Don't ever hesitate. Reblog this. TUMBLR RULE. When you see it, REBLOG IT.
- The original post only has US helplines. I've added UK helplines underneath. It would be great if people could add numbers from everywhere in the world.
- Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
- Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
- LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
- Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
- Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
- Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
- Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
- Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
- Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253
- Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453
- UK Helplines:
- Samaritans (for any problem): 08457909090 e-mail email@example.com
- Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem): 08001111
- Mind infoline (mental health information): 0300 123 3393 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice): 0300 466 6463 email@example.com
- b-eat eating disorder support: 0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- b-eat youthline (for under 25's with eating disorders): 08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)
- Cruse Bereavement Care: 08444779400 e-mail: email@example.com
- Frank (information and advice on drugs): 0800776600
- Drinkline: 0800 9178282
- Rape Crisis England & Wales: 0808 802 9999 1(open 2 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight
- India Self Harm Hotline: 00 08001006614
- India Suicide Helpline: 022-27546669
- Kids Help Phone (Canada): 1-800-668-6868, Free and available 24/7
Glad someone got a good picture of them hugging, I was too busy pushing my heart back into my chest to work my camera :’)
someone help me
I guess it does seem a little silly to be all “People need to see this movie!!” like it’s an ~important cause~ or a small indie project or whatever. Yes, it’s a blockbuster movie. But I’m getting the impression that people are judging it inaccurately, mostly by comparing it to other blockbuster movies. For example, the vast quantity of people I’ve seen saying, “This looks like a ripoff of Transformers”. Nothing could be further from the truth!
It’s not Transformers.
Transformers is everyone’s favourite example of hugely successful, critic-proof summer idiot movie. It’s based on a popular toy/franchise so the audience already knows what it’s about, it has really great CGI, and it transparently appeals to teenage boys. No matter how bad the reviews were for each successive Transformers movie, people would watch them because they’d spent the past 5 years being beaten into submission by the Transformers publicity juggernaut. And because they were guaranteed to show cool scenes of giant robots smashing into stuff.
Pretty much the only thing Pacific Rim has in common with Transformers is that it includes cool scenes of giant robots smashing into stuff.
Rather than reducing the main female character to a adolescent male fantasy (don’t even get me started on Michael Bay’s glaringly obvious lack of respect for women), it looks like Pacific Rim’s Mako Mori will have a heroic character arc. I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t comment on whether it passes the Bechdel test or whatever (AFAIK, there’s only one female lead and one secondary female character in the ensemble cast), but Guillermo del Toro has a really good track record with female characters.
Pan’s Labyrinth, which has a female protagonist, is fantastic, and if you watch Hellboy I think you’ll be surprised by how excellent Liz Sherman is. Hellboy really does embrace its own cheesiness, but at the same time Liz Sherman gets the most interesting character arc I’ve ever seen for a comicbook love-interest. As in, she actually gets to have a life and goals of her own, separate from Hellboy — even though they grew up together, and sometimes work together. In the first movie, she actually has herself committed to a mental institution because she thinks it’ll be the best thing for her. And this is in a mainstream blockbuster movie that basically amounts to “Men In Black: Demon Edition”.
Pacific Rim looks like it was written by someone with an actual brain.
It’s already clear that wayyyy more thought has gone into Pacific Rim than into, say, Man of Steel. Man of Steel is a pile of trash garbage that disrespects its audience in every way, but was a huge success because a) Superman is a well-known franchise, and b) the advertising campaign was obliteratingly intense. (If you want to read an interesting article about Hollywood’s obsession with making stupid & offensive tentpole franchise movies, I recommend this: “The Lone Ranger represents everything that’s wrong with Hollywood blockbusters”.) The concern is that Pacific Rim may flop because a casual glance at the trailer makes people think, “That looks like Transformers vs Godzilla, starring some people I haven’t heard of,” whereas a glance at the Man of Steel trailer makes people think, “That’s Superman. I like Superman, and Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan have made good superhero movies in the past.”
For a major Hollywood movie, brand recognition almost always means more than the quality of the film. If something stars Will Smith or Bruce Willis, people will go to see it because it’s a Bruce Willis or Will Smith movie. If a movie is part of a recogniseable franchise like Spider-Man or Tomb Raider, people will watch it because they’re familiar with the character, even if it’s so bad it makes your eyeballs roll out of your skull. With Pacific Rim, you’re looking at something that looks kind of like Godzilla and kind of like Transformers, but isn’t “the real thing”. Therefore, it must therefore be a cheap knockoff, like those “Transmorphers” movies. Or Megashark vs Giant Octopus.
In fact, Guillermo del Toro has already put a great deal of thought into the worldbuilding of Pacific Rim. First of all, it’s a look at what happens after the events of a monster movie like Godzilla or Cloverfield. It’s not an origin story. It starts in media res, like Star Wars. Here are some of del Toro’s thoughts on why he didn’t want to make an origin story:
"The part that I was interested in was the part where things are hard. If you start with the origin, then you have to go with investigative characters, which are hard for me to relate to. Like a reporter, or military forensics. For me it has to be a character that has something against him or her, from the get-go. A character that starts already oppressed or down on his/her luck, for me to be interested in them."
Pacific Rim seems to be full of little details on what would actually happen in a society in the aftermath of a monster-movie style event. Because the Kaiju are so enormous, their skeletons are often left behind and people end up building houses around them. One of the main characters is a black market trader who specialises in selling parts of dead Kaiju to people who fetishise or worship the monsters.
But the most significant thing is that it’s an international movie. The Kaiju are a threat to the entire planet, so it only makes sense that people from all around the world are fighting back against them.
In blockbuster disaster movies, the action is almost always reserved for New York or another major US city. In the Star Trek reboot, “Earth” is represented by Iowa, San Francisco, and London. In the Batman franchise, it’s (obviously) Gotham, America. In Man of Steel: Metropolis and the US military, despite the fact that they’re facing a worldwide threat. The formula is: defend America, and occasionally send in the US Marines as canon-fodder against whatever alien attack we’re fighting this week. Actually, I’m struggling to think of a major blockbuster that treats a “world threat” as a threat against the world rather than just America. (Maybe World War Z? I haven’t seen it, but the trailer seemed to have scenes in places other than America.)
However, Pacific Rim shows a diverse cast of characters from around the world, because the Kaiju are a threat to everyone, everywhere. The Jaegers (giant robots) even have a variety of different characteristics, depending on where they were manufactured.
And don’t forget that in order to pilot the Jaegers, people have to forge a mental link. Yes, that’s right, Tumblr. This is a movie with canonical soulbonding.
So yeah, I haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet, but I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be smarter and more entertaining than every one of the major blockbuster movies that came out this summer. And if you don’t feel like trusting me, trust Kanye:
A primer on why Pacific Rim is awesome and should be seen. I might (might) try seeing it in the theatre, which is like someone without my neuro issues saying “I think I’ll try taking a two hour spin in this industrial washer-dryer. for fun!”. But, damn it, I really want to see it in the theatre. Guillermo del Toro is my patronus. No lie.
Damn damn damn. I am REALLY excited about this movie now.
Been! Been excited!!
Three words: Idris. Muthafuckin’. Elba.
Also also ALSO! One more important thing:
If we make “Pacific Rim” successful, it makes a huge statement! This is a director’s passion project, really. Guillermo Del Toro wrote, produced, and directed this movie. Passion projects in Hollywood don’t really get all that much love, public-wise (“Inception” is one of the outliers, tbh), so studios are more inclined to finance franchises, because they know that’s guaranteed money. That formula just got majorly challenged, because “The Lone Ranger” crashed on its first weekend out (it was a Depp/Bruckheimer/Verbinski movie, really INSANELY expensive, and they expected a franchise to be launched.) So if “Pacific Rim” does really well, it shows the studios that they can take more risks, and we’ll get less of the major franchise rigamarole.
Always remember, your movie ticket is a vote! Vote for the kinds of things you want to keep seeing!
Screaming at the 5000 fucken notes on this thing. /o\ Surely my most popular post ever, pretty cool…!
Well, I’ve voted twice already :)
Kate going after Derek because he has blue eyes — and for all she knew, he killed an innocent.
Derek talking to comatose peter — because that was his best friend.
Derek always giving his betas a choice, because he didn’t give Paige a choice, and it killed her.
"The bite is a gift," he yelled at Scott, cause he lived.
That’s just rain on my face
So this just happened.
We were invited to join the pack, lol. Not even at comic-con yet.
YOU ALL NEED TO STOP and oh my god, fans, you are so cute. Look how cute you are ahhh~
AWWWW YEAH SO IT BEGINS.
I’m missing san diego comic-con for the 26th year in a row…can’t wait to keep living vicariously through everyone this weekend!
There’s this guy sitting near me at the library and I literally haven’t looked at him yet because of social constructs and awkwardness so hold your shit i’m about to look at him all ~stealth like to see if he’s hot
he’s not hot and he saw me look, back away back away
^all of my social interaction with dudes, always
One of the problems with being a bone-deep Hufflepuff is that the idea of a character succeeding purely through natural, inherent talent and the universe “wanting” them to succeed is one that I find both uninteresting and slightly insulting. Someone being chosen, being singled out from the beginning to succeed at something all others fail at? I honestly don’t see the appeal. I want to see the effort, the hard work; I want to believe that the hero really might fail; hell, I want to see them fail at what they’re trying to achieve. And when they pull through and finally succeed, I don’t want it to be because they’re destined to do so—I want to see them struggle for it, and I want to see that success as a direct result of the things that they’ve done.
You had me at ‘bone-deep Hufflepuff’ :)
The idea of Derek as Scott’s beta has always been viscerally repulsive to me, but I haven’t been able to articulate why, exactly, until now. Thank you for giving me these words; I’ve stuck them to my soul and will carry them with me
On Jennifer’s apparent “magical healing vagina”:
You said: Maybe it’s not sex itself, but touch in general. Considering Derek almost never gets touched non-violently, being touched with care and/or intent to cause pleasure could’ve caused the psych change. An intense hug or cuddles could’ve done it too?
On a similar theme, I just want to discuss the body language I saw during that scene.
wow, this post hit scarily close to home for me in re: touch-starving and how we react to it
I’ve been reading so much meta on the derek/jennifer interactions, and I haven’t taken time yet to sort out how I feel about everything
this one rings especially true for me though
Press play and enjoy fuckers.
At first I’m just like “it’s fucking clapping, I don’t ca-” and then he began to sing and I took in such a deep breath my uncle had to make sure I was ok.
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