queer film meme ‖ [3/15] films - tipping the velvet
I am ridiculous. I am not Mavis.
I'm Frances, in fact. I have a particularly redundant degree in Ancient and Medieval History, a Lego pirate ship and a terrible addiction to Coca Cola. I play Guitar Hero very ill indeed.
queer film meme ‖ [3/15] films - tipping the velvet
Book: And she was wearing pants!
Me: Don’t most people wear pants? Isn’t that kind of normal?
Book: Notorious pants-wearer Jenny Bonnet!
Me: How can you tell anyway, whether someone’s wearing underwear or not?
Me: Oh, you mean trousers, right.
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility. And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
sometimes Cracked is so weirdly on point
Caitlin and I are asked if we’re sisters all the time
It took me a second to get it because at first glance I thought Mywifejen was one of those Welsh names
That’s my favorite Sigur Ros album
i made a new skyrim character whose main goal in life is to steal all of the cheese in skyrim for herself
she hasn’t gotten very far yet but she’s off to a good start
three cities worth of cheese… i’d call that progress
do u ever have that one female character who u like that could literally beat u up and you’d say thanks
I like shipping the cheerful one with the grumpy one
#in the hands of almost any other actor#this would collapse the entire artifice of the show & the contrivance of one actress playing about a dozen clones#the integrity of each performance would break down#you’d be left with the sense that the clones are interchangeable women with only superficial differences in appearance & mannerism#but somehow she’s able to layer these performances one over another like skins#there’s a tangible difference between tatiana maslany as alison hendrix#and tatiana maslany as sarah manning as alison hendrix#each of the clones is so whole and unique and distinct that the performances are collectively an argument:#these human beings aren’t interchangeable#they share DNA but environment and nurture and epigenetics have made them completely singular individuals#[they aren’t even all women]#you can’t generalise them; there’s no single trait they all share#except that they’re human beings not biological objects to be exploited#her work is such a tour de force sometimes it just leaves you breathless (via elucipher)
the funny thing about dril posts is that they actually do have a structure to them– they hit a kind of conceptual caesura halfway through, a point where there’s no inevitable logical connection between what’s been said and what’s still to come. here, the first sentence didn’t need to result in the second, yet it’s not “lol random” either; the speaker is angry about his boss’ draconian ferret-kissing policy, and reacts in kind, and even the reference to a “screen saver” reminds us that we’re in an office. it’s a narrative progression that, despite having an internal logic, alienates its punchline from its setup. who the hell is this person?
one thing i love about @dril posts is how they all seem to take place in a universe that is somewhat like our own, but with the habitus of white middle america taken to a bizarre, absurd, but strangely logical conclusion. take this one, for instance:
so we have our setting: a security guard protecting the american flag in the betsy ross museum, something almost archetypically american and middle class. but once again the first part, or setup, for the punchline, “fucking the flag,” careens the joke into an alien punchline that still, given the setting, makes sense. @dril’s security guard character imitates a sort-of cop-talk, the banter of a security guard, “buddy, they wont even let me fuck it”. you can imagine a similar response from a guard at any museum, but we’re talking about Fucking the American Flag, here.
i really love @dril.
it’s astonishing that a human being thinks of those posts. some person, someone out there whose existence we have to infer, because all we know is that those posts occur and they must be coming from somewhere. “the @dril tweeter” resonates as “the beowulf poet” does, except beowulf (which i’ve only read in translation, so i’m not an authority) has never made any use of the english language as baffling and sublime and somehow primally interlaced with the stuff of human consciousness as “IF THE ZOO BANS ME FOR HOLLERING AT THE ANIMALS I WILL FACE GOD AND WALK BACKWARDS INTO HELL.”
This is my favorite post, I am so glad I found it again.
if you think you might be interested in Ancient Greek bisexual warrior girlfriends then Xena: Warrior Princess is the show for you
[image description: a photo of Park Chan Wook, followed by the cover of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters]bookelfe
Park Chan Wook has finally decided on his next project: Agassi (아가씨, literally meaning “young lady”) will be an adaptation of Sarah Waters‘ Fingersmith, a period crime novel that follows young female thieves (called, you guessed it, fingersmiths). However, the location will be switched from Victorian London to Korea under Japanese rule.
For those who didn’t know yet!
diva-viva ATTENTION ATTENTION
straight person commenting on bad representation: I love how its not even made into *A Thing* (:
Margaret Atwood has just started writing a brand-new book, but you’ll never read it. Not unless you live unnaturally long — the book won’t be released until 2114.
The novel is part of a revolutionary new project created by Scottish artist Katie Paterson called Future Library. The project involves 1,000 trees planted outside Oslo that will grow into a forest and be cut down to print 100 books; one book to be written every year from 2014 until 2114.
well this isn’t fair at all, I want to read it :( I love her books.
#Do you ever just cry because of Gabrielle’s character arc? #She started out so naïve and wide-eyed saying that she wanted to grow up to be just like Xena #and while her admiration for Xena never diminished her understanding of what it meant to be Xena—to be #a warrior like her—matured #The more Gabrielle traveled the more she saw the more she fought the more she realized #that Xena’s heroism was not without a price: #fighting changed things; #killing changed everything; #and living on the battlefront sometimes necessitated terrible impossible choices #After a while the prospect of giving up so many of her original ideals scared Gabrielle so she ran away— #tried to give up the fighting and killing; tried to walk a path of love and peace #But then there was always Xena—Xena who Gabrielle couldn’t forsake even if she wanted to forsake #the path that following Xena had set her on #Gabrielle couldn’t leave Xena’s side even though she knew that anyone who traveled with Xena had to fight #It came down to another impossible choice so Gabrielle chose Xena and never looked back #It was following that path—which Gabrielle called friendship—which led to the fulfillment of Gabrielle’s #original wish: that she grow up to be just like Xena; to be a warrior like her #Year after year season after season Gabrielle gave up more and more and increasingly became a warrior #That’s why the end of the show is so haunting: #Gabrielle gets exactly what she wanted from the start but ultimately it isn’t what she wants anymore at all #She is as capable as Xena as skilled and even as ruthless and unflinching as she #and yet all she could want in the world is to go back to being that naïve and wide-eyed little girl #that Xena found in Potiedaea—the one Xena fell in love with all those years ago #It’s a shocking reversal and one that is so carefully wrought over so many years #I just… damn