one of the best sequences

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Anna’s Choice

“One of the best sequences I’ve ever seen pitched is the climax of this movie. John Ripa pitched it and the room was quiet. We stopped, and then [John] Lasseter said, “I’ve never seen anything like that before.” We gave John Ripa a standing ovation, because if we can make the movie support this ending, it’s going to be a great movie.”
- Paul Briggs, Head of Story, The Art of Frozen

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“Still you refer to us as children. No wonder our successes mount - you consistently underestimate us.” - Aqualad

Ramsey Bolton was one of the most terrifying and brilliantly written characters in the entire series and the irony in his death was so incredibly well foreshadowed and made all the more perfect by the fact that Sansa did it. Jon was going to beat Ramsey to death but he saw Sansa and stopped because he knew that Ramsey was not his to kill. Props to Kit, Iwan, and ESPECIALLY Sophie for their incredible performances, the Battle for Winterfell is one of the best sequences the show has ever done.

The Best Fucking Opener Song Ever!

I give to you the best one ever created. The @blacksailsstarz opening title sequence. Written by the incredibly talented composer: Bear McCreary (Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane). 

Stop. Watch. Listen

Now, even if you haven’t seen the show, I’m willing to bet you know what it’;s about just by listening. (It’s a great show BTW, but that’s besides the point)

Listen to the instrumentation. It’s so dead on. It’s so Pirate-y. It’s exciting and thrilling. You can hear how the rhythm sways like water crashing against a ship. You can feel the chorus sway with rum in their hands back and forth singing as the ship sails into battle. 

And what’s that? A Hurdy Gurdy!!!! Seriously!?? How awesome is that. 

My favorites are the piano stabs. On an old console piano, slightly out of tune, it’s just a brilliant choice. You know, the modern piano is credited as being made in the early 1700s, and the Republic of Pirates, which existed at the same time,  most likely did not even have one.  And so, it is even a more inspired choice and fits perfectly. I can just envision a beer and rum soaked piano on Nassau in the corner of a pub when I hear it. I literally mimic them on my leg every time the show comes on. 

My god, it’s damn near Metal in its enthusiasm and swagger. 

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Now that you’ve heard it, let’s go behind the scenes. Have you ever heard a Hurdy Gurdy rock so hard? No, I think not. 

And here are the Black Sails Singers:

It is the best Opening Title Song ever. Perfect in composition,  tone, instrumentation, and performance, 

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Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis

The adult stage, by Julio Lacerda, @paleoart, used with permission from 252MYA. I’m so excited to be a partner with this project; they’re producing some of the most amazing Paleoart I’ve ever seen, and fulfilling a necessary goal of getting accurate images out to the public. To see more, and to sign up for their services, please go to https://252mya.com/

Name: Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis

Name Meaning: Thick-Headed Reptile

First Described: 1943

Described By: Brown & Schlaikjer

Classification: Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Genasauria, Neornithischia, Cerapoda, Marginocephalia, Pachycephalosauria, Pachycephalosauridae

Pachycephalosaurus is the, as Ryuu/José has said, “Master Chunkie,” and for good reason. It is one of the better known members of the group (along with Stegoceras) and has one of the best known ontogenetic sequences. It is known from the Lance Formation in Montana and South Dakota, and the Hell Creek Formation in Montana; and it lived between 70 and 66 million years ago, in the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous. As such, it lived right until the end of the Cretaceous period. It is also the largest known Pachycephalosaur, at about five meters in length; its juvenile forms were much smaller and more like the sizes of other Pachcyephalosaurs, so clearly the animal went through massive growth following its juvenile stages. However, the adult form of the genus is only really known from skull remains, and thus its size and proportions are not definite. As an adult, it had a short skull with blunt spikes, with large rounded eye sockets that indicate it had good vision and possibly binocular vision at that. It would have had a bulky body, like other Chunkies, and a long ossified tail for balance. 

By Matt Martyniuk, taken from Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

The status of “Dracorex” and “Stygimoloch” as juvenile stages of Pachycephalosaurus is very controversial, however significant data has come up lending support to this hypothesis in recent years. “Dracorex” and “Stygimoloch” are only known from juvenile specimens, while the original Pachycephalosaurus is only known from adult forms. In addition, they all lived in the same times and places. Baby specimens of Pachycephalosaurus found has identical knobs as all three genera; and studies of other flat headed Chunkies have revealed that they were juveniles, indicating that the flatter heads of “Stygimoloch” and “Dracorex” represented juvenile stages. The spikes and nodes of the skulls and the dome bones also have high plasticity amongst individuals, indicating that it would have been very easy for the extensive spikiness of “Stygimoloch” and “Dracorex” to have been lost as they aged, and for the dome of Pachycephalosaurus to then develop. Furthermore, end-stage juveniles found and describe show nearly identical features with “Dracorex” and “Stygimoloch,” further driving a nail in the coffin of these genera. Sadly, this means we now need to name a new dinosaur in the vein of the Harry Potter series.

The younger juvenile, or “Dracorex” stage, by José Carlos Cortés on @ryuukibart

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It is hypothesized that the extensive cranial ornamentation in the “Stygimoloch” and “Dracorex” forms would have allowed for visual identification of juveniles and signal their sociobiological status as they grew. They were very young juvenile individuals as demonstrated by ontogenetic studies and histological evidence, despite the ossification of various portions of the skeleton. The ornamentation, in addition to serving as display structures inside of family groups, also potentially could have been used for defense, though it would not have provided much defense given the small size of the individuals. As the individuals grew and the spikes became more node-like and the dome higher, the actual function of the skull ornamentation is thought to have changed dramatically. Rather than being used for display, it is thought that the domes were used for head-butting; though this is a controversial idea, more evidence has come to light in recent years indicating that head-butting was the function of these domes. 

The older juvenile, or “Stygimoloch” stage, by Jack Wood on @thewoodparable

Similar wounds found in multiple domes of adult Pachycephalosaurus indicate that the domes were used for competitive behavior; given the high rate of these wounds and healed breaks in the domes, they were probably used in intraspecific combat. This frequency was found among many Chunkie genera, indicating that it was a shared trait in the group. The bone structure of the dome would have allowed for rapid healing as well; and the structure of the skull was similar to head-striking modern mammals, indicating that Pachycephalosaurus was well suited for head butting. It is also possible that they could have flank-butted with the domes as well; and the two forms of intraspecific combat are not mutually exclusive. It had small, ridged teeth, so it couldn’t have chewed tough fibrous plants as well as its contemporary herbivorous dinosaurs; so it probably fed on leaves, seeds, and fruit, and it also would have used the serrations on its teeth to shred plant matter. 

Adult form without monofilamentous structures, by Fred Weirum, taken from Wikipedia, CC BY 4.0

In the Lance Formation, Pachycephalosaurus would have lived in a coastal plain environment with ample precipitation on the coast of the Western Interior Seaway, alongside a complex community of other dinosaurs. These dinosaurs included Ceramorns, Cimolopteryx, Graculavis, Lamarqueavis, Lonchodytes, Palintropus, Potamornis, Torotix, Paronychodon, Pectinodon, Tyrannosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Denversaurus, Leptoceratops, Nodoceratops, Torosaurus, Triceratops, Edmontosaurus, and Thescelosaurus. In the Hell Creek Formation, it would have lived in a fairly forested environment with wetland areas and river floodplains, with an abundance of fossil plants. There Pachycephalosaurus also lived alongside many dinosaurs, such as Ankylosaurus, Denversaurus, Sphaerotholus, Leptoceratops, Tatankaceratops, Torosaurus, Triceratops, Edmontosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Struthiomimus, Anzu, “Leptorhynchos”, “Orcomimus”, Acheroraptor, Avisaurus, Brodavis, Dakotaraptor, Potamornis, and other indeterminant forms. 

Sources:

Goodwin, M. B., D. C. Evans. 2016. The early expression of squamosal horns and parietal ornamentation confirmed by new end-stage juvenile Pachycephalosaurus fossils from the Upper Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation, Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36(2): e1078343.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stygimoloch

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracorex

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachycephalosaurus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Formation

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The heist sequence from Heat is one of the best cinematic depictions of bounding overwatch, and a great primer for exercises like this.#GetOffTheX #VehicleTactics

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Final Farewell to the Eleventh Doctor’s Era: Countdown of My 25 Favorite Episodes. Number 1 - The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

I have made my bitter sweet arrival at the top spot of this list and I suppose, for some people, this might seem like an odd choice to make above all the others, but for me, it represents everything that is the Eleventh Doctor’s era. This is a normal episode of Doctor Who featuring all four core members of the cast playing off of each other as relationships unfold in the middle of a plot that pulled me in like no other.

Coming just after a huge finale to end series 5, this episode brings the characters back together creating what is my favorite consecutive run of episodes to come out of the last seven series. If the series 5 finale has one of the best ever cliff hangers in The Pandorica Opens, this episode has one of the best opening sequences in Day of the Moon as the characters have been torn apart and are seemingy being hunted down like animals to be killed or locked in a cage.

But everything begins much more calmly at home with the Ponds. In series 5, Amy wants nothing more than to run away from her marriage, her real life, and her future. In series 7, Amy has doubts about how much longer she can keep traveling with the Doctor avoiding her real life. But in series 6, we are right in the middle of Amy’s journey as she is both happily living with Rory yet itching to continue adventuring with the Doctor and her husband, combining the two worlds.

Then, arrives a Tardis blue envelope summoning them to America to join the Doctor and River in a sweet picnic that spirals quickly into darkness while the three Ponds witness the Doctor calmly walk to his death. As the Doctor falls to his knees on the side of Lake Silencio, we have a heart wrenching scene that rips at the souls of these two women who love the Doctor so much. Amy pleads with River to tell her he isn’t dead as she is unable to control her emotions while River, so much older and knowledgeable, collects herself despite the pain written over her face and proceeds with the situation maturely. With the silence controlling so much of her memory, it is said that she doesn’t really remember much of that day on the beach the first time she was there, but certainly she knows what is happening and it’s still killing her. The Doctor will get in trouble for making her live through this later, but she needed to be there for so many reasons.

As the Ponds bid farewell to the man they all a loved, an old man arrives with a message and the adventure begins. Canton Everett Delaware III is a great character for more reasons than his name. He is a strong, intelligent man who was kicked out of the FBI for being open about his relationship with another man. As a guest character with who’s relationship has no role in this episode, we are watching a small slice of this man’s life as he does his job and does it well. His love life has no impact on his performance as an FBI agent, yet he has been kicked out of the FBI for it. It’s a very subtle yet poignant story.

But of course, the real story unfolding here is the arc we had long known is coming. Who is River Song? If the series 5 finale was the one to really wow me with the plotting of this era, this is the beginning of me falling in love with it and that was solidified with nearly perfect, yet soul crushing jail cell kiss. I love the character of River Song, her relationship with the Doctor, and the unfolding mystery surrounding her.  If I am going to be 100% honest, if it wasn’t for River Song and the arc behind her character, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing about this show right now.

But River alone wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with the era. The man who leads it all, the Eleventh Doctor, is a character who is not as instantly likable as David Tennant’s Doctor. The Tenth Doctor is the man boys and girls across the world would take home to meet the parents, but the Eleventh Doctor would never be quite so passable as a boyfriend. As time passes and his character grows in depth, the less that matters as he forms this incredibly nuanced character who can spin in circles with glee one minute and then threaten to destroy an enemy the next.

This episode is the true beginning of the Eleventh Doctor’s fall into a darkness that consumes him for the rest of his era. The dichotomy between light and dark in this character is what made me fall in love with him. He is a good man, a great man even, but he has done horrible, terrible things and he knows it

The traits that show just how dark he’s getting are written all over him. He loves his bad girl, he fights the Silence, and he will proudly win, but he will suffer the consequences. It will ultimately take a massive failure and that woman with her own dark side who can see straight into his own to make him see the error of his ways. He listens; he always listens, but it is going to be a long journey that pushes the Doctor in every direction as this character develops into an even more fascinating man.

Matt Smith gave an amazing performance that defied age and one that made casting a 26 year old with the capability of playing an old man a brilliant move. And you know what, he was fantastic.

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Hipster Darren Criss checks into 'American Horror Story: Hotel,' immediately checks back out

Also causing Iris a headache is guest star Darren Criss, whose obnoxious hipster stereotype character entered the Hotel Cortez, only to leave it minutes later in a body bag. Ryan Murphy loves to work with the same actors over and over again, and the “Glee” star is just one of many actors who have jumped from one of Murphy’s productions to another.

And Criss may have wound up as Iris’ lunch, but he did so in the middle of one of the show’s best sequences, as Iris took inspiration from her pal Liz Taylor and came into her own. But instead of simply getting a makeover as her friend suggested, Iris decided to take Criss and Jessica Lu (another Murphy veteran, from “The New Normal”), his hipster girlfriend, and feed them cat food, then slice them apart. Though can’t say they didn’t deserve it — their insistence on a grilled romaine salad would drive even a non-vampire to bloodshed.

Unfortunately, since Iris tossed the bodies in one of the Hotel Cortez’s many disposal chutes, there was no reunion between the former Blaine Anderson and his brother, Cooper, who was played by Matt Bomer back in 2012.