one highlight of the movie!

Atomic Blonde (and why I’m a Sapphic who adored it)

Okay, first off…WOW! What a ride that film was! After having a full 24hrs  to really digest this film, I can honestly say that this film really blew my  expectations, in so many different ways. Since there seems to be so much  discourse over this film, I thought I would post a POSITIVE list of all the  reasons why this film is as important and special to me as it is, even with  That Scene. As Lorraine Broughton would say, “ Shall We?”

Okay first off, the obvious…

  • AESTHETIC MUCH!?
  • 80′s soundtrack with phenomenal remixes.
  • NEON FOR DAYS!!
  • Charlize Theron, playing a truly Bad-Ass Bisexual MI6 Agent while still looking sexy as Hell!
  • The action was some of the best I have ever witnessed!
  • The general setting of this film, Communist Berlin, gives a remarkable window into just what the Cold War in its later stages entailed. The Cold War was perhaps one of the most deceitful wars in history, and when you figure in just how sensitive the situation was, you realize that Every. Move. Counts.

Lorraine Broughton

  • She owns my ass.
  • Again, we have an Openly-Bisexual Female Lead, who’s only main love interest is another woman!
  • Charlize Theron not only did 98% of all her own stunts, but she sustained injuries because of it.
  • I loved her characterization, it was one of the highlights of this film. We often forget that movies like this are hardly ever realistic, but in this film the opening scene is of Lorraine, MI6′s Top Agent, wearily trying to attend to her beaten body. She is barely alive, and as the film goes on we see just how much of a toll her physical and emotional well-being takes due to the nature of her job. As the film progresses we see her grow more cold and disconnected to the point where she is practically numb to those around her (her interrogation, mostly).
  • She wins all her fights, but not without repercussions. Her body takes. A. Beating. And unlike most films her wounds don’t just magically disappear or just “get better”. No, they are there for weeks, in all their ugliness, to display just how vulnerable as a person she is, whilst also reminding those who see her how tough and strong she has to be just to merely survive.

Lorraine and Delphine

  • Okay, first off…OMG THESE TWO!
  • Sofia Boutella was adorable as Delphine, and the way her innocence and naive-ness abolutely melted Lorraine was so cute!
  • The way Lorraine looked at Delphine with such intrigue, and the way Delphine looked at Lorraine with such awe.
  • The whole “Harold, they’re Lesbians”-like scenario with the dude at the bar (even tho Lorraine is Bi).
  • Again, we get another glimpse into Lorraine’s characterization here, which is basically she gets distracted by pretty girls we see that, even though Lorraine is still skeptical of Delphine at first, she very easily falls for her, a softness that we up until that point had yet to see in her.
  • Delphine’s slight hesitance when she gives Lorraine that adorably soft kiss and Lorraine’s shyness in returning it!
  • The way we see Lorraine follow Delphine into a more private place and being so dazed and transfixed by this tiny French Girl is mesmerizing and makes my heart skip a beat!
  • OMG their wicked make-out session and the slamming against the wall and the WHOLE SCENE THAT FOLLOWS I COULD NOT BREATH!
  • “…So you made contact with the French Operative?” “Obviously”
  • Lorraine in nothing but a sweater looking over Delphine as she sleeps-watching, wondering, worrying about what will happen to her.
  • THEY GOT TOGETHER MORE THAN ONCE!
  • AFTER-SEX SNUGGLES!
  • Honestly, them snuggling was one of the most tender moments in the whole film. For once it feels as though Lorraine is being genuine with Delphine, which she picks up on.
  • Lorraine stroking Delphine’s hair while Delphine nudges her head in Lorraine’s neck is so precious. The way Lorraine is so gentle with her and laughs and smiles at her makes my heart melt so much! She cares so much for this one woman she just met and it is so beautiful!
  • Tiny Soft Nose Kisses!
  • The fact their relationship, no matter how brief, is actually a small subplot means so much because it really feels like this was for us Sapphics, despite what happens later.

That Scene among other things

  • Oh boy, here we go. In my opinion, I did not see this as partaking in the horrid “Kill Your Gays” trope.
  • We saw it coming in the trailer you guys, and I was fully prepared for this scenario.
  • She was a naive, inexperienced spy who got too close to Lorraine, and suffered the ultimate price for it. This happened to all of Lorraine’s lovers (although I honestly think she was just using her first one for information, where as she truly cared for Delphine).
  • Delphine Fought. Back. Hard! And she did a damn good job at keeping up. But unfortunately she did not have the skill nor the experience to win that battle. She is not Lorraine, who barely came out the mission alive!
  • This is a spy film about the Cold War, there were going to be many, many casualties. Lorraine (Another Queer) was the only one to make it out alive.
  • When Lorraine found Delphine, I truly felt for her then. This is the first time we see her fully shut down as she Empathetically mourns her girlfriend (which we hardly get to see in general, the LGBT Hero mourning the death of their lover).
  • At this point, after all that she has gone through (the beatings, the betrayals, the loss of intelligence, etc) this is the one thing that finally breaks her, and LORRAINE. IS. FUCKING. DONE.
  • She is done with everything around her, and we see this as she goes from on-the-ground vulnerable to STONE. COLD. NOTHING. And she goes out for blood, and Damn-It does she get it! She shows no mercy for Delphine’s killer, and it is obvious that this is revenge in its most raw form.
  • In the end this is a story about a spy in the Cold War, and in a genre like this things are going to be very brutal. We see this brutality play out on Lorraine, and how it affects her and all of those involved. She made it out with her life, and that was her reward. 
  • So Delphine’s death, to me, was the final Plot Point to move us into the final act, as it was portrayed as the one act of Evil that Crossed That Line, and to further the Characterization of Lorraine.
  • I could go one about the phenomenal action sequences, because I have never witnessed such raw and realistic fighting in an action movie, and to have a Female Bisexual as the lead taking as much as she dishes out was both horrifying yet empowering!

Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, and if you think this film will seriously trigger you, then by all means please take care of your well-being, because that is ultimately the most important thing.

Was I sad that Delphine died? Yes, of course! Did I see it as strictly because she was gay? No, I did not. Do I see this as good representation? Ultimately, yes because I still felt incredibly valid as a Bisexual in more ways than one with this film, and the last time I felt this good about myself was when I first saw Carol (2015) dir. Todd Haynes in theaters (which nothing will ever top that film).

But for everyone else, please GO SEE THIS FILM. For the one negative we must also see all it’s Astonishing Positives this film has, and for it to get the attention and praise that it has is such a big deal for all of us, because if we show our support for this truly Rare Gem then they will make a sequel, and other films like it! Only then can we move forward!

UPDATE: So I just saw Atomic Blonde today for the second time in one week, and upon my second viewing I’ve come to realize just how much I love this film, and why it beat out my expectations originally! And it mainly falls back to what I discussed earlier, about Lorraine and Delphine’s romance and Lorraine herself, for instance:

  • Again, I love Lorraine’s characterization! Being more aware of the story my second time-round, I got to focus more on Lorraine herself, and I think I underestimated just how cold and numb and positively DONE she is by the “end” of her mission (again, in reference to her interrogation).
  • The physical and emotional toll on her and her body really is just as prominent as I remember, and my goodness I cannot recall another film where I actually left the theatre physically exhausted by what I just watched. Everything she’s endured sort of rubs off on you, and if that isn’t the most engrossing experience a character can portray, than I do not know what is.
  • Delphine and Lorraine, my god I love their relationship! It is the only relationship in the whole film solely built on attraction and Mutual Trust, so much so where they would rather protect each other over their mission.
  • In fact, going in this movie the first time all I was expecting between them was the “One Night Stand” that was so heavily portrayed in the trailers-which I would of been happy with-and, (just like in the trailers) I prepared myself for Delphine’s demise soon after-But we had an entire subplot dedicated to their relationship, right up to the very end!
  • Because of this Lorraine’s and Delphine’s romance felt genuine, filled with love and tenderness and worry and drive to protect each other-and that really is beautiful representation.
  • Which, I believe, is why Lorraine truly shuts down when it all goes south, and why we see the Lorraine we do in her interrogation. SHE IS COLD. SHE IS BEATEN. AND SHE IS TIRED.
  • In the end, I do think she cared more for Delphine than past lovers, which is why she seems so utterly broken when we first see her. She went back to Delphine even after her superiors threatened to end her, and she lied about Delphine to protect her from them, even though she was gone.

Anyway, as you can see this film really did a number on me, and I am absolutely fine with that! I apologize for making my crazy long post even longer, but there were things I still wanted to get off my chest, because this really is a Dream Film-a Queer, Female Lead 80′s Spy Film actually exists, and I think Atomic Blonde really hit it out of the park-and has ruined all other action films for me here-on out!

If there’s one takeaway absolutely EVERYONE needs to know from Beth Revis’s Rebel Rising, it’s that in the months following Saw’s rescue of Jyn from Lah'mu, he tracked down her father to see if they could rescue him and discovered and confirmed over and over again that Galen was working for the Empire and appeared 100% complicit in its plans.

And he couldn’t keep this from Jyn.

At eight years old Jyn Erso learned that her beloved Papa, who couldn’t tell a lie to save his life, had willingly left her behind and gone to work for the very person who had just murdered her Mama, and her young mind could not reconcile this fact with his promise: “Jyn, whatever I do, I do it to protect you.”

And she felt utterly betrayed.

Please be aware of the spoilers!

just came from wonder woman

oh my god, what a movie

i saw the last 20 minutes through the tears

gal gadot as diana was absolutely stunning - the delivering, the moves, the grace and magnificence. she appears on the screen, and straight or not, YOU CANNOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF HER

And during the fight with Ares? She looks SCARED and HESITANT and LOST and it was such a perfect choice of emotions. I absolutely loved the naivety she represents, how it was handled as purity and not stupidity. 

and thanks to using her perspective the war scenes looked so much more realistic and emotional, because it is the horror we are USED to seeing, but SHE sees it for the FIRST time in her life and she is horrified and it affects you

and oh my god that scream when steve blows up, that was so brutal.

and coming to the subject of steve trevor, DAMN, what a character. he was sooo well written, he fit the story perfectly and he did not become a plot device. and chris pine did such a terrific job, his acting was one of the major highlights of the movie for me. that scene, where diana kills the general, whom she believes to be Ares and the soldiers just keep loading the bombs, and diana loses all fight and he urges her to believe. “it is not about deserve, it’s about what we believe in”. and it is so beautiful that he is not teaching her that, she was actually the one to show this to him, she just needed to hear it oh my god. AND WHEN SHE REFUSES TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT AND HE JUST GOES BECAUSE HE HAS TO PLEASE. i was already bawling at that point.

the scene in the plane deserves its own paragraph. i always knew chris pine was an awesome actor, i love him as Jim Kirk, but oh my god that scene in the plane where the camera just shows the bombs with gas and him PREPARING TO BLOW HIMSELG UP WITH THOSE BOMBS was my undoing. they just kept showing his face and his eyes as he was getting ready and it was honestly hard to watch. HIS EYES outplayed the whole cast of an average superhero movie (i’m not gonna point fingers here)

and just…diana and steve were such a beautiful couple, in every sense, their dynamic was a treasure. the way he handled her naivety? perfect. he was a hero in his own right, but he never took from her shine and he never got lost in her shadow. they were balanced, equals and it was such a gift to see this type of relationship. the romance? the dance under the snow? the silent communication in her room? the kiss she dominated? this love story is beautiful and perfect UNTIL IT FUCKING ENDS but oh well that’s why we can’t have nice things i guess

and they were never going to last, of course, she is a goddess and he is a normal man, he would have died from old age, but everybody wishes they could have had more time. it’s so frustrating and heartbreaking and “i’ll save the day, you save the world” WHO SAYS THAt STEVE TELL ME WHO SAYS I LOVE YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME AND GOES TO BLOW HIMSELF UP IN THE PLANE OH MY GOD

i expected this movie to affect me, but i did not expect my heart to be RIPPED OUT OF MY CHEST TOYED WITH AND GIVEN AS A SACRIFICE TO PATTY JENKINS

but if it helps her direct more movies like that I’ll be happy to rip it out myself and give it to her

Wherein AVA GARDNER: A LIFE IN MOVIES co-author Anthony Uzarowski discusses the legendary actress

Ava Gardner. I heard that name many times as a child. My mother used to tell me that Ava was my grandfather’s favourite movie star, and as I never got the chance to meet my grandfather, seeing her on screen somehow made me feel closer to him. The first film I ever saw Ava in was THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (’54). This was a grand introduction; if the film lacks certain vitality, the image of its leading lady is certainly unforgettable. Whether dancing the flamenco in a Gypsy camp, floating seamlessly through a casino wearing a breath-taking Fontana gown, or sunbathing on a millionaire’s yacht; Maria Vargas is, in the words of François Truffaut, ‘one of the most beautiful portraits of woman ever filmed, in the person of Ava Gardner, Hollywood’s most exquisitely beautiful actress’.  

But the movie that really solidified my love of Ava was the 1964 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. It was one of those films that was often shown late at night on TCM, and as a teenager who had a pretty hard time at school, I found solace in those late night viewings. In fact this is the best way to watch THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA- at night. There is a certain breed of films which are best enjoyed long after everyone else has gone to bed, when you feel it’s just you and the film, the rest of the world is asleep. 

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA is special for many reasons. It blends the lyrical poetry of Williams with the tough, no-nonsense direction of John Huston. As a result, the film avoids sentimentality or pretentiousness, despite dealing with some pretty big questions. The promotional slogan for the film declared that ‘since man has known woman, there has never been such a night- the night of the iguana’. In this case, the man is Richard Burton, as the defrocked minister T. Lawrence Shannon, who encounters a string of very different women, all of whom alter his life during one hot night on the Mexican coast. The cast is superb; as the film’s pace relies heavily on dialogue rather than on more conventional action, Huston really went all out in assembling a troupe of actors that is nothing short of perfect. 

Ava Gardner, known the world-over for her glamour and staggering beauty, but never given much credit as an actress, finally triumphs. Not only is she able to hold her own alongside Burton, Deborah Kerr and Grayson Hall, but, as Life magazine put it at the time of the film’s release, ‘she all but runs away with the picture’. Her Maxine Faulk, the earthy hotelier, is a woman of multidimensional character, each façade delicately crafted and expertly handled by Gardner, who manages to be at once tough and vulnerable, pragmatic and romantic, fierce and heartbreakingly forbearing. 

I could say, if you only watch one of Ava’s movies highlighted by TCM, watch THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, but in fact I do believe that you should watch all of them. Of course, you may say, the fact that I have just co-written a book about her makes me biased. Perhaps so. But Gardner really is magical on screen, at her best you don’t see much else, nor do you want to. In her best films, and TCM has chosen a pretty solid selection, she is a great actress, as well as a knockout. I think it’s high time that we break this news, in 2017- it is entirely possible to be beautiful and have talent! Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you Ava Gardner.

Tune in tonight for a whole night of movies staring Ava Gardner starting at 8pm ET and buy AVA GARDNER: A LIFE IN MOVIES here: http://myt.cm/AvaBook

anonymous asked:

There's nothing major to the plot that gets revealed in the fan's guide imo

Thanks I was just scared bc people on instagram were acting like it spoiled the whole plot of the movie. I already watched it and your right it wasn’t that bad.

To clarify for other people its really just the cast and crew talking about how great of a character Spider-Man is and a few new clips of the movie. They could have shown a little less vulture stuff but its just a little more then what we’ve seen.

It also explains a few of the fight scenes (which we’ve already seen in the trailers) and flash and liz’s characters are explained a bit more.

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^^^^Some highlights (the tony one makes me think he’s in a Disney channel movie bc of the logo)

Kissed in Action - James McAvoy x Reader

Request by @sexymackstan <3

warnings: none

summary: Working with a known actor has its perks. Being friends with one even more so. You start worrying about your career when it turns out you want to spend the rest of your life with said person, 

***********

The professional environment of a film set has its effects on actors. Sharing this special experience with someone as kind, humble and genuinely hilarious as your co-star James was just the tip of the iceberg. 

Your agent calling you to tell you that you had gotten a supporting role for the sequel of this critically acclaimed movie was definitely one of the highlights of your career.

You were cast in few movies before but this role was definitely one of the bigger ones. 

The production company had sent you the first drafts of the script a few weeks in advance. 

You arrived at this fancy hotel where the first table read was about to take place. Your agent couldn’t make it so you were on your own. You obviously didn’t know anybody. Walking around awkwardly shaking strangers hands, introducing yourself over and over again worrying that pretty much no one knew you were part of the cast let alone having heard of your name. 

After you had been offered coffee for the hundredth time you looked around to see any other cast members. In the corner of your eye you spotted the director of the movie. She seemed like a nice lady so you decided to approach her. 

Before you could greet her properly she introduced you to the lead actor. Fun fact, you were actually a big fan of his. But you had to act professional. It was your profession after all. To act. So you managed to stay calm while he was looking at you with his blue eyes. 

For a second you felt like everything was slowing down. You stuttered “It-Its a pleasure to meet you Mr. McAvoy.”

His Scottish accent caught you off guard “Ooh Y/N, I must say I’m actually quite a big fan of yours.”

What?!

He chuckled which made you realise you had, in fact, just said that out loud “I saw you in that film earlier this week and it was brilliant. I’m really excited to be working with you on this film.”

**********

You were a few weeks into production and things were going better than expected. James and you had actually become great friends instantly. Breaks were being well spent with pranks and laughs. 

Even though most of the scenes weren’t shot in order, the producers left your character’s death scene for your last shooting day. Apparently they thought it would make a better wrap. Said day wasn’t until a few weeks later so you didn’t really think much about it then.

**********

One day you overheard James arguing with one of the executive producers. You weren’t gonna eavesdrop on him but when you heard him mention your name you couldn’t resist. You found out that the argument was about him specifically insisting on you not dying in the movie. Which, quite frankly, was a bit odd. But when you confronted him, he tried to cover it up by saying he just didn’t agree with the way the writers wrote you off and that it was lazy writing to let you go like that. To be fair your ‘death’ actually seemed a bit cliché but you felt like there was more to it than James simply disagreeing with the way they’d ‘kill’ you.

***********

You were doing press for a short film which came out later that week. Exhausted from the several interviews you had given that day you were finally about to give your last one for the day. 

“So, how was it working with heartthrob James McAvoy? His fans are going crazy for him.”

You chuckled “Well, who wouldn’t.” you continued to praise him for what felt like an eternity. At least thats what your publicist told you when she scolded you afterwards. 

But this interview actually got you thinking. You knew there was something between James and yourself. You also knew that you were too afraid to ever admit it. 

But James wasn’t

It suddenly hit you. 

It was actually right there in front of you. 

All this time. 

James had admitted having feelings for you just a few weeks into production, but your self-conscious self thought it was just another one of his many pranks.

You felt like you just had an epiphany.

You rushed to the hotel James was staying at to tell him how you really felt about him.

It all felt so surreal. Like it wasn’t really you doing any of it. Like you were in a movie and it was one of your characters rushing to the love of her life.

You knocked on his door twice feeling like your heart was going to burst out of your chest.

The door opened as a soft voice said 

“Y/N!”

l0st-grl  asked:

I'm just super excited for the new musical because there is literally no way they can write Lizzie out of this one.

In writing I actually agree with you because I also look forward to seeing Lizzie and possibly her entire family on stage!

But also…(nothing against your message starting here on, just something I have to let out and you gave me a convenient platform, apologies!)

Let’s not pretend they “write off” Lizzie in the past just to piss people off, and let’s not pretend the Kuroshitsuji fandom actually appreciates having female characters being involved in the stories.

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anonymous asked:

No4 with Stiles please?

4.“I’m too sober for this…”

It was just another day at school.During lunch,Y/N and Stiles joined the others on the table and started talking about their favorite star wars movies and the highlights of Rogue One that they’d seen together at the movie theatre two days ago.They were so caught up with their “heated” conversation-as Liam had said to Scott-that they didn’t even bother to say “hello” to the rest of the pack.

“And please lets talk about Obi-wan!”

“Oh my God yes!”

And they’d have continued like that if Scott hadn’t found a way to make them stop.

“Guys do something…” complained Lydia and put her hand on her forehead.“It’s been three days…Aren’t they bored of talking about the same subject?”

“Do they seem bored to you?“Asked Malia and let out a laugh.

“I have an idea…"Said Scott and turned to look at Kira who seemed pretty confused.

After he whispered in her ear what they were gonna do to catch Stiles and Y/N’s attention,the young woman started giggling,then nodded a few times.

“Guys what are you-” Started Lydia but she didn’t manage to finish her sentence because Scott started kissing Kira passionately.

“Oh okay…"Lydia stated and folded her hands to her chest,waiting for the Star Wars geeks to notice.To notice and react.

Y/N’s eyes soon drifted from Stiles to the couple and her eyes widened.

“Ew guys,i can literally hear this disgusting sound of-”

“Scott!” said Stiles,a weird expression on his face.

The two pulled away after a while and started laughing.

“Jealous?“Scott asked Y/N jokingly and she couldn’t help but cringe.

“Whh-whaaat?”

“Oh Y/N i didn’t know you were in for some PDA?”added Stiles.

Y/N was speechless.What the hell?She slightly poked him and grabbing her carton of chocolate milk,she stood up.

“I’m too sober for this…Laters!“She said and started heading to her next class,in an attempt to hide her burning cheeks…

“I love her…” She heard Stiles say before leaving.

Shaking her head in disbelief and with a stupid grin on her face,she was ready to get through the rest of the day.

Seriously: Hector in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is one of the greatest horror movie protagonists ever. The highlight of an otherwise so-so film. He DOESN’T want to get involved in this supernatural stuff. He DOESN’T want to go to dark, scary places and “investigate.” But when the shit does go down, what does he do? Goes out and recruits gun-toting gang members and they actually become the first people in this franchise  to take the fight to the coven. It’s like they put a normal, smart guy in a film series filled with suburban idiots.