A bit about orcs

The first time I saw The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring I was around 14 year old. My (female) friends from class were in love with either Legolas, Aragon or Frodo while me, always the weird one, cheered for Orcs. Sauron, Saruman and Boromir in some ways too, but Orcs were my ultimate favorites, both as individual characters and race as the whole.

Part of me is upset how movies or books (in general, not only LoTR & Hobbit) use “ugliness” as the sign of evilness. Especially since many movie!Orcs had deformed bodies by battle injuries or natural illness(?). Some weren’t able-bodied, yet still they were prominent leaders and/or warriors. Despite the supposed “ugliness”, I really like how they look in the movies. Frankly, Orcs from Lotr & Hobbit movies are my favorite so far.

Because even the less important ones are so unique, you know?

I mean, did you see elves? For me they look all the same with few exceptions for characters that played bigger role in movies. And humans… well, there is a visible divison between the good ones and supporters of Sauron (or Saruman) and its once again comes down to appearance. The best example is Grima in contrast to people of Rohan. And let’s not forget that only Orcs and “people of Darkness” have tatooed & pierced bodies - what I always find quite ironic, because for me things like tatoo or earring makes a character much more unique individual, and thus easier to remember.

LotR&Hobbits!Orcs are one of few groups that were showed so diverse - ethnically and individually. Even the “mass produced” Uruk-Hai had their own moments, like marking each other with a White Hand symbol.

I just have so many feelings about orcs, okay?

“Something you need” A MahiKuro song comic

There are reasons why we cross paths with different people.
I hope you`re just as glad to have met me as I am to you.

As you read the comic, I highly recommend playing the song “Something you need” by Against the Current for full feels effect!! Read line by line if you have to~ 

I hope you like it!  (⁄ ⁄>⁄ ▽ ⁄<⁄ ⁄) Just in time for Valentine`s~ hmmm hmmm!

Also, 50 Shades of Blue xD //kicked

Keep reading

Okay so I’ve seen a lot about Howl’s Moving Castle the book, and to be quite honest I adored every second I spent reading it.


“I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.”

I’m probably wrong since I don’t exactly have anything to go off of, but there’s a small part of me that wonders if the movie will be a Viktor-centric backstory of sorts. It’d be a good way to buy time to produce a solid season 2 script. I’ve never come across a movie based on a series that tied up loose ends and completed it.

Rhetorical Ink Reviews: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”


So, to preface this review, I have always been a HUGE Pirates of the Caribbean fan; the first film came out almost 15 YEARS ago (if you can believe it), and my friends and I were hooked on it from the get-go! I know a lot of people have distaste for Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, but I honestly am okay with both of these movies.

I’m eventually going to do a video response related to this, but I did not like On Stranger Tides, so I was leery of going into this movie…so, I didn’t spoil myself very much at all with this film. That said, there are things to like about this movie, and a lot I am frustrated with. These are…


Originally posted by animations-daily

10. I am okay with the start of the film setting up Henry Turner’s character. He’s sweet, inquisitive, and has studied various curses of the sea his whole life. It makes a lot of sense, given his father’s curse to stay away for ten years at a time. His character is determined but kindhearted and the set up of him meeting his father at the beginning sets up his motivation and helps to establish his character…it perhaps doesn’t help that he looks and acts similar to Orlando Bloom SO much, but then again, like father, like son

Originally posted by antibatty

9. I am also very much on board with Carina’s character set up as well! She is smart, talented, and crafty. I like the angle that she is an astronomer and a woman of science – the idea of pairing her with a man that has grown up surrounded by the supernatural was one that I thought was a great choice. I actually liked her character a bit more than Kiera Knightley’s Elizabeth Swan; I just wish we’d had more development of her in the movie.

Originally posted by only-johnny-depp

8. The villain, Captain Salazar, both worked and didn’t work for me. The CGI hair was something I really didn’t like in the first trailer…it looked like it was almost “unfinished” or something experimental with 3D. However, the CGI did end up growing on me, the designs and sharks are so intricate and interesting. And at times, Salazar’s character makes a lot of sense and works as a revenge story (which I will talk about below).

At times, though, Salazar, played by Javier Borden, is hard to understand…his accent, while being menacing, is also hard to understand in the final battle, which just makes his character seem more odd in those final scenes. Overall, he’s an okay villain, but I felt nearly everything about him was too rushed and not fleshed out, like Davy Jones was for example.

Originally posted by hellomadzstuff

7. Okay, so as I mentioned above, when Salazar is given time to tell his backstory, the flashback works pretty well. I am NOT a fan of the CGI “time travel” face makeup they’ve been apply to actors and actresses (a la Princess Leia, Grand Moth Tarkin, Ego…), but  man, it’s probably at its best here with “young Jack.” The voice doesn’t quite match up, but is it sad that I want movies of “young Jack’s” adventures now? That flashback worked pretty well for me.

Originally posted by depplicious

6. What doesn’t quite work is the pacing of the story. ESPECIALLY the third act. Once we get to where Carina is leading us to the map, the story rushes SO MUCH. Part of what I like about the other Pirates of the Caribbean films is that the movie takes its time to set up the lore; it goes slowly in creating the mythos around the supernatural that it all leads to a good payoff.

Here? We get the island of the trident, the actual getting of the trident, a final….”battle?”, a death of a character, AND a resolution all in what is basically twenty minutes of a two and a half hour film. Why did they have to rush this? They are obviously setting up for another film, so why not pull a “Dead Man’s Chest” and end with them hitting the island? Then, pick up the next film with Carina, Barbossa, and Jack on the island while poor Henry is stuck with Salazar’s crew…you could set it up, spend a little more time letting us get to know the new characters, and then have a film after this that goes into the mythos more and explores the “possession” of Henry a little more too…I just think they had so much POTENTIAL here and it felt wasted.

Originally posted by depplicious

5. Jack, at times, is himself and pulls off a good performance. When he’s more serious, it’s like we’re back in the early 2000′s, having a great ol’ time with the Captain…but especially in the beginning, he’s a little “too” Mad Hatter/ Willy Wonka in his performance and just seems….”off.” Maybe the divorce he was going through had something to do with it. It is good to see Gibbs back in this movie; Gibbs is one of those characters that never ages and always is fun to have in these movies…he’s the ultimate side character of the series! Well, almost the ultimate side character. That role mainly belongs to….

Originally posted by astc

4. And yes, we have Barbossa’s character…end. I was a little bummed about that at first, because it’s Barbossa! How could we lose this titular character? And then, I got angry, because of how rushed everything with him was. We are led to believe from the getgo that Carina has “daddy issues” and wants to locate her father; lo and behold, Barbossa lets it slip to Jack that HE is her actual father…it’s a small sea after all!

That wouldn’t have bothered me if it hadn’t been so forced and obvious…Carina even looks a lot like Geoffrey Rush in the eyes. I guess that the relationship ends up okay with me; there’s even a touching moment when she realizes that he’s her father, and I was genuinely on board with it. The “tattoo moment” honestly was sweet, and Geoffrey Rush sells it for me.

But then they just HAVE to kill him off…and I’m going to be honest, Barbossa swinging in on that anchor almost made me laugh out loud…as in a Darth Vader saying “Noooooooo!” laugh out loud. It just looked ridiculous. Points to the film for emotionally investing me later on in that scene with Barbossa and Carina, but you really didn’t “have” to kill him off, especially after he just learned about his only child! Ah well, I think Geoffrey Rush was like Harrison Ford and said, “Please kill me off this franchise!” Which is sad, because he’s been such a great part of it and it’ll lose something without him…

Originally posted by dailypotc

3. Unlike Geoffrey Rush, though, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley have BARELY aged…well, Orlando has aged, but we use cool CGI barnacles to mask all that, you know. Still, they are finally reunited at the end of the film, and it did feel good as a fan to see them together again, though again, some more set up for the payoff would have made it sweeter. Damn, Henry, you got some good genes, though.

Originally posted by entertainmentweekly

Originally posted by mrsemmajones

2. There is so much visually that is great to look at; the “Island of Poseidon” is simply gorgeous and the underwater scene was breathtaking…it’s just all SO rushed that you have no real time to enjoy it. I really wish this had been two films so we could have had more character development, more set up of the plot…it’s so exposition heavy at times that you just end up checking your phone, wondering when the next scene is. And who wants to do that in a Pirates movie?! The sad thing is it’s not as long as other Pirates of the Caribbean films, which makes me wonder all the more why we didn’t just expand more in places and leave more to a later film…maybe I need to do a video to explain my thoughts.

Originally posted by depplicious

1. Overall, I left the movie conflicted. The 10-years-ago me would have probably loved this movie, because I would have gone home and instantly wanted to write fan fictions about what I just saw. And there’s a large part of me that still wants to do that to add on to what I thought was missing…but still, there is a part of me that wanted this movie to do things more focused, to set things up with more care to lead to a better payoff.

Is this movie better than On Stranger Tides? Yes. Absolutely!

Does it capture the magic of the first or the wild fun of the other two? Not exactly, which perhaps is my biggest problem with it.

If we do end up with more Pirates movies, PLEASE Disney, take your time, craft a fun, adventurous story, and don’t be afraid to take risks…as long as you own them.

drea-mer-maid  asked:

A small part of me wishes the movie could've gone more in depth to Gaston's background like how everyone was mentioning he was in the war. Even Luke Evans had mentioned in an interview that Gaston was possibly suffering from PTSD. I wonder if that had played a part in him going completely psycho towards the end. What do you think? Hi, by the way! :)

Oh my gosh.  Yes.  It absolutely played a part.

Back in BatB 1991, there was really only one thing that drove Gaston, and that was getting what he wanted, which was Belle.  In this version, there are two things: getting what he wants (Belle) and the memories of the war/the love of the villagers because of what he did back in the war.  The only way that LeFou could talk Gaston down from his rage high was by making him think of the war.  In the Gaston song, Lefou pays these three villagers to take up their swords and recreate some of Gaston’s battles in order to cheer him up.  The war–or may I say, the mention of it–brought Gaston back to whatever good spirits he was in before.

Now, take the mob song.  Gaston has already seen that Belle has fallen for some horrible monstrosity, and is fully intent on ridding the earth of this terrible creature.  This is all because he wants Belle.  But then the mob starts singing.  And here, I think, is where we see his drive change.  I mentioned in this post that the Mob Song was based off of a war song that Gaston and his men would sing to get them pumped up for the heat of battle.  You can especially see this switch when he sings these lyrics: 

“Call it war, call it threat
You can bet they all will follow
For in times like this, they’ll do just as I say”

He’s completely forgotten about Belle at this point.  He’s back in the war, and he’s the captain leading his troops to fight the enemy.

And I actually think the battle that ensued once they actually got inside was what completely threw Gaston back into the war days.  It was mayhem all around, just like the war he participated in.  I think this is why he didn’t react to the moving furniture and the flying books and the enchanted objects moving around.  Instead, he just narrowed his eyes and focused, something he probably used to concentrate back then.  Another thing that points to this switch is Gaston’s self-preservation techniques.  Gaston was going to be attacked by both Chapeau and Cadenza, yet he used LeFou as a human shield both times.  

And that little line he uses, “It’s hero time”…I’m pretty sure that that came about from when Gaston was in battle.  He must have said it before he went and did something amazing, like win the battle for his side single-handedly (who knows; it’s Gaston).

So when Belle appears behind him and demands to know where the Beast is, you can see Gaston come out of it a little.  And not just because he’s surprised that she managed to get past D’Arque, but because he was reminded of the main reason why he was there: to defeat this monster so nothing would be between him and Belle.

#280: “The scene in Barbie in The Pink Shoes with the Nutcracker and Sugarplum Fairy really upset me. It was like they spit in the face of Barbie in The Nutcracker. They could have made it a loving homage, but instead they seemed to disrespect not only the original story and ballet of The Nutcracker, but the first CGI Barbie movie, too. They handled the Swan Lake segments so well, so why did they treat Nutcracker so poorly? Still a good movie, but that part irks me.”

- anonymous