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Oscar Isaac as Godric Gryffindor

“ You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve and chivalry. Set Gryffindors apart.” 

Please Watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword!!

Okay, so I know the critics totally dragged this movie through the mud but PLEASE!!! Don’t listen to them!

It is fun. Soooooo much fun! I watched it with my sister and we were laughing so much! WITH it, not AT it, mind you.

It’s an interesting and awesome take on the character. He’s basically a street rat who became king of the street and found out he was king of a whole lot more and he was sort of hesitant, not really wanting it, but then just accepts it and owns it! So, so great! Charlie Hunnam did an AMAZING job!

Going back to the first point a bit, the dialogue is so witty! It’s fast and smart and cheeky and oh so much fun!

If you like the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies then you won’t have an issue with the cinematography here. It’s Guy Ritchie through and through.

Lastly, (and I’m ending the list here just for the sake of time but these are by no means the only good points) this is for my fellow whumpers so you if you identify as one  you can read under the cut:

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Next Generation-Old Friends

Jewls & Uno - Lucinta & Rosally. The two queens of ice fighting besides their loyal best friends. A small dedication to my characters and a little something for me to celebrate Lucinta’s birthday.(a bit earlier but meh..)

I know i’ve been inactive for so long…especially posting art for any of the fandoms i enjoy. But i’m just too absorbed with my own original story and its characters that i’m trying to flesh them out a lot more. I’m sorry…^^” i know this kind of thing isn’t the reason some of you follow me for but i’ll do fanart soon, i promise! For now i hope you enjoy these original characters ~

I love this scene because it’s the first time that Guts outright asks someone to back him up in a fight. (If I’m wrong please correct me).

It’s a huge development from a Guts who preferred to fight alone to now actively asking for direct support. The whole fight is full of Guts/Serpico bro moments, he’s acknowledged Serpico’s skills before but now he outright compliments him.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword joins the list of many filmed interpretations of King Arthur’s story that came before it. The source material for these films and television shows like the BBC’s Merlin are derived from collections of stories about Arthurian Legends. Arthurian Literature is full of a rich palette of characters from Merlin to Tristan to Morgan Le Fay, but I’ve never been very invested in the iconic character of King Arthur himself. He always seemed too noble, idealistic, and more vague than any of the minor characters that surrounded him. I could not, no matter how much I tried, find a way to relate to this guy no less actually see him as a realistic person. His character was simply overwhelmed by the scale of his mission, the power of his weapon Excalibur and the importance of his destiny and heritage.

So honestly, when I first saw a snippet of the trailer for this film, I did roll my eyes because here there would be another film version of a story that I felt had been told enough times already. How many times can Hollywood recycle ideas with all its remakes and sequels and generally the inability to let something original stay original? However, I did watch the trailer and what I saw was something vastly different from the King Arthur versions I had seen and read before. The tone of the movie was hardly dull or set up an ambiguous character. This Arthur had drive, had passion and humor and overall seemed like a realistic, complex character that I could believe in. So, I decided to go see the film despite all the horrible reviews that I had read because it seemed like something special or at the very least I knew I had to find out for myself what this movie felt like.

The opening sequence immediately inserts you into the film. It’s the middle of an intense battle with giant elephants and armies and dark magic. The King, Uther Pendragon, is hardly the type of guy who sits on his horse and gives commands to his soldiers. No, he’s heavily engaged in the action and in this visually stunning sequence, Excalibur makes its first appearance and Uther uses it to defeat his enemy. Therefore, magic and the crown (the Pendragon line) are tied together and fighting with that sword, believing in it, is what helps this king rule. However, the tension certainly does not end with that battle sequence. Danger lies not only in magic but in blood, which creates an interesting dynamic for the story as it proceeds into Arthur’s timeline as a young man growing up. The entire movie creates this very dangerous, yet realistic world for young Arthur to grow up in and makes the point that we are products of the world we live in and vice versa (the world is a product of the people in it).

Due to the betrayal toward his family and awful massacre, young Arthur becomes an orphan and barely manages to escape. He grows up in a brothel and is raised by the women that work there, which certainly shapes his views of women and the way he respects them later on in the film. This future king has nothing and from nothing he finds his strength. It turns him into this epic warrior who isn’t polished with graceful moves or formal manners or fine clothes and weapons. His fighting is rough like the life he grew up in and he becomes a sort of wise con man, navigating deals and earning money. It also seems a big reason for him learning to fight was to protect the women of the brothel that raised him, who were being beaten by their customers. In that respect, Arthur is noble and chivalrous in one of the best ways possible because he values women and does not appear to treat them as his inferiors at any point in the movie.

The way that this film is shot with the cutting back and forth is a signature thing for Guy Ritchie and he’s used it in many of his films before. I think it works really well in this film because Arthur is the same way. He’s very physical sure, but he’s also an intelligent, fast talking guy and it’s almost as if the way the movie is shot is representative of Arthur’s personality. His language is notably different from that of Vortigen and the people in the castle. I don’t see that as a clumsy mistake, but a careful detail included in order to ensure the separation of classes and emphasize Arthur’s place as an outsider.

Another element that I really want to focus on is the music in this film because it felt like a whole other brilliant character. The soundtrack was done by Daniel Pemberton, whose other credits include: Steve Jobs and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I think his music was a beautiful addition to the film and that it has tremendous presence in scenes without dialogue. Particularly the scene where Arthur is riding into the castle after he is bitten by the snake, Pemberton’s song The Devil and the Huntsman featuring artist Sam Lee is playing and it transported me so vividly into that world with all its magical realism and brutality. A face moving in a tree and a giant snake could’ve easily become silly, but the film kept a nice tone of gravity in dealing with the magical elements of the Arthurian world. It set up the stage for something epic to occur. Even the shot with the famous Lady of the Lake was breathtaking and the shot right after with Arthur rising out of mud and holding up Excalibur was such a powerful image. I think it captivated the struggle of rising out of poverty and essentially thwarting all the dangerous obstacles his uncle put in his way. I suppose that’s also one of the reasons I love fantasy films because they key in on images and how powerful they can still be without words. Some people might see that as a weakness in saying that there isn’t enough dialogue in the film, but I disagree. I see it as a strength and there is certainly enough fast talking banter between Arthur and the other characters to add a wonderful layer of comedy to this film.

I also enjoyed Arthur’s teamwork with all his friends. It felt like a very different Knights of the Roundtable because it seemed like a bunch of good mates that were hardly knights. Yet, they had the qualities of knighthood and would each sacrifice their lives for each other. Also, the character of the mage was fantastic and my favorite thing was that she was not made into a love interest. She was an important part of the narrative and showed how magic helped Arthur regain his throne, but she didn’t have to become his Guinevere.

Overall, I was impressed over the attention to detail that this movie had and it really disappointed me that so many reviews were writing it off as unoriginal and accusing it of plagiarism. There was a mention of the elephant scene being too similar to Lord of The Rings. I’m a huge LOTR fan and the scene in Pelennor Fields where those massive creatures show up is totally different in my opinion to the scene in King Arthur. I just feel that scene in LOTR:ROTK is so iconic and the shots feel different, especially the way that the elephants become obstacles for people on the battlefield in LOTR is different. In King Arthur it’s really short and the elephants just don’t feel like they have as much presence. They’re just there being controlled by magic and represent the power and danger of magic in that world whereas in LOTR they were enslaved creatures trained for war. The scenes are different also because of the scale and the focus. In LOTR it’s much more of a collaboration of all these warriors and the focus is constantly switching from Eowyn and Peregrin to the other Rohirrim and then Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli. It’s the battle before the final battle. In King Arthur, this battle is just the beginning and it sets up the war setting that Arthur grows up into. The focus is on Uther solely and everything else around him is just there so he can prove himself as a capable king. Now, could other animals been used at the beginning so as not to cause such a controversy? Of course and I do see how people could easily call it plagiarism. Perhaps the director was paying tribute to other fantasy movies in his film by having creatures like the elephants, giant snakes, big rodents, bats…etc. However, I’m an English major and I want to point out that there is a serious difference between plagiarism and paying tribute to other films. Also, I’d like to point out that Arthurian Literature is much older than a lot of the fantasy stories we know well like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter…etc. All modern fantasy stories draw upon centuries of folklore and Arthurian literature is medieval. So, a lot of stories that include these strange beasts are actually not as original as we’d like to think. J.K Rowling did not create giant snakes (basilisk) just as Tolkien does not own the myth of dragons or elves. They did what great fantasy writers do and they did their research and brought new interpretations to old myths. I would say that King Arthur has also done that because it is relying upon characters that have been around for a very long time and it uses magical beasts, but why is that such a bad thing when it creates something pretty awesome and unique in the process? I recommend this movie for anyone that wants to go on an exciting, adrenaline pumping action ride and also feel like what they’re watching is witty and funny and worthy of their time. Feel free to ask me questions if you’ve seen the film ad want to discuss it!

A story, a love story

Pairing: unrequited Grif/Simmons
Word count: 1,637
Prompt: from @goodluckdetective: “I want to tell you a story. A love story" “Does it have a happy ending” “They never do”
Summary: Set after 15x06. Caboose and Simmons can’t sleep, so Caboose begs Simmons to tell him a story.

It was midnight.

Not that Simmons could tell, underwater. His helmet probably had the right time, but he’d had to sync it with Sarge, and Sarge didn’t obey daylight savings time. Stranger still, he didn’t even use military time. But it was darker than usual, and no one else seemed to be awake, and so even if it wasn’t midnight exactly, it meant the same thing: Simmons was alone.

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Should a Lawful Good Paladin break a vow to someone they later find out is evil?

This was the concept for the last PC I played in D&D a million years ago. I had worked it out with the storyteller that I wanted to play a fallen Paladin who was questing in an attempt to redeem himself.

In his history, he was fresh, talkative and extremely overzealous with a heavily romanticized idea how Paladins and Knights would operate. He was quick to swear a very dramatic “HOLY VOW”  to smite evil creatures he would meet or to protect someone in danger.

After helping to deal with a plague that was ravaging a hamlet, the Paladin met with the local Lord who expressed his fear over the recent plague and what it could mean if it returned, how he was terrified for his children and so on.

The Paladin swears a “HOLY VOW” (it really is all in caps when this guy does it) that he won’t permit any harm to come to him or his children and that if the Lord ever needs anything, he only needs to ask.

When the party meets my character, he claims to be a Paladin but never performs anything you would expect a Paladin to do. He’s in heavy armour and hits guys with his sword or hammer real good but;  No lay on hands, no smite evil, no turning undead and no removing disease. The last two end up being a massive problem as there is a particularly virulent plague spreading that is reanimating the corpses of those killed by it minutes after they die.

The party ended up being super suspicious of me, my Paladin was curt and didn’t say much. But when the source of the plague was revealed to be a small Hamlet (now apparently deserted) he seemed to know exactly where he was going and lead them to the Lords manor.

The manor seemed to be abandoned as well, but the Paladin revealed a hidden staircase behind a bookshelf and the party descended deep underground, finally emerging in a chamber lit by sickly green flames on the walls as well as a dim light coming from a massive chasm in the center of the room

Dozens of reanimated corpses filled the room and facing us at the edge of the chasm was the Lord, he welcomed the Paladin back and said he wants to introduce his children, gesturing to the undead.

Basically in unison the players declared their intention to attack me and the DM had us roll initiative, I think I ate an attack from the Rogue but beat everyone elses roll so I double moved towards the center of the room. Everyone else acted and as I remember they did various ranged attacks at the undead and the Paladin.

The Paladin acts again, he charges the Lord and bull rushes him backwards. In older editions, you can bull rush the target further if you move the distance with him, so that’s what I did to get the necessary ten feet to shove him into the chasm.  

The fighting continued for a few more rounds and then the undead suddenly crumpled in a heap, the party ran to the pit and looked down and at the bottom there was a current of bubbling, molten lava. 

Neither I nor the storyteller told the players the Paladins history, that the Lord had concealed his alignment with a spell and that after swearing his “HOLY VOW” the Paladin is asked to do some unmoral things, none of which he would do and he eventually left, not knowing that the initial plague had been created by the Lord as a test for a much worse one to come. But once he knew who was behind the new plague, the Paladin took responsibility for it.

I’d like to think that he broke his word, but kept his honour.

The moral of the story being don’t swear vows flippantly, I assume. A thing to remember that excess of anything is potentially a vice, and your boy’s tendency to make such promises so often cheapens their value, and left him exposed to the Lord’s manipulation. He didn’t follow up on any of the evil things requested of him, but while he was able to keep his personal honor intact, his public honor and actions made him untrustworthy in the eyes of the people and player characters who’d worked with him, to the point that they tried to kill him! While it is important for paladin to maintain their personal honor, you can’t really do the job if people don’t trust you, either because you can’t keep promises or don’t act like a proper paladin.