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I must be on my period because this is the first time Guess Who's Coming to Dinner made me cry. Or, well, to be more exact, Beah Richards made me cry, and then Spencer Tracy made me cry. And then I cried again when I remembered this was Tracy's last movie. But anyway, it is a beautiful, beautiful film. Sidney Poitier is just a perfect human being, this movie is so filled with perfect human beings it is crazy.
This was also the first time I watched the movie and realized how absolutely seamlessly it fits into the discussions about the right to marry the country/world is facing today. There is one line that is a bit :/ in that regard, but the majority of the film pretty much could have walked out of a Queer Theory class. I do hope there has been academia written on queer theory/Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. It is sad that this movie is as true today as it was 55 years ago when it was made, only (for the most part) the "issue" isn't race but gender.
Also there is a nice line Poitier has about children he and the young woman might have, which is basically. "She's an optimist, she thinks they'll all be president of the United States. I'm more a realist, I'd settle for Secretary of State." The fact they met in Hawaii is also funny in this regard.
Anyway, this is part of Tracy's ending monologue. It is worth looking up and watching, too:
"There'll be 100 million people right here in this country who will be shocked and offended and appalled and the two of you will just have to ride that out, maybe every day for the rest of your lives. You could try to ignore those people, or you could feel sorry for them and for their prejudice and their bigotry and their blind hatred and stupid fears, but where necessary you'll just have to cling tight to each other and say "screw all those people"! Anybody could make a case, a hell of a good case, against your getting married. The arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them. But you're two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a pigmentation problem, and I think that now, no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make against your getting married, there would be only one thing worse, and that would be if - knowing what you two are and knowing what you two have and knowing what you two feel- you didn't get married. "
And just because I love it:
I need to keep my status as coolest cousin around - so can people rec me some good kids movies?
The kid is almost four, loves Lilo and Stitch (1 & 2) The Incredibles, Cars, Cars 2, Tangled and Finding Nemo. Liked Toy Story 1-3, and Monsters University, and Lady and the Tramp. Does not like Robin Hood (Disney version) went so far as to tell me that wasn't Robin Hood :/ . Is right now obsessed with all thigns Angry Birds and Star Wars, and last time I saw him told me "I'm a superhero" and yesterday told my mom that he was "Darth Vader."
I'm toying with showing him How to Train Your Dragon, or Aladdin. I have to babysit him on the 19th, and he's coming to my place so I want a movie to show him because I don't have all the toys that he has at his place, and I showed him The Incredibles and its his favorite movie ever so we might watch that again but I'd like to introduce him to his next favorite movie :P.
Long predicted, finally confirmed|
Looks like the NSA is indeed leveling its paladins on the taxpayer dime. The latest crop of Snowden revelations has hit the media, and it's a lulu:
Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls (New York Times)
Spy agencies in covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online gaming (The Guardian)
World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games
The money shot, as far as I'm concerned:
Eager to cash in on the government’s growing interest in virtual worlds, several large private contractors have spent years pitching their services to American intelligence agencies. In one 66-page document from 2007, part of the cache released by Mr. Snowden, the contracting giant SAIC promoted its ability to support “intelligence collection in the game space,” and warned that online games could be used by militant groups to recruit followers and could provide “terrorist organizations with a powerful platform to reach core target audiences.”
Certain contractors stand to make money off the most unlikely projects, whether they have a good chance of catching real terrorists or not.
On the one hand, it's frightening that the US government increasingly views its own citizens as threats. On the other, its system of private contractors and government projects is so ridiculously corrupt and incompetent that more and more of its funds are being siphoned away into the most absurd, quixotic projects -- like these ones.
Hopefully, as the apparatus of repression becomes more and more corrupt, it will become less and less effective. So, let the spooks waste their time and funding on watching the trade chat trolls. Every hour an NSA employee spends trying to see secret Al Quaeda messages in lame sexual banter and elitists' whining is one hour that employee doesn't spend investigating activists.
If I were to confront them about this, though, I'd ask one question:
"Do any of you guys know how to read and speak Arabic? You know, the language of our worst enemies?"
I mean, really.
Current Mood: anxious
Tags: games, news, stupid
This is my Favorite |
Give me one of my characters and one of yours and I will tell you -- no matter how ridiculous the pairing -- the following about their first child (if they are canonically a couple with children, I will make up an uncanon child.)
B. Zodiac Sign
C. Circumstances of Conception
E. Three Random Facts
I will probably pick at this over the next few days. In the midst of a Christmas related "lots of things I want to do, but I keep falling asleep / being lazy" spiral.
|My cdj is now Rene Lalique themed.|
I can't tell if this is hilarious or terrifying.
|Question, flist! |
I generally avoid slurs in RP, just because imo you deal with that sort of thing enough irl, that it's not necessary to confront people with it when it comes to a hobby, and honestly I don't tend to gravitate to characters who'd use them anyway. Every once in a blue moon, however, comes one or two that are not as socially aware, so:
How do people feel about using slurs in RP, if it's IC for the character to use them?
Icon a day - day 5|
I was having trouble picking a pic, so I just closed my eyes and swiped my screen and this is what I landed on. Not a bad choice. I love the way this icon is cropped.
In unrelated news, I'm watching "chasing mavericks" at this moment. I have a bizarre obsession with surfing movies. My favorite is probably endless summer, I've seen it at least 10 times. This one I had not seen before. I will edit this later to tell you how it was. I'm sure you'll be super excited to find out.
Update: chasing mavericks was really good. And now that I've had a good cry, I'm off to bed.
Tags: icon a day, randomness, surf movies
|Why can't qaf be on netflix? That would make my life so much more awesome.|
Also, I think this is the first year with no gusmas Makes me quite sad. Understandable, but still sad. I thought there was no gift exchange, but apparently there is. So yay!
Icon a day - day 4, Brandi Carlile|
So since this post is following on the heels of "yesterdays" post, I naturally went an looked at the rec lists first. And I went straight to the same video I personally rec'd multiple times.
It is one of my ALL TIME favorite Brian/Justin vids. It wound up being my introduction to the woman who has become my all time favorite singer. Brandi Carlie. I'm sorry this is the only icon i have her.
There is just something magical about this video for me. The lyrics fit brian and justin so well. The scenes selected fit the music so well. The people in the video are the couple I've probably loved more than any other on screen. And the song and the singer are just amazing.
Since discovering Brandi Carlile from fandom 5 years ago, I've seen her in concert 5 times. Each time in a different venue, each time a totally different kind of show. She is AMAZING live and so is the rest of her band. One of those rare people who is impossibly better live. I can't recommend her enough. She is the only person I've ever gone on a road trip just to see. And what is even better, is C has become a giant fan as well. Miraculous because in the world of music, C and I have very few over-lapping interests.
Anyway. Here is a link to the vid The Story - Qafmaniac
And here is a link to one of my current brandi faves Keep your heart young
And a totally different type of current favorite That wasn't me This song has a tendency to make me weep when I hear it.
One more current favorite Raise Hell
And doing an AMAZING version of Hallelujah I've heard her do this one 2 times live. Chills both times.
Finally, one of my favorite performances, Cannonball acoustic at the pabst No mikes, nothing. Just a guitar and voices. I was seated in the balcony, way back at this show, and you could hear every note so clearly and purely. It was beautiful.
Tags: brandi carlile, icon a day
Rec-a-thons Past, Icon a day - day 3|
I MISSED YESTERDAY!! Sorry. It was a holiday. I will post yesterday's now.
Who doesn't love pilgrim brian smoking a cigarette and native american justin? url_grl, no idea what she goes by now, for sure was the queen of adorable doodles. And this is one of them.
Speaking of Thanksgiving. For a few years I had a thanksgiving tradition of hosting a rec-a-thon. It was one of my favorite fandom activities. Mostly because I'm lazy, and I loved it when people would post links of wonderful things on their journals so all i had to do to be entertained was lazily click my mouse every now and again.
Now that everyone is gone, I guess I have to do a bit more work to entertain myself.
If anyone wants to be lazy, here are the links to rec-a-thons past.
Rec-a-thon 2008 master list
Rec-a-thon 2010 master list
In 2011 no master list happened, but you can find most of the recs in the comments of this post!
Tags: icon a day 2013, rec-a-thon, recs
|Writing goal #342:|
Write the following scene.
Character A: Are you John Smith?
Character B: That depends on who's asking.
But have Character B NOT be John Smith.
Tags: death to cliche, enigma stuffed into a taco shell
About That Time ...|
Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans on my f'list. I hope you all have good days filled with food and family :). Or filed with whatever makes you happy!
*There is no vegan option of this gif, sorry.