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Realtalk: Beauty and the Beast

((Spoilers: DUH))

Okay, but jokes about bad CGI wolves aside, Disney’s latest live action remake just served to remind me what didn’t work in the last few films. Keep in mind this is all my opinion and you don’t have to agree to any of it.

I could appreciate the effort they took in better explaining the lore. The classic film implied Beast could be as young as 11 when the curse took effect for them to be wasting away for “ten years” (as stated in the original Be Our Guest), and a lot of people were left puzzling as to how exactly an entire town failed to notice the ominous castle sitting on their outskirts for all those years. But as with all the other remakes Disney also attempted to flesh out the characters, usually in the form of a heavy backstory, and this is where they always seem to fall flat for me.

This is the main problem I have with live action: they seem to struggle in deciding which tone they want to run with. Do they want to prove they can play with darker and more sombre themes? Those poignant backstories and frequent deaths in the families would suggest so. But then they turn right around and try to emulate the cartoon almost frame for frame. Suddenly the action sequences, one-liners, and visual gags look too hammy and out of place, especially when juxtaposed with the aforementioned Dark Subjects. This isn’t helped by the uncanny valley characters at all.

I’m sure some kids out there find all of this enjoyable and see no problem with the new films (though personally if I saw that CG Lumiere as a child I would have run screaming out of the theatre), but all I could think as I watched Beast tear through the tower pining and singing his heart out was:

“Holy shit Disney, you should remake Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Think about it: they could play with dark themes all they wanted and it wouldn’t feel out of place at all. The animated film was already one of Disney’s heaviest, in fact I feel it’s been swept under the rug as a result of its heavier tone. The characters themselves are some of Disney’s most subdued and wouldn’t be terribly difficult to translate into live action without changing too much, and they could go nuts with the special effects and locations all they want because it’s got everything.

Medieval city? Check. Tall, ominous towers? Check. Spectacular views for breaking out into song? Check. Political/social commentary still relevant today? Check. Vibrant/fictional locales to pour their CGI budget into? Check. They’ve got one of the best villains in that movie, whether you love to hate him or just … love … him … if you’re one of those weirdos.

But that brings up another point: if they did rework it, I want them to go really dark with it. I’m talking taking cues from their friends in Germany and Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, a musical that managed to preserve a majority of the film while also capturing the weight of the original novel.

Don’t try to redeem Frollo like you did with Maleficent. Preserve all the slimy, misguided, despicable facets of his personality. Don’t gloss over the political commentary of gypsies in Paris, and highlight Clopin’s juxtaposed sides as a result–willing to do whatever it takes to survive even if it means stealing and murdering. We already have one of the most badass women out there in Esmeralda, and finally one who isn’t a damned princess that needs her sparkly dress. Give Phoebus a bigger role, give us time to really see the conflict between his role in society and his moral compass. Focus on Quasimodo’s internal struggle, torn between his curiosity and love for the outside world, but also his blind loyalty and affection to the one man who raised him his entire life.

And for f**k’s sake those gargoyles better be hallucinations to illustrate the toll a lifetime of solitude has taken on the poor guy or I am going to flip some heavy Medieval tables.

And finally Esmeralda dies. No-one gets the girl. Phoebus fails at his job, people get hurt as a result, and he can’t even save the love of his life. And Quasimodo is left utterly broken hearted and alone, with neither his father figure or his friends by his side. The movie ends as the stage play did: with our hunchback carrying the gyspy in his arms in a sad nod to the iconic “Sanctuary!” scene, walking away into the dark unknown, presumably to die as he did in the novel, with Esmeralda in his arms. A sombre Clopin, knocked back down to a beggar (if not dead as well during the seige), narrates the closing scene.

Because life sucks and that’s what you get for attempting to turn a Victor Hugo Novel into anything less than a tragedy.

TL;DR: Disney remake HoND. I double-dog-dare you.

(Oh my god I have not drawn these guys in literal ages. It felt so weird!)

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When All Things Considered launched in 1971, NPR brought a “new and different” sound to radio. This new sound featured the creative energy and electrosonic compositions of Donald Voegeli, a musician and composer at the University of Wisconsin. The university received funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to compose music for both public television and radio. At the time, audio experimentation in electronic sound was on the rise, and Don took on this project with his synthesizer. Using a Putney, Don did some composing and the first iteration of the All Things Considered theme was born.

In this 1974 interview with Don, Susan Stamberg tells him, “You are really the man who has given us our sound.”

Image: Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives (ID S14739)

Demeter/Ceres

Originally posted by theworldisworthagif

Small devotional acts.

  • Support your local farms
  • Spend more time in meadows
  • Make a smoothie
  • Work more closely with the phases of the moon
  • Drive with the windows down
  • Drink green tea with honey
  • Bake some bread
  • Buy more (organic if possible) fruit!
  • Go swimming in a river
  • Wear loose/flowing clothes
  • Attend small music performances
  • Preserve food (canning, dehydrating, etc.)
  • Plant flowers with butterflies and bees in mind
  • Bake something for a friend
  • Go barefoot
  • PICNICS!
  • Wear wood jewelry
  • Expand (or start) your vegetable garden
  • Go to an orchard
  • Eat whole-grain foods
  • Help the worms that get trapped on the sidewalk
  • Keep dried flowers around
  • Go to a farmer’s market
  • Drink coffee with spices
  • Use homegrown herbs in your cooking
  • Wear colors that remind you of fruits
  • Burn a lantern (to guide you in whatever you need)
  • Visit a “U-Pick” farm for berries and flowers
  • Go to a local restaurant with friends
  • Take a gardening class
  • Scatter wildflower seeds in places that need it
  • PRACTICE LOVING YOURSELF
  • Many, many, many other things not said here
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DISNEY AFTERNOON COLLECTION retro video games from CAPCOM available 4/18 on Windows, PS4 and XBox One:

SAN FRANCISCO — March 15, 2017 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced The Disney Afternoon Collection, a compilation of six games that feature beloved Disney TV characters from the 80s and 90s in fun-filled adventures. The beautifully restored classic games feature crisp 1080p HD support and include all-new modes that can be enjoyed by first-time players and long-time fans. The Disney Afternoon Collection will be available as a digital download across North America and Europe for $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99 starting on April 18, 2017 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Players will be able to relive their childhood afternoons with Disney and explore these pieces of gaming history with classics including:

  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers – This classic lets players team up with a friend in co-op play as they assume the roles of the mischievous Chip and Dale as they take on memorable villain Fat Cat and attempt to solve the mystery of a missing kitten.
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Fat Cat has escaped and his plans are even more dastardly this time. The titular heroes and supporting cast Monterey Jack, Gadget, and Zipper must stop Fat Cat from his evil dream of world domination!
  • Darkwing Duck – Play as the original caped crusader and fight a city full of criminals from the infamous F.O.W.L. organization in this action-packed platforming epic.
  • DuckTales – In this iconic platforming adventure, players help Scrooge McDuck fill his feathery pockets with vast riches from across the world.
  • DuckTales 2 – The sequel to the original game comes jam-packed with more action and an even bigger caper set in new locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Niagara Falls!
  • TaleSpin – Take to the skies as Baloo the bear navigates his plane through exotic and dangerous locations in this side-scrolling shoot-em-up.

All six games are new and improved HD versions of the originals and feature a number of filtering options that replicate a classic retro look and feel. This collection also offers new ways to play with Boss Rush and Time Attack modes for each game. In Boss Rush mode, players battle through challenging boss encounters consecutively, while Time Attack mode encourages time-based gameplay and provides online leaderboards that track the fastest times for each game. A new “Rewind” feature makes these challenging titles more accessible for newcomers, with the option to rewind time and enjoy a swift recovery from blunders. Additionally, the in-game Disney Museum will provide history buffs with a wealth of content to celebrate the era of the original releases, such as concept art, advertisements, character art, and music – all preserved in their original glory.

Time is no enemy, Cause I will be waiting…

You give wings to our hearts
And our thoughts are with you now

…Happy birthday, wherever you are. 
Thank you. 

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Somebody I Used To Know Back In The 80s...
Literally what it says on the tin: Gotye's contemporary classic "Somebody That I Used To Know" remixed so that it sounds like it's straight from the 80's. Basically the best thing you'll ever hear -- just play this in a continuous loop at my funeral, folks.

ok so there’s a prog appreciation essay. when we going to get a the later kinks actually showed how arena rock could be done well essay? because arena rock is arguably the worst dregs of the contemp rock genre. a bunch of over-hyped bullshit. and arena rock fans (mostly people older than me now) were the most typical of all music fans to know zero about music. the kinks post preservation act 2 slowly transformed into an arena rock act after fooling around with the rock opera concept. there’s this period from 1975-1985 that, well, for contemp rock, is usually ignored for the kind of music we all appreciate much, much more: hip-hop, punk, post-punk, electro, synth wave, and so on. anyway, i drank too much coffee and ditched work for the day. so. this is what you get when Mira takes a nap.

arousedpalms  asked:

Companions reacting to Sole hearing/singing one of their favourite pre-war songs?

Cait - As Sole begins to gently hum the song, slowly singing the words as well, Piper can just listen. They’ve been relaxing in one of the settlements after a rough fight with some muties. Sole stood before the workbench, mingling with their gun. She listened to them, her eyes closed. She had to admit, this was realling enjoying this, safe and sound, siting on the ground and leaning against a cool wall with Sole close, Cait felt herself drifting away.

Codsworth - They were making some more beds for the Sanctury, singing loud, as they were in a secluded part of Sanctuary. “Good to see your spirit’s up, mum/sir!”

Curie - She was smiling as she she watched them slowly rock their hips into the song’s rhythm, smile on their face as well. It was rather fascinating, how music was able to preserve people memories, capture their mind and lighten up their mood. 

Danse - He supposed they could take a break - they’ve been traveling the whole day, had some pretty tough fights. He got out of his power armor and lied down on on of the beds, zipping his jumpsuit down just above his chest, then resting his hands on his abdomen. He listened as they started to hum and soon joined them, sharing a nice, relaxing moment.

Deacon - Dugout Inn, 2 o’clock in the morning, Sole lied on the bed, with their hands folded under their chest, Deacon sat in a chair, reading an old Boston bugle they found in a tub they’ve been scavenging, chuckling at the old world’s problems. The radio in the room was on and he could hear the once insecure DJ putting on a song and saw Sole’s lying body swaying gently. He got up from the chair, went to the other side of the bed and lied down next to them. He was glad Sole locked the door, answering why were they lying next to each other in bed, moving like earthworms would be difficult.

Dogmeat - He was happily jumping around them, trying to dance as well.

Hancock - Back in Goodneighbor, they were in the Old State house, Hancock’d be sitting on a couch, empty jet inhaler in his hand, his head thrown back, he was staring at the ceiling. He heard Magnolia’s voice in the radio and smiled. He still wasn’t sure how he got her to perform and live in this town, while she could live in the Stands in the Diamond City. He also heard the same song, ´murmured by another lovely voice and looked down at Sole silently singing along. He got up and went up to them from behind, put his hands on their hips, rocking them softly.

MacCready - They were hanging out in the VIP section of the Third Rail, just relaxing, drinking beer and reading Grognak comics. Magnolia began singing and a smile crept on Sole’s face. They just swinged into the soft jazzy rhythm, with the comic still in their hands. He smiled at them, before softly saying: “I’ve got a stash of old pre-war rock holotapes back in DC. If we got there someday, we could make it a party.”

Nick Valentine - They were in Homeplate house, getting some deserved rest after a long day of messy work. Nick had to admit, he really liked what Sole did wwith the place, lighting it up, getting rid of all the boxes and such, making it a home. It was quite cozy, the upper are was where their bed was located and it was lit up by old christmas lights, with warm orange glow. They were mingling with their Vault suit, wearing a t-shirt and a pair of trousers. A song came into the radio and they began to sing along. He smirked and pulled them by their hand, turning them around and taking them into the dancing stance. 

Piper - They were relaxing in Sanctuary. She walked into their old bedroom and she saw them on the bed, dancing, their arms flying all around them. She’d kill to have a camera right now, but she decided to join them. They made it into asort of competition, both of them falling asleep comfortable after. 

Preston Garvey - He was smiling sweetly as he heard them singing along one of the love songs. He was admiring them so much and it was a moment like this he was sure they were human, and not some divine entity, some Mesiah sent to save them. He could listen to them the whole day.

X6-88 - He watched them as they swayed softly and felt rather ambivalently. This was absolutely pointless for their mission, though, at the same time, they’ve been stressed a lot, they deserved some rest. And they certainly seemed rested now. He made a self not of the song - could save them some time the next time they had to relax for a bit.

Strong - “Puny human! Moves funny, Supermutants don’t move funny! They Smash!”

Bonus!Maxson - He was welcomed by a rather lovely sight, as he came into his workspace - Sole was standing, well, dancing in front off him, oblivious to his presence, singing along the radio on their Pip-boy. He came up to them and grabbed their hips, rather hard, turning them around to face him. He was going to make them sing, alright.

You have to stop all of this mourning for everything:
velvet dresses that cling, Italian soda, broken record players, 
banana pudding, violet lipstick, men. The 90s in general.
You wear your hair wild down your back, mascara smeared
all Clockwork Orange on your cheeks. Aren’t you
a fever dream we’ve all had? I wore too many layers here,
clapped for a stranger who chugged a keg,
separated my split ends and left a pile of them
behind on the makeshift bar. Everyone here
shows their teeth so obviously I’m going home alone.
So obviously I need to stop being so heavy-handed
with the blush. When you want so much it is hard 
to be rational. It is hard to pretend to be so unaffected
when the music the stars the plum dark night slice away
at me. Love has me bent over. I cry over everything.
I’m full of rainwater, preservatives, music puns, gum.
I want a eulogy while my body is still warm.
—  Kristina Haynes, “I Am My Own City”

anonymous asked:

i feel like all of the the compliments the solo boys get (esp harry bc of his classic rock audience) are so backhanded like they can't just say they like his music without preserving their ego by first bashing one direction or that they think they're making such a profound statement by actually enjoying something that he made. it's gross and rude and the boys shouldn't have to hear that about themselves (also i severely doubt these people have heard the fire 1d put out every year for 5 yrs)

seriously ik that’s real… it’s not a real compliment to them to be like “well I’m not a 1D fan I don’t like 1D but this solo stuff sounds great” (they are… they’re 1D??? and they like that music and have worked hard for a long time???) and it’s ugly to assume they themselves want to avoid the association or act like they’re too good for a boy band just because snobby critics are eager to dismiss it (so they can act like they discovered people an audience of millions have been lauding the talent of for YEARS…) people who automatically dismiss pop music and boy bands in particular because of the demographic they tend to bring in are boring and everyone knows it 😒😒