Brave

Jun. 29th, 2012 09:35 pm
piasharn: (wall-E)
I just got back from seeing Pixar's Brave.

I don't bother to see movies in the theaters much anymore, because it just doesn't seem worth it, but I'm a Pixar fan and really excited about this one because OMG FEMALE PROTAGONIST! YES! FINALLY!

See, one of my biggest complaints with Pixar's movies was the lack of female leads. Oh, they've had some kickass female characters, but these characters were never the focus of the story. So I decided to spend the money and see it on the big screen.

You know what? I loved it. Not only did we finally get to see a brave, independent female lead, but, even better, there was no romance in the plot. (At least not for Merida, that is. Her parents are obviously happily married.) The story focuses on Merida, her life as a Princess in a mythical Scottish kingdom, and the conflict she feels about her duties to her clan and the fact that she'd rather be racing around the woods with her bow and arrows rather than learning more feminine behavior.

Yeah, the Princess-who-is-more-a-tomboy-than-a-lady thing has been done before, but Pixar really seems to have a knack for wonderful characterization (Oh, man... the interaction between Merida and her father was great. Plus, the heavier focus on the relationship between her and her mother was very touching.) and storytelling, so I'm not complaining. And I can't say that I've ever had anything bad to say about their artwork.

I know that there's wank going on about this film, because I've already come across entries on Tumblr about it. Parents wailing that they can't take their son to see this move, because what will they do if they admire a female character? The horror! It might even turn him - gasp! - GAY. Also, apparently the fact Merida isn't interested in getting married means that she's a lesbian, so clearly Pixar is totally promoting the Homosexual Agenda.

Yeah.

I'm going to wait and tackle those arguments later. I might actually try and write something up about the movie, it's portrayal of gender roles, and the response it's been getting. We'll see. Everyone here in the US is still flipping out over the Supreme Court's decision over health care reform, and given how many political blogs I follow, it's going to take a while before I can focus on much else.

Anyhow, in my opinion, Brave is much better than most of the other stuff that's been coming out lately (although The Hunger Games was decent) and actually worth the cost of a ticket.

One teensy not-quite-complaint: With all the running around and horse-riding Merida does, she'd spend half of the night getting her hair untangled. As someone who has long, crazy, curly hair like hers, I've learned this the hard way.



(Now that I think about it, I need some Brave userpics... Guess I'll use Wall-E for this entry since they're both Pixar movies.)

p.s. Stay until the very end of the credits.

Brave

Jun. 29th, 2012 09:35 pm
piasharn: (wall-E)
I just got back from seeing Pixar's Brave.

I don't bother to see movies in the theaters much anymore, because it just doesn't seem worth it, but I'm a Pixar fan and really excited about this one because OMG FEMALE PROTAGONIST! YES! FINALLY!

See, one of my biggest complaints with Pixar's movies was the lack of female leads. Oh, they've had some kickass female characters, but these characters were never the focus of the story. So I decided to spend the money and see it on the big screen.

You know what? I loved it. Not only did we finally get to see a brave, independent female lead, but, even better, there was no romance in the plot. (At least not for Merida, that is. Her parents are obviously happily married.) The story focuses on Merida, her life as a Princess in a mythical Scottish kingdom, and the conflict she feels about her duties to her clan and the fact that she'd rather be racing around the woods with her bow and arrows rather than learning more feminine behavior.

Yeah, the Princess-who-is-more-a-tomboy-than-a-lady thing has been done before, but Pixar really seems to have a knack for wonderful characterization (Oh, man... the interaction between Merida and her father was great. Plus, the heavier focus on the relationship between her and her mother was very touching.) and storytelling, so I'm not complaining. And I can't say that I've ever had anything bad to say about their artwork.

I know that there's wank going on about this film, because I've already come across entries on Tumblr about it. Parents wailing that they can't take their son to see this move, because what will they do if they admire a female character? The horror! It might even turn him - gasp! - GAY. Also, apparently the fact Merida isn't interested in getting married means that she's a lesbian, so clearly Pixar is totally promoting the Homosexual Agenda.

Yeah.

I'm going to wait and tackle those arguments later. I might actually try and write something up about the movie, it's portrayal of gender roles, and the response it's been getting. We'll see. Everyone here in the US is still flipping out over the Supreme Court's decision over health care reform, and given how many political blogs I follow, it's going to take a while before I can focus on much else.

Anyhow, in my opinion, Brave is much better than most of the other stuff that's been coming out lately (although The Hunger Games was decent) and actually worth the cost of a ticket.

One teensy not-quite-complaint: With all the running around and horse-riding Merida does, she'd spend half of the night getting her hair untangled. As someone who has long, crazy, curly hair like hers, I've learned this the hard way.



(Now that I think about it, I need some Brave userpics... Guess I'll use Wall-E for this entry since they're both Pixar movies.)

p.s. Stay until the very end of the credits.
piasharn: (drunk skeleton)


The Ossuary by Jan Švankmajer

Some day I'd love to visit the Sedlec Ossuary in person.
piasharn: (drunk skeleton)


The Ossuary by Jan Švankmajer

Some day I'd love to visit the Sedlec Ossuary in person.

Blah

Feb. 19th, 2010 06:05 pm
piasharn: (Brain in a Jar)
I keep meaning to make a post, but I can't think of anything interesting (or intelligent) to write. So in lieu of a real entry, here's a cute cat cartoon:



More videos can be seen at Simon's Cat.

Blah

Feb. 19th, 2010 06:05 pm
piasharn: (Brain in a Jar)
I keep meaning to make a post, but I can't think of anything interesting (or intelligent) to write. So in lieu of a real entry, here's a cute cat cartoon:



More videos can be seen at Simon's Cat.
piasharn: (Napkins (www.passiveaggressivenotes.com))
I was originally planning on making a non-political post, but then then I read this. It fuses political candidates and Dungeons & Dragons, and I couldn't stop laughing the entire time I was reading it.

I don't know about anyone else, but it sure cheered me up.

Hat tip: miss_padfoot at fandom_lounge.
piasharn: (Monkey)
I've had the following link for quite a while now. I forgot to post it last year because of Real Life occurrences. However, with nothing better to do this Holiday Season...

Fuck Christmas


It's been around a while, so I apologize if you've already read it. Although it is certainly worth another read in my opinion. If you have not seen it before, then please enjoy.

Happy Holidays!

And, yes, I wrote "Happy Holidays" on purpose. Not so much for PC reasons, but because I enjoy annoying the religious right and making baby Jesus cry.
piasharn: (Utena and Anthy)
If a middle-aged man pursues an under-aged girl, he is called a pedophile. Some people see his pedophilia as a unique sexual orientation separate from heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or asexuality. Even those who consider the man to be a heterosexual do not claim that his sexual orientation was the cause of his pedophilia.

However, what happens if this hypothetical man goes after an under-aged boy instead? According to organizations such as Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and other conservative Christian organizations,in this situation, the man is a homosexual, and his paedophilic proclivities are a direct result of his sexual orientation.

Don't'cha just love double standards?

While the whole Mark Foley scandal has been amusing in some ways - watching the "good, moral, family values" crowd falling over themselves in an effort to blame this on the Democrats, liberals, gays, even trying to claim it was Clinton's fault somehow - it's also another way for the aforementioned crowd to once again tote the line that homosexuality and pedophilia are one in the same, and that gay people prey on innocent children.

Now then, a lot of research has actually been done on this supposed link between homosexuality and pedophilia. There are still holes, of course. Simply determining the percentage of the population that is homosexual can be problematic. They have to be confident enough to be out of the closet, for starters. And where does one place, for example, men who regularly have sex with other men but who self-identify as heterosexual? How does one figure in the instances of child molestation and abuse that are not reported?

Despite these handicaps, a lot of headway has been made on the subject. Enough for scholars to state that there is no connection between homosexuality and pedophilia.

It's one thing to just state, "I'm right, they're wrong, and that's all there is to it." It's another to actually sit down at the library and pick apart every argument and source cited by these anti-GLBT organizations. I've got a decent amount of research material on hand to make a start at it, but this guy blows me out of the water.

This is the kind of post I wish I could write. Organized, eloquent, detailed, professional. Everything properly quoted and cited. No claim left unexamined. No snark or overt sarcasm. (Much as they're fun to read, they do make piece seem less mature. They may also turn away someone who does not have a strong opinion on the matter.)

The above link leads to a shorter essay that tackles a recent statement by Tony Perkins (of the Family Research Council) on the supposed homosexuality-pedophilia link. For a longer, more in-depth look at the subject, the same author has compiled Are Gays A Threat To Our Children? that is definitely worth a read.

And if you want a good laugh, be sure to download a copy of The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing the Myths
piasharn: (Delirium)
I think the one thing that I really love about the internet is the reading material. Sure, you have to wade through a lot of shit, but you're never at a loss for something to occupy your time. And, once in a while, you come across an absolute gem.

      I lay there and think about Chris. His contacts at the newspaper would be good to have, for publicity, but his guilty conscience would do us in. I took him with me to church, six months ago, on a day when the topic was "the problem of homosexual indoctrination." We stayed in the parking lot, and I slit every tire on every car. Chris gave his own sermon, to me, on the unhealthiness of anger.

      I gave him a stack of fliers for a roadside assistance service. It was run by a man who funded anti gay marriage commercials on TV, and in the newspapers. The slogan at the top of his flier was "Let us help." One went in the windshield of every slashed car.

      Chris didn't appreciate the beauty of turning our enemies against one another. "They aren't our enemies," he said on the subway ride home. "They're human beings, just like you and me."

      "I think they'd disagree about the 'you and me' part," I said.

      No, Chris isn't going to get involved in this. Richard is asleep beside me, and I climb out of the bed as softly as I can. Slitting a few tires and inciting a few angry phone calls is nothing compared to what these people deserve. I'm tired of the moral high ground. We've already got more than our share of Gandhis in "the movement". We need a General Patton.

      No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor bastard die for HIS country.


That's an bit from a novel called Lockpick Pornography by Joey Comeau. The first seven chapters of it are available for free online. [Insert a generic warning for violence, language, sex, and TEH GAY here.] Even if you don't want to shell out the cash for the book, I recommend reading the free bits. I like it. I really like it. Then again, I have a serious kink for gender fuck, and, boy, does this novel hit that nail right on the head.

(There's just something beautiful about the idea of a gay man pretending to be a Drag King in order to sneak into a Lesbian Ball.)

I am a pacifist; I believe in non-violent methods of solving problems. However, I have to admit that I envy these characters at times. There has been more than one occasion in which I have wanted to throw up my hands and say, "Fuck it. They're going to think that I am a perverted, criminal deviant who is out to convert their children no matter what I do. So why not? Might as well be hung for the sheep as for the lamb."
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
For the HP fans, I highly recommend you check out [livejournal.com profile] mneomosyne's artwork. Lovely use of watercolors with a delicate, almost fragile, style. Sadly, I haven't seen any pictures of Remus (yet, as I haven't finished going through her journal), but there is quite a bit of Snape.

I would like to pimp the artist who did this piece as well. (More watercolor work with a wonderful use of color. Not many people could give Remus mauve hair and have it look right.) Alas, her LJ is gone, and I neglected to bookmark her DA account. If anyone has the link, I shall be forever grateful.

In other news, it has been over two weeks since I have seen the sun. Hence the current mood. Nothing but dreary grey overcast skies and dim light that has been robbed of its nurishing energy as it filters through the omnipresent clouds.
piasharn: (St Kateri Tekakwitha)
Do you ever come across a random LJ post and, after scanning it briefly, think to yourself, "Hey, this is intelligent and informative and well written, and I'd really like to sit down and analyze it to death at this moment, but if I don't get off my butt right now I am going to be late as hell for work," so you click the handy little "add to memories" button and skeedaddle on out? And then you have a horrid day, your boss was bitchier than usual, your customers were exceedingly rude, and you remember that you still have that project to finish up for school, and... Well, the intelligent, informative, well written post gets completely forgotten.

It happens to me more often than I'd care to admit.

Anyway, I was going through my memories lately. Gods knows why. I think I was bored and looking for some reading material so that I could continue procrastinating on my homework. I came across a series of entries by [livejournal.com profile] bradhicks that I had saved, but forgotten to read. Grateful for the distraction, I clicked the link and commenced my reading.

You know, I'm really glad I saved those posts, because they are really fucking good. So good, in fact, that I've decided to pimp them to the handful of people that are reading this.

The series, titled "Christians in the Hand of an Angry God", deals with how Christian churches in the United States have stopped preaching the true message of Jesus, and switched over to a false doctrine that is dooming many people to an eternity in Hell. It shows how the Republican party came to be known as the party of the faithful, despite the fact that their beliefs are the exact opposite of what Jesus preached, and how these two events are connected.

So, go read and learn:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Now, I need I really do need to stop procrastinating, as I once again have last-minute homework to finish up. Although, come to think about it, I do still have another 12 hours before it's due...
piasharn: (Delirium)
I recently came across an intriguing article on sex, fandom and comics.

For those curious, I aquired the aforementioned link at Alas, a Blog, which makes for more interesting reading.
piasharn: (Flying Spaghetti Monster)




I am an Intellectual



Which America Hating Minority Are You?



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Of course, I've been absolutely disgusted with politics lately. That's one reason I've been so lax with entries recently... Almost anything relating to the subject just makes me want to scream, then go find a secluded cave on some mountain to live in for the rest of my life.

That, and I wish I could write political entries like this guy.

piasharn: (South Park Self Portrait)
By now, I'm sure that everyone has heard about Orson Scott Card's rant against gay marriage. It's a bunch of crap, obviously, but [livejournal.com profile] yonmei rips it to shreds in a three part entry: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

Second, the American Anthropological Association has released a statement that comes out against Dubya's anti-gay amendment. They say what I've been trying to tell people for years now, (But no one ever listens to me, 'cause I'm just a stupid liberal who doesn't do any research and a dyke to boot, so I'm obviously just trying to further my unholy agenda.) that a healthy, productive society does not depend on marriage being only a male-female union.

Speaking of that infamous Agenda, be sure to watch this movie that exposes the reality behind the Gay Agenda! Oh, the HORROR!

Last, but not least, Mark Morford has put out yet another delicious column. In response to the religious-right zealots, he asks them where the fuck is the appocalypse now that gay marriages have actually been performed? You know, the one that the religious nuts keep claiming would happen as a result of God's divine wrath for allowing those damn homos to have equal rights.

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