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The new ‘Anne’ - Character Analysis

A deep-dive into the re-imagined portrayal of Anne Shirley, in the CBC/Netflix adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.

It’s safe to say that LM Montgomery’s Anne is a widely beloved character.  An outsider with a potent imagination, a creative spirit and a yearning for a place in the world.  She’s been portrayed in many adaptations over the years, and ‘Anne the Series’ is the latest to bring her to life.  So what can we expect from this latest take?  Click ‘Read More’ for an in-depth analysis!

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Against thoughts :(

Any time Ben Whishaw is in a play, I immediately buy a ticket. He’s that big a draw to me. He is one of those actors who immediately draws you in. He’s real. Authentic. With a simple flick of his eye you know what his character is thinking; how he is feeling.

I’ve seen him in many guises, from the tragic, melancholy Peter to the psychotic, traumatised Baby. His flamboyant, ethereal Dionysus and his emotionally shattered John Proctor. No matter the setting he has a unique way of showcasing his own talent. Even when he’s doing nothing it’s hard to take your eyes off him and, to that point, his directors have seen what a gem they have in him. They have played to his strengths. They have given him the stage and let him weave his magic.

Against thoughts under the cut. I’m sorry. I can’t even pretend. I’m not going to sugar coat but I wished for so much better :(

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just saw nocturnal animals, it was good, very visually stunning, like very. it had some great performances, aaron taylor-johansson shocked me and got under my skin (creepy indeed), jake gyllenhaal was very good, amy adams as well, but michael shannon was brilliant. it’s quite an original film actually, it’s strange and I like that. with such a famous cast I certainly did not think that it would be this strange, weird, usually, I find that films with that many great actors tend not be weird, it’s like the filmmakers don’t dare to, you know. I definitely recommend it, I didn’t feel the urge to check my phone while watching it and that’s something! I really feel greatness vibes coming from mr ford. watch it if you want to see a very good thriller x

List of fucked up movies i've seen/ still need to watch and review

A list of movies I’ve watched, reviewed, or am hoping to watch and review. I’m just making this list so I can save it for when I move because I’ll be starting my film review channel back up after the move!

Also I added the Butters system, so here’s a guide

0 Butters: I can’t believe this is an actual movie that actually got made. Someone actually took the time to create this. Why.
1-2 Butters: Don’t.
2.5-3 Butters: Go ahead. It’s entertaining enough. I guess.
3.5-4 Butters: Oh shit
4.5-5 Butters: Damn that was good as fuck. 

  • Martyrs (2008)

I actually really liked this one. It brought up some really good points about life and death and the acting was incredible. The English dub actors are like painfully American at some points, but it’s still a pretty good movie. 

Most fucked up part: A 10 minute montage of a girl getting the shit beat out of her

I have reviewed this

4
/5 Butters

  • Audition (2001)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  • I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)*

It’s a classic, but it’s a little older so it’s not quite as “edgy” as some of the newer movies on the list, but it tells a great story and Malcolm McDowell plays and excellent Alex DeLarge

Most fucked up part: There’s a moderately graphic rape scene in the beginning

I still need to review this.

4/5 Butters

  • Irréversible (2002)
  • Men Behind The Sun (1988)
  • Salò, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom (1975)
  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)*
  • The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)*

When the first one came out there was so much hype. “Omg this is the most fucked up movie ever!!!” And then I watched it, and, while the concept is disgusting, it’s kind of boring and the acting is terrible. I didn’t even really feel bad for the girls because their characters were so unlikable.

The second one at least lived up to the gross-ness, but it was still fucking terrible.

Most fucked up part: A naked pregnant woman gives birth in her car and then squashes the baby’s head with her foot.

I still need to review this.

1/5 Butters

  • Aftermath (1994)*

It’s only a half hour and there’s no plot. I mean you can go ahead and watch it because it’s only a half hour of your life, but it’s pretty meh. Basically a doctor fucks a dead body during an autopsy and then gives some human meat to his dog

The most fucked up part: A doctor fucks a dead body during an autopsy and then gives some human meat to his dog. that’s literally the whole thing. 

I still need to review this. 

1/5 Butters

  • August Underground’s Mordum (2003)
  • This is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. 20 minutes in I checked the time and died a little inside because there was an hour left. After it was over I just sat there and ate nutella out of the jar because life is too short to waste an hour and twenty minuted of it on this movie. I guess they met their goal though because it actually did make me physically nauseous, and every time I thought it couldn’t possible get more gross, it did. So I mean I guess if you wanna watch an hour and twenty minutes of shaky cam, yelling, and way more vomit than you were expecting, then knock yourself out. It’s not even worth it for the gore. I would watch any other movie that I’ve seen on this list 94 times before I watched this again. If the other 2 August Underground movies were on this list, I would take them off, but fortunately this was the only one that made it on here in the first place.  

    The most fucked up part: The whole thing.

    0/5 Butters 

  • Guinea Pig: The Devil’s Experiment (1985)
  • Guinea Pig: Flowers Of Flesh And Blood (1985)
  • A Serbian Film (2010)

I’ve never been more conflicted with a movie in my life. This movie is well shot, the acting is amazing, the premise is interesting, there are twists and turns along the way, I never lost interest, and yet this is the most sickening, infuriating film I have ever watched in my life. It’s awful, but I just can’t call it a bad movie.

Most fucked up part: I can’t even pick there’s like 5 that stand out and I don’t even want to repeat them.

I have reviewed this 

4/5 Butters

  • Cutting Moments (1997)
  • The Bunny Game (2010)
  • Frontière(s) (2007)
  • Gummo (1997)
  • Nekromantik (1987)
  • Teeth (2007)*

I actually love this movie. It’s the story of a teenage girl with teeth…in her vagina….and they bite down whenever something goes in there without her consent. I feel like us women should evolve to that at some point.

Most fucked up part: Lots of severed dick. Lots. 

I still need to review this

3.5/5 Butters

  • Grotesque (2009)
  • The Girl Next Door (2007)*

A lot of people have been telling me to watch “The Girl Next Door” because it’s “So much more disturbing than *insert any movie on this list*, but I’ve seen it, and I disagree. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is horribly disturbing, but compared to some of its gorier brethren, it’s pretty tame. It’s the concept that fucks you up as opposed to actually showing blood and gore.

Most fucked up part: Implied blowtorch to the vagina

I still need to review this

2.5/5 Butters

  • Dogtooth (2009)*

A satirical foreign film about a father who keeps his family inside for their entire lives. He keeps them under the impression that outside is horrible and evil, and that they can never leave (think Tangled, but with a fuckton of incest.)

Most fucked up part: A girl bashes one of her teeth out with a handweight (if I remember correctly)

I still need to review this

2.5/5 Butters

  • Eraserhead (1977)
  • Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (2006)
  • Melancholie der Engel (2009)
  • Megan Is Missing (2011)

This movie fucked me UP. I couldn’t sleep for days after watching it. I mean I knew it wasn’t a great movie, but about 2/3 of the way through this movie goes from laughably bad to straight up terrifying in 0.1 seconds. Of course, the YMS review cured my fear of it almost entirely, but the concept of what happened in the movie is still absolutely horrifying.

The most fucked up part: Probably when a girl gets buried alive in a plastic barrel….along with the corpse of her best friend.

I have reviewed this.

2
.5/5 Butters

  • Threads (1984)
  • Pink Flamingos (1972)
  • À l'Intérieur (2007)
  • Happiness (1998)
  • Funny Games (1997)*

This is one of my favorite horror movies of all time. What sets it apart from the others is the complete lack of blood and guts, and the fact that the villains break every single classic horror movie rule. It also explores the idea that we have become desensitized through the media. Also the main villain is scary as FUCK (in the Dutch version, although he’s fairly horrifying in the American remake as well.) What’s nice is that the American version is frame-by-frame the exact same movie, so you can watch either version and still get the full effect. No movie has ever made me lock my doors quite so quickly.

Most Fucked Up Part: I mean it’s kind of a spoiler but they kill the dog and then make the mom find it by playing "hot” and “cold.” Some other fucked up shit happens but I don’t wanna ruin it for you guys because it’s that good. 

I still need to review this. 

5/5 Butters

  • Faces of Death (1978)
  • Requiem For A Dream (2000)

It’s not even really a horror movie at all, but it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It explores several types of addiction- drugs, love, food- and what they can make people do. If you’ve ever considered trying herion, watch Requiem For A Dream and I can almost guarantee you you’ll change your mind.

Most Fucked Up Part: Jared Leto’s gross elbow infection. 

I have reviewed this.

5
/5 Butters

  • Visitor Q (2001)
  • Eden Lake (2008)
  • Philosophy of a Knife (2008)
  • Snowtown (2011)
  • Taxidermia (2006)
  • The Green Elephant (1999)
  • Cannibal (2006)
  • Man Bites Dog (1992)
  • American Mary (2013)

Pretty good if you don’t mind a little gore. It’s about a driven medical student who takes up doing body modification to pay her way through school. Then, when she’s date raped by her professor, she gets some pretty sick revenge and becomes one of the best body mod artists in her area. Girl power! (I think)

The Most Fucked Up Part: I mean there’s a dude with no arms and legs hanging from a meathook at one point. Girl Power!

3.5/5 Butters

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
  • Vase de Noces (1975)
  • Feed (2005)
  • Subconscious Cruelty (1999)
  • Where the Dead go to Die (2012)
  • Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)
  • Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
  • The Theatre Bizarre

A collaboration of 6 (I think) different directors put together 6 short films lazily strung together with some plot about a haunted movie theatre. It’s not really fair to judge the movie based on the “theatre” concept seeing as the theatre only exists to get the next short film rolling.
I’ll give you a hint: The first one is stupid, the second one is okay, the third one is disturbing as fuck, the fourth one is so fucking boring, the fifth one tries too hard to be “deep” and “artistic” and the sixth one is disgusting but the main chick’s nose is a fucking work of art and I need to know who her plastic surgeon is.

The most fucked up parts:
Short Film 1= A woman covered in frog slime
Short Film 2= Just lots of blood. 
Short Film 3= Lots of severed dick. Again. 
Short Film 4= A guy kills a deer who’s already dying
Short Film 5= Fetus juice in your eye can’t feel good
Short Film 6= Cannibalism and vomit. 

I have reviewed this.

2
/5 Butters

  • Snuff 102 (2007)
  • In A Glass Cage (1987)
  • Mum & Dad (2008)
  • I Stand Alone (1998)
  • Imprint (2005)
  • Come and See (1985)
  • Niku Daruma (1998)
  • Tetsuo (1989)
  • Angst (1983)
  • The Skin I Live In (2011)
  • Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975)
  • Calvaire (2004)
  • Hard Candy (2005)
  • This movie is good as fuck and makes you cringe a shitload even though theres barely any blood, and the thing about Ellen Page is that I love Ellen Page

  • The most fucked up part: Homeboy gets castrated.

    5/5 Butters

  • The Life And Death of a Porno Gang (2009)
  • I Saw The Devil (2010)
  • Dumplings 
  • A Tale of Two Sisters 
  • The Skin I Live In (2011)
  • Angst (1983)
  • Mum & Dad (2008)
  • Kill List (2011)
  • It was so fucking British. This is what I basically got from it

    Dude 1: nkaihhipgagigsnwhrn pip pip soirgioegiogrs cheerio opsiphgihg0ihgbbige 
    Dude 2: oieudnfkjsngwinpnpno loo hiosi0heobnespnsphig ello govna

    *they kill a guy*

    I was probably just high but I legitimately couldn’t understand a fucking word that was being said. Sorry.

    Also it’s not even a horror movie so what the fuck?

    The most fucked up part: Idk a guy gets his head bashed in with a hammer.

    1/5 Butters

  • Snuff 102 (2007)
  • I Stand Alone (1998)
  • In A Glass Cage (1987)
  • Imprint (2005)
  • Come And See (1985)
  • Shogun’s Sadism (1976)
  • Stoic (2009)
  • Sweet Movie (1974)
  • Singapore Sling (1990)
  • Suspiria (1979)
  • The Seasoning House (2012)
  • When They Cry (2007)*
  • Elfin Lied (2004)*
  • Deadman Wonderland (2011)

If there’s any I need to add, feel free to let me know.

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Sense of Wonder - Kaji Yuuki’s 1st single

First of all, I’m so sorry for the lack of updates! I’m not quite alright lately, but just managed to calm myself down so I’m partially okay by now. I’m long to show you guys this newly-bought merchandise of mine, so here I go! Bear with me I’m gonna rant a bit okay…

Finally, after living for 17 years, I could get something so luxurious and precious for my life – Kaji Yuuki’s first single! Ever since I know him and how talented he is within the music world, I have put this as my to-buy-list. Several days ago, I achieved it. A package signed with my name arrived. I instantly know, it MUST be Kaji’s Sense of Wonder. And yes, it was. Well, actually, it was my mom who received the package, I’m still at school the moment this package arrived. She kept quiet about this and wait till I came home and let me saw it by myself cause she knew that I’ll go a bit crazy. I really was, haha. I jumped and screamed when I saw it, then immediately unwrap it. 

I can’t explain the beauty within its inside anymore. The songs included are totally my taste, and since then, I always put these songs on repeat. Each of these songs have their own qualities and meanings, which are really awesome towards me.
First song, Sense of Wonder. Ah, I instantly fall for it the first time I saw the video. It gives such a cute impression at first, and the lyric is ultimately encouraging us! That’s why I often play it on my mind whenever I feel sad and yes, it makes me feel better, to be very honest. A must-see for those who love cute stuffs! 
Second song, Yoru no Mahou (夜の魔法). I do not quite get the translation of this song yet, but I could understand tiny bit of it, and oh my, no, another song to get my heart! I think this song suits my personality really, really much, assuming from its lyric. I’m not a night person to be honest, as I really am weak when the night comes, but really, night is magical in some ways. I’ve experinced some of them. And since I am a quiet and gloomy (quite…) person in life, I could relate so much to this song. 
Last but not least, the third song, HOME. Same with Yoru no Mahou, I still didn’t get much of this song’s lyric, but I could understand some parts. My first impression: not again. Just how many times have I fallen in love with Kaji’s songs!? This one beat me also, again. It instantly makes me homesick! I could imagine my home being so lovely like described in the lyric. To be honest, I also imagine how it feels like if I have Kaji as my family and like described in the song, too, hehe. 

So! The point is, I love this single. I really am satisfied with it! I have no regret buying this, even though it has been quite a while since its release. NOW LET’S WORK HARD TO THE SECOND SINGLE!! //NOOO //MOM WON’T ALLOW YOU ANYWAY INVIII

“To the Bone” (REVIEW)

I finished watching “To the Bone”, which is Netflix’s second (viral) attempt to represent a delicate topic such as mental disorders, illnesses and eating disorders. I have to say: I REALLY THINK THEY DID A DECENT JOB.

To the Bone tells the story of Eli (or Ellen), a girl who’s been struggling with anorexia for a long time. The movie represents her journey through her recovery and touches several things such as social media, mental illnesses, family and more. I’m going to give a brief review and then write about something more personal in the end, so…

Things I Liked:

  • The acting is amazing. It really drags you to the story. Every actor makes a great job. 
  • The photography that contrasts everything so natural and yet so perfectly. 
  • The research they did on the subject they wanted to show. It’s quite noticeable that Netflix took some time to search about it.
  • The hints they do towards social media (especially Tumblr) and how some pages make mental illnesses look like something cool to wear (which as some of you may know, are not). Also, I believe that was a throwback to 13 Reasons Why and the debate it created about glamorising depression and suicide. 
  • The message which humanises people with mental illnesses more. People struggling with any kind of mental disorder are often shown as martyrs or below every “normal” person. This shows plays with that idea and offers more empathetic characters. 
  • The humour. This show is filled with black humour without ridiculing the subject.
  • The way they portrayed reality as something raw, but also beautiful at times. I really loved that. 

Things I… sort of didn’t like (?):

  • Some of the script was cheesy. Especially towards the ending. However, I’m cool with that. Brings some good vibes, lmao. 
  • The way they minimise therapy. Although I’m a guy that believes in not whining a lot and growing some balls (as Keanu’s character would say), I also believe that this movie represents therapy in an unrealistic way, but I’m not sure about it, so, I can’t complain a lot about it either.

Something more personal about “To the bone”:

I have to say, I was expecting something more like “13 reasons why” which I didn’t hate, but I didn’t enjoy at all. However, this movie really brings the concepts and topics differently. It shows a more humane, mature and evolved way of approaching subjects like these. And I have to emphasise this: I’m used to eating a lot of junk food while watching anything, but I couldn’t do that with this movie (and as Trump would have said: “believe me, I tried”).  It just felt really uncomfortable for me to watch a lot of the scenes shown in there while eating. The reason I write this is to show that this movie makes you empathise with the characters, a lot. 

As a person who deals with depression I have to say, I’m really glad more shows and films are taking a more delicate way of dealing and showing things like this without making the persons who suffer from disorders as freaks. I can only recommend this movie. :) 

P.S: To anyone who’s dealing with any kind of mental disorder, illness or is just having a bad time, BE STRONG. I believe in you. :D !!

Animaniacs Reboot, You Say?

So… Apparently there’s an Animaniacs reboot in the works.

Okay!

No, really. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally get where people are coming from when it comes to the onslaught of rebooting 90s nostalgia.

The recent Twin Peaks relaunch has gotten mixed reviews at best, the PPG reboot is embarrassingly sloppy with the animation and the writers showing no restraint or sense of better judgement, and the week that Animaniacs was announced was the same week that Baywatch belly-flopped at the box office, with execs blaming Rotten Tomatoes for their woes instead of themselves.

With all that going on, I do get why folks have a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to Animaniacs getting rebooted. The cynicism comes from a very real place, and Animaniacs is still considered to be one of the best kids’ shows of the 90s so nobody in their right mind wants to see this brilliant show tarnished in any way whatsoever.

But you want to know a 90s reboot that was actually surprisingly good? The new MST3K.

Now, I understand that this is ALSO something that has mixed reviews among fans, but I actually quite like it. I have to admit that I didn’t at first, but that was because I had to be introduced to a whole new cast all at once. In the original MST3K they would change cast members every now and then, but it was an occasional one-by-one basis, not at total overhaul and replacement. But after I got used to the new host, the new bots (or actors behind the bots), the new mads and the new overall style, I think it’s quite good.

It does its job as a show that riffs on cheesy B-movies with the sci-fi comedy framing device, and it’s a loving sendup of the original show while also succeeding at being its own thing.

That’s the kind of thing I hope for in an Animaniacs reboot. That’s a sort of general best case scenario.

However there is a way Animaniacs could succeed even further than that.

Just a reminder, we are still in a golden age of television, and that includes kids’ shows. Shows like Gravity Falls and Steven Universe have managed to transcend genres from mystery to fantasy to science fiction to drama to comedy, etc. And holding it all together are their casts of wonderful, fun, quirky characters.

Not unlike Animaniacs during its own hey-day. The characters were so strong that there was an entire episode dedicated to mixing them up and seeing what happened.

But writers and creators then were still very limited as to what they could do. While kids shows in the early 90s were rather groundbreaking the focus groups left over from the 80s still had a tight grip on them, so they couldn’t be TOO experimental.

Which brings me to probably the greatest outlier from the Animaniacs formula, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock”.

In this episode, the full twenty-four minutes is focused on Slappy and Skippy Squirrel. Not too unusual, you might think. They did the same for Pinky and the Brain in “Spellbound” before they got their own series. It seems normal until you realize “Cuckoo Clock” is all about Slappy losing her mind, having to be sent to a cartoon old folks’ home because she can’t take care of herself anymore, Skippy is barely able to take care of his own self, and needing to be taken into a foster home.

Yikes. When I first saw that episode I had it pegged as the official shark-jumping moment of the show. Problems of the real world in a universe of cartoon tomfoolery? What manner of sorcery is this?

But then after giving it another watch, it soon became one of my favorite episodes. For one thing, it’s probably the biggest example of how much Slappy and Skippy love each other in spite of their contrasting personalities and generation gap. If their reunion at the end doesn’t warm your heart after all they’ve been through, then I don’t know what will.

I also really admired the episode for stepping outside the usual setup and trying something different. The execution is probably a little flawed, but for the most part I believe it succeeds in what it was trying to do.

In fact, I think it was a little ahead of its time. Besides stepping outside the normal tone and antics, I’m reminded of how Adventure Time had its own episode about the Ice King losing memories not unlike people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and how heartbreaking it is for Marceline.

Animaniacs only got to try a more real and serious story once because for how innovative it was, the creative team was still limited.

So seeing Animaniacs maybe get to do that kind of thing more often in our current golden age of television is something that that could be worth the reboot.

That would be my bestest-best-case scenario.

If not, that’s okay.

Whether it’s good, bad or ugly, then we still have the memories and magic of the original. And nobody can take that away from us.

This is my translation of Newton Magazine’s interview “Rencontre avec Louise Brealey”. I’m fluent in both English and French, so I hope I did a good job. The interview itself had a very choppy feel at times, I think that’s what the interviewer was going for, or maybe things got lost in translation. In any case, I hope you enjoy it! :)

Meet Louise Brealey
By Alie SUVELOR | March 19, 2014


She is nicknamed “Queen Brealey ” on the web and in reality she has the air of a queen. Initially a journalist and film critic, she took courage in both hands and faced her fear of failure by becoming an actress. Even if she still divides her time between acting and writing, she is best known as Molly Hooper in the Sherlock series, a relatable character, introduced as an enamoured, shy girl who developed into a strong quick-witted woman. A character who, thanks to the charisma and delivery of Brealey, has exceeded all expectations of the series’ creators and fans. Between filming Sherlock, Louise connects with her other passion, the stage (Miss Julie, Uncle Vanya , The Trojan Women , The Herd ) , writes her own pieces (Pope Joan in 2013) , and publishes essays on feminism and her theatre experiences on her blog.

She will also star in Delicious by Tammy Riley –Smith which will be screened in April at Cannes. An exciting encounter with an exciting person.


Before becoming an actress, you were a journalist for the magazine Wonderland.
I did some really fun things at Wonderland, like my interview with the Pet Shop Boys. I still see myself as a journalist, even if the last article I wrote was about a year ago, however I am still asked to write quite often. I feel incredibly lucky to have this life path but acting and writing are two areas where you need to give a lot of yourself. When I finally became recognized as journalist, I also started to act and to do the two at the same time is quite difficult. I’m lucky because now I can choose what I want to write. I wrote a play, Pope Joan, last year, which took a lot of my time, and that is why I put journalism aside. My god, it was a long process, but so unique! It was really intense, and you must fight against your demons, every day you have to face your fears, ask yourself if you will be heard, all the concerns you may have about what you want transmit, all of this is very exhausting. Once the play was finished, I went to the Royal Court where there is a writing program that I followed once a week for several months. It was exactly what I needed after writing the play.

I wanted to write something creative and different for a long time. I do not mean to say that journalism isn’t creative, but I wanted to write something more personal and I was too scared to do it (as a journalist). It is the same for a career as an actress. I first worked as a journalist because I was too scared to take the plunge (into acting). Writing for film magazines I have met many people from the business and I spent my time observing them with envy. I finally said, “if I don’t do it (acting), I’ll end up old and bitter, regretting not having done it.” For me it was worse than exposing my fear of failure.

When did you know that acting was for you?
I took acting classes in London at the time. I was in Cricklewood, a London suburb where all the houses look the same and I worked with Philippe Gaulier who teaches clown techniques. He is amazing and has taught me to laugh at myself and understand that the most important thing is to have fun on stage. I took classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York and when I came back, one of my friends who worked on One Man Two Guvnors told me “you must go see Philippe Gaulier.”

As I was leaving Philippe’s course with my friends, I received a phone call telling me I had won a role in a play at Royal Court. I had no agent at the time and I passed the audition because I previously performed in a play with the assistant director. After that phone call, I knew that everything would change if I did a good job, but if I froze, everything would stop. In retrospect, I would have liked to play that role differently. I was also cast in Casualty, which at the time made ​​me cry because it was filming in Bristol, miles away from London, and my boyfriend at the time would stay behind in London. I had the impression that I was being punished. Today I feel ridiculous because thanks to Casualty I bought my apartment!


You are also very active in theater, you recently starred in Miss Julie. From your perspective, what is different in theater than in television, and which of these media do you prefer?
They are two almost completely different experiences! I love the theater because it brings something essential and I cannot imagine an actress not doing stage time. But television also has its own magic and a certain kind of intimacy. There are things that you can transmit through TV that you could never do on stage.

Miss Julie was played in a very beautifully grand Victorian theater, and we had to push our voice while the audience was right next to us. It’s a rather strange sensation of having both to project your voice so that the audience in the back can hear you, while also communicating with the audience in the first row. It’s electrifying to be in the same room as the spectators, a lot of emotion comes out. For Miss Julie we rehearsed for two weeks before the presentation for the press, it was terrible. I felt that the stage was covered in banana peels, I was not ready at all! But in the end we had excellent reviews. Actors are thrill seekers, being scared makes ​​me feel alive. This is like an extreme sport, doing something that you don’t think you can, it gives us chills.

How do you feel when you see yourself on the screen?
I hate it. I do not think we should look at ourselves, it seems abnormal. We can all look in the mirror, but it’s pretty weird to see yourself from all angles. It’s still quite interesting as we don’t see ourselves as others see us, like in the Christmas episode on Sherlock (A Scandal in Belgravia ), when Sherlock humiliates my character Molly, I saw it and I thought “why did they choose this take? Damn, this is a terrible take! I’m not believable, I don’t believe myself for a second”, but of course that is the scene that made everyone fall in love with Molly.

As a self-proclaimed feminist, what do you think of the representation of women in Sherlock?
It is wonderful. It is essentially the story of two men, something we cannot avoid, but I think, especially in the last season, we have all kinds of women. There’s Una Stubbs (Miss Hudson), who is unbelievable, and Amanda Abbington’s character (Mary Morstan), who as fantastic and incredibly natural as Amanda. She attracts sympathy and brings people together. And then there’s Molly, who has evolved and changed, and that’s what people do in real life. She has surpassed the expectations of everyone, I could not imagine such a reception from the public and the critics. There is something about Molly that women and young women watching Sherlock can identify with. A little bit like Watson, who serves as a reflection to the viewer into the world of Sherlock Holmes, Molly also has her own place. Molly shows us that yes, we can sometimes be foolish when we’re in love, and it does not matter, it’s not something to be ashamed of. I remember at the beginning some people said she was like a "doormat”. Some characters are doormats, and it does not bother me to play this role, but I always thought Molly was more than that and that she represented much more. What is interesting is that initially no one thought that Molly could be the one for Sherlock , it was like a joke, but despite us, despite me and despite the screenwriters, something happened in the last season and now we no longer laugh at the idea that yes, something could happen between them. It does not matter to me, but I think that it’s wonderful that Molly represents the power of the heart and the power of risk. She takes small risks, she sees. She sees the person who is buried under this eccentric character, infuriating, annoying and sometimes so rude. And that’s why her character works so well. I am very fortunate to portray her.

So you think your character’s popularity comes from the fact that the audience can identify with Molly?
Yes. When I was little, from the time I was very young, I was certain that I represented the stereotypical face of a completely normal and ordinary person. I’ve surpassed that since then, but suddenly it’s pretty funny because something echoes inside me when people find themselves in Molly. It is also interesting because usually on television there are a lot of very glamorous, gorgeous women, and it’s pretty hard for the more natural or older women to evolve in this world.

What do you want to happen to Molly in season 4 of Sherlock?
Before the filming of season 3 we did an interview, and I was asked the same question. I answered a shocking kiss would be quite funny, and that’s exactly what happened! I honestly have no expectations. I still cannot believe that I am part of this beautiful project. I watched the third episode of the last season and I’m always excited when I see my name on the screen. Acting, it’s a bit like playing snakes and ladders. I found myself on all sorts of ladders, and suddenly the one that looks small at first sight is one of those extendable ladders, but I never forget that it can break at any time. I have no idea what to expect, every season I fear that my character will be killed! Obviously I would be very sad because Sherlock occupies a very important place in my life, but playing Molly helped me communicate with other women on the subjects of confidence and feminism.

If you could play any other character Sherlock, which one would you play and why?
Probably Moriarty. He is incredible. Andrew Scott is a genius. One of the reasons why the series is so successful, is that all the actors are brilliant, they are all wonderfully talented. Also thanks to the work of Mark Gatiss, of course, and the directors. They invented a new televisual language. It’s enough to watch the first episode and it takes your breath away, it is cinematic, and the screenplays are so good! I am very proud. The latest season is a little different, but it’s good that there’s an evolution, because we couldn’t do the same thing over and over.

Do you have a funny anecdote from filming Sherlock?

You should rephrase your question because this story is not so funny! In The Sign of Three, there is a scene where I stick a fork in Tom’s hand, Molly’s fiancé, at the wedding of John and Mary. If you look closely you can see the plastic fork flying across the room, it must’ve been the best take because that’s the one they chose. Poor Tom!

In Delicious, which will be screened at Cannes, you play a bulimic girl. How have you prepared for the role of Stella?
I have talked back and forth with the director, who has gone through bulimia. It is important to do research but also to work on the script and what happens in a particular scene. It helps the viewer to think. We just talked in general about how I had to play her for it to be believable. But I have not researched the reasons why (one has an eating disorder), I think each person has their own story when it comes to bulimia. I have not had personal experiences with bulimia. Fortunately, I’ve always had a very healthy relationship with food but it’s quite moving to see how many people struggle continually with this disease. And it is getting worse, because of fashion magazines and the overuse of Photoshop. When I was younger, it made me very unhappy when I read fashion magazines and I saw all those girls with infinite legs, and when I heard about the “thigh gap" obsession, it disgusted me deeply. I posted a tweet about it, saying that I was hoping to go back in time and not worry about my “big” thighs. It’s wasted time.

I did not make the film because I told myself “oh, I would like to do something about eating disorders”. I did it because I loved the character and the people involved in this project. I was in great shape when we were shooting, because I just finished a play where I had to be naked. I also wrote an article on the experience of going on stage completely naked on my blog Yellow Paper.

What was really disturbing to me on Delicious, were the scenes of binge eating. It is so violent, and I’ve never had this view of food. It is self-harm and it’s horrible, especially when one hasn’t ever thought this way and didn’t live through it. It was really disturbing.

You recently filmed Frankenstein, where we find Mark Gatiss and Andrew Scott of Sherlock among the cast.
You just see me for few seconds on screen, I have no scenes with them. The character of James McAvoy arrives at my table and flirts with me. I wear a gorgeous dress, which was custom made for me. They came to see me and said "Louise , you wanna come shoot this film with us? It’s a very small scene”. I got to wear a beautiful dress, and act with James McAvoy, it was great. Mark and Andrew are part of some of the most amazing people with whom I’ve had the chance to work.

Which cinematic legend would you like to work with?
River Phoenix. I think he was one of the best of his generation. We can talk about River Phoenix the same way we talk about James Dean because he only made a handful of films, but each performance was amazing. His best films are not necessarily his popular films, he was nominated for an Oscar for Running On Empty. I remember when he died, it was so shocking. It’s strange to think that we would still be talking about him if he was not dead, he had so much more to give us and he died so early. I would have liked to see more of his work.

What kinds of roles and stimulate challenge you?
Good roles! A role which requires travel is a great role to play. I was very fortunate to play Sonya in Uncle Vanya on stage, it is a role that every young actress would like to have the chance to play. I’d love play Sonya again in London, I feel like I’m not yet done with this role.

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I’ve been fairly content with 2015 as far as film viewing goes. I got to watch 4 movies that I thoroughly enjoyed on the big screen- starting with OK Kanmani, Premam, Baahubali and then finally Ennu Ninte Moideen. Each film has a special place in my heart for their own reasons, some hogging a little more space than others. 2016 for me starts with a film that I hope will set the mood for the rest of the year. 2016 starts with Charlie; advocating feel-goodness and the beauty of life and happiness for all. And honestly, after a disproportionately upsetting and tiring week I needed a little happiness.

  • As a film, Charlie is everything it promises to be; a simple love story that makes you smile and urges you to make others do the same.
  • Released in 2015, the year that churned out 2 of the biggest romantic blockbusters the industry has ever seen, comparison is somewhat inevitable. But you shouldn’t go in expecting a ‘mass-y’ editing extravaganza or an epic masterpiece love story.
  • Expect beautiful visuals, stunning performances, lovely music. Expect the sudden urge to drop everything you’re doing, pick up a backpack, and travel the world in hope of meeting your own Charlie/s or becoming Charlie yourself.
  • Charlie is the kind of movie that ends leaving you like ‘wait…what? It’s finished??! No…but, but, but…why.’ I didn’t want it to be over. I wanted to see so much more. I wanted to see all the adventures Charlie and Tessa have together. I wanted to see Tessa making him do laps behind her jeep as punishment for the cat and mouse game he played. I wanted to see Charlie meeting Tessa’s NRI suitor with the dialogue ‘Ayyai! Evanano parishkari?!’
  • Needless to say, I left the theatre with a smile on my face. And despite it’s flaws, Charlie is a film with a lot of heart (and a lot of hugs).
  • Enthiyalum, sambhavam colour ayye! 

I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to have an opinion on Dulquer related things anymore because you might need more than fog lights to see through the bias, but you know what, screw it. Here’s what I thought (as spoiler free as I could make it):

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Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)

This is the first ever Japanese animated movie that I just recently watched. I actually got curious when I saw on my feed a review on this movie, saying that it is a good one. I also saw the news where Ji Chang Wook and Kim So Hyun were the voice actors for the film screening in Korea. (JCW, that’s why.💙)

So, yeah. I agree with the movie reviewer that it’s actually a good one. Tho there were times that I felt lost when scenes shifted. But overall, it’s great! The body switching reminded me of Secret Garden of Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin, and I think that’s the only similarity between the two. Both have their own uniqueness.

The ending was quite a cliffhanger, but in a good way. I felt like I wanted to know more what happened to Mitsuha and Taki, but not really. Irony. There are some movies and series that have these cliffhanging ending, where it could have been otherwise. I know some can relate, especially those who love happy endings. But not with Kimi No Na Wa (in my opinion). The ending was perfect for the story and characters. So I won’t really ask for a Season Two. But if there’s gonna be one, who could stop me from watching it? 😁

A recommended to watch!

much adoe about nothing

you can’t see my face but there are actual stars in my eyes and i’m very like to catch a fly sooner or later. POP UP GLOBE IS SOOOO GREAT. i was the first person into the yard and had to wait half an hour for the show to start but barely noticed because i was too busy soaking up the atmosphere. SO AWESOME.

some notes on the show (because i can’t review proper) ((also the pronouns are going to be all out of whack because the male parts were played by female actors and vice versa and will depend on whether i’m talking about the actor or the character)):

  • don john was really interesting. still quite the two-bit villain except for one point, when he, borachio, and conrade surrounded him at the masque and it actually felt dangerous, like, here is a dangerous man which i’ve never really felt in don john before. AND THEN they repeated similar staging with hero in the middle being hemmed in by don pedro, don john and claudio on three sides, ughhhhhh it was a good moment (also margaret reacted wonderfully and i’m so mad i didn’t see him exit off stage because i had my head turned and they never reappeared)
  • claudio was given a stutter so that … people would feel more sorry for him? i don’t know if it’s because i’m entrenched in anti-claudio or the actress had higher status than benedick in some scenes (notably when benedick issues his challenge), but it didn’t really work for me. (ha, i’m having a korero with my head of dept on fb about this at the same time and she says “Claudio should just be hot… and wrong.” truth.)
  • benedick was actually the prince’s jester. i’ve most recently watched tennantate, and dt can throw on high status like the flick of a mantle, but this benedick (was fantastic), don pedro and claudio didn’t take the challenge seriously at any point - they knew he was in earnest but it didn’t cross their minds that he was a serious threat. interesting dynamic.
  • fantastic use of the yard, particularly in benedick’s gulling scene. benedick took an audience member’s hat so she could blend in, and took the time to make giving it back a beautiful moment. beatrice’s ways of avoiding detection bordered on too ridiculous but damn did that boy commit and pull it off. i laughed ‘til i cried and had to hang onto the edge of the stage (things they don’t tell you when describing the experience of a groundling).
  • OH the number of times benedick and beatrice nearly kissed. after the church scene, long drawn out slowly moving towards each other then beatrice turned her head and benedick had his “i will kiss your hand” - hilarious and kind of heart breaking how careful/cautious/scared/uncertain beatrice was.
  • leonato made me cry. much ado was the very first shakespeare play i ever saw, on film and stage, but i’ve never felt leonato’s grief myself before.
  • DOGBERRY (ALSO VERGES), those two were so great. they had a really long intro before beginning their scene but the transition into shakespeare was seamless. i mean, nothing in their voices or demeanor suggested they were now speaking something other than their natural tongue, it was impressive. also, the things they could do with their faces, fucking charming.

so many things i could talk about. i was told before hand that this play was going to be better than tennantate and i can’t say that’s not the truth. nothing compares to live theatre and if you haven’t seen shakespeare performed in front of you (on top of you - the jig at the end was slightly alarming from right at the stage edge), you haven’t lived. there was a kid sitting on the steps behind me giggling away, and i was like, yeah, that’s my shakespeare.

Tomorrowland

I went to a midnight showing of Tomorrowland. I really liked it. I checked the reviews and see its getting a few bad ones. So I’m here to advise this, ignore the naysayers and go see it for yourself. Because this movie wants you to question and dream and work towards a better tomorrow not just accept the way the world is now. It will give you a bright spot in your day. Its beautiful and the actors are all quite good. Just sit back and enjoy the wonder as if you were a kid again.

Gods of Egypt: “Looks like a whitewashing filmmaker had sex with an older, more whitewashing filmmaker.”

You’re probably thinking “This is an action fantasy movie, but that god with the square ears just turned that other god into a fucking kebab.” Surprise! This is, unlucky you, a sad story.

(A really sad story for Setians, at least.)

Problem’s only in PoC casting, inability to nail the material, inauthentic costume designs and an unfair treatment of Set. All things a movie can exist without.

Okayy! Enough Deadpool references.

You guys were probably wondering why I watched the movie? The same reason why other Kemetics would purchase and read The Kane Chronicles without having to end up liking it. (I have never read TKC, personally, but read the reviews other Kemetics posted online. I do not like the content, but I like reading the Set/Nebthet fanfictions based on that verse, Hahahahaha my guilty pleasure)

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Often it seems as though his (Lorne’s) entire focus is testing and toying with his fellow man. There was something about his interactions with Lester this week, however, which gave us a hint at the person he may have once been. It felt almost as though somewhere inside Malvo’s poisonous personality there lives a desire to genuinely connect with someone; an impulse to create a playmate who understands him. As to that, where is Mr. Wrench? If they’d been able to move past the brutal murder of Wrench’s partner, then they may have made near perfect comrades. In as much as it is possible, Lorne did seem to have affection for, or at the very least interest in, Lester. His tolerance for being hit in the head and left with three bodies to sort out is minimal at best, however.



As to Lester, he is entirely despicable. As the credits rolled on the episode I found myself amazed that Martin Freeman had brought this abhorrent creature to life. Lester Nygaard is not only the most worthless character that I’ve seen the actor portray, but also that we’ve seen on the small screen in quite some time. All of these gruesome deaths and yet Lester survives - just like a cockroach scurrying behind the refrigerator.

—  IGN talks Lorne and Lester in their latest review for “A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage”
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Tom Hiddleston on Playing Hank Williams: "I Had to Go to Some Pretty Dark Places"
The actor opens up about playing the doomed American icon.

You probably know Tom Hiddleston from his breakout role as Thor’s devious brother Loki in Marvel’s Avengers franchise. Or perhaps you caught him as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, or as a tortured vampire opposite Tilda Swinton in Jim Jarmusch'sOnly Lovers Left Alive. Regardless, you’ve never seen the dapper Brit quite like this—a gaunt, yodeling Hank Williams in Marc Abraham’s biopic I Saw the Light. Hiddleston spent nearly five weeks preparing for the role, moving into Nashville-based musician Rodney Crowell’s house to learn how to play guitar and sing like Williams, trading his English accent for a Southern twang and dropping enough weight to pass for the chronically ill country star. Despite the film’s less-than-stellar reviews, it’s worth a watch for Hiddleston’s mesmerizing performance alone. Below, BAZAAR talks to the actor about stepping into the shoes of an American icon and the physical and mental toll of the role.

Harper’s BAZAAR: Hank Williams. Did you ever imagine playing him in your life? Was that ever an idea in your head before you were offered that?

Tom Hiddleston: No, never.

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Mr.Harington isn’t taking up a statue at the end of this. The amount of stuff I saw Kit doing out there..his fight work. His stunt work. He’s like a dancer when he moves. I think he’s blossomed from a young man into this fantastic character that he’s playing in this. I said it to him at the time, that his work is beautifully subtle on this. I’ve watched him from viewing him, and also working with him on this season, just blossoming as an actor. And that’s one of the things and older actor can admire about quite a few of the younger actors on this show. but to watch him blossom like that, especially in this episode? It’s going to be jaw-dropping
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Mr.Liam Cunningham


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(God bless you, Mr.Cunningham!! Totally agree with him… Kit’s voice and body language  in Dr.Faustus aaaaw… REVIEW SOON!!! )