i love the reflection scene so much

Thoughts on “Logan” (Spoilers Ahead!!)

  • Logan is a lot of things: a western, another sequel, a comic-book film, and just a downright great film in general. I can’t think of any other way to say goodbye to both Hugh Jackman and his version of Wolverine than this. The story, script, acting, cinematography, and score all perfectly blend together to help the film transcend above most others in the comic-book/superhero genre. Logan is also the best X-Men or Wolverine film hands down, and that’s including X2 and Deadpool.
  • Both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart give fantastic final performances as their characters, bringing a sense of the pair truly becoming like father and son. The way their characters have changed since the very first X-Men is astounding, and they should both feel very proud for the work they put into this film and all the other films before it. (Well, maybe not Origins.)
  • Dafne Keen, the young actress who portrays Laura, is so perfectly cast it’s unreal! Not only is she capable of holding her own against greats like Jackman and Stewart, she can do it all without even speaking a single word for 2/3 of the movie! Her body language and facial expressions perfectly convey everything her character is thinking or feeling, you don’t need for her to speak to know what’s going on with her. Also, she’s a surprise but welcome Lantix and Spanish representation!
  • The film is rated R for a reason people! Do not take your children to see this film unless they are of age, I don’t care how much they like Wolverine! The film is possibly even more violent than Deadpool was, with it’s more grounded approach having more of a traumatic impact than Deadpool’s tongue-in-cheek humor influencing it’s violence. There’s a lot of limbs being sliced off in this movie, and even a disturbing scene where a family of nice farmers is murdered by a younger clone of Logan shortly after they offer him, Charles, and Laura a place to stay. (Like, it’s pretty fucking horrifying.)
  • The story is also much darker and tragic than the previous X-Men films, tackling themes of growing old and mortality that are very much a reflection of what so many of us go through with our loved ones. I won’t sugar-coat it guys, it’s extremely hard taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It’s very difficult and draining both physically and emotionally for us and the person suffering. Logan taking care of Charles in the film is a perfect example of this.
  • Quite possibly the most tragic thing about Logan is that we learn the X-Men are dead because Xavier kills them. It’s an accident of course, his degenerative brain disease causing him to have seizures that also produces deadly psychic shockwaves, but it’s still sad and horrible nonetheless.
  • Also when you think about it, Logan actually takes place in the new timeline Logan helped create in Days of Future Past. That means all that effort to save mutantkind was pretty much wasted.. Logan can’t catch a fucking break can he?
  • The main villain of the film, Dr. Zander Rice, is the only part of the film I disliked. The secondary antagonists like Donald Pierce and X-24 held much more weight and were definitely more impactful than Rice, one being the leader of a cyborg security squad and the other literally serving as a physical representation of Logan’s animalistic “Wolverine” side.
  • “Family” and “Legacy” play a huge part in Logan’s plot, specifically when it comes to the character’s relationship with Laura. She is the product of his DNA being used to essentially recreate him to create the perfect soldier, but this also makes her his biological daughter and as such she offers him something he’s never truly had before. This comes full circle in Logan’s final moments before his death, where he tells her that even though she’s like him that she shouldn’t be what they made her to be. Though she is like him in so many ways, Logan wants her to live as a better person than he could have ever been.
  • His final words, “So this is what it feels like..,” can be interpreted as both him finally being able to experience death or as him finally being able to see some part of him become something good.

Logan gets a 10/10

....so, about that kiss ... is it a result of the andre talk? or is it a possible rewrite from the comics?

possible spoilers, you’ve been warned: 

so, we’ve all been supremely blessed with the latest promo from the walking dead featuring richonne in a very intimate kissing scene, as well as speculation of lots of sexy times in episode 7x12. this particular intimate moment got me wondering what what led up to this scene. 

i’ve already written a loose theory on this before, that it may be when michonne tells rick about andre - now, i’m wondering if it could also possibly be a rewrite from the comics for the “i love you” reveal.

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the current war: a peek at an early script

i just read a very early version of mitnick’s the current war script. and… i am excited. i think it has more bite and more bravery than the imitation game; and it reads like an amazing vehicle for both BC and michael shannon.

(note: my brief comments below are as generic as i could; 95% not spoilery);

BC has some amazing, showy and very dark moments in this. He could work some serious magic, but note; they do not make Edison into a hero. All the accusations thrown at him in history (and that have been largely debunked) pretty much he owns in this. To me it’s clear; Edison is the problematic one and Westinghouse the emotional, human balance.

Both Westinghouse and Edison get major narratives by themselves; I hoped for significant shared time between Shannon and Cumberbatch (two acting titans) but in this version not at all. It’s two separate paths that eventually and very briefly!! converge.  

There’s moments of great sadness, and fury, and intrigue, and bombast and pomposity. Westinghouse is surprisingly human. We’re gonna get a quiet reflective Shannon I think. He’s so charismatic and good he might do something astonishing with that.  

Tom Holland and Kate Waterston have much bigger roles than I expected. Mathew Macfayden’s JP Morgan has a fiery clash with BC and it’s searing on the page; i cannot wait for that on screen my god!… and the biggest surprise of all; Tesla (to be played by Hoult) has a much much smaller, almost walk-on role. And he is by far the least explored character. Tesla-ites will be disappointed I think.

But going back to BC; there’s some absolutely lovely scenes where he’s funny & sweet and a doting father husband and boss. but he’s also selfish / distant.. but not like Dr Frankenstein or Alan Turing etc. He’s just absolutely single minded. and has become addicted to his own name. And there are some utterly sad moments. Moments which i think Benedict will absolutely nail and make us all suffer, & Edison in a rage should’ve magnificent to watch… 

I am MUCH more engaged with this biopic in principle than I was in execution by Tyldum’s the imitation game. and there will be comparisons between the 2; two geniuses. same studio, same actor (as @iwasthesouthernpansy has pointed out). but this is harder. meaner. more brutal, and the unusual and innovative pairing of   Gomez-Rejon and Chung hoon-chung as directing/lensing this as well..

consider me 100% on board :-)       

Fairy Tail Chapter 540 Review

Boy is this a chapter I have mixed feelings about…

Our cover page is the sun village arc! Huh, kinda odd how no one ever talks about it.

We open in the Ravines of Time. Where Natsu is able to figure out this is Acnologia. Y’know Wendy did the same thing I’m wondering if it’s the smell power dragon slayers have that tips them off.

Acnologia shows off how he has all the dragon slayers in pillars. He goes on to explain that eating the ravines have given him time-space magic, which will give him the power to destroy the world. Y’know given how strong Acnologia is I don’t think he needed more help destroying the world.

Okay I’m going to ask you to keep this term he uses of “I shall exterminate you all” in mind for later. As well as this image of Igneel being killed by Acnologia. Trust me there’s a reason.

Outside the Ravines, Acnologia flies away to Magnolia (of course where else would he go). But what appears from the sky?

Yep, it is true. If you are a good guy no matter how unimportant, you’re going to live. This is still stupid but honestly I’m not as mad at this because these two are both pointless and I wouldn’t care about their status either way.

Yeah Anna, you fucked up.

So Anna explains that Acnologia due to having so much power has lost direct control of his physical body to compensate his soul is still in the ravines controlling the body, and he needs the dragon slayers to help circulate the body.

Alright first off, I will give the chapter this, this is a really cool idea. Now one could say this is giant contrivance that just exists so we have a way to defeat Acnologia easier highlighted by the fact he’s in human form. I will agree that this mainly happened just so we could make it easier to defeat him, but I will defend the human form because it’s his soul and no matter what Acnologia is human on the in side.

Second, why he didn’t kill you? If he need Dragon Slayers to properly control his body why didn’t he just kill you instead of spending time pushing you out?

Third, remember I asked you to remember the phrase “I shall exterminate…”, well this basically means he’s no exterminating them he’s just imprisoning them. So really his motivation of destroy dragons is pointless because he’s not going to kill them and actually needs them.

After hearing this Erza decides to embark to Magnolia. (Yeah sure ignore the fact your body is still damaged.

I had said that I enjoyed half of this chapter and that half was everything about the dragon slayers. This other half is just awful and pointless, and you’ll soon see.

Oh look it’s Mest. Guess everyone was wrong he doesn’t have a loli detector, he has a plot convenience detector.

So Mest Teleports Erza to Magnolia…

Slogan of the series…

And here is why I hate this half of the chapter. That it and by extension what’s happening with Erza, is a waste of potential. For the last couple months since the end of the Irene fight, Erza has been a glorified extra. She has sat on her ass and contributed nothing of value or anything character related (outside of that very small conversation about trust that went nowhere). You could white all of Erza’s scenes since getting on christina and insert any background fairy tail character, like Max, warren, Nab, etc, and you would get all of her scenes to the same effect. But now we are presented with a moment that could be a big characterization moment solely for Erza.

Now we have Erza seeing Makarov alive again, after see herself watched his sacrifice and used it as tool to help stop Natsu and Gray from fighting. But not only that, we have had her go through an experience where she met her biological parent and throughout it said that Makarov was her real parent. That want mentality helped Erza through fighting against Irene, that rage and loss she felt helped motivate her and now you have her seeing that he is alive once again. She can have this opportunity to reflect on how actually relived she is and how she’s able to be with her parent again. This should be a big moment for her, not something that can be solved in this few of panels! It’s so impersonal that once again we could easily replace Erza with any other FT member and we’d get the same effect from this wasted scene.

This isn’t me hating this chapter solely on Erza, this is me hating all the potential that her scenes could have and how compelling they could be this chapter. This isn’t the only scene either, that teleportation is another missed opportunity. We know Mest can’t directly teleport in kilometers, his magic only moves in small increments. Through this, while teleporting Erza could see all the destruction caused by Acnologia’s eternal flare and see how people, just normal people, were effected. She could be rattled by this and then seeing Makarov again puts her at peace or she could reflect on this, motivating her to want to stop Acnologia more. There is so much you could do to not humanize the situation their in, and it’s not taken advantage of.

So back on track…

Oh god, I simultaneously love and hate this scene. It is so great to see all of these characters together. It is so awesome. But what ruins this for me is a lot of these characters have done nothing for so long, by a base definition there’s no reason to start caring about them right now, and the other thing that hurts this is that again, wasted potential. All these characters and exploring character aspects of them, isn’t taken advantage of. How about Millianna being surprised that the OS were from the tower, or Kagura is happy to see Erza again, or Richard being happy that Sorano found her sister and he feels like finding Wally again. There’s tons of things you can do with this setup. By the way, Midnight and Minerva talked together, a ship has just been born!

And here’s what also gets me about this other half of the chapter. In the the grand scheme it’s pointless, because it seems to be setting up that they’ll handle the physical Acnologia. The one that is unstoppable and whatever fight they do put up is pointless because the Acnologia that’s controlling the body is going to fight the DS and if they kill the soul (Which they likely will) then body will stop working. Maybe they won’t fight it but it just seems like it’s set up to eat away more page space.

Back in the ravines Natsu breaks out of being encased.

Okay little odd here, Natsu used his damaged arm to break out. It’s implying that Wendy semi healed it to move (I’m going to assume she broke out while they were distracted). Why did Natsu need to use the broken arm to break out? He clear has another arm could’ve done it.

And again another missed opportunity. The are all breaking out because they hear the voice of the people that are waiting them, while cheesy I’d be fine with that, but again it could be more. Remember that image of the dead Igneel? We could maybe have had Natsu trapped in the pillar and then because this place is nebulous with time, we could flashes of Natsu’s timeline like that memory that motivate him to get his second wind. IN fact, you could do that for all the dragon slayers. Remember from my last review I had a problem with bringing focus on characters who’ve done nothing and are suddenly trust into relevance with out proper setup. Well through the way I desribed of having them see their time lines and becoming motivated it not only helps the audience be reminded of why should care about these characters but also helps the theme of this being an ending arc.

Okay not gonna lie, that’s a pretty awesome two page spread.

And we end on Acnologia’s face, and next chapter they will most likely fight. I’ll give credit to this, since they’ve escaped from the pillars Acnologia most likely has less control of his physical body thus prolonging time for the people outside of it, meaning the constant spouting of”we have to believe in them” actually matters.

Post Chapter follow up: As I said my feelings are mixed. I want to really like the stuff that was done well and I do. The problem is it’s also bogged down by these moments that could be so much more.

I’ll start with the positives, while this body split does exist more for making it easy to kill Acnologia it is still a very good idea. It’s definitely more interesting then the usual status of fights.

Also this is minor, but I love the atmosphere generated by the ravines of time. It really feels like this almost hopeless situation and the images of the dragon slayers in the pillars is so strong.

I also gotta give credit to the pacing of the chapter, it was much stronger than it usually is. I’m also very excited for the DS vs Acnologia.

The bad stuff, is pretty evident. It infuriates me how little goes into these moments that could add so much to the story and characters.Another thing in the bad side of things is just how pointless the stuff focusing on  the other characters outside the ravines are.

Also, another fake out death. Just because I’m not mad at it, it’s still bad writing.

Overall I want to say this could’ve been better if it cut out the scenes with the non dragon slayers and focused a bit more on them character and motivation wise. But since the Erza stuff is included we have to add this to the final grade.

Final Verdict: 4/10

  • What it does well it does well
  • Interesting setup
  • wasted potential

jannock-jess  asked:

Tumblr Mom, I keep seeing posts about Hunger Pangs and I'm so torn because, I'm like super ace and don't have any interest in erotica??? But I am super interested in your writing and the characters and the plot?? So I guess my question is what is your rough estimate of what the plot-to-sexytimes ratio is going to be? (I'll probably wind up buying it either way just because I love your writing lol)

oh! Oh you don’t know! I’m also writing the book without smut for those who don’t want to read that :)

It will likely come out a few months after the initial book comes out because well, I am not just printing the book sans sex scenes, I’m replacing them with what I suppose in fanfic would be termed “missing moments” so all the soft fluff and character moments authors get told to cut out of their work because it bogs down the narrative.

It’s still quite heavy on displays of physical affection, but there’s no actual sex and the scenes that would normally lead up to sex have been changed to reflect that. So much less handsy in the sense of “I can’t keep my hands off you, I must have you!” and more “why can’t I stop touching this idiot, look how cute they are, oh gosh their hair is doing the thing, I can’t believe I’m spending eternity with this asshole, I love them.”

It’s been a lot of fun to do in tandem and I hope it will be just as much enjoyed.

But to answer your question, the erotica version of the manuscript is very heavy on sex scenes, I’m not sure how many but there’s entire chapters dedicated to just scenes. I have been told however by some friends who also identify as ace that they don’t mind the sex scenes because I tend to write heavily toward the emotional side of things, and they’re able to enjoy the very obvious love and care the characters have for each other. Even if one of them is tied up.

So, for whatever that’s worth, thank you for being interested in my work. I really, god, really hope it lives up to expectations, I’m so nervous you have no idea.

Top of Snow Troupe, Sagiri Seina parts from the home base in tears, “grateful” in her hakama

Takarazuka Revue Snow Troupe Top Star Sagiri Seina and Top Musumeyaku Sakihi Miyu, will be graduating the company as of 7/23 with the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater closing day; on the 29th, their sayonara show “Bakumatsu Taiyouden / Dramatic “S”!” reached it’s final day of performances in Hyogo Perfecture’s Takarazuka Grand Theater, and they bid a tearful farewell to their home ground.

 She came down the Grand Staircase for the last time in the official dress: a black, crested kimono, and green hakama. In the past, there have been Top Stars who chose black tailcoats instead, but “someone in the costume staff who was always in charge of me told me “eh, shouldn’t it be a hakama?”. Apparently, I’ve done a lot of nihonmono, and I have this image about me. This made me happy”, and so, she picked the hakama. About the view she saw coming down in that official dress, “there are no words. My hatsubutai, the opening day when I became Top, and today’s Grand Staircase: these 3 sights will remain within my memory the most”, she closes her eyes as if savouring the aftertaste.

On this day “Since I arrived to the theatre in the morning, I got emotional over trivial things and again over silly things. It was a day full of emotion”, Sagiri reflects. During the “Kizuna” scene of the main revue, she shed large drops of tears. “These past 2 weeks more or less, the situation is such that it wouldn’t be weird if tears came up at any moment, but today I couldn’t hold them back” she says, overcome with emotion.

Sagiri poured her everything into being an otokoyaku. “I cannot even think of a life where I haven’t met Takarazuka. There is no other place that can give me such happy feelings”, she goes on speaking of her love for Takarazuka. So much that “I cannot think of myself not being an otokoyaku. These feelings have grown even stronger now”, she shakes her head in denial. Her feelings towards the home ground “cannot be expressed in a few words. I want to go on never forgetting this feeling of gratitude” she stated, wiping tears.

Towards Sakihi who was a combi with her for 3 years also, “You did a great job following someone like me. I understand without you saying a single word, just by looking in your eyes. Even after we graduate, I want to continue our married couple shitck”, she said, expressing her gratitude.

Lucifer - Seasons 1 & 2 (but mostly 2)

Once again, a show that surprised me in a very good way. I liked Lucifer at first, but I never though in the beginning it would become one of my most anticipated shows.

I was like loving Lucifer, Linda and Maze from the get go, but the others were kinda “meh” and I found Chloe, Dan and Amenadiel very bland, especially in comparison. Since she was supposed to be the female interest, I was a little thrown off, because the main duo didn’t work out for me.

But then, every one of them (and I literally mean “everyone”, this is not often a show flips me over so much. Totally changed my mind when the start wasn’t that good imo) started to grow on me and became more and more interesting by the minute.

From Lucifer to Trixie, with Amenadiel, Lucifer’s mom, his “dad”, Chloe, Dan, Ella… This became the kind of show where I could tell “If the writers harm a soul, any soul, they’ll have to fight me (although Maze doesn’t have a soul but don’t touch her also)”. And frankly, I never though Lucifer would get me that way.

THAT is a great surprise. THAT is what all shows should aim for, and what I’m looking for now in a TV show. Most of the ones I watch are like that now, or at least to my satisfaction it is. And that feels fucking good.

So, basically, season 1 only was there to slowly get me to care about all of them before they added more. Since I was with a little prejudice before, I probably didn’t enjoyed it to its fullest.

But what sealed the deal for me was season 2. Season 2 was marvelous in terms of storytelling and character growth and relationships between all of them.

I mean the concept behind his relationships with others alone is fascinating.

I’ve loved seeing Linda process the fact Lucifer was really the devil (like she didn’t jumped in right away like “Yeah, okay, you’re the devil, whatevs”, but ultimately, her loyalty remained with him and Maze) and becoming closer to Maze and forming an amazingly touching and beautiful and genuine friendship.

I love how Maze allows herself more to need people and tell them so. Even Lucifer in the end got that he hurt her. And she would go at great lengths to protect Chloe or Linda too now, you can’t convince me otherwise.

And did I mentioned I loved Ella’s adding to the cast ? The mum character is great too, and I really believe God Johnson was a manifestation of his father. Otherwise, how would he know about Lucifer’s real name ? How would he not react to Lucifer’s red eyes when he asks him angrily to apologize ?

And more importantly, why was he not affected by Lucifer’s “What do you desire ?” if he was just a stranger believing he was god ?

As to why the mother didn’t feel anything, I think it’s because it was just kind of a manifestation, but not him fully possessing someone to appear on earth.

Can we talk about how everyone was worried sick for Linda ? Maze was crying her heart out for Amenadiel to help, she broke my heart. She needed so much her little Linda to survive. I’m almost tearing up again writing that, still a little emotional about it.

And Lucifer wanting immediately to get to Linda as soon as his mother flees. Amenadiel had to say he would take care of her for Lucifer to focus again on the task.

I mean, I already loved her from day one. But ever since Lucifer revealed his true face to her, she’s been even more of a blessing. She’s the best and most loyal friend the world ever bare (at least this one).

The little speech she gave Lucifer in the end made me tear up. It was beautiful and so… heartwarming.

I often go on and on about Linda and Maze, because ever since they’ve started having scenes together, I saw their chemistry and how much I loved them both together and as individuals.

The moment where Linda learns about Lucifer and doesn’t wanna see Maze and they end up talking it out through the door : it gave me so much feels and they do it everytime.

But my little comic “discussion” posts don’t reflect how much I cherish the relationship between Lucifer and Linda. Because the growth on this relationship is amazing. 

And the little scene between them at the end of season 2 finale has to be my favorite for them so far. I mean, the feels, but also… In the midst of conversation, Lucifer realizes something for himself. Yet, after he vocalized it, he says like immediately right after “But let’s focus on you”.

And I know he’s gonna be like that if Linda’s not well, because she’s his friend. But I find this little sentence so simple yet, full of meaning. And I love that little detail.

Oh and can we talk about how Linda didn’t flinch first in front of THE Goddess ? Like, she knew she was getting hurt and possibly killed horribly, but she still chose to resist giving the information before she couldn’t take it anymore.

Just so she could protect Lucifer’s secret ! I’m… This woman will be the death of me, she’s too precious. I mean, she risked her life for this. I’m still sobbing. My poor Linda and her gigantic heart.

Frankly, I was mad as hell Charlotte (we’re gonna call her Charlotte, it’s simpler than “The Goddess” and faster to type) hurt Linda. Like, she’s in the holy trinity for me of “You don’t touch him/her or there’ll be trouble”.

But I also like the mother character very much. And ultimately, I kinda understood where she could come from.

Because I don’t think she ever intended on hurting people from the get go, even though I thought she was only trouble at first. But I was kinda wrong.

The big thing that defined Charlotte the whole way was her love for her children. That and she was pretty pissed at God for making her suffer so much and being basically a deceptive and MIA bastard.

BUT, I get from that she is a mother. And all she wanted to do from day one was to protect and maybe avenge her children. She went to great lengths to do that, even if that meant there would be casualties.

The fact in their last moments together, Lucifer had to tell her about war, and casualties, and the fact that basically people would suffer says tons to me. I think she really didn’t realize.

She kinda knew, but she was so focused on getting her children with her, keeping them safe, that she ultimately lost track of everything else. Not to mention she’s not any kind of mother.

She’s an overprotective (kinda) mother with creation powers. So yeah, she’s a ticking time bomb, but it’s not really her fault. To me, she has too much strength for her wrath. And she doesn’t mean wrong. But her love for her sons is brighter and prevails.

So of course she’s gonna hurt people getting in the way. And if the result is far worse than intended, it’s just because her power is too much, even for herself sometimes.

Overall, I’m going to miss her deeply.

I loved the weird friendship taking place between Dan and Amenadiel.

Frankly, those two are cinnamon rolls who don’t get enough credit already ! I’m so glad Dan finally found out Charlotte was Luci’s mom. Like I knew the “you’d be Lucifer’s dad” joke would come back. And it was priceless.

I was sad, however, to see him hurt in the end by this cold “who are you ?”. I was starting to ship them a bit, so I hope he’ll learn about all this someday and understands WHO he’s been sleeping with. (Spoiler alert : it’s a big divine who)

Amenadiel is hilarious in the finale, and the way he protect those people now. Not to mention he’s the reason Linda’s still alive, so thanks for that.

So Lucifer is mum’s favorite and Amenadiel is daddy’s boy ? I love this little detail ! Like this show is surreal sometimes. It knows what his audience wants and doesn’t even know they want (or so it seems).

Even the way Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship had been treated is unusual. And I didn’t thought I would ship it at first, but they’re cute and it feels natural. And I’m rooting for Chloe to know everything there is to know, and finally seeing the light (well, i mean…).

Because I want relationships to tighten even more. It worked wonders with Linda, so I have faith it will only be more meaningful afterwards. (But I’m wondering if Dan and Ella would learn about it ultimately).

And god, I could go on for hours. I love this show. I want more rn !

I’m so so glad they have a supersized third season due to the four remaining episodes they got in bonus. They so deserve the expansion, and frankly, I trust them so far to do the right thing with the extra amount of episodes.

They already proved us they were capable of constructing a story interesting and complex, and touching without resorting to classic storylines (at least not so much, some parts are bound to be kept as intended in the original story, I think) and showing beautiful and genuine relationships between its characters.

I think not everybody can pull a 22 episodes thing and get it right. But Lucifer already did a marvelous job with 18 episodes in season 2 . They only have to do it for 4 more in season 3 (well 8 more, but I think they already have the story so far for the four remaining of season 2 pushed to season 3, so it’s no brainer imo).

But I’m not a TV show writer, so I don’t know. We’ll see. I might not be so much on tumblr this summer (I hope to get on with my projects, among other things), expect for Killjoys, Dark Matter and Game of Thrones, of course.

Otherwise, I’ll probably see you in the fall !

a review: Book of the Atlantic

~read after the jump at your own risk~
Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic
劇場版「黒執事 Book of the Atlantic」

Alright, this post contains very specific spoilers for the new film! 

I’ve watched it twice during the premier weekend. I’m writing this as a personal keepsake for myself, but am allowing others to read, share, and discuss. For the love of all things kuro, read at your own risk!! 

I recommend you bookmark all reviews, and wait to read them until after you watch the movie yourself. 

I promise you it will be worth the wait when you can just enjoy the experience yourself first!!

If you want a tl;dr basic little review, see the first point. If you want to spoil yourself rotten with each and every specific detail that stood out to me in whatever way, skip down to the second point. Your own risk!! 


basic review

The movie was beautifully animated despite having spare brief moments of questionable budget. It moved in a steady pace without feeling too slow or fast, and felt like a creepy thriller. It is packed with violence, gore, and a threat of danger. All of the major scenes and moments that make the Campania arc complete were included in the film, and I loved it enough to watch it multiple times in one weekend. I would watch it a third time in theatres and will definitely preorder the bluray and soundtrack!


a very detailed spoiler review

warning: there are spoilers after this jump & it is a long read. bring tea.

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OK BUGHEAD ASIDE. 

CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW BEAUTIFULLY THIS SCENE WAS SHOT?

LOOK AT THAT DUAL REFLECTION OF ALICE. ALL OF HER SECRETS AND LIES AND THE MASK SHE WEARS AND BETTY’S ASKING HER TO EXPOSE THEM. And it’s so telling that because Betty is facing her mom head on she can’t see that dual reflection. 

I LOVED the way that they cut this scene with Betty and Alice to Penelope and Cheryl. How it’s Betty standing her ground, facing her mother on equal footing, and even forcing Alice back a little, demanding the truth and leaving Alice shell shocked. So much growth since the pilot scene where Alice swoops in, condescendingly holds Betty’s chin, drops of Betty’s meds, and swoops out. 

AND THEN. IT TRANSITIONS TO CHERYL AND PENELOPE. And even though Cheryl has the higher ground on the stairs it is still Penelope on the lower level taking control. Cheryl’s sad baby voice BEGGING for her mommy to let her stay home killed me and then Penelope DOES NOT CARE. She literally says she does not care. And poor Cheryl runs away. 

AND THEN. IT TRANSITIONS BACK TO ALICE AND BETTY. AND ALICE IS THE MOST DRESSED DOWN WE HAVE EVER SEEN HER. Alice has clearly been crying and Betty is in a battle ready pose. Alice WILLINGLY SURRENDERS. She sits down on the bed, putting herself on a lower level, and exposes her secrets to Betty. Madchen had me in TEARS crying along with Alice. And I LOVE this emotional honesty that Betty is trying to build into all of her relationships. With Jughead, with the rest of her friends, and with her mother. 

These three scenes were absolutely gorgeous. 

Selfless - 7x05

I was really curious as to what the hell this line was about, so I looked it up and it’s a reference to a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado,” about a man named Montresor, who murders his friend, Fortunato. Claiming that Fortunato has insulted him one too many times, Montresor lures him down into a basement, gets him drunk, chains him up in an alcove, then walls him in and leaves him there. As he puts in the final layer of bricks, he hears Fortunato desperately screaming,

“For the love of God, Montresor!” 

Montresor ignores his pleas for mercy, finishes building his wall and then happily goes on with his life.

This is what Spike is talking about when he tells Buffy to scream ‘Montresor’ all she wants. He’s saying, give it up, there’s no point. No matter how desperately you appeal to my humanity, it won’t make a difference because there’s none left.

This is why I love the writing in Buffy so much: even season 7, which really isn’t my favourite, has gems like this, that pack in so much extra meaning. At first, to someone who isn’t familiar with American Romantic literature (like, say, probably 60% of the audience and Buffy), he appears to be talking gibberish but then, once you actually go to the trouble of looking up the damn reference, a passing knowledge of the story suggests that this is an expression of self-loathing. If you go one step further and actually read and reflect upon the scene in question, you become aware of the very creepy similarities between the murder and the infamous attempted rape - Spike could be drawing a parallel between the murder of Fortunato and the AR in Seeing Red - Buffy crying out for him to stop and him ignoring her. More than that, Montresor was supposed to be Fortunato’s friend. In fact, in the narration, he continues to refer to him as ‘my friend’ even when he’s sealing him into the wall. This is more than an act of heartless violence, this is betrayal.

A lot of people accuse Spike fans of being rape apologists. Some Spike fans actually are, sadly. But it’s clear that no one blames Spike more for the attempted rape than Spike himself. Spike is well aware of how deeply he betrayed Buffy and this little throwaway line shows it. Does it excuse the fact that he did it? No. But it’s still heart breaking to see him view himself this way, convinced that there is no hope for him. There’s no point in even attempting to get out of the basement, because he just isn’t worth it. Just how much emotional impact can one stupid literary reference deliver anyway?

Once you’ve even parsed all the layers of what Spike’s trying to convey by saying that, there’s still the fact that he’s somehow managing to dig up a reference to a relatively obscure short story, even though he’s insane and being mentally tortured to the First. I’ve seen people suggest that Spike’s literary pretensions went out the window with his soul when Drusilla sired him and that he didn’t read as much after, but I’ve always headcanoned that he remained a bookworm - although he probably became a lot less discerning in his choice of literature. I imagine that William probably read a lot of the Romantics: their ideas of re-instituting an age of harmony between man and nature by means of a universal transcendental poetry would almost definitely have appealed to him, particularly with their tendency to fixate on romantic love. I can’t picture him enjoying a tale as gruesome as The Cask of Amontillado but I’m pretty sure Spike would’ve loved it. 

I adore the infinite layers of meaning behind this one short line. This kind of writing is why BtVS will never get old.

degaussedlily  asked:

“Did you do something different with your hair?” I hope you don't mind me asking for another prompt o.o lol I just love Nevena and Cullen so much ❤️

 (I don’t mind at all darling! Send as many as you like!)
‘Did you do something different with your hair?’ - Missing scene from Chapter 4: The Parents.

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Nevena checked her reflection for the final time in the bathroom mirror. Hair: neat as it could be, pulled into a tight ponytail. Teeth: brushed, twice. Make-up: minimal and inoffensive. Jewelry: none, excepting a simple silver chain under the collar of her jumper.

Her parents were exacting. Her father less-so than her mother, it was her that Nevena was checking herself over for. She didn’t really know why. Her mother would find something to fault her on. She always did. There was always a stray thread, or a frayed edge, or a scuff on her shoe that Katrin somehow zoned in on – like she had a radar – and that was it. Any effort Nevena made to look nice was undone by that one thing.

She breathed out in a rush. Her heart was already racing. It was hard to believe it had been three years since she had last seen her parents. Three years didn’t feel like such a long time now. She wondered if they might have changed at all. Had they missed her? She hadn’t heard anything from them beyond a cursory birthday and Christmas card each year. Not a phone call, not an email, not a letter. Silence, on both sides.

How would this reunion go?

The more she thought about it, the more sick she started to feel. She was glad she decided to forgo breakfast, certain it would make a reappearance given how twisted her stomach felt. She may as well have just come off a rollarcoaster.

One last look in the mirror, glancing over herself from head-to-foot. She tucked her hands into the sleeves of her jumper.

“This is as good as it’s ever going to get…” She sighed heavily at herself.

Leaving the ensuite, she went through the bedroom and into the main area of the cabin. Cullen was all ready to go, and had been for a good ten minutes. She found him leaning on a kitchen counter, phone in hand, scrolling through something. Her stomach plummeted to her feet. She hoped her parents would like him. Even if it was a pretense between them, Cullen didn’t deserve any scorn or to be bullied. If they didn’t like him, then she hoped they would at the very least be polite.

“Hey,” Cullen greeted, standing up straight and pocketing his phone. “Ready to go?”

“Did you do something different with your hair?” Nevena blurted out, pointing. When she’d seen it before it was curly and unruly, like hers was. Now it was smooth and slicked back, a few strands flying away from his forehead betraying the natural curl.

“Uh,” Cullen arched a brow, “I just smoothed it out… I’m sorry, should I not have?”

“No. No. It—I just wasn’t expecting you to change your look.”

Cullen shrugged, “I thought I would make the effort for your parents.”

“I’m sure they’ll appreciate that.” Nevena managed a feeble laugh and swallowed down the sensation of bile rising up her gullet. “You didn’t have to make any extra effort.”

“I wanted to.” Cullen walked to her side, “maybe it will mean I’m more to their liking, if I look more… professional.”

“There’s nothing wrong with your curly hair,” said Nevena, pulling her satchel onto her shoulder and beginning to check she had everything. Wasting more time. Putting off the inevitable for as long as possible. “It’s as professional as any other hair style,” she continued, “besides, I like your natual hair.”

“Thank you.”

She lifted her head, “for what?” She blinked at Cullen owlishly. He was staring at her, eyes a little wider and a pinkish hue on his cheeks.

“You said you like my natural hair.” He said.

Nevena smiled grimly. “Hah, did I? Awkward.” She laughed again, a pathetic, weak laugh, dropping her eyes. Her face was now burning from her forehead to her neck, and she could feel her pulse in her ears. “Well, no point dillydallying here! Let’s go.” She marched for the door to the cabin without another glance at Cullen.


Should I upload these to AO3 as a bonus? Like little fillers for missing scenes? Would that something people might like?

anonymous asked:

So what are your lightning Sally relationship headcanons? First kiss,first "I love you"s, proposal, engagement, wedding,honeymoon,etc. you are so good at this I must know!

First of all thank you SO INFINITELY MUCH bc this is the single greatest compliment someone could give me??? I love Lightning/Sally more than anything and to think that someone considers me “good at” shipping them is. Fucking incredible.
I could rant for hours, but I basically think that after the finale of Cars 1 they were immediately in a serious, long term relationship. You don’t just uproot and move to a new town if you’re not in it for real. So they knew this was an end-game thing as soon as Lightning moved to RS.
I stick to canon pretty strictly, so I don’t consider them to be engaged yet. I think they act so “married” already (living together, owning two businesses together, etc) that the paperwork doesn’t add much to it. They’re putting it off until they actually have time to plan it.
The proposal would be a big production but also very sweet and reflective of their relationship.
The first “I love yous” came right after he moved to RS. Like, RIGHT after. Probably the same evening as the final scene of the film, maybe when they said goodnight at the Cozy Cone after spending the evening under the Neon at Flo’s. Lightning said “I love you” first.
They race all the time.
Arguing is not a thing. They have A+ communication skills so they just never fight.

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Sidewinder stood amongst the neat rows of white marble that stretched as far as the eye could see. They stretched too far, there were too many, so many lives lost and remembered on the sacred ground of Arlington Cemetery. 

Nick held Elias Sanchez’s last letter in both hands. The paper trembled in the breeze. It certainly wasn’t Nick’s hands trembling. It certainly wasn’t that.

 Zane stood to the side, watching solemnly. He didn’t feel as if he belonged on this last task. It was too personal. Too hard. 

“Who wants to go first?” Kelly finally asked. They all stood staring down at the headstone. No one answered him. No one moved. After a solid minute of silence, the crinkling of the paper in Nick’s hands finally urged Kelly into action.

 He stepped forward, twisting his hands together, and cocked his head at Eli’s grave.

“The last words we had were over the phone,” he began. He closed his eyes and swallowed hard.

- Abigail Roux. Part & Parcel (A Sidewinder Story) (Kindle Locations 3977-3985). Riptide Publishing.

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About the Lightning Scene

Okay so obviously we all know the iconic scene where Zuko takes a lightning bolt for Katara and almost dies in the process. Well the thing is, I always see people try to invalidate this moment by saying that Zuko would’ve done the exact same thing for Toph, Aang, Sokka etc. 

And here’s the thing, I 100% agree with those people. Zuko is an honourable and loyal person, he wouldn’t let any of his friends die. 

But it wasn’t Zuko’s action of taking the bolt that made this moment romantic. It was the way it was portrayed. 

Because while I’m certain that Zuko would’ve taken the bolt for any one of his friends, I highly disagree that he would’ve reacted or it would’ve been portrayed the same way because it screamed romantic love. 

 Let’s start with the absolute terror in Zuko’s eyes. Then there’s the fact that the scene was in slow motion, like it was a big deal. Slow motion is usually used in scenes of love, tragedy or suspense. This scene definitely wasn’t suspenseful, it was a little tragic, but it honestly oozed love. It was so apparent that it was about Zuko’s desperation and determination to save Katara’s life and take the fall, rather than about him actually getting injured. 

This is also reflected in the music Again, it wasn’t suspenseful, it was sad as fuck. You know what I’m talking about. It was like it came straight out of Zuko’s head, like I don’t know about anyone else but I  interpreted it that way, as if the music was depicting Zuko’s exact emotions when he saw where that lightning bolt was heading. 

And finally, what really hit the nail on the head: Zuko’s cry. When Zuko’s eyes follow that lightning bolt to Katara he starts running like a madman, no hesitation, and as he leaps to take the pain that was intended for her, he literally screams: NOOOOOOOOO! 

I get goosebumps every time I hear it. 

That cry makes all the difference because that cry wasn’t the act of an honourable man protecting a friend, that cry wasn’t to benefit anyone or change Azula’s mind. That cry was for him.  

That was about Zuko, it was his inner turmoil. That cry took that scene and changed it from Zuko being an honourable man who would do the same for anyone to Zuko risking his life and the future of his nation because the thought of anything happening to Katara was so much worse. 

Look I’m not even saying that Zuko was necessarily in love with Katara in this moment because I don’t want this post to be tarnished by shipper goggles but one thing I will always be 100% certain of is that Zuko’s feelings for Katara were on a much higher, deeper and more intense level than anyone else in the Gaang and that it was reflected in this scene. 

Am I the only one that appreciated the scene in the mirror house, where Jerome is looking for Bruce, and he catches a glimpse of his own reflection, and starts giggling like a child?

Honestly, that was my favorite part. He was just so damn cute and so Jokerish. It was very reminiscent of Cesar Romero’s Joker. Kinda silly, but so enjoyable, and his laugh was perfect.

When I saw that, it made me realize I underestimated how much I truly love him.

anonymous asked:

bro can u explain why cassandra clare is terrible? im not doubting u i just dont know the receipts lmao

oh boy ok

  • she has a well known and documented tendency to plagiarize [xx] [xx]
  • she slutshames Isabelle and Clary in the show, even saying that Isabelle looks like on of Sebastian’s girls SPOILER FOR ANY SHOW ONLY FOLKS: the same Sebastian who uses girls for sex and degrades the, who kissed and sexually assaulted his sister
  • she has this disgusting thing about incest: making Clary and Jace think they’re brother and sister, having Sebastian attempt to seduce and force himself on Clary when they are brother and sister, according to many people one of her infamous fanfiction pieces included a Ron/Ginny relationship, as well as this tweet [xx] about Damon and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries.
  • according to several people online, she has bullied fans for years 
  • she retracted her IN TEXT declaration of Magnus’ bisexuality, instead saying that he is “technically” pansexual but really “identifies” “currently” as bi, because he would date a nonbinary person. this sheds light on her ignorance of the LGBT community and the differences between sexualities and genders [xx]
  • her books have the same basic characters and plot lines, with not a single difference in personality. Emma is Jace, Jules is Jem, Clary is Tessa, they are all practically the same
  • she wants to reap the benefits of having token queer characters, but gives them little to no page time. in CoHF Alec has less scenes than Maia and Julian and Emma have nearly twice the amount as he does [xx] proving that CC either doesn’t value Alec as much as she claims to or he really isn’t a main character in her mind (he isn’t in mine, despite how much I love him. He doesn’t have enough scenes) which means that her “inclusion” is mediocre at best
  • Maia is put into a relationship with her past abuser, Clary is assaulted by her brother, Isabelle gets shamed left and right for what she wears and how she acts, Alec makes out of character biphobic comments towards Magnus, Jace is an insensitive jerk, Simon is a two-timing Brony Friendzoney; all of which is gross and is honestly more a reflection on her own views rather than the characters themselves being shitty
  • she has thrown so much shade at the directors and writers and producers of Shadowhunters, even directing her loyalists on how to get them replaced
  • she never acknowledges her plot holes or her ignorant behavior, she doesn’t apologize, she doesn’t explain, she doesn’t elaborate. instead she blocks people who say anything against her and doesn’t add to the subject, pretending it isn’t there. (remember all those questions about Alec and Jace’s parabatai runes?)
  • she’s writing porn for charity. she’s writing Alec and Magnus’ first time for charity. this is wrong on several accounts. 
  • first: every straight couple has been intimate in the books, in text. Jace and Clary get to have sex and hot steamy makeouts, even when they think they’re related. Simon and Isabelle are into roleplay! good thing that wasn’t left out of the final draft! it’s so plot relevant! Clary and Simon get kisses and cuddles galore! Maia and Jordan, a.k.a. her abuser? Why not? Emma and Julian? Will and Tessa? Jem and Tessa? Sure! But Alec and Magnus? No, they’re relegated to a side story. 
  • second, its for charity. the proceeds go to the Trevor Project, Inc. if this isn’t sexualizing and exploiting a gay couple’s relationship for profit and kudos then I don’t know what is. she could have written any scene. at all. and yet she writes smut of Alec losing his virginity.

there are more sources all throughout the anti cassandra clare tag and all throughout her twitter. tldr; she’s a practiced plagiarist, she’s ignorant at best and malicious and rude at worst, she refuses to acknowledge her problems and listen to the complaints of fans, she’s complaining about the success of the show despite its “inaccuracies” and wants to have more control even though she sold the rights, she’s misogynistic and homophobic and every other phobic under the moon and she’s tacky and i hate her

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So many thoughts and reflections on last night… But today I am focused on my overwhelming sense of gratitude and appreciation for the journey and our show and all that it entails. Was so honored and proud to leave it all on that stage with y'all last night!
And of course congrats to the incredible @bradleykingld on your richly deserved Tony!

#TonysAfterparty #latergram#followthecomet #aboutlastnight#thelittleshowthatcould #thankyouGod

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Those previous versions of herself were so distant now that remembering them was almost like remembering other people, acquaintances, young women whom she’d known a long time ago, and she felt such compassion for them. ‘I regret nothing,’ she told her reflection in the mirror, and believed it. (insp)

Leo de la Iglesia ❤️

Okay so maybe it’s just common sense that I’m most likely to relate to Leo because I am also a nineteen year old American, but he is seriously my new fave and here’s why:

It’s great to find power in love like half the other skaters in the competition. I absolutely love how Yuri’s theme embodies his love of Viktor, but Leo- he finds power in what he skates to… the music itself!

He’s so young, yet he choreographs his own routines to his own favorite music. I didn’t include this specific picture, but he also says that he just wants to fill the world with what he loves. He loves music, and he wants to fill the world with music because it gives him strength and does the same for others, including me.

I relate to Leo so much because without music, I would also have no courage in myself.

The scene where he falls while practicing a jump is just so beautiful because he doesn’t get depressed when he falls, he just looks to his music for guidance and reflects on the fact that he wouldn’t be there without music.

Not only do I love Leo, but I also love the music he chose. It’s catchy, and has an undeniable, positive American feel to it. And god knows we need positive American vibes after yesterday’s disaster of an election.

I can’t wait to see Leo come back for more. And I know he will, because it was stated that he’s the closest person to qualifying for the Grand Prix out of everyone in the competition. Undoubtedly, Yuri has real competition in Leo.