sasha_feather: furiosa holding a gun, showing her metal arm (furiosa arm)
I seen a few people praising this exchange from Arnold's facebook page. The photo is: He changed his user icon (an image of himself as the Terminator) to the rainbow-overlay, which many folks are doing.

A commenter says: "What's wrong with you Arnie? I have to unlike."

Arnold replies: "Hasta la vista."

I get it, people think this is funny. A lot of people probably don't know that Schwarzenegger blocked same-sex marriage in California when he was governor. He did so using his veto power not once, but twice.

This is no secret and not that obscure; for example, George Takei has spoken of Schwarzenegger's homophobic policies as part of his motivation for coming out publicly.

Links for sources (thanks eruthros)
http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_marl10.htm
http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_marl8.htm

Spy

Jun. 18th, 2015 10:38 pm
sasha_feather: Cindi Mayweather (janelle monae) (Cindi Mayweather)
Really enjoyed "Spy" starring Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart (Chummy from Call the Midwife). See if if you can! Lots of women, massive Bechdel pass, very funny all the way through.

content notes: small things )
sasha_feather: Furiosa at night (Furiosa at night)
I tried to watch the film "RED" the other day but turned it off just a few minutes in. The protagonist Frank, played by Bruce Willis, is shown to be a super-capable ex-CIA agent. He has a flirtatious relationship with Sarah, whom he talks to on the phone, played by Mary-Louise Parker, and he makes vague plans to meet her in Kansas City. Killers invade Frank's home one night, and he has no problem deftly dispatching them.
discussion of creepy tropes )
Does anyone know if this trope has a name? It is super gross and annoying. It is hard enough having boundaries in life and saying no, and telling people to buzz off, etc, without stories like these which present positive portrayals of abusive situations.

Contrast to Mad Max:

spoilers )

comments welcome
sasha_feather: Max from Dark Angel (Max from Dark Angel)
Vid Discussion Panel with myself, [profile] metatext, [personal profile] brainwane, [personal profile] were_duck, and [personal profile] cyborganize. For a list of all vids, please see http://wiscon-vidparty.dreamwidth.org/12762.html

These notes are from memory; any mistakes are my own and please correct me! We mostly talked about the premier vids.

We discussed brainwane's premiere, Pipeline, quite a bit. Brainwane has written about her vid on her journal including sources. This was brainwane's first vid and she did a lot of research into how to use still footage and how to make a multivid; she was very pleased with people's response to the vid. Women used to make up a lot of the tech world but have been pushed out. Similarly, women are recruited into tech but then are pushed out due to hostile work environments. Someone in the audience said that in Mongolia, Ghengis Khan had his daughters inherit power in the capitol city and his sons took over the outlying territories. But when the daughters died, the sons came in and literally scratched the daughters' names off of the stone because it was shameful to them to have women in power.

I don't remember what we said about garrideb's Pretty Deadly vid, "Hope in the Air", except a lot of Ooooh, it is beatiful, and great song choice! Brainwane said that the still techniques were different than what she had researched for her vid.

For starlady's vid, "Just a Dream Away", people joked that hardcore ST fans will brag about seeing "everything" in the Star Trek universe but will not have seen the animated series. But what is great about the series is the camp, and the way it uses animation to do things that traditional film cannot (such as tentacles), and this vid celebrates that. I loved the humor in this vid, and the way it centers women.

For seekingferret's vid "Cassavetes", metatxt explained that Cassavetes was a controversial, prolific film maker who did not share credit easily. The band here, Le Tigre, is a feminist band, and the question they pose in the song is one we struggle with in fandom: how do we react to problematic characters? No person is all good or all bad; when we elevate them, what does that mean? A very WisCon-appropriate question.

Other vids that the panelists and audience mentioned as being particularly note-worthy:
Roxane Samer's Orphan Black vid, Gold Rush, which intercuts footage with intersectional feminist quotes
Silent Fandoms by Ghost-Lingering. were-duck liked the vidder's subtitles which were quite meta and contributed to a community, in-the-moment feeling
Repeated use of the song "Blank Space" in 3 vids (Pipeline; Purple_fringe and such_height's Dr. Who vid; and sleepygeeky's Power Rangers/Fair Use vid). Interesting to note how the meaning of the song seems to change in each vid.
Losing my Religion by rhoboat. Such intense feelings and the song really stood out for people, as it is a cover of a familiar song.
Pressure (Quantum Leap/vidding) by the California Crew. A spotlight on vidders, in the VHS/analog age. were-duck mentioned that when you see what they are actually vidding, you can see that it is in the service of smut, which is so great.
sasha_feather: Leela from the 5th element (multipass)
Writing a bit in my Wordpress blog about WisCon!

https://accessthis.wordpress.com/

Furiosa

May. 26th, 2015 01:18 pm
sasha_feather: Max from Dark Angel (Max from Dark Angel)
Couple-three thoughts on "Mad Max: Fury Road" while it's fresh in my mind. Best film I have seen in ages and ages.

Read more... )
sasha_feather: girl hugging a horse; the horse's neck is a rainbow (horse pride)
Enjoying WisCon a lot.

Trying not to overdo it, physically-- resting and getting to bed more or less on time.

Woohoo!

May. 5th, 2015 06:06 pm
sasha_feather: beautiful gray horse. (majestic horse)
Wow! A DW user randomly gave me six months of paid time under the sponsor-a-free user program! This is so great! I got my icons back and can post polls!

Movie notes

May. 4th, 2015 09:57 pm
sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
I saw a bunch of movies last week!

Ex Machina - a science fiction thriller about artificial intelligence. This was quite thought-provoking and stylish, but emotionally I found it cold, creepy, and disturbing.

Woman in Gold - I loved this film and highly recommend it. Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a woman living in LA who hires a young lawyer and friend of the family (Ryan Reynolds) to sue the Austrian government over paintings stolen by the Nazis during WWII. The foremost of these paintings is the titular Klimt. Maria's aunt was the model for the portrait, and her uncle commissioned it. Tatiana Maslany plays the younger Maria. This film has grace and humanity; it explores the Nazi's outright thefts, violence and indignities, and the later cultural appropriation of art by the Austrian people in a subtle and moving way.

Avengers Age of Ultron - my main complaint was that it was too long, clocking in at 2 hours 22 minutes, plus many previews. [personal profile] skygiants wrote this hilarious summary.

Older movies I watched on DVR:

Book of Eli - The premise of this movie was so ridiculous that it was hard to suspend my disbelief enough to care. Eli, played by Denzel Washington, is carrying the last copy in existence of a Bible, and he's trying to get it to a safe place. He's moving through a post-apocalyptic world, killing raiders and scrounging for food. Gary Oldman plays a villain who wants to get his hands on the book and use it for evil purposes. It's a stylish film, and kind of fun survival story, and Mila Kunis is enjoyable as his side kick. But the story would have made more sense if the MacGuffin were literally anything other than a Bible.

12 Years a Slave - I loved this film and thought about it a lot after seeing it. That said, I was happy to be able to fast-forward through a couple of violent scenes, and I found them to be gratuitous. One thing that works well in this film, for a modern audience, is that Solomon Northrup is an insider to his time and country but an outsider to Southern slave culture, so his experiences act as a bridge for the audience. His disorientation and bewilderment are incredibly effective ways of showing how ridiculous, brutal, and incomprehensible slavery is. Epps, played by Michael Fassbender, is so completely out of control that it's difficult to believe that he is functional, and yet his society not only tolerates his rages and dangerous behavior-- the society empowers him. All of society has to be complicit in slavery for this system to work. It makes no sense whatsoever, and yet it went on for hundreds of years; a society based upon terrorism. This film is incredibly effective at showing all of these things.
sasha_feather: Steam punk goggles (Steam punk goggles)
Age of Ultron challenge

spoilers )
sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
Daredevil on Netflix has many problems but one thing I love are the characters. They are flawed people who care about each other in flawed ways, and they grow and change.

spoilers, Foggy and Matt )
sasha_feather: Simon Pegg from Hot Fuzz holding a gun looking tough (hot fuzz)
First, I don't speak for all people with selective mutism, only for myself and my own experiences.

Spoilers for the Fosters through Season 2, episode 6.

Read more... )
sasha_feather: dog looking over a valley (dog and landscape)
Lt. Abbie (dog) and I had our first "Manners" class on Saturday. I enjoyed it. It's led by two middle-aged women and there are 9 dogs in the class. We learned basic things such as: when you say your dog's name, and she looks at you, give her a treat. When you walk on a loose leash and stop, wait for her to look at you, then say "good dog" and give her a treat. If a dog jumps on you, turn your back to it. Etc.

I didn't bring treats to the class: I thought about it, and decided against. So, anxious and embarrassed, I had to go up to one of the instructors and ask for treats, in order to work on some of the skills. I wish they had told me to bring treats during the initial phone call or in an email. Anyways, I will next time.

Abbie was anxious but well-behaved. She is attentive to me, but won't sit or lay down for a treat. When we are at the park, I can get her to jump up onto her hind legs for one.

She's anxious about a number of things, but it's only been about 6 months. I'm hoping that teaching her some tricks will channel some of her energy that is otherwise going into being anxious.
sasha_feather: white woman in space suit (Astronaut)
Wiscon Readings and Programming Sign-ups are open now, and are scheduled to close on Sunday March 22nd! http://wiscon.info/program/index.mhtml

There is some really great programming this year, check it out! You can sign up as "interested in attending" a panel or program item, which is part of how programs get picked and also room sizes chosen.

Please signal-boost if you are so inclined. You can copy/paste this post.
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
For the #KTBookChallenge*, I decided to make a public Google drive spreadsheet listing disabled authors.

Disabled Authors Spreadsheet This spreadsheet can be edited by anyone; please feel free to do so.

Some people may want to focus on reading more disabled authors for this challenge, but not know who fits into the category. Many authors may not be "out" as disabled; this spreadsheet is for those who are: those who talk or write publicly about being disabled. The column for type of disability is not there because I want to focus on that or consider it especially important: it's more because some people with a certain disability may want to read books by people like themselves. Note that many of these authors are also women and/or queer.


*KT Bradford's article at XO Jane: I Challenge to you stop reading White, Straight, Cis male authors for one year

x-posted
sasha_feather: Moriary and his neck, Sherlock BBC (Moriarty)
Consolidated notes on Queer movies that I've seen over the last six-ish years, as people seem to look for recs from time to time. Since I wrote these a while ago, some may no longer be on Netflix. Will edit this from time to time. Adding stars to ones I especially recommend.

52 movies )

Yay!

Mar. 6th, 2015 10:28 am
sasha_feather: Toph and Katara from avatar: the last airbender cartoon (Toph and Katara)
Hey, it's my birthday! If you like, post something in comments that pleases you, whether it be cool, funny, joyful, satisfying, goofy, or soothing.

To get you started, here is a Percheron horse and a cow making a funny face. Photo by Flickr, Comité Départemental du Tourisme Orne.

sasha_feather: a fox curled up around a rabbitt (fox and rabbit)
Last night a friend and I re-watched "Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home", also known as "The One with the Whales".

Why this is a feminist film:

this post contains spoilers for a 1986 film )
sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
First, previews:

Terminator: Genysis (or some other kind of misspelling). This. looks. awesome. On the one hand, how many movies can there be about trying to stop judgment day? On the other hand, who cares? I love this franchise and will definitely see this.

Avengers sequel: This looks pretty good. I may have made some squeaky noises at seeing these two trailers in a row. Marvel knows how to put a good trailer together, for sure.

The Lazarus Effect (Project?): a horror movie, thus I won't see it.

Ted 2. I was thinking, how did they manipulate Mark Wahlberg into making this film, but then I remembered that he has a bunch of shitty things in his past. This looks so, so, terrible.

Chappie. Another SF film that looks a bit like Short Circuit, but by the director of District 9. Probably will be violent. Hugh Jackman has weird hair in it.

spoilers maybe )

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