I'm not often pleasantly surprised by the media, but I'm glad that I saw 'Toy Story 3' last night. It's rare that the Rio Theater
shows a film I want to see at a time I want to see it, but I love the place for its funkiness. Getting to see it at the Rio was a treat just for that. As for the film, it was cute and fun, about as good as the second, doesn't touch the first.
Plot spoilers are very mild, but you're warned, regardless:
The thing that pleasantly surprised me was the Ken/Barbie subplot, which turned out to have the most interesting character development in the story. When I saw that they were doing a very "gay stereotype" Ken, I was ready to be angry and offended, but in my opinion they actually did a cool thing with it. The Ken character goes from villain to hero in a way that accentuates, portrays as positive and even encourages his "gay or feminine" qualities. I'm sure that one could construct a defensible position that the character was still offensive, but I thought that it provided a comforting and hopeful image for queer kids.
Gender win from Disney. Who would have thought?
For something completely different, take a look at this incredible mechanical/steampunk cheetah
, which is one of the most wonderful pieces of sculpture I've ever seen. I LOVE this thing. Want to see it in person.
As long as I'm sharing art links, have this stunning cloth made of spider silk
. The best thing about it is that they tried not to harm the spiders. The next best thing, after the fact that this is omg so perfectly beautiful and I want to pet it, is that it involves Victorian spider bondage. No, really. Spider harnesses!
I can add 'ribbon or cravat made from naturally golden Malagasy spider silk' to my list of "Awesome Things I would really, really love to have if I lived in my fantasy world."
Still pedaling at hour three. This is hard.