Pixar: What about Monsters Inc?
Public: She couldn't even really talk.
Dory: Finding Nemo?
Public: Dory shared the spotlight with Nemo and his dad.
Pixar: So being a co-protagonist doesn't count?
Pixar: But most of our movies have multiple leads.
Pixar: Fine. This is Merida, starring in Brave. She's a feisty, independent ginger Scottish princess.
Public: Ugh, why'd you make a bog-standard Disney princess?
Pixar: Excuse me?
Public: We wanted something original!
Public: And why are you making such a big deal about her being a girl?
Feminism is awesome. People being allowed to wear whatever they want despite societal restrictions is awesome. Relegating female characters to repetitive roles in historical films that continually focus on gender as their primary identifying character trait? Not awesome.
If you are talking about "Brave", Merida's primary character trait is that she's, y'know, brave.
The people making this all about Merida being a girl are the public. Merida being a girl in the film is part of her character. Pixar's had people going "why don't you make a film with a girl lead?" And then they make a film with a girl lead, and people make a big fuss about how she's a girl. Like how people made a big fuss about Tiana being black, yet The Princess and the Frog doesn't slap people in the face with race issues. They are mentioned, but are fairly subtle.
And lets not get into the unoriginality debate, really, let's not. I don't see how it degrades the main character to make a movie that has a plot which involves her being a girl and the historical role. Being a girl is far from Merida's only defining character trait. She's also brave, good with a bow, and really, really ginger.
Seriously, dude, you can film from more than two feet away. And there's no law against showing the top of someone's head.
That aside, I think the movie benefits from not being in first person. Katniss Everdeen, in the book, is a young woman from the rear end of nowhere who nonetheless writes like an English professor. The movie does this revolutionary thing called "acting" whereby characters convey information and feelings without needing to explicitly state it. It also allows other characters more development; President Snow, for example, is much better developed in the film, where Katniss barely saw him in the first novel. Peeta and Cinna, as always, are both bro-tier. Someone put a lot of effort into this film-I've flipped through the behind the scenes book at ASDA-and it shows. It really is a very good film.
I bought some posters for the movie; Katniss and Rue. Katniss 'cause she's Katniss, and Rue because she reminds me of my niece. I haven't had any posters up since last year, and since I also bought a Florence and the Machine poster, I keep looking up from my computer and briefly thinking some lunatic who likes leggy redheads snuck into my room and pasted it up.
Hey, what's this poster doing here?
"These are no longer Protheans," EDI replied. "There are signs of extensive genetic rewrite: Reduced heterochromatin structure, deletion of superfluous 'junk' genes, and the phrase 'U GOT REAPED LOL' encoded into their genome."
For the record, Mass Effect: Interregnum, covering what Garrus did while Shep was dead in ME2, does shout outs so much better. I generally prefer to put mine in where the story happens to have room for them, like when Alex needed an alias in inPrototype and I chose "Sly Cooper". Broadly speaking, if you can't remove or replace the reference without the story ceasing to make sense, it's too vital. If you need to know what the shout-out is in order to make sense of what its doing in the story, it's too vital.
In ME:I, there's a scene where Garrus and co get their hands on weapons reminiscent of those from Team Fortress 2, even discussing how much it costs to fire the weapon. This helps to underline the amount of money their employer has. Thing is, it's not a one-off. Garrus keeps thinking of how expensive the mini is during the following action sequence. It's integrated into the story, and can be understood even if one doesn't catch the reference. It's not just some joke shoved in without consideration for whether it fits the tone or not.
Project Gethinator is a light-hearted story, but it at least supposedly has a serious core. Think some of the latter Discworld books. Once you stop portraying the Reapers as an ancient and incomprehensibly powerful force--think space robot Cthulhu--and reduce them to the level of a script kiddie from 4Chan, you might as well be writing a crackfic.
Imagine, say, Inception, or the Dark Knight. Now imagine the dudes from the Hangover suddenly show up. It's not going to work very well.
Light the fuse.
I really, really like the idea of an action movie where the main character never fires a gun.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how good Brad Bird is as a live-action director. There are just some lovely set-pieces, and less of a focus on Hunt. The conceit here is that not only is the team working without resources, the entire agency has been disavowed, so they can't even get covert backup. All they have is an old supply cache full of things that malfunction all the time. And that's not the only place Murphy's Law applies. The team actually feels like a team of diverse individuals with their own motivations, not Hunt and Sidekicks, and even the villain feels vaguely sympathetic. And he's absolutely insane.
So, yeah, go see it, if you can suspend disbelief about little things like Hunt spending months in a Russian prison, yet still having perfect absolutely hair. I think it's even feathered.
"Comedy uses familiar stereotypes to get laughs!""Arkham City isn't misogynist, just heavy-handed in portraying misogyny!"
"How do you feel about the fact that audiences see comdies by creators like Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and James Franco as more genuine and authentic than female-centric rom-coms?"
"Having Chinese slang in Firefly shows the influence of Eastern culture a lot better than actually having any Asians on the show."
"I think it's antifeminist to say real gay men should have any say in slash."
"Rose Tyler was objectively the best companion!"
"If it's wrong to erase bisexuality and homosexuality, then isn't it wrong to ignore canonical heterosexuality for the purposes of fanfic?"
"Shouldn't you be more considerate of the feelings of people you disagree with?"
Ah, this is fun.
For those of you who are not familiar with the character, he's the detective/psychologist star of a very successful series of airports paperbacks where he tracks down serial nutjobs, and was last played by Morgan Freeman. And one of the other people considered for the role? Idris Elba.
It's a game, dear man, a shadowy game. We're playing cat and mouse, the professor and I.Victorian Europe, international intrigue, and daggers in the dark. How we've missed you, Holmes.
Remember what I said about hats in my Sucker Punch review? The three main female characters, all very lovely women*, all wear hats. Sim spends the last 40 minutes or so in what looks like a rumpled fedora.
Moriarty is quite chilling, and indeed Holmes match. He threatens murder and worse as easily as most people would ask the time.
The cinematography has been turned up to eleven. WB apparently went ShutUpAndTakeMyMoney.jpg to Guy Ritchie, and boy does it show, especially in one sequence I can't say any more about for fear of spoilers.
Holmes himself, as Watson observes, seems more manic. Between Watson leaving and pursuing "the biggest case of [his] career" while living on stimulants and very little sleep, it's no wonder. Everyone seems very capable, even Mary. There's an underlying sense of urgency that makes the slowdowns all the more important, more treasured.
Also, Holmes deductive sequences? He doesn't explain those anymore. We just have montages of the things he saw and we missed or thought nothing of. No explanation, the audience has to figure out themselves, drawing them into the movie. Not that this slows down the pacing. If your jaw isn't dropping, you'll be giggling.
TL:DR; If you liked the first movie, it's more of the same, but bigger and louder and better and more bromantical. Which is a word now. Every time you use it, you have to pay me a nickel.
*All with rather nice cheekbones, as it happens. The director was previously married to Madonna. I'm noticing a theme here.
It's you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!This was actually quite good. It's actually more cerebral than anything. The pretty women in hot clothes are there to make A Point, not mere fanservice, though I still felt embarrassed checking it out from the library. I don't have any of the fetishes on displayokay, I think girls in garrison caps are cute, is that so wrong?but one element really surprised me.
Movie: Oh, David Krumholtz is the Big Bad.
Me: You mean the guy from Numb3rs? Well, I suppose he could have untapped dramatic depths, so I gueAHHHHHHHHHHH
EDIT: It's not Mr. Universe, it's an actor named Oscar Isaacs. Downright uncanny.
>blogger complains about the Implications of the last joke in it
>joke is the Lorax, who is kind of a dick, being a dick
>blogger makes all sorts of inferences about how the boy clearly just wants to get in redheads pants
The irony is that the blog in question is dedicated to the oft-neglected issue of men in feminism, but the blogger, in a fit of fanpersonism, is perfectly willing to assume a boy wanting to do something for a girl he likes=he wants to tap that.
Don't go see it if you didn't see the first half (I didn't) or you haven't read the books (I have). After a certain point in the film, it was like a rollercoaster reaching the top of the first hill, and you just have to hang on all the way to the denouement. I found myself dabbing at my eyes at one or two points. In a suitably manly fashion, of course.
This is the first movie to actually feel like an Avengers movie, which is ironic, since there's only one Avenger. Between this, Iron Man 1/2, Thor, and Incredible Hulk, Marvel is 5 for 5 with their movies. Now if only DC would pick up the ball and figure out what the other guys are doing right.
Also, I like how unapologetically pulp-sci-fi the movie is. Why does Hydra's stuff glow? Because their power source glows, is why. You have a problem? DealWithIt.gif. These action figures ain't gonna sell themselves.
See it if you like superpowered bromance and sideburns.
See it if you like lens flares, Spielberg circa 1982, and/or have a childlike sense of wonder and optimism.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
See it if you like explosions and giant robots and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's butt.
I'm not joking. That is literally her first shot in the film. Carly's a fairly decent character overall, but cripes, Bay, there are better ways to make up for The inadvertently racist-seeming Twins. The plot turned out more complex and mature than I expected from a Bay film (explosions, giant robots, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's boobs), so...that's a plus. And the climax was forty minutes. Again, not joking. The entire third act is the climax.