but it's still a feel good film

i’ve been waiting for In a Heartbeat for so long and!! it’s here!!

it’s very sweet, i love it so much from the style to the character design to the backgrounds….. hhhhh!!

i felt a giant pang in my heart as i watched it, Sherwin’s heart and its over-eagerness… but like. that’s what it feels like, yeah! it’s such a simple way of showing that, but god, is it a pretty accurate picture. i feel ya, Sherwin, i feel ya. the whole things a bit more bittersweet for me, but ITS STILL GOOD FOLKS

Old Friends [j.j]

Originally posted by alinok

Title: Old Friends
Fandom: Riverdale
Characters: Jughead Jones x reader, Archie Andrews, mentions of Betty Cooper, mentions of Veronica Lodge, mentions of Jason Blossom
Warnings: None
Word Count: 2,237
Requested: Yes, by anonymous.
Short Description: After an argument regarding all the time Jughead spends on his writing, you want nothing more than to go to your ex-best friend Archie for advice.
A/N: Thanks for your request! I’m glad you enjoy my other story and hope that you like this one too x

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[Y/N] = your first name
[Y/L/N] = your last name
[Y/F/M] = your favourite movie

The first time that Jughead brought his laptop to your Pop’s date, you didn’t object. Jughead was, in his own way, an artist. He had a visible impulse to create, which you could undoubtedly understand. So when the both of you ordered your food, you were okay with Jughead typing away on his laptop, humming in agreement every few minutes as you talked. It was evident that he wasn’t paying attention; that he was enticed by his own thoughts as he attempted to put them to paper. And that was tolerable.

But it had been a few weeks since Jason Blossom went missing at Sweetwater River on July 4th, and Jughead had yet to spend some real time with you. Everywhere he went, that laptop was beside him and he whipped it out whenever he could sit down.

“Hey Jug,” you instigated as you were both sitting in the projection booth of the Twilight Drive-In. It was your one year anniversary with Jughead and you had resolved that you were equipped to tell him that you were in love with him. Of course, it was somewhat noticeable to anybody who knew you that you were completely smitten with Jughead. But the both of you were still young and so saying those three words could theoretically alarm Jughead. So, you had picked out your loveliest dress and styled your hair in neat, loose waves for the special occasion, letting Betty and Veronica help you with your choices, and put your big girl attitude on. You could do this. But your confidence had completely wavered when you arrived at the drive-in, only to see Jughead already on that laptop of his. “Why don’t you pick another movie if you don’t like this one?” you suggested, as he had devoted the entire time writing instead of watching Y/F/M with you.

Jughead neglected to glance up from his screen as he replied. “No, this is fine.” You frowned at how nonchalant he was being. He clearly didn’t care at all that the occasion seemed special to you.

 “Fine,” you echoed inaudibly to yourself. “I’m glad that it’s… fine.” Of course, Jughead neglected to hear you mumbling to yourself so he just hummed in agreement before going back to typing, eyes narrowed at the laptop in front of him.

So, you sought to converge on the movie. Y/F/M was a film that could continually put you in a good mood, but it seemed that its charm had worn off, as your enthusiastic mood was reduced to ashes. You glanced down at the bucket of popcorn that had been utterly untouched between you and Jughead, hoping that it might interest you now, but the buttery goodness still didn’t feel very appetising. “Jughead, we really don’t have to watch a movie.” You tried, feeling terribly secluded despite how romantic and intimate the setting was. Your boyfriend said nothing, so you shifted your body to face him and placed your hand on his shoulder. 

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although if finnrose is canon.. I get it’s disappointing not to finally see gay rep or to get a payoff on finnrey but it would be good if people didn’t sling hate at it or write it off as “yet another het ship” bc there’s not a lot of representation for interracial relationships in big-budget films and especially not between two poc so Yea

Shrek

I watched all of the shrek movies recently. Memes are fucking immature so this is going to be kind of an uninfluenced review. I dont feel like the tim and eric or what have you style comedy where you pretend to like shrek a whole lot got into me when we were doing this as its a little dated. I decided to take the films at face value. What are they worth?

Shrek 1 - Shrek was written and created by some people who work on movies over at Dream works. Its still pretty good. The graphical quality holds up. Shrek doesnt appear in the movie but eddie murphy does make up well for the eerie silence brought about by the vanishment of each other cast member. Its so good that Will smith remembered every line of it in that other movie.

(Five tiny scream guys out of five) 

Shrek 2 - This one is still good but the DVD went to autoplay when I was microwaving popcorn and my gf made me make it go back to the root menu and the popcorn caught fire and we nearly died. The premise shows wear but the wit is still alive. The last great shrek story as simon cowell viciously tore Shrek to pieces with his fangs at the end. PS: The dvd (issued 2005) of this i have said on the back it was the “highest rated animation of all time”. Which isnt true because it gets one less tiny scream guy than the first one.

Shrek 3 - They made a whole movie but forgot to put any jokes in it. Eric idle is in it becuase john cleeses character died. Do u think they passed in the dreamworks corridor and looked awkwardly at one another? If the best your movie has to offer is referencing monty python and the holy grail then you have to do better because in the first place that movie isnt actually that funny. I loved it when i was 10 but the only jokes i can remember now are the knights of the round table song and the killer rabbit. Its better than this though.

Shrek 4 - what the hell. ok id seen the first three before in the past but this one was totally new. Reality gets erased and Shrek is unborn. A world of warcraft race struggle plays out on the screen. For some reason the graphics are worse. The acting is also worse. Everything is worse and yet i also kind of loved the mayhem of the writers deciding to create an alternate timeline where shreks insidious legacy is erased and where a cool battle happens instead. I dont know who in the office they got to voice the little man but it was scary.

Puss in boots - No this isnt a joke. This is a real movie that was in theaters. No one watched it until I did so this is actually the first review! A bunch of good animators were forced to waste their time making a movie based off a script generated by a neural network. This whole thing is a mess. In the first thirty minutes the only joke is puss in boots says “leche” instead of milk. The next hour will reveal that in every moment of puss in boots’ life he is being watched in the corner by an egg person, like a bad slenderman arg. The dartboard they use to pick fairy tale characters to be the villain must have broke halfway thru because who the hell is “kitty soft paws”? This movie genuinely may be an industry test to see if the audience will be satisfied with anything they put on the screen and I kind of love how callous it is. Its about a cat fighting an egg.

How the turtles are with their s/o on their last night together:

WARNING: NONE

Requested by: Anonymous 

Hey babe- I’m about to go on a super long trip and even thought I’m excited about it, I’m still a bit nervous every. How are the boys on the last night they spend with their s/o before they go away for a few months?

A/N Hi! Sorry it took so long to do, I hope you enjoyed/are still enjoying your trip! Also sorry everybody else for being inactive, I’m going to try and start writing more soon! x

Leonardo:

Leo wouldn’t say it, but he really wouldn’t want you to go. He knew it wouldn’t be for that long, and you’d be back before he knew it - or so his brothers kept saying - but he knew better. He knew every second would ache until you came back, and he wouldn’t want to tell you that because then you’d feel bad about leaving, but he really did hate the idea of saying goodbye. So when it came to the last night  you spent together, he’d be quiet and pretend to be happy, and he’d say ‘we can watch whatever you want darling’ when it came to picking the film and smile because he thought you couldn’t see past it, even though you could. But he’d still wrap his arms around you and not let go until the very last second before he had to watch you leave. Even when you slept, there was no physical way of untangling yourself from his embrace, which wouldn’t release for as long as possible. Because he knew how much he’d miss you when you were gone, and though he wouldn’t say it, he’d show it silently. 


Raphael:

I actually think it could go one of two ways with Raph. He’d either play it off cool and casual; make it special, but not special like it was a special occasion, just your average pizza and a film (maybe a cuddle or two if he’s in a good mood) but nothing dramatic, deep down though you’d be able to tell he was sad. You wouldn’t point it out, and he wouldn’t say it, but you’d know he didn’t want to let you go. Or there’s what we’d all expect from Raphael; he’d be angry. He’d pretend he wouldn’t miss you, pretend he’s ok with you leaving him and pretend he doesn’t feel like he’s being broken in two and half of him is being taken with you. And, being the angry turtle we all know him to be, he’d take it out on you - unintentionally. You’d ask if he was ok, because he’d be quieter than normal, and he’d snap at you, or shout. He wouldn’t mean to upset you, but he just feels so lost at the idea of you leaving him, even if it isn’t permanently, that he can’t help but be angry. You wouldn’t be mad, even if it was a bit harsh, because you don’t want to leave him either, so you’d just hug and cuddle a little longer before you have to leave.

Donatello:

Donnie would just be awkward. He’d bumble and babble his way through your conversations, afraid of letting on how much he’s going to miss you when you’re gone. He’d put loads of effort into your last night together because he wants it to be special, and he’s afraid that if it isn’t good enough you won’t love him anymore, which is silly obviously, but he’s insecure and just scared that he’s losing you. He knows that you won’t be gone forever, but it will feel like that without you around, and though you’ll keep in touch, it won’t still be the same. So he’ll get April and Casey to make dinner for you both, he’ll pick out your favourite film, he’ll light candles so that its all perfect, and he’ll keep you close to him all night until he has to say goodbye. 

Michelangelo:

Mikey would cry, you know he would. Not in a childish way, but in the way you’d expect your loved one to cry when saying goodbye. He wouldn’t do it in front of you, but as soon as you leave the lair the tears would start falling and they’d only stop when he wasn’t thinking too much throughout the days you weren’t around. On the last night you two spent together though, he’d be absolutely fine. Or at least that’s how he’d seem. He’d be joking around, playing video games and kicking ass as always - you’d order your favourite pizzas and fight over the last slices, and you’d wrestles while trying to snatch each other’s controllers from one another’s hands. It would be perfect and hilarious, but he wouldn’t let on that he was sad, not until you were gone. Because he didn’t want your last night together to be miserable, he wanted you to have a blast so you had a reason to come back. 

10

Ghost: I’m waiting for someone.
C: Who?
Ghost: I don’t remember.
- A Ghost Story

i finally have a “that sounds fake but okay” story of my own

illegal-lizard  asked:

i dont get how theyre doing such a bad job following the source, my biggest dissapointment is ryuk. why they gotta do this to the big theme representing bird man

I think a lot of it might have to do with how Death Note works within the context of the Japanese legal system and within the context of an anime/manga. The original story’s able to actually play around with morality and asks interesting and difficult questions- because it’s serialized, there’s time to build up these layered, complex characters and actually work to make them interesting. 

I’m not sure that that’s what the people who worked on the American one took away- so far it just kind of feels like they flipped through the original story and went “huh, murder by book, that’s kind of awesome.” Then they stuck it in Seattle and stripped it of its cultural context- they made it impossible to build interesting characters. There’s a lot of nuance that this adaptation just steamrolls over. Light’s first kill is pretty evident of this. “I don’t wanna” “you know you want to help her” “i don’t have a pen” “oh it’s a good thing you have a pen”

and just like that, bam, he’s done it. in as gory and messy a way as possible. It’s fairly uncomfortable because it feels more like… just a tone-deaf revenge fantasy, rather than the deluded self-justification of somebody who thinks he’s essentially a god. Eventually, he comes around to the idea of changing the world, but it still feels tacked on to that original idea of petty revenge. Maybe it’s just the acting, but it really seems like the film goes out of its way to avoid depth. I think Death Note (2017) is just… a really good example of why American filmmakers should think more about what they’re doing and why when they decide to adapt works popular in another country. You can’t just throw something up on the screen and expect it to stick without any thought behind why it was good in the first place!

It kind of reminds me of the Ghost in the Shell debacle- when American producers take these stories and try to reduce them to their core, what they miss is that there’s not really a singular core. Not all serial stories can be adapted into a less-than-two-hour movie. I feel at this point this is just a nail in the coffin of the whitewashing “debate.” People who are ok with it usually argue that these projects hire the best actor for the job/people who could act out the author’s vision- but can you really say that about projects that are so clumsily executed? There’s no vision here- the storytelling is so clunky that there’s no argument for these films’ existence. They’re not adding anything of value to the existing franchise mythos- they’re not reworking the story in an interesting way or coming at it from a new perspective. Death Note shouldn’t be boring, and yet… here we are. 

Watch This Show: LEGION

I think it is more than fair to say that we have reached peak superhero. The number of hours I have spent in the Marvel Cinematic, and Marvel Extended, and Marvel Television Universes makes me feel obligated to not miss an offering, lest all those previous hours spent been in vain. Netflix alone has overwhelmed my tv time with a seemingly endless parade of superhero shows (Jessica Jones is the best, I can skip Iron Fist right?). I refuse to engage with the DC universe because life is simply too short.  Ironic that it is FX, the network of John Landgraf (forewarner of ‘peak tv’) has opted to throw out another offering from the world of Marvel.

Full disclosure, I have not read any of the X-Men comics and my experience with the characters has purely been through the movies and a childhood friend who dressed as Wolverine for 6 Halloweens in a row. That being said, the X-Men have always been my favorites in the superhero world. While the X-Men themselves may fight for good, mutants in general are not inherently heroes (or villains). They are not super soldiers, or vigilante billionaires, but rather just people who were born differently and have to deal in a society that is consistently suspicious of those who are different (hmmm feels familiar…almost like…..a parable…or something…). The best parts of the movies for me were never the blockbuster action sequences, but rather the mutant characters who were living their lives as teachers, line cooks or petty criminals. The potential mundanity of a mutant’s life sparked my (and I’m sure countless others) imagination: what would it be like to have mutant powers? What would they be? How would I live my life with them? In case you were wondering, my power would be to kill people with my mind. It would cause a lot of problems for me.

Legion captures that imaginative spark perfectly with the outsider narrative of David Haller (played by my nemesis Dan Stevens), a young man who believes his telepathic powers are really a schizophrenic mental illness. Even his sneaking suspicions about his own abilities feel intertwined with a potential psychosis, leaving the audience, like Haller, unsure of what to believe. Yes, I know I could easily google what the extent of this character’s powers are, but seeing them uncovered is infinitely more delightful. Instead of surrendering fully to the hero narrative we share Haller’s doubts and hopes regarding the increasingly surreal situations in which he finds himself. He is not an untouchable god or immortal alien, and while he may be a mutant he still suffers from the fallibility of his humanity.  

Most superhero movies, despite the presence of a different white male lead (I said it), are intensely formulaic. Even Deadpool, the R-rated black sheep superhero movie, still followed the standard formula pretty faithfully. And while these movies are on a whole enjoyable, the Marvel films have begun to feel more like a Mad Libs fill in the blank rather than films with individual vision.

Legion, however, has taken that Mad Libs booklet, set it on fire, and scattered the ashes to the wind. Legion is superhero story that feels 100% original, it is able to stand alone on the strength of its artistic merit and would be just as good without the Marvel and X-Men labels on the tin.

To start with Legion looks INSANE. With Fargo, Noah Hawley showed us he could channel the unique style of the Coen brothers, but he is a far from a one trick pony. Imagine that Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch decided to raise a child together, and that child grew up to be Wes Anderson, and then armed with his father’s directorial ambition and passion for the color red, he directed Legion. That’s what Legion looks like. Haller inhabits a world of earth tones punctuated with fire alarm reds and sickly greens, Zissou crew members scurry around the foreground while ominous figures lurk in the shadows. It is a world of menace, imagination, and overwhelming beauty. It feels like Twin Peaks on LSD, like the Royal Tenenbaums trapped in  A Clockwork Orange. It is sublime.

Even though I will never forgive him (he knows what he did), Dan Stevens is magnetic as the titular character, and even his sometimes odd American accent lends to the delicious oddness of Haller. Now get away from me forever Dan Stevens. Rachel Keller (who is only 24!!! Don’t talk to me.) Is as radiant here as she was in season 2 of Fargo. Her sweet but doomed romance with Haller is the anchor in a world that is constantly tilting on its axis. Rounding out the pilot cast is Jean Smart (legend), Aubrey Plaza (possibly, actually, a mutant) and Hamish Linklater who I love in everything. I just love that guy! Don’t you??? He’s always good (do I have a crush on Hamish Linklater? Help).

Most importantly, Legion is FUN. It is not bogged down in self importance or the dreadful moral hemming and hawing that plagues so many comic book outings. For chrissakes, it has a Bollywood dance break that is as emotionally resonant as it is playfully irreverent.  Legion is a show that is both a visual existential escape while being inescapably tethered to our present reality through its allegorical content. It is the show that we need even though we may barely deserve it’s staggering beauty and sublime weirdness.  I will not be recapping Legion, because (a) I don’t want to sully my enjoyment of this fine television program with my opinions and (b) I am already covering a lot when no one pays me to write (yet..?). But you have all been put on notice to watch this gem.

Five out of five, ten out of ten, hearts, stars and horseshoes.

XO MD

PS. FX you can pay me in cash or check. I also accept Venmo.

Wonder Woman isn’t a movie without flaws, but some of the criticisms I’ve read or heard from reviewers seem to be asking more from the movie, and it can only do so much as an origin story set in world war I. 

The movie absolutely needed more women of diverse ethnicities in speaking roles (which I hope they address in the second movie!) and Diana would gravitate to women’s groups, and be outraged about the injustice of the women at that time. 

I think the reviewers fail to consider how short a time the movie actually spanned, it’s what? three, four days? I would love to watch Diana be in support of the suffrage movement, but I don’t think Diana knows what it actually means. 

She’s laser-focused in her mission to kill Ares that almost everything falls off her radar. It’s only when Diana is confronted with the reality of war, the cost, and its horrors that Diana gets distracted to her laser-focused ‘kill Ares’ glasses. 

Crossing No Man’s Land and saving Veld was a side mission that helped define who Diana is, to herself and to people around her. 

Now, the interesting story for me happens post-war. After Belgium, when Diana returns to England with the remaining members of the Blackhawks, after all the post-war celebrations, and things finally settle down. 

Diana would still be fresh from her choice to believe in humanity but then the real tests come with the rampant misogyny, racism, and classism of its time period. This is when Etta would introduce the suffragette movement to Diana, she will be a fierce advocate for suffragette movement, against all the injustices that she was blind to because of her laser focus. 

I feel her connections to Etta, and Etta’s friends, the way she keeps in contact with Sameer, Charlie, and The Chief (Napi!) keeps her connected to the good of humankind. 

Epic Movie (Re)Watch #169 - X-Men: The Last Stand

Spoilers Below

Have I seen it before: Yes

Did I like it then: Not really.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: No.

Format: Blu-ray

0) Forewarning, I get a little more frank about my distaste for this film than I expected. So if you like this film and are tired of the criticisms about it, feel free to scroll past.

1) So this film had a troubled start. Fox took a while to pull the trigger and when they did Bryan Singer had signed on to direct Superman Returns which he now claims to regret. They hired Matthew Vaughn to direct - and he even made some casting and conceptual progress - but he had to bow out after a family issue. Then they brought in Brett Ratner because the film was rushed into production and he had made a successful film in a rush for the studio with Rush Hour. This - in my opinion - leads to a lot of the issues the film has.

2) This film does not open with the monologue which has opened both previous X-Men films, instead getting straight into a prologue involving Erik and Charles in 1986 visiting a young Jean Grey.

This is probably one of the earliest in depth uses of the CGI facelift technology which Hollywood seems to be all the rage about these days. It’s weird, I’m glad it doesn’t last long.

3) So in 1986 Charles can walk…but in X-Men: First Class he couldn’t walk because of Erik. Then in X-Men: Days of Future Past (before Wolverine altered the timeline) it was established he CAN walk at the expense of his powers. I can head canon a remedy for why Charles and Erik are working together despite being strained, but this is a great example of how continuity in the X-Men films kinda goes to crap after a while. 

4) Not only do we get a Stan Lee cameo, but also a Chris Claremont cameo (Chris Claremont being one of the most quintessential X-Men comics writers).

(Claremont is the guy with the lawnmower, Stan Lee with the water hose.)

5) The intro scene with young Warren Worthington/Angel tearing off his wings is very much inline with the dark tone that the previous films had. Too bad nothing really comes of it.

6) The Danger Room.

Originally posted by xmendaily

Honestly this is one of the strongest elements of the film right here. We actually get to see the team sorta work together (as well as the one time Rogue actually uses her powers in this film), Logan in teaching mode is fun, Colossus has his one line in the whole film, and it’s a fun two minutes (I’m guessing at the time) of screen time.

7) I started discussing this in my X2 recap, but Cyclops in this film literally does nothing.

Originally posted by groznyjgrad

There were a lot of “casualties” born from the rushed production, and James Marsden was one of them. Cyclops was the badass leader of the X-Men in the comics, with great relationships with Jean and Professor X. In this film? He mopes about Jean’s death, goes shoots up a lake with his eye beams, then dies off screen within the first twenty minutes. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt as bad if he’d had more to do in X2 but you can remedy his lack of screen time in X2 with the promise that he’ll get to do something in this film. But no. No he doesn’t.

8) Similarly, Rogue in this film gets to do absolutely nothing.

Originally posted by xmendaily

All she does is feel bad about her powers, get shoved into an awkward and underdeveloped love triangle between her, Iceman and Kitty Pryde, stand in line at a pharmacy, and have her powers removed. She doesn’t even get a fight scene! This is the end of the trilogy. This is what Rogue was supposed to be growing into all along, the badass heroine we know from the comics. And while the continued conflict with her powers and total frustration with them is a good concept, it does not stand well on its own. It needs more. ROGUE needs more.

9) Kelsey Grammer as Beast.

Originally posted by stydixa

According to IMDb, Grammer was cast when Matthew Vaughn was still directing. Which makes sense, because he is an absolutely fucking perfect fit for the character. In every way. Easily the best part of this film is Grammer as Beast. Like Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler in X2, you don’t feel like you’re watching an actor here. He perfectly represents not only the X-Man’s intellect but also his when needed ferocity. Unfortunately Beast gets a little lost in the mess of the film, but damn if Kelsey Grammer is not just totally phenomenal in the part (which makes the rest of the film’s mediocrity all the more disappointing).

10) The idea of a mutant ethics class taught by Professor Xavier is wonderful, and if explored a little more illustrates an inherent hypocrisy in the character. Professor X has not always been the stalwart in the comics that many believe him to be. He is flawed, often times superior and filled with hypocrisy. Saying one thing then doing another. This film gives us our best peak into that, teaching a class on mutant ethics before it being revealed that he - without consent - went into Jean’s mind and set up barricades. Making her afraid of her powers instead of teaching her to use them. Unfortunately this isn’t explored as in depth throughout the film as it could be.

11) One thing I really REALLY do not like about this film is Storm.

Originally posted by blackpantherstorm

According to IMDb:

Halle Berry had initially decided not to reprise her role as Storm for this film, citing lack of character development in the previous two installments, and a tense relationship with Bryan Singer. However, after Singer’s departure, and suffering a major box-office flop with Catwoman (2004), Berry agreed to return, on the condition that her role be expanded. Consequently, in this film, Storm replaces Cyclops and Professor Xavier as team leader of the X-Men (which is keeping with the comics, where for a time Storm served as team leader in Xavier’s absence).

In the film’s attempt to make Storm stronger, the filmmakers instead make her impatient, judgmental, superior, angry, and rash. None of these are traits I would use to describe Storm in the previous two installments nor in the comics or any other medium. It is a total disservice to the wise, patient, empathetic character we were introduced to in X-Men. The one who stood by the bedside of a man who hated her just so he wouldn’t be alone when he died. Trust me, there are plenty of moments in this recap where I am going to be calling out Storm’s characterization.

12) I believe when Bryan Singer was slated to come up, the film was going to exclusively concern itself with the Dark Phoenix Saga. Instead with his departure, Jean Grey’s return as the Dark Phoenix is reduced to a subplot to the mutant cure plot. And honestly? The mutant cure is wildly interesting. Taking inspiration from the first arc of the Joss Whedon penned Astonishing X-Men, I am consistently more interested in the plot with the cure than the Dark Phoenix plot in this film. I think both (especially Dark Phoenix) are put to a disservice by being paired together, and instead they should have been their own thing.

13) Did I mention how much I dislike Storm’s characterization in this film?

Storm [after Beast tells them about the cure]: “Who would want this cure? I mean what kind of coward would take it just to fit in?

Beast: “Not all of us can fit in so easily. You don’t shed on the furniture.”

First: this is remarkably judgmental of Storm, especially considering in X2 she offered Nightcrawler a safe place from the outside world. It just doesn’t make sense.

Second: GOOD ON YOU BEAST! Storm is being sort of ignorant in that statement. Her powers are practically invisible. But does she actually hear what Beast says? No. Because not two minutes later… 

(Screenshot taken of a GIF set who’s source is unknown [if this screenshot is of your GIFs, please let me know].)

There are so many things I want to say about this, but I think it’s said perfectly in these comments from @marxisforbros, @helioscentrifuge, and @kawaiite-mage:

This - more than anything else - perfectly represents my issues with storm in the film.

14) Even in what is by far the weakest of the first three X-Men films, Ian McKellen as Magneto is still wonderfully strong.

Magneto [after a mutant asks why he has no tattoos]: “I had a mark once my dear and let me assure you no needle shall touch my skin again.”

15) Added to the seemingly infinite list of things which are underdeveloped because this film is trying to do too much, Pyro’s return brings nothing to the film. He’s not developed, he’s not peeled back, his rivalry with Iceman is never fully explored, he’s just there out of obligation to the ending of X2. Which is - like a lot of this film - unfortunate.

16) Another item to add to the above mentioned list: Ben Foster as Angel.

Originally posted by comicbookfilms

Angel is one of the founding members of the X-Men in the comics along with Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, and Iceman. And in this film he just serves no purpose. At all. I think he’s here largely for fan service but I think we only get three distinct scenes with him which are: he runs away from his father for trying to cure him, he is seen at Xavier mansion looking for a safe place, and he goes to save his father. He never really interacts with anyone, we never really get to see him fight, or develop. He just is present in the film.

17) Okay, for the sake of time, here is everything that this film is trying to do: the cure storyline, the Dark Phoenix saga, introduce and develop Angel, continue Rogue’s struggle with her powers, introduce Kitty Pryde, continue Pyro and Iceman’s rivalry, continue Logan’s feelings for Jean, while also introducing iconic characters like the Juggernaut. And none of these things are done well. They are all desperately fighting for time and development and end up being underserved and under baked.

Vinnie Jones as the Juggernaut is particularly disappointing because he could’ve been a great Juggernaut but ends up being stupid comic relief instead.

18) Mystique deserved a better end to her story than get cured, get ditched by Magneto, and feed the feds dirt on Magneto. Again, this is a result of the rushed production as Rebecca Romijn had other scheduling conflicts.

Originally posted by lets-go-to-the-movies

19) Jean Grey’s Dark Phoenix is also not really developed well. We don’t really get a peek into what it felt like to be held back for all these years with invasive and nonconsensual psychic barriers. Instead she’s really fucking horny, does a lot of weird standing around, occasionally has a moment of clarity where she begs for death, and then goes back into being someone who just stares in the distance and doesn’t really talk. And she also aligns herself with Magneto for some reason.

Originally posted by diantos

20)

Xavier [after Jean wakes up and escapes]: “What have you done?…I warned you.”

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Logan…literally did nothing. He didn’t wake her up, he didn’t let her lose. She woke up, talked to him, and escaped on her own. And you’re fucking giving him crap? What the hell did you do buddy? You created this. You taught her to be afraid of her powers! Don’t give me this Jedi Council mentality that you were doing the right thing all along by teaching her to be afraid of herself. Okay I’m done.

21) When you agree with “death to all humans” Magneto you know there’s a problem.

Xavier [about Jean]: “She needs help, she’s not well.”

Magneto: “Funny, you sound just like her parents.”

Magneto: “You’ve always held her back.”

Xavier: “For her own good!”

22) This film also suffers from just boring fight choreography. Like the fight at the house is sorta dumb and lazily choreographed in my opinion. Storm flying in the air at the beginning is cool but then everyone else is just kinda…hitting each other.

23) Xavier’s death is remarkably sudden. Like, too sudden. We are left in shock, not in tears. We don’t really have the time to process it. Although seeing the school in morning over his death is done well, the actual effect it has on the audience is miniscule.

24) You know what else this film totally drops the ball on? Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde.

Originally posted by batwan

You know what hurts most? Ellen Page could be a freaking amazing Kitty Pryde and the fact the character is so lackluster in the film is not through any fault of her own. Kitty is one of the most badass fan favorite characters in the X-Men comics, but instead of using that to their advantage the filmmakers decide to thrust her into a half baked love triangle with Iceman and Rogue and only have her use her powers for a few minutes in an overstuffed fight scene at the very end. We never really get to know her as a character or analyze her relationships with the other teammates. But it’s Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde! That should be way more awesome than the filmmakers ended up making it.

25) Hey, remember how the relationship between Logan and Rogue was so freaking amazing in the first film? Yeah, this is all we get of it in this film.

Rogue [when Logan catches her leaving X Mansion]: “I want to be able to touch people, Logan. A hug. A handshake. A kiss.”

Logan: “I hope you’re not doing this for some boy. If wanna go, then go. Just be sure it’s what you want.”

[Rogue asks Logan if he shouldn’t be telling her to stay.]

Logan [warmly]: “I’m not your father, I’m your friend.”

Man, I really need to watch the Rogue Cut of Days of Future Past.

26) The most frustrating part of this film is that there are great moments and aspects to it. Jackman is still great as Wolverine, Kelsey Grammer as Beast, the idea of the cure. This line in particular has always stood out to me.

Magento [after Pyro he says he could’ve killed Xavier if he’d been asked]: “Charles Xavier did more for mutants than you’ll ever know. My single greatest regret is that he head to die for our dream to live.”

That line is remarkably powerful, for even though the pair are at incredible odds with each other they’re friends. They have respect, they both want a similar goal (for mutants to be free form oppression) they just are going about it differently. I love that line.

27) Hey, remember how I said I really dislike Storm in this film?

Storm [after Jean killed the professor]: “She’s gone Logan, she’s not coming back.”

Storm: “She made her choice, now it’s time we make ours.”

(GIF originally posted by @kulo-ren)

Okay, first of all: isn’t Jean supposed to be like one of your best friends in the world? Weren’t you Xavier’s first students together? You wash your hands of her pretty freaking quickly and get REAL comfortable with that REAL fast. And then second: the hell do you mean she made her choice? SHE MADE NO CHOICE! This is the result of Professor X screwing around with her mind to the point where she can’t control her own damn powers! Like hell this is a choice! God, I hate what they did to Storm in this film.

28) Wait, is that…that’s R. Lee Ermey. The voice of a sergeant as the military prepares to go fight the brotherhood, that’s R. Lee Ermey!

Originally posted by punishingtheguilty

Huh.

29)

Kitty: “There’s only six of us, Logan.”

Yeah, because Rogue doesn’t get to do anything, you killed off Cyclops, Angel is also barely there, you don’t really get developed as a character, and Colossus already had his one line for the film.

30) I think this is the last time I’ll say this, but I really hate what they did to Storm in this film.

Storm [to Logan, about Jean]: “But are you ready to do what you need to do when the time comes?”

Originally posted by avriltenorious

Except for that weird line about what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning in X-Men, when has Storm ever gone into battle expecting to murder someone? What part of Xavier’s teachings or his memory would make her think that being EAGER to kill Jean is fucking okay? I just…ugh. Moving on.

31) One of the best parts of this film is the scene where Magneto moves the Golden Gate Bridge so it drops them all off on Alcatraz. It is an incredibly powerful and memorable visual and one of the standout aspects of the film.

32) So Magneto moves the Golden Gate Bridge, gets to Alcatraz (where the cure is being held), and sets his army of mutants lose before saying…

Magneto: “In chess the pawns go first.”

Originally posted by arthandlin

For one thing, Magneto is all into mutant brotherhood and everything. He has never once shown to think that one mutant’s right to live free was more important than the others, so why are these guys suddenly pawns. Secondly, and I don’t know how clear I can make this…

You have the freaking Dark Phoenix on your side, the most powerful mutant ever with no limits to her powers. AND SHE’S JUST GOING TO STAND THERE UNTIL THE BATTLE IS OVER!?!?

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33) In the climactic battle, the X-Men don’t really fight like a team. At all. They’re sorta each doing their own thing while standing next to each other. It’s…boring.

34) Okay, this line is probably very stupid but I love it.

According to IMDb:

Cain Marko’s line “Don’t you know who I am? I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!” was inspired by a popular web parody film that made use of scenes from X-Men (1992). Throughout the parody , the Juggernaut character repeatedly says, “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!” According to the Wikipedia, Brett Ratner even has a link to this parody on his own website.

35) I will say, even though this film has its problems, the way they defeat Magneto at the end (by distracting him with Wolverine) is very smart I think.

36) I have nothing to say about Phoenix’s demise that I haven’t said before. Underdeveloped, sorta doesn’t make sense, all that jazz.

37) So Rogue decided to get the mutant “cure” after all. And when she talks to Bobby about it…

Bobby: “This isn’t what I wanted.”

Rogue: “I know, it’s what I wanted.”

While I admire the idea for Rogue to take this decision in her own hands, I get the feeling the filmmakers were very noncommittal on this idea. They shot an alternate scene where Rogue tells Bobby she DIDN’T get the cure, meaning they didn’t really know which one fit the story better so they don’t invest in either idea. Also - and I said this earlier - Rogue didn’t do anything during the entire film.

38) The final glimpse of Magneto playing chess is actually a pretty nice way to end the film. It drives home how he has no one - not even Charles - while also setting up things to come. But…wouldn’t he still be under arrest? He’s still a terrorist, powers or not.


This film is an underdeveloped mess in my opinion. While there are still strong performances and worthwhile additions (notable Kelsey Grammer and the Golden Gate Bridge scene), there are characters who are just pretty much forgotten and the fact it’s trying to do too much means nothing is done particularly well. If you liked X2 you should watch it just to get some sort of closure after that film, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll enjoy it. It’s just…eh, in my opinion. I do not enjoy it.

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La Belle et la Bête (2014) - Official French Trailer 


At present the film is still available to watch on Netflix (with handy English subtitles, not a dub!), if anyone’s interested… ❤

mathisthedumbass  asked:

What's been your favorite moment of 2017 so far ?

thats… thats actually really hard to answer cause, and not to be like rubbing it in peoples faces, its been a pretty good start of a year, getting to meet up with a lot of cool people that I never thought would be possible, finishing my thesis film, just a lot of really cool things.

But to be honest though, and I feel like this is going to sound so obvious, but meeting Robin is definitely my favorite moment so far.  I MEAN I GUESS… ;D (yeah it is ok shutup)

no but yeah, the year is still young and there are going to be more moments that are gonna be awesome that I’m looking forward to this year c:

anonymous asked:

Do you think that flashbacks are a good canon option? For example, if they made Destiel canon but had explicitly showed their love developing so when it happened ppl would not be surprised. I think that if it happened at the moment if it ppl wouldn't get/like it. So what if in the finale they did some flashbacks for the ga notice what was going on, do you think it'd be a good idea (if they did it in a good way)? I think it'd be good to end this already but maybe some would say it was fanservice?

Hmm… to be honest no, I think it would be messy and also, unless they filmed different bits that we haven’t seen that are more obvious in advance it would all still be subtext you know? So its not like the casual viewer hasn’t seen this stuff, they just didn’t compute it if they don’t see it. 

I feel like what is happening now, since mid season 11 but especially since season 12 is that the show runner and writers are actively trying to make the subtext more obvious to viewers in order to make it less jarring when it does happen, and it is working. Casual viewers are picking up on things, I mean we are seeing people on here and twitter saying ‘i didn’t see it before but man, I do now’. The mixtape, the ‘i love you’, the crazy way Cas keeps sacrificing himself for Dean and making it pretty clear its for DEAN, the way Dean did it in return in 12x10, blimey, SAMS REACTION is one of the biggest ones that we always talked about before and now it is BLATANT…

I feel like this is more the way that they will go, that they will just continue to make this more obvious and I like that, I like that they are just taking what was already there and building on it, exactly like a real relationship of this type would work out.

What they are doing is taking past subtext and actually using it by making the same themes more blatant and that is a call back in a similar fashion to a flash back, by making people think back to a previous time and think ‘oh, that reminds me of that’ e.g.. How the mixtape was Led Zeppelin and we know that A. John seduced Mary with Zepp, B. Jo said guys always try to pick her up with Zepp.

I’ve said that season 12 seems to me to be a season where we will look back from the finale on the rest of the season with hindsight and I think regarding Destiel and performing!Dean in particular this will be the case for the whole series for those who didn’t see it coming.

anonymous asked:

This isn't a confession sorry but i really want to start watching digimon from the beginning but idk whats the order of the show/movies? Does anyone have like a list, it'd be much appreciated. Thank you!

Well I think the best place to start is watching the series “digimon adventure” there’s also a pilot movie that takes place before that but I think it’s better to watch the series first. After that there’s digimon adventure 02. between them is the short movie “ Our War Game! “ I guess it’s fine to watch it before 02. Then there’s “ Digimon Hurricane Touchdown / Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals “ which takes place late into 02, i would suggest to watch it after finishing the second season. After 02 there’s another movie called revenge of diaboromon, it’s like a second part of “our war game!”
There’s a small special called  “ Digimon Grandprix! “ But I don’t recall it having anything to do with the plot, watch it last, if you watch it at all (it’s fun).
There’s also  Digimon adventure tri now, still on-going.
That’s about it for the original continuity.
Digimon tamers is a separate story/universe, so you could watch it even before adventure but I think you shouldn’t as it references the original series a little bit.
Battle of adventurers takes place late in digimon tamers so you should probably watch it after finishing tamers, after the end of the series, there’s also another movie “runaway locomon” (runaway digimon express in japanese).
Then we have another series set in its own universe: digimon frontier
In it there’s only one movie called “island of lost digimon” (or revival of the ancient digimon, in japanese) takes place somewhere between the anime.
After it came another digimon series which has its own universe: digimon data squad/digimon savers (jp). This also has only one movie called “Ultimate Power! Activate burst mode!!” It is considered non-canon.
There’s also a small ova  “ The Digital World in Imminent Danger!”  i say watch them both after the anime.
Then we have digimon fusion/x-ros wars (jp) an anime divided in 3 story arcs.
There’s a digimon film that’s not related with any series:  Digital Monster X-Evolution

Currently running is also “ Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters “ who belongs in its own universe too, and is a bit different than previews series, still as good though.
I hope this list isn’t too confusing and I didn’t get anything wrong, feel free to correct any mistakes!

Brown Sugar (USA, 2002)

Predictions: Well, we had to look this movie up because it was a replacement/suggestion movie, so Kat remembered the plot and could not make a prediction. Alex, happily, had totally forgotten, so she predicted that this movie was about two rival pastry chefs who fall in love despite their competing businesses.

Plot: Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan first discover their mutual love of hip-hop as children. Flash forward almost twenty years, and Sanaa Lathan is now the hip-hop reviewer for the LA Times, while Taye Diggs works at a big record label in New York. They are still best friends, and Sanaa Lathan is moving back to New York to be the editor-in-chief of a…hip-hop magazine?? (Note: we know nothing about hip-hop, so a lot of this movie was a little beyond us.) She’s also, on the side, apparently, writing a book about her love of “hip-hop” (read: Taye Diggs).

They reunite at a party, where Taye Diggs also decides to propose to his fancy lawyer girlfriend, whom he met like a hot second ago. Fancy Lawyer Girlfriend is beautiful, but Sanaa Lathan is like, idk, this seems like a bad idea, no reason, just normal friend feelings that I have. And Taye Diggs is like, WHAT? You’re totally mistaken! She’s perfect. So he marries her. But not before he and Sanaa Lathan accidentally make out, whoops. How might that accidentally happen, one wonders? Maybe because every time they hug it’s like, for an hour. Normal friend stuff.

Anyway, then Sanaa Lathan starts going out with a basketball player (who has hilarious aspirations of being a rapper, side note), and they get engaged, and Taye Diggs is not psyched, even though he is still married. Meanwhile, Taye Diggs – tired of being a sell-out – has quit his job to start his own record label, a venture that Sanaa Lathan fully supports, but Fancy Lawyer Wife does not. But maybe this is partly because Taye Diggs did not consult Fancy Lawyer Wife in the slightest before quitting his job, and then after he did quit immediately ran off to talk to Sanaa Lathan about it, instead of his spouse. Also, maybe his wife supported the idea of him having, you know, any money ever. Whaaaaat.

Eventually, Taye Diggs catches Fancy Lawyer Wife cheating on him, so that marriage falls apart, and Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan do some normal friend stuff to cope with it. By which we mean, they have sex. Taye Diggs, who has always been into Sanaa Lathan, is like, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS HOW IT WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE!!!! But Sanaa Lathan is like, nope, jk, still marrying Basketball Player. They do not talk for a while, as you might imagine. But she ends up breaking off her engagement anyway, because Basketball Player is not as dumb as he seemed and knows she’s, like, just not that into him. Sanaa Lathan rushes to find Taye Diggs, but she unfortunately conveniently spots him sharing a moment with Fancy Lawyer Ex-Wife, so…that scuppers that.

Then one day, Sanaa Lathan publishes her book and is on the radio promoting it – coincidentally on the same radio program that Taye Diggs’s client Mos Def’s song is debuting on – and Taye Diggs hears her talking about her love of “hip-hop,” aka him. He calls in, and they confess their love for each other via the phone, while he rushes to the station in a cab. They make up (and out) (obv).

Best Scene: So, there was a whole subplot with Taye Diggs wanting to sign Mos Def and Mos Def being like, eh, pass; but then, after Taye Diggs quits the sell-out label, they become pals. Mos Def joins Taye Diggs at a New Year’s party at Queen Latifah’s (so many famous music people in this movie, you guys…!), and Basketball Player confesses to Mos Def that he harbors dreams of being a rapper. Would Mos Def be Basketball Player’s mentor???? Mos Def does not want to. Mos Def judges Basketball Player real hard. It’s funny.

Worst Scene: At the sell-out label, Taye Diggs was forced to work with a black/white duo that called themselves the “Hip-Hop Dalmatians.” Every time they appeared on screen, we were just like…no. Just no.

Best Line: “Oh, shit, we ain’t never gonna eat now.” – Mos Def, voicing what we, too, would feel, if we were at a party at Queen Latifah’s with wings and crab cakes, and suddenly total stranger Basketball Player was like, hey everyone, I’m gonna propose now, before dinner. NO. FOOD FIRST.

Worst Line: Ummmm. While Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan’s friendship was very charming, their declarations of romance often left something to be desired. Just…too cheesy. So hard to choose a line. So many of them were so cheesy. Also, everything said by the Hip-Hop Dalmatians was abominable.

Highlights of the Watching Experience: Well, tbh, it was just nice to watch a true romcom starring black people that was not horrible. While we might not really have been its target audience (see: total lack of hip-hop knowledge), we still appreciated sighting many of our pet romcom tropes in the wild: people pretending to be just friends when they’re clearly in love, people acting like a couple and then being shocked that other people perceive them that way, and our new fave, the super-long platonic hug.

How Many POC in the Film: Almost everyone, and good-looking ones, too. Hooray!

Alternate Scenes: Here’s the thing about romcoms. There’s always the good part of the romcom (the part with them hanging out together, denying their feelings) and the whatever part of the romcom (the part with their job subplot, or whatever). This movie was maybe a touch heavy on the latter, although we did greatly enjoy Mos Def. We also wished that there had been a little more “com” to go with the “rom” between Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. Perhaps a few more scenes with them charmingly bantering, rather than being so moody and troubled.

Was the Poster Better or Worse than the Film: Probably worse. The poster, while charmingly autumnal in its color scheme, raises some questions. Specifically, okay, at first you just think she’s hugging him from behind – how cute! Are they a couple? Are they friends? Look at Taye Diggs in his classy V-neck! But then, upon closer inspection…WHAT is Sanaa Lathan doing with her leg?? Wow, guys. This is some totally normal, platonic shit.

Score: 6.5 out of 10 platonic smooches. This movie disappointed us slightly, because the premise (two friends who are clearly in love, and everyone but them knows it) is one of our favorite tropes, but the execution was not as delightful as we might have hoped. It was…definitely a romcom, and yet some of the scenes had shades of romantic drama, which was weird. Occasionally it felt like Taye Diggs and Mos Def were starring in a romantic comedy, while Sanaa Lathan was auditioning for a moody indie film. Nonetheless, a solid score and a reasonably entertaining platonic makeout-fest.

Ranking: 20, out of the 80 movies we’ve seen so far. Not bad! While we were slightly bored at times, at least they actually got together, unlike in How to Be Single. (What garbage. Still mad.)

luminouserrata  asked:

Have you read A Monster Calls? It seems like an interesting book. Reminded me a little of your works.

I sure have! I even know there’s a film out based on the book (with the monster being voiced by Liam Neeson), but honestly the monster’s design in the film has been rather scaled down so not to be SUPER FRIGHTENING as A Monster Calls isn’t really a horror story - it’s about a son learning how to express his feelings about his terminally ill mother. (I still vastly prefer the monster in the book, though.)

But the illustrations in the book are really quite lovely, and I definitely think Jim Kay really created this lush and beautiful darkness in his pictures that I can’t help but be inspired by!

remember when my wildest fantasy for “canon eruri” was like...

levi for a split second instinctively protecting erwin when the more pro-humanity action would be something else, or erwin giving levi subtly special treatment… then yams just goes “lol, u of little faith”

and so we got a whole arc eruri doing this fucking molotov cocktail of emotions from screaming desperation, quiet tenderness, hope, despair, dramatic panels, immense sacrifice etc like what the fuck is this tragic star-crossed lovers shit??

so yeah imo eruri fucked me up extra hard bc despite knowing early that they had a ~CONNECTION~ the quality & intensity of it was so unexpected??? levi & erwin were both initially presented as these super serious military adults in a shounen manga so all i thought we’d get was solid Bonds of Men type stuff. you know what i mean like, if we got emotional moments they’d feel more comradely, not this…. painful month-long pining, sweet soft gazing, ~my personal feelings~ stuff???? wtf?????

not to say friendship between men can’t be tender/vulnerable/devoted without being gay or anything like that! but as a whole the eruris’ development/dynamic actually feels kinda familiar to me…?? as a romance…? even besides the umm history of the ackerbond, yam’s shit about levi’s type, or editor’s comments.

for example that “don’t fight, you’ll die” “but love i MUST go…. bc of Reasons” “fine i will support you but also feel Pain” is sorta…. THE cliche pre-war scene between husband and wife in the films my dad watches. stuff like that?? im not that good at analyzing stuff so its hard to articulate but it just really comes off as romantic.

idl what im saying anymore tldr eruri is gay look how far we’ve come my baby

Swiss Army Man

I will now non-stop praise the new film Swiss Army Man for approximately 1300 words.

Swiss Army Man is about a guy who befriends a corpse which talks to him, has magical powers and helps him survive in the wilderness. It’s a brilliant premise, an idea simple enough to be malleable but unique enough to draw attention. It’s the kind of idea that makes other would-be writers hate themselves for having not come up with it themselves. Or maybe that’s just a personal problem. The dialogue is witty and insightful in equal measure, containing lots of clever in-jokes, callbacks to other pop culture artifacts and sly references to the film itself (like the way the corpse playfully references the film’s title by calling himself the protagonist’s “multi-purpose tool guy”). As it was in The Nice Guys the jokes here can really catch you off guard. The punchlines are never predictable, and their off-kilter nature just makes them land harder most of the time. Overall, this is definitely one of the most original ideas I’ve seen in some time, as well as one of the best scripts I’ve come across this year.

The film revolves around two characters, the alive Hank (Paul Dano) and the dead Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). Both actors are perfectly cast, handling both the script’s comedic and more sentimental moments very effectively. Radcliffe, playing a half-reanimated corpse trying to remember what life was like, has the showier role, and he pulls it off with aplomb, but Dano is every bit as good as the slightly more conventional protagonist. On the surface the film is about the journey these characters undertake on their way back to civilization, but it’s really more about Hank coming to terms with his loneliness and social isolation. Dano sells his emotional transformation beautifully and Radcliffe excels as one of the more likable characters I’ve seen all year. This film would not have worked had the friendship between the characters not felt genuine, but Radcliffe and Dano play off each other so well and the scenes between them are so sweet and heartfelt that you never once doubt their motivations or feelings. These are certainly two of the best performances I’ve seen all year.

Swiss Army Man is the first feature of co-writers/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, or Daniels as they call themselves. It is incredibly self-assured for a debut, handling its many shifts in tone seamlessly and delivering a very cohesive experience. The cinematography by Larkin Seiple is frequently gorgeous and the editing by Matthew Hannam is fresh and inventive. This film has some killer montages, maybe not Rocky IV good but still quite invigorating, and the nimble editing and creative camerawork do much to hold the viewer’s interest and keep them engaged. Of course that’s all just the icing on the cake. With an idea this wonderful and a cast this talented Daniels could have filmed this movie on my cell phone and still emerged with something special.The fact that it’s beautiful and very skillfully composed just makes it that much easier to recommend. The entire crew taken into account, this is some of the finest filmmaking I’ve seen all year.

As for the score, I’m calling it now: this is the best soundtrack of the year. I’m aware that 2016 is only halfway over and if I’m wrong I’ll admit as much, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. At least as far as my tastes are concerned it’s not going to get any better than this. The film’s music, created by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, is almost entirely acapella. Now and then they’ll incorporate a drum kit or a keyboard part and the final track centers around an acoustic guitar, but the huge majority of the sounds here are produced by the human voice, and the effect is striking and beautiful. I loved listening to this music so much during the film that when I got home I took a long walk just so I could listen to it again, and even as an album divorced from the film’s images these tracks really hold up for me. In fact, if this movie didn’t exist and Hull and McDowell had released this record as a standalone side project I would have thought they were lunatics but I would have still really enjoyed it. Most of the songs are brief and wordless, but the few that have lyrics like Montage and River Rocket are even more powerful. I would give anything to tune into the Oscar telecast next year and see Andy Hull singing A Better Way, but I know that won’t happen. If Eddie Vedder couldn’t get a nomination for his more traditional work on Into the Wild I don’t think Hull has much hope with material this odd. However, to my ears this is the finest film music I’ve heard all year.

With a film as unique as this it’s no surprise that attitudes toward it have been divisive. There were a decent amount of walkouts during its Sundance premiere and it currently holds a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. Go through those negative reviews and about ¾ths of them will at least partially be about farts. Yes, this film has farts. You know what else has farts? Life. In college I took a class on literature of the Romantic period, and one of the major things I took away from that class was the fact that many males of that time believed that upper-class women did not poop. They were too beautiful and proper and composed for that. Then when these noblemen got married they realized to their horror that women did in fact poop and sweat and look different without their makeup on. Look at how far we’ve come. Everybody on Earth farts, and yet we still cannot show farts in a film without it immediately being branded as juvenile and lowbrow and dumb. That this film would dare to not only show people farting but have them talk about the social implications of farting is seen by many critics as reason enough to dismiss it entirely. I do not understand that. So if you disagree with me know this: Manny’s dead body farts. Hank also farts. The characters have an extended conversation about masturbation. Manny gets an erection that Hank uses as a compass. If it’s a dealbreaker for you that the film actually takes time to explore universal and relatable material like this you probably should just skip it. Also you’re kind of ridiculous. How’s the view from your high horse? I hope for your sake it doesn’t fart.

Swiss Army Man is, in my estimation, an astoundingly good movie and I love it a great deal. It’s certainly not for everyone. Nothing this creative ever is. That being said, if you’re looking for a movie with a brilliant premise, an insightful script, wonderful performances, a killer soundtrack and beautiful filmmaking Swiss Army Man might just fit the bill. It works wonderfully as a comedy but it also goes deeper than that, tackling many issues that I’ve rarely (or never) seen addressed on film. More than anything else this script is a skillfully-etched exploration of friendship and social anxiety, and you just might find yourself relating to these characters more than you ever thought you would. In its best moments (which come very often) the film is simultaneously ridiculous and heartbreaking. The jokes are funny and the dramatic moments are potent, but it’s when these two elements come together that the film really takes off. A joke about Hank having Cotton Eye Joe stuck in his head (because it’s always the songs you hate…) morphs into a genuinely touching leitmotif later on, and the film is full of strangely beautiful moments like that. I could give many more examples, but I shouldn’t. Rather than having me describe them you should just experience these moments for yourself. I wouldn’t want to deprive you of that. The film also has a hell of a twist ending, and to its credit it doesn’t rub it in your face. I know some people walk away from this film thinking that certain elements within it didn’t make sense or seem logical. If you felt this way then you didn’t understand the implications of the ending and you should probably watch it again. If farts are a dealbreaker for you then don’t see this film, because as I said before there are a lot of farts. However, if you can get over that (and you really should be able to) Swiss Army Man is a powerful and brave experience unlike anything else you’ve ever seen or probably ever will see and you should definitely give it a try.

anonymous asked:

Are you reading any good uni aus right now? I have boys dont cry so many times I need a new one. Any recs?

ohhh my friend you’ve come to the right place!! uni fics are my ultimate fave!! Not all of them are AUs though. So obviously you’ve got:

Boys Don’t Cry which is the single most heartbreaking amazing thing I’ve ever read. AU

- Dandelion and Burdock by @stylesprimes which is up there with the brilliance that is BDC and it’s so good and so realistic and honestly I think about it at least once a day. AU

- Love is a Laserquest by @lifeinblueprint is another amazing fic, it’s so funny and the emsemble cast are just as brilliant as the main characters and it’s so realistic and i love it so much. Duke of the Pricks Harry is also my fave. AU

Perfect Teeth by @kaylesmoothie I don’t think I can ever fully explain why I love this fic so much. It’s SO  incredible and heartbreaking and funny and I want to read it over and over and Kaylie is a Queen and Hezra are my ultimate power couple. There are such important messages in this story and I feel like it’s worthy of being on the shelves of Waterstones and it’s what inspired me to start writing my own fic.

-Crooked Heart by @nebulastyles my gosh this fic. Fiona is SO annoying but so real and broken and it’s so perfectly written that you can’t help but love her. Plus she hates Harry and I’m a sucker for stories like that. And chef Harry is something we need more of. AU

-Deckled Edges by @littlebird006 is soooo good and okay it’s technically not a uni au but Tenny is a recent graduate and so all the uni feelings are still there and its brilliantly written and talks about a subject that it’s really discussed in fic or real life- the graduate doom. 

- Double Take by @tweedledeefic based on one of my fav films, She’s the Man and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted. AU

-How you get the boy by @booksncoffee it’s a uni au AND a enemies to lovers fic which is just my dream come true. It’s annoying at times, just because I sit screaming at my screen wanting things to happen but it’s annoying in the most amazingly addictive way and it’s super funny too. AU

-Intrinsic Grey by @sammarkumismyhomegirl  I feel like everyone loves this fic and for good reason. Sam is such an incredible writer and this is just wonderful. Harry is so charming and sweet and just wants a chance and Davis is such a strong kickass female.  

-Less than Lovers by @ticketchanges another enemies to love story that is just a little slice of perfection. Harry is such an arsehole and i love it. AU

With the New Crowd by @likeamisfit A story about Brixton and Harry Styles is something that probably shouldn’t work but it does and it’s funny and something a little different. 

Forever Hold Your Peace by @cheesewithchips fake dating at it’s finest. This story is soooo good and my heart clenches whilst reading and I laugh so much and it’s so wonderfully written. AU

In Your Atmosphere by @fromherlips this is such a cool fresh take on the uni fic and it feels exciting and it’s very addictive. Eva is such a cool girl and she’s a fashion design student and she helps Harry with his designer wardrobe and there’s a few important messages in the story and it’s just lovely. 

I love Uni fics, a lot of these stories are quite popular so you’ve probably read a few of them so if anyone else has any other recs, PLEASE send them in