Time to get hypothetical up in here.
I can’t find the article, but I promise this is a real thing: there was a theory/study years ago about ‘why the hell do adolescents watch the same movie(s) over and over and over again?’ and the theory/answer was ‘because their bodies are changing so rapidly that they literally wake up a physiologically different entity than they were the day before and repeating the same media experiences creates a consistency in their lives.’ We all watch movies we like several times, but this is the obsessive rewatching I think all/most of us did as teenagers. Amosinwonderland, how many times did we watch FOTR and X1? I know I saw POTC in theaters around a dozen times. I read that article in my late teens and it struck a chord with me. And I did stop watching my favorites weekly as I got older. (Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t count. That movie is perfect.)
For the past 60 hours or so I’ve listened to exactly 2 songs, for hours straight: 48 hours of Children of Bodom covering Poison, and now an accelerated version of Fall Out Boy’s The Phoenix. (My apologies to supernumerarycharioteer and ishoutedai, just holler when it gets annoying and I’ll switch to headphones.) This is not entirely unusual behavior for me, or many of my peers, as I understand it. And I find that intriguing. I actually had an interesting discussion with my parents about it, wondering if the convenience of modern technology has contributed to the apparent rise in this trend, or if it’s always been something young people do, and they both admitted to wearing out albums as a time, but not single tracks (unless it was a 45, but more often a single album side was repeated ad nauseam).
Amidst my wondering, my period snuck up on me. Which leads to my new theory: like teenagers with fluctuating hormones that make them feel like unfamiliar strangers in their own bodies and establish consistency in their lives by repeating the same media near-obsessively, people are more likely to binge on the same music during “that time of the month” (if you don’t know that biological males have their own monthly hormone cycle, check that shit out.) Ladies will tell you, it’s sometimes like haunting your own body. One consistent thing, even if it’s just a song that drives everyone around us crazy, is a blessing.
I’m not really in a capacity to do actualfax research on the topic, but I am curious. Anyone have any observations to contribute?
Much Ado About Nothing
My favorite of Billy Shake’s, elevated to a whole new level of funny. If you have the chance: GO. Go twice. Just take me tooooooo!
Between this and Firefly I am eternally in Joss’s debt.
Wait. Can we please talk about this please? The entire end battle of this movie. For most of the movie, Mulan has felt out of place. She doesn’t know where she fits in. Covering herself in femininity doesn’t work, like, at all. The scene of the matchmaker…I don’t even have to explain to show you how much that is not her. But then she runs away and poses as a man. She tries her hardest to blend in and be a guy, but at the same time, covering herself in the masculine just doesn’t work. She’s still awkward and out of place. The men eventually embrace her as one of their own, see her as a guy, but they see her as a strange guy, a very effeminate man. But this scene, this final part of the movie, she has finally found her place. She is short haired (masculine) and wearing a woman’s outfit. She has found her place as a tomboy, somewhere in the middle of extremes.
But to continue on and dissect this final battle, Mulan is facing Shan Yu. Shan Yu is huge and muscled, where Mulan is smaller, slimmer, but no doubt she is toned from all the training she’s done. Still, Shan Yu has his big ass sword and all she finds she is equipped with is the fan she and the other men used to sneak into the castle. She is equipped with a traditionally feminine object and Shan Yu is equipped with a traditionally masculine object. She uses that fan to disarm him, then uses the sword to trap him. Not only is this badass and clever, she uses an object she was uncomfortable with in the beginning to take a weapon she was also uncomfortable with earlier on in the movie and uses both of them to defeat a man twice as big as her with a much longer and much more extensive history of fighting and battles than she has. She, at this point, has learned to embrace both of the aspects of herself and use this to her advantage. She finally realizes by this time that she is not the traditional, overly feminine daughter her society wants her to be, but she isn’t the other extreme, either, the man’s man, lets-scratch-our-butts-and-fight-for-no-reason type seen when she first comes into the camp. She is a little bit of both, and realizing this and embracing it allows her to be more sure of herself and fully embrace who she is, making her happier, but also more confident (do I even need to point out how she stepped up as leader and showed the men a way to sneak into the palace? Oops, I already did), and a better fighter. She’s just all around awesome and this move she does when she disarms Shan Yu always makes me feel enormously proud of her and how far she’s come.
i love mulan a whole lot. it’d be my favorite disney movie if lilo & stitch wasn’t so bloody awesome.
mulan: the only disney princess with a body count. used artillery. shot a mountain. saved her dad. hugged an emperor. didn’t need a kissing scene; happy ending is ‘yeah i guess we can hang out, we’ll see what happens.’ also? great eyebrows. :D
See, this, I think, is what I love about Kronk. On the shallowest surface level, he fills the “low IQ sidekick” role. But ONLY on the shallowest surface level.
I’d have to watch the movie again to go into any detail, but Kronk is actually the smartest damn person IN this movie. There’s nothing he doesn’t know, he’s got all this specialized knowledge, dude is probably horrifically well read. He’s NOT stupid, he’s just eager to please and doesn’t have a proper “No” threshhold.
In the second gif, he’s like - “No, wait, I’m not who you think I am.”
Then in the fourth, he’s like - “Oh my God, the cook is gone and she’s got all these orders. If somebody doesn’t cook that up people are going to get upset! They’ll take it out on this poor woman who’s been on her feet all day and doesn’t deserve their wrath! And…oh my God…PEOPLE WILL BE HUNGRY!”
Then in the sixth gif he’s like - “NOT ON KRONK’S WATCH!”
He’s doing the right thing and he knows it. No judgement, no condescension, just always a moment to register the task at hand, determine the most logical course of action to completing it, and then it’s GO GO GO.
His only problem is that he never stops to ask himself whether this is actually his problem to solve, or whether people are taking advantage of him, and I love him for it.
I just…love him.
Kronk is the best hands down.
Also: Patrick Warburton.
This girl was secretly a Super like the Incredibles. Her power was Babysitting.
I have this headcanon that after they wiped her memory of Jack Jack’s ‘episode’ Rick Dicker decided to train her to become a special babysitter for supers because for all the chaos in the room and how frazzled she was in the end, Kari still kept the situation relatively under control.
#KARI WAS THE FIRST S.H.I.E.L.D AGENT
Kari trained Phil Coulson. That’s why he’s so damn good at handling the Avengers.
#tw: dynamite gal
Oh wait, now I get what triggers are.
And she isn’t the only character you see with PTSD. It isn’t touched on a lot cause, y’know, it’s a PG rated movie for kids. This movie had a strong female characters, moments in there aimed at adults and a series of interesting characters who have depth and grow.
I know it’s a kids movie but it has a lot of depth, and this flashback is a pretty good example on it and wow, kudos to them for touching on PTSD as much as they did in a kids movie. And I bet there’ll be kids watching who have parents who came back from war with symptoms like this and maybe it’ll help them out too.
This scene always gets to me. Every single time.
I also think the above poster has a good point about how this scene will help people understand. I don’t have PTSD, but I do have a lot of issues regarding incidents in my past (I’ve mentioned it in this post), which were very hard to explain until I saw this movie. I’ve seen it twice as of this writing (with my mother and support worker) and it made it a lot easier to explain to both of them why seemingly harmless things could bother me so much. It’s hard to really sum up what happens in my head, and how it feels, and that scene just summed it up so accurately (which is part of the reason it hurt to watch, even the second time) and in a way that could probably make it easier for people to understand.
“I AM ANGRY, SHORT, AND I HAVE MORE MOVIES THAN YOU. RESPECT ME. STEVE. STEVE. STEVE.”
Oh god, Tony looks so fucking done. “I AM TONY FUCKING STARK. I SHOULD BE TALLER THAN ALL OF YOU. GODAMMIT. PEPPER, GET ME A FOOTSTOOL.”
PEPPER, GET ME A FOOTSTOOL.
I’LL GET YOU 12% OF A FOOTSTOOL.
REBLOGGING FOR THAT COMMENT OH GOD
Most of you probably know this is one of the Angel’s from Hellboy. But did you know that this is actually a more accurate protrayel of what angels are apparently supposed to look like according to The Bible? Although, and correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I remember they had 6 wings, covered with eyes on the wings. And had two eyes on their face, but used 2 wings to cover their face at all times, because if a mortal ever saw their face they would die. Angels from the bible are fucking terrifying honestly. :P
boring personal tidbit/rambling: When I was a kid I used compulsive behaviors to control my extreme anxiety. I was also raised Southern Pentecostal which focuses a lot on Old Testament scripture. We were told about what angels really looked like in Sunday School when I was 6 or so. The bible mentions multiple faces, being covered in eyeballs, constant singing, lion heads, etc. This spawned an extreme fear of angels and they became the butt of my anxieties (“If I open and close this door 10 times I won’t see an angel”). I use to pray to never see an angel, and I had recurring nightmares that my sister locked me in a room with cement angel statues that came to life and approached me while screaming. Then they would skin me and sacrifice me.
If you think about it, angels are kind of horrifying. Besides being described as beasts and monsters, they’re practically brainless drones. Heavenly angels are only one step removed from demons. The only difference is demons fell from heaven because they chose to follow Lucifer… who was an angel (angel of music and one of god’s favorites). So they are these eyeball covered animal mashed up monsters who were only created to worship for eternity (part of humanities creation was so that something would choose to love god, not just worship him because they were created to). Angels fall into a lot of new age and conspiracy beliefs too which my church believed and taught. We were taught that the supernatural realms went in the order of Heaven, Hell, then Earth. So when the angels fell from heaven with Lucifer, some fell through hell and landed on Earth. We were taught they intermarried with early humans and created giants (Goliath’s origins) and taught witch craft to women (make-up, sluttiness, etc.) Imagine learning all of that nonsense as a 5 year old kid.
HEY!! haha, this is EXACTLY the concept amy & I are messing around with in the angel project. Angels are such creepy and interesting beings when you examine the source material. We’re also playing with the fact that technically, angels have made their only moral choice, and so experience morality only in theory, which is fun
our designs for our angel characters are based on the non-humanoid or vaguely humanoid “canon” angels, which can be anything from a ball of wings covered in eyes to a huge, living wheel to animals on fire
I love it when people actually know Angels are not winged bishies that sparkle and love mankind. They’re abominations, they’re alien, they’re beyond us. They’re creatures that biology as we know it does not apply to. Often they do not love mankind, they love God and God alone.
Really, Neon Genesis Evangeleon had a better idea of what Angels should really look and behave like (mindlessly subservient and driven towards their goal) than any other work of fiction I’ve seen so far. Though I’ve heard some tidbits from Supernatural at least, which has angels taking on human form but describing just what they look like when they’re not wearing their skin.
Just a little side note: the entire concept of the phrase “One-Winged Angel” (from Final Fantasy 7) was based on a phrase in the Bible concerning seraphim. It reads, “Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft.” This is much more evident in the form of Safer (?) Sephiroth, who has six white wings and one black wing, thus making him a one-winged angel. The description of angels posted above seems to match that near perfectly.
The angel that visited Mary first said “Do not be afraid”
Supposedly, somewhere in a work of text, Christ is described as a gored sheep with many heads and many horns and maybe many nimbuses/halos as well.
The Abrahamic religions were fucking metal, man.
Aren’t Archangels also supposed to be on fire all the time and have flaming swords or something? I think I once heard of something like this.
I’ve tried looking some of this stuff up, but i’ve never had much luck. I’ really love to see more info on more “accurate” angels…
Righty-o, I used to be something of a freak when it came to angelogy back in middle/high school, I guess you can chalk it up to that ol’ eighth grader syndrome but angels are split into different ranks with their appearance becoming more alien and bizzare the higher up you go. From bottom to top we have…
The Third Sphere:
Angels: Basic messengers to humankind.
Archangels: Superiors to angels. There seems to be a differentiation between archangels and “Archangels” who are senior named angels that can belong to a different rank, i.e Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, etc.
Principalities/Rulers: They wear crowns or wield scepters. They oversee groups of people and inspire things like art and science.
Powers/Authorities: Warrior angels, they oversee the distribution of power among the rulers of man.
Virtues: They oversee the movement of the cosmos.
Dominions: The angels who are Lords among angels and preside over nations. They look much like the everyday thought of angels but orbs of light above their heads.
Thrones/Orphanim: Living symbols of justice and authority. They appear as a beryl-coloured wheel-within-a-wheel, their rims covered with hundreds of eyes.
Cherubim: Cherubim have four faces: one of each a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. They have four conjoined wings covered with eyes, a lion’s body figure, and they have ox’s feet. They guard the way to the Tree of Life and God’s Throne.
Seraphim: The caretakers of God’s Throne. The name Seraphim means “the burning ones.” The Seraphim have six wings. Two wings cover their face, two cover their body, and two cover their feet.
I need an Edna Mode life coach.
Edna Mode would be the actual best life coach ever
And she would make sure you always looked your fabulous best :D
We all need some Edna Mode in our lives :D