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Studio Ghibli Sentence Meme
  • “Now I have something I want to protect. It’s you.”
  • “I’m not afraid to die!”
  • “You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you so choose.”
  • “They say that the best blaze brightest when circumstances are at their worst.”
  • “Fear and anger only make it grow faster.”
  • “I think I can handle it.”
  • “Here’s another curse for you - may all your bacon burn.”
  • “Don’t worry! Stay right where you are, I’m coming to get you! You’re gonna be fine, I won’t let him hurt you.”
  • “I need something of yours. How ‘bout your eyes?”
  • “We gotta get out of here! We’re gonna get in trouble!”
  • “You, you sabotaged me! Look! Look at what you’ve done to my hair! Look!”
  • “No more killing. It has to stop!”
  • “You sound ghastly, like some 90-year-old woman.”
  • “Guys, don’t take that food! We’re gonna get in trouble!”
  • “Fight ‘em! C’mon!”
  • “Smile so we can make a good impression.”
  • “We each need to find our own inspiration. Sometimes it’s not easy”
  • “I finally get a bouquet and it’s a goodbye present. That’s depressing.”
  • “Life is suffering. It is hard. The world is cursed. But still, you find reasons to keep living.”
  • “Sorry, it looks like you’re involved.”
  • “Oh, my baby! Are you all right? Are you emotionally traumatized?”
  • “Now I’m trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it.”
  • “Leave before it gets dark.”
  • “Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.”
  • “Cut off a wolf’s head and it still has the power to bite.”
  • “It’s all so familiar yet I know I’ve never been here before. I feel so at home.”
  • “Now I’m trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it.”
  • “I suggest you surrender. There is no ship coming to rescue you.”
  • “I had no idea that my rage could drive me to kill.”
  • “These days, there are angry ghosts all around us - dead from wars, sickness, starvation - and nobody cares.” 
  • “A heart’s a heavy burden.”
  • “Please! You must stop!”
  • “Well, well, well… hello kitty.”
    “You can’t be busy - you’re five!”
  • “So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.”
  • “ I have really had enough of your incredible stupidity.”
  • “Lamebrain! They made an escape! Now step on it!”
  • “I didn’t want them to kill you.”
  • “It’s fun to move to a new place. It’s an adventure.”
  • “Welcome the rich man, he’s hard for you to miss. His butt keeps getting bigger, so there’s plenty there to kiss!”
  • “You shouldn’t be here! Get out!”
  • “He said Mom was ugly, now go get him!”
  • “Kill him and you’ll be famous.”
  • “I’ve seen him do this once before when a girl dumped him.”
  • “S/He’s alive. There goes that dream.”
  • “That was the night I died.”
  • “I’d rather be a pig than a fascist.”
  • “You don’t remember your name?”
  • “Don’t be afraid, I just want to help you.”
  • “Poor kids. I’ll really miss them.”
  • “I don’t fight for honor. I fight for a paycheck.”
  • “ No, No, No! Don’t do this! Help! Help! Crazy lady with the shovel!”
  • “She was once quite beautiful, so I decided to pursue her, then I realized she wasn’t, so then, as usual, I ran away.”
  • “You’re in love. Don’t deny it, you’ve been sighing all day”
  • “She never woke up again.”
  • “You blubber heads! I’m not runnin’ a luxury cruise! Now get to work!”
  • “Why does everything that’s good for you have to taste so bad?”
  • “Whatever you don’t want me to clean, better hide it now!”
  • “This is our little secret. You tell anyone and I’ll rip your mouth off.”
  • “I give up. I see no point in living if I can’t be beautiful.”
  • “If I lose my magic, that means I’ve lost absolutely everything.”
  • “ It’s… you’re scaring me. I have this weird feeling you’re going to leave. ”
  • “There’s a demon inside you.”
  • “Don’t get alarmed but I’m being followed. Act normal.”
  • “Don’t worry, I’ve got four-wheel drive.”
  • “This is what hatred looks like! This is what it does when it catches hold of you! It’s eating me alive, and very soon it will kill me!”
  • “Smooth. Very smooth. You definitely know how to make a good first impression.”
  • “Everyone fears their own mortality.”
  • “Play with me or I’ll break your arm!”
  • “I gotta get out of this place. Someday I’m getting on that train.”
  • “Wait give us a minute! This is clearly harassment.”
  • “Why do fireflies have to die so soon?”
  • “There you are, sweetheart. Sorry I’m late. I was looking everywhere for you.” 
  • “When you’re going to kill a god, let someone else do your dirty work.”
  • “Why did you stop me from killing her?”
  • “When I saw you, I just wanted to find a way to protect you.” 
  • “One thing you can always count on is that hearts change.”
  • “Tell me while you’re still alive!”
  • “This is a tomb for the both of us.”
  • “If nobody comes in, I’m gonna have to eat pancakes forever and be fat, fat, fat! And what am I supposed to do about that?”
  • “Even if you were a woman, you’d still be an idiot!”
  • “What do you say we give 'em a little demonstration of how fast we can run, huh?”
  • “HAM!”

anonymous asked:

i was wondering why hotaru is a firefly? it's adorable hehe

Why is he a firefly? Read on, dearest anon. I hope this answers your question! Much love. 💕

  • [Kirigakure Hotaru x MC] 

There had been a day, about a month after she had turned three and twenty, when she realised she was in love. Initially, this had fazed her less than she would have imagined, in part because she had always considered herself a little in love with him to begin with; she had always felt a sort of low-key hum of attraction for him, the way she felt every time his sleeve brushed a little too close to her skin.

Lately, however, it was beginning to worry her. They had been huddled together slaying menacing vegetables, and although he hadn’t said a word the entire time, he had broken the thread of silence with his loud eyes the second they whipped around to her, hands brandishing his potatoes in a show of gesticulated pride. Never mind that they had been whittled down to the size of a plum, or that one had resembled the curves and dips of a lover’s body. It only mattered that he had blazed as bright as the summer sun in that moment – so unlike their first meeting, when all she could see around him was a cry through swirling shadows – that she had almost leaned over and kissed him.

She stopped herself, and the moment passed. But since then, she had been revisited by that impulse again: twice, three times, four times. And every time it would wrap her up in warmth and make her gut ache.

Today was no different. Yet this time he had done nothing, and she everything; she barrelled through the thread of silence and reached beneath his sleeve to grasp at his wrist. He had jerked back forcefully, then surged forward so suddenly she had to hold him back with hands clutched at his chest. “No,” she said, and he stilled, staring at her with fire in his eyes, as she ran fingertips over his quivering eyebrows, then down his nose, and across the meadows of his cheeks, which huffed in tandom to the rhythm of the dance she skipped along his face.

She knew he found it a comforting gesture: it was adoring, without being the least bit sexual, and she saw how determined he was, how earnest he was being for her in staying put.

When she finally stopped he blinked a few times, then smiled, bashfully, and she was filled with affection for him: for how beautiful he was, for how sweet he was, for how easy it was to love him.

“Firefly,” she said, on a whim, and he had tilted his head in a live rendering of a question. “Your name. Hotaru.” Her mind buzzed back and forth with thoughts of him. “It means firefly.”

It shouldn’t have split his cheeks any wider, nor should it have sent her vision careening, but it did, his arms winding, crushing, so dazzling and full, she could feel him reach inside her heart and stitch a piece of himself to the edges, clearing away storm clouds she didn’t know had gathered until just then. Suddenly it became ridiculous, her timidity, her confusion, her dithering, all of it this past month— silly. She knew where she wanted to be.

She wanted to be home, and home was Hotaru.

She loved him, she realised, crinkled as she was in his arms. She was meant to be with him. She didn’t know what it would mean for them, but she knew she would be safe.

So she opened her mouth to tell him, on a day not too long after turning three and twenty— and as she did, the swirling shadows lifted, as all around them, the skies in their smiles filled with blinding light.

a beginner's guide: the jesus squad

band-god: wants to fight everything, lots of kids, married to orchestra god

orchestra-god: chill, mom friend, married to band god 

tuba–god: cool rich uncle, doing their best 

trumpet–god: usurped tuba god as the trumpet deity, mysterious, new

clarinet-jesus: mostly just fights donald trumpet???

clarinet-satan: the aforementioned’s sworn enemy 

saxophone-jesus: irl he’s clarinet-jesus’s boyfriend. he only posts when she tells him to

drumline-jesus: talks a lot, chaotic good, impossible to not love

flutejesus and the-flute-jesus: both angry and smol but not the same, sort of like the Weasley twins

viola-jesus: rebellious, bitter

trumpet-jesus: not around as much anymore but very good. pretends to be egotistical but is low-key a cinnamon bun

mezzo-satan: the first chorus pantheon member, probably a horseman of the apocalypse  

bagpipe-jesus: honestly i have no fuckin clue but their blog’s existence gives me joy, the epitome of chaotic neutral 

woodwind-goddess: our resident agender woodwind expert

grumpifyme  asked:

Hc: siren!danny being kind of iffy at first about sleeping inside a house and especially weirded out by sleeping without a light on, bc when he was in the sea, even then there was moonlight filtering in and in the darker parts he could usually find bioluminescent plankton or other tiny creatures that may not have even been discovered yet. And of course his glowing body/(fins?Scales?)

God this is so sweet. For awhile, he needs to sleep w a lamp on bc the darkness is so uncomfortable for him, hes not used to it. And maybe one day the lightbulbs blow out bc of course Arin forgot to replace them. But hes got this small little nightlight somewhere in the closet that he gives to Danny. 

“Its not the BEST solution but its something yanno?”

And that little light does the job better than any lamp hes ever had. It confuses Arin at first, bc the more light there is the better…right? Dan doesnt sleep on the bed anymore, hes always on the floor directly below the light. Sometimes hes lying against the wall, sometimes hes hanging off the bed upside down. But no matter what, hes always got this little night light in his peripheral. 

Dan tells him weeks later how much the surface world differs from the world below. 

“Its not anything crazy you know? just.. the creatures here are different. Everything seems so… muted and dull compared to the ones in the ocean.” 

“Sometimes, i sleep on the roof. But like, only on clear nights! Because the stars are really bright and so close to me. I feel like i could reach out and just grab them, Arin. Its not the same thing, but its the best ive got right now.”

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STOP asking for more Firefly

STAHP. There is no other way to start this.  I loved Firefly and even more I adored Serenity.  I took the day off school and saw every screening of Serenity that day.  By the end of opening weekend I had seen the film seven times.  Total I ended up seeing that film about 12 times in theaters.  Even more in life.  Firefly was the shit.  Firefly was that thing I couldn’t love more for so long.  

Firefly, as it turns out, has a lot of problems.  Especially if you are a hashtag woke person.  There are really great elements.  The actors live and breathe these characters and if they were to come back to them today those actors could likely embrace those rolls once again.  But like I said, there are a bunch of problems.  

Let’s go with the big one.  Firefly is a big universe about the idea of what if American and Chinese cultures merged.  If after all is said and done, the only cultures that survive moving out to space was American(Mostly white) and Chinese cultures.  So why is it that casual fans don’t know this.  Why is it that most people who know this only know it because someone told them, or because Joss mentioned it in the special features of Firefly’s original DVD set way back in 2003?  

It’s almost as if there is something missing.  Something Key.  Oh, I meant someone.  That someone being FUCKING CHINESE PEOPLE.  You don’t get to just call two characters who are white with white parents the last name Tam.  White Skin is not the mixture of other races.  

Actually, other than Book and Zoe, where are the other people of color?   This is a genuine problem because not only are all of the speaking roles in the show pretty much just white people, so are the background players.  It is really quite strange.  If it was just the core worlds, I’d maybe understand it because the Alliance would definitely support Eugenics, but it is quite the weird situation.  

If you didn’t realize that Book was the magical negro and that Zoe was a stereotypical violent Black Woman, time for you to go to your room and learn about looking at non-white characters in media works.  

I know that a lot of people Love Joss.  They love that he is this self-proclaimed feminist and he’s all about these great female characters.  But he doesn’t like to talk about race.  He doesn’t like to really talk about sexual orientation*.  He doesn’t really like to talk about Trans characters.  I’m not just talking about he as a person, but the works he produces.  And when he touches on any of these subjects, it’s the lightest of touches and it really isn’t a big exploration so much as the media equivalent of click bait.  

Again, look at Firefly.  That is a whole fuck ton of straight characters, and a Bi Sex worker.  Whose Bi-ness only comes up when they want a joke for a male character, and not development for Inara.  But, Inara is a great reason why I’m glad the show never kept going.  Fun Fact:  Joss originally wanted to do a story about a drug that Inara takes.  This drug would kill anyone that rapes the person who takes it.  They were going to have Inara kidnapped by Reavers and when she was found, they would all be dead because of this drug.  Yes, Joss wanted to have the Sex Worker in the future where Sex Workers are super respected gang raped.  He thought this was a progressive and edgey story.  Then again, he set up a future where Sex Workers are respected and everything is done to keep them out of danger, and has the “likable” main character Mal slut shame her at every chance, while he was totally willing to slut around with YoSaffBridge and Nandi.  Again “Progressive”.  

And isn’t it so progressive that they have white people pepper in Chinese into their dialogue only for most of that dialogue just to be nonsensical cursing?  Or very basic thank yous or calling someone sister.  So progressive.  

So everytime you ask for more Firefly you are asking for more of this shit.   Personally?  I want something knew that doesn’t have to live with that baggage.  If Joss really wants to make a scifi feminism show, he needs to learn about TransWomen and including more women of color as leads.  One is not good enough.  

With that said, one of my favorite fan theories is that Firefly, Blade Runner, Alien, and Predator all exist in the same amalgam universe.  


Just because I hate on the fandom and think the creator has a long way to go to get better, doesn’t mean I don’t still have some love for this very flawed work.  

anonymous asked:

What ARE your other fandoms? I've been dying to find out!! From checking *cough*stalking*cough* your blog everyday, I know that you like Harry Potter, and maybe also Miraculous. Anything else? (I'm also the same anon who asked for that Starset song list - Thanks a MILLION for that!!)

Oh boy. I have a lot of fandoms. Part of the problem is that right now I’m too deeply obsessed with Star Wars to much pay attention to the others, and I pretty much only follow Star Wars blogs, so anything I reblog from my other fandoms has to come through one of the Star Wars blogs I follow. And I’m not very (read: at all) active in most of these fandom communities.

Let’s see… I’m just going to start listing them as I think of them, so in no particular order: Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, (I’m about a season or so behind each of these), Castle (I just haven’t seen the finale episode), Danny Phantom (first got me into fanfiction), Firefly, Leverage, Gravity Falls, Miraculous Ladybug, Trollhunters. Lord of the Rings, Narnia, How To Train Your Dragon (also a fan of the “Rise of the Brave Frozen Tangled Dragons” crossover ridiculousness), Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel (it’s getting a bit overwhelming, so I’m not following updates and new releases very closely, though I believe I’ve seen all the movies except Deadpool, which I don’t plan to see, and the second Guardians of the Galaxy, because it just came out), Star Trek (original series and new reboot movies only), the Bourne movies, Disney. Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts. As far as books, I love The Name of the Wind, among many others, but that’s the biggest one right now. I’m also something of an anime fan, and I was big into the Black Butler fandom about a year ago, active on the forums and such. Ciel Phantomhive was my first cosplay.

Umm, that’s all I can think of off the top of my head right now. Like I said, I’m not very active in most of these, and I’m behind in a lot of TV shows that I used to watch. If I had to narrow this down to my biggest ones, or the ones that I have been most active in during the last few years, it would probably be Doctor Who, Supernatural, Danny Phantom, Gravity Falls, HTTYD (and crazy crossover), Miraculous Ladybug, Final Fantasy VII, and Black Butler.

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anonymous asked:

946. 'You and I will never / be a great love story. / That's ok! / Let's see what kind / of story we'll be. / (Oooh! Oooh! I hope it's science fiction!)' KibaxShikako

You and I will never be a great love story.
That’s okay!
Let’s see what kind of story we’ll be.
(Oooh! Oooh! I hope it’s science fiction!)

(Never Lookin’ To Come Back)

“Again?” Shikako says, stepping out from the shadowed cover of the ship, “You don’t get hazard pay for starting a fight with a bunch of civilians.”

Kiba’s hackles don’t quite rise–never against her, not after what they’ve been through–but he does scowl something fierce, “It’s my shore leave, cap'n, I can spend it how I want.”

Akamaru, the traitor, wags his tail at the sight of her, whining a plaintive request to stop this whole disaster in the making.

“And what are you doing bringing Akamaru?” she asks, crouching down to scrub at his ears, “They don’t serve ninken on this rock, and it’s not fair to make him clean up your mess when he can’t even have fun, too.”

Akamaru barks an agreement.

“Get on back inside,” she says to him, head jerking toward the gangway, “I’ll deal with this idiot.”

He goes, claws clacking against the metal of the ramp as he heads back inside the ship.

Shikako stands up, meeting Kiba’s eyes in a familiar way that almost makes him want to bare his throat, “I’m not here to lecture you.”

“Sure feels like it.”

She rolls her eyes, “Come on,” she says, walking away, the tails of her long brown coat flapping behind her, “let’s get drunk and fight some Rooters.”

There’s a difference between being a part of Konoha and being a Rooter: the first is like a pair of shoes, too tight and constantly chafing, blisters forming, and yet unable to take them off.

The second is a knife to the back.

They’re not the same, and of course the latter is far worse, but it’s terribly easy to stab someone if they can’t run away, isn’t it?

On the bucket of bolts that is their ship, there are the following:

Two “reformed” brown coats whose ferry and delivery service may or may not include smuggling contraband.

Two mercenaries for hire who have never so much as killed a single person between them and have accidentally inspired, on more than one occasion, cult followings about their heroic deeds.

One mechanic from a far off moon who swears that no matter how talented she is, the ship is going to crash without a replacement grav unit, she means it this time.

One Organization member who rents the starboard shuttle and might be a high class escort or possibly an assassin, the jury’s still out on that one.

One Teacher of the Will of Fire who knows a suspicious amount about the inner workings of Konoha and is far more connected than a man who has given up his last name should be.

And one ninken who is way too skilled at opening locked doors, that food’s not for you, damnit Akamaru, spit it out.

On a somewhat fairly routine smuggle and ferry, their number goes up by two.

The four core planets of Konoha were Aburame, Akimichi, Hyuuga, and Uchiha.

During the Uprooting, the planet of Uchiha was destroyed, the blame pinned on the rebellion.

Whether they believed it or not, the tragedy galvanized the other three core planets into putting their full power behind bringing a swift end to the war…

… and Root, the jingoist half of what remains of the Senju Administration, filled the gap of the fourth power in Konoha.

“Go get me some passengers,” Shikako commands, waving an imperious hand out towards the town they’ve landed near. It’d be more impressive if she weren’t curled over face down on the table, awkwardly trying to eat porridge without lifting her head.

Regardless, it’s not exactly a new or surprising sight, not after the years of being her XO and the year before that of being her lieutenant. Still funny as hell, but not unexpected.

“Aye, aye, cap'n,” Kiba shoots back, not moving from his seat whatsoever. Akamaru huffs a doggy laugh, nosing upward for some rehydrated meat substance.

“I have to get some parts,” TenTen says, ignoring their captain’s disgraceful posture and petulant groaning, “I think I can make do with the current rotator belt, but the grav unit won’t survive another atmo crossing, captain.”

Shikako grunts.

“And I’m running low on duct tape,” TenTen adds, which, apparently, makes the request of vital importance: the credits are dispensed immediately.

“Lee, go with her. Now everyone leave me alone, I’m trying to eat.”

Four hours later, Naruto returns with a small herd of passengers practically throwing money at him–thankfully, after Kiba already stowed the contraband away, otherwise that’d be a disaster–and Lee and TenTen return with a different grav unit, a crate of duct tape, and a suspiciously posh looking man with suspiciously large luggage looking for a quick and discrete way off the planet who is willing to pay five times the rate. Suspiciously.

“We need the money,” Shikako mutters.

“I’m not saying we don’t,” Kiba argues, “I’m just saying that we definitely don’t need the trouble that comes with it.”

“Oh, now you’re worried about trouble?” she asks, a sardonic eyebrow raised.

“This is a different kind of trouble,” he says, nose wrinkling, “I can smell it.”

“How bad can it be?”

The daughter of the chancellor of the planet Hyuuga is missing.

Kidnapped, all official reports say.

It is a very bad kind of trouble.


A/N: Presenting the brand new ‘verse, Never Lookin’ To Come Back, a FireflyxDoS fusion featuring a Kiba/Shikako relationship that can be romantic or platonic–it’s up to the readers to decide for themselves.

So… the ratio of Kiba/Shikako to worldbuilding perhaps wasn’t the highest it could have been, but I got carried away with trying to adapt the Firefly ‘verse into a fusion with DoS. Which I think is totally an acceptable excuse?

Anyway, what should I name the spaceship?

Number + Character/Ship + (optional) AU –> my ask box

[If anyone else wants to do a softer world prompt that isn’t on the list, you can just send the page id number for the original comic instead.]

Goal: Tag nine people you want to get to know better.

Tagged by @midgetgemlove :D

Relationship status: Single. Wanting to change. Somewhat lacking the required social skills.

Favorite color: Green, especially dark green.

Lipstick or chapstick: If I could, I’d never use either, but I live in far too arid a place to completely avoid chapstick.

Last song I listened to: “It Only Takes a Moment” - Michael Crawford who has the most amazing voice of anyone ever fight me on this (Hello, Dolly!)

Last movie I watched: I watched half of The Music Man with my coworker today, but the last movie I watched in full was The Dark Knight with my siblings.

Top three TV shows: Including anime? Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. And I really feel like Firefly should be in there, too, but there’s only three spots.

Top three favorite characters: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and Edward Elric tie for first, Tohru Honda and Samwise Gamgee tie for second, with Sokka and The Doctor in third. Cheating? What’ya mean, I’m cheating?

Top three ships: Semperance/B&B (Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan) from Bones, Karbie (Ken and Barbie) from Toy Story 3 don’t ask, I have no idea why, it’s ridiculous that I love them so much, and Ninepetals/Tenpetals (Rose Tyler and the Doctor) from Doctor Who.

Imma tag @bombanimals, @al-is-my-pal, @pamps-jedidragon, @the-fanaddict, @ruinsofxerxes, @httyd-espanol, @yv-sketches, @thehufflepuffshuffle, and @thepotatoreader! And, of course, anyone else who wants to!

anonymous asked:

If we were dating i would take you to small little hidden cafe's at twilight and buy you cute pink drinks like strawberry italian soda. Then i'd take you to the park where we could laugh freely as we catch fireflies and I could tell you how much you truly matter and that i would always be there for you.

that sounds rly cute!! 🌟

0-firefly-0  asked:

I want to see the reaction of the Фриск in a dramatic pose Asriel and Sansa ( sorry I'm not very good at English ;-; )

Ahh don’t worry we got you!

And you’ll need to wait for the finale of Chapter 1 to see Frisk’s reaction! We’ll post the last pages on Tuesday ~

As for Sans…who knows when he’ll show up c;


I laughed real good and with such joy at this. Best ref ever.. One of my favorite Cayde-6 lines now.
I hope you all know the reference!! (most of you at least?).

ask-cayde-6 Heeeey! You never said you were a fan.

Interactive UL Update!

I almost forgot to mention that next week’s update is going to be a tad bit different than most weeks n_n

If anyone has questions they would like Sans to ask Dr. Monaco (the firefly object head lady) concerning MKP and Aster, please send me an Ask starting with “Dr. Monaco,” then the rest of the question. 

Example: “Dr. Monaco, will Aster have to take any kind of medication?”

I will only be taking questions of this nature for the rest of today and all of Sunday. Your question just might show up in the next update!! :D

(for normal questions, i’ll be answering those later tonight or on Sunday so send ‘em if you got ‘em! n_n )

anonymous asked:

favourite film?

Oooh, that’s a hard one Anon,

I can’t say that I have a single favorite film, but I will give a few that have really impacted me.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - I was (and am) a nerd long before I knew I wanted to go into film. I remember being so captivated by these films and being able to see my favorite book characters come alive that I wanted to know everything about the films. I got the extended edition as a gift and proceeded to watch all 12 hours of behind the scenes twice. And that is when I knew I wanted to make movies.

On the Waterfront - this was one of the first movies I saw where the character hit me hard emotionally. Terry’s internal struggle was shown in such a way that I really felt what the character was going through. While other films have had this effect on me as well, this was the first.

The General - First, I relate to Buster Keaton on a spiritual level. As a kid (and sometimes still today) I was considered more “serious” than my peers and my lack of reactions led to my sister lovingly calling me a Vulcan (a nickname I pride myself on.) So you can imagine how great it was to see a comedian who actually made me laugh all while keeping a deadpan face. Out of all the silent kings of comedy, Keaton has always been my favorite to watch and The General is one of his finest films.

Chinatown - The best plot twist I have ever seen in film. Jack Nicholson is superb and I love me some detective stories, especially ones written this well.

F for Fake - I just recently saw this gem by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) and it was wonderful. Welles’ last film, a documentary in the loosest sense of the word, is humorous, intelligent, and very self-aware. It will most likely become one of my all-time favorites the more I re-watch it.

Honorable Mentions:
The Shining
The Third Man
Waltz With Bashir
Grave of the Fireflies

Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane. Now excuse me as I go re-watch all of these!