overlooked classic

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: The Iron Giant is such a vastly overlooked cartoon classic which didn't get nearly enough recognition despite its originality and its approach to mature topics in a way that was accessible to a young audience. From the way Brad Bird handled the villain, a man driven mad by the paranoia inflicted on him by government propaganda, to his clear and unflinching anti-war message, The Iron Giant encouraged children to question authority and be suspicious of the media we are spoon fed, and I will always wonder whether there were more sinister forces at work which kept the film from reaching a wider audience. Also, I am so thirsty for Dean McCoppin, it is embarrassing.
AUGUST 12: Fried Green Tomatoes is published (1987)

Published on this day in 1987, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg is an oft-overlooked and sanitized classic of lesbian literature. Weaving across time, the novel follows a bored 1980s housewife by the name of Evelyn Couch as she rediscovers her passion for life through hearing the tales of two women who unapologetically lived and loved in 1930s Alabama.

While visiting her mother-in-law at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, Evelyn Couch meets an old woman named Ninny Threadgoode. Dealing with her own issues of depression and loneliness, Evelyn ignores the chatty Mrs. Threadgoode’s old stories at first, but with visit after visit she slowly but surely gets drawn in by the stories of Mrs. Threadgoode’s hometown of Whistle Stop, Alabama, the beloved long-gone Whistle Stop Café, and the love story of the two women who ran it – Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison. Taken in by the Threadgoode family from a young age, Ninny was given a front seat view of a decades-spanning drama; after her big brother is unexpectedly killed, tomboy Idgie is consumed by grief. It is only when an out-of-towner named Ruth Jamison comes to stay with the family  that Idgie is shaken out of her sadness and dives headfirst into a love affair with Ruth. Before long, Ruth is forced to return home to Valdosta, Georgia and fulfill her promise of marrying the wealthy Frank Bennett, but once Idgie discovers that Ruth is being abused by her new husband, Ruth is rescued and Frank Bennett mysteriously goes missing.

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Although the words “lesbian” or “gay” are never used in the novel, it is obvious from the story that Idgie and Ruth are a couple; from the multiple “I love you”s to the fact that they raise a child together, the novel doesn’t waste time grappling with the idea of lesbians in the 1930s or going over the obvious homophobia they must have faced, but instead gives readers a nostalgic and endearing love story. When the novel was adapted into an Academy Award winning movie in 1991, the writers left in all the intriguing bits of death, murder, and depression, but Idgie and Ruth were gal pal-ed hard. In the film, the writers changed the story where Ruth was the grieving girlfriend of Buddy Threadgoode – the dead older brother – and Idgie was constantly turning down marriage proposals by the good ole’ country boys who just couldn’t get over the fact that she ~wasn’t like the other girls. Today, it is this version of the story that is most remembered and cherished by audiences and although the true, lesbian version of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café has been forgotten and buried under the legacy of its sanitized film adaptation, this only further proves the old saying: the book is always better than the movie.



The shining

-Director: Stanley Kubrick
-year: 1980
~Based on the novel by Stephen King
~screenplay: Diane Johnson and Stanley Kubrick
-nacionality (director): U.S.A

-Danny Torrance: Redrum. Redrum. REDRUM!
[Wendy sees the word in the mirror which spells “murder” backwards]
-Jack Torrance: [smashing the door to bits with an axe] Wendy, I’m home.

Interesting facts
-According to Shelley Duvall the infamous ‘Heere’s Johnny!’ scene took 3 days to film and the use of 60 doors.
-The throwing around of the tennis ball inside the Overlook Hotel was Jack Nicholson’s idea. The script originally only specified that, “Jack is not working”.
-Stanley Kubrick, known for his compulsiveness and numerous retakes, got the difficult shot of blood pouring from the elevators in only three takes. This would be remarkable if it weren’t for the fact that the shot took nine days to set up; every time the doors opened and the blood poured out, Kubrick would say, “It doesn’t look like blood.” In the end, the shot took approximately a year to get right.

For more information go to imdb (International Movie Data Base).

anonymous asked:

Do you have a list of books on Magick that you could provide in still new to this and I can't seem to be able to find anything On Wicca Or chaos magic anywhere

Unfortunately I can’t help much with learning Wicca as I’ve never practiced it myself but I can help with the rest!

Chaos Magick

Condensed Chaos - Phil Hine 

 My personal favorite book on chaos magick. It’s an easy read and Hine has a knack for explaining difficult concepts clearly and with humor while completely avoiding the pretentious bullshit found in many books on magick.

Liber Null and Psychonaut - Peter Caroll

Easily the most popular chaos magick book and as close to required reading as chaos magick gets. The exercises in this book are invaluable.

The Book of Results - Ray Sherwin

An often overlooked chaos magick classic written in the 70s. Contains a lot of useful rituals and exercises. 

The Psychonaut Field Manual - Arch Traitor Bluefluke 

A comic book introduction to chaos magick with lots of excellent exercises. 

Practical Sigil Magic - Frater UD

Probably the most extensive work on sigil magic to date.

General Magick and Witchcraft

High Magic volumes I & II - Frater UD (no PDF of this one, sorry)

Ceremonial magick for the complete beginner, presented from a chaote’s perspective. 

Mastering Witchcraft - Paul Huson

This books from the 70s so it’s a bit dated and likely has some “problematic” content (I honestly don’t recall) but it’s a very solid introduction to non-Wiccan witchcraft. 

Liber ABA/Book 4 - Aleister Crowley

 If you’re interested in Thelemic magick or Aleister Crowley, this is the place to start. This is an absolutely massive tome on ceremonial magick theory and practice and one of my absolute favorite books on magick. If you do pick this up get the revised and annotated version (you’ll be able to spot it easily as its 800+ pages), it contains tons of rituals, tables, charts, and a great deal of Crowley’s other writings. Don’t expect to read this book cover to cover. 

Magick Without Tears - Aleister Crowley

Also known as “Uncle Al explains it all”,  this is a series of letters from Crowley to one of his students explaining and clarifying various aspects of Thelemic magick. Probably the clearest and easiest to understand work Crowley produced. I recommend reading this in conjunction with  the “Magick in Theory and Practice” section of Book 4. 

I hope that helps some. If you want recommendations for more specific topics, let me know. 

Master Post: The Top 11 Zombie Films

Zombies have been done to death. From The Walking Dead to World War Z, zombies are as popular as ever – and maybe even a bit too popular. But from Haitian voodoo to viral infections, the subgenre has had enormous staying power. Forget the zombies in movies and on TV right now – here’s a countdown of the top 11 films that every zombie aficionado must see.

White Zombie | 1932 | dir. Victor Halperin

Considered the first zombie film, and starring classic horror actor Bela Lugosi, White Zombie is often overlooked when discussing classic horror films (perhaps since it was an independent production). Inspired by the Haitian voodoo religion, the zombies resemble mindless slaves rather than flesh eaters. The film borrows sets from Universal’s Dracula, and makes good use of them, with a daring use of unorthodox camera angles and techniques (such as dutch angles, extreme closeups, and superimposed imagery). Critically panned on release, only now is the film beginning to receive the critical praise it deserves.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (a.k.a. The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, a.k.a. Don’t Open the Window) | 1974 | dir. Jorge Grau

While producers were aiming for a bigger budget, color knockoff of Night of the Living Dead, director Jorge Grau had loftier goals. Studying autopsy photographs, Grau managed to make the most realistic zombie film of the period, and set off the gory 1970s and 1980s European horror movement.  But it’s not all just blood and guts. The film carries an environmentalist message, juxtaposing human consumption and waste with the zombies. (Fun Fact: The film doesn’t take place in Manchester.)

Zombi 2 (a.k.a. Zombie, a.k.a. Zombie Flesh Eaters, a.k.a Woodoo) | 1979 | dir. Lucio Fulci

Directed by “Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci, Zombi 2 was banned in Great Britain in its initial release due to violent content, released uncut only in 2005. Infamous for its eye gouging scene, perhaps more spectacular is a scene where a zombie fights a shark - daringly executed with a stuntman and a live shark - with the zombie getting a few good bites in before getting his own arm bitten off.

Braindead (a.k.a. Dead Alive) | 1992 | dir. Peter Jackson

Yes, it’s the same Peter Jackson you’re thinking of. Before Lord of the Rings, Jackson was busy making wacky and edgy cult films. A rabid zombie fan, Jackson’s entry into the subgenre ranks among the best. Braindead is, hands down, the goriest zombie movie of all time. It’s probably the goriest movie of all time, period. According to Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay (highly suggested reading for any zombie fan), the climax alone used “eight gallons [of blood] a minute.” Even Lucio Fulci claimed that Jackson’s effects were over the top. From mutations to lawn mowers to Sumatran rat-monkeys, this film has everything. Oh, and it’s also really funny.

Re-Animator | 1985 | dir. Stuart Gordon

Based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story “Hebert West-Reanimator," Re-Animator is as funny as it is gory. Along with Dawn of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead, Re-Animator was a major influence on Jackson’s Braindead. It’s also well received critically, holding a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad for a film where a decapitated head gives a girl, err, head.

I Walked with a Zombie | 1943 | dir. Jacques Tourneur

Directed by Jacques Tourneur, I Walked with a Zombie is shot beautifully. Tourneur, a master at creating atmosphere, would later go on to direct the critically praised noir Out of the Past. More eerie than outright scary, the Haitian voodoo inspired film makes great use of low key lighting and shadows, and it features one of the most visually striking zombies of all time (played by the menacingly tall Darby Jones). Surprisingly, the film is actually a loose adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Most interesting is the film’s treatment of the supernatural – the film hovers on the edge of the real and the unreal. Horror fans might be somewhat put off by the melodramatic story line, but classic film lovers won’t want to miss this. 

Shaun of the Dead | 2004 | dir. Edgar Wright

Don’t let those taglines touting the film as a "romantic comedy” scare you. Shaun of the Dead is arguably the funniest and the wittiest zombie movie ever made. Reverent to the zombie films that came before, particularly Romero’s original Dead trilogy (a nod to ‘Bub’ from Day of the Dead can be seen above), the film is a great zombie film in its own right.

Dellamorte Dellamore (a.k.a. Cemetery Man) | 1994 | dir. Michele Soavi

Featuring zombies, guns, motorcycles, and sex, this comedy/horror film is surprisingly deep and philosophical. An inversion of the classic zombie mythology, it doesn’t deal with the fear of death, but the fear of life. It’s cryptic, it’s philosophical, it’s unique, and admittedly, it’s not for everyone. But don’t let that dissuade you from watching it. It’s hailed by Martin Scorsese as one of the best Italian films of the 1990s.

Return of the Living Dead | 1985 | dir. Dan O’Bannon

The quintessential 1980s zombie film, Return of the Living Dead introduced the world to the zombies that craved brains. Eschewing the dark and somber tone of Romero’s Dead films in favor of a funnier, gorier, and over-the-top comic feel, the film features a killer soundtrack, memorable dialogue, and a number of iconic characters and zombies - such as the infamous Tarman. It also presents a rather cynical commentary on the military. Directed by Dan O’Bannon (the screenwriter for Alien), Return is one of the most entertaining zombie films of all time.

Night of the Living Dead | 1968 | dir. George A. Romero

Night of the Living Dead is the film that started it all, and it presented a paradigm shift not just in zombie films or horror films, but in film as a whole. Night is the film that turned the mindless voodoo slaves into zombie flesh eaters. The film also pushed boundaries outside of the realm of horror. Duane Jones, a relatively unknown black stage actor, was cast as the lead protagonist – controversial for the time. Additionally, the lack of a “happy ending” at the hands of trigger happy rednecks is sure to resonant with audiences today.

Dawn of the Dead | 1978 | dir. George A. Romero

Ask any hardcore zombie fan what the greatest zombie film of all time is, and 8 times out of 10, it’s Dawn of the Dead. (The other two fans will argue Romero’s other films.) Okay, slight exaggeration, but not by much. Dawn consistently ranks as one of the greatest zombie films of all time, often taking the number one spot. But it’s not without reason. Simply put, zombies as we know them today would not exist if not for Dawn of the Dead. As Bram Stoker’s Dracula defined the modern vampire, Dawn of the Dead defined the modern zombie (impressive when considering the fact that Romero has never used the word “zombie” in his films). Steeped in social commentary - the now almost cliche critique on consumerism - and featuring the shuffling zombies we’ve come to recognize today (with makeup and effects from the excellent Tom Savini), Dawn is the standard against which all zombie films are compared.

- Intern Ben (thebenolivas)

Honorable Mentions: The Walking Dead (1936), Sugar Hill (1974), The Fog (1980), The Beyond (1981) Dead and Buried (1981), Creepshow: “Father’s Day” (1982), Night of the Comet (1984), Day of the Dead (1985), Night of the Creeps (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998), Wild Zero (1999) 28 Days Later (2002), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Land of the Dead (2005), Fido (2006), Grindhouse: “Planet Terror” (2007), [REC] (2007), Pontypool (2008), Dead Snow (2009), Zombieland (2009)


Black Musicians Throughout History

This week on TLG, we are supporting Black History Month with a video that will hopefully get more discussion about an oft-overlooked group of classical musicians.

Thank you all for your support so far, and please do keep this conversation going!

Jealous – A Danisnotonfire One Shot (as requested by Anon)

Walking through the streets of London in the middle of the night was my new favorite thing to do. Seeing the captivating lights and feeling the cool breeze made me feel like the world had a true talent of making divine creations. Maybe that’s why my boyfriend, Dan, came into my life – to show me yet another example of a beautiful product placed on this Earth. It’s as if all the planets and constellations got together and said, “Yep, this one’s our best work yet. The girl who gets him better feel lucky as hell.” Which, of course, I do.

In my last relationship, I had grown to believe that men don’t show affection. I didn’t know what being properly courted felt like. My ex, Jackson, was never the one to hold my hand in public, or tell me how much I meant to him. He’d never text me back, he always cancelled plans with me at the very last minute, and most importantly, he never said “I love you”, even when I said it to him. It nearly crushed my dream of finding a man who could make me feel like I was worth something, like I was important. Then, just in the nick of time, Dan waltzed into my life right as I ended the relationship with Jackson.

Now, as Dan was showing me the most magnificent sights in London, I couldn’t help but feel maybe the most perfect sight was standing right in front of me, holding my hand proudly.

“So, (Y/N), that’s pretty much the last of the places I wanted to show you in the city.” Dan said as we walked away from a barrier that overlooked the classic London Eye.

I frowned, thinking the night was over. “I had an amazing time,” I said earnestly, “you have no idea how much this night meant to me.”

He looked confused. “No, (Y/N), I said this is the last place I wanted to show you in the CITY. This night isn’t over!” He guaranteed. “I have a few places I want to take you that are more local. Is that alright with you?”

I grinned, and gave him a kiss on the cheek. “More than alright,” I said, and laid my head on his shoulder as we continued walking down the pavement. He took his hand out of mine and wrapped his arm around my waist to pull me closer. He kissed the top of my head lovingly. He was warm, and smelled like expensive cologne. I knew in that moment this was the feeling of being wanted.

As we walked a couple of blocks south, I asked him where we were headed. “It’s a surprise,” Dan said playfully, “a sweet surprise.” I could tell he was trying to give me a hint, but I pretended to be oblivious, just to give him the full satisfaction of my surprised reaction.

A few more blocks down the way we were going, he turned to me and said, “This is the point where you have to close your eyes.”

“How will I be able to see where I’m going?” I asked. “I’ll guide you, obviously,” he said. “How do I know you won’t guide me into the oncoming traffic? I could die, Dan. DIE.” I emphasized jokingly. “You won’t die, because I won’t guide you into the traffic. I think you underestimate how much I care for you, (Y/N).” Dan answered, chuckling afterwards. I smiled so hard, my face hurt.

I closed my eyes for him. I felt him put one hand at the small of my back, and grab my upper arm with the other. We slowly walked across the street as the traffic lights turned red. It was a whole new sensation only trusting him and the ground below me to guide me to our destination. Once we crossed the street, and walked a few more steps, I smelled a clean and sweet aroma along with a cold gust of wind. “Alright,” Dan said as he adjusted my body to be directly in front of the place, “you can open your eyes now!”

Once I opened my eyes, I wish I hadn’t. My smile fell, and I looked down to the ground to avoid looking at what was in front of me. We were standing in front of an ice cream parlor. That wasn’t the problem, of course. The problem was that this exact ice cream parlor was where my ex-boyfriend worked.

Dan noticed my disappointed look immediately. “Oh no, what’s wrong? You don’t like this place?” he questioned caringly. “No, no, I love this place. It’s just that… ugh, I don’t want to talk about it.” I responded. “Do you want to go somewhere else for ice cream? I think there’s another place around the corner, but it might be closed…” Dan tried to resolve this as best he could, which made me want to please him even more. “No, babe, it’s okay, we’re already here. Plus, this is your favorite spot. Don’t worry about me.” He smiled, and kissed me. We walked into the parlor, and I braced myself for any chance of seeing my ex.

As Dan and I made our way down the glass display, picking out our ice cream flavors, I thought we were clear of any run-ins. But of course, with my shit luck, I saw him at the end of the line, ringing up orders in the cash register. I already knew this was going to suck. Not only for me, but for Dan as well.

I reluctantly walked up to the register, Dan in tow. When Jackson glanced up, he had to do a double take to make sure it was actually me. His expression was almost unreadable, but from what I could tell he was at least slightly surprised.

“Hi, could I please have one scoop of vanilla on a waffle cone?” I asked politely, pretending that I had no idea who he was. He laughed, and said, “Vanilla, huh? I always thought chocolate was your favorite.” Dan turned to me, confused. “Do you come here often, (Y/N)?” He asked. “No, actually,” Jackson interjected, “not often enough. She doesn’t seem to remember me.”

“Okay, yes, Jackson, I remember you. How are you doing? Fine? Great. Dan, please order.” I said hastily. “I AM doing fine, thanks for asking so sincerely.” He said. “And I can see you’re doing fine as well. So, so fine.” He winked at me. The hair on my neck raised in uncomfortable tension. Dan held onto my hand a little tighter.

“(Y/N), who is this?” Dan asked. “I’m her ex,” Jackson interjected again, “I’m hurt she doesn’t talk about me more often.”

“There’s a reason, Jackson.” I scoffed. “Dan, what do you want, babe?”

“Can I just have a mint chocolate chip scoop so we can just get on with our night, please?” Dan ordered stiffly. “Babe, huh? I loved when you called me that.” Jackson sneered. I wanted to throw up.

“Listen, mate, she just wants the vanilla cone. That’s the ONLY thing she wants from you. Ever.” Dan barked defensively. He now had his arm on my waist, holding tight. Jackson rolled his eyes, and yelled the order to the other girl working behind the counter. She handed him our ice cream cones, which he then handed to us. Dan pulled out a 20, and threw it onto the counter. “Keep the change, wanker.” He growled as we walked out of the parlor quickly.

When we got outside, he pulled my face towards his, and gave me a deep kiss. With tongue. Right in front of the window looking into the parlor. I kissed back, feeling my growing desire for him fueled by the anger I had towards Jackson. When we both pulled away, I looked through the window, and saw Jackson slamming his apron onto the top of the ice cream display case, while also looking back at us furiously. I laughed, and turned back to face Dan.

“Want to know something?” I said through a smile.

“What?” Dan breathed out, his chin coming forward to lean in for another kiss. “You look sexy when you get jealous.” I whispered, before revisiting his lips with mine.

anonymous asked:

Okayokayokay, I was listening to K Perry's Teenage Dream, and guess what? Jaytim happened. It slots perfectly into the High School Hockey AU, with Tim slowly introducing Jay to all his 'popular' friends, they're all nerds. Now, imagine that old cliche of these convenient cliffs that overlook the city and can fit about thirty cars, the radio playing from the car speakers as Jay and Tim talk about mundanities and giggle as they hare stolen kisses dare ya not to squee, pupper

I did not squee! But that is ridiculously cute!

Got to love when you listen to a song and suddenly you’ve got a new idea. It’s such a wonderful thing. Jay would be so nervous about meeting Tim’s friends because he’s terrible at meeting new people, then he finds out they’re all as nerdy and weird as Tim and he loves them. He actually enjoys hanging out with them and arguing over ridiculous things.

That classic cliffs overlooking the city spot. A must for any good high school AU! I could definitely see them going up there and getting into the cramp backseat to just talk and occasionally share little kisses here and there. It’s all very cute and adorable, until one of them attempts to move and the other takes an elbow to the face. One’s horrified and the other is laughing so hard they’re crying.

The boys are just super adorable!