so this took me forever to figure out how to articulate but my biggest problem with Nat’s characterization (or lack thereof) was the way she was flirting with Bruce.

Like Steve said, he’s seen Natasha flirt up close and personal. She uses her sexuality as a weapon or a distraction, whatever fits the mission. That’s what she was trained to do by the Red Room. She was trained to be all flirty and coy to get what she wants. That was her training.

Which is exactly why it felt so wrong in the movie. Natasha wouldn’t flirt with Bruce if she liked him because any kind of flirting would feel like subjugation and deception after using it as a weapon in her arsenal for so many years. That’s how she was trained to kill. The way she was flirting with Bruce felt like she was buttering up a target or a mark. It was awkward and forced and just so wrong because if she really cared about him, she wouldn’t beat around the bush, she would say so straight out because that is the exact opposite of how she was trained to interact with people.

Natasha Romanoff was trained to use sex and her looks as weapons and you really expect us to believe that she’d be comfortable using those same techniques to interact with someone she genuinely cares about? No fucking way.


“In Cabin, [Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon] mimic and lampoon genre tropes for comic effect, but also to encourage viewers to examine how these tropes work, and do a little soul-searching about how easy it is to buy into them and dismiss the humanity of horror victims. But at the same time, they take advantage of stereotypes, getting the same benefits out of them as any straight-horror filmmaker. Cabin’s biggest strength is how capably it can perform multiple tasks at once, upending horror-film language for thoughtful and playful effect.”

In the Keynote essay for our Movie Of The Week, Cabin In The Woods, Tasha Robinson examines how the film embraces the old Onion adage, “Stereotypes are a real time-saver.” [Read more…]

Joss Whedon: *says there’s an alternate ending where Pietro lives*

*no alternate ending in the dvd/bluray release of AoU*

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@ people being all wah wah tumblr is a hivemind turning on Joss Whedon wah pfffbbbtppffbbtbtttttfffbbt

y’all do realise people have been calling his shit literally since it aired right like this isn’t a new development i read a shit tonne of meta criticising the first Avengers film AT the time and there are millions of articles from the airing time of Firefly, Buffy and Dollhouse critiquing the sexist/racist/misogynist elements of all of the above 

why we gotta act like these rich old white men who openly take down people on social media and are literal giant cry babies need protecting by some magical shield of ~ wah people are being too critical wah you can still like people when pfpffffpppbbytttttbbbbpffffttt farrrrrrrrt~ and don’t pretend that this brand of subtle racism/misogyny isn’t as harmful as someone straight up saying something in some ways it’s fucking worse and should absolutely be shown the light of day because it’s soooo fucking pervasive in media 

Whedon wouldn’t be such a big deal if he wasn’t heralded as a shining white knight of feminism and progressive portral of women and poc 


Is The Cabin In The Woods a horror movie?

Two A.V. Club staffers debate:

Alex McCown: I was so shocked to hear my equally horror-loving co-worker Becca James express disdain for the film. Having seen it in the theater three times (and probably triple that number since it came out on Blu-ray), I felt that rare sense of possessive outrage that occurs whenever someone questions a work of art that has been elevated to the place of unquestionable greatness in your mind. But rather than challenge her to a duel, I thought it only fair to give her a chance to air her grievances about the film in an arena we’re both more suited to—namely, cowering behind the screens of our laptops. Because it turns out, Becca’s beef isn’t necessarily just with Goddard and Whedon’s film; it’s with the way in which the film has been received into the world, and how other films of its kind also don’t earn the descriptions applied to them. Becca, what’s your grudge? Knowing that it’s not The Grudge?

Becca James: I came to this film from a different direction than you, and I think that is a huge factor. First, although I’ve long been a fan of horror, I do not necessarily have favorites within the genre; if it is horror, I will watch it. So Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are not a factor for me. Furthermore, this has resulted in a lot of disappointment at the theater, and a longing to see a movie that could possibly be my favorite within my lifetime, because sure, I recognize that certain films rise above the rest, but those all came before my time. Second, I somehow missed this when it first came out, and in a panic, because of all of the hype, I rented it as soon as I could with the hopes that this film would be the film. Alas, I felt it tried to weave together about four disparate genres and didn’t pull off any. Or at least it didn’t do it any better than something like say Wes Craven’s subtler and still-scary Scream.

Read the full Crosstalk at avclub.com

The Cabin In The Woods reflects a decade of mainstream horror films in which powerlessness was America’s primary anxiety, which is perhaps a natural consequence of living at a time when days are rated in Terror Threat Levels. Death could be right around the corner, and nothing can be done about it; even people who go off the grid, like the quintet of meatsacks in Whedon and Goddard’s film, are on another kind of grid. There’s no escaping the inchoate horrors of the world we’ve created, not even for a weekend getaway. Whedon and Goddard poke fun at the filmmakers who feed these kids through one gear-and-spring-loaded grinder after another, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely above the fray. For Whedon, it’s only the latest instance of an anti-establishment paranoia that’s intensified over the years.”

Scott Tobias wraps up our Movie Of The Week conversation on Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s Cabin In The Woods with a look at the ongoing theme of pitting puppets against their puppetmasters in Whedon’s work. [Read more…]

Previously on Movie Of The week:

Keynote: The multi-level stereotypes of The Cabin In The Woods

Forum: The moviemaker meta and moral conundrums of The Cabin In The Woods


‘Sugarplum Fairy’, 9" x 12" watercolor and ink drawing for Gallery 1988: LA's Joss Whedon show, opening this week. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to do a full screen-printed poster for this show, so I painted one of my favorite monsters from The Cabin in the Woods. This show is gonna be huge, so if you’re in the area, try to make it out.

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MCU Ladies Week | Day 1: Favorite Character | Jemma Simmons

I like following the rules and doing what’s expected of me!

I like all of the ladies in the MCU a lot (other favorites include Peggy and Darcy) but Jemma was mine right from meeting her.  I’d sworn I wasn’t going to let myself fall head over heels in love with another fictional woman for a while, but I couldn’t not fall in love with an impossibly courageous, unashamedly intellectual, entirely awkward, accidentally blunt, sometimes self-conscious, eternally fangirl, very good girl, tiny angel science princess like Jemma, and if it manifests in far too much meta and far too many Skimmons AUs, so be it.  She’s me and she’s what I aspire to be and she’s a precious jewel that I want to protect and make cookies for.

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Here’s the Master Schedule for Gleekover2014. Remeber everything is welcome: old works, recs, fic, art, vids, graphics, meta, discussion, gifsets and anything else you can think of. You can even do stuff for certain weeks after they’re over. If you don’t see a fandom listed but thinks it works with a certain weeks theme, go ahead and post it Just remember to tag it with #gleekover2014 

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A week before Comic Con, Joss Whedon reveals more details about Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Voiced and performed by James Spader using motion-capture technology, Ultron is an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark to defend the Earth now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone. It sounds like Ultron will be something like Tony’s A.I. butler JARVIS, except in control of a fleet of humanoid robot drones. But as we’ve learned from about a million sci-fi movies before, leaving humanity at the mercy of a weaponized artificial intelligence rarely ends well. Ultron decides that the best way to save the world is to eradicate humanity.

“Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’,” Whedon told EW.

Tony Stark’s character arc between Avengers and Iron Man 3 already focused heavily on his struggle with PTSD, and Ultron seems to be the next step in that journey. Tony Stark doesn’t really want to go around being a superhero any more, because as Downey says, “The downside of self-sacrifice is that if you make it back, you’ve been out there on the spit and you’ve been turned a couple times and you feel a little burned and traumatized.”


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MCU Ladies Week | Day 3: Favorite Scene | Jemma and Skye, 1.15 “Yes Men”

Still, I’m the most gratefulest…est patient alive.

No matter how you interpret this scene, it’s just beautiful and so important.  It’s such a small thing, a minute of screentime in an otherwise unrelated (but incredibly lovely) episode, but it’s – okay, so here are these two girls who didn’t know each other half a year ago but just an episode prior one of them admitted, while staring sadly at the other one’s unconscious body, that she couldn’t imagine life without her, these two girls who’ve been through so much, who’d do anything for each other, who have done and will do, who just care so much about each other that it almost hurts.  Jemma is exhibiting practical concern because that’s her default and despite having recently near-died Skye is snarking because that’s her default but it only takes a moment for that to crack away and lead to genuine, complete care and concern.  (And if you watch it with lady-tinted glasses, it’s positively brilliant.)  It’s not a plot changer or a dramatic reveal, it’s not a battle scene (believe me, I love watching MCU women kick asses almost more than anything), it’s just simple and so sweet.