favorite actress of all time

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“Small but a mansion in her eyes”: All time favorite lady…as an actress & a profound gem to me since I was 16[Blue]. For me, her roles grasped the inconsistency that comes from being a teenager. She’s gotten increasingly popular since Stranger Things and rightfully so. But my appreciation comes from a slew of characters she’s played & words she’s uttered that have stricken me with joy and sometimes even pain. By pain, I also mean empathy. She’s not Hollywood, she’s over that part. She just does her own thing, creates her own colorful life around her not giving two shits of how it can be perceived and I love that. She has been able show her sensitive soul & her fortitude shines through. In what she has shared about her struggles, I can parallel many accounts to my own experiences. She’s not shy of showing her frailty, which I myself have always struggled with how vulnerable to be with others. It can be frustrating for anyone. “The things that make a woman beautiful - moving with grace, accepting yourself, the ability to enjoy life - are timeless” I believe the same thing, she appreciates the wisdom and serenity that comes with age. Most likely why she ages so gracefully, because she’s happy. People have asked me for years why I like her so much. Mermaids & Girl Interrupted pulls at my heart strings, Heathers kept me mesmerized & Night On Earth keeps me on my toes. (Well I could go on & on about so many of her roles but I won’t) The health of your soul, your mind & your body is so important & she’s never been afraid to show that it’s ok to be sensitive, you don’t have to be this pillar of strength all of the time. It’s ok to fall down, go through stuff and learn to take care of yourself. All of the low points are what make a person stronger. That’s why I have held her in such high regard for so long, and why everything about her is so striking to me. I have amazing women in my own life, I always will. But she’s pretty awesome too. She’s just another strong beautiful woman who has made me realize that all you need perseverance and know what matters most in this life and stay true to it.

Originally posted on my instagram: @ dreamrubio
Fancasts :)

Marauders:

James Potter- Aaron Taylor Johnson

Ive always gone along with the crowd with this one ATJ is THE perfect James no doubt about it like look at him 

Sirius Black- Ben Barnes

Again another crowd pleaser but seriously (lol) look at him he is the physical  embodiment of Sirius.. the smirk the hair everything hes perfect 

Remus Lupin- Andrew Garfield 

This is undisputed for me because Andrew has that nerdish vibe, yet still gives off the essences of a laid back, chill guy and idk that is Remus for me

Severus Snape- Louis Garrel 

This was hard cause Louis Garrel is so hot and I hate Snape so much but he has the features and the hair and it just works and i hate it 

Peter Pettigrew- Jamie Bell

Again another hatred for a character but love for an actor.. Jamie Bell afain just works his got smaller pointier features like Peter would have but like i still hate pettigrew 

Lily Evans- Karen Gillian 

Karen has always been Lily for me because she gives of the hot headed nerdish girl and there are some edits out there of her and ATJ that have driven me to tears with how perfect it is so yes she is Lily

Regulus Black- Dane DeHaan 

Dane is one of my favorite actors and Regulus is one of my favorite characters even though he isnt mentioned much until the end hes a fallen hero of sorts and Dane portrays the cool yet serious and loyal guy that Regulus would be.. hed be the fallen hero and i love it

Marlene Mckinnon- Natalie Dormer 

NATALIE DORMER IS MY FAVORITE ACTRESS OF ALL TIME AND SHES SO HOT IM SO IN LOVE WITH HER……. anyway… Marlene had to have been like the most attractive badass human being to get Sirius Black to fall n love with her and Natalie is the definition of hot and badass like that smirk and those eyes and my god i love her 

Next Generation: 

Teddy Lupin- Hunter Parrish 

I had Luke Newberry before but i was scrolling through some things and Hunter Parrish just like was perfect like it all just clicked.. Teddy i feel would just be adorable yet so hot that all the girls would fawn over him yet hed be so blind to how attractive he really is

James Sirius Potter- Robbie Sheehan

Ive seen so many people fancasted as James Sirius and the only one whose ever stuck with me is Robbie… Robbie is sarcastic and gives off a snarky “i dont give a fuck” attitude and that is James.. His smile is what sold me tho.. its a smile that just hints at charming and troublemaking and i love it

Albus Rubeus Potter- Logan Lerman 

I fought myself for so long putting Logan here but he really is perfect.. i saw an edit somewhere that had ATJ, Dan Radcliffe, and him all next to each other and it just worked so well that i couldnt refuse 

Lily Luna Potter- Jane Levy

Jane Levy fits the bill for me because she has Harry’s eyes and Ginny hairs so its a perfect combo in my eyes and i love it she has the attitude of someone whose has to deal with James Sirius and Albus for brothers too so lol

Hugo Weasley- PJ Ligouri

PJ is just so cute and adorable and sweet and i think Hugo would be the exact same like for this its more personality than face but i feel PJ also has a ron like build being tall and lanky and his eyes with Hermiones hair and sharp features ugh i love it 

Rose Weasley- Sophie Turner

SOPHIE IS BAE AH she has Rons hair obviously and his eyes.. again this is more personality cause i picture Rose as fiery and adventurous and snarky and bubbly and that is what Sophie is 

Scorpius Malfoy- Bertie Gilbert

This is a bit obvious but like Bertie is so sweet yet so hot and also i thought hed look good with Sophie (oops im scorose trash) 

Victoire Weasley- Elizabeth Olsen 

I typed in Victoire Weasley Actress in google cause i wanted to see and get ideas and i scrolled fown really far till i saw Lizzie and i was like YASSS shes just perfect shes so gorgeous and gives off a veela vibe but she also has a little werewolf in her so shes tough and idk i think its perfect plus her and hunter would be SO CUTE 

Dominique Weasley- Britt Robertson

I always felt Dominique would be a lot like Bill personality wise, yet look more like Fleur with her hair and her softer features and i love it ah

Louis Weasley- Daniel Sharman 

Hes just so hot and such a charmer with i feel a shyer side and that it Louis to me 

Molly Weasley- Chloe Grace Moretz

Clhoe just has softer features and is so adorable and I feel like Percy’s kids would be precious and so sweet and thats just what Chloe gives off

Lucy Weasley- Georgie Henley 

This is the same as Chloe like Georgie looks so kind and sweet and i love it 

Fred Weasley II- Jacob Artist 

Seeing as Fred is half black half white, i wanted someone who could definitely embody both and Jacob just fit that.. he has a mix of sharper features and softer features which i think works for George and Angelina 

Roxanne Weasley- Zoe Kravitz 

Zoe is just such a badass and so punk rock and hard and i always thought Roxanne would be the same.. she gives off a punky vibe to me and i love this 

Lorcan and Lysander Scamander- Jack and Finn Harries 

i think Jack and Finn are the perfect combo of crazy and weird and off in their own world and yet still quite hot and i mean Luna’s kids had to be stunning so 

Id like some feedback guys i love all these people theyre all so attractive and idk they all work in my opinion

btw none of the gifs are mine :)

Not starting this until I finish Candle In The Tomb (always finish one Jin Dong drama before starting the next!), but, if you’ve been following C-ent. news these days, I’m mostly shocked that DramaFever is actually picking this up. (Maybe they don’t follow C-ent. news?)

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I just, I love portraying [Lorraine], I love who she is. I adore her, and she’s a friend now. And I really loved their collaboration, I loved them as a couple.

Kdrama master list

Kdrama master list for lemonadeluhan

My top favorites:

City Hunter - This was my first drama ever. It’s full of action, yet still has a good romance. Very interesting plot. Cool soundtrack as well

Pasta -Very cute romance one. Takes place in a kitchen between the chef and an assistant. Has my all time favorite actress: Gong Hyo Jin. Warning: will make you hungry

Coffee Prince - Gender bender. Takes place in a coffee shop run by cute guys *winks* I love the female lead, very spunky.

Masters Sun - most kdramas have very similar predictable plot lines, yet this one is different from most. The main actress can see ghosts, and she meets this CEO of a big company who when they touch the ghosts disappear. I won’t give away too much. Also has Gong Hyo Jin.

Greatest Love - about this ex-famous pop star female who’s still trying to make a living. Then she meets one of the biggest celebrities there is, and the drama is basically about them two, who start off by hating each other. Also has Gong Hyo Jin. Male lead has the best laugh I have ever heard.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal - gender bender historical drama. Really cool plot line, cute guys too. It takes place in a school for scholars.

Rooftop Prince - historical/present day, time travel one. Super funny. Male lead is a Prince from the past, female lead is from present day. Cool murder mystery.

You who came from the stars - alien romance drama. Main guy is so hot! Lots of people say it’s overrated but I like it. Different plot from most dramas. Really funny.

You’re Beautiful - gender bender. About this girl who pretends to be her twin brother in a kpop band. Bonus has Jung Yonghwa and Lee Hongki in it.

Thank you - very beautiful drama. Warning: you will cry, I’m not kidding, no matter how tough you think you are, you will cry! Has Gong Hyo Jin in it.

Lovers in the most unlikely places

(A/N): I LOVE SOULMATE AU’S SO MUCH LIKE UGH

Request:  Ooh! Could you write a Scarlett Johansson x female reader imagine where the reader and Scarlett realize that they’re soulmates? Please? :)

Warnings: none 


Originally posted by fearnothingexceptyourmom

   "Come on,“ Your friend whined beside you, stomping their feet as you stood just beside one of the autograph lines at the comic con you were at. 

     "No, she’s literally my favorite and I don’t think I have the heart to face her,” you whisper timidly, eyeing Scarlett Johansson’s line. “Plus, it’s a really long line-” you attempt to use logic in this argument but one look at your friend and you knew that you weren’t going to win this.

     "Ugh,“ you groan, eyeing her at the front of the line, smiling and happily chatting away with some fans. "It’s gonna take like, 3 hours," 

     "Well,” your friend smiles, clasping you on the back as they drag you to the back of the long line. “Guess it’s a good thing we brought money for food,”

     It actually was a good thing you brought a little more extra money than anticipated given that you waited in line for nearly 3 hours, waiting to meet your all time favorite actress. Your friend went and bought pizza, chips, pretzels, and an abundance of other food for the two of you as you waited nervously, gnawing on your nails as the like moved a a snails pace.

     You were a little afraid that she was going to leave soon, after all see been here signing autographs for hours, why would she want to stay any longer than necessary? Even though in the beginning you had been rather reluctant to meet her you were simply dying for this line to speed up so that perhaps you’d have the slight chance of catching a glimpse of her.   

    The line dragged on and it was nearing four hours when her body guard pushed everyone back, saying she was done with autographs for the day. You couldn’t help the bubble of disappointment within you, after all, you were so, so, so close to meeting her, only 10 or so people ahead of you. 

     "Wait,“ Scarlett placed a gentle hand on her bodyguards arm, smiling at him softly. "I can do a few more, It’s fine,” despite the fact that she had indeed been signing autographs for nearly 4 hours the bodyguard nodded, stepping out of the way so you guys could inch closer.   

    You swore these ten people were going by slower than any line you’d ever been in. It felt like an eternity before you were finally stepping up to the table, smiling nervously at the actual goddess before you. 

      “Hi,” she smiled warmly as she grabbed some picture the person beside her was giving out, a standardized photo of her face. “What’s your name sweetheart?” Oh god. Oh fucking hell. Damn you to the core of hell and back again because those were the exact words printed on your arm, hidden from the view of all people.

     Everyone had a soulmate, someone in this universe made just for them and a mark, a string of words, would present themself to a person on their 16 birthday. From then on they’d have to wait until the universe pushed the soulmates together, finally allowing the two people to become whole. 

    The marks were there to guide people through their lives, to make sure they didn’t fall in love only to have their heartbroken, to make sure that for once they found the right partner and here you were, your favorite celebrity before you, having just spoken those exact words upon your arm to you. You checked your sleeves which were pulled down over your hands so there was no way in hell she’d seen the words, no way she was giving you a false sense of hope. 

      “Um…it’s (Y/N), (Y/N) (Y/L/N),” Suddenly her hand stills in it’s writing, having just gotten the first word of your first name written down. Slowly, she looks up to you, her eyes shining with some emotion you’d couldn’t quite figure out. 

     "You’re my- I’m you’re-“ She trails off, staring at you with these wide, imploring eyes.

     "I think so…yeah,” Within a flash she’s hopped up on her chair, jumping off the table and immediately engulfing you in her arms. Her face nuzzles into the crook of your neck as her arms wrap around your waist snugly. 

    “Soulmate,” she whispers against you. “You’re my soulmate,”

anonymous asked:

Laurence Oliver,Marylin Monroe and Grace Kelly

I think Laurence Olivier is one of the greatest. I feel like he really boxed himself in by taking all of those highbrow, ancient, and often boring characters that he did, though. Maxim de Winter is pretty much my favorite fictional character because of his portrayal of him in Rebecca, and if he had taken more interesting, modern, and complex parts like that one I would have liked him even more.

Who could dislike Marilyn? She was so lovely and delicate, the epitome of femininity, which I adore in actresses. I’d day that all of my favorite actresses were especially feminine, actually. She was so underrated for her acting ability, and should have stayed with us a lot longer than she did. I don’t talk about her enough because most people’s love for her goes without saying.

As I’ve mentioned before, Grace is tied with Rita as my favorite actress of all time. She was so complex as a person, with so many layers to her personality that I feel weren’t even seen by most people. She was so kind and I only wish she were still with us, because I would have loved to meet her.

Send me your most hated characters/celebrities and I’ll tell you if I hate them too or not!

anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on 1915's Birth of a Nation?

Racist, racist, racist! Not at all one of my favorites even when scenes weren’t racist. Couldn’t last 5 minutes of it. So bummed even more as Lillian Gish is not only my favorite actress but one of my all time favorite people in the entire world and she had to be put in something like that.

Happy Birthday Megumi Hayashibara!!! ❤

My favorite voice actress of all time, Megumi Hayashibara, turned 49 today! Happy Birthday!!! :D

For those who don’t know her, she voices this cutie here

Shiho Miyano aka Ai Haibara from Detective Conan, one of my favorite anime characters ever I’m so proud omg :’)

Hayashibara-san voiced many, many anime characters such as Slayers’s heroine Lina Inverse, female Ranma from Ranma ½, Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Jessie from Pokemon, Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, Lime from Saber Marionette J and Anna from Shaman King.

I love her works and her charming voice so much and I wish her all the best! ❤

MOST AMAZING DAY EVER EVER

Okay this is a bit lengthy, but it’s worth it, trust me.

I saw Cabaret tonight with Alan Cumming and Emma Stone and it was a-MAZING. A little raunchy for my taste (I mean it’s Cabaret), but really good.

And I waited backstage after the show and OMG EVERYTHING GREAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED!

I got Alan Cumming’s autograph (aka NIGHTCRAWLER FROM XMEN GUYS, my fave before Cappy)

AND THEN WHO SHOWS UP BUT PAUL FLIPPIN MCCARTNEY

(no picture, sorry guys, he was too far away)

but PAUL MCCARTNEY YOU GUYS

LIKE FROM THE BEATLES

THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME

LIKE IT’S ON MY BUCKET LIST TO MEET HIM

AND I YELLED “HI PAUL” FROM ACROSS THE BARRIER AND HE SAID “HI” BACK AND BLEW KISSES TO ALL OF US YOU GUYS

PAUL MCCARTNEY

AND THEN

you know what happened next?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE! JLAW WAS THERE TOO!

(again no pics, she was surrounded by security)

But I got a quick glimpse of her. She was rushed into her car because there were a bunch of sleazy paparazzi guys following her around (THEY ACTUALLY FOLLOWED HER CAR TOO EWWW)

But I said hi to her and omg she is so gorgeous omg :3

AND THEN EMMA STONE CAME OUT!

OMG AAAHHH AND SHE WAS SO SWEET AND SHE’S EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON

and we made eye contact, yep, and I told her she was great and she said “Thank you so much! Thank you for coming.” And just

wow

AND I GOT HER AUTOGRAPH TOO

AHHHHHH

GUYS

MY TWO FAVORITE ACTRESSES IN THE WHOLE WORLD

A MEMBER OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BAND

AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUPERHEROES

I CAN’T EVEN COMPREHEND MY OWN HAPPINESS RIGHT NOW

A very quickly colored doodle I did a while back when I learned thAT TARA STRONG WAS GONNA BE AT BRONYCON THIS YEAR OH MAN OH MAN OH GOLLY.

Oh man, I’m a huge fan of Tara Strong; she’s a pretty huge part of my childhood since she voiced a LOT of my favorite cartoon characters (Timmy Turner, Raven, Bubbles, Princess Clara, and several others) and she remains one of my favorite voice actresses of all time. Her voicing Twilight is part of why Twily’s my favorite pony. So I’m super excited that she’ll be there!

The only problem for me is that I probably won’t have the time to get an autograph since I’m vending and, as far as I know, the times to get autographs are during vending hours. And since I’m manning my booth by my lonesome, I won’t be able to leave. Aw well…

Even still, it’s really cool that she’s going, so I doodled this! Her ponysona surrounded by plushies of some of the characters she voiced. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to tell you guys who is who. xD Twilight’s not in there since… well, she’s going to Bronycon for a reason. So it’s pretty self-explanatory. x3 I also gave her a golden flower crown as a replacement for the toga-thing her OC always seems to wear. o3o

I’ll either sell the original or just give it away to whomever wants it, but what I’ll also probably do is provide free prints of it at my booth to anyone who’d like an extra print for a possible autograph from her. If not? Free print anyhow! c:

Liza Weil Interview with Cosmopolitan

Q. Did Shonda Rhimes have to sign off on you doing Gilmore Girls again? What was it like to juggle between the two?

A. I had gotten some emails from Amy [Sherman-Palladino] but it was finally maybe looking really good to happen. That was very exciting. It really worked out quite beautifully because we started filming in February and we only did 15 episodes of How to Get Away With Murder. [The revival] lined up with our hiatus. We were all very surprised. Amy was worried that I wasn’t gonna be able to do it. I was only doing two of the four episodes.

Q. How did you make the transition back to Paris after being away from her for so long?

A. It was daunting. A decade is a very long time to be away from somebody. In some way, she was always in there. Paris sort of still lurks around. But I was trepidatious for sure. I was relieved once I read the first episode of the revival. It was very magical opening that script and going through those pages. Paris is so alive in that writing. That was very comforting.

Q. Is Paris still with Doyle?

A. I can confirm that we are both in it and that we have scenes together.

Q. I will accept that. I want to get into Paris as a character for a bit. I remember it took me a while to warm up to her and it was not until in the later seasons I began to relate more to Paris. Was she just too mature for her time? And did this backlash ever hurt your feelings?

A. In the beginning, I remember it being difficult for me to find where her behavior was coming from, because in the beginning, Paris does present as this very mean and confrontational, not very pleasant [person]. The interesting thing about a lot of serialized television is that it’s a blessing and curse. Smart writers really take their time in investing in backstories and characters. As a viewer, you have to invest in them and love them before you can chip away at what’s going on more on a deeper level with secondary characters.In season one, it was hard. I do remember feeling like, oh gosh, what is the value of portraying a mean girl on television? I’m not sure if it was helping anybody. It didn’t feel good to do it. Once we started learning more about Paris, it really made sense to me very quickly. Again, Amy and Dan and the writers were very smart about what was motivating that behavior. I agree with you, as I ‘ve gotten older — and I don’t know if it’s just aging and sort of having a better understanding of human pathology, psychological reasons for behavior — but it is easier for me to identify with what makes her tick, the older that I get. I certainly think I have aspects of Paris in me. All those things are a part of me.

Q. Can you elaborate?

A. I think I can get a little passionate about things that I believe in and maybe that can be a little intense for people. And I think a lot of that stuff comes out of the need of wanting to belong, and being insecure and uncomfortable. Like all of us, she figured out who she was and became less apologetic about it.

Q. Should young women aspire to be more like Paris? Do you have a message for all the Paris girls out there?

A. The thing that’s the most lovely to me, looking back at my time on Gilmore Girls, was how fortunate I was to be a young actor and to be on a show that made it really cool for girls to be smart. I really don’t think there were any other shows like that at that time that were portraying young girls like that. There were a lot of beauty shows, teen soaps, a lot of attention on looking pretty and being sexualized. It was really a gift for me to not have to do that and to really be able to explore the real issues of what it is to grow up. There are a lot of great role models on the show. I think that it’s probably a good thing to aspire to be a little mix of every woman you see on the show. The grandparents were amazing. I think Lorelai Gilmore is an amazing role model. Sookie was a great role model. If you put all those women in a blender, you’d be in pretty good shape.

Q. When the show aired, the whole “Is this show feminist or not” conversation didn’t really exist. Looking back, was Gilmore Girls feminist?

A. No. I don’t think so. I think that Amy is a really smart, funny, eccentric person and that’s the world she came up with. She’s a woman. She wrote the people she wanted to see on TV. I don’t think that was in the zeitgeist at the time as it is now. I don’t think we thought of it that way.

Q. Would Gilmore Girls work if it premiered in 2016, considering all the social media hoopla that goes with anything that’s on TV?

A. We were all very young. That was my first big job. I don’t know if I would’ve been able to handle being aware of myself or watching myself or seeing the things people were saying about the show at the time. I don’t think I had the skill set to separate those things. I have to do it now for How to Get Away With Murder, it’s kind of a Shondaland mandate, which I totally understand. It generates fans and gets people excited about the show. I think that there’s something that can be beautiful for connecting with viewers and watching something together. But it’s a bizarre thing. I also think that Gilmore Girls is really a show you have to sit down and pay attention to, or you’re going to miss it. I don’t know if that really serves social media or live-tweeting. I think it’s also important to remember that we wouldn’t be tweeting in character and not ourselves, and it would probably be disappointing to people because it would not be as witty as our characters. It would be hard to keep that up, I think.

Q. Amy recently said that she wishes fans would focus less on Rory’s boyfriend storylines. Do you share the same sentiment?

A. Yeah. I think that’s also something that’s happened because time has passed and there’s a lot more focus on that. There are people shipping relationships on social media and that’s sort of a whole phenomenon. I don’t know that when that show was on, if people were so focused on it. I think that’s something that’s developed over time. I think like we were talking about it earlier, these are very strong women who don’t need men to go through life with or have them be a part of their identity; they’re very capable of standing on their own. She kind of deals with that beautifully in the revival. I can tease that. Amy is commenting on all that in the revival. It’s very smart. There’s a lot to be learned from that, to watch Rory navigate, and watch her figure it out and be a little older.

Q. Amy also revealed that Paris was one of her favorite characters to write for. Can you talk about some of your favorite Paris storylines?

A. The fencing episode at Chilton was a great one. I think that was the first time we really saw how vulnerable Paris can be. The amazing thing about Amy and Dan is when they come up with ideas like that, they go all the way. They sent Alexis and I to fencing school, we had weeks of fencing lessons that were really involved. I spent a lot of time … whenever I had free time, I would go to this amazing place in the Valley and just fence with people. When you watch the episode, it’s not that long of a sequence. But they really invested the money and time for us to do that, which was amazing. It helped me so much as an actor. I mean, all that stuff, the Krav Maga episode with Danny, we trained at Krav Maga school for two months. It’s 10 seconds of fighting. We got to learn so much and really do it. There’s an episode, I think it’s season six, the Founders Day Punch episode, where Paris gets drunk and is having sort of a mild psychotic episode in the town. That’s all based on this scene from the John Cassavetes movie that Amy really loves called A Woman Under the Influence. I got messengered the DVD one day with a note from her being like, “This is what we’re modeling the scene after, watch this movie.” It was incredible just to do a Gena Rowlands impression. She’s one of my all-time favorite actresses ever.

Q. It really was refreshing to see her out of her comfort zone. On that note, do you have a favorite Paris quote?

A. “Tie your tubes, idiot” for sure. It’s up there. There’s a lot of them, but I remember that one so clearly. It really makes me laugh all the time.

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February 2015 favorites!
One of my New Years resolutions was to start making posts of my favorite things of the month. I forgot to do January, but it’s never too late to start!

Beauty
Aveeno bb cream: I just started using this bb cream moisturizer by aveeno this month that I’ve fallen completely in love with. Although there is a tint, he moisturizer is very mild and doesn’t clog my pores and makes my skin look like its glowing. It feels really light on my skin and isn’t terribly thick. Would recommend!!
Benefit’s Gimme Brow: If any of you have seen photos of me before doing my brows, you know that I have really sparse eyebrow hairs. I apply a little bit of benefits gimme brow to gimme some brows every morning and it makes my brows look naturally fuller. It comes in 2 different shades and has fibers in the formula that help with thickening your brow hairs.
Smith’s rose lip balm: this lip balm has been saving my lips from the harsh and dry New England winter. It’s a little bit tinted pink and looks glossy when you first apply it.

Exercise
Nike headbands: Since I cut my hair, I’ve been using these Nike headbands to hold my stray hairs together while I run. I love the sassy sayings on the top and the rubber underneath that keeps it in place. You can find these at sports authority or your local Nike store.

Stationery
Notebooks: since the start of this school year, I’ve been using these Cambridge notebooks that have a separate line on the side to take soft notes of jot down questions. I use these notebooks in almost all my classes from chemistry to biology to calculus to french. You can find these at target
Pencil pouch: I recently switched to this little Delfonics pencil pouch that’s super simple but incredibly sturdy and surprisingly roomy. It holds my pencils, pens, and eraser and doesn’t take up that much space in my backpack. I got this from urban outfitters

Books
Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Amy Poehler is one of my favorite actresses, if not my all time favorite. I love this memoir because she writes it in a very everyday voice that makes it feel as if she’s telling you her story while you’re having a conversation with her. It’s witty, funny, and the closest thing you’ll have to delving into the world of Amy Poehler.
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories: many of you might know that I love scary things just as much as I love comedies. This book contains the best of Roald Dahl’s collection of stories. Read this if you’re looking for a spook.

Movies
The Grand Budapest hotel is my all time favorite movie and has been since the first time I watched it when it came out last year. It contains very aesthetically pleasing cinematography and has an incredibly intricate and symbolic storyline. I recently rewatched it when I was reminded of it during the Oscars. Wes Anderson has my utmost admiration because two of my favorite films were both directed by him (GBH and Fantastic Mr. Fox).

I’ll be doing a favorites post at the end of each month. Let me know what you thought of this one and what other things you want to see (music, tv, movie, running clothes, etc.)!

Insurgent

3 Stars
Directed By:Robert Schwentke
Screenplay By:Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman  and Mark Bomback
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller.

Synopsis:Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and – ultimately – the future of their world.

Jeanine is on the hunt. The Erudite leader is hunting for divergents and she’ll kill the troublesome Tris Prior and her Dauntless lover, Four if they get in her way. The couple run first to the peaceful Amity for shelter and then to Candor where they hope that the faction’s black and white view of life will protect them from Erudite and the Dauntless soldiers under Jeanine’s control. 

And, so begins two hours of a mostly entertaining, but wobbly film. 

Divergent was a big surprise for me and I think the film industry. It was smart, entertaining, packed with action and slowly, but realistically rose to an explosive and violent end. I looked forward to the follow up. What would happen to Four and Tris now that they are on the run, leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and a situation too insane to believe? 

Insurgent answers that question and yet falls short of the tension that made Divergent such an entertaining film. 

One of Insurgent’s weaknesses is its inability to explain the root of the divergent problem. In the first film, we didn’t exactly know what Tris was and why it made her so important. The mystery added to the suspense. It was probably better that Tris never dig into why she was different, but once Erudite, controlled Dauntless and slaughtered Abnegation, there could be no more secrets. But, after two films I’m still not sure what the big deal is about being divergent. They can belong to more than one faction, but technically a lot of people belong to at least two factions; the faction they were born into and the one they choose commit to. So, what’s the big deal? I mean, besides the fact that they cannot be controlled like sheep. 

Throughout the film we see Jeanine not only capture, torture and kill people who have the unfortunate fate of being divergent, but we also see ant-divergent propaganda. And while Jeanine gets away with this treatment of citizens from multiple factions, she searches for the perfect divergent for her testing of the Box. (if it has an official name, I didn’t catch it)

The Box is a positive for the film. It’s a place where every aspect of what makes the film good shines. The special effects, the performances and the sound design are added together into action packed and suspense filled sequences. We see characters connected to the box, through wires embedded into their bodies against their will. If that’s not enough of an injustice, they are then put through simulations so intense it could be mean their death. Through Jeanine’s experiments we learn several things. One of them is that Jeanine is so cold and calculating in her goals she goes from power hungry to pure evil. There were moments when I just wanted someone to kill her.Through the experiments we also learn that there are different levels of being a divergent. Some people can be 10% divergent and others can be 100%.

Jeanine and her people are willing to do anything…ANYTHING to get their hands on a 100% divergent. This is where a lot of the drama stems from. Erudite has this godlike power of being able to get to anyone anywhere. They raid other factions, they kill people, they steal the freewill from others. It’s really intense and sometimes a bit silly, how far Jeanine’s power reaches and how far her people are willing to go for her. Especially, since they don’t exactly understand what it means to be divergent or why it matters. 

The hunt for divergents takes us to three areas that we did not get to see in Divergent. Amity, Candor and even the Factionless. This was a lot of fun. It’s really great seeing the differences between the groups. For example, Candor, I always saw them as simply truthful. I imagined husbands hurting their wives feelings by saying, “yes, honey. That dress does make you look fat.” This film gave me a clearer idea of what it would be like to live in a world, under a government that truly saw things as black vs. white, right vs. wrong or truth vs. lie.  Candor’s justice system is so compelling, because it is frightening. They can literally get you to reveal your truth, no matter what. 

Truth is a major theme in the film. Jeanine is on her violent campaign in search of the “truth,” from the founders of the factions. While, Four and Tris struggle to find the truth within themselves and in their relationship. These characters are thrown into life and death situations that intensifies their relationship faster than normal. They are not just in a new relationship. They are in love and they have to make constant decisions to fight and die for each other. It’s intense. 

Especially, because Tris is a martyr. Martyr, might be too strong of a word, but she is good at heart. Tris is the quintessential YA heroine, because she is young and although she has seen evil it has yet to tarnish her. She is kind of a leader in her new world of bandits, but she is incapable of making the cold choices that other leaders make in times of strife and war. No one will die for her. She cannot accept it and so she will always sacrifice herself even if it defeats the greater good. Even if it means giving the bad guys exactly what they want.

While watching the film I felt a bit uncomfortable, because something was off. I spent way too much time trying to figure out what it was. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller are three actors I love due to their performances in TFIOS and Whiplash. I have always enjoyed Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts in films and Kate Winslet is one of my favorite actresses of all time. And, yet the performances were…off/ About an hour in,  I figured out the problem. It’s the dialogue. The dialogue is awful and takes the film from what could have been 4-5 stars to a 3.

Honestly. I liked the story and how everything unfolded and unraveled after Divergent. I ship Four and Tris lots. Found Eric and Jeanine to be worthy villains and even went ohh at many of the twists and turns. But, that dialogue ruined so much. It was so stilted and awkward that academy award winning actresses couldn’t make it work. When the credits rolled on to the screen and I saw three screen writers listed, I understood. When a film has more than one name listed as writer, unless it’s writing partners, the film almost always have huge flaws. It usually means the script was taken away from the original writer and the new people did a patch job. It felt as if Insurgent’s dialogue style was from three different perspectives that just didn’t mesh.

The special effects and graphics almost make up for the sloppy dialogue. Watching Tris maneuver through simulation after simulation was insanely fun, riveting and amazing. The level of skill and creativity that went into the design of those sims really showcases what I love about CGI. A lot of film enthusiasts think that CGI is ruining storytelling, but I think it’s making dreams come true. Watching Tris go from reality and sim wondering which is real, truly adds much needed tension to the film and puts you on edge. I, for one, loved yelling SIM in my head as I guessed what I was about to see.

At the end of the day, I liked Divergent a lot better. It was just better developed and a sleeker film, but I think Insurgent is fun and romantic. It suffers from middle film/story blues, but that happens sometimes. Not everything can be Catching Fire or Two Towers.  What matters is that I enjoyed the film and look forward to the next installment of the trilogy.

For more info: IMDB page and Goodreads page.