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Anonymous asked
Hiya! So I see that you love pacific rim, I do too and Mako Mori is like one of my favourite characters, but I can't help but to notice that her character revolves around being Pentecost's step(?) daughter to Raleigh's partner. And I guess that doesn't really sit well with me cos she appears to have her own story but when I think of it this way it's not? What do you think?

actualmenacebuckybarnes:

There’s already a bunch of good meta on this which I can’t, for the life of me find BUT:

  • there’s a difference between having a relationship and being REDUCED to that relationship
  • her relationship with Stacker is really important, but HE dies so that SHE can prove herself and save the world, not the other way around. Father-son relationships/Mentor-mentee relationships (think Star Wars) have been at the heart of many major sci-fi films, and the fact that Mako has a very close, important relationship with a black adoptive father is SO SO IMPORTANT
  • she does have her own story. the entire important flashback with her and the red shoe is all 100% her story. what i would’ve liked would be more of Mako reminiscing about her parents/WHY she’s so hell-bent on revenge. but nonetheless. she’s the one with the revenge arc and the “talented passionate rookie proves herself” arc, which is classic hero’s journey. 
  • yeahhhhh i’ve seen (MANY) movies where a woman is reduced to a man’s partner/love interest and Pacific Rim doesn’t really fit the bill at all. I agree that on first showing, Raleigh is really front-and-center. He’s the narrator, he talks a fucking lot, Mako’s quieter etc. But he also doesn’t really have anything he’s fighting for? He pretty much gets over his brother’s death and kind of follows Mako around like a puppy and helps her fulfill her revenge arc and when she faints he tells her that “she did all the hard stuff all he has to do is fall” ;_____;
  • it’s a VERY Western concept the idea that strength = independence. Think about this. Think about this long and hard. Strength =/= independence. Especially since as a movie, pacific rim promotes cooperation as NECESSARY for survival, and Jaegers are all piloted with two pilots that have romantic/platonic/familial bonds. Mako doesn’t have to be independent from Stacker to be strong. She has a close bond with her foster father, and still respects his decisions (“It’s not obedience, it’s respect”). She’s tied to him and their relationship is what gives her strength. She, in turn, inspires and is inspired by Raleigh. And their relationship gives her strength. As an Asian-American woman I can attest that Asian cultures (Mako is Japanese) really do emphasis cooperation/respect/sacrifice rather than personal glory. It’s actually fine for Mako to be as quiet and humble as she is, because unlike Chuck she doesn’t want/need to yell in front of cameras to make a statement, she’s fine with just dying quietly for the sake of a better world.  You can be an action girl hero by being loud and swaggering and better than the men and that’s fine (it’s what I headcanon Sasha’s character to be anyways). You can be an action girl hero by being understated and driven and respectful and that’s also fine. 

Pacific Rim is by no means perfect and there were many points where I, too, wished they would emphasize/focus on Mako more. But I think it’s really underselling the significance and importance of her character, for women and especially Asian-American women, by saying that her narrative revolved around Stacker/Raleigh. 

meerareed:

Buffy Meme: [7/7] quotes -

I’m beyond tired. I’m beyond scared. I’m standing on the mouth of hell and it is gonna swallow me whole. And it’ll choke on me. We’re not ready? They’re not ready. They think we’re gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I’m done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Well, we’ll give ‘em one. Anyone else who wants to run, do it now, ‘cause we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on we won’t just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them and cut out their hearts one by one until the First shows itself for what it really is. And I’ll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil, and that’s us. Any questions?
falloutboy:

"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” —Emil Zatopek We never had a plan to jump right back into it after whirlwind year we’ve had…but sometimes the song calls you. We started writing “Centuries” while we were on tour because we felt the calling. Traveling the world for the last year we have seen and been a part of the landscape and fabric of music - from tiny sweaty clubs in Australia to insanely huge festivals in the UK. It felt impossible not to react to it, to be inspired and to want to scream back. Like The Great One said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” We don’t feel any urge to turn the clock back; we crave something new, our place in it all. That some kids from the Middle of Nowhere, USA can make a mark or will scream long enough until the world listens is amazing - but it’s all just to prove to the next kid that she can pick up a guitar and know that it is a weapon. Make no mistake, “Centuries” is, at its most distilled, the story of David & Goliath. It is us passing along the story of how we feel right before we step on stage, trading feeling small and human for all the sweat and grit and sheer power of belief it takes to stare down a giant. Sometimes wrongs are righted. Sometimes if you scream loud enough the world will listen. Sometimes the quintessential loser wins. Sometimes the giant falls.Watch the launch video (shot primarily in the Hyperlapse app), official video coming soon. Download the song on iTunes. S/o to our DCD2 girl LOLO for lending vocals on the song.  New album coming soon on DCD2/Island Records!  p.s. if the song is not up right away globally, keep checking back.

falloutboy:

"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” —Emil Zatopek

We never had a plan to jump right back into it after whirlwind year we’ve had…but sometimes the song calls you. We started writing “Centuries” while we were on tour because we felt the calling. Traveling the world for the last year we have seen and been a part of the landscape and fabric of music - from tiny sweaty clubs in Australia to insanely huge festivals in the UK. It felt impossible not to react to it, to be inspired and to want to scream back. Like The Great One said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” We don’t feel any urge to turn the clock back; we crave something new, our place in it all. That some kids from the Middle of Nowhere, USA can make a mark or will scream long enough until the world listens is amazing - but it’s all just to prove to the next kid that she can pick up a guitar and know that it is a weapon. Make no mistake, “Centuries” is, at its most distilled, the story of David & Goliath. It is us passing along the story of how we feel right before we step on stage, trading feeling small and human for all the sweat and grit and sheer power of belief it takes to stare down a giant. Sometimes wrongs are righted. Sometimes if you scream loud enough the world will listen. Sometimes the quintessential loser wins. Sometimes the giant falls.

Watch the launch video (shot primarily in the Hyperlapse app), official video coming soon. Download the song on iTunes. S/o to our DCD2 girl LOLO for lending vocals on the song.

New album coming soon on DCD2/Island Records!

p.s. if the song is not up right away globally, keep checking back.



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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - Dancing Groot

“Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me. I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that. I begged them not to leak the video! Two of my closest friends came to an early screening and said ‘Hey, I recognize those moves! That’s you dancing isn’t it?!’” - Vin Diesel

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