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Aaah, the Lethifold! One of my favourite creatures from reading the book as a child. Thanks to @zinfandelli for suggesting it as a creature, I was psyched to draw Credence with one. 
(And of course I saw the official design on the bluray just as I was about to start colouring, and had to change up a bunch of stuff from my sketch haha)
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Oscars 2017 Complete Winners List

Best picture:  Moonlight

Best actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best supporting actor:  Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best actress:  Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best supporting actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

Best director:  Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Best original screenplay:  Manchester by the Sea

Best adapted screenplay: Moonlight 

Best live-action short: Sing

Best documentary short:  The White Helmets

Best documentary:  OJ: Made in America

Best foreign language film: The Salesman 

Best animated feature: Zootopia 

Best animated short: Piper 

Best cinematography: La La Land 

Best production design: La La Land 

Best score: La La Land 

Best song:  City of Stars (La La Land)

Best visual effects: The Jungle Book 

Best film editing: Hacksaw Ridge 

Best sound editing:  Arrival

Best sound mixing:  Hacksaw Ridge

Best makeup and hairstyling: Suicide Squad

Best costume designFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

bloglizziekamiya  asked:

I just had a fantastic thought. In the documentary au I bet MAUL writes fanfic. I bet he writes obi-wan/maul fanfic and Anakin is constantly in a state of rage/jealousy over how many fics it gets Ooh imagine Maul also publishing fic where Chancellor Palpatine is a Sith Lord and people assume it's crack because pff that's ridiculous right! Of course Maul goes out of his way to make Palpatine the most pathetic Sith ever he was raised by the guy he must have some stories he can embellish xd

OK but the thing that is KILLING ME about Maul doing this is that most of the galaxy wouldn’t have any idea who Maul even IS. Like, the Jedi didn’t issue a press release about the return of the Sith or the mysterious darksider that Obi-Wan fought. So does most of the fandom think Maul is just a really well-written OC? 

ALSO: maybe Maul starts publishing his fics before Obi-Wan learns that he’s still alive, making this even funnier. Obi-Wan is losing his mind trying to figure out who the hell could possibly be writing all these stories about a guy he is positive he killed years ago. (And yes, Anakin is also VERY interested in knowing because of course he is totally jealous.)

Maul would totally drag Palpatine in his fics, too. Deservedly so. 

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This is an absolutely fantastic documentary by Spanish Anarchists/Communists about the Syrian Civil War and the Rebels who, contrary to western perceptions, aren’t all “jihadis” or “terrorists”. PLEASE take some time to watch this in its entirety.

anonymous asked:

Hello. I have read that all geiko/maiko movements (when they dance) have a meaning and that makes the whole perfomance have a meaning, like a story or some kind of beautiful opera (the one you can enjoy in occidental theatres). Is this true? Can you please share with us your knowledge about dances? I hope you can understand my question, english is not m y first language. Thank you so much for this blog!

I sadly know very little about Japanese dance, I don’t really have many resources to learn about it. I will tell you all that I know though!

All Maiko and Geiko of Kyoto perform a style called “Kyo Mai”. It’s heavily influenced by the graceful and sophisticated mannerisms and movements by members of the Imperial Court, which used to be in Kyoto, and came into existence in the 17th century.

Each of the five hanamachi of Kyoto has it’s own, unqiue style of dancing though, because every district follows different dance schools. While I’m far from being an expert, I’d say that you can tell them apart after a while of watching Maiko and Geiko dance.

Gion Kobu’s dance school is the Inoue School, and it’s the most famous out of the five dance schools taught in Kyoto and belongs to the most well-known dance schools across Japan. It derives its style from Noh theater which was founded in the 14th century and used to be watched mainly by nobles. Its dance style is very static and minimalistic, especially when you compare it to Kabuki, and only few props are used (mainly masks), and so is the Inoue style. The Inoue Style breaks down complex emotions and stories into small, seemingly simple and strong and decisive, yet graceful movements.

The Inoue School was founded around 1800 by Sato Inoue who was a lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court and also taught the dances used in ceremonies at the court. The Inoue School is only taught in Gion Kobu, unlike all of the other dance schools taught in Kyoto’s hanamachi, which are taught nation-wide.

The head of the Inoue School is called Iemoto, and is basically the dance master. She has pretty much absolute power in Gion Kobu and she is the “model” all of the Maiko and Geiko aspire to become. Her power and influence also expand far out of Gion Kobu, and she is one of the most important figures in Kyoto’s hanamachi and Japan’s traditional dance. They are also the only person allowed to compose new pieces in the Inoue Style of Dance. All Iemoto have been trained from a very young age, usually from ages 3 to 6. They study to become dance teachers and take the position of Iemoto when the last Iemoto chooses to resign or dies and choreograph and manage the Miyako Odori.

The young girls chosen to become the next Iemoto one day are either already part of the family or adopted into it. Every Iemoto takes the title “Yachiyo Inoue”. The current Yachiyo Inoue V was born as Michiko Inoue in 1956 and took up the position in 2001.

All other four hanamachi of Kyoto follow dance schools that are mainly inspired by Kabuki Theater, which came into existence in the early 17th century and used to be mainy enjoyed by common people, because of it’s dynamic, broad and dramatic display of emotions and lavish costumes and secenery.

Pontocho follows the Onoue School of Dance, Kamishichiken follows the Hanayagi School of Dance, Miyagawacho follows the Wakayagi School of Dance and Gion Higashi follows the Fujima School of Dance. These dance schools use a much wider set of moves and are visibly more dynamic than the Inoue School of Dance. Kamishichiken’s and Pontocho’s dance schools are especially close to Kabuki. All of these dance schools are highly technically demanding and require a good deal of strength, especially in leg-muscles, and general physical health. In Kyomai and in a lot of traditional Japanese dance, deep emotions are coveyed via subtle, graceful movements. While the movements are much less dramatic, dynamic and “athletic” than what we are used to from many traditional western dances, they are performed with absolute precision, elegance and the constant strive for perfection.

Out of the five, I’d personally say that Miyagawachos dance school is the most upbeat and dynamic and the easiest to enjoy for the untrained eye.

Other hanamachi in different parts of Japan follow different dance schools - pretty much every hanamachi has “their own" (although they are usually taught nationwide). The differences are often remarkable and easy to see, even for the untrained eye, especially since no other hanamachi in Japan dances Kyomai, and therefore their movements are often more dramatic.

Most of traditional Japanese songs talk about old folklore, heroes and heroines, the beauty of nature and the four seasons and love, be it unhappy, unrequited or happy and most songs performed by Maiko and Geiko are about love and nature.

The movements of the Maiko and Geiko accompany the lyrics of the song and often tell a story. There sadly are only three traditional Japanese songs to which I know the full English translation, the Gion Kouta, Harusame and the Kamishichiken Yakyoku. The Gion Kouta (”Ballad of Gion”) is about the beauty of the Gion district and Harusame (”Spring Rain”) is about a courtesan leaving her district after paying off her debts, to live a new life with her lover and the Kamishichiken Yakyoku is basically an ode to Kamishichiken and its beauty.

However, I do know the general plot of some other ones as well, for example: “Himesanja” (my favourite), “Three Princesses” is about three princesses, sisters, who all fall in love with the same prince. The song is about their fighting and wrangling, which eventually leads to the suicide of the youngest princess. The song “Natsu Wa Hotaru” is about catching fireflies in the summer.

Once you know about the lyrics or even just the general plot of the song, the dance immediately makes much more sense. I think the Gion Kouta is a great example for this, listen to it once ot twice while reading the lyrics and then watch Maiko or Geiko perform it and the movements will make sense.

Hands and fans can be used for a very broad variety of movements and the mai tenugui is usually used to smybolize some sort of headwear from the Edo Period. When you see a Geiko biting down on it, it’s a sign that the character she is portraying is in great emotional turmoil; this is a classic gesture taken from Kabuki of women in despair.

Sometimes other props like hanagasa, floral hats, or cherry blossoms or wisteria blossoms are used, but I can’t really tell you about individual movements with those.

If you are interested in learning more about the Inoue School, here is a link to a fantastic documentary about the current Yachiyo Inoue V succeeding her grandmother, Yachiyo Inoue IV, who passed away in 2004: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wVExO0O1x4

And here are some videos of dances that I’d recommend to get an idea of the different styles of dancing used in Kyoto’s hanamachi:

Suzume Odori - danced by Gion Kobu’s Maiko (a special dance only performed during the Gion Matsuri)

Kabuki Odori - danced by Pontocho’s Maiko and Geiko (a special dance only performed during the Gion Matsuri)

Konchiki Odori - danced by Miyagawacho’s Maiko (a special dance only performed during the Gion Matsuri)

Komachi Odori - danced by Gion Higashi’s Maiko (a special dance only performed durig the Gion Matsuri)

Kamishichiken Yakyoku - danced by Kamishichiken’s Maiko and Geiko (the final dance of the Kitano Odori, sometimes also performed outside of the odori for special occassions)

Ayame Yukata - performed by Geiko from Gion Higashi during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Kishi No Yanagi - performed by Geiko from Kamishichiken during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Seigaiha Part 1 and 2- performed by Geiko from Miyagawacho during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Genroku Hanami Odori - performed by Geiko from Gion Kobu during the Miyako No Nigiwai

Yoshiwara Suzme Part 1 and 2 - performed by Geiko from Pontocho during the Miyako No Nigiwai

What an absolutely fantastic documentary - I won’t spoil the outcome here (even though most already know because it was a big case), but check it out!

The Stand your Ground Law is predominately implemented to protect whites that feel threatened by African American males purely because they’re African American males. A drunk man fires 10 shots into a car of unarmed teenagers for playing their music too loud, killing one, before fleeing the scene and having a few more drinks and ordering a pizza. Never once did he call 911 or mention to his fiancé he felt threatened. Only in Florida could a defence lawyer argue that this is justified due to this specific law. The Stand Your Ground Law perpetuates racial bias and really needs reformed.

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Portuguese Fencing Martial Arts

This is a fantastic documentary about the very ancient portuguese style of fencing, a.k.a. “Jogo do Pau”, once you see it, you will realize why is it so distinct from others. 

At 3:59, you can watch a real fight, you will be amazed! 

The Defiant Ones (2017) 

“The Defiant Ones” examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

A fantastic documentary with excellent editing and music. It makes you feel creative and it makes you realise that anything is possible if you set your mind to it . Very informative and entertaining. You don’t have to be a hip-hop fan to enjoy it.

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine have incredible work ethic, you will feel inspired.

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So far my favorite find at SXSW is YARN (see above trailer), a fantastical documentary about women using yarn in various arts (street art, performance art, dance, playscapes, etc.). It’s been picked up by a studio, so hopefully makes its way to VOD (at least) sometime soon.

Everyone needs to stop what they are doing and go watch The Great Sperm Race, which is a not only a truly fantastic documentary about sperm, it’s narrated by RICHARD ARMITAGE.  Listen to me. Listen to my wisdom. 

  • Richard Armitage says all the naughty words you giggled at when you were seven.  Sex. Semen. Vagina. Orgasm. 
  • The entire fertilization operation is dramatized by dressing up grown men and women in white suits and having them run desperately through mountain ranges that symbolize the vaginal walls.
  • “The cervix is, quite simply, sperm hell.” 
  • They turn The Gherkin in London into a giant testicle.  Richard Armitage says the words “giant testicle.” 
  • You get to watch TV-appropriate sex between two average-looking white people while hearing Richard Armitage say phrases like “performance between the sheets.” 
  • At one point they go into a tangent about sex workers and LAPDANCES. 

In short, this documentary is a thing of beauty and you must watch it immediately. It’s called THE GREAT SPERM RACE. Narrated by RICHARD ARMITAGE. How could you go wrong?????  

anonymous asked:

are there any fashion documentaries or inspiring films that you would recommend watching?

I am going to post a few links: The House Of Chanel is fantastic - a documentary covering the creation of a Chanel haute couture collection. There’s a wonderful South Bank Show covering John Galliano just prior to his move to Dior. There’s a great McQueen documentary - Cutting Up Rough, I think it’s called. It’s on youtube. The September Issue is very good. There’s also a late-nineties documentary called Boss Women profiling Anna Wintour. THAT is fantastic.

Also, the best fashion documentary ever made - so far - is Unzipped with Isaac Mizrahi. It’s amazing.

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Today I watched a really fantastic documentary called Audism Unveiled

It was totally heartbreaking to see so many stories about parents trying to ‘cure’ their deaf children with science and religion and many refusing to learn sign language. Also devastating were the descriptions of a couple of 18th century 'cures’ for deafness, including one which involved pumping the Eustachian tube full of chemicals. 

I was interested to learn that up until recently, almost all education for deaf students was entirely focused on speech. So many stories of people being punished for using sign or not pronouncing words to the teacher’s satisfaction. Many people also told their stories of being forced to learn Signed English or Manually Coded English at their Deaf schools (and what an awkward and jarring system that is) and being punished for trying to sign instead. 

All of this is just Audist, Ableist and disgusting. I cried whilst watching this movie. It’s really worth seeing. You can watch it here online 

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FAVORITE ‘NEW TO ME’ FILMS IN 2016

Sooo I was tagged by the ever wonderful @dawnofthedusk​ to make of list of 9 movies I watched for the first time in 2016. And they also just happen to be my favorite 9 movies of the year cause if I didn’t see them in the theater, then I don’t remember. 

This year was interesting because while it may not have been the best for blockbusters, there were a lot of good movies that came out. I spent a lot of time at the movies (and also netflix, 13th is a fantastic documentary that you can watch right now!) Also this year, I tried to make my taste of movies a little more diverse and I feel like with this list you can see that?? Maybe?? There are movies not on here that I haven’t had the chance to see (Moonlight, Silence, and A Monster Calls, I’m looking at you!) but as of this moment these are my top 9 favorites. 

Tagging: @buckybutts​, @acebodhi​, @ltfrankcastle​, @stripperanakin​, @frankcasxtle​, and @quakesrider

You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to! Just a little something at the end of the year that is fun~~~