Iron Man 3: Haven’t We Moved Past These Cliches Yet?

Iron Man 3: Haven’t We Moved Past These Cliches Yet?

Overall, I did really enjoy the Iron Man 3 movie. I haven’t seen the other two and my first introduction to Iron Man was in The Avengers. I found that his character was really fun and different for a superhero. Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but the bad guy’s disability in this current movie bothered me. In the beginning you’ve got Guy Pearce’s character, Aldrich Killian, who has greasy hair, awful glasses, acne, and a bad limp, walking with a cane. As such, he has no respect from anyone. Tony Stark won’t listen to him and Pepper Potts turns him down for dates, embarrassed¬†that he even asks her. Well, the greasy hair and bad glasses are easily fixed and having a disability didn’t mean that he had to be ugly too. He makes...

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Armless

I noticed a movie on Netflix the other day called Armless. Can you guess what it’s about? Yup, it’s a “wannabe” guy who longs to get rid of his arms. I always feel nervous about watching movies that are specifically about devotees, pretenders, or wannabes. I don’t trust the people creating it to understand. So today I finally got up the courage to watch it. It’s an indie film and like many modern indie films, it is heavy on the atmosphere and very light on the action or dialog. A subject like this, I think, requires more than just watching a morose man wandering around not being able to tell people that he wants to have his arms removed. It’s more than half way through the movie before people start actually talking about...

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Movie Review: Young Adult

The movie Young Adult with Charlize Theron was not at all what I was expecting. Being about a YA author, I thought it would be zany and fun, an upbeat comedy. It came up on Netflix and I watched it last night, discovering that it was anything but upbeat. It’s actually very difficult to watch. The main character is struggling with depression and her behavior can be very difficult to empathize¬†with. The only thing that kept me watching was discovering a character played by Patton Oswald who has a disability. The story is that Mavis leaves the big city of Minneapolis to go back home to Mercury, Minosota when she sees her ex-boyfriend’s announcement that he and his wife have had a baby. Mavis becomes convinced that Buddy, her ex, is trapped in his...

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Inspector Lewis

Last week I mentioned a new show that was doing disability right. Today I have to report a show doing it badly. At least it’s only one episode. My father discovered a detective show on Masterpiece Mystery that he really likes. It’s called Inspector Lewis. We watched the first episode together on Netflix and quickly found that one of the suspects in the first mystery is a paraplegic. The younger detective specifically says that this man is “paralysed from the waist down” (to use the British spelling, since it takes place at Oxford!) Yet this character is using a power wheelchair and has a personal care assistant. What?! Are they serious?¬† He’s also the most vile, bitter, horrible, cruel character I’ve seen in a long time. Of...

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Downton Abbey

After hearing so much about this show, I looked it up on Netflix streaming and watched the first episode. I was amazed by how quickly I was sucked into the show. The stories are so interesting and there are tons of characters who each have their own needs and desires. Even my boyfriend couldn’t resist the¬†intrigue. One of the characters is the new valet for the lord of the estate and he walks with a cane. The character was excellently done. His name is Bates and from the moment he arrives, nearly everyone is wondering whether he can really do this job or not. He tries to assure people he can, but there continues to be¬†uncertainty¬†about his abilities. A few episodes in he tries to get a brace that is supposed to correct his limp, but it digs screws into...

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X-Men

X-Men

To start off, this new X-Men movie {X-Men Trilogy (X-Men / X2: X-Men United / X-Men: The Last Stand)}¬†is wonderful. It’s a tight story, that shows believable ways that the characters would have met, and it continues to grapple with the fascinating philosophical issues all the X-men movies have.¬† It’s a long movie, and I’m glad that they let it be as long as it needed to be.¬† Stories have natural lengths and I think Thor could have benefited from the attitude of letting it be the length it naturally wants to be. Throughout the series I have always seen a lot of parallels between mutation and disability.¬† I think the X-men movies provide an amazing metaphor for the experience of disability, though I’m fairly sure that’s not what was...

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