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The Black Scorpion (1957)
Willis O’Brien finally got to make the horrifying giant arachnids he’d always wanted.
Fun fact. In the scene where we see the scorpion’s lair, some of the miscellaneous critters down there are repurposed armatures from King Kong’s lost “Spider Pit” sequence.
That’s pretty cool! I’m not surprised either. Looking at the above scene, aside from the setting, it looks like it could have been ripped directly from those long lost storyboards.
The loss of the Spider Pit sequence has long been lamented, but I guess with The Black Scorpion it seems like we just had to wait a few decades for somebody to make the concept into into it’s own movie. It probably suffers a bit being spread out for a full movie rather than one concentrated moment of horrific insanity, but it is something none the less.
Giant killer pray mantis can’t stand traffic jams.
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Some movies ask you to suspend your disbelief. The Deadly Mantis asks you to spend what feels like half the movie watching fucking radar screens when you could be watching AN AWESOME GIANT PRAYING MANTIS!
Watching this movie, I get the impression that its at least in part a vehicle for conveying to the 1950’s audience how kick ass and awesome the U.S. radar early warning shield is with the Mantis serving as a metaphor for soviet missiles flying at us from over the North Pole.
Anywhoo, 1957 was a good year for giant bugs.
The Black Scorpion (1957)
Willis O’Brien finally got to make the horrifying giant arachnids he’d always wanted.
Are you sure this is okay? Do you have to be somewhere?
Nope. I'm not going anywhere.
Love this comic so much.
#okay i know some people hate this scene because they think it’s whedon making fun of cap#and that might have been how he intended it#but the way evans and rdj played it is so perfect#because there’s steve’s sass coming back#’seriously?’#’seriously tony?’#’what exactly are you expecting from me?’#’it’s been like a week and a half since i got here from the 40s’#’what does it look like?’#’well it seems to run on some form of electricity’#unspoken ‘you moron’#and tony’s response is just like#’i don’t know what i was expecting’#’you got me there’#i don’t know#i just thought the two of them played it perfectly off each other [via invisiblespork]
I love Evans’ hand gesture here, like, “Did you really expect me to earn a degree in engineering over the comm?”
This is where acting can trump writing…and a good actor can add depth to a character without trying.
I actually took this as what the op said :)
I take it that way as well…
Steve being all ‘I AM A MAN FROM THE FORTIES WHO HAS NO SCHOOLING IN ENGINEERING OR ADVANCED SCIENCE TONY
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO TELL YOU
THIS IS A GIANT BOAT THAT FLIES HOW AM I MAGICALLY MEANT TO KNOW WHAT WORKS HOW’
wanda is eating chocolates on a couch and trying to keep clint and steve from strangling each other wanda is petting her anxious brother’s fluffy head wanda is snogging robots and oogling local beefcake wanda is getting snappy at people bothering the shit out of herwanda is coming up with ingenious and terrifying hexes on the spot wanda is loving her friends so much but also taking zero shit wanda is having adventures and saving the world and then eating ice cream out of the container and watching masterpiece theatre get it together marvel scarlet witch
I still love that Wanda’s sister Lorna is trying to hook her up with the X-men’s lady robot, Danger.
She just wants her sister to be happy with a nice, cute robot girl who will be good to her <3
'Cause Lorna is awesome like that :)
Apparently issue eighteen is going to involve Danger FINALLY getting to have sex…and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Wanda will be the lucky lady who gets her robo-love :D
Funny thing is, it’s been implied that Lorna may have already slept with Danger as well.
I love the Lensherr family.
What’s not to love? :D
And I ADORE the thought of Lorna/Danger as a thing in the comics…I’d definitely be happy to see that become canon as well
Just imagine the fun kink potential there with Lorna’s magnetic powers and Danger being made of metal
If we don’t get it in the comics I hope that it will inspire some fanfic :D
oh my fucking god
… “You must have shown me real loyalty down in the Chamber. Nothing but that could’ve called Fawkes to you.” That’s the very first thing Dumbledore thanks and praises Harry for. Not for rescuing Ginny, or saving the school from the basilisk, or for keeping Voldemort from coming back, but for loyalty.
Dumbledore judges the people he works with based first and foremost on how loyal they are to him. Not because he thinks he’s all that, but because, as I said, he views people as game pieces, and you can’t have your game pieces acting up, can you? He values his pieces. He wants to advance and protect them. But he doesn’t want them running off beyond his sphere of influence and doing their own thing. I think there’s something very ambiguous about Dumbledore’s habit of seeking out desperate, socially outcast people and doing them one or two huge favors that leave them bound to him for life. Remus, Hagrid and Snape all fit that pattern, and Trelawney and Firenze appear to join the ranks in OOP. It kind of makes me wonder what Dumbledore has done for Fletcher, Moody and Shacklebolt.
…The problem with Sirius is, he’s not loyal to Dumbledore at all; he’s loyal to Harry. From Dumbledore’s point of view, it’s as if he’s playing wizard chess, and one of the knights suddenly decides that he doesn’t care what happens to the king, he’s just going to take care of that little pawn on the left. So Dumbledore does the only thing he thinks he can do — he sticks his recalcitrant knight into a safe, isolated corner of the board and keeps him from making any moves. Perfectly sensible and strategically sound, as long as you don’t expect your game pieces to have any pesky emotions or psychological issue that need to be taken into account.
…Dumbledore’s actions at Hogwarts are another symptom of his general approach. He doesn’t treat it just as a school, but also as an instrument in his strategy. People like Snape, Hagrid and Trelawny — all lousy teachers, in very different ways — are given their jobs as perks, because of their past of future usefulness to the Order, and because it strengthens their bonds of loyalty to Dumbledore.
OTOH, look at Lupin, who is a talented teacher. Why wasn’t he hired before Harry’s third year, especially given the difficulty of finding qualified DADA professors? My theory is that Dumbledore didn’t consider it necessary. As far as he knew, Lupin was already totally loyal simply because Dumbledore had allowed him to attend Hogwarts. There was no need to bribe him with a job. He was hired only when his familiarity with Sirius became an important factor. Once Sirius proved not to be a threat, Lupin was allowed to resign…
THIS IS SO GREAT AND SO INTERESTING AND EVEN MORE SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT SNAPE’S STORYLINE AND HERE’S WHY
Just look at Dumbledore’s behavior in The Prince’s Tale - especially at the contrast between before and after Snape agreed to help him defeat Voldemort. There’s so much emotional manipulation, so much that Dumbledore is doing to keep Snape on his side.
That line, the “you disgust me” line is SO IMPORTANT. Contrary to popular belief, Dumbledore doesn’t find Snape’s
Aaaaaand Dumbledore gets himself the perfect soldier - someone who is willing to do anything.
Also really important. Dumbledore was supposed to protect her, keep her alive, and it didn’t work out and that greatly puts Snape’s loyalty at risk. So what does Dumbledore do? Deflect. He places the blame on Snape and Voldemort here - which, I’m pretty much with him here because Snape did tell Voldemort the prophecy and Voldemort did personally kill the Potters. But this isn’t about that. This is strategy. Keep Snape guilty and keep the blame off Dumbledore by having this whole “well there was nothing I could do” stance and thereby keep Snape both vulnerable and loyal. Make Voldemort the real enemy, someone that Snape would be willing to do anything to fight against at all cost.
Okay so Dumbledore is definitely using Snape’s love for Lily against him - I think we can all agree with that. I mean look at how he’s referring to her as “Lily Evans” rather than as her married name, “Lily Potter.” Dumbledore has a very tough sell here; he wants Snape to help him protect the child of someone Snape loves and someone he hates. So he takes James out of the equation and it’s all about Harry’s eyes and how much they look like Lily’s and Evans. And then he takes Snape’s love and gives it a purpose.
Before it was disgusting, but now that Snape’s agreed to help him, has pledged his loyalty, Snape’s love is now ~the best part of him~
Snape is only seeing James’ worst qualities in Harry (which tbh first year Harry definitely did not have) so Dumbledore brings up qualities that were, actually, found in and associated with Lily to placate him. Because Dumbledore’s biggest challenge is to make Snape forget that James is Harry’s father. He then follows this up with a request.
Whether you believe it or not, both Sirius and Remus have said that Snape was jealous of James - of his popularity, his talents, all the glory he received, etc. And a lot of those things are perks from being a brave Gryffindor rather than an “evil” Slytherin. Dumbledore is capitalizing on that, on Snape’s secret desires. He’s manipulating Snape because wow he thinks he’s brave, he thinks he’s brave enough to even be a mighty Gryffindor - something I’m sure no one has even told him before. Something he’d never admit to secretly reveling in because he grew up unloved and unwanted. But it keeps him loyal, keeps him close to Dumbledore.
The power of being complimentary, my friends, is not focused on enough. (And I’m not trying to take away from the fact that Snape is a talented wizard, because I do think that, but Dumbledore is so totally manipulating him come on. What makes me say that? Because not long afterwards does he segue into asking Snape to kill him)
Great, Dumbledore has not only a spy, but an heir.
Harry actually shares plenty of traits with James - and based on how he’s spoken of James in the past, Dumbledore liked him. (And why wouldn’t he? Not only is James amazing
Dumbledore is clearly making Snape angry and I don’t think it’s necessarily intentional. But I do think he’s trying to make sure that Snape desires and values his trust over Voldemort’s. I mean, I’m sure he’s double checked that he has Snape’s loyalty before, but it’s safe to keep checking every now and then. But then this happens:
MUTINOUS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT WORD. DUMBLEDORE IS AT RISK OF LOSING THE BEST AND MOST ESSENTIAL PIECE TO HIS GAME, HIS MVP, SO HE HAS TO REEL HIM BACK IN.
Snape is currently reevaluating his life and all of his choices. Because he thinks, if not for Lily, then what is the point of protecting Harry Potter? Why is he fighting this war? Why is he on Dumbledore’s side?
Indeed he has! And after all this time, you’ve finally caught on!
Uh-oh no longer Lily Evans - now she is Potter, now she and everything that’s a part of her (i.e. her son) is tainted by James. Still worth protecting? Still worth sacrificing and risking so much for? Apparently yes because this happens:
Okay so obviously, if you hadn’t already caught on, Snape isn’t doing all of this for the cause or because he’s repenting for being a Death Eater. It’s all for Lily. The woman he helped kill. I beg you to not find that romantic. Remember Dumbledore’s "you disgust me"? That’s pretty much how I feel about Snape, and I suspect that Dumbledore still feels that way. Because, as valuable as he is, Snape has not changed. And I guess it doesn’t bother him at all if he’s risked and sacrificed so much for a child who will die anyway if it was all for her.
After all this time, you still do not see the value of protecting an innocent child? Always. After all this time you still cannot let go of a woman who never loved you romantically? Always. After all this time, you’re still fighting against Voldemort because he killed Lily and not because you believe in muggle-born rights? Always. Dumbledore had to have known this - I mean he’d been using Snape’s love for Lily against him for how long? But I’m sure it still saddened him.
Anyway, “The Prince’s Tale” is a brilliant example of Dumbledore’s manipulation and how he used it to win a war. This is where we see him really in action - and it’s fascinating. Because this is the power of loyalty - how Dumbledore could get a Death Eater so firmly on his side that he continues to do Dumbledore’s work for him after his own death. That’s powerful.
And that’s why Voldemort’s fucking scared of him. I’m kind of scared of him.
I normally don’t reblog Potter stuff…but this was a really interesting read.