If this is what Britain considers one of its most iconic cultural figures–the ideal of romantic colonialism, the suave super-spy–then do I have bad news for you, Brits. It isn’t that the film is deathly misogynistic (it is) or that it is far too long and incompetently paced (it is both). It’s that this is a joke. This is laughingstock. This is ridiculous and anyone with half a brain cell will see it for what it is. And when you consider how deeply seriously it takes itself… you can only conclude what a sorry stain of a thing the jingoist British spirit must be. The white man snivels in the corner, bleating for the vanished glory of the empire. Which is as it should be, but like Skyfall it doesn’t know how pathetic it really is. (more…)
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Posted by acrackedmoon on November 19, 2012
I know, I know. The movie’s shit. I knew it was shit going in. Popular media make masochists of us all.
Isn’t it remarkable by the way that every dress in this movie bares and emphasizes a woman’s cleavage? Little wonder that the only kiss initiated by Bella Swan in this film–her one moment of sexual desire–is directed at another woman. All the other kisses are initiated by men who decide it’s awesome to molest her while she’s either comatose or dead, and therefore can’t consent.
Posted by acrackedmoon on June 25, 2012
A few days ago I linked to Fangirlblog’s post about the shitty Vestara/Ben thing in Christie Golden’s Ascension, which I pretty much agreed with. A few things kind of pinged me the wrong way, though, but hey. I dug further, thinking that I’d found a pretty neat blog on geek feminism.
And then I found this. Again, it says sound things about feminism and Star Wars and the representation of women: fair enough. But… there’s this strange, strange fixation with “traditional families”:
There are no two-parent traditional families among the younger generation of characters. There are not even any marriages yet, even though the lead characters of that generation are now in their thirties. [...] It’s a far cry from the Original Trilogy’s tone of unflagging friendships, or the Han-Leia and Luke-Mara strong partnership marriages of the early EU and the extended cast of childhood friends highlighted in the Young Jedi Knights series.
I’m not remotely sure how this is relevant to anything. First, why is the lack of “two-parents traditional families” (and what a creepy, creepy concept that is) something objectionable? What about the lack of marriages? Who gives a shit? Is she against premarital fucking or something?
Posted by acrackedmoon on August 14, 2011
If you’re like me–cynic, snob, or otherwise an individual of discerning taste–you will already know that James Cameron’s Avatar was going to be shit just based on its summary alone.
I’m here to vindicate you. I came out of the theater doubled over laughing, because really, it’s either laugh or rage.
By rage, I mean “I’ll hunt James Cameron down and burn his house and choke his pet dogs/cats/goldfish to death and then burn them too.” That kind of rage. And you can hiss about me having ~*liberal hang-ups*~ and agendas or “reading too much into this, it’s just FANTASY and ESCAPIST ENTERTAINMENT” if you like, but keep in mind that I’ll call you names and you will deserve every single one.
Posted by acrackedmoon on April 7, 2011