The Spirit of Winter
A collection of winter photos shot between 2012-2014 by Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt.
I love that Pacific Rim, a movie that as an “action blockbuster” most directors would have lazily decided to market to men, this movie pretty much says “naw son…we gonna do this fair”. There are plenty of monsters and robots punching each other. Fun for everyone. But where a typical action movie would have had a woman in a shower or some low cut outfit or panned over her curves, that never happens in Pacific Rim. Mako is never sexualized. She’s adorable and smart and you understand completely why Raleigh is immediately smitten with her, but the movie never stoops to trying to convince you of her appeal because she’s “sexy”. You like Mako for the same reason Raleigh does…because she’s amazing. You like her as a person, not an object. Raleigh doesn’t objectify her and neither does the audience. She’s not some prize Raleigh gets for being a bad ass.
Meanwhile, the only person the movie really objectifies at any point is Raleigh, (you could argue that they’re showing the scars, but he’s shirtless three separate times including this scene SOOOO…some one liked how Charlie looked sans shirt). It verges on ogling because Charlie Hunnam is built like a brick house. It’s even more glaring because so much of the time Raleigh is covered up. He’s constantly in over sized sweaters and jackets, so his shirtlessness is very noticeable. You could argue that Raleigh might be Mako’s “prize”, but I think it’s deeper than that. Raleigh isn’t an object either. I have to say from my perspective, I liked Mako so much I loved that she got such a full package deal of a guy who adored her. It’s not good enough that Raleigh is just some cardboard cut out good guy that Mako gets in the end. Mako gets the adoration of a guy who is not only a stud, but who is sweet, supportive, kind, encouraging, a bad ass, and a survivor just like her. Raleigh works to be her friend and impress her, not the other way around. Raleigh is ostensibly the main character of the movie, but he spends his time in awe of Mako, not the other way around. His hero’s journey is pretty much done the moment he meets Mako, her’s isn’t done until she deals with the kaiju that haunt her. Raleigh gets back in a jaeger and moves on immediately. Mako’s transformation takes longer and has more focus.
So we LIKE Raleigh, but we’re rooting for Mako because Raleigh is pretty much getting his life back together. So you’ve got a secondary character actually making the hero’s journey and the main character working how a supporting “love interest” does most of the time. What it ends up in is a couple that isn’t official that has a LOT of people invested in them by the end.
Dylan O’Brien grabbing Ki Hong Lee’s butt at The Maze Runner premiere, NY (◡‿◡✿)
Moment in time: Sept. 22, 1776 — Nathan Hale utters famous last words
When General George Washington needed to know when and where the British army planned to invade Manhattan during the American Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale volunteered to slip behind British lines on Long Island dressed as a Dutch schoolteacher. During the time he spent in hostile territory, Manhattan fell to the British and Washington retreated. The 21-yearold Hale was captured while trying to sail back to American-controlled ground. After interrogating him, the British hanged him from a tree. In the moments before his death, Hale was said to have been composed and resolute, and it was in that stoical frame of mind that he left his executioners with an eloquent line that was to become an inspiration to patriots everywhere: ”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” — Eric Atkins
Note: Nathan Hale
Born: June 6, 1755, Coventry, Connecticut Colony
Died: September 22, 1776 (aged 21), New York City, Province of New York
Photo I: Nathan Hale executed-as-spy by Albert Herter // Photo II: Nathan Hale statue by Bela Lyon Pratt at Chicago Tribune Tower. // Photo III: Nathan Hale appeared on US postage stamps issued in 1925 and 1929. Likeness is from statue by Bela Lyon Pratt.
i have watched this at least 300 times and have laughed every single time
This sign on cousin’s dry cleaner was pretty touching… [X]
ain’t even mad
A STRONG FEMALE LEAD AND A MAN WHO IS WOUNDED AND BROKEN AND LOOKS AT HER LIKE THE SUN I WANT TWENTY
Remember that movie in which Jack Black was a teacher and building a rock band and when a little black chubby girl asked to be a singer he only said “sure! let me hear you” and the moment she started using her beautiful voice his lit up like all of his dreams came…
#if i ever don’t reblog this #assume im dead
"Deading" is my new favorite verb.