Every once in a while, a girl has to binge herself on fanmade videos of Bucky Barnes.
This is a thing, right?
It all started with this video I found on Tumblr, which was captioned “this is so erotic” and THEY WERE RIGHT.
My fav is problematic Pt. 143. I’m a pacifist, okay! But I still get turned on by powerful men working out their toxic masculinity in tight-fitting leather outfits because they don’t know how to express their feelings and be proper humans!!
It helps that the editing of this video is SPOT ON and wow, does the synchronization of punching/music beats really make the whole thing pop.
I moved on to this video, which did a great job of transitioning from sad “omg Steve lost his BFF Bucky” to screeching “I’m alive and I want to punch people to death!!!”
These are the two things I love most about Bucky. There’s the tragedy of his story (and Steve’s story). They are people manipulated by governmental powers into becoming something other than themselves (sometimes for good, but always something foreign). Steve takes that confusion and anger and buries it, Bucky takes that confusion and anger and expresses it.
Maybe my fav is not so problematic! Through the character of Bucky Barnes, I get to see expressed anger, to vicariously live through someone who is like, “THIS SUCKS AND I WILL FIGHT MY WAY OUT OF IT” which is so NOT my natural reaction.
I might be pushing this a little too far, because let’s be real, this is mostly about dat body.
Anyway, I fell down the Bucky Fanfid rabbithole, and eventually I was left with not very well-crafted videos, so I need your help! Do you know of any great Bucky Barnes (or other Marvel-themed) videos to recommend?
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This review is an emotional outpouring, so there will DEFINITELY be spoilers. If you want to go into Civil War with an empty mind, kindly wait to read this until after you go to the theater. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
This movie was advertised as #TeamCap vs. #TeamIronMan, and from the beginning I knew which side I would be on. Even though Captain America was the world’s most boring superhero to me for much of Marvel’s first movies, he is now nearest and dearest to my heart. This is 100% because of CA: Winter Soldier, and in particular, the scene in which his rousing speech encourages Nameless Tech Guy to do The Right Thing despite having a gun to his head. His loyalty and optimism are MY JAM, and I will follow him to the end of the line.
The weird thing is, I don’t think the movie wants us to root for Iron Man. Tony Stark becomes increasingly paranoid and emotionally compromised throughout the film, and whatever good motives he had in the beginning quickly reveal themselves to be based in fear and anger. Plus it’s never a good sign when the people you’re aligning yourself with frequently refer to people as weapons (as the Secretary of State What’s His Name does about Scarlet Witch, the Hulk, AND Thor). Gross.
Steve Rogers never forgets that people are people. I am in love with his ideology that commits to trusting in the best of people – even if he is let down by a person here or there (even to catastrophic results), he refuses to give up on believing that people are capable of change and of good. OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN.
The friend I went with is #TeamIronMan, and she joked that I was only on Cap’s side because he is hot. This is a ridiculous accusation, because absolutely everyone in this movie is hot, which brings me to…
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My priorities are 100% out of order. For the last four months, one of my primary worries has been: WHO WILL WATCH CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR WITH ME??? I am not exaggerating when I say that every time I meet a potential friend, I steer the conversation toward superheroes. And every time, the answer is, “Marvel? I think I’ve heard of…Iron Man? But no, I don’t watch them.”
As May drew ever nearer, I resigned myself to watching the newest Marvel movie alone. This is especially sad because Captain America: Winter Soldier is my FAVORITE Marvel movie so far. I’m so excited for its sequel! And okay, so my priorities aren’t SO weird. Finding someone who could share in my excitement felt like finding a real friend. For four months, I didn’t have someone with whom I could share this nerdiest side of myself.
Until Luciana! My part-time coworker at HD loves video games, indie music, and superhero movies. I AM THRILLED, and we are going to see CA: CW tonight! In honor of the truly momentous occasion, I’m going to share my review of CA: WS, which is, if I say so myself, a masterpiece of fandom.
I have a new obsession, and it is Captain America: Winter Soldier. This is surprising, because his first movie is my least favorite in the Marvel universe, and he was by far the least interesting Avenger in The Avengers. I went to see his newest movie out of brand loyalty, but I went to see it a second time because I fell in love. This film covers all of my interests, creating a perfect storm of a story that draws me back again and again (and again?).
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My friend Elizabeth recently brought an article called “‘Hamilton’ and the end of irony” to my attention. Because it is about Hamilton, I was immediately interested, but it drew me in further by making some really interesting cultural observations.
I had the good fortune a few weeks ago to see “Hamilton,” the musical currently swallowing Broadway whole (AND WHOSE CAST RECORDING IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE!!!! YES, THIS ABSOLUTELY MERITS ALL CAPS! THIS IS LIKE BROADWAY CHRISTMAS! ALSO THE WHOLE THEME OF THIS PIECE IS SHARING YOUR ENTHUSIASMS!!!).
Alexandra Petri makes the astute observation that Hamilton is an earnest musical about an incredibly earnest guy, and that this sincerity is the heart of its success.
I agree! I think we live in an age of sincerity, if I can steal a phrase from Jonathan Fitzgerald’s article “Sincerity, Not Irony, Is Our Age’s Ethos.” Uninhibited love for things is everywhere, from the 90s nostalgia of my generation to the huge success of The Avengers movie. Continue reading
I recently stumbled upon the tumblr account No Prehensilizing, a blog run by a 24-year-old graduate of film and philosophy. She shares many of my obsessions (Marvel, Starkid, Doctor Who, Mad Max), and she writes wonderfully intelligent critiques of popular media. Here are some of my favorite essays she has written, though I suggest you check out the whole blog!
I’m loving her site, and I hope you find something enjoyable there as well!