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I know there's a new Marvel thing but so far I'm thinking pass. And there's Star Trek. Anything else?
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Bucky saving an animal and the animal saving him right back.

Like, literally, my tolerance is endless.
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Quick nonspoilery thoughts:

It was a lot of fun, if a bit broader than my taste, and I found myself just sitting there smiling.

It was flawed in that modern action movie way, where it's facially obvious that a lot of exposition and plotting was cut. The only reason it wasn't entirely incoherent was because you kind of know the story from the original - like, not the same plot exactly, but the same story beats. For that reason, I think the original is a superior piece of filmmaking.

Everyone's awesome but Kate McKinnon steals the show.

With the caveat that I've never seen a Paul Feig movie before (again, his humor is too broad for my taste), it was a revelation to see women playing these kinds of roles. Not just comedic, but awkward and goofy and loud and taking up space and with no concern at all for whether they were pretty. (Let's all remember that Joss Whedon told Elizabeth Olsen not to scrunch up her face during the Avengers action scenes, because it made her look unattractive.) That they are women is essentially unremarked.

Case in point: There's a running joke thing about Melissa McCarthy and food, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she's heavy. She does physical comedy and it has nothing to do with the fact that she's heavy.

I remember the original Ghostbusters, which I loved as a kid. It was hilarious and I saw it many times. And always, always - even before I had any particular political consciousness - I disliked the bits that had to do with Bill Murray skeevily coming on to women, and hated the whole part of the plot where Sigourney Weaver is possessed, turned into a weird sex maniac, and has to sleep with Rick Moranis. It was like this horrible sour note in the middle of the film. I wasn't really old enough to understand why I hated those bits, I just knew I found them basically unwatchable.

But with the new Ghostbusters, I get a glimpse of how different it would have been for me - for all of us - if we'd gotten stories about women like this as we were growing up.

There is a scene at the very end of the credits so don't leave.

Oh also good commentary here.
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The Murder Ballads (78499 words) by WeAreWolves
Chapters: 22/22
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton, Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Jim Morita, Howling Commandos
Additional Tags: Unrepentant Bucky, Angst, Murder, Tony Hates Feelings, Natasha Romanov Knows Everything, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Lust, Torches Carried, Eventual Smut, Rogue Bucky, Post-Trauma, Revenge, Competence Kink, Weapons Kink, Blood and Violence, Guest Stars, BAMF!Bucky, Ballet!Bucky
Series: Part 1 of The Murder Ballads

Something wicked is coming for Steve Rogers. Luckily for him, something even more wicked stands in its way: the unrepentant, unbroken Bucky Barnes.

A murder-mystery/action thriller with violence, magic, and several big MCU guest stars.

I know how I missed it, actually - I started reading when it was first posted, and got the (incorrect) impression that it's Dark!Bucky or Evil!Bucky, and it isn't, really - but it is a fabulous BAMF!Bucky.
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I did enjoy it, for the most part, though it had that frustrating thing where the plot kind of hinges on everyone not talking when it would be obvious for them to do so. And honestly, the motivations were pretty forced, but I expected that going in.

The number of audience members who left as soon as the credits started to roll was shocking. Have you people never been to a Marvel movie?

It did not kill my Steve/Bucky 'ship, but I'm gonna need all the fixit fic please.
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It's hard to imagine there's anyone in the fandom who hasn't read this, but 100 years from now when archaeologists are poring over my journal, I don't want them to think I didn't recognize its brilliance:

Ain't No Grave (Can Keep My Body Down) (107093 words) by spitandvinegar
Chapters: 10/10
Fandom: Captain America - All Media Types, Marvel
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Original Characters, Pepper Potts, Matt Murdock, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Claire Temple
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Drug Abuse, Homelessness, Jewish Bucky Barnes, Catholic Steve Rogers, Religious Imagery & Symbolism, Artist Steve Rogers, Identity Issues, POV Alternating, Not Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie) Compliant, because I am a desert pony that runs as wild and free as the wind, Period Typical Attitudes, Masturbation, Tupac - Freeform, Past Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson Is a Good Bro, original kid characters, original mean old Chinese lady character, a coupla goddamn kids, Pinkberry, Past Rape/Non-con
Series: Part 2 of Ain't No Grave

It's six in the morning, and Steve is heading out on a run when he nearly trips over a bouquet of sunflowers on the front steps of his brownstone.

For a second paranoia takes over, and he kicks the flowers a little, waiting for them to explode. They don't. They also came with a card, which he picks up. The front of the card has a tasteful picture of the Brooklyn bridge at sunset. It's very nice and sedate, like the kind of card you would buy to give to your boss. On the inside someone has written a short message in big, shaky block letters.


Steve sits down hard on the steps.

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As long as I'm thinking about it.

Follows On Like Clockwork (33206 words) by youabird
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Sharon Carter (Marvel), Peggy Carter, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Implied/Referenced Torture, Minor Character Death, Recovered Memories, Identity Issues, Past Relationship(s), not avengers 2 compliant, somebody shoots the president, Very Mild Gore, Medical Procedures, Past Suicidal Thoughts

Steve would do anything for Bucky. He tore the world apart and chased HYDRA back into the shadows. He stepped back when Bucky turned himself in to the feds. Now that Bucky's broken himself out of custody in order to take down the corrupt agency that tried to use him again, Steve'll be damned if he doesn't stand by him. The only problem? The Winter Soldier swears he's not Bucky.

Or, genetically altered superheroes point guns at each other.

Laws of Thermodynamics (14651 words) by thisbluegirl
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Recovery, PTSD, Mild Dissociation, Fluff and Angst, Tags Are Hard, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Let's Pretend Civil War Isn't Happening, Explicit Sexual Content, Angst and Fluff and Smut, Bucky is not okay, Steve is less emotionally constipated than we thought, Unrepentant Fluff, Unrepentant Metal Arm Kink, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Consent Issues

He never had to relearn how to love Steve Rogers. It might be the one thing he never forgot.

(also on tumblr)
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So I used to be a huge Charles/Erik shipper. And then I saw DOFP and it just killed my ship, dead. I hated them both so much in that movie - I found them both so vile - that it entirely destroyed any desire to see them happy, horizontally or otherwise.

I have no Civil War spoilers, but people who have seen the movie have indicated - without spoilers - that they are DISAPPOINT on a fannish level.

If Civil War kills my Steve/Bucky ship, I may never recover from the pain.
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Wonder Woman first appeared during WWII - where's my Captain America meets Wonder Woman fanfic?
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Sing Me the Alphabet (78290 words) by thesardine
Chapters: 19/19
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanov, Pepper Potts, Phil Coulson, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Bobbi Morse
Additional Tags: PTSD, Recovery, Coping Mechanisms, SHIELD, Action/Adventure, Drama, Angst, Psychological Drama

There wasn’t anything left to salvage. That’s what Fury believed. It would have been a kindness to put him down.

When SHIELD finally releases Bucky from custody, Steve struggles to decode behavior that ranges from curious to downright alarming. But with Hydra scrambling to regroup and SHIELD taking more and more questionable measures, Steve is dragged back into battle, forced to weigh what's best for Bucky against what's best for the fate of the free world.

Can I just add how interesting it is that, like, all fanfic these days (as far as I can tell) casts the Agents of SHIELD team as the villains?
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New Tricks (18520 words) by OddityBoddity
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Hawkeye (Comics)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Lucky (dog), Original Canine Character, Peripheral Natasha Romanov, Original Characters, Steve Rogers, Peripheral Sam Wilson, Peripheral Clint Barton, Peripheral Bruce Banner
Additional Tags: Dogfighting, animal cruelty, animal rescue, Animal Death, Cats, Dogs, Anxiety, OCD, Nightmares, Geese, peeing on park furnishings, jerks in parks, Jerks, Grief, vengeance, Angry Bucky, COMPLETE!, Pet fic, Owls

The one where Bucky busts up a dog-fighting ring.


Jun. 3rd, 2015 09:20 pm
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Sparked Up Like a Book of Matches (26734 words) by Sena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Canon-Typical Violence, Mental Health Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Tony Stark Has A Heart, Steve Angst, Bucky Barnes Has Issues, BAMF Natasha, Sam Wilson is a Gift, Sam Wilson Is a Good Bro, Clint Barton Is a Good Bro

Steve lives in Stark Tower and doesn't have much to do when he's not going after Hydra strongholds. He attends charity events to make Pepper happy. He goes hiking with Sam. He hangs out with Clint in Bed-Stuy and watches Dog Cops. Sometimes Tony gives him super alcohol in a sippy cup. Sometimes he sees Bucky out of the corner of his eye and wonders if it's real or if he's starting to lose his mind.

Alternately, the one with terrible jokes, a foot chase through the Lower East Side, and a tiny little robot named Shitcan.

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Like everyone who's seen it, I can't quite stop thinking about it, so.

Not very original thought, but -

Read more - honestly not really spoilers )

Mad Max

May. 15th, 2015 06:52 pm
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Was indeed awesome.

It's unquestionably Charlize Theron's movie.

There was almost no dialogue, and it still had better characterization than AOU.

I never saw the original movies; this one was a lot less gory than I expected. The post-apocalyptic worldbuilding was grotesque and disturbing, but in terms of actual onscreen violence, any random episode of Spartacus is far worse.
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It's really becoming a problem.

Well, I should clarify.

I am in love with Steve Rogers, as portrayed by Chris Evans, as interpreted by fandom.

That's a real problem.

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