A Daisy Buchanan ficlet, written in the aftermath of seeing the latest Gatsby adaptation, for chayya. Can be read as a continuation of this piece, or as a standalone.
“A beautiful little fool,” Daisy whispers in Pammy’s ear, on the train away from East Egg, her (new) old life. It is a blessing and a curse. It is a benediction.
koina1 asked: That review seemed incredibly one sided to me. Did you really not like the movie? (I know you didn't write it, I'm just trying to find out why people are disliking the movie as much as they are.)
I really did not like the movie.
Or, well, I guess I shouldn’t say that without a caveat; I did like a lot of individual things about the movie, most of which were character moments/exchanges, most of which I discussed here. It was fun to see characters I loved doing things together! It was fun to see Chris Pine’s face existing! But I don’t think the plot made sense; I found myself angry and honestly embarrassed by lot (a lot) of the decisions production made; many, if not most, of their narrative choices struck me as underdeveloped, nonsensical, out of character, or all three; the only reason I found it engaging was because I went in caring about the characters, and even with that advantage, it was sometimes a struggle to stay invested. I laughed during moments that were supposed to be serious because it just felt so forced to me. It reminded me a lot, actually, of seeing Iron Man 2 in theaters: I cared about the people involved, but I couldn’t wait to watch it on my computer, where I could fast forward through all the badly done/boring parts.
Having said that, I don’t think one-sided is the right word for that review. Aside from the fact that it’s an opinion piece — a strong opinion piece, sure, but an opinion piece nonetheless, and thus making no claim of/having no need to display an objective (two-sided) viewpoint — most of what it’s doing is pointing out plot holes (also, being hilarious). Yeah, no doubt it’s negative, but using cold fusion to stop a volcano really doesn’t make sense. Drawing on a Eugenics War that happened in the 1990s for an audience that lived through, and knows that didn’t happen in, the ’90s really is a strange choice. Spock Prime really does follow up a “I can’t tell your future I promised I wouldn’t!” with a “Well, but okay, this one time.”
I mean, look, there are plenty of people who watched STID and loved it, and good for them, I’m really glad! I’ve got nothing but love in my heart for people who enjoyed the film, no judgement, no objections, no desire at all to tell them they were wrong. My opinion of the film overall was negative, but that’s all it is: my opinion. And while a portion of the stuff I’ll be reblogging on STID will probably be things that I, with my negative opinion, agree with, my overall position here is one of enthusiasm! The film didn’t work for me as a whole, but I loved a bunch of individual things about it, and I’m sure I’ll see it again, and I’m SUPER excited to see what comes out of the fandom! So my advice on finding out why people are disliking it so much is to either read these critical posts with an eye towards their main points — in what I’ve seen so far, those are objections to the plot holes, the whitewashing, the sexism, the overall flow/pacing/story arc problems, and what many feel is a departure in tone from the source material — or don’t worry about it, and enjoy your opinion knowing that others’ feelings on something don’t make your own less valid. I hope that helps? :D ?
After making a mere $84 million at the U.S. box office, Star Trek Into Darkness is considered by some to be a disappointment. Perhaps the problem is that it was a touch confusing. To help our readers better understand it, we’ve complied and answered these Frequently Asked Questions about the movie.
Maximum spoilers ahead…
How does the movie start?
Well, with Kirk and Bones fucking with a planet of primitive aliens. They steal some kind of holy scroll, and then get chased through a red jungle.
Seems like kind of a dick move.
Well, it’s not very clear, but ostensibly they’ve stolen the scroll to get chased, in order to draw the aliens away from a volcano that’s about to explode.
Okay, that seems reasonable.
Except that 1) when the volcano erupts, it’s going to kill everybody on the planet, so it hardly matters where they are, and 2) Spock is getting dropped down into the volcano to set off a cold fusion bomb.
Yeah, he sets off the cold fusion bomb and all the lava freezes.
You know cold fusion isn’t actually cold, right? It’s only “cold” in the sense that opposed to regular fusion it’s not a bazillion degrees hot.
And did you say Spock was in the volcano? Why the hell didn’t they just beam the bomb in there?
Um, something about the planet’s magnetic field. Although they do beam Spock out of the volcano just a few minutes later, so…
And why did Spock have to go with the bomb to set it off? Are you telling me in the 23rd century that people don’t have a way to detonate bombs remotely? That’s stupid.
And why the fuck is the Enterprise just carrying around a cold fusion suitcase bomb anyways?
Look, you’re getting very upset, and this is just the first scene of the movie.
(I was going to make a post about how mad Star Trek made me, but this does it better, with bonus tears of laughter. )
oh my god this is actually the best thing
After Martin Luther
1. Children are capable of feeling
both shame and abandonment.
14. My father lives alone. Also,
a hawk killed his dog and you
expect me to believe in mercy.
20. Good things happen to bad people.
47. One day, every person I have ever
loved will die and the only option
you have given me is to just sit by
and watch it happen or hope
I am the first to go.
48. Speaking of love,
86. The list of artists who have
committed suicide only includes
the ones who were well known
enough to be found.
95. As a child, I prayed every night.
It felt important. Mature. Powerful.
I wish someone had told me that
it was me, that I was the powerful one.
Imagine it: fleets of six-year-olds
believing that strongly in themselves.
- Sierra DeMulder
(Source: sierrademulder, via iambickilometer)
but what if christine chapel and jim kirk meant to have no-strings-attached wild barnburner type sex, only then something super embarrassing happened — like christine caught jim giving his dick a pep talk in the bathroom, or sloppy mantears occurred for an unjustified reason, or jim accidentally shouted his own name when he came — and christine had to request a transfer because she couldn’t look at him or even hear his voice on the shipwide broadcasts without cracking the fuck up and it was starting to freak patients out
jim says he ~doesn’t remember~ but that’s aspirational, he only wishes he didn’t; the truth is he relives it in the stunningly vivid technicolor of abject mortification pretty much whenever he closes his eyes
that’s my new headcanon, that makes this better for me
“let me like that post so i can look at it again sometime!”