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01 September 2014 @ 04:46 pm
I Delight in Random Details  
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier is now available for purchase via HD download. You can rent it starting on the 9th. I spent a huge chunk of my Labor Day rewatching it. For...research? Sure. I did see some things or rather, I became much more aware of things the 3rd go around.


1. Natasha Uses Emoticons - This completely escaped me the first two times I saw the movie in theaters. It was a quick flash and I think I was still recovering from the delight that was Sam Wilson's introduction. But in seeing the movie on my computer, I finally saw it: vlcsnap-2014-09-01-16h29m17s25
It's little things like that which really make Natasha a fun character. She can probably render you unconscious in about 10 different ways just using her bare hands and can be very serious about missions. But she's not completely devoid of doing randomly superficial, pop culture things like using emoticons.

2. Steve in Full Body Shielding Mode - I kind of noticed this before but it never fails to amuse me when Steve hides his entire body behind his shield. He's so big but curls up so effectively. It was also the fastest way for me to confirm that like Thor's hammer, there must be variations of Steve's shield used for the movie with some being smaller for the faster fight sequence and the larger ones for moments like this:
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He's like a little turtle. A turtle of justice. Although in my third viewing I did notice that his feet are inevitably always exposed. Aim for his feet, Hydra! No, don't. Don't do that. Steve deserves good things. Like not having his feet riddled with bullets. I amuse myself with the idea that Issie has to hide behind Steve behind the shield during these scenes.

3. The Winter Soldier's Costume Is Basically Weapons - During the causeway fight sequence, I counted the Winter Soldier pulling out 7 different weapons from somewhere on his person. These included guns, knives, and bombs. Does he always dress like this for every mission or was he packing less gear for when he tried to assassinate Fury at Steve's place? Now knowing he has these many weapons on him, I wince a lot more when his body got slammed flat on top of Sam's car during that whole chase sequence. It also made me chuckle a little when the Hydra operative handed him that machine gun at the start. "Here, you look like you need a weapon in case those 47 on you don't do."
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Winter Soldieraelfgyfu_mead on September 2nd, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
I noticed the emoticon with some surprise, as it didn't at that point strike me as a very Natasha-like thing to do, but I revised my sense of Natasha over the course of the movie (which is great).

I had totally forgotten Turtle Steve. That's awesome.

Sebastian Stan said somewhere that the costume made it really difficult to sit. Now I'm thinking, "Of course it was difficult to sit! Sitting on knives or bombs or guns hurts!"
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
I had totally forgotten Turtle Steve. That's awesome.

It's my new favorite Steve.

Sebastian Stan said somewhere that the costume made it really difficult to sit. Now I'm thinking, "Of course it was difficult to sit! Sitting on knives or bombs or guns hurts!"

I remember that interview and how I thought "Jeez, do you know what the actors in Thor had to deal with??" but now that I've seen the amount of weapons lodged in there, yeah. He probably didn't get one of those standing seats that propped the Thor actors up at an angle when they wanted to relax either.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
My mind is too daemony. All I can picture for number 2 is Issie going like this behind him.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
How do you find these absolutely perfect photos?? That's exactly how Issie would curl up behind Steve.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
I have a stupidly good memory for useless details and remembered that the dog from The Artist did that once? That's how they've taught him to bow.

I have no skills of use. If I were a Regency aristocrat, men would marry the hell out of me though, so there's that.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
The dog looks less like it's bowing on stage and more like it's just having a really bad day and curling up in frustration and exhaustion. "God, this week just has to end!"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)
I think it was on the Graham Norton show, he did that, and there's a very cute moment where he lifts his head and then realizes he hasn't been given the cue yet, and sticks his head back down again.

He's a Jack Russell, not a Teddy Roosevelt, but this one still makes me lol because it looks like two daemons who are going 'you're awfully short to be a soldier' and he's just going 'hey guys!'. Or, that's a German Shepherd on the right, so maybe it's Athansia going 'be cool, be cool, it's just your childhood hero, OMG' and Issie is going 'hey, friendly friend, what's up?'
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)
Or, that's a German Shepherd on the right, so maybe it's Athansia going 'be cool, be cool, it's just your childhood hero, OMG' and Issie is going 'hey, friendly friend, what's up?'

Awww! I love the idea of Issie being all casual and friendly while the daemons of Shield agents are all like, "OMG! It's an honor to meet you! OMG!"

Somewhat related, I chortled at this image. It'd be hilarious to me if all the Avengers failed to shift Mjolnir but a Lab helpfully brings it to Thor.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
Awww! I love the idea of Issie being all casual and friendly while the daemons of Shield agents are all like, "OMG! It's an honor to meet you! OMG!"

Issie: Have you noticed everyone is really quiet and stare-y here?
Steve: Okay, so it's not just me, what is up with that?

It'd be hilarious to me if all the Avengers failed to shift Mjolnir but a Lab helpfully brings it to Thor.

My brain insta-fluffed in about .5 seconds with an idea of Thor being hurt on a mission and collapsed in an alley and a homeless dog brings him Mjolnir, all 'hello, sir, you dropped your stick' and Thor is like 'thank you, worthy canine friend' and brings him to Stark Tower.

Tony: Annnnd, long story short, we have a dog now.
Pepper: ಠ_ಠ

Edited at 2014-09-02 03:33 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
Any dog worthy enough to lift the hammer of Thor is worthy enough to live at Stark Tower.

Pepper: Is he worthy enough to have his poop scooped up by Mr. Stark as well?

Tony: We've got people for that! I mean...Dum-E can do that.

Jarvis: Sir, might I remind you about the time-

Tony: Yeah, never mind. Terrible idea. I don't know what I was I thinking.



Edited at 2014-09-02 03:38 am (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)

Thor: Look, Stark, I have taught him tricks! Sit,
Heiðvirtur!
Hawkeye: If he's going stay, we need to name him something in American. I'm not calling him that.


formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
Ahaha! Oh, Hawkeye.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 03:52 am (UTC)
And Steve is really happy because he's only just realized he's not allergic to dogs anymore.

And DUM-E just wants to pet the fluffy dog with his grasper, but even the dog knows that DUM-E is not safe to be around.

I need to stop before I start to write this.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
I need to stop before I start to write this.


Do eeeettt!!! The universe needs something to balance out the Zola-centric fic I've been working on. It's predictably angst-ridden and no one who deserves nice things gets nice things.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
We really need a grown-up in here to control us.

...I may write it.

...no one who deserves nice things gets nice things.

If you ever write a book and ask me for a dust jacket quote, I think I will use that.

"No one who deserves nice things gets nice things."
-awanderingbard

Abrupt change of topic: do you think a savannah cat is an okay daemon for Eve Moneypenny of Skyfall? I've got everyone else but her, and I'm having a super hard time. I'm not confident with the Savannah cat, but I can't find anything I like better.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
If you ever write a book and ask me for a dust jacket quote, I think I will use that.

It'll either be a quote from you or the title of my how to write a story instructional book.

The savannah cat is a good choice! I like that it's a crossbreed between a domesticated cat and something more wild. It befits Moneypenny's eventual job at MI6 as she ended up taking a desk job instead of being out in the field.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
It'll either be a quote from you or the title of my how to write a story instructional book.

Mine would be "Nice things for everyone!"

It befits Moneypenny's eventual job at MI6 as she ended up taking a desk job instead of being out in the field.

That's what I felt like, too. Something deadly if required, but maybe better suited to a quieter life. Good. That's everyone, then. I find I had a lot of semi-written Skyfall/Sherlock fics that worked better with daemons, so I've been trying to covert a few and see how that goes. Bond is far easier to write when he has a daemon to tell what he's thinking to.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
You're right. We really do need an adult to stop us.

Bond is far easier to write when he has a daemon to tell what he's thinking to.

I can totally see that. I think one of the things I love about the daemon-verse is that it affords another way to get difficult characters to communicate.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
You're right. We really do need an adult to stop us.

The sad part is, I think we're supposed to be adults.

I think one of the things I love about the daemon-verse is that it affords another way to get difficult characters to communicate.

Definitely. And I feel like I know my canon ("canon") characters better for finding out what their daemons sound like, too. I suppose it's basically just finding them an inner voice.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
I think we're supposed to be adults.

Man...

I suppose it's basically just finding them an inner voice.

Yes! I feel like daemons are a little less constrained by social rules so they say more or less what's on their humans' minds. Or they're sort of like their humans' unconscious. At least, I feel like that's how Acantha is with Zola in particular.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
I feel like daemons are a little less constrained by social rules so they say more or less what's on their humans' minds. Or they're sort of like their humans' unconscious.

Yes, exactly. I do try to use them in the way they're meant, which is to provide a conscience and advising their humans to do the right things. But at the same, I do feel like they're more heart and humans are more head, so the daemons tend to be reflections of what the human is feeling.

Like Efi started talking about not wanting Q to have to be a grown-up, and that's totally Q feeling a bit anxious about having to be a grown-up. And Sherlock and Tzo don't do a lot of talking to each other, and I think that's because Sherlock doesn't really have a grasp of how he's feeling, so he's not communicating with himself in that way. And Duinn is very forward about advising Molly on what to do, which the other daemons I've written aren't, so clearly she has a better sense of right and wrong.

It's such a deep, dark rabbit hole. I love it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
to provide a conscience and advising their humans to do the right things.

Acantha is sort of the dark mirror of that as she's always advising Zola on what to do in order to keep them safe and/or help them move forward in life. They're the only human-daemon pairing where the daemon feels more adult-like than the human. Usually the daemons feel more like kids who are more heart than head.

I think that's because Sherlock doesn't really have a grasp of how he's feeling, so he's not communicating with himself in that way.

That makes a ridiculous amount of sense. I also like the distinction of when a pair choose not to communicate when in public versus those who just flat out don't communicate in general to one another.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Usually the daemons feel more like kids who are more heart than head.

Galdra is a bit more confident than Loki as she gets older, I find. Galdra seems to provide more of a reflection of his thoughts back to him than doing much in the way of disagreeing.

And Mycroft and Hisoka are on very equal footing in terms of maturity. Otherwise, most of my daemons are very child-like, or at least less mature.

I also like the distinction of when a pair choose not to communicate when in public versus those who just flat out don't communicate in general to one another.

I've wondered how communicating with your daemon in public works? Are you the only one who can understand your daemon? Does everyone else just not listen in? Is it like a Shakespearean aside?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 2nd, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
Are you the only one who can understand your daemon? Does everyone else just not listen in?

I think it's more the latter. I think it's possible for others to understand your daemon (because if the human is in trouble, isn't that the one time it's okay for a daemon to speak to another human to get help?) but you're trained since birth to not listen in.

Have you ever read or heard of China Mieville's The City & The City? It takes place in a fictional city that exists overlaid on top of another city. Like one block belongs to City 1 and the next block over belongs to City 2. The cardinal rule is that no citizen from City 1 can interact with a citizen from City 2. People are just trained from birth to not "see" the other citizens. I imagine hearing other daemons is a bit like that.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 2nd, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
I imagine hearing other daemons is a bit like that.

I haven't heard of that book, but it's an interesting concept, and that makes sense in regards to daemons, too.

I'm off to bed now. Thanks for nattering with me!