how you did not win for best actor is beyond me

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do

What is cooler than one multibillion-dollar box-office hit? Two multibillion-dollar box-office hits. 

British actor Daisy Ridley is about to have both to her name as she returns as Rey in the next instalment of Star Wars. Emma Brockes meets her as she prepares for superstardom. — ELLE UK, December 2017

A few weeks after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey – Jakku scavenger, desert-planet survivor and feminist hero – went on holiday to an island off Croatia with friends from the crew. The actor, who was 23 at the time, had been warned that after the release of the movie – number seven in a franchise that has made more than $42bn (£33bn) – her life would dramatically change, and she was terrified. This was, after all, her first big-screen role. 

In restaurants, she scrutinised waiters to see if they were being too nice to her; she wondered if she’d ever be able to use the tube again. On holiday, her friends started calling her Linda, ‘as a jokey alias’, she says, ‘and then they started calling me Paranoid Linda’ when she became convinced a man was following them around and wondered if he was a private detective employed by the studio.

Two years later, 25-year-old Daisy is sitting opposite me at a restaurant in downtown Manhattan, dressed in a shirt and capri pants in clashing blue-and-white prints, her hair still wet from the shower. She’s brimming with the kind of enthusiasm that reads on screen as charisma, and that helps to explain her meteoric rise from stage-school graduate with a few TV credits to her name to one of the most recognisable young stars on the planet. Paranoid Linda still makes an occasional appearance, she says, but mostly she has managed to adjust to life after two Star Wars movies.

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50k+ Completed Chaptered Masterlist

permanent ink - Katsuki Yuuri had two soulmate marks.The first was the words Stammi Vicino scripted right over his heart in bold, beautiful letters. The second was a pair of wings curled against his shoulder blades and down his back in arching, florid strokes.The former belonged to five-time gold-winning World Champion, Viktor Nikiforov. The latter belonged to his protégée, who was making his Senior debut the next year- Yuri Plisetsky, who tried to cut his soulmark off a year before meeting him.

Growing up, growing in -  After making his first friend at Barcelona, Yuri is left with more questions than answers. Is all of what he feels… normal amongst friends? Should he even hesitate that much at the very idea of having him at his home for his birthday?
All he knows is that he can’t wait for it to come, and find out what is all of this that Otabek Altin unleashes inside of him.

To Protect that Smile -  It’s been years since Victor Niforov turned his back from Yuuri and their adopted son, Yuri(o). Chaos ensues when Yurio won gold medal for Junior National Ice Skating Competition and Mari sent a profile for a scholarship/training abroad to Christophe Giacometti and his … co-coach.

Compromises - Their relationship was one of compromises, Yuuri thought, usually in Victor’s favour. Not that Yuuri minded - in all likelihood, he would probably set himself on fire if Victor complained about being cold. But there was one thing Yuuri point blank refused to compromise on; he would not step foot within a 100 metre radius of an ice rink.AU in which Yuuri quit skating as a teenager, Victor isn’t amazing at communication, and Yurio thinks they are both idiots.

Autumn in Detroit -  In a world where Viktor Nikiforov was forced to retire early due to a leg injury, he sought work instead as a police detective in Detroit. Now a young skater with a poster of him on his bedroom door has gone missing and Viktor knows beyond a doubt it’s the work of a man who’s been brutally murdering professional dancers for years. It’s impossible not to take this case personally. Viktor will find Yuuri Katsuki.

What Fades On The Ice - Yuuri Katsuki was a living legend in the skating world. A living legend that depended on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety tablets to survive.Viktor Nikiforov was a young ‘up-and-coming’ skater who was determined to convince his idol to coach him after an extremely bad result at his last competition.How will Yuuri survive the hurricane that is Viktor Nikiforov?Reverse AU where Yuuri is the skating legend and Viktor is a young skater trying to make it big.

Time Bomb Lover -  “I think I know someone who would be more than willing to help your family out, if you were willing to help them out in return. If you were interested that is.”

Precious Love - Basicaly Yuuri’s first job as kindergarten teacher who believe his english ability is his only good trait and Yurio as his problematic-anti-social-tsundere student who strangely attached to him.Add the boy’s famous-handsome-actor-father who is in desperate need of new caretaker.

Figure Skater Time - Assassination on Ice -  When Victor breaks Yuuri’s heart he couldn’t stand up. Broken and without an idea what to do he stumbles over his old equippment from his most interesting school year. His final year at Kunugigaoka junior high school in the assassination classroom with the worlds best teacher and strongest target. In his dream he meets his teacher Korosensei one last time and he gives him the courage to rise once again. Determined to show the world what he is made of he sets out to nurture his blood-lust once more and sharpen his blade. With a little help from his classmates he decides to show the world what he learned in the assassination classroom and how he is ready to graduate from his heartbreak.

Yuuri!!! on Floor -  The gymnastics edition, in which Viktor is still a skater because he’s too pretty on ice and I couldn’t take it away from him. A story about how sometimes love comes slow and soft, and how hearts get bigger when they break.

A lack of Invitations -  Viktor is ex-Russian mob knife for hire, with a terrifying reputation. Yuuri is a Japanese mob boss. They encounter each other at a party and for some reason, Yuuri is intrigued enough to hire Viktor on.

From Almaty, With Love - It’s quiet here. Even if the car alarm on the neighbor’s goddamn BMW has been going off for the past twenty minutes. Quiet, even though the alarm’s got the neighbor’s dog howling like crazy, and the neighbor works second shift and isn’t there to comfort the dumb dog.It’s quiet…They haven’t spoken to each other since that morning, when Yuri went off to go see his tutor, and Otabek went off to do whatever the hell it was he did in the mornings before he hit the rink.“You’re used to the noise?”“Yeah, but…I think I like the quiet too.”

Dance of the Red Death - Viktor Nikiforov loved too much. What begins as a cough morphs into something that takes the shape of an unseen monster hiding in his very blood. With the Russian government scrambling to sweep under the rug the worst of a crisis that’s been thirty-five years in the making and a society that sees his disease as a death sentence, Viktor is left with figuring out his own way to survive.

Hasta que los días nos unan otra vez - Yuri es un joven amante del patinaje que vive en San Petersburgo con su abuelo. Su vida es normal, hasta que se cruza con aquel extraño de rasgos extranjeros en la pista y desde esa misma noche no puede dejar de soñar con él, literalmente.Pero en sus sueños él ya no es Yuri Plisetsky, sino Yuuri Katsuki, un joven soldado japonés durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial y el extraño tampoco es el mismo sino Viktor Nikiforov, un voluntario ruso en los campamentos de refugiados.Yuri sabe que todo es solo un simple sueño, pero ¿Por qué su corazón duele cada vez que sueña con aquellos dos desconocidos, y se siente tan ligado a su historia?

The Longest Off-Season -  It’s after the Grand Prix Final, and now that Yuri and Victor have made their choices and established exactly what they are, Victor asks Yuri to move in with him in Russia.
Everything is going so well; it’s pure domestic bliss, that is until something happens which turns their world - and Yuri’s skating career - upside down.

Melodies Unheard, but Felt All the Same - Yuuri wanted to make history as the first deaf man to win the Grand Prix Final. Of course he’s a little skeptical of Victor Nikiforov’s presence, especially considering the reactions from others who have learned about his lack of hearing.But Victor proves to be different, and Yuuri appreciates that. Now all that’s left is to tell the figure skating world about it.

lie to make me like you -  It’s become a game, of sorts, to anyone privy to the fact that the pattern exists in the first place: ask Victor out at the beginning of the month, date for however many days, and wait for the end to come and for Victor to say, always: I couldn’t fall in love with you. Let’s break up.
Or, Victor is a retired actor looking for love, and Yuuri happens to be the (un)fortunate soul to unwittingly ask him out at the beginning of the month. Except relationships don’t come with a script, and it’s much harder understanding love than roles.

like your french girls -  in which Victor is an artist, Yuuri is his figure skating muse, and Yuri is so done hearing about their stupid love story through Instagram

all the world’s a stage - Everyone has a guilty pleasure.For Yuuri, it just happens to be romance movies starring famous heartthrob Victor Nikiforov.

Between us - Love hurts. Love heals. Sometimes it’s really easy to love. Sometimes it feels like hell. You can forget to love yourself because you are too busy with loving someone else. Sometimes you give everything for the one you love and don’t expect to get anything back. You can love with all your soul and heart. Your heart can heal, your soul can belong to someone else. Love will make you cry and laugh, love will make you hate and forgive.
It’s life. It’s pain. Feels.Don’t give up.In the end, love always wins.

My feelings on the PLL Finale

This is the post I promised about all of my feelings about the finale and the show, now that it has come to a close. I don’t have many good things to say about it so I am warning you now before you start reading. If you enjoyed the finale and are the kind of person whose mood (and in turn opinions) can be affected by those of others if they don’t match their own, don’t read on. Unfollow me, because a lot of what I post or reblog from now until I stop using this account will not be positive.

I envy any of you who loved the finale, as I mentioned yesterday, because this show has been really close to my heart, and I wouldn’t want to be the person who ruins those memories for you because I know how easy it is to change your mind about how you feel about something if everyone (or at least the majority) around you doesn’t feel the same way as you. If I were you, I would guard my feelings fiercely (if I were content with the finale) and keep away from all accounts that might make me second guess my views. However, if you are interested and can tolerate diverse views, or if you share the same frustrations as me, you’re welcome to read on!

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(caption under the photo: Sooyoung is known as the member who knows the best places to eat. “I’m the type of person who has to take the members when I find out about a good, tasty place.” Sooyoung has the utmost love and friendship for her members.)

-Girls’ Generation’s 10 years of friendship according to Sooyoung

Even when we go to overseas concerts now, we gather in one room and chat.
Most of the members have shared a third of their lives together.

Sunday morning, August 5, 2007. Inside a 45- seat bus heading to the SBS Open Hall in Deungchon-dong, Seoul. It was the ride to their first stage on SBS ‘Inkigayo’ following the release of their debut single 'Into the New World’. Inside the silent bus, the members couldn’t look at each other. Because they thought they’d cry if their eyes met. In order to avoid making eye contact, they looked outside, but they couldn’t see properly. At the time, the outside of the bus was wrapped with Girls’ Generation’s photo. While looking out at a scene they couldn’t see, the members tried their best to hold back their tears. And they got up on their first stage. Girls’ Generation held back their tears and completed their stage. While returning to the waiting room, the members started crying, one by one. Their parents, who came to congratulate them on their first stage, cried with them. The tears were hotter than any shed during their time as trainees, at the shortest 3 years and longest for 7. The girls returned to their dorm and cried again. We met Sooyoung at the SM Entertainment company building on the 21st, and she reminiscenced. She said, “I remember looking out a window you couldn’t see out of, sniffling. It was a stage that we went on after practicing our kick for 1 year,” and smiled. The kick Sooyoung is talking about is a point in the choreography for 'Into the New World’.

“The secret to our 10 years is friendship and being considerate/respectful, beyond the members.”

What might be the secret behind being able to maintain the group for 10 years?

“It’s the closeness between the members. We’ve been able to come a long way because we aren’t simply connected through work, but meet as friends. Just because one person is older, they don’t try to control another member. I think we’ve been able to come this far by being respectful, considerate, and yield to one another regarding what each other might like or dislike.”

If it’s been 10 years, don’t you end up not meeting as often?

“We still have a lot of things to talk about. Being together for 10 years is really an amazing thing. Most of the members have shared a third of their lives together. Half of my life that I’ve lived so far has been spent under my current company (SM Entertainment). It’s to the point where I don’t have friends my age other than my members. We talk about everything from our worries, work, and family. The members are all those kinds of friends.”

I heard during your early debut days, you had time to talk everyday.

“We had a '5-minute talk’ time for a while. Everyday, we would have mandatory talks together. While ending our day, we would talk about things like what was sad, things we should pay attention to and improve on. (After leaving the dorm) Everyone got their own space, or started living with family, and we haven’t been able to do that, but we did for a while. Even when we go to overseas concerts now, we gather in one room and chat.”

Do you talk about dating or works (dramas, etc.)?

“We talk about the littlest things like 'What should I wear tomorrow?’, as well as work advice like, 'Do more of this in the future’. Because we are hearing about a different female celebrity who has also been doing this for 10 years, it works as a stimulant and challenges us.”

Is it an obligation going to support another member when they do something different?

“I think the most important thing to the members isn’t money, but time. Not too long ago, I felt sorry asking my members to come to a benefit concert. Because they have to use that precious time. But Tiffany took the time out herself and came, already assuming 'she’s probably not asking because she feels sorry’. And she even performed. I also go and support the members when they release a solo album or film a drama. That’s the biggest and most valuable present to one another.”

“10th anniversary album, the best event we’ve anticipated since last year.”

Following the release of their 5th official album, 'Lion Heart’, in August 2015, Girls’ Generation has been doing individual activities. This year, in particular, Yuri took on her first lead role in the SBS drama 'Defendant’, and Seohyun will be starring in the MBC weekend drama 'Bad Thief, Good Thief’ starting in May. Yoona enjoyed the success of her first film 'Confidential Assignment’, which released in January. Sooyoung started acting early on in November 2011 through the daily sitcom, 'Unstoppable Marriage’.

Yuri and Seohyun seem to be rising as actors.

“For her role in 'Defendant’, Yuri studied a lot about the occupation of a lawyer. She worried a lot about her Girls’ Generation image overlapping with her character. But as the episodes went on, she seemed to adapt to the character. As a friend, I feel like she overcame it well, so I was proud. Seohyun has good emotions. She always surprises me. I worry if she will be able to do something well, and she does. She’s the youngest sibling that does everything well without us having to worry.”

Of the 20 years of Korean girl groups, Girls’ Generation takes up 10 years. The pride you have must be great.

“Until 2 years ago (promoting as a group), I didn’t realize how much meaning the work I’ve done so far had. I think I didn’t understand how difficult and big of a deal it was winning a daesang, going on overseas tours, and doing other things as a girl group. I was busy just doing what was in front of me, and getting on stage. Doing individual activities made me think how the things I do as Girls’ Generation is the most valuable thing I can do. I’ve received love that exceeds my abilities. I was able to ride the ship called Girls’ Generation because it was with all 8 of us.”

I feel like you would have felt the most empty(?I think) when your debut colleagues Wonder Girls broke up.

“I really admired seeing Wonder Girls transform into a band. If someone told us to attempt a change like that after putting on performances for 10 years, I wonder if we could have done it. I was curious about their transformation, so I looked up all of their interviews. Wonder Girls were a good stimulant, and we were a good driving force to one another. (Their breaking up) made me sad as a fan, but I’m still supporting them as colleagues. Because we can still listen to their music.”

I heard your 10th anniversary album releases in the summer.

“We are going to do (a 10th anniversary album), it’s matter of fact, and all the members showed a desire for it since last year. It’s the biggest event the members have been anticipating.”

“Hope to be remembered as the byword for Girls’ Generation forever.”

'Into the New World’ was sung by Ewha Women’s University students to unite them during a rally. It also rang out during the candlelight protests, pressing the impeachment of Park Geun-hye. Girls’ Generation was like a language amongst those in their 20s who enjoyed idol culture. The language of the heart that makes you feel united through music.

What meaning does 'Into the New World’ hold for Girls’ Generation?

“I think it’s a classic amongst girl group debut songs. Haha. The thing idols have to keep up to appeal to the masses is self-confidence. Having a song that people of different generations can sing together is something worth being happy about.”

According to Yomiuri in Japan, TWICE is being focused on as 'the K-pop group to succeed Girls’ Generation’.

“I’m proud that they’re being introduced as a group 'to succeed Girls’ Generation’. During our generation, every rookie was called 'the 2nd BoA’. Now, 'the 2nd Soshi’ is going to be coming out.”

How does it feel seeing girl group juniors nowadays?

“They’re really pretty and do well. Our girl groups don’t show their personal emotions. Because we always have to smile/laugh. How can you be happy every day; I want to applaud them for maintaining a smiling face all the time.”

What’s Girls’ Generation’s strength?

“We try to take after each other’s good points. If one person works hard, the others do as well. If one person does a good deed, it influences the others. Another strength is that we greet people well. More than anything, we didn’t succeed at once, so we don’t forget our 'hungry mindset’. We also know how precious popularity is.”

What’s a good way for Girls’ Generation to be remembered?

“I hope we will be the 'byword’ for girl groups forever.”

If you had to pick a crisis during Girls’ Generations 10 years, it would have to be Jessica’s leave from the group. I think that might be what made Girls’ Generation become stronger. Sooyoung recited a well-known line from a popular drama.

“I liked everyday we spent together. Because the days were good, because the days were not good, because the days were just enough…”

Why Her? (Part 6)

Prompt: You’re in love with Chris Evans…but your best friend is dating him

Warning: language, adult content-ish? Jealousy, drama-rama

Word count: 1227

Note: This is for one of my bestest friends. I hope she enjoys it! @amarvelouswritings This will feature Sebastian Stan and OFC Lexi. This is a drabble/short chapter series. Beta’d by the perfect @like-a-bag-of-potatoes

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The following morning, you woke up a little stiff, the ground definitely not as comfortable as your memory foam mattress back home. When you got up, Chris was the only other one awake and he was brewing coffee over the new fire.

“Good morning,” he greeted with a grin that could win ten Oscars alone.

“Morning,” you muttered taking the cup he offered you, trying to calm your raging emotions.

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On the twelfth day of #PAIN fic...

A/N: *distant team gtnw screaming* Oh, it’s no big deal, everything’s fine we’re calm we’re cHILL. 

TODAY IS THE DAY. THE LAST DAY OF 12 DAYS. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? Honestly, thank you so much to every single one of you that has made this such a fun, albeit #painful, ride. We genuinely can’t tell you how much we appreciate your indulgence in our love for this universe and your super kind words about each and every thing we post like WOW WE DON’T DESERVE YOU.

And guess what?! Your patience is about to pay off because PART THREE IS COMING AT YA TOMORROW, Y’ALL. GET YOURSELVES READY (you’re not ready) BECAUSE HERE WE GO.

So… it is with great excitement (and a few tears) that we present DAY TWELVE.

Word Count: 2,175

“Seniors! Seniors! Seniors! Seniors!”

Everyone was shouting in the hallway after being released from the gym post-student assembly, and you and Lin were desperately trying to escape the crowd, holding onto each other as both of you scaled the very edge of the hallways.

“This way,” he pointed towards a less populated route and you trailed right behind him, fingers still laced with his.

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kisses || dylan o’brien (maddie’s birthday drabble)

word count: 1,318

warnings: nothing just fluff

author’s note: happy happy birthday to one of my most favorite people, @maddie110201! i’ve never done a personalized fic for anyone (and i won’t unless it’s a birthday drabble) so i hope this is to your satisfactory! also, i’ve never used second person, so let me know what y’all think of this fic! anyway, maddie, i hope you had a beyond lovely day and i hope that you love this fic as much as i love you!

pairing: dylan o’brien / oc/maddie

There were many traditions that you and Dylan had created over the years. There was the weekly Saturday movie nights, the annual Christmas dinner at In-N-Out, and many others that made your friendship with Dylan so perfect.

But as all people usually do, you had a favorite tradition that happened every year on the same day. November 2nd of every year you’d known each other. It all started a few months after you’d met in high school.

“Hey, Mads.” Dylan greeted you, a smile on his face as he watched you shove your books into your locker. His hand in his pockets as he approached you.

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anonymous asked:

Are fics out there with Steve in it?

Not that much but we start to see him a bit :)

- Play the Odds  : Harry and Louis are best friends since childhood who, after a night of drinking, find themselves locked in a bet: first one to kiss the other a thousand times wins. Wins what? They don’t know. Glory, Harry supposes. Bragging rights, though those don’t do much in this economy. All Harry knows is that this is one bet he can finally win. What he doesn’t expect, though, is what happens when he starts kissing his best friend on a daily basis. Namely, he doesn’t expect falling head over heels in love with his best friend. Now all he has to do is make sure the bet never ends, so he never has to stop kissing Louis. (25k)

- Fall At My Door  : A-list actor Harry Styles and award-winning musician Louis Tomlinson have an acquaintances-with-benefits relationship, so whenever their busy professional lives happen to land them in the same city, they meet up. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.And that’s all it is. Until it isn’t. (30k)

- Then We Talk Slow : A famous/non-famous AU in which Louis banters back and forth with his new record company on Twitter, only to find out that Harry is the man behind the tweets. (20k)

If you can read a WIP :

- Resist Everything Except Temptation  : The one where Louis is the commodore’s son who is forced to become a part of Harry’s crew when he is captured. (60k so far)

- Now you know me (for your eyes only) : au where harry and louis are solo artists and they’re not exactly friends per se but they’re friendly, know each other from industry parties and things like that and there’s always been this weird unspoken sexual tension between them and louis’ always kinda confused bc isn’t harry the biggest ladies’ man in the industry?? and one day harry asks louis to collab with him and of course louis says yes even tho he’s kinda surprised and harry plays the song for him and louis is completely blown away by how beautiful it is and it’s a love song and he’s like damn whoever this is about is lucky as fuck bc it’s clearly written from personal experience so they spend all this time together recording and it’s super bittersweet bc they click right away and it takes louis about three seconds to realize he has a huge fucking crush on harry but on the other hand harry clearly had someone in mind when he wrote the song so the last day of recording comes and louis’ like “thanks for having me on the song” and harry just shrugs and is like “well it just seemed fitting bc the song is about you”  (61k)

- Muted by Hope  : An au where Louis’ a 22 year old mute who finds a mysterious curly headed teenage boy in an dark and ominous alleyway on a frigid autumn’s night.  (3k so far)

I haven’t read them :

- LOVE BEYOND THE BOOK COVER : Louis is a GLBTQ+ college student who is known on campus for fighting for equal rights in the face of the bigotry rampant in the ACO fraternity.  His friends also know him for being a sassy prangster.What happens when he rubs shoulders with Harry Styles, the newest ACO member and rich son of Des Styles…for all appearances, their smug, new heterosexual poster boy?  No, he doesn’t think he’s cute, thank you very much; in fact, he’s the epitome of everything that irritates him.When Louis and his roommates decide to pull the most daring prank to date, he learns things aren’t always as they seem, and never in his wildest dreams did he expect things to turn out the way they did! (37k)

- After all that time : Harry and Louis broke up in 2012 because they just couldn’t deal with all the hiding and closeting. Or well, Louis couldn’t take it, since he was the one to break up with Harry. They tried to remain friends, being in the biggest boyband and all, but it just wasn’t the same. Harry had to see Louis having girlfriends and living the straight life everyone expected him to. But one day during their Hiatus that started 2016, Harry finds Louis standing in front of his door. Will they find their way back to each other? Even though there is a baby and a girlfriend in the game? (32k)

Rogue One: Second Viewing

- link to my other Rogue One blabberings -

Watched Rogue One for the second time today on the big screen.  Here are some more thoughts since I’m not inundated by “HOLY SHIT” feelings from experiencing it the first time. There may be some repeat thoughts.

NB, as usual: have only seen the movie and read a small portion of its prequel Catalyst so far. I try to talk about individual characters themselves, but shipping thoughts concerning RebelCaptain (Jyn/Cassian) and SpiritAssassin (Chirrut/Baze) still occur.

Warning: THIS IS REALLY, REALLY LONG. Not exaggerating in any way.

  • Quick General Thoughts 
    • I’d seen the movie a little more than a month ago and have swamped myself in fandom, so I thought I wouldn’t have Extreme Emotions from seeing it again. I even thought I’d be bored for some bits.
      • I was wrong.
    • It’s a beautiful movie, and I honestly liked every single performance by the actors and actresses. I thought they were all really good or amazing.
    • By far one of the most intense movies that I’ve seen in general, not just the Star Wars ‘verse.
  • Lah’mu
    • There’s a piece of symbolism in some Rogue One book material that talks about how the movie bookends the theme of “Jyn” and “home.” AKA: Jyn starts the movie by having a home, and Jyn ends the movie by rediscovering home. Figuratively, this is shown by Lah’mu with her parents (start) and the Scarif beach with Cassian (end) (or you could argue the entire Rogue One team becoming family, a la Baze’s “little sister”, as “home”).
      • However, now I can see there’s also a literal interpretation of this: Jyn’s Lah’mu home is next to a beach. And you remember where she dies? A BEACH.
    • If one of the Stormtroopers was taught even a little bit of forensic science, Jyn would have absolutely been found underneath that damn rock. They live on rich, loamy soil. Anyone heard of footprints or tracks? I guess Death Troopers are too busy learning how to kill people.

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TOP 25 FILMS OF 2014

This is coming a few weeks later than I would have liked, but I’ve finally seen everything I wanted to in order to consider the year completed for me, so without further ado here are my Top 25 Films of 2014, counting down from #25: 

25. PRIDE (Matthew Warchus)

The history of the world is rich with stories of diverse groups of people coming together in the face of adversity, but one such joining of forces that hasn’t been well-covered in film is that of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign, wherein a group of lesbian and gay activists sought to raise money in order to help those making a stand during the UK miners’ strike of 1984. Pride captures a moment in time that we sadly don’t see enough of in the world, even today – people from different sides of society coming together and recognizing a unity in one another which creates a bond stronger than any hardship that seeks to tear them down. It’s not a particularly heavy picture, as even the weighty themes are handled with a lighter touch than your more substantial efforts, but what director Matthew Warchus brings to the table is a jubilant atmosphere that keeps things on their feet with a rich surplus of well-timed humor to go along with the inspiring narrative. His energetic, almost musical direction keeps things flowing in a charming spirit that makes it impossible for Pride not to keep a smile on your face and he’s aided by a cast rich with talent both young and old, with the relatively fresh faces bringing a rambunctious spirit that meshes well and further illuminates the dependable efforts of a rich veteran class. 


The common perception lately has been that whenever Woody Allen makes a great new film, he follows it up with something significantly lesser by comparison. I can’t say I follow that belief to the letter that some do, but signs indicated that after the Oscar-winning triumph of Blue Jasmine, Allen’s next film – the much lighter romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight – wasn’t going to be up to snuff. For this viewer, however, I found this frolic in the south of France circa 1928 to be a welcome change of pace in a summer loaded with one drab, over-produced blockbuster after another and as I walked out of the theater I found a warm smile across my face and the opinion that it’s one of Woody’s best in recent years, even better than Jasmine. Starring Colin Firth (a natural fit for the filmmaker) as a magician who is sought by a friend to try and unmask a woman (Emma Stone) parading herself as a mystic, Moonlight wears its thin plot on its sleeve but its predictability belies a genuine charm that kept me delighted throughout its entire run regardless of the fact that I knew more or less where it was going the whole way. Ultimately, the film is about how finding the beauty in life is something anyone can do, whether it’s in the magic or not, which may be too slight for some, but it hit me in just the right spot. 

23. WILD (Jean-Marc Vallee)

Perhaps rejuvenated by seeing the career renaissance of fellow Southerner, rom-com stable and general punchline Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon has clearly put herself on a mission for returned glory in the past few years and with Wild, it looks like all that hard work is starting to pay off. Her longtime passion project come to life, this is held up on the shoulders of what is easily the best, most committed performance of her career. Director Jean Marc-Vallee brings us a much more grounded, uncinematic experience than you’d expect this true story of Cheryl Strayed’s solo hike across the Pacific Crest Trail to be, foregoing the usual emotional manipulation, big walloping scenes and over-reliance on lush scenery shots. The decidedly muted ending was a decision that could come off too abrupt and unrewarding for some, but I think it cements the fact that Wild isn’t the kind of inspirational epic that many may be expecting from its somewhat generic trappings. This was never a story designed to reach out and show you how to take hold of your life, to go out into the world and face the dangers of the wild just like Strayed did. It’s a true telling of one woman’s belief that she needed this experience to find herself, and watching Witherspoon convey the serenity she feels when her journey is completed is as satisfying and emotionally cathartic as any grandiose finale could have ever been. 


The fact that The Grand Budapest Hotel is easily my least favorite Wes Anderson film to date says more to the fact that this is one of the most consistently brilliant filmmakers working today than anything else. I found it missing the core element of emotional resonance that has made me fall in love with his other films, but even without that it’s an absolutely joyous romp of an adventure with tons of entertainment value and incredibly consistent laughs. It’d be hard to argue with anyone who would state that Anderson is the most efficient and creative world-builder working in cinema today. Each of his films exist in their own universe outside the realm of the normal and even further outside anything existing alongside them in the industry, and Budapest is far and away his most elaborate and inventive world to date. Taking place in several time periods, but primarily in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka in 1932 on the verge of the great war, Anderon’s attention to detail is so dedicated, with no hint of the slightest bit of imperfection, from the choreography to the set design and beyond. Grand Budapest is a swift breeze of a film that’s a lot more focused on narrative than any of his other work, which doesn’t allow much time for character development or dynamics, but nevertheless it’s a wild ride filled with eccentric characters and sharp humor. 

21. LOVE IS STRANGE (Ira Sachs)

In the tradition of Make Way for Tomorrow and Tokyo Story, Ira Sachs has brought us a look into the generational divide as seen through the experiences of an aging couple in his newest feature, Love Is Strange. One of the most surprising aspects of the film is the way that Sachs takes something which could have been incredibly plot-heavy and loaded with subplots that are teased along the way and instead turns it into a naturally told story of human beings trying to connect and the way that we can cross lines into each others’ lives. There are no villains, no outwardly menacing characters in Love Is Strange, yet quietly these people struggle in dealing with the intrusions of their friends and family into their every day lives in a way that they had never experienced before. In establishing the relationship between Ben and George (played marvelously by John Lithgow and especially Alfred Molina), we see two people so familiar with one another that they’re comfortable with all of their flaws and niggling qualities but as the two separate and become acquainted with the lifestyles of others, they become burdens or find themselves burdened by their new surroundings. It’s a familiar story to anyone who has had relatives or friends stay with them or vice versa, and yet Sachs brings it to such vivid, unemphasized life. 

20. NIGHTCRAWLER (Dan Gilroy)

Even for someone like myself who has been astonished by Jake Gyllenhaal’s recent work in films like Prisoners and End of Watch, his turn as the mischievous and ambitious central figure in Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler is something that I don’t think anyone could have ever expected from the actor. The way that he portrays the darkness of Louis Bloom through his serpentine veneer, all with a Cheshire Cat grin, puts a lump in the throat and chills the bones. That’s not to say Gilroy (making his directing debut) doesn’t play a key part in establishing and orchestrating the cold, clinical (a little too much so) atmosphere of the movie, or the subtle as a sledgehammer commentary on the modern media news cycle and their culpability in the kind of illegal, morally disturbing behavior that people like Louis feed on, but at the end of the day this is Gyllenhaal’s movie through and through and it’s simply another startling turn in a string of phenomenal performances from the star. The actor is fully immersed and committed to this part on a primal level; he’s deeply unsettling and perhaps even more disturbing is the simultaneous way in which he (and the film) is dementedly hilarious. As much as Nightcrawler is a captivating thrill ride through the dark, bloody streets of late-night Los Angeles, it’s also in many ways a pitch black comedy that keeps the laughs coming in the most unexpected of places. 


The Theory of Everything, James Marsh’s film detailing the life of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his struggle with motor neuron disease, has all the makings of yet another bland couple of hours that can’t possibly succeed in condensing one person’s life into such a duration, but refreshingly it doesn’t strive to and in actuality it’s not necessarily a biopic on Hawking at all – at least not in the traditional sense. Adapted from a novel by Stephen’s ex-wife Jane, it’s about the relationship between these two people and it’s there in which this film separates itself from the pack of familiar, disposable pieces of Academy catnip in exchange for something far more grounded and emotionally potent. To say that the audience I saw The Theory of Everything with spent the whole of two hours openly weeping would perhaps be an understatement and through the strength of the performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, along with the delicate, unmanipulative direction, not a single tear was unearned or contrived through any pandering means. Sure, Marsh’s film isn’t “edgy” or “unpredictable”, but why should it be? It tells the story of these two people beautifully without hiding their individual, personal struggles outside of Stephen’s disease and it still manages to not shave off any of the less-glamorous sides of their relationship. It’s part traditional biopic and part love story, with the bittersweet awareness that sometimes you can fight through this kind of war together and make it to the other side but still lose sight of one another. 

18. INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson)

After charting a new path down heavily dramatic, philosophically dense and structurally vague avenues with There Will Be Blood and The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson has again made a sharp turn towards the lighter side of things with Inherent Vice, his most purely entertaining picture to date. Closer to Boogie Nights, without reaching the darkness that the ‘80s bring, this adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel is light on its feet but retains the twisty nature of its source material and is distinctly the child of its creator. Anderson may be having more fun than we’re used to seeing, but there’s no denying that this is a unique and ambitious filmmaker at work, with the result as conceptually original and narratively befuddling as his previous effort. Inherent Vice may be too narratively erratic and structurally aimless for its own good, but it does seem that there’s a method to the madness in Anderson’s attempt to capture the spirit and experience of its leading character, hippie private detective Doc Sportello, and time period above all else. It’s a film loaded with surprises, from the technical mastery that accompanies all of Anderson’s work to the rich ensemble of memorable performances (Josh Brolin in particular absolutely steals the movie), all guided through the narrative perspective of yet another unique and inventive character that Joaquin Phoenix brings to life in its fullest possible form. 

17. BEGIN AGAIN (John Carney)

Two lost souls spurned by life coming together after a chance encounter has been the basic premise of a lot of films over the years, most of them trite and sentimental romantic comedies. Seven years after John Carney brought us the tiny musical-that-could Once, whose plot could be broadly described this way, he’s delivered another entry in that same vein on a slightly larger, Americanized scale with Begin Again. Back in the world of music, the film sees Mark Ruffalo’s spiraling downward record producer and Keira Knightley’s jilted ex-girlfriend of a rising rock star come together one night in a small, cramped New York bar and light up a spark in one another that sets the course for a charming and easily appreciable experience that takes two great actors and simply lets them win the audience over as they take their act to the streets to record a raw, guerrilla-style album of songs performed by Knightley’s Gretta. Begin Again is a love story, but not in the way that you’d expect or even that Carney’s script teases it becoming from time to time. Gretta and Ruffalo’s Dan do find themselves thanks to their relationship with one another, but the most refreshing thing is that it’s not about finding themselves within the other person. It’s about finding your own love in whatever that may be, whether it’s riding your bike away from your past on a lovely New York night or sitting on a bench listening to an iPod with someone you cherish. It also feature Knightley’s best, most luminous performance, from a year full of her displaying her underappreciated versatility in a string of individually marvelous work. 

16. CALVARY (John Michael McDonagh)

John Michael McDonagh's Calvary centers on Father Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a good priest who’s never done any of the type of acts that others in his field have been convicted of but he still has to suffer for their crimes in his own way. He remains a member of the community but he can’t seem to walk around without being reminded of the kind of thoughts that come to mind when people see that collar in the modern day. Every scene in Calvary is from Lavelle’s perspective and yet we become privy to every dark temptation, twisted secret and perverted behavior that the people in this small Irish town are party to. As a priest, whether it’s from people mocking you, looking for absolution or just aware that they can say whatever they want to you under the guise of seeking counsel and you can’t do anything about it, Lavelle is forced to harbor all of this knowledge in his mind and with that kind of a life it’s no wonder that someone could maybe want out, an idea that forges one of the many running themes of McDonagh’s deceptively complex screenplay. When I first reached the end of Calvary, I honestly wasn’t sure what to make of it; I found it interesting but without enough meat on its bones for it to truly make an impact. Strangely, I found it sitting with me and as I reflected on it more and more I grew to appreciate it and come to realize the many fascinating, thoughtful layers that McDonagh textures underneath what at first could be seen as almost mundane. 

15. NIGHT MOVES (Kelly Reichardt)

Kelly Reichardt has made her name as a director who can take the most typical of genres, from a love story between a woman and her dog to a western set on the Oregon Trail, and turn them on their head for something far different than what you may expect to see. As a result, it’s no surprise that her newest feature, Night Moves, is far more meditative and complex than the initial premise would lead you to believe. Centered on a trio of radical environmentalists who plan an explosion of a hydroelectric dam, Reichardt and her writing partner Jonathan Raymond have taken the measured, methodically paced atmosphere they’ve cultivated on their previous three pictures together and brought it to the realm of the environmental thriller. The results are typically captivating, with the duo focusing their lens on the psychological ramifications of those who hastily endeavor in acts such as these in a way that other films of its type rarely have an interest in delving into. If Night Moves represents a transition for Reichardt into more accessible material for the mainstream crowd, it certainly doesn’t bring with it any sense that she’s going to lose sight of the perspective that makes her such a distinctive, standout filmmaker in the industry. 

14. STARRED UP (David Mackenzie)

There aren’t a lot of prison movies out there, especially these days, and there are even fewer good ones but it’s a subgenre that I take a particular shine to so when one comes along that I can fully embrace, I am more than happy to take the plunge. Such is the case with David Mackenzie's Starred Up, a brutal and explosive journey into the world of Eric Love, a violent teenager so dangerous he’s transferred to the adult prison where he comes face to face with his own father, another inmate he’s now locked up with. Written by Jonathan Asser, who took inspiration from his own experiences as a voluntary prison therapist, Mackenzie pulls no punches in getting to the nitty-gritty of prison lifestyle in an almost clinical fashion, wholly unafraid of putting his actors through the wringer. Chief among them is Jack O'Connell, giving a true “star is born” turn as Love, exploding like a force of nature from first scene to last, fully immersing himself in the untempered rage that Eric lives with every moment of his life. Admittedly, the narrative movements of Starred Up aren’t quite as engaging as the performances that really bring it to life but it’s thanks to those, alongside Asser’s personal experience with the world, that Mackenzie is able to create such a vivid, authentic environment that feels far truer than the vast majority of prison dramas we see put on screen. 

13. IDA (Pawel Pawlikowski)

Taking minimalism to its furthest point, Pawel Pawlikowski’s deeply personal black-and-white drama Ida draws on his own history to cement the themes of familial background and how that can shape who you are. Set in early 1960s Poland, this is the tale of a young woman about to take her vows to officially become a nun when she discovers that she has an aunt she never knew, her only living relative, and the two embark on a road trip to discover what really happened to their Jewish family during the war. What follows is a beautifully restrained study of a woman who never knew her true self having to look into the history of the family she never had in order to discover who really is. Agata Trzebuchowska takes on the lead role, in her first performance ever, and you’d think she’d been at it for years with her remarkable ability to say so much with her muted expressions and silent glances. Just as impressive is Agata Kulesza, as her aunt, using her body language to let the audience in on the fact that there’s a deeper sadness lurking in this woman than she is willing to reveal. Pawlikowski keeps the film at an economical 78 minutes and at first things feel a bit rushed in getting to the meat of the story quickly, but it comes to really milk every minute it has and the evolution of these women is incredibly felt by the end of it, with both of them so far off from where we first met them. 

12. EDGE OF TOMORROW (Doug Liman)

I’ve made no secret of my general disdain for the state of blockbuster filmmaking in recent years, with its endless factory machine of dreadful, derivative sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots and whatever else pumping out a new financially-driven piece of forgettable fluff every week, but once in a while there’s a big-budget summer movie that truly takes me by surprise and Edge of Tomorrow is the best one to come along in years. Seeing such a well-written, phenomenally paced, tremendously entertaining action adventure with a human element that is neither too shallow it diminishes the overall product nor too prominent that it distracts from the pulsing narrative, I was reminded of the capacity to be amazed by this kind of film. Taking its Groundhog Day premise, where Tom Cruise’s unwilling soldier is granted the ability to relive the day every time he dies during a war with an alien enemy, Edge of Tomorrow is like a video game brought to the big screen, without any of the negative assumptions that conjures up, perhaps because it’s adapted from a graphic novel rather than an actual game. Director Doug Liman executes this film with an exhilarating sense of fun, combining the gripping action sequences with a surprisingly sharp script and able performances from Cruise and especially Emily Blunt as one of the most kickass action heroes of any gender this year. 

11. SNOWPIERCER (Joon-Ho Bong)

While Edge of Tomorrow was the cure for my increasing dissatisfaction with the Hollywood blockbuster, Snowpiercer (another graphic novel adaptation) was the balls-to-the-wall kick in the teeth from the independent world that proved you don’t need $100 million to make a genre flick that is explosive, energetic, entertaining and, most importantly, brazenly unique. The first English-language picture from the great South Korean director Joon-ho Bong, Snowpiercer sets itself entirely on board a massive, luxurious train that travels around the planet non-stop in a future where a failed attempt to prevent global warming has resulted in the destruction of all life and a new ice age. With the train’s chambers divided by class, Snowpiercer uses this socially relevant starting point for what is ultimately a much larger and more complex weaving of themes. Taking a sprawling international cast on a journey through the many different, exquisitely detailed chambers, Bong sends up genre convention with a balance of vastly contrasting tones that he masters with effortless ease. Whether it’s Tilda Swinton giving monologues with a shoe on her head or an absolutely riotous Alison Pill, with her angelic presence, leading a classroom of children to sing a jaunty tune about the many ways they could all die, Snowpiercer keeps the laughs coming as ferociously as it does the heart-pumping violence.

10. BORGMAN (Alex van Warmerdam)

A priest delivers a sermon before loading up a gun and heading into the woods with a group of men, stern determination on their faces. A disheveled man with wild hair and an ungroomed beard wakes up in his shelter underneath the ground, hearing the footsteps of these men above him. The group starts poking holes in the ground, attempting to cave in the shelter and uncover the man. The disheveled man makes his escape through a secret passage, running through the woods and exposing other similar shelters where he informs other men that they have been discovered and must run. We are given no understanding of who this man is, why he was living underground or why the priest and these other men were after them, presumably on a mission to bring their deaths. This mysterious, breathtaking sequence is the opening to Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman and it only gets more strange and fascinating from there. It’s a potentially infuriating film due to its lack of straight answers, but for those who give in to what the director is aiming towards (as I did), Borgman is an utterly intriguing experience practically unlike any other I’ve had to date.

09. THE IMITATION GAME (Morten Tyldum)

Knock it down as Oscar-bait if you want, but The Imitation Game is a riveting piece of history telling a story that deserves to be witnessed. Award season is loaded with movies about important men who did significant things, but what was interesting about this year was the surprisingly unconventional decisions as to the directors assigned the task of bringing these stories to life. Nowhere was this more true than with Morten Tyldum, the Norwegian director making his English-language debut after his last effort, Headhunters, provided one of the most unpredictable, deliriously entertaining experiences of 2012. The decision to put him in charge of this powerful biopic of Alan Turing (played in a career-best turn by Benedict Cumberbatch), whose vital role in cracking the Enigma code during World War II couldn’t prevent the unjust crime his own government perpetrated against him for his homosexuality, was a daring one that gives it an energy far removed from the stuffy trappings you may have expected to find contained within. The Imitation Game is an intelligently designed portrayal of a man whose story deserves to be told and for too long was hidden in the backroom of a nation too afraid to admit the injustice that was committed against him. At the same time, that atrocity shouldn’t take any attention away from the significance of his contribution to his field and the war, and finding the proper balance is the film’s greatest strength of all.

08. THE ROVER (David Michod)

Only the second film from David Michod, after 2010's Animal KingdomThe Rover proves that he was no one-hit wonder as this cements his position as one of the most exciting and bold filmmakers to emerge so far this decade. Whereas Animal Kingdom took a conventional story of a criminal family at odds with law enforcement and turned it on its head, The Rover is a much more polarizing film from the structure up. Animal Kingdom played with expectations in a way that revitalized the crime genre; The Rover doesn’t even tease the idea that you know what you’re getting into. Michod strips down the picture as far as he can, removing from the film any desire to give the audience knowledge of the background of its situation in any respect. We don’t know what caused the apocalyptic event that led to this barren world other than the vague description of a “collapse”. We don’t know why the overwhelmingly nihilistic Eric (a career-best turn from Guy Pearce) is so adamant about getting his car back from a group of men who stole it in this world where you can take whatever you want and have no need for possessions. Leaving so much open for the audience to fill in as much or as little as they please can be frustrating at times, but Michod creates the world of The Rover so vividly and his two-hander road movie (with Pearce sharing the screen with a sensational Robert Pattinson) is ultimately just the blink of an eye amid a sea of something much more expansive. 

07. ENEMY (Denis Villeneuve)

The unexpected team of director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal did wonders last year with the dark kidnapping thriller Prisoners (my second favorite film of the year), but Enemy took things in a decidedly bolder and more abstract direction. The logline tells us that it’s about a college professor (Gyllenhaal) who seeks out his exact look-alike (also Gyllenhaal) after spotting him as an extra in a movie, but the calamity that results from this chance sighting is far more complex than at first glance. With Enemy, Villeneuve constructs a piece that feels like a fusion between the great Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. While the premise feels like something out of the former’s canon and there’s a palpable feeling of foreboding suspense the way there was in many of his works (Vertigo springs to mind for obvious reasons), there’s also the surrealism and hypnotic, deeply unsettling atmosphere present in much of the latter’s work. It’d be easy to classify this as a mood piece above anything else and maybe that remains true, but it’s also a fascinating dissection on the idea of identity and the reconciliation of ones fantasies with the reality of living in a world where sometimes you have to settle and stop living in your dreams. 

06. THE IMMIGRANT (James Gray)

Only the fifth feature from director James Gray, The Immigrant maintains many of his traditional themes like the familial ties that bind his characters and keep them questioning their decisions, along with the New York setting, but it’s a departure for him in many ways. He’s done period work before, but this one sends him much further back to another time and a very unique style of filmmaking. What’s fascinating about what he brings to the film is how it feels so much like a lost relic of another era, yet at the same time is imbued with the brooding, heavy atmosphere that has defined his career. The Immigrant is best described as the old made new again. On first glimpse it may feel like an homage or imitation, but the further it cooks along the more it feels like nothing but the genuine article. There’s no stench of artifice to his directing here, no wink at the audience to let us see that he’s in on the fact that this isn’t how films are made anymore. With a career-best performance from Marion Cotillard, as expressive and heartbreaking as ever, and another addition to the strongest actor/director collaboration in film today that is Gray and Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant is a breathtaking experience from start to finish, with one of the most defining closing shots in years thanks to the great Darius Khondji. 

05. FOXCATCHER (Bennett Miller)

For better or worse, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher is the most interesting, deliberately uncomfortable American film of 2014. Depicting the ominously tense dynamic that developed between Olympic wrestlers (and brothers) Mark and Dave Schultz with the peculiar millionaire John du Pont, Miller has created a film that is by its very design cold to a fault. He purposefully places us at a distance from these characters (with the help of the astonishing work from DP Greig Fraser), which can make it hard to engage with or invest in at times, but this remove also helps in establishing the eerie, foreboding mood the director confronts the audience with that creates a positively chilling atmosphere from first frame to last. In his previous film Moneyball, Miller handicapped the surprisingly thrilling script with his bland, tediously vanilla direction but here it’s the opposite effect. A shaky, inconsistent script threatens to derail the magnificent work of the man at the helm, but Miller keeps you entranced, aided by stars Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell and especially Channing Tatum. Foxcatcher appropriately stands out as an incredibly physical movie, one which says more without words than it ever does with them. 

04. GONE GIRL (David Fincher)

The must-talk-about novel of 2012 has become the must-talk-about film of 2014 with David Fincher's Gone Girl, a twisty labyrinth of bad people doing very bad things. Adapted to the screen by the book’s author Gillian Flynn, the writer and director combine to pull off a seamless transition from page to screen. While excising unnecessary characters and subplots, the duo have maintained the page-turner aspect that keeps the audience on their toes with every insane twist and turn in Gone Girl’s dizzying narrative littered with one fascinating character after another, where the center stage is taken up by a venomous marriage that exposes a dissection and utter skewering of the modern idea of matrimony and the way that we put on a facade for the media, our partners and ultimately ourselves. When reading the basic logline (wife goes missing; husband is suspect), it’d be easy to assume that Gone Girl is simply a generic thriller but Flynn employs a deceptive, incredibly tricky framework that seamlessly combines flashback and voiceover to split perspective and unravel a mystery far more fascinating than that of where Amy Dunne is. Dunne herself is a character for the ages and she’s an enigma right in the heart of a wonderfully layered, masterfully designed and howlingly bitter dark comedy of utter despair that sees Fincher having the most fun he’s had in ages. 

03. THE SKELETON TWINS (Craig Johnson)

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are primarily known for their multiple Emmy-nominated work on Saturday Night Live and after leaving their long stints on that program behind in recent years they found themselves coming together again in a very Sundance-typical tale of two troubled siblings in Craig Johnson’s darkly comedic, surprisingly abrasive and endearingly heartfelt drama. Yet despite its cliches, The Skeleton Twins is loaded with moments that pull on the heart strings in natural, believable ways without ever descending into nauseating “indie quirks” that would pull you out of the authentic experience of these two characters colliding forces with one another and knocking their damaged lives back into perspective. Their Milo and Maggie stray the line between likable and loathsome, even teetering over into the latter at times, but Hader and Wiig constantly keep you invested in them and the clever, impactful writing makes sure to leaven the heaviest moments with plenty of warmth throughout. The film’s centerpiece, in which the two come together over a lip-sync rendition of Jefferson Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, is as crowd-pleasing a moment as any you’ll see on screen this year and a testament to the fact that no matter how much Maggie and Milo can dig their claws into one another they will always have a bond that no one can manage to break or fully understand. 

02. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (J.C. Chandor)

It may be set in 1981, and released in 2014, but A Most Violent Year feels like the kind of New York cinema that emerged straight out of the dark, crime-ridden climate of the 1970s. Up there with Lumet and Coppola, J.C. Chandor has captured an ambiance that builds in the pit of your stomach and reaches around you the same way that this world does for his characters. Another admirable venture into a drastically new territory, after the dialogue-driven financial crises of Margin Call and the almost entirely wordless man-at-sea survival story All Is Lost, Chandor has delivered what is easily his strongest work yet by combining complex character drama with lasting universal themes to create a slow-burning thriller that only ratchets up the tension when you’re about to reach fever pitch. Highlighted by one of the best performances in years from Oscar Isaac (who led Inside Llewyn Davis, my favorite film of last year), the director assembles all the right ingredients and calibrates them to peak efficiency for a film that breathlessly captures an intimacy of character in collaboration with a far wider scope that lends so much texture to the world these people inhabit. 

01. WHIPLASH (Damien Chazelle)

The drive for artistic perfection is naturally nothing new in the world of cinema, but in Whiplash, writer/director Damien Chazelle has brought us a two-hander so aggressive, combustible and emotionally violent it will make you feel like you’ve never seen anything like it. Only 29 years old when the film was released, Chazelle has the precision of a director twice his age as he captures a precise, elaborate style that sucks the viewer in and keeps you on the edge of your seat, but at the same time this is a film that relies heavily on the two men at its core. J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller are two actors at very different points in their careers, one a veteran whose work spans decades in supporting roles and the other a fresh face just breaking out into the spotlight, but there’s a good chance that neither of them will do anything this strong ever again. The war between these two men is fraught with emotion and turmoil, and Chazelle’s direction elevates Whiplash to something that works as more than just a riveting two-hander with great characters and performances. Whiplash centers on two characters who are hungry to cultivate one of the great artists of their time, and watching it gives the impression that we may have found one ourselves in Damien Chazelle. 

Let’s talk madness...

 [Alright well by now everyone has either seen madness or has heard of it and wants to continue to scream despite the fact that we haven’t gotten all the manga scans out yet - or rather properly translate yet.

PLEASE be aware I am not doing this to be an asshole - I fucking ship Otayuri like its my life blood but I am also very realistic as I humanly can because I want to make sure anyone who DOESN’T ship my ship doesn’t come telling me “Oh you are just being bias because you love the ship!” like bitch please - calm your titties down first of all. Second sit down, both otayuri fan and anti alike.

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Here is a masterpost of all my favorite bellarke fics. These are not my fics. Theyre all Ao3 links. To read them on mobile download ibooks or the kindle app and then download the epub or pdf file from ao3 or just read them on your computer.

  • Hello, Princess - (45391 words) AU with Clarke in college as a pre-med student, and Bellamy her Calculus TA. More characters and tags will be added as they are introduced.
  • I’ll Take My Time If You Want To - (17940 words)  Ark AU wherein Bellamy’s a member of the guard and Clarke’s a medical apprentice, and among everything that’s going on, they meet, they talk, they fall in love, and they both realize there’s so much more to the other than meets the eye.
  • Same Time Next Week - (30134 words) "You’re awfully hung up on rules, aren’t you?“"You’re awfully not for being the one who’s supposed to enforce them,” she said, confrontation in her voice.“Someone has a problem with authority,” he said, amusement in his.
  • The Conversation - (44589 words) AU where Clarke left her phone number in a library book that one time and Bellamy finds it a couple of years later and decides that he has nothing better to do.
  • the pedal’s down, my eyes are closed - (33792 words) “You’re the one with the Masters funding.” He says it like he already knows, is already using it as the whole basis of her personality. “I’m Bellamy Blake.”“Nice to meet you,” she lies through her teeth.Clarke Griffin is the newest member of the Classical History Review and Bellamy Blake is at the bottom of her list of people to befriend. Well, she’s been wrong before. AU.
  • 100 Ark Street - (34089 words)  Bellamy moves into a new apartment; he couldn’t have asked for better neighbors.
  • Pistols at Dawn - (33236 words)  Bellamy Blake’s political star is on the rise, until his opponents throw some dirt that sticks. So he calls in an expert: Clarke Griffin, professional crisis manager, has helped many a powerful person weather outrageous scandals with her team.
    But Clarke has no idea that saving Bellamy Blake will unearth secrets that should have stayed buried – and change both their lives forever.
  • Love Will Come Through - (23251 words) “The vows were short, perfunctory; Clarke was asked to say I do, and she did. There were rings, too: Bellamy’s fingers were warm against her cold skin when he slipped a ring on her finger, and she put a ring on his. They were instructed to kiss. His lips were dry, pressing against her mouth for a moment, and that was it. They were done.She was a wife, and her husband was a stranger."AU. Clarke winds up in an arranged marriage with Bellamy.
  • We Could Be - (58826 words)  Modern AU. A peek into a couple years at college where Bellamy and Clarke slowly get to know each other.

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Fake us - Dean Winchester x Reader - Part 3

Title: Fake us

Pairing: Dean Winchester x Reader, Jensen Ackles x Reader

Word count: 3,308

Warnings: None

Prompt: Hii can u do one kinda like the french mistake but in reverse where J2 are sent to the spn world (dean and reader have feelings for each other but don’t know yet) and in the “real world” jensen is married to the readers actress and dean is jealous xo

Part 1 l Part 2

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“Where are you going?” Jensen’s rough voice made you look at him.

You smiled softly “To go find that idiot. Who knows what trouble he might get himself into” you shrugged.

He watched you carefully and in thought for a second before he got up and shook his head “No” he placed a hand on top of your shoulder, stopping you.


“I’ll go” he sighed “I’ll go find him. I think I should have a talk with him.”

“Are you- are you sure?” you whispered and he forced a smile.

“Trust me, if it’s anyone besides you that can get through that man’s thick skull in the right way it is me” he gave you a small hopeful smile and you did the same.

“I suppose” you whispered and he rubbed your shoulder softly.

“Don’t worry, we will be back soon. I think that talk is much needed” he sighed, and within seconds was out of the bunker ready to follow Dean.

You frowned, watching Jensen leave. For the first time you couldn’t think of what to make of this. You didn’t know whatthe end result was going to be. You knew you should talk to Dean too but should he maybe have a talk with Jensen first? End what could those two possibly say? You feared the worst.

“Are you ok?” a voice made you look up.

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Jungkook Scenario: Hey Juliet.

Request:  Could I request a Jungkook fluff scenario where you and him are in the same drama club and are both auditioning for the lead roles and get them, and somewhere in there, there’s a kissing scene and he ends up confessing to you?

Genre: Fluff

Jungkook and you had shared the same class for over two years now and you considered that fact as a blessing. Ever since the first time you met him you had liked him, just remembering that day made you feel like blushing, you had to try hard to not stare at him for too long and look like a weirdo, but the boy was so beautiful you could swear your eyes became hearts when you saw him passing by.

You two were close friends now and sometimes he would sit beside you in class, making fun of something that happened in the classroom, talking about the variety shows you both enjoyed or sometimes totally silent just sitting there, making you feel both assured and nervous just with his presence.  

Now that crush had only increased, your liking for him developing into something more, something that you didn’t know how to catalog. You had the chance to know him and you found out that he was so much more than a pretty face. Passionate, smart, well mannered and funny, Jungkook surprised you by not disappointing you in the slightest.

That was until now.

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Eggsy is an up and coming actor. Best of his age. Bit mysterious cos he’s so private. Everyone wants a piece of him. He agrees to get everyone off his back by doing an in depth article on some Famous Celeb Mag.

Harry is a famous (print centric) journalist who is being drowned out by social media and newer and fresher journalists. He gets assigned (reluctantly) to Eggsy so make him more current and interesting.

  •  Harry was once one of the Most Famous journalists, but since a lot of the internet/social media evolution has been coming about, he’s been fading into the back ground.
  • He gets called into his office (by Merlin obvi)! They want him to like try something new so they have him do a Big Interview with one of the biggest up and coming actors at the moment and it’s Gary “Eggsy” Unwin.
  •  Harry is reluctant but merlin thinks it’ll be good for bringing him back into modern magazine times.
  •  So Harry just goes along with it even though he kind of hates it and he starts covering eggsy’s daily life kind of just generally hanging out with him trying to write an in-depth piece.
  • And throughout the whole thing Eggsy knows what Harry is doing so he tries to give him the juiciest details but they kind of end up getting really familiar with each other and getting to know each other and Eggsy starts to have a crush on Harry and Harry starts to get to know Eggsy beyond being a Great Actor (he sees him with his mom and Daisy OBVIOUSLY).
  • Obviously they start to fall in love.
  • ESPECIALLY WHEN: Eggsy is nominated for an award! HARRY is there and they rejoice and Eggsy pulls HARRY in for a kiss and he leaves HARRY gaping and roxy is in shock but laughs COS SHE KNOWS! Everything! (she’s Harry’s photographer for this and she gets to know eggsy too and Harry thinks eggsy fancies roxy but he doesn’t they’re just friends).
  •  THEN: At the award ceremony, eggsy doesn’t show up cos he panics and when he wins the award his manager team (Ryan and Jamal) receive it on his behalf. In truth, he’s there but he’s in the bathroom and freaking out. He calls HARRY (from the loo obviously) and Harry whisks him away around New York City and Eggsy thanks him.

One time eggsy asks HARRY to exchange secrets with him and Harry says he would rather be writing about extinct owls than celebrities and Eggsy laughs. Eggsy reveals his anxiety towards crowds and how this ceremony just confirmed it. Everyone thinks he’s some sort of a bad boy cos he’s a chav but he’s just private and quiet and sticks to himself and only lets people he loves in.

Eggsy is like “what will you write about me?” After they talk more about the incident and Harry says “what I know. I know that you’re a star. Bright burning and out of reach. But you’re also down to earth and kind and brilliant and so easy to— (he almost says love) LIKE as a person. I will only write the truth about you.”

They slowly fall in love with each other and a few key things happen (BUT under the cut cos this got long):

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Kiss Like You Mean It

Characters: Jensen Ackles, Karina (named reader - yep mine name sssshh), Logan (OMC), Jared Padalecki

Pairing: Jensen x Named!Reader (Karina/Kari)

Warnings: Bad date, horrible kiss, surprise kiss, insecurities, nothing much. Mostly just fluff.   

Wordcount: 1300ish

A/N: This is written for @iwantthedean’s YouAu Challenge. It was a little weird using my own name. A lot weirder than I thought I would find it so I tried getting around saying it too much.

It can be read as one of my reader inserts since I wrote it in the same way. Just ignore my name and think your own lol. Also this has a little of me in it, but is not completely me. It is also just a story and not some take on events that had happened in anyway…. Sadly ;)

I am danish but for the sake of this the reader or me or whatever is Canadian.

This was a challenge Nicole. Thanks for letting me try it.

Thanks to the amazing @bringmesomepie56 for sending me a screencap that conjured this idea and for betaing this mess for me.

***My fics are not to be saved nor posted on any other sites without my express written permission.***

“What are you moping about?” Jensen let himself fall down on the couch beside me, instantly stealing my blanket and pulling my spoon out of my bowl of ice cream and sticking it in his mouth.

“Hey!” I protested, only half angry. We had been roommates for almost a year now, and I was getting used to his shenanigans.

“What?” A shit-eating grin appeared on his face, “Sharing is caring, sweetheart.”

I gave him the hardest glare I could muster as I grabbed my spoon back from his hand and pulled the blanket so it was covering us both. “Well stealing is rude, Ackles!”

Jensen chuckled and held his hands up in defense, “Sorry. I was just trying to cheer you up. What is so bad that you are eating icecream and watching chick flicks at noon on New Year’s day anyway?”

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anonymous asked:

Hi Eva! Good luck>w<)/~ . Akashi spend his time alone with personal maid reader,it can be nsfw or just fluff are ok

A/N: BE MAD AT ME I’VE BEEN SO INACTIVE my muse isn’t dead but my tiiimmee + energyyy and then I got the stomach flu and ugh but hey I wrote this up for you guys, and I friggin love Akashi, so I was super happy and excited to work on this. Made it sort of.. hinted NSFW? I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like, fluffy? Smut but not smut? Hard to place.. I hope you enjoy. 

You knew you were walking a thin line; a tightrope suspended over fiery depths, because anyone in your position would be. The slightest breeze of outsider suspicion would shake you off balance often, causing the blaze of punishment beneath you to rage on vehemently, yet you never fell. You knew what you were doing was against every stipulation you had ever agreed upon, because who would even dare stare at Akashi Seijūrō beyond his polished shoes? Yet there he was, the man you were supposed to be scared of, keeping your balance with a firm grasp on your waist as he pulled you close to his chest, red strands grazing against your skin as he ducked his head, further beckoning you into his spell as he hummed adoration into your ears and kissed affection onto your lips.  

You’d dare say that you loved him above a whisper but with ears around every corner, you knew that doing so would result in the inevitable forfeiture of the one you’d come to treasure most. It was because of his charm that you were in such a position; he kept you rooted in your predicament, an internal battle between principality and desire, with tenderness and chivalry; you found that you didn’t mind walking such a treacherous path.

The underside of your footwear clicked, coming into contact with polished floors as you made your way down the halls of the Akashi residence. You nearly cringed at each step taken, because the noise was about deafening as it bounced off of high ceilings, reverberating throughout the household. It wasn’t that you weren’t allowed to be there; you had a right to traverse across the residence as an employee and it outwardly appeared as such.

But you knew that the resonance of your footsteps carried much more furtive intentions. Each sound wave carried a thousand unexpressed feelings; the beat of your heart for your lover, and the mixed emotions of guilt versus infatuation. On the outside, it seemed that you were merely his servant, which wasn’t that far from the truth. You were shackled to him, listening to his every wish, but out of mutual affection as opposed to obligation.

Your feet took you to the threshold of a wooden door on their own, because much to your inconvenience he was a magnet of sorts; it was the only logical explanation because he had a certain way of drawing you in. It had been a long day, yet, your body had taken you to your lover out of pure instinct. Your senses ached for him - his touch, the quiet susurrations of his love, for his fingers to turn fatigue into bliss. Butterflies fluttered in your chest at the possibility of seeing him as your fist met the material one, two, three times precisely. “Akashi-sama,” your lips creep up in a smile at the use of his surname - one you used to be terrified to even say but now felt like honey on your tongue, “I’ve come to check on you. May I come in?”

It’s not even something you need to ask him, really, because you both already know the answer. “Of course,” his reply comes slightly muffled from behind the door, voice smoothly monotonous and giving no hint of any intention. You can’t see his face, but you figure it’s similar - he reigned dominant over his emotions and expressions like everything else in his life. You hear the squeak of chair legs rubbing against hardwood floors, and when you eagerly apply pressure to the doorknob he’s already halfway across the room to greet you.

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The Boogie Man Translator's Notes: Electric Boogieloo

Due to my role in this game, plain old translation notes wouldn’t really suffice this time. Instead, you get translator’s notes: pretty much everything I can say about the game and its development, with the actual game script just being one part of it.

This is kind of long, and spoils everything. Make sure you’ve gotten the happy ending before reading.

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