but it's still a feel good film

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

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

Disclaimer: not my gif

[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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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.

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.


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

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.

as usual the dceu continues to be a mess

hayleyunderwoodarussiangirl  asked:

Hayley Asks 89, 90, 96, 97, and 100... Hope you have a great Day!

89. Name a person you hate?

Totally original but its Trump.

90. Name a person you love?

I love myself. Also my family. They’re good people. And you guys. Thats more than one.

96. Favourite actress?

Julie Walters.

97. Favourite actor?

Dallas Roberts or Ross Marquand. I mean look …

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YOU CANNOT MAKE ME CHOOSE. not that you was really asking me to BUT STILL.

100. How are you feeling?

Good. Ish. Well. Nervous. I have to film this diversity video for a job application and I’m an idiot and found others on YouTube and my anxiety is convincing me that I have no chance so why should I bother. Most of you know, thats a hard battle to win. But I will (any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated at this stage)

Oosh out
Thank you for existing

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.

Would I have liked to have seen more of the typical Arthurian cast in this movie? Absolutely. needs moar Kay, I need mah Kay and I need he and Bedivere to be BFFs But it was still a darn good movie, and I almost feel like it offends people to think a good film can be carried without some of its more iconic players.

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

amazingmrcinema007  asked:

What do you think of Alien: Covenant? I think it looks promising, but I'm bummed out that Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie will most likely never see the light of day.

Honestly I’m pretty excited for Alien Covenant, I feel like it’s going to be really good and I’m kinda glad that it feels like it’s going back to its roots in horror because they kinda ventured away from what Alien first was essentially a horror film but in a sci-fi setting, which is why it was so effective and I’m kinda glad, especially with the trailer, that it seems they’re going back to that sort of vibe and we have Ridley Scott on board and even if the film doesn’t turn out amazing, it should still be quite good cause Ridley Scott is a talented director.

As for Niell Blomkamp’s Alien film, it does really suck that it’ll never get to see the light of day and I honestly hate when that happens to creators like how Charlie Kaufman is constantly being fucked over by the studios and can’t get his films made and how Edgar Wright didn’t get to do his version of Ant-Man because Marvel wanted it to be apart of the MCU. But according to Blomkamp himself the chances of it happening are very slim, so it might happen eventually or not at all, but I feel like it’s very likely it won’t see the light of day due to these new Alien films set to come out. But I still kind of wish Blomkamp’s version was going ahead because it sounds really interesting and everyone who was/still is on board with it sounds really excited, even Sigourney Weaver sounds excited in the brief moments she talks about it.

But yeah while I am sad that Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” will most likely never happen, I am pretty excited with the look of Alien: Covenant and I’m looking forward to seeing the franchise make a strong return to its roots in horror.

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  

shrek jokes r still so weird to me bc its just. the first few shrek films were actually good kids movies and it didnt have some weird bee movie thing going on it was just some feel good family comedy films about being loved when youre ugly as shit

GODZILLA (2014) Retrospective Review

After watching SHIN GODZILLA, I’ve had a little time to re-arrange some thoughts in my head about GODZILLA (2014).
I can safely say that, while I still like the film, I have cooled on it a fair bit. I may have talked about this before, but I feel it warrants re-stating.
G'14 is by no stretch a bad film, but I’ve begun to consider that it may not be as good as the sum of its parts. The first act is stellar, with good pacing, good pathos, especially with those great opening credits and the oft-lauded performance of Bryan Cranston. By his character’s death, the film does start to take a bit of a dip, introducing some rather bland players in the form of “Admiral McBadAtMyJob” (thanks to Morgan for that nickname) and his walking wood-plank-turned-sidekick. Hawkins and Watanabe have amazing potential as a character duo but my GOD they are under-served.
And yes: ATJ, Olsen, and their little living prop are just not compelling. Their dialogue is standard and dull, and they have no quirks or anything to make us care about them other than the vague idea of family that we’re all supposed to intrinsically care about (hint - a boring family is still a boring family). They aren’t bad actors - they’re just given nothing to work with.
Edwards clearly has vision and knows how to use a camera, and his skill with effects is really something special. But I’m concerned that he’s not an “actor’s director.” Both GODZILLA and MONSTERS have performances that are somewhat lacking, but you can tell that there’s a potentially GREAT performance clawing to get out. Cranston was basically given cart-Blanche, so that one’s not hard to figure out. I’m holding out hope for ROGUE ONE, so we’ll see.
The Honolulu sequence, while already missing a solid central performance, is still extremely well set-up and features fantastic pacing and an excellent build-up, plus some of the best editing and visual storytelling I’ve seen in a while. I even like the cutaway gag. But…yes, I have to admit, it’s a gag that only works once.
When wanting to emulate a film like JAWS, I question the reasoning behind applying that logic to a Godzilla film. Godzilla isn’t a big shark. He isn’t a mysterious alien that hunts in the darkness. He isn’t a murderous mother taking revenge for her dead son. He’s a bigass visual treat, and a character in his own right. We’re there to see HIM. And “Hide the Sausage,” while a bold choice, may not have been the right one.

Regardless, once Honolulu is destroyed, my interest in the following events goes downhill. While some nice visual stuff is going on (I kinda like Godzilla being escorted by the Navy - it’s a cool bit of characterization that he truly does not give a damn), the globetrotting by the bored and detached ATJ (whom, upon every viewing, I am more and more convinced that he just didn’t want to be there) feels contrived and unreal. The train scene is cool in theory, but even that feels like killing time and checking boxes before the final battle that we’re all waiting for. Again, lots of cool visuals and creative use of destruction scenes, but…man, there’s just so little reason to CARE when the film is telegraphing itself so much.
And I LIKE the MUTOs. The idea of a species that was in an evolutionary arms-race with Godzilla is a really fun idea. And Godzilla himself, as I’ve said before, is damn near perfect.
Once the HALO jump happens, the film totally picks up again (although I hate it when movies change scenes from trailers so drastically these days - the looming shot of Godzilla was replaced by a vicious fight scene and they HAPPENED to not get swatted out of the air).

I love the shit out of the final battle. It’s exciting and really well paced and has a ton of fantastic visuals. And you get a GREAT sense of Godzilla’s character, even with only a handful of scenes. The idea of him being this ancient, battle-worn beast who’s being outfought by a pair of younger, more virile monsters is probably one of the best additions to the mythos since 1984 when the idea of Godzilla feeding on nuclear energy was introduced.
The soldiers attempting to extract the nuke from the battle-torn city is also a great way to involve human characters, and even thought it’s frustrating that ATJ doesn’t get to disarm the nuke after all that set-up, the sequence is played so efficiently and excitingly that I just didn’t really care.
So, like I said, I still like the movie. I just don’t know if I’d rank it super high on my personal list of G flicks. I still vehemently disagree with the weird new wave of hipsters claiming that G'98 is not only better than G'14, but is also some sort of under-appreciated “classic.” Even with its faults, G'14 succeeds at the one thing G'98 was supposed to do, and failed: being a goddamn Godzilla movie. While competently made and boasting some impressive effects, G'98 is also obnoxious and mean-spirited. But that’s a review for another day

U ever have like that ONE horror/suspense theme that’ll get u, like if a movie has it then you feel genuinely weird and shaky after and even a few years down the road it’ll still occasionally pop into your head in the middle of the night like “hey yeah it’s time to feel uncomfortable and uneasy again”

My Top Six French Film Recommendations

Persepolis (x) – One of the best graphic novel adaptations of all time, this autobiographical animated feature follows the early life of Marjane Satrapi as she grows up in revolutionary Iran.

La Vie en Rose (x) – The César-winning biopic is about the surprisingly tragic and short life of France’s all-time most beloved songstress, the lovely Edith Piaf. This is Marion Cotillard’s best performance by far.

Les Intouchables (x) – The most modern recently made entry on the list, this film was voted to be THE French cultural event of 2011. It has a lot to say about some complicated subjects but at its core is still a great story about people.

La Grande Illusion (x) – It might be impossible to understate the cultural impact of this 1930’s drama about French prisoners during WWI. It’s a masterful piece of art and it’s responsible for the creation of the Cannes Film Festival. That said, it does feel dated at times. The action scenes that would have thrilled Depression-era audiences are rather dull by today’s standards.

A Bout de Souffle (x) – The quintessential French New Wave movie. It’s very good if you know a little about the historical context, i.e. how many generally accepted rules about cinema this movie was breaking, and try to appreciate it as a piece of art. However, it does feel slow at several spots.

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (x) – This movie is the adaptation of an autobiography written in the last days of a man’s life as he succumbs to Locked In Syndrome. It’s very powerful and always leaves me thinking about life and human interaction.

Top 10 Movies of 2015

Since everyone and their mother is doing it, I present my top 10 films of the year. Excuse the absence of a cut, but I felt it worth presenting this post in full. Let me know what your picks would be/what you make of my choices!

10. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, dir. Christopher McQuarrie

I didn’t think any Mission: Impossible film could top Ghost Protocol for me, but Tom Cruise was clearly intent on proving me wrong. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was one of the most fun experiences I had in the cinema all year, and it’s deeply impressive that the series continues to improve on previous instalments with more ambition and more eye-popping stunts. Rebecca Ferguson excels as Ilsa Faust, who’s easily the most compelling and intriguing character in the film. Watch out for the virtuoso sequence set at the opera - it’s beautifully handled, and the combination of music and imagery is nothing less than thrilling.

9. Phoenix, dir. Christian Petzold

I caught Phoenix at a London art cinema by chance, and was gripped from beginning to end. A German-language drama about a Holocaust survivor returning to a broken Berlin to find her old life shattered, Phoenix is a compelling but heartbreaking portrait of the darkest sides of humanity. The performances are extraordinary, with the pain and desperation of Nelly radiating from her every gesture and word. The final scene is unforgettable; the expression of dawning understanding and horror on a certain character’s face will never leave me.

8. Ex Machina, dir. Alex Garland

This was the first genuinely great film I saw in cinemas in 2015. Immaculately constructed, it generates an intense sense of foreboding and mystery from the outset, sparking off ideas and possibilities that the viewer is challenged to weigh up for themselves. You’re never sure what’s real and what’s illusion in this film, which is probably the most intelligent and thought-provoking investigation of AI I’ve ever seen. This film is essentially a three-hander, with the talents of Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac and Domhall Gleeson showcased to startling effect. Vikander is truly electric as the beautiful and articulate android Ava, and I challenge anyone not to feel a disquieting mix of relief and foreboding as she looks out upon the world in the film’s final sequence.

7. Inside Out, dir. Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen

Eminently deserving of the acclaim it has received, Inside Out is easily Pixar’s strongest film since 2010′s Toy Story 3. A beautiful and vivid dive into a young girl’s imagination, Inside Out manages the delicate tightrope walk between comedy and drama, exploring its subject matter with a firm but gentle touch. By literally making cartoon characters out of our emotions, the film surprises by investigating them in impressively mature and intelligent ways. Perhaps the best message in the entire film is that happiness is meaningless without the complement of sadness - while that may sound simple or even trite when expressed in words, it’s a profound truth that Inside Out recognises and celebrates.

6. Max Max: Fury Road, dir. George Miller

This film is the living embodiment of motion as poetry. One of the purest cinematic experiences seen for many years, Mad Max: Fury Road operates almost entirely on the visual plane. In this sense, it’s a testament to the sheer power of the image. While it’s a common refrain amongst cinema snobs that modern cinema is all about surface at the expense of story, such people forget that film is the art of the moving image. The visual experience is primary, and Mad Max: Fury Road never lets you forget this. A relentless, sun-scorched chase movie, Fury Road manages to be surprisingly rich, powerful and moving - it’s also a genuinely feminist blockbuster, and its female characters are all wonderfully distinct examples of strength and bravery. This was the blockbuster hit Hollywood needed, and is proves that resurrecting a 30-year-old franchise needn’t be a cynical last grasp at nostalgic filmgoers’ wallets.

5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., dir. Guy Ritchie

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a wonderful surprise. As one of the few millennials to have seen almost every episode of the original 1960s series, I expected very little from the film adaptation. Therefore, it was a marvellous surprise to find it might have even surpassed the quality of the TV series that inspired it. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is easily my favourite spy movie of the year, offering up thrills, humour and romance in all the correct doses. Stars Arnie Hammer and Henry Cavill have fantastic chemistry, and Alicia Vikander is simply delightful as Gaby, a role that could have easily been bland and unmemorable in the hands of a less charismatic actress. While it’s packed full of great scenes, let me just say that the Nazi scrapbook sequence is one of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s highlights.

4. Cinderella, dir. Kenneth Branagh

Cinderella was the first film of the year to make me cry. A celebration of personal goodness and the victory of courage and kindness over cruelty, Cinderella won me over with its absolute sincerity and profound lack of pretension or cynicism. This is very much a straight telling of an ancient story, and it’s a film that’s in love with its own woozy romance and magic. While it’s overflowing with beauty, heart and emotion, my absolute favourite scene is Cinderella telling her stepmother “I forgive you” - and meaning it. She leaves the house she was kept a prisoner in free from bitterness or resentment, liberated from her suffering by her refusal to be mired in the wrongs of the past. It’s the single-most empowering moment Cinderella has ever been given in any telling, and it’s profoundly moving.

3. Crimson Peak, dir. Guillermo del Toro

I count Del Toro amongst my favourite directors, and I knew Crimson Peak was something special from the opening shot of a haunted Edith Cushing standing in the snow with blood on her hand. This is pure Gothic melodrama the like of which we last saw when Roger Corman was cheerfully cranking out lurid Edgar Allan Poe flicks for AIP in the 1960s, and it shows in everything from the ludicrously foreboding production design to the festering, moth-eaten fabrics of the costumes. This is a film about accumulating dread, and it drips atmosphere and promises the fulfilment of tragedy. While the twists in the tale perhaps aren’t as unexpected as some would like, I actually enjoyed the air of inevitability surrounding events - that’s precisely why the film starts where it ends. You know it will end in blood, chaos and horror, and the pleasure of Crimson Peak comes from seeing how that climax is reached.

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, dir. J.J. Abrams

I’ve been anticipating this film since it was announced back in 2012, and entering the theatre to actually watch it was something of a surreal experience. I felt somewhat deflated and disappointed after seeing it for the first time, but have since seen it two additional times - boy, am I glad I did! Once I knew exactly what to expect, I found the film far more enjoyable, engaging and interesting on subsequent watches. As derivative and tired as the core plot may be, The Force Awakens is an unabashedly fun and nostalgic return to the land of far, far away. I love the characters more with every new viewing, and I’m particularly attached to Rey and her journey. This film was always going to live or die on Daisy Ridley’s central performance, and she killed it - she is the heart and soul of the film, and The Force Awakens works because we quickly come to love Rey and attach ourselves to her plight and journey. I also appreciated the presence of a villain with a genuine internal struggle - I didn’t expect an intelligent and challenging investigation of evil from a Star Wars film, but I got one in Adam Driver’s performance as Kylo Ren. Imperfect and derivative as it may be, The Force Awakens is massively enjoyable and my second favourite film of the year.

1. Jupiter Ascending, dir. Lana and Andy Wachowski

Cinema is perhaps the closest antecedent we have to alchemy; it is an art that’s all about combining myriad elements and the input of thousands of disparate individuals with different skills and areas of expertise. Any movie that works on any level for any individual person is something of a miracle, representing the coalescence of countless ideas and influences into something that simply works. Therefore, it’s unsuprising that a concoction as weird as Jupiter Ascending took a serious critical beating and provoked widespread bafflement and head-scratching upon its release. It should, however, be no less surprising that a film that was passionately hated by some was passionately loved by others. It’s difficult to capture the feeling of giddiness I had upon watching Jupiter Ascending for the first time, but I knew upon exiting the cinema that I had to see it again. And again. And again. 

I’ve had the best part of a year to reflect on Jupiter Ascending and distil my thoughts on it into words, and I’m still not particularly good at it. But I’ll try.

Jupiter Ascending is the kind of the film that I would make if I had unlimited money. It’s the simple, proletarian fairy tale people have told for hundreds of years, albeit without the flying boots and the obsession with genetics. It’s the shriek-inducing roller-coaster through space I never dared dream might exist outside my imagination. It’s the paean to the qualities of human courage and goodness that I’d never seen presented on screen before, a distillation of our innate potential to rise up from nothing and achieve greatness and distinction without betraying or forgetting where we come from. Most importantly, it’s pure, unadulterated fun. I love it wholeheartedly, and have no qualms about declaring it my favourite film of the year.

Kathryn’s favorites....

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post and found a story (or 2) that helped you survive another TORTUROUS week of hiatus. If you missed it, check out the link below. 

Previous issue:  May 24th 

To ALL CS fanfic authors: I can’t imagine how much work goes into writing fanfic–my lack of imagination is one of the many reasons I don’t attempt it myself–and I know you guys probably hear this all the time, but it can never be said too much: you are wonderful. Your fics are amazing. The time and effort you put into your work is astounding, and the fandom would be NOTHING without you. You keep us going, and for that, we are all so grateful.

To CS fanfic readers: If you happen to read any of the stories below (or in any of the “Kathryn’s favorites” posts) please, please consider reviewing, giving kudos, or liking the fics. The fabulous CS authors work so hard. Let’s show our appreciation.

Happy Reading! 

Breakfast in Bed by captainswanismyendgame

Official description: Killian has a few surprises up his sleeve for Emma’s birthday.

Rated: General Audiences. Genre: none provided  Chapters: one-shot

A sweet Captain Swan story, but the real highlight is Killian regaling Emma with tales of the previous night’s drunken escapades. Regina and Snow drunkenly apologizing to each other for their past misdeeds? A tipsy Emma proposing to Killian? And her reasoning for doing so? HILARIOUS. I could read an entire fic dedicated to that party! Make it happen, Jenna! Pretty please?

Once Upon a Tweet by Arandil, onceuponsomechaos

Official description: WiFi in the Enchanted Forest? No problem! There’s a magic app for that! This is what happens when Fairy Tale characters get to keep their cell phones and twitter accounts even after they are transported back to their Enchanted Realms. Begins during the episode Going Home, just before Emma and Henry leave in the bug.

Rated: T  Genre: Humor  Chapters: 4/?  WIP. 

Hands down the FUNNIEST OUAT-based fic I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Zelena’s twitter handle: @NewBigBadS3. Killian continuously not grasping (and getting frustrated by) twitter’s character limits. Neal repeatedly hacking into Killian’s account and posting gems, such as: “I smell like mermaid.” EVERYONE hating on Neal. Pure comedy gold. An entertaining; quick-read–especially great when you need a little pick-me-up. 

a one time thing (and other untruths) by weezlywrites

Official description: “She supposes the reason she tells him is the same reason she kept his phone number after all those weeks.” Pregnancy has a way of throwing a wrench in one’s plans.

Rated: Teen and up. Genre: Modern!AU Chapters: 25/25. Complete.

If you read last week’s post, you know my feelings on many CS Family/Daddy!Killian fics. Frequently, I find them prone to being out-of-character and saccharine.  This story is a notable exception. It’s complicated. It’s messy. It’s 1000% realistic. And it still manages to be profoundly romantic. It’s this all-too-rare combination that makes it so unbelievably good.

Quiet by lenfaz

Official description: My take on the scene from the pictures on the set (Kathryn’s note: the 11/18/14 filming pics)

Rated:  Teen and up. Genre: none provided. Chapters: one-shot

What’s so beautiful about this fic is its simplicity. There are no grand declarations. No dramatic romantic encounters. Yet, that’s what makes this story so important. It’s the lack of action that so clearly underlines the central theme. I love reading anything Lena writes from Killian’s point of view. She consistently demonstrates such wonderful insight into his character. This fic was no exception. A truly gorgeous piece.

Rotten Heart by modernkillianjones

Official description: Princess Emma and Prince Killian are supposed to marry to unite the kingdoms, but neither are very keen on a marriage. They’ve never seen each other before and while Emma has to struggle with his attitude toward her, he has a dark secret he’s keeping.

Rated: Explicit  Genre: AU, Romance/Drama  Chapters: 24/?  WIP.

A cursed prince. An innocent princess sent to a distant land. A mysterious creature roaming the woods outside the castle. This is OUAT told in the vein of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale. And not the sanitized; safe-for-kiddos version. This is more like the original Grimm’s stories where the Evil Queen was actually Snow White’s biological mother and Cinderella’s stepsisters sliced off parts of their feet so they’d fit into the golden slipper. It’s bleak and there’s a persistent sense of foreboding, yet it’s also romantic. There’s light in the darkness. But what I love most about this story is that it’s such an entirely unique tale. I love that Sabs inserted Emma and Killian into this really dark fantasy world. It was different, yet it worked. Maybe, if we’re nice and provide lots of amazing reviews, we can convince her to update soon. Please, Sabs!!

The Weight of this Heart by jadeddiva

Official description: She tries not to think about the look on his face, the suppressed disappointment, the vulnerability in his eyes. Emma Swan, after she returns to the loft and before she lets the darkness take her.

Rated: Teen and up Warning: spoilers for the season four finale. 
Genre: none provided Chapters: one-shot

In this fic, Annie demonstrates such an innate understanding of Emma Swan that reading it feels like delving into the recesses of Emma’s brain. It’s painful to read Emma struggle with her demons, but finally getting the opportunity to witness her inner workings is a gift. This story is so incredibly heartbreaking given how the season finale ends, but it’s that quality that makes it so powerful.

When One Door Closes by navykillian

Official description: Just as Milah slams the apartment door in Killian’s face, he meets the gorgeous, challenging, and rather feisty blonde living next door.

Rated: T (one chapter temporarily increases to a M rating) 
Genre: Modern AU, Romance/Drama  Chapters: 7. Complete.

I can be a tough critic of AU. Sometimes, I find that fanfic authors use AU as a  license to completely obliterate a character’s personality. And what’s the point of writing fanfiction if the characters you’re writing about aren’t even themselves anymore? I’m happy to report that this is not the case here. Haleigh fully honors Emma and Killian’s personalities, despite placing them in a different situation.  She’s particularly adept at weaving canon into the tale, sometimes to hilarious result. Mary-Margaret and David meeting in the Modern World was a particular highlight. The last paragraph of the story was so incredibly well-done, it still brings happy tears to my eyes just thinking about it. 

You Weren’t Sure? by effulgentcolors

Official description: Based on this tumblr prompt- The Snow Queen kills Killian and Emma brings him back with true love kiss and beautiful emotional smut after that? I went lighter on the smut, strong on the feels.

Rated: Mature Genre: Romance Chapters: one-shot

If you’ve ever read my meta, you know I discuss the topic of TLKs frequently. If those three magic words are found in a fic’s description, it’s a guaranteed must-read for me. I’ve read so many of these stories at this point I consider myself an expert on the genre. And this TLK tale is my favorite. It’s romantic, without being overly sentimental. And the characterization is spot-on. But what I find most appealing about the story, is the sheer vulnerability displayed by Emma and Killian. The emotional honesty is breathtaking to witness. And the sex scene? HOT.