even when they are not actually filming

Why “Beauty and the Beast” was actually pretty great:
  • the music is not good, it’s great
  • production design, costumes (even the freaking yellow dress which is actually quite gorgeous on camera), everything is truly beautiful and quite breathtaking at moments
  • the acting was surprisingly wonderful. it’s disney, it’ll be cheesy at moments—but for the most part, it was terrific
  • this is not a childish adaptation
  • when it gets dark, it gets DARK. 
  • g a s t o n
  • new songs! new character development! 
  • the cgi is not even that bad. in fact, there are moments when it’s pretty seamless. the practical sets and effects compensated for it, in my mind.
  • and when it’s wonky? you won’t care because you’ll be too busy smiling
  • there is some hilarious shit in this movie
  • the beast’s expressions are actually amazing; you can really see the actor moving beneath them 
  • T H E    M U S I C
  • you get to see little kids and adults all freaking out the whole time
  • emma watson will make your heart stop she is so beautiful
  • sneaky political/ethical gestures that made me cheer
  • this movie is so pure and we need that right now
  • and by the end? i just started laughing and crying—in excess joy. i couldn’t believe it. i’ve never been moved by a movie like that in my life.
  • it won’t please everybody but if you loved the original and if you are prepared to attempt to enjoy it for what it is—a colorful, painterly, vibrant adaptation of a beloved story—then go watch it.
  • What he says: I'm fine
  • What he means: love triangles completely swamp the film industry and are an extremely overused trope meanwhile actual non monogamous relationships are hardly ever shown because they make monogamous people uncomfortable™ because they think polyamory and polygamy are the same thing but in the popular 80s film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, we see three teenagers who never get envious or possessive (except over a car) and take care of one another without making Cameron feel like the third wheel when they could of easily made jokes about that and we need more poly or hell even just healthy friendship triads that work desperately because they exist in real life.
CP bachelor AU: part 10

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5 | part 6 | part 7 | part 8 | part 9


They’re filming the penultimate episode when Erasmus throws a huge, shining spanner into the neat mechanism of Laurent’s show.

This close to the end, the on-camera small talk is finally giving way to more serious discussions about compatibility. Damen is meant to spend this afternoon asking each suitor in turn where they see themselves in five years, and what they really want out of life. 

Erasmus is first; he sits on the edge of the couch, set at an angle to the leather armchair where Damen is enthroned, and twists his hands together. He hasn’t looked this visibly nervous in a while. Damen has obviously noticed it too, because he bats a few sillier questions at Erasmus instead of plunging straight into the heavy topics. He has an instinct for people that makes Laurent wonder what kind of easily-swayed idiot Theomedes must be, not to see how wired Damen is for leadership.

When Damen poses the in-five-years question, Erasmus runs a tongue over his lips and colour fills his cheeks. He’s the only suitor who hasn’t yet kissed Damen at least once on camera, and Laurent approved of that on the basis that it maintained tension, but now would be a good time for a kiss if one is going to happen.

Laurent moves his eyes away from Damen’s mouth.

Erasmus says, still blushing, “This is hard to say. I think you’re incredible, Damen. Really. But–”

But?? rings in Laurent’s head like a struck bell.

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so the oscars happened and now I have a Derek Nurse headcanon

Nursey is a film lover, he loves everything about films and therefore watches the oscars even when mostly all of the winners are white people. After last year’s whitewashed oscars he was hesitant and not actually looking forward to this year’s ceremony. But then he saw that many POC were nominated this year, that powerful movies actually had a chance. So he binge watches all of them and falls in love with Fences and Hidden Figures and Moonlight and Lion and Silent Night.

He watches the ceremony cuddling with his boyfriend even though he falls asleep halfway through after complaining about the show being too long. Anyways Nursey uses Dex as his own pillow and gets comfortable for the rest of the night. When Moonlight ends up wining best picture he screams loud enough to wake Dex up before covering his mouth with his hands. He has tears in his eyes and the biggest smile on his face when he kisses his boyfriend and reassures him he’s okay and tells him that history had been made, that beautiful stories are finally getting recognition and that he’s so so happy he could burst.

Dex asks him to tell him everything in the morning over coffee and Nursey agrees with a smile before cuddling once more and falling asleep knowing that it may have been a small pebble that had been set but I was going to be the start of something even bigger.

The idea of Anakin actually being really clumsy even as a Jedi gives me life, like I’m imagining there being a viral video called Anakin “Skywalking” and it’s a video compilation of him tripping over his own robes like a billion times. Anakin knows Ahsoka’s the one who, at least, filmed it all, because in a few of the clips someone’s orange thumb accidentally gets in the frame, but Ahsoka maintains that it was actually Shaak Ti. Meanwhile Obi-Wan swears that he caught Master Yoda watching it once when he said he’d be meditating, but nobody believes him.

“Would you like to post the video now or later?” Count Dooku asks when Palpatine commands him to post the video to the Sith Lord Official Tumblr.

“Queue it,” Palpatine replies.

Danny Strong was one of those “you know, that guy” TV actors (thanks to appearances in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, and a long etc.) before gaining huge success as the creator of Fox’s hip-hop soap opera, Empire.

Strong also wrote the screenplays for The Butler and two Hunger Games movies. Dude’s had a pretty weird trajectory, is our point – but it gets even weirder when you find out how he became a film buff in the first place. When Strong was a kid, he would go into the local video store and have long conversations with a clerk who “got [him] turned on to all these different movies that 10 year olds don’t.” (As in, art films, not hardcore porn. We think.) That clerk’s name? Albert Einstein.

Fine, it was actually Quentin Tarantino.

As we’ve mentioned before, Tarantino got his start in the movie industry by working at that same rental store. He was known for his infectious enthusiasm for movies, and patient zero of that outbreak might very well have been the young Strong. The kid used to spend so much time at the store, in fact, that he earned the nickname “Lil’ Quentin.”

6 Famous People Linked In Extraordinarily Bizarre Ways

I’m watching Cinema Snob’s review of God’s Not Dead and my main problem with the film, even as someone who’s a Christian, is still the fact that rather than call an ambulance when someone got hit by a car, the better option was to convert them to the Faith while they’re in the middle of the road coughing up blood and crying out in pain until they actually die. 

‘Well, he was going to die anyway –” Could you have at least maybe called the ambulance first and then tried to convert the strawman atheist? 

ohhhhhh myyy god imagine steve recording that captain america’s fitness challenge video for school kids and he’s actually kind of excited because he wants for people to be energetic and healthy and tony just rags on him for it and mimics the whole back straight one finger wagging movement for every time steve tries to get the team to do training because of course tony was there when the video was filmed for “pr reasons” but really just to watch steve. just imagine how much it actually took to even get that one video filmed and steve doing the Forehead of Disappointment™ and being like “this is why they pick me to do this stuff”

You know what I dislike the most about Snape haters? They just mash up movie and book canon and take the things they like and dismiss the rest.

E.g. one of their most popular arguments against Snape is that he stepped over James’s dead body and hugged dead Lily. At the same time they mention how despicable he was for calling her mudblood.

The thing is, the first thing only happened in the films while the latter occurred only in the books. This is quite annoying because they don’t see what they are actually doing. Either use strictly movie or book canon and not mix those two up. It’s sad enough when people try to spoil someone their favourite character just because.

If you acted the same way about their favourite character (mostly James), they would probably lash out at you that you don’t know your canon while they obviously don’t know it themselves.

(And I won’t even get started about the quite regular occurrence of using made up ‘facts’ in their arguments. Sad story, actually.)

My review of BatB (2017): part one

So … I finally got a chance to see the film today. After years and years of waiting for a live-action remake of one my favorite Disney movies, I’m sad to say that I left the theater feeling underwhelmed and disappointed.


First the things I hated/disliked:

Emma Watson as Belle. Wow, talk about bad casting. To think I actually once thought she would be a good choice for the role, but that was before I knew this film would be a musical. Back when I still had hope that she would grow as an actress. I tried to remain optimistic. I wanted to wait and see for my myself if she had improved, but the truth is … no, she hasn’t. If anything she’s even more boring, stiff, snobby and unemotional than ever. Her singing isn’t even singing at all imo. It’s sounds more like she’s just talking but with music playing in the background. She’s really, really auto-toned and hearing her “sing” next to truly talented people (like Audra McDonald) is just embarrassing. She is by far the weakest part of the whole film. It only makes the way people have been hyping about her version of Belle all the more silly. What is so groundbreaking about Emma Watson’s portrayal??

One of the biggest problems with her in this role is that Belle is supposed to be the most interesting girl in her village, but EW is about as interesting as a plain slice of bread. She also lacks the warmth, charm and vulnerability of Disney’s animated Belle. EW’s version comes across as bored, snobbish and unemotional. She doesn’t come across as a daydreamer - as someone who genuinely feels like an outsider. Instead she gives off an arrogant vibe that says “I’m not like other girls”. She even says at one point “Oh, I’m not a princess” - and not in a humble way like Ella does in Cinderella (2015) - no, she says it like she actually hates the title of ~princess. As if that were something offensive?? I can’t understand why the people in the village (especially Gaston) are so fascinated by her. To make this more believable Disney should have cast a more charismatic actress.

I could give Emma Watson a pass for what she did to Hermione, but I will NOT give her a pass for what she did to Belle. Mainly because I hate the attitude she’s been having towards animated Belle/live-action Cinderella. These characters are very special to me and I don’t like seeing people put them down. Also, Emma’s brand of feminism is shit and completely old school imo. I hate how much creative control she had on this film. Here are just some other things she did that really annoy me:

1. How can you sign on to do a period film when you refuse to wear a corset/stays???? Like seriously… I hate that her reasoning for not wearing them is because it’s apparently “un-feminist”. Yeah, because it’s super feminist to define women by what they wear. Let’s act like Cinderella isn’t an admirable person because she did house work and wore stays. Let’s pretend women like Jane Austen weren’t total badasses because they wore corsets.

2. Why make Belle an inventor? Why not make her a writer instead? This never seemed like something the animated Belle was interested in. Sure, it’s possible she would learn some of these things from her dad, but it still seems like such an odd character change to me. I might be alone here but this also came across as Emma/the script writers saying to me: If a woman doesn’t invent something or make “history” somehow, then her story is not empowering or even worth telling.

3. And out of all the cool/weird things she could have invented … why a washing machine? I know it’s because she’d rather read books instead, but this comes across as more dissing towards women who do house work. Has this Belle ever washed a dish by hand?? Would it really be so awful for her to just wash her clothes by hand like everyone else?? Even in today’s modern age (with lots of different electric appliances) people still do things by hand.

4. According to Emma, her Belle is an “active princess”, but I can’t remember her doing many other activities except reading. Did I miss something? As far as I can tell Cinderella was way more busy than this Belle was. Ella not only did house work but she also did farm work, horseback riding AND she did it while wearing a corset/flats. Emma promoted this new Belle as “Not your mother’s Disney princess” (this from the recent Vanity Fair issue) and yet I don’t see what’s so amazing/progressive about her version of the character. Throwing away your corsets and exchanging your flats for boots is not enough to “wow” me.

There’s a lot more I want to talk about, but I’ll save that for tomorrow in part two of my review.

CARS FUN FACTS (from memory, 95% reliable)

-John Lasseter has a son named Jackson
-Paul Newman actually said things like “HOT SNOT!”
-Brad Paisley wrote “Nobody’s Fool” for Cars 2 without even being asked
-Rascal Flatts is returning for Cars 3
-John Ratzenburgers father was a Mack truck driver, Pixar worked with Mack trucks so they could have them in the film specifically for him
-Owen Wilson invented “kachow” when he was a kid, because kids do weird shit like that
-Bonnie Hunt doctored/wrote the scene between Lightning and Sally after the tractor tipping scene
-The cars are rendered with a layer of paint, then a layer of gloss
-the sound design team spent an entire day or two at Skywalker Ranch recording the sounds of the rubber marbles on the racetrack
-“Lincoln Continental Breakfast” at the Cozy Cone is just a spoof on a type of car
-McQueen’s thing with his tongue is actually based on John Lasseter
-the saturation of Radiator Springs increased the more McQueen liked the town
-random stuff like the tire tracks in the sky and car shaped cacti were added just because they were going car-crazy working on the film for so long. There’s no real reason yknow
-there is a version of McQueen that is sponsored only by the town of Radiator Springs and all the businesses in it (this is the version before Cars 3)
-the Pixar crew started research for designing Lightning McQueen at the Detroit auto show in 2001
-they used the same exact lighting on the dust clouds for both Doc’s and McQueen’s counteractive turns in Cars
-John actually hired Jay Ward as a full time “keeper of Cars”. It’s his actual job just to kind of, watch over the franchise. Alllll of it
-the Tokyo race in Cars 2 doesn’t have a score because they decided to build all of the sound design off of Francesco’s and Lightning’s engines, and have that be the auditory focus instead.
-the real Mater is called “towmater” because he would legit just… eat whole tomatoes as a kid. Like they were apples.
-the eyes are on the windshield of the Cars because if they were in the headlights, Pixar was worried they’d look like snakes. Bringing the eyes up allows for much more emotion, and you get to see more of the car
-the version of Chuck Berry’s “Route 66” used in the film was forgotten about for years by the record company until Pixar had to prove to them that the version existed.
-when The King crashed, John asked Richard Petty to recall any time he was injured in a race and act with that in mind, and Petty used a time when he had broken ribs, specifically.

Daily Monster 158: Rods

Region of origin: Worldwide

Largely acknowledged as a trick of exposure and light affecting airborne particles or insects, some believe these luminous artifacts, invisible to the naked eye but appearing when captured on photographic film, are in fact creatures speculated to be of extraterrestrial or even extra-dimensional origins.

Sometimes I forget the Hux isn’t actually a major character in the TFA film and I get really confused when people don’t know who he is. Like, did you even watch the same movie? He is Kylo’s one true frenemy, destined to rule the universe, master of snarky comebacks and kinky sex, and…oh yeah, only in the movie for three minutes. Never mind. 

Everyone on every social media platform I use is acting like Disney dropping Pewdiepie is some gross miscarriage of justice but…

Disney is a business. And they’re an entertainment business, so more than anyone else they literally rely on consumers to make money. Because of that, they are several times more likely to make a stand on social issues, or at the very least denounce anything negative that comes to light that is even loosely associated with them.

Regardless of how you think Disney should have reacted to the pewdiepie thing, the fact of the matter is pewdiepie literally paid people to write “Death to all Jews” on a board, then filmed, edited and uploaded the video to YouTube while in a contract with Disney and YouTube.

Which, to be completely blunt, was incredibly fucking stupid. Especially when in his response video the best he could come up with was “I didn’t think they’d actually do it.”

This isn’t “censorship”. This isn’t “SJWs winning”, it’s not even “unfair”.

It’s Felix making a completely idiotic decision, and having to face the consequences of it.

It’s really that simple. Y’all need to quit whining. 


Here’s the photos of Jen pushing her luggage through the snow dated today. Even though she’s actually in Budapest filming.

This is why I will never believe this romance is real, when they misdate pics, use the same pap company to get Jen and Darren photos and here she is in the same damn outfit.

It’s fake and I am going to guess she spent at the most a day or two in NYC.

Also, no body guard? Darren can’t be bothered to call her an uber? Or a towncar? What an ass.

what the actual fuck is this i literally don’t even know how to respond to this. firstly, they’re just walking their fucking dogs and they film in vancouver, just because they’re walking their dogs when they’re not filming it does not mean that they are dating and there is literally no other proof. secondly, wow i actually can’t believe melissa left her husband for chris I’m not saying that she did but it is what it looks like and i have nothing against chris, just his character, but wow i can’t believe this like i refuse to believe this the only proof they have is that they are smiling and walking their dogs somewhere that wasn’t near the supergirl set

to me this honestly sounds like bullshit and i refuse to believe this until it the words come out of one of their mouths (preferably melissa’s)

*edit* also they were seen at the airport together which obviously means that they’re dating….what is this bullshit

The World of Adam Young Scores - Original art by James Eads, mashed up by yours truly 

I am beyond happy that Adam Young has finally fulfilled his dream project. I can really hear him in his music, this is him: his heart and soul poured out in music sheets. There is passion in it, a dedication in telling stories through notes. I dream that someday Adam Young would make new film scores, maybe even actually make a film score for a film he himself has made (Imagine Flames Pond, with full production and a dramatic, action-packed soundtrack)

It feels like falling in love again, right, Adam? This refreshing feeling when you have this upsurge of energy to create, to express oneself artistically, to paint outside borders, and to experiment with a fresh palette of ideas and skills that one has discovered? 

Well, I look forward to your new music, in whichever project it may be, as long as your heart and soul is in it. Congratulations and stay owlsome. Your hoot owl family will always be here to support you.


Favorite world-building elements: Realistic depiction of trauma

One of the things that makes Fury Road so immersive is the way it presents the result of violence. Unlike movies in which characters shrug off what in the real world would be horrific injuries*, the inhabitants of the Wasteland experience the full effect of the bad things that happen to them.

Some examples:

  • Angharad’s graze wound. When Max shoots The Splendid Angharad in the leg, we see a close-up of the injury. When Furiosa asks her how it feels, she says, “It hurts,” and it apparently is a factor in her subsequently slipping from the war rig and being crushed. In the world of Fury Road, even a relatively minor injury can have severe consequences.
  • Avoidance of gratuitous on-screen gore. At the same time, the film avoids depicting injuries just to be shocking. When Angharad is dying and Immortan Joe orders her cut open to try to save the fetus, we see the scene unfold – but we don’t see the actual procedure. The movie only shows enough for us to understand what’s happening. That restraint reflects a maturity in how the film approaches trauma that contrasts with the adolescent gross-out porn of other action movies.
  • Realistic emotional responses. The inhabitants of the Wasteland carry both literal and figurative scars of past experiences. Angharad has a history of self-harm. Max exhibits a degree of PTSD that leaves him unable to speak. I ship Max/Furiosa, and there’s a side of me that wants to believe there were sexy fun times in the back of the war rig during that one chance Nux and Capable had, but I appreciate that the film respects its characters and what they’ve been through enough not to force them into emotionally false situations.
  • Furiosa’s chest wound. When Furiosa is stabbed with the gear-shift dagger, we see the pain of it in her face. Especially given how stoic she’s been up to this point, the increasingly desperate look in her eyes during subsequent events shows the effect it is having on her. Unlike less-realistic movies, where such an injury might lead to a) a quick clichéd death scene with a few coughs of blood, an exhortation or two, and boom, dead, or conversely b) lots of ass-kicking followed by a wince and some light-hearted banter in the denouement, Furiosa’s injury follows a steady and clinically realistic progression through increasing distress and eventual loss of breath function due to tension pneumothorax. That the true emotional climax of the movie centers on an act of healing, as Max decompresses her chest and then treats her subsequent exsanguination with a transfusion of his own blood, is a beautiful inversion of action-movie tropes.

George Miller financed the original Mad Max with his earnings as an ER doctor, and made the movie in part to explore the effects of trauma on people who encounter lots of it. Although he hasn’t worked as a physician in many years, his experience and willingness to hold the movie to a high standard adds greatly to the believability of Fury Road.

*No disrespect to Holy Grail. That shit’s hilarious.

Damon and Elena's Endgame at TVD 8x16

I was happy Damon and Elena were endgame and lived happily with probably a couple of kids. But am I the only one not satisfied with how Delena never got to have an actual conversation after having to wait for 2 years to actually meet in the finale episode? Filming them kiss and hug, it couldn’t have hurt to speak a line or two. I mean, at least Elena got to have a meaningful conversation with Stefan as a closure. And even Damon talked with Katherine.

Also I know that Damon was at a point where he was grieving Stefan (not the best time to reunite with Elena), but there wasn’t that much overwhelming mix of emotions of relief and happiness, sadness when Damon first saw Elena and walked with her in the afterlife. Maybe it’s just me but I honestly felt Ian’s acting was more of “bland” compared to Nina’s when portraying Elena. The camera pans more to Nina’s face during Delena scenes than Ian’s. Just saying, we’ve seeing how capable Ian portrays Damon even during when Delena is facing through difficult trials in life. I felt like I was more deeply touched with Steroline scenes in 8x16 when I anticipated my OTP Delena before watching the episode.