discuss acting

anonymous asked:

Something I really really love about the acting in Skam is that they're never like ... capital a Acting? I'm used to TV shows and movies (mostly but certainly not only American ones) having these moments where you're like, oh, this person is Acting now, and you can almost imagine the actor thinking "this is the moment where I show off my skills and impress people". And there's just none of that in Skam. Even the dramatic scenes just feel completely natural.

I knowwwwww. You’re right that even though we did see a lot of highly dramatic events (when you stop and consider it) they didn’t feel like they were trying too hard with them. We were so grounded in the characters and what they felt. It’s making it really hard to go back to some other watching because Skam is so natural? Even other shows that I really enjoy, there’s just much more a subconscious feeling that you’re watching A Character Doing A Plot. But in Skam, I can have that fall away and that’s amazing? 

I’m really impressed by how their conversations feel like real conversations: with stumbles and pauses and people just talking shit sometimes. I don’t know if they’re actually improving some of these lines or if they’re just that good at delivering the script in a way that feels natural? But I really miss how unforced the speech feels, switching back to watching other things.


The year is 1995, congress member Bernie Sanders stands in opposition of a homophobic statement said by Duke Cunningham. Cunningham derisively refers to “homos in the military” to support his argument while (strangely) discussing the Clean Water Act. Sanders, having none of it, quickly rises to the defense of thousands of men and women everywhere. Sanders ire is such that he repeatedly disrespects the Chairman by speaking over him in order to say his piece. [Video Source]

What does this say for Sanders? Well, that’s for you to decide. But to me, it says that for 20+ years strong he has shown his public support for LGBT+ persons everywhere, even in the face of ridicule and disrespect. Unlike some, Sanders has always been vocal about his beliefs concerning the LGBT+ community, and he has always held them. Key word always, and not just when doing so might garner him support for his campaigns. 


I just really want a girlfriend who will take me to the theater or to the ballet or to an opera. Someone who will admire the ballerinas with me, their dedication and talent and frail beauty. Someone who’s heart will swell with the music of the orchestra like mine, who will envy the leading soprano’s high note like I do. Someone who will hold my hand while actors exchange lines, who will try to guess the ending with me, or who will discuss the acting skills.
A girlfriend who will take me to museums where I can make cheesy lines about how I am not supposed to touch the art. A girlfriend who will go with me to strange, artistic places in the city so I can photograph her. A girlfriend who will curl around me when I’m writing, put her head in my shoulder and just quietly sit there, holding coffee with me.
I want a girlfriend who will travel to my favorite Thai restaurant with me. Who will come into work while I’m on shift and order a desert as sweet as I am. Who will go coffee shop hopping with me. Who will walk around and hold my hand. Who will go antiquing with me.
I want a girlfriend who will never forget how I aim to please my family above myself, and will love and forgive me for it. Who understands that that doesn’t mean I love her any less.
I just want a good girlfriend.



10. Jean Hagen (Singin’ in the Rain, 1952)

Easily the greatest movie musical of all-time, Singin’ in the Rain has stood the test of time and may have actually improved as time has progressed. The film is classic comedy musical with some of the most iconic and spectacular musical numbers ever to grace the silver screen. It is unfortunate enough how the time this film came out, it never got the respect it deserved. The only accolade that was of notice for the film was the Golden Globe Donald O'Connor won for his role as Cosmo Brown. Besides that, the film got only very few Oscar nods, not winning any and only one for the acting in the film and that was to Jean Hagen’s performance as silent film diva Lina Lamont.

In all honesty, this is the best female comic-villain and performance of a female comic-villain I’ve seen yet. Jean Hagen like many comedic actresses of that time (think Judy Holliday, who actually was offered this role), never was able to move beyond this performance. She never appeared on screen with a big role like Lina Lamont. She was equal parts hilarious and plain awful. And I mean, the fact she was able to change her voice so strongly and convincingly. Also, the fact she was able to stand out over Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor, who all had singular song and dance numbers when Hagen didn’t, she still stole most of the show. The “I make more than Calvin Coolidge, put together!” monologue was genius, it showed how truly dumb, power-hungry, greedy and selfish Lina Lamont is, no sympathy. Lina Lamont was the ultimate used-to-be star and an example of how many stars failed to make the transition to talkies from silent films. Don Lockwood was able to do it, but Lina Lamont couldn’t and I think it’s a great allegory for that time, which is what makes the film so great.

Again, it’s a shame how Jean Hagen never was able to live up beyond this role. Lina Lamont became an iconic character and yet Jean Hagen got completely lost behind that. I know she was fairly successful as a stage actress so props to her. In film history, we will always remember for her unforgettable part in Singin’ in the Rain. I mean, “What do you think I’m dumb or something?”

My number nine choice will be posted later today. Stick around for that one!

People’s immaturity and rudeness on the internet never fails to amaze me. I wonder if they are as edgy and snarky when talking to someone face to face.

But I guess nowadays perception of what a good discussion should look like is about “burns” and “comebacks” and a spam of clapping/laughing emojis instead of actual arguments, minimal conversation skills and the ability to apologize when you’re wrong. Funny.

Reid spokesman: Trump 'always used threats and intimidation'

Several hours after Donald Trump’s campaign manager warned Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to be careful “in a legal sense” after he released a statement calling the president-elect a “sexual predator,” Reid’s spokesman criticized Trump for trying to “silence his critics with the threat of legal action.”

“It only took five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans,“ Adam Jentleson, Reid’s deputy chief of staff, said in a statement released Sunday.

“Trump has always used threats and intimidation to silence his critics,” Jentleson continued. “Now he wants to silence a discussion of the acts of hate and threats of violence being committed in his name across the country. Silencing this discussion normalizes hate and intimidates the victims.”

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Cancerous Dipshit John, something is out there still

Ok, more thoughts on wtf happened in A6A6I5 and A7, which I keep coming back to like I’m poking a broken tooth with my tongue.

Remember this John?

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Full disclosure: in my fic I make Alec act a bit shy around Magnus only because he doesn’t really know how to handle his feelings yet. Especially since he’s trying to remain professional and not let his feelings get in the way of working together. However I’m a firm believer (and it is show canon) that Alec isn’t truly shy. Quiet sometimes? Yes. Shy? No. 

Some of my readers were genuinely surprised, but pleased that I made him talk back to his mother, sassing her. It confused me, because he does it in the show too. He always shuts people down when they say or do something he doesn’t agree with. 


Let’s face it. 2017 will not be better. The world will not be better at Midnight, January 1st. The world doesn’t work like this. It is a continuous process. And with all the evidence we have, it is clear that the dark times are not ready to end yet. The most pessimistic of us might even say that it’s only the beginning.

But you know what ? It is not hopeless. The world won’t get better in a year, but you can get better. You can do better. Improve things on your own scale. Work on yourself, get better at being a citizen of the world. Get help, give help. Listen, talk, discuss, think, act, empathize ! Be a better version of yourself, find yourself. Take care of the few people who love you. You might be surprised by how many they are, how much you are loved. Do not let loneliness, prejudice and unfairness disarm you. Stay true to your principles and do not let yourself be humiliated. But also learn to forgive. Use your brain and your heart. Laugh, cry, scream, sleep on it and get up. Sing, dance, create, watch movies but don’t be just a spectator. Act.

And most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. You have duties, yes. But the first of those duties, is to love yourself.

2017 won’t be better, but you can be better. And when you get better, maybe, just maybe, this year won’t seem so bad.

That is my only wish.

Also if you tag any of my Hanzo posts as “handsoap”, your racist musty ass is getting blocked immediately. That shitty ass joke wasn’t funny when y’all used it obsessively months ago, and it certainly isn’t funny in 2017…

When Claudia starts her assassination plot by bringing him a human gift, Cruise’s eyes show Lestat’s surprise that someone has finally done something nice for him for the first time in the film… In that moment, we realize that while Lestat is capable of love, he’s never been loved back.
—  Amy Nicholson, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor