additionally, I CANNOT GET OVER Steve’s fucking Sadness Errands that he keeps running around DC, like, his schedule literally goes
6 AM: jogging
7:15: unburden soul to total stranger, lacking better options
3 PM: visit own museum exhibit to stare at the Dead Best Friend Wall
4:30: attempt meaningful human connection with sole surviving contemporary; fail due to Alzheimer’s
6 PM: dinner for one
7 PM: contemplate own loneliness, probably
Steve’s depression is actually one of the most poignant and authentic elements of the film, imo. This post reminded me of this WONDERFUL analysis of The Winter Soldier that I read earlier today.
Oh man. I need to rewatch this damn movie without paying to see it again. Let me know if you find a good one. …still might pay to see it again. XD
i actually did go see it in theaters again, but i’ll be uploading a cam version to my dropbox soon!!
Dutchess County Residence, Main House Allied Works Architecture
"Allied Works was commissioned to design a residence, guesthouse and private gallery on 400 acres in Dutchess County, New York. Located on the eastern slopes of the Hudson River Valley, the site consists of rolling hills, open meadow and dense hardwood forest. Each of the three buildings responds to a particular landscape. Collectively, the estate and its three primary structures create a range of sensory experiences and sites for artistic interpretation."
Don’t judge me.
It was a spontaneous Stucky related url that came to me, that I figured wouldn’t be taken. I was already researching what metal Bucky’s arm was made out of, so.
i’m reblogging this because it’s almost entirely my fault :D
No it is totally your fault. Be proud.
There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?”
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human.
Therapy animals save lives.
These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury.
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!
“We always vilify what we don’t understand.” ― Nenia Campbell
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what if one day Bucky forgets to take off his eyeliner before he gets in the shower and then he catches his reflection in the bathroom mirror and just sees the makeup smudged around his eyes and his hair is long and hanging around his face and he forgets how to breathe because he’d forgotten what he’d looked like before and even though the Bucky in the mirror is so different from the Bucky that was the Winter Soldier all he can see are the similarities and when Steve breaks down the door ten minutes later he finds Bucky sitting on the floor, curled up, breathing hard, and when Steve wraps his arms around him it feels too much like restraints and Bucky shouts and thrashes and Steve can see the new marks on his arms from where he’d been gripping himself too hard, trying to hold himself together, and when Bucky’s breathing returns to normal he meets Steve’s eyes and they sit there together in silence, just watching each other. The next morning Bucky emerges from the bathroom as usual, eyeliner perfect, and his face is determined. He will not let one incident stop him. He will not forget himself ever again.
As a general disclaimer I’m not a neurologist and all my information is from my own research, supplemented and proofed my fantastic friend Prussan who is far more versed in neuroscience then me.
A ramble about the identity crisis that Bucky is subjected to and how he may recover from a more neurological standpoint. Inspired by this post.
Codename: Winter Soldier… it appears his mind is seeking to fill in the holes of his memory, or possibly rebelling against the implanted programming he received originally.
one of my favorite character moments is when steve rogers says “the stars and stripes? arent they a little old fashioned?” because that line just crystalized for me that mcu steve isnt about america, he’s never been about america, he’s always been about ideals not nations, always been about actions, not symbols, always been about freedom, not patriotism. the stars and stripes from the very beginning are a joke—first they represent his status as performing monkey, then at the hydra facility, he turns the captain america into a literal punchline. and even bucky recognizes the farce of it when he says ‘let’s hear it for captain america!’ it’s not america that saved those men. america left those ment to rot. it’s steve who saved them—steve, who is fighting not for “his country” but for people of all counties.who’s fighting not against america’s enemy, but the enemy of all countries and all the ideals he stands for. he’s further self-deprecating about the persona of captain america when he asks bucky whether he’d follow cap into the jaws of death. and bucky very deliberately makes the distinction again—captain america? nah. steve? yes.
steve lives and dies in first avenger—for his code, not his country. his country just happens to be aligned with his principles, but i have no doubt that if they weren’t, steve would’ve found a way to volunteer for another country’s supersoldier experiment. that fighting for america isnt the imperative for him, but fighting for what’s right is.
and this doesnt change in winter’s soldier, either. what we see time and again is that the politics, the nationalism, the patriotism, all of that gums up the works—it clouds steve’s sense of purpose, becomes downright insidious. what is clear, and what is worth fighting for by the end, is something simple: freedom. it’s the word that is clear as a bell at the end of the film, when all else is dead (shield) or dying (the wsc) or messy beyond the telling of it (the government?????)
and yeah, freedom is often (erroneously) used as a synonym for america. americans are all about saying things like “freedom fries lol” or “where at least we know we’re free” (smh toby keith) but i think what’s great about the movies is they set steve up to be steve first and captain america second. so when we see steve exemplify fighting for freedom and righteousness and doing the hard thing way before he becomes captain america, we understand a little that these concepts arent exclusive to a country. they dont embody a country. theyre human ideals. because steve is a very human superhero.
in the end, i think the uniform has always been a symbol for others more than it has been for steve. i think steve wears it in winter soldier more as a way to remember who he was as a person when he first wore it rather than to connect with ~true blue american ideals~ and i think that while others look at the uniform and think “freedom” and “honor” and connect it to america, steve looks at the uniform and thinks “freedom” and “honor” and connects it to the men from many different countries whom he fought alongside. others look at the uniform and remember a country, steve looks at the uniform and remembers his self, his story.
and i can see steve being pragmatic about the need to give the american people a beacon to pin their hopes on, and that’s why he wore the uniform through war in the first place. and force of habit turned it into an identity now so he continues to go by that persona. but i dont think he’s the gung ho patriot who loves america so much he wears star spangled underwear, like everyone pretends he is. i think he’s a good man first and foremost, and an idealist next, and a brooklyn-bred boy third, and ~america’s champion last.