One of the things I love about the Wonder Woman movie is the ice cream scene.
Yes it’s a cute nod to the cartoon, but she actually ate the ice cream. I have watched countless women on TV and movies barely nibble or gently lick any food they were “eating”. Instead, Diana takes a huge bite off that frozen treat.
I get this is like the smallest thing but it just makes me so happy.
also the scene where cassian was out in the rain having an existential crisis over whether or not he could kill galen even though he had the perfect shot because he knew it was what he needed to do as a soldier but he had already started caring about jyn and in the end he chose to be a friend and a partner instead of the soldier when he spared galen for jyn’s sake
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! What a deliciously disgusting question.
Not my absolute favourites but I couldn’t answer this question without mentioning them: Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro, The Secret World of Arietty and When Marnie Was There.
But, my two favourites (I have to have two, kill me) are Howl’s Moving Castle and From Up On Poppy Hill.
I will try and put a lid on how much I could ramble about Howl’s because mother of god, do I love that film. But, Howl’s and Poppy Hill sum up everything I love about Ghibli movies. One is full of magic and demons and spells and fantasy and one is just a story about two people in the real world and they are both so wonderfully done that they’re both magic, whether they’re real world or not. And of course, they’re both about love, which could be said for every Ghibli movie really :)
*mutters more about Howls and Poppy Hill and the voice acting and fucking Christian Bale you have ruined any other male voice actor ever and Anton Yelchin and the animation and it’s so gorgeous and the FOOD AND THE LITTLE TOUCHES YOU COULD EASILY NOT NOTICE AND JESUS CHRIST*
- I am a little sad that it took $175 million to make the movie, and the box office only got $147.9 million, I thought it would have gotten more. I only spent six dollars to see the movie with my best friend.
-I adore this movie. It hits you in the feels, hardcore. It’s the best cars movie, yet! Only Rotten Tomatoes disagrees and rated it a 67%
-This is the awaited sequel of the first movie, I don’t even count the second Cars movie as part of the universe because it was horrible. This was all about Doc, Lightening, and Cruz. It was Beautiful.
-There are new and old characters introduced in the movie, there were flashbacks of Doc Hudson, I cried every-time. The music didn’t help either at that point. Speaking of the music, they’re was old and new best soundtrack since the first movie.
-The movie did a lot of focusing on the racing, I felt like my heart was going to burst open because it was such a relief to get back in the familiarity of the track race.
-Lightning’s crash. I wasn’t prepared for it, I sat on the edge of my seat, gripping the recliner handles. It was so intense and left me gasping because all he wanted was to do his best, to win the race and prove he’s not past his prime in life. Lightning spends more than four months recovering in Doc’s garage
- The scene in the garage, with the wall plastered with pictures of Lightning and Doc. “Racing wasn’t the best part of Hud’s life. You were.” *Cue the tears*
- Jackson Storm finally got taken down by Cruz and with one of Doc’s moves no less. It was awesome.
- Chick Hicks, Strip Weathers, Tex, Rusty and Dusty–all returned from the first film there wasn’t a lot of screen time for them but it was good enough for me.
-Sally got more screen time in this film then she did in the second. I am still curious on how kid cars are made.
–Cruz Ramirez is a happy, bubbly, positive person when you first meet her, and then when you get to know her more you see she has deep pain of regrets, and really wants to be a racer. It hit really hard for me personally because I know what it’s like to hide behind a mask of positive.
-Doc’s generation of cars was a nice touch I wish they had more screen time. Speaking of which every-time Doc Hudson made a appearance I cried He’s one of my favorite character in the franchise.
-Lightning’s character development from the first movie was very nice, you could tell that he wasn’t a hot-temper person anymore, that he has aged, gotten wiser, and actually takes advice from people. Which brings me to my next question how old is Lightening? Someone said thirty-years-old but I would think he’s a little bit older.
-How do cars actually die? I still want to know this, how old do they live for?
-The creepiest thing about this movie was Sterling having parts from Lightening’s races, like body parts in jars on the display, like please tell me you didn’t steal his body parts while he was sleeping.
-Lightening repainted himself to look like Doc. It was amazing.
OVERALL Cars 3 was worth seeing, it was what the Franchise needed to conclude the movies, if you haven’t watched the second one, I wouldn’t. Consider this movie the sequel to Cars. I really loved everything about this movie, I am satisfied with how everything fell into place, how the new generation and old generation can co-exist together, and come out with a HEA.
Okie so this is going to be a long post, just a heads-up. There may be unintentional spoilers, and if anything I’ve said is offensive I’m really sorry, the last thing I want to do is to offend anyone… But basically here is everything I loved about
this movie after seeing it yesterday.
- All the backstory was great! Things that didn’t make sense
in the original were explained, like how the village totally forgot about
this castle, and why the Beast had emotional issues, and the whole age thing
under the spell.
- Some minor characters got their own backstories and
personalities fleshed out - Cadenza the harpsichord and Madame Garderobe, Mrs
Potts’ husband, Cogsworth’s wife…
- Maurice was really well developed. He wasn’t just a
bumbling inventor, he was an artist, a genius, a caring father, and I really
loved the relationship between him and Belle. ‘How Does A Moment Last Forever’
was beautiful, it said so much in so little time; and getting some backstory
on Belle’s mother was also great.
- Philippe the horse has officially earned his awesomeness
ranking among the Maximuses and Samsons of Disney horsedom (I mean he already
had in the original, but having a real horse made it even better)
- Belle’s girl power vibe was great - the way she stood up
to Gaston, and how sassy her reprise was
- The librarian (he’s a librarian right? There were about four books but I guess it’s still a library…) - I won’t call him
“the black librarian” or anything, that’s like saying “the female politician” -
but I liked his character, how he defended Maurice, and that yes, he was a
person of colour, which was awesomesauce.
- Also in general the ethnic diversity in the movie was well
done, I thought. There were several mixed-race couples toward the end and everyone was chill with it, so I think that was great.
- Gaston’s character arc was excellent! I loved how he
wasn’t really evil at the beginning, just extremely narcissistic, but then
took a darker path later on…
- The enchantress got her own story too! No spoilers but she
was a cool character
- Belle and Adam bonding over books was beautiful - I loved
the Shakespeare references and the poetry, even if it was borderline cheesy at
- Adam’s reaction when Belle says her favourite play is
Romeo and Juliet - hahahahaha
- But then how he reads Guinevere and Lancelot in secret -
- Oh and Belle’s squeal when she sees the library - I would
so do the same…
- Dan Stevens’ acting rocked in general. Obviously I was
expecting that because Downton Abbey, but he really added new depth to the
- I’ll admit it, I thought Emma Watson was a bit overhyped as
an actress, but she was amazing. I was proven totally wrong and it was great.
- By the way, about Gaston’s Macbeth reference (“screw your courage to the sticking place”) - I know this was in the original, but does that mean he does read books upon occasion? Not the sappy romances, but the dark and gory ones?
- The new songs were great - the part with young Adam gave me goosebumps, as did, like, the whole of Evermore
- Also the Beast got really emo toward the end there, haha
- I was a bit sad that one of my favourite lines was cut - “Lefou, I’m afraid I’ve been thinking”, “a dangerous pastime -” “I know” - but it was okay.
- LEFOU!!! Okay, I’ve been building up to this, I could make an entire separate post about it so bear with me here. I was amongst those getting mad about an LGBT Disney character, for a whole bunch of reasons. The fact that his name literally means the Fool; that he’s your classic imbecilic sidekick; that he’s in love with a self-obsessed straight guy who does nothing but abuse him in return; that Disney is using him as some kind of marketing scheme and token “representation” (gee thanks Disney); that he’s pretty much just a joke, and that his sexuality is therefore made into a joke as well. But… I was proven really wrong about, like, all of this. Disclaimer, I’m not part of the LGBT community, so I realise I have no authority to speak on this… but I thought he was portrayed really well. He was so much more than just a stupid sidekick, so much more than the comic relief, so much MORE than the “token gay character”. He had real personality, his own values and character arc and everything… And the relationship between him and Gaston wasn’t really abusive, not at the beginning. They actually had a nice bond toward the start, Lefou wasn’t just some hopeless obedient guy following him around… And the best part was that when Gaston went from being narcissistic to being plain evil, Lefou had real integrity, he saw Gaston’s true colours and stepped right out of it. He stood up for what he believed in, and got his own happy ending. As for him being nothing more than a joke - I think it depends on the audience. People /could/ take him as just the comic relief, I heard plenty of people laughing at the beautiful moment where he dances with Stanley… But that was up to the viewer. Josh Gad acted him excellently, I thought. Lefou wasn’t a serious character - he was never meant to be - but the actor took the role seriously, so that if audiences looked past the humour, they could see the depth he’d added to him. Tl;dr - Josh Gad exceeded my expectations as Lefou and it was wonderful.
- Not only that, Lefou got some of the best lines in the movie - the part where he tries to spell Gaston but realises he’s illiterate; the part where he calms Gaston by reminding him of “happy things, like war, and widows”; and how he tells those girls fawning over Gaston “It’s not gonna happen, ladies” (we were all thinking it)
- Which reminds me - STANLEY!! My new favourite minor Disney character… His face when Lefou sings “whose team they’d prefer to be on” and doffs him on the head; the way he grins when Madame Garderobe dresses him in girls’ clothing; and of course the part where he and Lefou dance - how they stare into each other’s eyes… Aahhh I ship it
- The whole symbolism about being a beast was super deep
- Oh and Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay! I didn’t realise until the end, but I thought that was pretty cool.
Anyway, overall I loved this movie, it was amazing and beautiful, and really did justice to the original… I’d recommend very muchly if you haven’t already seen it! :D
Pairings: Eren/Mikasa &Levi/Hanji, Shingeki no Kyojin
Rating: T (Language)
Inspired By: Welcome to Jurassic Park, Theme from
Jurassic Park, A Tree For My Bed (Jurassic Park Soundtrack)
Notes: I have far too many favorite movies to
actually have one be all end all movie but Jurassic Park comes pretty close. It’s a movie I’ve loved
since I was seven years old and that will never change. I cried when I watched Jurassic
World in theatres because it was
everything I loved about the first movie. That was where this story came from
too! As I was walking into the theatre I was thinking about this prompt in
particular and thought it might work. And then I saw an image of Levi stuck in
the park with two terrified and slightly lovestruck teenagers like I didn’t
sign up for this but if you think they’re getting a scratch on them you’ve got
another thing coming. I couldn’t resist. I also had to bypass some of the
science stuff to make it less tedious to explain but I figure most everyone
knows how it works lol Also please forgive my dinosaur knowledge. I tried to be
as accurate as I could but I don’t have any access to scientific case reports,
just google ;-;
This was Hanji’s idea. Levi never wanted to step foot off
their site cause they had, you know, a lot of damn work to do but she just
wanted to go on some tropical vacation to an amusement park or wherever the
hell they were going. Of course, not even he was dumb enough to pass up the
grant that Dr. Jaeger promised when he showed up at the dig site for only one
price; Levi and Hanji had to come put a stamp of approval on a park.
Levi never cared for theme parks, especially any dinosaur
themed. They always catered to kids and spewed out false information to excite
people more. He was a scientist; he didn’t spend all those years in school to
entertain children who wanted pet a dinosaur or whatever.
This wasn’t any park though. There were real dinosaurs here.
Levi couldn’t believe his eyes when he stepped out of that
Jeep. He could hardly believe the way the ground shook, the way he heard their
calls in his ears. How could this actually be a thing? How could they be real?
How how how…
Even going through the labs, seeing the babies hatch, being
told this was rea, that Dr. Grisha
Jaeger and his scientists brought back dinosaurs, and seeing it with Levi’s own
eyes, he still couldn’t believe it. Hanji was much more apt to buy into
everything and ask a million questions at the labs that nearly made them miss
lunch. He dragged her away after that.
He was told it was DNA, he was told they were only girls to
be able to control population; he was told everything was safe. He was told him
and Hanji were here to make sure everything looked and felt as accurate as it
could. Levi couldn’t lie, it did look and feel so real that he wasn’t sure what
to believe but the scientifically sound facts laid out in front of him.
OKAY SO i was reading up on my fave and I came across something that is a gem and has defined everything I love about the movie and that crushes all the hate it gets from people about the nature of the film!!!
So the director of the 2004 Phantom, J. Schumacher, described his take on the movie thusly:
“In the past, the Phantom was always a ghoul and Christine was always a damsel in distress… I really wanted the Phantom to be more sexy, and Christine to be more formidable“
THIS IS EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT EMMY ROSSUM AND HER CHRISTINE !?!?!?! and i couldn’t quite put my finger on it!!!
SHE IS POWERFUL.
Erik serves like a “jereth-esque” figure in 2004. He’s sexed up, but he’s still the same murderous character — perhaps more sympathetic than some stagings, but ultimately not one that pales in comparison to the violence of other Phantoms.
ERIK IS THE TEMPTATION that christine wrestles with throughout the movie LIKE BOI in the mirror scene/motn, and every time he calls to her (wandering child, the approach during masquerade) he tempts her. he is this godlike figure of everything she wanted, her angel but now he’s this man and he’s alluring even though he’s ugly and her view has been darkened by his deeds.
ALSO let’s not forget how R/C 2004 is. It may be sexed up with the E/C dynamic in many regards, but the R/C dynamic is real and stays true to the end (christine ACTUALLY MOUTHS “i love you” to raoul before “pitiful creature of darkness…” and she kisses erik — (gif cred
which at first to me invalidated the meaning behind the kiss when I realized it — the way she smiles up at him afterwards was at first glance like “ ..you see? you don’t have to do this”
BUT ITS SO MUCH MORE
so first off ALL THROUGHOUT the story christine is not mindless. she is aware of erik’s hold over her (i hate when people say emmy’s christine is derpy i will fight them SHE IS AMAZING) but the thing iS shes ALLOWING HERSELF to fall for erik’s appeal *especially during wandering child*. He is her obstacle, and her character arc in final lair is when she overcomes him.
Also the way she sees him is damaged from the sensual contrast of MOTN when she tears away his mask. She realizes he isn’t this perfect impersonation but a man. A poor and broken one that isn’t what she thought. She flees from him and so the narrative goes on. Despite how alluring he might be, she sees who he is beneath and it isn’t this sexual impersonation of her desires or even JUST her sexual awakening.
during PONR she’s falling for what he’s doing while she knows its him all along *another brilliant aspect of the 2004 PONR is that she is AWARE from the beginning that it is the Phantom on stage with her this only adds to the meaning of the movie* and she rips off his mask ONLY WHEN he shows he isn’t being this “attractive’ entity but a man that really is seeking love, not desire. this wakes her up to remind her it’s ERIK she’s allowing to intoxicate her like this and so she tears it away, waking herself up from the dream and realizing once again who it is that is winning over her heart in this way.
and do you see erik’s reaction to seeing christine after “why so silent?” SHE HOLDS THE POWER and she slowly realizes it, it’s really him that is a her mercy because she really is a stunning, empowering character — and you don’t see this same dynamic apart from Emmy Rossum/Gerry.
AND OKAY SO MY FAVORITE is Down once more/final lair. Emmy and Gerry are both genius in this. It is erik that is pitied, ERIK that is in distress. EVERYONE says “emmy’s final lair is weak she’s just standing there” BUT NO??? FIRST OFF SHES BROKEN did you even hear how she sings or speaks her lines so powerfully? this only goes along with the idea that christine is formidable. she holds the power all along, and final lair /kissing erik and saving them is how she REALIZES IT. but the beautiful thing is that her christine has a silent power and a gorgeous character arc. she’s such a gentle, kind christine through the whole thing but when she gains her strength and shows erik that he isn’t alone, this is her moment of triumph.
these are really brilliant parallels. instead of christine being in distress and the phantom having power, in 2004 it’s really christine in her compassion and strength that she doesn’t even realize that holds the power over her demons (erik) all along. erik is the one that tempts her, not the other way around so much.
and this only makes the E/C pairing more beautiful as well? You really see Christine’s side to everything. She is the heroine.She SAVES HIM. she is compassionate and unselfish when she does so. This is the entire meaning of the 2004 movie and anyone who wants to keep saying “so and so can’t sing” can fight me because the meaning of the story is so much more important than the vocal prowess the casting — and for what’s its worth, Phantom 2004 is cast beautifully, in a way that is remembered as its own adaptation despite the hate.
I am 100%, complete and utter Labyrinth trash. If it’s related to this movie, there’s a good chance I either already own it, or I desperately want to.
If you want me to buy something, just slap the Labyrinth logo on it, and I will spend any amount on it. It’s a problem.
I love everything about this movie, from the empowering message of saving yourself to the puppetry and glitter. I love David Bowie’s portrayal of the Goblin King and the synth score. I’m pretty sure Jareth/Sarah was the first ship I jumped onto, decades ago.
This movie is cheesy, it’s campy, it’s ridiculous, and I adore it. 80′s fantasy is my jam, and this is the best of the best in my eyes.
I’m currently 100k deep in a fanfic that’s twelve years in the making, and I have no regrets.
The Wrong Guy (1997) I loved everything about this movie. Everything was so silly and yet 95% of the characters are played so straight that it just makes the comedic bits that much funnier. So good.
Get Out (2017) I admit that I read the synopsis before seeing it because it’s the only way I could survive a horror film. Though in hindsight, it really felt like more of a suspense or thriller. With that said, I loved every minute and it still scared the hell out of me.
The Love Witch (2016) What a fascinating movie. There’s an interesting dissection of romance, relationships, and gender underneath the 70s aesthetic but I can’t help but feel like I missed another 2 or 3 layers of the plot. I mean I think I liked it? Parts of it? All of it? I dunno but I’d definitely watch it again.
Riverdale (Episode 1.02 to 1.11) In watching this show I’ve learned that I don’t like romance while murders are being solved. Everything else about this show is perfect.
Crashing (Episode 1.01 to 1.02) If you listen to You Made it Weird then you’ll probably know the main beats of the show, but I don’t really think that’s a bad thing? I mean it’s not a documentary. Also I never knew just how uncomfortable comedians bombing made me feel.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (Complete) Amazing. It’s scarier than I expected and equally as abstract. It’s a tight read and I think the trade off to that was that I didn’t get a great sense of distance. There’s a lot of exploration but I would’ve loved if it allowed itself to go off and detail the setting a little more. I’ll definitely be rereading this.
Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard (Complete) In rereading this I finally got to pick up on the “clues” to some of the twists that this book is full of and it made for a super enjoyable experience. I really can’t stress enough how much I love this series and I hope Howard’s short stories featuring Cabal will get collected and printed someday.
Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd Stanton (Complete) I love this picture book/comic hybrid to bits. I think I would’ve gotten into D&D waaaaaaay sooner had this been on my bookshelf as a kid. There’s treasure, monsters, fetch quests, and everything else my 11 year old (and 30 year old) mind adores. Plus it’s beautiful as hell.
Plastic Beach by Gorillaz (2010) I somehow skipped this album back when it was released but with Humanz now out, I figured I’d go back and hot damn is it great! I’m glad I waited cause I don’t think 2010 me would’ve appreciated this.
Homecoming (Podcast) Such a great radio drama! It’s a tight 6 eps and has a super great cast so go listen to it. There’s a little mystery, a little humour, and just a whole lot of great aural storytelling.
S*Town (Podcast) This is a podcast of zigs and zags. It kinda meanders and has a wrap up that’s similar to season 1 of Serial, but I guess that’s just the way with real-life stories. Also I loved it.
Sushi Go! (Gamewright) This was so much fun! It was super easy to pick up and it’s the sort of game that can scale with the players’ strategic skills. Plus I just found a version for up to 8 players!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) Amazing. With a little help from an online map I’ve found all of the shrines (just locations, not how to complete them) and even so I’m STILL discovering new stuff. I didn’t love the final boss design (or those motion-control puzzles) but they’re mere blips compared to all of the great things about the game.
Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Wizards of the Coast) It’s been a while since we’ve continued our recon mission but this week saw our group’s first player death! It was dramatic and has really fractured the party so I’m not sure what the future holds.
Dungeons & Dragons Homebrew Campaign (Wizards of the Coast) The party is still dealing with a zombie hoard that seems to roam the city streets at night and soon they’ll discover the source!
And that’s it! As always, I’d love to get your recommendations for stuff to read, listen to, and watch!