NOT LISTING THE SUITCASE. BOLD MOVE.
I LIKE THE OTHER WOMAN SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!! The Suitcase may have been kinda tainted for me because it aired a few weeks before I myself turned… the age Peggy turns in the episode (AHA, FORCING PPL TO WORK FOR IT A LITTLE) so that’s the thing I remember the most about it???? but ANYWAY yeah that is a good episode but it’s not really that special to me. Personally. I have weird Mad Men priorities tbh.
Have this throwback to when Pete probably killed someone by throwing a turkey at their head from super high up:
Me: Do a really mean Bucky-as-Winter-Soldier face.
Sebastian: Noooo…. ‘Cause you’re gonna post it, aren’t you? — Okay, I will. Hold on. Ready?
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
I AM A WEIRD PERSON WHO’S NOT SUPER INTERESTED IN FOOD unless something is really bad or really good or the place looks like a shit hole I can’t really tell what is better or less better TBH? “This pizza is not as good as that other pizza from that other place” “I can literally taste no difference”. I LOVE FRIES FROM MCDONALD’S but that’s about it. Also I’m a vegetarian so lol salad places are my favorite? PLACES WITH GOOD DESSERTS, THERE YOU HAVE IT. If you don’t have good desserts WHY AM I WASTING MY TIME HERE I ONLY CARE ABOUT DESSERT.
The X Files - “Pusher”
Breaking Bad - “Fly”
Friday Night Lights - “Always”
Smallville - “Idol”
Fringe - “Olivia”
CONTROVERSIAL???? probably. idk. I LOVE SO MANY EPISODES OF TV. The top three are definitely the top 3 but the last two could be replaced. Like uh “Allison from Palmdale”, from TSCC. Or Skins' 2x04, or 2x10. Or Mad Men's “The Wheel”, or “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”, or other eps of other shows I'm not remembering rn.
Fiona Apple - When the Pawn etc etc etc
Os Mutantes - Tropicália ou Panis et Circenses
Elliott Smith - either XO or Either/Or lol get it
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch
Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
I guess??????? Music top fives aren’t my area of expertise tbh! This list obviously hasn’t been updated since I turned 20.
"When we first started this movie I thought, ‘Oh no, Sam Jackson’s in it. Sam Jackson has a goatee. Sam Jackson is gonna look like my dad,’" Mackie revealed with a chuckle. "So, every time we did a scene with Sam, after the scene I’d go ‘dad’?" That’s what I’m playing, and you’ll see this in the movie. Every scene I have with Nick Fury, I’m playing it like he’s my dad. I’ve watched it on the monitors, and it worked."
Falcon’s fictional relationship with Johansson went even further, as you can imagine.
"I put in this interesting subplot that Black Widow and I are in love with each other," Mackie chuckled. "When you see the movie I hope you catch it. There are different scenes where I give it to her, a little chocolate love. I think I’ve seen her return it. I’m not sure. We’ve got two weeks left now, they can’t cut it out. That’s what I’ve been working on for the last three months."
Anthony Mackie on Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s hidden subplots (x)