“But it would have been impossible to cut Chris Evans’s hands off. I mean, he’s a hundred percent muscle and I’m a hundred percent fat, even though we’re both men… You just have to admire him when he wears that form fitting spandex in Captain America.
Actually, it was really hard to hide his muscles, to make him look like he had been in the back of the train for 17 years, and we had to hide him under costumes. Inside the coat, we had to take out the lining and remove the sleeves of the sweater so his muscles looked like the bulk of the sweater. So he was just wearing a vest under that coat the entire movie. It was just his naked arms inside that coat.”—Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho [x] (via fiveyearmission)
“I realized that this was exactly what I wanted to do when I wrote about poor inner-city children — to make them human in the eyes of readers and, especially, in their own eyes. I need to make them feel as if they are part of America’s dream, that all the rhetoric is meant for them, and that they are wanted in this country.”—Walter Dean Myers, "Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books" (via bustedafternoon)
Things I have a new perspective on since becoming a mother
Maybe when kids are afraid of things in the dark, they are actually sometimes real? Like, I was thinking about how sometimes I poke my head in to check on M while she’s sleeping. What if she wakes up, only to see the door slowly opening? Or to see the glint of light off of two eyes in the dark? Or to hear something in her closet (which, over the fourth of July, was the dog, shaking and scared shitless)?
It’s a good thing that I produce so much milk (I’m lucky), otherwise I would very literally be crying over spilled milk right now. I wonder if that is where the expression comes from? (not really but it’s fun to think so)
My [scattered] thoughts on Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. This was originally just a defence of the film’s ending—which I’ve seen widely criticised—because I think it’s brilliant and necessary and worth defending. But… then there’s everything else.
From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion picture Belle (May 2014) starring Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Matthew Goode—a stunning story of the first mixed-race girl introduced to high society England and raised as a lady. (x)
so basically they name drop everyone in the film except for gugu mbatha-raw, who plays the title character
Oh, helllll no! The cover is just a picture of her. The book is about the real person she plays in the movie! But she can’t even be mentioned in the blurb.
Holy cow! I had no idea you were a ballerina! Gorgeous!
Thanks! Yup, I was in that semi-serious world for a while (classes six days per week, summer at Boston Ballet, performer with a small company). Growing up with very little money, it was important to me to make money, so I told myself I would go to college and then audition after, if I still wanted. My body didn’t really agree with that plan, though. I get back into taking classes every now and then, but it hurts too much (in several ways) to continue for very long. In a lot of ways, I’m better now than I was at the time of those pics, so that’s a bummer.
The basics are that for every one female-speaking character in family-rated films (G, PG and PG-13), there are roughly three male characters; that crowd and group scenes in these films — live-action and animated — contain only 17 percent female characters; and that the ratio of male-female characters has been exactly the same since 1946. Throw in the hypersexualization of many of the female characters that are there, even in G-rated movies, and their lack of occupations and aspirations and you get the picture.
It wasn’t the lack of female lead characters that first struck me about family films. We all know that’s been the case for ages, and we love when movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen hit it big. It was the dearth of female characters in the worlds of the stories — the fact that the fictitious villages and jungles and kingdoms and interplanetary civilizations were nearly bereft of female population — that hit me over the head. This being the case, we are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space. Couldn’t it be that the percentage of women in leadership positions in many areas of society — Congress, law partners, Fortune 500 board members, military officers, tenured professors and many more — stall out at around 17 percent because that’s the ratio we’ve come to see as the norm?
OK, now for the fun part: It’s easy, fast and fun to add female characters, in two simple steps. And I want to be clear I’m not talking about creating more movies with a female lead. If you do, God bless and thank you. Please consider me for that role.
Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal?
Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don’t gather, I don’t know.
And there you have it. You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue.
Yes, we can and will work to tell more women’s stories, listen to more women’s voices and write richer female characters and to fix the 5-to-1 ratio of men/women behind the camera. But consider this: In all of the sectors of society that still have a huge gender disparity, how long will it take to correct that? You can’t snap your fingers and suddenly half of Congress is women. But there’s one category where the underrepresentation of women can be fixed tomorrow: onscreen. In the time it takes to make a movie or create a television show, we can change what the future looks like.
There are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but there can be lots of them in films. We haven’t had a woman president yet, but we have on TV. (Full disclosure: One of them was me.) How can we fix the problem of corporate boards being so unequal without quotas? Well, they can be half women instantly, onscreen. How do we encourage a lot more girls to pursue science, technology and engineering careers? By casting droves of women in STEM jobs today in movies and on TV. Hey, it would take me many years to become a real nuclear physicist, but I can play one tomorrow.
Here’s what I always say: If they can see it, they can be it.
”—Geena Davis on gender equality in film and television (x) (via martinscorsese)
Today is a treat yo self day! I have a half day from work, so I’m leaving the baby at daycare and treating myself to a movie, a milkshake, and a pizza at the Drafthouse. First time since the baby! I’m seeing Edge of Tomorrow (timing didn’t work out for Snowpiercer 😞😞😞😞). Dang I missed the Drafthouse so much.
I’m looking for some stories (books, movies) with clones/ cloning, but where clones are not the twist. Any recs?
Never Let Me Go, which is one of my favorite movies of all time (image from the film is the header of my page) does not have cloning as the plot twist, although it does not come out until maybe a third of the way through the story. Highly recommended.
Ah you know what, I haven’t seen the movie, but I did read the book and liked it a good deal. I had forgotten about it. I will add the movie to my list!
For the black bean and corn salad, I used this recipe. I didn’t use corn chips, but I did use queso fresco. I also should have added some diced avocado at the end. This was my first time cooking with fresh corn, and it was so easy! I will definitely make this again. It will also be a good potluck dish because it needs to sit, and it can also be served room temp.
While the salad was settling, I cooked the zucchini. Just with some olive oil in the cast iron skillet. I waited until it was nicely browned before seasoning (if you add salt from the beginning, it causes the zucchini to release its water, and it doesn’t brown).
For the tacos, I’m not gonna lie, I cheated and used this sauce pouch from Rick Bayless. I cut corners on weeknights. Besides, that shit is delicious. I chopped one white onion, reserving a small handful for finishing, then browned the onion in my cast iron skillet. I added a pound of beef, browned it, then added the sauce pouch. I broiled some queso asadero on tortillas in the toaster oven (that’s the gringa part), then finished the tacos with the meat, cilantro and onion, and a squeeze of lime.