this movie deserves so much more credit than it gets

Sebastian Stan

I’m sorry, I just don’t feel like Sebastian gets the credit he deserves. Like most people only know him for his role as Bucky Barnes and the winter soldier, but he’s been in SO much more than just those movies. Seb as TJ Hammond in Political Animals was so emotional and I feel like no one has even seen it. The covenant was awesome too, and his newest movie The Bronze was hilarious. There are so many roles of Seb’s that are so under appreciated and I feel really bad because he appreciates his fans so much.. I don’t know. I just feel like he deserves more credit than he gets..

Can I just talk about this part a minute?

I’ve mentioned before that the movies so far seem to make Ron dumber or not as useful as he is in the books. In this scene, the movie did show him standing up for Hermione by trying to curse Draco, but then he just sits there vomiting slugs in Hagrid’s hut as Hermione gets to explain why Malfoy’s name calling was so bad.

First of all, it never made sense to me how Hermione knew so much about a slur that she wouldn’t have heard growing up. It surely wouldn’t have been written in any of the educational books she reads. Clearly since Draco was saying it, it had to be bad, but I don’t know how she knew that much about a slur that she clearly had never been called before.

This is where I’m a bit upset at how this was handled in the movie. Ron DID know all about this slur. He was a pureblood who was raised in the Wizarding World, and would have certainly heard this word before. This scene in the book gives him the chance to explain why he reacted so severely. I really like how he’s the one who gets to explain the derogatory term, because he’s the one of the trio who SHOULD know what it means. Why should Hermione get a very important line of dialogue, when it was Ron who was even more upset than she was? Why should he be left to puke up slugs and keep silent, when clearly he was so fired up about it that his first instinct was to curse the kid who called her that?

Also, Ron is already on very thin ice so far because of the car. He knows if he does anything wrong, he’s getting expelled. But it doesn’t seem like that thought even crosses his mind because he’s so loyal to Hermione (as a friend now, it’s clear there’s nothing romantic yet) that he’ll forget about the trouble he would be in if he cursed the son of a very influential wizard. This is his bravery and his loyalty on display, and for that he deserves to explain what was so egregious about Draco’s insult.

I hate how in the movie Ron ends up looking like the foolish one for losing his head and trying to get even, while Hermione can calmly explain how insulted she is. Why portray him like the idiot when he was standing up for his friends and risking his life at Hogwarts? I know he’s the sidekick of the story, but that shouldn’t mean the movies can give over his dialogue, which makes him to be brave and noble, to someone else. I hope that this didn’t happen further in the series, but I’m sure it did. I’ve been very pleased so far with how well the movies translated the feeling of the books, but the way they handled Ron to this point has been disappointing to me. I never liked movie Ron much because he seemed to get in the way, but Ron deserves way more credit than the movies gave him so far.

Ok, rant over. I feel much better. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

(PS: Keep in mind, I haven’t read the other books, so the above thoughts are based solely off the movies, Philosopher’s Stone, and Chamber of Secrets up to this moment.)

I am 100% on board that the movies whitewashed Katniss in both the sense of “changed her from a woman of color to a white woman” and in the sense of “removed most of her defining characteristics to make her more of a blank slate the audience could project themselves onto,” but I really hate seeing other white people reblog posts that say things like “in book canon, Katniss was explicitly Native American and aromantic and in the movies she’s a white woman with a love triangle.”

Because first of all, that gives Suzanne Collins way, way more credit than she deserves. Suzanne Collins makes it explicit that Katniss is brown-skinned and multiracial, but she leaves a lot of guesswork on the part of the reader when it comes to what ethnicity she’s actually supposed to be. Saying she’s “explicitly Native American” is basically giving Collins credit for something she entirely failed to do, and her in-text vagueness and complicity with the whims of the movies’ production team takes a large share of responsibility for the whitewashing.

Also, I respect the text interpretation that Katniss is aromantic, but again, by saying she’s explicitly, canonically aromantic, you are giving Suzanne Collins credit for something she has entirely failed to do. There is a world of difference between “someone who does not experience romantic attraction” and “someone who experiences romantic attraction but has higher priorities than their love life and struggles to suppress any romantic feelings to keep from getting hurt.” It is possible to read the text in either of these ways, but Katniss is no more explicitly canonically aromantic than Steve Rogers is explicitly canonically bisexual. (Also, if anything, the movies tone down the romantic subplot, I’m rereading the books now and Katniss talks about it near-constantly)

Basically, those posts rub me the wrong way because if Katniss is Native American and aromantic, Suzanne Collins did a worse job communicating it than J.K. Rowling did communicating that Dumbledore was gay, and since she was heavily involved in the production of the film series that changed Katniss into a white woman, removed Katniss and Peeta’s disabilities and scars entirely, and completely omitted the stark racial divide and resulting tension in District 12, I’m not prepared to give her credit for writing a Native American aromantic character

Especially since, best-case scenario, she made these characteristics so implicit and vague and subject to interpretation that the people who are trying to convince others that they should have been included in the movie have to write intricate analytic interpretations just to prove they exist. I love these books as much as the next guy, but I don’t want to give them more credit than they deserve because you can maybe get a vague idea of who’s being secretly and silently represented if you’re good enough at brain teasers.
Mya Taylor becomes the first trans person to win a Film Independent Spirit Award
Mya Taylor made history on Saturday, becoming the first transgender performer to win a Film Independent Spirit Award.

This weekend, Mya Taylor made history. 

Taylor won Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her role in Tangerine, making her the first transgender person ever to win a Film Independent Spirit Award. 

“I knew that I was telling the truth about this area and how it really was,” she said of the film, which tells the story of two transgender sex worker – played by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, who was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award – who discovers her boyfriend cheated on her while she was in jail. Taylor plays her level-headed best friend, who has a secret of her own. Some of the film’s story was based on Taylor’s own experiences as a sex worker prior to acting. […]

The actress is set to follow Tangerine with an on-screen portrayal of transgender rights pioneer, Marsha P. Johnson, in the short film, Happy Birthday, Marsha!

Taylor closed her speech with a call to filmmakers. “There is transgender talent. There’s very beautiful transgender talent. You better get out there and put it in your next movie.”

Tonight’s Oscars are very white, straight and cisgender – here’s an incredible actress from a powerful movie showing that there is so much more talent out there than what gets the most credit. Congratulations, Mya. Well deserved.