DANIEL CHOSE TO WEAR A CARDIGAN DURING THE ROOM OF REQUIREMENT SCENES IN THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX SO THAT HE LOOKED MORE LIKE LUPIN BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT LUPIN WAS THE ONLY REAL EDUCATIONAL TEACHER HARRY EVER RESPECTED AND LEARNT FROM AND ITS DETAILS LIKE THAT WHICH CRUSH MY SOUL
I had to look long and hard for this but YES IT IS ACTUALLY TRUE
And that there is a particular kind of ignorance grown especially in cis gay men and passed around as an excepted norm as to what beliefs you are expected to have to be accepted/intergrated.
And it’s real fucked up that bi, pan, & non binary people have to be considered indecisive, lost, cost, and/or greedy.
i like how people say ‘competeing’ and ‘being replaced with’. insecure much?
and if you have problems with dating bi people, that means you…have a problem with bi people sorry
It’s gross how they assume that bi people are incapable of being monogamous.
If you have a problem with dating bi people you probably have a problem with dating people in general
Why Pacific Rim is a Good Movie for Geeks
Hint: Giant Robots Have Nothing to Do With it
I’ve seen a few articles on more mainstream entertainment sites that posit Pacific Rim is a good movie for geeks because:
- Giant robots vs giant monsters
- If you are a girl geek, there’s lots of sweet man-ass
Ugh, no. Yay for giant things punching other giant things, and I will fully admit to my man-crush on Idris Elba, but still, no. No no no.
Pacific Rim is a good movie for geeks because the actual “geek” characters are:
- not solely defined by their geek characteristics
- not marginalized for being geeks
- capable & respected
- heroic / more than exposition devices
- not made to change (or are punished for) their geeky ways
DIGGING DEEPER MODE ENGAGED:
1) Not solely defined by their geek characteristics.
It would have been easy to slap Hermann and Newt into matching lab coats and glasses and leave them to just be mad scientists. Yes, they are painted with broad brushes. But even though their costumes broadcast rather specific geek tropes (Tweedy Professor, Nerd Rockstar, but even these both are subtly subverted, see my previous costuming posts), their true archetypes are really “left brain” vs “right brain”.
You’ll also notice that both characters can be considered disabled in some way. Hermann obviously has a physical disability and Newt is neurologically atypical (it’s not a far stretch to consider him some flavor of bipolar). But these are traits that are never so much as commented on, and no where do they impede the actions of the characters or inform their motivations. If anything, these disabilities mainly serve to reinforce that Hermann and Newt are opposites.
2) Not marginalized for being geeks.
Here’s a biggie: Newt & Hermann, despite being geeks, are not defined by their relationship as it compares to the non-geek cast. There is no “nerds vs jocks” thing going on.
They are not marginalized as “The Other”. Their comedic role comes from their relationship with each other, not from being nerdy. (Note when Hermann goes into his “handwriting of God" spiel, Newton - a fellow nerd - is the one that laughs at him. Other movies would have Herc or Pentecost be the ones to be all “yo, dude, tone down the math feels for us normal peeps”) The people most likely to suffer from their character flaws are, really, just Newt and Hermann. Pentecost gets mad at them for arguing, but he gets mad at a *lot* of people in the movie for arguing.
Back to the concept of “Othering” geeks: Take a look at all the scenes in the lab. Consider all the other movies where the mere presence of a non-geek character in a geek’s “lair” is a source of discomfort or comedy. None of that here. It’s very refreshing.
3) Capable & respected.
Stacker Pentecost clearly has a lot of faith in our science bros. They have been with the program a very long time. They are well equipped, even when forced to operate in ramshackle “resistance mode”. Though Stacker initially shuts down Newt’s Kaiju drift idea, it’s more out of motivation for conservation of resources and reluctance at putting good people at risk (consider how the loss of his Rangers affects Stacker).
When Newt proves his idea is viable, Stacker is immediately 100% on board. He assigns the job of tracking down a fresh Kaiju brain, something that requires getting close to a *very* dangerous criminal to… a geek. Stacker is strapped for people, and in normal situations, the job may have been assigned to someone else, but all the same, he does not show any concern about Newt’s capabilities, nor is the mission framed as a wild goose chase to get the scientist out from under anyone’s feet. (And while Newt is on his hero’s errand, Hermann is visible in background of the control room for other scenes, which just reinforces the idea he is an integrated part of Stacker’s team.)
4) Heroic / more than exposition devices.
This one is easy. While they begin as exposition devices (there’s a hilarious gifset on tumblr addressing this), the scientists quickly evolve and play a critical role in the victory vs the Kaiju. Perhaps more importantly, they also demonstrate the overall story themes of trust and working together.
5) Not made to change (or are punished for) their geeky ways.
THIS. MOTHERFUCKER. RIGHT. HERE.
I wish I had time to catalog scenes from other movies where geeks are punished for being who they are. Or worse, are suddenly transformed into non-geeks as if it were some kind of FUCKING REWARD. Usually it involves some awkward sub-plot involving a sex kitten or our former geek has “finally” joined the jock/”normal person” ranks. (There’s loads of material to mine for examples. SOMEONE PLS DO DIS KTHXBYE)
So, let’s just look again at our boys’ geek-inspired character flaws and how they’d be treated in other movies. Newt is reckless and enamored with the enemy — any other monster movie and he’d probably be devoured before the end of the second act. Hermann is arrogant and unyielding — think about how many times this character type gets utterly humiliated in some grand come-uppance. And yet our two end up working together by their own volition, and reap the rewards of a closer relationship for it.
I’ve prattled on enough at this point, and I’m not the first to verbalize some of these thoughts. It’s just ironic how many “geek” movies, through poor characterizations and character arcs, are ultimately abusive towards the very market they supposedly cater to. So, I will allow myself to gush about how Pacific Rim, a big, “dumb action movie” can both embrace and subvert geek tropes, giving us an experience that’s satisfying on so many levels. It’s a good movie for geeks even without GIANT ROBOTS SMASHY SMASH RGGHH MONSTERS and I love it so much for that.
"if you’re a girl geek there’s lots of sweet man-ass"
stop that, not everybody is straight
heterosexism aside, this might answer anon from yesterday’s question.
Secret cinema found beneath Paris.
In September 2004, French police discovered a hidden chamber in the catacombs under Paris. It contained a full-sized movie screen, projection equipment, a bar, a pressure cooker for making couscous, a professionally installed electricity system, and at least three phone lines. Movies ranged from 1950s noir classics to recent thrillers.
When the police returned three days later, the phone and power lines had been cut and there was a note on the floor: “Do not try to find us.” (via)
SECRET, MILDLY THREATENING UNDERGROUND COUSCOUS CINEMA
I WANNA GO
LET ME JOIN YOUR KIND, UNDERGROUND MOVIE PEOPLE
nO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS ENTIRE CINEMA WAS HIDDEN BEHIND AN UNDER CONSTRUCTION SIGN THAT LEAD TO A CHECK-IN DISK WITH A FULL CCTV HOOKUP THAT WOULD TURN ON AND RECORD ANY UNREGISTERED VISITORS. AND IF SOMEONE SNUCK IN? A TAPE OF BARKING SECURITY DOGS WOULD BEGIN TO PLAY.
BEYOND THE CRAZY FRONT DESK AND THE MOVIE THEATER, THERE WAS A STOCKED BAR AND TABLES AND CHAIRS, MEANING THAT AFTER CATCHING A FLICK IN AN ILLEGAL PARISIAN CATACOMB THEATER, YOU COULD THEN EAT COUSCOUS AND SIP A COCKTAIL NEXT DOOR. THERE WAS A PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICITY SYSTEM SET UP, AND AT LEAST 3 WORKING PHONE LINES. THIS SHIT WAS LIKE A BOND VILLAIN.
BETTER YET? IT WAS RUMORED THAT THE PLACE WAS SET UP BY THE UNDERGROUND FRENCH ART GANG UX “Urban eXperiment”, WHO NAVIGATES THROUGH THE PARISIAN UNDERGROUNDS AND ILLEGALLY RESTORES ABANDONED WORKS OF ART, ALONG WITH HOLDING FILM FESTIVALS IN THE BASEMENTS OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. THEY EVEN RELEASED A SHORT FILM ABOUT THEIR WORK RESTORING THE ICONIC PANTHEON CLOCK OVER THE COURSE OF ONE YEAR. NO ONE SUSPECTED THEIR INVOLVEMENT, UNTIL THE CLOCK BEGAN TO WORK AGAIN AFTER 60 YEARS OF RUSTING.
IF YOU DON’T THINK CATACOMBS AND THE PEOPLE WHO HANG OUT IN THEM ARE SOME OF THE COOLEST FUCKING THINGS IN THE WORLD THEN I IMPLORE YOU TO EAT SOME COUSCOUS AND RECONSIDER.
UNDERGROUND FRENCH ART GANG
That is so fucking French. Fuck.