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(push me) out to sea: 10/?

Drama, drama, drama. That’s what this chapter is. Drama and poor choices (mainly by Flint) and feelings galore. Really long because I didn’t want to split it up. Read on ao3 here. @qqueenofhades @prairiepirate @garciiaflynn

The walk back from the fort is…quiet, to say the least. For all that Lucy had been completely sure what she wanted to say to Flynn earlier, now she’s at a loss. Every time she opens her mouth, his conversation with Emma rears up again. And how is she supposed to respond to the fact that he refused an offer that would have given him his life back…for her?

(Not that she would want to have that conversation in front of Flint anyway—Flint who is equally quiet at Flynn’s side, his eyes flicking between the two of them as though he can’t quite understand something. Lucy can only imagine what he must be thinking given what he’d overheard)

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman.

Cast includes Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella.

Released in 2014, a British Spy-Action Drama, with a running time of 129 minutes and a rating of 15.

I have always been an avid fan of James Bond. For me, he was that cool hero who went around the world, battling villains in awesome scenarios (I was too young to care about the women, at the time). As the years went by, and I went through secondary school, college, university, and into my current adult life, he was the recurrent character I always loved. Whether the original Sean Connery, the tongue-in-cheek Roger Moore, the butter and flawed Timothy Dalton, the modernised hybrid of Pierce Brosnan, or the more gritty and violent swagger of Daniel Craig, I loved the series (I haven’t forgotten Lazenby. He was just a complete miscast, for me). The ability of the series to survive and morph to the desires and changing times over five decades is very impressive, but the long-term impact of the series has led it to becoming an integral part of media, and by conjunction, easily parodied. Austin Powers, for instance, relied upon the identified tropes of the entire series to become popular, but seemed to focus more on the ridiculing of James Bond, making fun of it, not with it.

And it’s the art of making fun with the concept of Bond, but also simultaneously loving it, that makes Kingsman so refreshing to watch. The entirety of the film was like a fresh, warm wind circling and enveloping me, making me warm and jovial whilst watching. There is a contrasting blend of styles between the more debonair, sophisticated, sharpness of Kingsman such as Colin Firth’s Harry and the loutish, working class coarseness of Eggsy, which allows their characteristics and differences create natural conflicting humour. The clashing of snobbery and slobbery in a campy manner blends well with an edgy blackness, the one-liners and violence simultaneously harsh and cartoonish but also hilarious and graphic. What saves the violence from being overbearing is how stylised Vaughn directs the scenes, one-man armies defeating entire rooms of mooks with martial arts, weaponry, and awesome flips, which culminates in one of the most awesome fight scenes I’ve ever personally seen: The Church Scene. It’s the perfect blend of direction, music, sound, storytelling, and fight choreography, excellent out of context and perfection within context. The film is worth seeing for just this scene, as well as the comedy and action that also occurs.

But thankfully, despite all the cool action, stylish clothes, great one-liners and awesome direction, what makes this film so wonderful to watch is what Matthew Vaughn has brought to such classics as Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class, and that’s an integral element of both fun, and heart. The previous three films has created beloved characters, and here, Vaughn creates a beautiful succession of characters. Whether supporting characters such as the dry and intelligent Merlin as portrayed by Mark Strong, the unique and deprecating villain Valentine as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, or Sofia Boutella’s alluring badass Gazelle, even the small roles don’t feel wasted or undervalued, which is refreshing. This especially is true when focusing on the three main characters, Eggsy, Harry and Roxy. Roxy is far more than the tired cliche of the love interest, instead she’s a capable badass who challenges Eggsy as his platonic friend and colleague, proving herself a hero in her own aspect. There’s also one of Colin Firth’s best roles, Harry, as he demonstrates intelligence, suaveness, care, and the ability to kill a room of killers single-handed. Both of these characters are capable of leading their own excellent film, but instead the focus is on Taron Egerton’s Eggsy.

I had only previously seen Egerton in one film, which was Legend with Tom Hardy as Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the same year. Egerton played a small role as the lover of the psychotic Ronnie, and whilst I regularly noticed him in Legend, usually smirking and catching the audience’s eyes, I never bothered to mention him due to the small role. In retrospect, that was my first noticing of an actor that would rise to the occasion when surrounded by distinguished actors such as Firth, Mark Strong, Michael Caine and even Samuel L. Jackson. Egerton is a natural leading man who demonstrates chemistry with every member of the cast, is naturally funny but also has a subtle depth to his character, even in the early scenes. This is not just a tremendous film from Vaughn, but also Egerton’s moment, as he provides the emotional anchor for the film to revolve around. As the film develops and he comes more to the forefront, he is equal and even outshines the cast around him.

Funny, great action, cool story, a love story to previous Spy films of the last 50 years, and also a great acting forte. A cult classic at the time that has grown in popularity, and now, a sequel is just a few months away.The previous movie ‘only’ made about $400 million, five times its original budget, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle could become The Dark Knight  of the spy films, which made about 2.5 times more than its prequel. If you hadn’t seen the film yet, do yourself a favour, and watch it.

Thumbs Up, 9 out of 10.

Saturday (?) Snippets

Aka I had to deal with a ridiculous seminar class on working with datasets last night and all day today so it vey much does not feel like tomorrow is Sunday. (Also I was hoping to update the pirate au again tonight but given the way my 3.5 hours of sleep last night seems to be hitting me, have snippets instead):

Lucy x Flynn:

“I can fix this.”

“Not right now you can’t,” Lucy replies, although she also doesn’t pull away. “And not like this.”

Sam x Flint:

“I’m not yours.”

“Aren’t you?”

Lucy x Sam:

“For someone so beautiful it seems rather a shame that we only ever run into one another when you’ve been crying.”

Lucy jumps and swipes at her eyes before turning towards the voice. Sam’s face is half in shadow from where he stands leaning against the side of the building and there’s something vulnerable about his posture that goes beyond the way he’s favoring his left shoulder. For a moment she’s struck by how young he looks, and yet there’s something tired there are well, something old beyond his years.

In eight months you’ll be dead, she thinks. It hurts. 

the angelea mystery

So, the great mystery of Angelea’s disqualification has been solved.

Apparently she was an escort a while back, and an antm producer found out (some knew beforehand but she was allowed to continue). She was told she had violated her contract, they retracted her prize, including the 100k, and they reshot the finale without her. Welp. I feel kind of bad for Angelea. I hope everything works out for her. She’s suing the producers and I kinda hope she wins at least a little money.


If I could have an convention....

We’d hold it on the moon, in the Crystal Palace with Queen Serenity overlooking the whole event. OBVIOUSLY The Doctor would be in attendance, seeing as he hasn’t visited Queen Serenity’s Queendom in quite some time. Luckily with him being there, he would have brought some of the greatest, and most well known people from across time and space. 

Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan, along with Rufus will have followed The Doctor through the Time Vortex. They are the musical guests for the Con, nothing is better than Wyld Stallyns playing in the background.

The Doctor nabs Dean, Sam, and Cas, trying to prove that aliens are in fact real, and Dean’s fight dissipates as he sees the Sailor Scouts….. Then Cas glares at him because Cas is the only one for Dean <3. 

Somehow The Doctor was able to jump dimensions! Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the rag-tag group of dwarrows stumbles upon the event. (That is after being picked up in a blue box and confused out of your mind… Bilbo definitely doesn’t know if he likes this adventure thank you very much! And Thorin’s being Thorin and glaring at every person in the room, especially the Queen who he believes is an Elf.)

Then crossing through his own timeline The Doctor obtains every single companion he has had to date, including his own granddaughter.

Yet, I am not done. The crew of Serenity realize that something is not quite as quiet in this area and come to investigate. Kaylee and Sailor Jupiter become fast friends, while the others wander about. 

Kili and Fili end up running about with Bill and Ted, causing all sorts of trouble, and the citizens of the Crystal Millennium watch in awe as all of the newcomers astound and surprise them. 

This convention will go down in history as the most ridiculous, amazing thing to happen in the history of the Crystal Millennium. And during all of this, The Doctor sat back with Sarah Jane, Rose Tyler, Romana, and his many other companions catching up, and appreciating the greatness of the convention.