LOL, Mad Max: Feminist Road

I don’t have much, or any if I’m honest, time for the so called ‘Men’s Rights Activists’ on account of them being a bunch of neck beads who live in their parent’s basements. They also ruined fedoras. Fedoras used to be cool. Bastards. However the MRA website ‘Return of Kings’ posted this amazing piece of comedy recently in which they get their knickers in a twist over Charlize Theron having a leading role in the Mad max reboot Mad Max: Fury Road. Check this gem out. (LINK)

It’s whether men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda, while at the same time being insulted AND tricked into viewing a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of their very eyes.

Ooooookaaaaaay. First off: Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome were all Australian films and guess what? Mad Max: Fury Road is… Australian!!! Seriously, what is it with Americans that they seem to assume that anything in the English language is American? I know, I know, “Not all Americans” 😉

I also think that these tools are doing the rest of our gender a great disservice. The vast majority of us men aren’t going to be ‘duped’ by the trappings of a cool looking action film. Give us a bit more credit than that, please! Then again, the vast majority of us also aren’t so socially retarded that we don’t get upset by watching action films where women are kicking as much, or more, arse as the men in the films -we’re not so insecure that we need to have our masculinity validated through the vicarious activities of actors on a screen.

But let us be clear. This is the vehicle by which they are guaranteed to force a lecture on feminism down your throat. This is the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic. And this is the subterfuge they will use to blur the lines between masculinity and femininity, further ruining women for men, and men for women.

That and you can expect Hollywood to further condition young women to be like “Imperator Furiosa” and not Sophia Loren. […]

Now I’ve not yet seen Fury Road and I wasn’t planning to, though truth be told this article has made a trip to the cinema far more likely, but I hardly think that the existence of a female lead can turn an action film into a lecture on Feminism. Have these guys not seen Alien/s/3/Resurrection? Have they not seen the original Conan the Barbarian? Aliens and Conan both feature strong, sexy, women who kick arse and who are about as far removed from Sophia Loren as it’s possible to get; yet they are two of the most actiony of action films out there. Then we have Terminator 2, Kill Bill 1+2, the Resident Evil films, anything with Michelle Rodriguez, and countless martial arts films yet these are still a tiny fraction of the films that fit within the action genre. So no, MRA boys the strong kick ass woman is not a new thing in actions films, feminists are not taking over Hollywood and, finally, Mad Max is fucking Australian!!!!!

It seems that, just as they have very little understanding of geography, the Men’s Rights Activists have next to no understanding of that most manly of film genres: the action film. Either that or they’re actually some really obtuse satire that’s going for some huge payoff at some point in the future.

Still, this woman would eat them alive. 😀

Prometheus Bland

I went to see Prometheus

Prometheus shouldn’t have been a good film. It should have been a fucking fantastic film. With Ridley Scott directing and an absolutely cracking cast. However despite this and despite having some mind blowing special effects and an overarching plot that promises epic philosophical and ethical exploration it is let down sorely by one thing. Well, one thing and two people. The script and the people, Damon Lindelof and Jon Sphaits, who wrote it.

Overall the script was clunky and seemed to me to be a rehash of a rejected 1950’s B movie. The actors all deserve credit for managing to work their way through it as well as they did. The script is full of major plot holes, cod philosophy and so many basic scientific(and archaeological) inaccuracies that anyone with a high school education should have been wincing all the way through. Character development is nearly non-existent, aside from the character of David played by Michael Fassbender, so it is difficult to find any sympathy for any of the characters. The characters almost all act in a completely unfathomable way, even David who is the most developed character by far.

But it is the simple scientific, and archaeological, fuck ups that really irritated the fuck out of me. I’m not concerned with ‘realism’ when it comes to things that we don’t have today and so need bullshit explanations but when it is things that are available on wiki-fucking-pedia there is absolutely no excuse. Sorry, no fucking excuse.

For starters we are told that the crew have been asleep for a little over two years yet the nearest star to Earth is something like 4 light years away so they must have broken the speed of light to get there. A pretty remarkable advance for the next 70-80 years. But then we are told that they a visiting a galactic cluster that has a star in it around which orbits a planet with a moon. So the planet, sorry moon, we are visiting is in a different galaxy? And they got there in 2 years? And this galaxy, nay this entire galactic fucking cluster, only has one star with a planet? WTF????

Then there is the archaeological stuff that was just absurd. At the beginning of the film we are told that we are on the Isle of Skye at an archaeological dig. We see Noomi Rapace hard at work making a discovery and sending a fellow archaeologist to call Dr. Holloway, hereafter Annoying American Dude(AAD) ‘quickly’. Said archaeologist rushes out of the cave and shouts down the hill to AAD who is hard at work sieving some soil samples(meinne gotte! Some actual archaeology!). AAD quickly throws his sieve to the floor and dashes up the hillside because you have to be quick off the mark to catch archaeology… Anyway, AAD gets to the cave where Noomi Rapace has found a wall full of cave paintings in the style of Lascaux. “Have you dated it?” AAD asks, and here I am willing to suspend disbelief and accept that there has been some super fast and portable means of radiometric, or other technique, dating developed in the 80 years between now and then. The response though “Yes, 35,000 years”. 35,000 years? W.T.F??? The earliest evidence for human occupation in Scotland goes back maybe 10,500 years. 35,000 years ago Scotland, and therefore Skye, was under a sheet of ice a kilometre thick. It was uninhabitable. Also bear in mind that the paintings at Lascaux date back around 17,500 years.

Seriously. Hollywood. There are plenty of folk out there with archaeology degrees. Just pay one of us to give your script the once over. As it goes the film comes across as something produced by the SyFy channel but with better effects and an expensive cast who are wasted on a clunky script written by morons who deserve to have their livers eaten by birds.

It is a pretty film mind…

Edited to add: Lol, can’t believe I missed this one 😀