omorka: (Wizard of Speed and Time)
The difference between Charlie Bartlett and Ferris Bueller (other than the lack of a Cameron in the first film) is that Charlie is, ultimately, just a high school kid (albeit one with near-supernatural levels of wealth) and Ferris Bueller is a Trickster-archetype demigod.

That's why Cameron is in FBDO. Watching a demigod running around throwing self-centered but ultimately benign chaos all over isn't all that interesting in and of itself, since Ferris can't be touched by anything he sets in motion. The effects of his supernatural flailing on Cameron, Jeannie, and Sloane, on the other hand, give the audience an 'in' on the action. Ferris can't be touched - but Cameron can. Ferris's actions can't have any repercussions for him - but they do for his sister, and might for his girlfriend. And the entire tension of the subplot with the principal is that, if Rooney can make that happen just once, if he can nail a consequence to Ferris and make it stick, not only is it the end of this one day off - it will render Ferris mortal permanently. When Jeannie rescues him at the end of the film, she is not only helping out her brother; she's choosing not to render him as vulnerable as she is, stripped of his aspect - and she knows that. She could have stepped back and allowed Rooney to strip him of his powers, and she, mortal girl that she is, chooses not to.

Charlie Bartlett, on the other hand, starts the film suffering the repercussions of his actions. The family money buffers the fall each time, but he does fall, at least three times that we see in the film. He's reaching for that archetype, the Trickster beloved by all except those who suffer from his splashback - and he almost succeeds. However, he's not a pure archetype, partly because he also has a Healer aspect, and it's that aspect that calls to him in dreams; it's not until he sets down the Trickster in service of the Healer that he finds his footing. Poor guy; Healers almost always start mortal and have to die before they become demigods.

Someone out there is champing at the bit to tell me about the Fight Club theory of FBDO - that it's not that Ferris is a god-hero, it's that he's a hallucination of Cameron's. I'm aware of that interpretation and I reject it. It essentially writes Jeannie out of the film. The climax isn't Cameron deciding to deal with his dad; it's Jeannie deciding she'd rather have the brother she loves and hates in equal measure kept whole than have him brought low. I've never seen an explanation of the Fight Club theory that adequately dealt with her storyline, even leaving aside the mythic aspects.
omorka: (South Park Jen)
Content warning: several of these are NSFW and they all have sexism in them. There's also some homophobia in the next-to-last one.

Professional porn actress Stoya has two posts on harassment at conventions and street harassment at her Twitter. Money quote (so to speak) from the first one: "Let me remind you that in a room of pornography fans, who have actually seen me with a dick in my mouth and who can buy a replica of my vagina in a can or box, I am treated with far more respect than I am walking down the street."

Branded tells us that fat acceptance, especially for women, is a plot on the part of the 1% to sell more fast food. MovieBob tells you why else not to see it at the Escapist.

Santiago Ortiz put together a scatterplot of male editors vs. female editors of Wkipedia, for a selection of pages on various topics. Note that the scales are not the same - the x-axis (male) is by 10s, and the y-axis (female) is by ones. The gray line on the left is the parity line. Apparently, Weird Al's viewpoint character is not only "White & Nerdy," but also most likely male.

Only partially about gender issues, mostly making fun of Rick Santorum, but if you haven't read Jim Wright's "Also, Nazis!" column at Stonekettle Station yet, you should.

And Io9 has an article about the state of harassment & sexism at various geek gatherings (ReaderCon, TAM, and DefCon are the three focal points). I haven't read the comments; could someone braver than I tell me how many of them are variations on "Why is this here and not on Jezebel?"
omorka: (South Park Jen)
Content warning: several of these are NSFW and they all have sexism in them. There's also some homophobia in the next-to-last one.

Professional porn actress Stoya has two posts on harassment at conventions and street harassment at her Twitter. Money quote (so to speak) from the first one: "Let me remind you that in a room of pornography fans, who have actually seen me with a dick in my mouth and who can buy a replica of my vagina in a can or box, I am treated with far more respect than I am walking down the street."

Branded tells us that fat acceptance, especially for women, is a plot on the part of the 1% to sell more fast food. MovieBob tells you why else not to see it at the Escapist.

Santiago Ortiz put together a scatterplot of male editors vs. female editors of Wkipedia, for a selection of pages on various topics. Note that the scales are not the same - the x-axis (male) is by 10s, and the y-axis (female) is by ones. The gray line on the left is the parity line. Apparently, Weird Al's viewpoint character is not only "White & Nerdy," but also most likely male.

Only partially about gender issues, mostly making fun of Rick Santorum, but if you haven't read Jim Wright's "Also, Nazis!" column at Stonekettle Station yet, you should.

And Io9 has an article about the state of harassment & sexism at various geek gatherings (ReaderCon, TAM, and DefCon are the three focal points). I haven't read the comments; could someone braver than I tell me how many of them are variations on "Why is this here and not on Jezebel?"
omorka: (Jigglypuff Demands)
I just realized something seriously crappy about Prometheus.

Spoiler Cut just in case anyone still wanted to see it and hadn't yet )
omorka: (Jigglypuff Demands)
I just realized something seriously crappy about Prometheus.

Spoiler Cut just in case anyone still wanted to see it and hadn't yet )
omorka: (TRON)
I actually kinda liked Tron: Legacy (I am a fool for certain types of fanservice; I was chanting along with the instructions when Sam got his disc), but I have to admit that Bob The Angry Flower's suggestion would have been hella badass.
omorka: (TRON)
I actually kinda liked Tron: Legacy (I am a fool for certain types of fanservice; I was chanting along with the instructions when Sam got his disc), but I have to admit that Bob The Angry Flower's suggestion would have been hella badass.
omorka: (Zuul & Vinz)
So we saw Prometheus back on Monday, and I gotta say I wasn't impressed:

Minor spoilers )

But, honestly, it was sort of worth it just to be able to watch Prometheus In 15 Minutes. (You shouldn't need one, but Major Spoiler Warning, okay?)
omorka: (Zuul & Vinz)
So we saw Prometheus back on Monday, and I gotta say I wasn't impressed:

Minor spoilers )

But, honestly, it was sort of worth it just to be able to watch Prometheus In 15 Minutes. (You shouldn't need one, but Major Spoiler Warning, okay?)
omorka: (Wizard of Speed and Time)
Whoohoo, finally saw the Avengers movie! I can read my friendslist again!

Quicktakes Behind The Cut, with Spoilers )
omorka: (Wizard of Speed and Time)
Whoohoo, finally saw the Avengers movie! I can read my friendslist again!

Quicktakes Behind The Cut, with Spoilers )
omorka: (French Horn)
First, a blog post, in which the composer of "Mind Heist" responds to "It's Our Fight," a section of the score for the third Bey Transformers movie, and the unmistakable similarities between the two songs.

Second, two YouTube videos comparing the two.

Third, a mashup of the two tunes.

My guess for what happened: the animators for T3 used "Mind Heist" as the temp track to the scene, lining up the big steel punches with the, well, the big brass punches, and showed it to Bey that way. He liked the effect so much that he insisted that the score composer reproduce it in the actual film score, and griped if it got too far away, plagiarism be damned, leading to a near-homage (and probably a certain amount of embarrassment for the composer). Those of you who have worken in Hollywood, any insight on whether that's a reasonable hypothesis?

Oh, and those long, deep low-brass punches? Here's the wake-up song used in Inception. Listen to the intro, before the voice comes in. Now, take those trumpet & trombone bounces and subject them to the time-dilation effects produced by dreaming in the movie, and what would you get? (Granted, the rhythm is different.) :-D So that's derivative, too, albeit for important plot reasons.
omorka: (French Horn)
First, a blog post, in which the composer of "Mind Heist" responds to "It's Our Fight," a section of the score for the third Bey Transformers movie, and the unmistakable similarities between the two songs.

Second, two YouTube videos comparing the two.

Third, a mashup of the two tunes.

My guess for what happened: the animators for T3 used "Mind Heist" as the temp track to the scene, lining up the big steel punches with the, well, the big brass punches, and showed it to Bey that way. He liked the effect so much that he insisted that the score composer reproduce it in the actual film score, and griped if it got too far away, plagiarism be damned, leading to a near-homage (and probably a certain amount of embarrassment for the composer). Those of you who have worken in Hollywood, any insight on whether that's a reasonable hypothesis?

Oh, and those long, deep low-brass punches? Here's the wake-up song used in Inception. Listen to the intro, before the voice comes in. Now, take those trumpet & trombone bounces and subject them to the time-dilation effects produced by dreaming in the movie, and what would you get? (Granted, the rhythm is different.) :-D So that's derivative, too, albeit for important plot reasons.
omorka: (Scientology Wickedness)
You ever had one of those "I'm not the least bit sure whether I want to see this movie, but I think I already know what I ship in it" moments?

Yeah. I'm hoping the trailer for A Dangerous Method (warnings: oversimplified history, bad science, implied parental abuse, and caning) is just cut to appeal to prurient interest (it is a Cronenberg film, after all), but - it has Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud. It's got to have some redeeming value, right?
omorka: (Scientology Wickedness)
You ever had one of those "I'm not the least bit sure whether I want to see this movie, but I think I already know what I ship in it" moments?

Yeah. I'm hoping the trailer for A Dangerous Method (warnings: oversimplified history, bad science, implied parental abuse, and caning) is just cut to appeal to prurient interest (it is a Cronenberg film, after all), but - it has Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud. It's got to have some redeeming value, right?
omorka: (25 Years of Bustin')
A recut trailer for My Favorite Movie - set to the Inception score.

What is it, Ray? )
omorka: (25 Years of Bustin')
A recut trailer for My Favorite Movie - set to the Inception score.

What is it, Ray? )
omorka: (TRON)
Saw TRON: Legacy tonight. The film's a little light on plot - if I weren't already invested in these characters, I'd probably be somewhat dismissive, especially since certain things are taken for granted that don't really make a whole lot of sense - it fails Bechdel on Stage Two*, and there's a romantic subplot that doesn't really work, but overall I am one very, very happy fangirl. It hit lots of right notes, played homage to many of the things I liked about the first film, and was philosophically and theologically very satisfying.

* Note that the original film fails Bechdel on either Stage One or Stage Two - there's really only one named female character, from a certain point of view; from another, there are exactly two, who not only don't speak to each other, they can't.

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In other news: tea recommendations. Hit me up, yall.
omorka: (TRON)
Saw TRON: Legacy tonight. The film's a little light on plot - if I weren't already invested in these characters, I'd probably be somewhat dismissive, especially since certain things are taken for granted that don't really make a whole lot of sense - it fails Bechdel on Stage Two*, and there's a romantic subplot that doesn't really work, but overall I am one very, very happy fangirl. It hit lots of right notes, played homage to many of the things I liked about the first film, and was philosophically and theologically very satisfying.

* Note that the original film fails Bechdel on either Stage One or Stage Two - there's really only one named female character, from a certain point of view; from another, there are exactly two, who not only don't speak to each other, they can't.

---

In other news: tea recommendations. Hit me up, yall.
omorka: (Wizard of Speed and Time)
Also, I appear to be developing an incredible crush on Sam Rockwell.

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