outtagum: Cast of Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin…

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Cast of Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin:

  • Mena Massoud as Aladdin
  • Will Smith as The Genie
  • Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine
  • Marwan Kenzari as Jafar

Will Smith as the genie makes me think they might know what they’re doing – though Jafar seems both too handsome and too young for the part.

I reiterate my ongoing complaint that Disney has never done a version of Sinbad the Sailor, because if ever there was a story tailor-made for animation…

Do you connect Dan's inability to recogni…

Do you connect Dan's inability to recognize his emotional needs with his tendency to view most relationships as transactional? Does having got what he thought he wanted and not liking it change things?

Absolutely I do.

But let’s not romanticise him. One of the reasons Dan has difficulty recognising his emotional needs is that he genuinely doesn’t have many. He has shown an intermittent desire for Selina’s approval, and seems to enjoy spending time with Ben, but otherwise…Amy seems to fill all his emotional needs. As long as he has her in his life, I’m not sure he needs anyone else.

And in all honesty, much of his relationship with her is based on a pretty shallow foundation – I can’t help but think that Amy’s endless…expressiveness, her apparent emotional volatility, is what draws Dan to her, in large part. She’s damn near the perfect partner for a narcissist, because she provides an endless supply of feedback – and it’s all the better because it’s unintentional. Given the choice, I’m sure Amy would prefer to have a poker face – she’s just never going to be much good at it.

Which isn’t to say that he doesn’t care for her. I think, over time, it’s become clear that he does – on the most basic level, Dan is more recognisably human with Amy than he is with anyone else. When he’s trying with her he’s almost sweet…which is a very unexpected character note, to say the least.

But there’s a fascinating bit of dialogue with Mike in season 1 where Dan implies that everyone approaches relationships in the way he does – he claims his girlfriend was aware that he was faking his devotion to her, and that she will be expecting to be dumped.

Which I genuinely find bizarre – Dan seems to think that his approach to relationships is NORMAL, which is a pretty extreme viewpoint even for Veep. (His season 1 characterisation has always felt slightly off to me though – no way he could have as strong an attraction to Amy as we see him demonstrate AND be indifferent to sex for its own sake, but that is what the show kind of implies).

Dan’s emotional shallowness is what ALLOWS him to be so transactional about relationships in other words. He probably rates high on cognitive empathy (recognising the emotional states of others) – he couldn’t manipulate people so well if he didn’t – but low on affective empathy (feeling the emotional states of others).

But what I have wondered is whether…part of that is a defence mechanism on his part. Because he gets SO distressed when going to the hospital with Amy, and so enraged when he sees Teddy abused by Jonah, that sometimes I wonder if he…not actively trying to avoid meaningful relationships exactly, but…failing to seek them out.

Is there an element of self-protection in it – as in, Dan is avoiding feeling another person’s pain as his own, because he finds the experience so upsetting? Which, and I think this is important to remember, is STILL a fundamentally selfish motivation. It’s still all about HIS distress, not that of the person he’s involved with. (In other words, this is why my endless question when writing Dan is…have I made him awful ENOUGH?)

In retrospect, I think Dan was kind of miserable in season 6. Not as visibly as Amy was – she was clearly depressed for a hefty chunk of the season – but his emotional affect has always been pretty limited. Which is kind of neatly illustrated in 6.10 actually – Amy is glowing and just about the cutest she’s ever been when she goes to BKD, because Amy’s emotions are generally written all over her face. And that means it’s easy to miss the shift in Dan’s demeanour, because it’s less dramatic – but it is there. He’s smiling in every single scene, and very specifically smiling AT Amy.

So I think he is aware on at least an emotional level that being with Amy (platonically or romantically) is better than flitting from one woman to the next. Whether he has actually admitted that to himself on an intellectual level, I don’t know.

There’s really nothing in the show to indicate either way – and it is a realisation that I imagine Dan would resist for as long as humanly possible. I tend to think he may have kind of…compromised with himself, and acknowledged that he needed Amy, but maybe not that he needed her in a “one and only” way.

Because all things being equal, I would have expected a one night stand between them to make things MORE awkward – but it didn’t. Instead, Dan goes to the drinks the next night, leaves because Amy isn’t there, and very shortly afterwards convinces her to work with him again.

So I think he’d learned enough to change at least a little in how he approached his relationship with her – whether he’s changed enough to handle the pregnancy, I’m not so sure. He’s more…adaptable than Amy is, and he also has fewer reasons to be insecure – Amy’s actions indicate pretty clearly that she has feelings for him, feelings she can’t be confident are reciprocated.

But the pregnancy is going to intensify the ongoing power shifts between them. All through the show, Dan has leaned on Amy far more than she’s leaned on him – which, in a way, is positive, because he tends to make people feel it when he has the emotional advantage. This is the first time when Amy may actually NEED Dan to be there for her. But at the same time, I think precisely because she’ll need him, she’s likely to fight him off tooth and nail. That kind of vulnerability is extremely uncomfortable for her.

That said, if (if) Dan has actually acknowledged what his feelings are, Amy may find herself in the unexpected position of trying to run away from someone who won’t let her go. Buddy never fought for her – it’s doubtful that Ed did – and Selina didn’t reach out to her when she quit. But I struggle to imagine Dan being that passive. (And, in point of fact, I don’t think he’s EVER let Amy go, not really – I’m willing to bet that when we get their backstory we’ll find out he’s been hanging around her ever since they dated, which is why it was so hard for her to ever really get over him. In the show itself, she had to put an entire continent between them before he’d leave her alone, and even that didn’t last).

He can be a dog at a bone when he really wants something, and…if he really tried, I don’t think Amy has the ability to resist him. Not long term anyway.

But I hope she makes his life hell in the meantime, because it will be more than earned.

Even Ray’s COAT is awful

Even Ray’s COAT is awful

Join the cause and help raise $570 in honor of…

Join the cause and help raise $570 in honor of JLD’s upcoming 57th birthday to help other women battling breast cancer.:

fuckyeahjld:

fuckyeahjld:

As we all know, back in September, JLD announced that
she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Being the selfless,
compassionate person that she is, she used that moment to remind us all
just how important universal healthcare is for ALL. While she’s lucky
enough to have coverage through her employer, many other women who are
going through this battle aren’t as lucky.

That’s
where you guys come in. We thought it would be a nice gesture on behalf
of the fans to raise some funds for BC research in honor of JLD’s
upcoming 57th birthday! It’s a nice way for us all to reach out and do
something to help a fantastic cause while showing our love and support.

We
know that her birthday isn’t until January, but with a Christmas coming
up, we figured it best to get this campaign started before then in
order to allow everyone who wishes to donate to be able to!

Questions?

Feel free to contact us here or on twitter via @bestofjld and of course to reblog this post so some others can donate as well! 

AND ONE MORE THING:

Please,please,
please, PLEASE hold off on tweeting this at her or at anyone from VEEP!
We want this to be a surprise when January actually rolls along!

Fundraiser update:

We have a little less than a month to go and we’re just a little under $250 away from our goal! Any amount helps!

elizabthturner: It’s so smooth, it’s amazing….

elizabthturner:

It’s so smooth, it’s amazing. It’s like touching a child’s face.

#psycho puppy!dan might be my favourite dan

hey do you know why veep got zero golden globe…

hey do you know why veep got zero golden globe nominations this year???

Russia hacked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s ballots.

jk.

Golden Globe nominations are decided by the 93 members of the HFPA and I guess that with all of the new stuff out there, they decided to shut out some of the usual nominees for something new.

See how dressing all the men in various shades…

See how dressing all the men in various shades of gray makes Amy stand out as the focus of the shot? It’s a visual illustration of her being a better campaign manager than Dan – she is effortlessly the centre of the room, getting them to do her bidding without having to resort to streams of abuse.

And, less noteworthy perhaps, but by the standards of her season 3 costuming, her outfits in this episode are remarkably drab. A pretty bland white blouse, and a gray dress that she could easily have worn in season 1.

And there’s a reason for that. Amy’s hanging around with her replacement Dan – “like flirting but sexless” – and so her costuming is less colourful and overtly feminine.

I should be clear – this isn’t Amy consciously dressing in a less “pretty” way because Dan isn’t around – but the costume designers are using her costumes as a way of conveying how unsatisfactory the replacement Dan is. That both men wear virtually identical clothing (right down to the flag pins) really drives this home.

As a general rule, you can generally gauge Amy’s emotional state by how colourful and how feminine her clothing is. Something which isn’t the case with Selina – Selina has no…complex around her own beauty. She may lean on it too much as a source of self-worth, which Amy doesn’t tend to do, but the positive side of that is that she is not in the least bothered by appearing as a beautiful, sexually appealing woman – whereas over the course of the show Amy’s costuming has swung wildly between clothes that are intended to show her off, and clothes are intended to help her hide.

It’s probably not a coincidence, in other words, that her most overtly girlish costume – the pink dress in 5.02 – was worn in the episode where her relationship with Dan was at its highest point.

This scene was probably the first time in the …

This scene was probably the first time in the show that I actually LIKED Dan the character, instead of considering him just a pretty sociopath.

Which is as good excuse as any to post my little essay on why Danny Chung is the character in Veep who makes my blood boil the most. (Yes, even more than Andrew)

And to explain that, I want to talk about the Wire. Because the Wire was full of murderers and drug dealers and all kinds of terrible people, but the character I hated the most was Clay Davis.

Clay fucking Davis, who probably never laid hands on another human being in his life, but who profited ruthlessly from the drug trade. Who allowed himself to be bought and sold by any and all bidders, taking money from the very people who were rotting the community he represented from the inside out.

Clay Davis who when he was finally (finally) put on trial for his rampant corruption and abuse of public trust, sat in the dock and DARED to compare himself Martin Luther King and John Lewis and all the other heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Men who put everything on the line to HELP their people, and he used as political cover for his own crimes.

Imagine me as an exploding tea-kettle watching that scene, because I can’t think of another television character who has made me that angry. I was muttering variations of “How DARE you?” the whole way through the scene.

And, Danny Chung hits the exact same spot for me. I am perfectly aware that he is no worse than any other politician in Veep, and quite possibly better than some, but…still. Every time he stands on veterans or immigrants or ethnic minorities to advance his political career, I can feel my rage beginning to build.

And the funny thing is, if the show was reversed, with Danny Chung as the protagonist and Selina as the occasional opponent, I have no doubt that I’d feel exactly the same way about her and her opportunistic use of feminism.

But as is…there’s a reason Dan’s little grin at discovery Chung’s weak spot in 6.10 filled me with glee. If the team manage to take him down at long last, I will CHEER.

(My most hated fictional character of all time is Angel FUCKING Clare in Tess of the D’urbervilles, but that’s another story).

In no way a Veep style post but… man, y…

In no way a Veep style post but… man, years later, and I still COVET that dress.

(I have about seven like in my wardrobe, but still…)

Dan and Selina’s outfits in the last pic…

Dan and Selina’s outfits in the last pic are virtually identical – Dan wearing a blue (boy) shirt and Selina wearing a red (girl) one.

Not surprising really, because Selina and Dan are more aligned in this episode than at any other time in the show. So aligned they almost slept together (Selina was clearly considering it, which I consider one of the dumber moves we’ve seen her contemplate in the show. It would have been an utter shitshow)

It’s a shame that we’ve barely seen them interact since…season 4. Hopefully Selina’s likely rage at the pregnancy will give them an excuse to share a proper scene or two.