pretty Deadly and Sex Criminals are also A+ but I’m really behind on all these. But yeah, I trust Image.

General Resources:

As far as how to read comics or where to buy them, there are a few options. I’m gonna start by saying, if you love it, please try to buy it! Support your local comics store (or, I mean, support your local comics store if they’re welcoming and inclusive and not dickholes, and if you don’t know if there are stores like that in your area, check out Hater Free Wednesdays and look for your state/city/etc! Also on the tiny off chance you/anyone else reading this happens to be in the Denver/Boulder area of Colorado, I’mma give a personal shoutout to Time Warp Comics.)
OR, if you’d rather do digitally, Comixology is the big one. Image does DRM-free downloads when you buy from their site and you get a bunch of different format options. Marvel + DC also have proprietary apps but I think they run through Comixology?

If buying comics isn’t an option for you (which, there are any number of reasons why this might be the case and you certainly don’t have to explain yourself to me but I’m especially bringing up because some of my recs are older, out of print and only available for really expensive prices) I also have a bunch of resources!

This is my go-to. It is goddamn gold. 

I also have a masterpost tag on my blog, which is where I stick the ones I come across.

This is a good tag for comics help/links on one of my fave
comics-centric blogs.

Also, here are a few friends or blogs who are excellent resources/have given me help or recs: philcoulson, shieldsexual, ladyspies, ucarim, maladictive, cornflakepizza, jasonttodd, americachavez, queerhawkeye, agent13ofthessr

HAPPY READING, BBY! Let me know if this was helpful/what you think of anything you dive into! ♡ ♡ ♡

ghostemo  asked:

So I'd like to know any anime you'd recommend? My anime knowledge is very limited, only ever having watched/read stuff like Ouran and Meitantei Conan/Magic Kaito and very little of a few other series in the past. I want to get back into anime but I don't know where to start--anyways can you give a few or a list of your favorites?? Thanks you!!

Oh man oh man what to recommend. Honestly kind of all depends on your type of anime? Or rather shows in general bc they tend to fall into certain categories (like magical girl or sports or slice of life),

I’ll just make a list of a lot of the anime I watch/have watched.

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