There is just something about Calista Flockhart’s portrayal of Cat Grant that brings out the absolute best in literally every person who works on Supergirl. From the writing to the performances, when she is in a scene the whole show is better from top to bottom. Tonight’s episode had a fire to it that this show has been lacking for almost the entire season. And Calista steals every goddamn second she is on that screen. Thank god they got her back to remind me of what made me fall so in love with this show in the first place. I missed you so much, Cat.
'Black Panther' Portraits: New Looks at the Heroes and Villains of Wakanda
Black Panther Portraits: New Looks at Wakanda’s Heroes and Villains
There is no denying the beauty of the costumes and people of Black Panther. In this gallery of portraits by photographer Kwaku Alston, created exclusively for EW’s Comic-Con preview, the king and protector of Wakanda reigns supreme. Chadwick Boseman is photographed in T'Challa’s obsidian-colored, Vibranium-woven armor as the hero of this Marvel Studios movie.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly
As one of Wakanda’s top spies, protecting the secretive nation’s interests around the globe, Lupita Nyong'o’s character is often undercover. But that doesn’t mean she blends in. “I would say Nakia is very practical,” the Oscar-winner says. “She dresses for the job at hand, but she doesn’t compromise her style.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Danai Gurira is going to steal every scene that she’s in is the head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female secret service to T’Challa,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Here, The Walking Dead actress is seen in Okoye’s ornate uniform as part of the order, created by costume designer Ruth E. Carter. You can read our full Q&A with Gurira here: From Michonne to Marvel…
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya plays Black Panther’s best friend, W’Kabi, the head of security for the Border Tribe. “They live on the borders of Wakanda and serve as the first line of defense for the country,” says executive producer Nate Moore. “As T’Challa ascends to the throne, he asks W’Kabi to serve as an advisor, trusting his friends knowledge and instincts.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Letitia Wright plays T'Challa’s sister, Shuri, who crafts weapons like the Vibranium-enhanced panther gauntlets on her hands. “She is also a genius and runs the entire Wakandan design group,” Feige says. “She’s responsible for amazing technological advances that Vibranium has brought about from Wakanda.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“He’s somewhat a religious figure or spiritual figure,” director Ryan Coogler says of Forest Whitaker’s shaman character, Zuri. “Forest’s character, more than anything, is a major tie-back to T’Challa’s father. Zuri is someone he looks to for guidance.” Coogler says to think of him as the Wise Old Man — Black Panther’s version of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Angela Bassett is Wakanda’s queen mother, as vital to T'Challa and Shuri now as when they were children. “Her goal in the film is to help T’Challa become king of Wakanda in a peaceful transition of power, serving as a de facto advisor to the throne,” Moore says. “However, as things get complicated for our hero, she sets aside any political functions and instead operates as a mother whose sole concern is the physical well-being of both of her children.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Here’s one of those complications. In the comics, Killmonger is an exiled dissident from Wakanda who believes T'Challa will be too weak a ruler. “Something we felt was important was that Wakanda wasn’t treated monolithically, meaning everybody agreed to do the same thing all the time,” Moore says. “Wakanda has a lot of citizens who have a lot of different ideas of Wakanda should be. Killmonger is a voice of a different side of Wakanda.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Winston Duke (Person of Interest) plays another leading figure in Wakanda who poses a threat to T'Challa. What the panther is to the royal family, the gorilla is to M'Baku’s mountain tribe. “The idea that they worship the gorilla gods is interesting because it’s a movie about the Black Panther who, himself, is a sort of deity in his own rights,” Moore said. In the comics, M'Baku wears white fur and an animal mask as the villain Man-Ape. (Read more: How Marvel has modernized the character to avoid unintended racial sterotypes.)
I’M GOING TO POST MY FAVORITE, MOST GROUNDBREAKING DRAMATIC ACTING SCENES ON PLL FROM EACH LIAR!
((((EVERY DAY I WILL CONTINUE IT WITH ANOTHER LIAR UP UNTIL THE FINALE :())))
First off the legendary, iconic Sasha Pieterse aka Alison DiLaurentis who was running this show at only 14 years old. Even though most the series she was either dead or kind of out of the inner circle, she constantly found ways to steal the moment. Even when Alison could’ve been a total bitch, you found yourself rooting for her (well if not her then Sasha because damn girl you can act lol)
Heres my list of dramatic Ali faves (it is in order from least to most):
1. Episode 3x17 (I still have no clue who Beach Hottie is for sure)
2. Episode 3x23 (Which is one of my favorite episodes in the series. I just always loved this moment.)
3. Episode 7x02 (This was so hard to watch, I felt bad seeing my baby like this)
4. Episode 5x24 (YALL… When I tell yall I was in TEARS!!! I thought they were really really going to jail. I was really telling people ‘free my girls’ that’s how invested I was)
And my very favorite emotional, scene stealing performance by Sasha was THIS….
5. Episode 4x24 (I FELT this entire scene. I didn’t see Sasha in this scene I saw Ali. I was crying. I felt for her so much. I lost it at ‘Can’t you see me breathing?’)
Tell me some of your favorite dramatic Sasha/Ali scenes that didn’t make the cut!!!!
ok so Skam is not about people intentionally hurting people (except Douchehelm and Nico) so here’s what i think will unfold from this clip:
1. We will find out that Noora didn’t know Sana had feelings for Yousef. Say what you want, but Noora and Yousef do have chemistry in every scene they’ve had so far and Noora made her feelings known to Sana. Sana didn’t trust her friend enough to tell her how she felt. That being said, I think Noora was being a little willfully ignorant and with the eva/jonas, isak/jonas, noora/wilhelm stealing pattern this is getting redundant and they can’t end up together, its just too boring. Noora should have dont a group text “hey does anyone like him before i smash” they all should be wise by now
2. Yousef will have to be thinking that Sana is not interested. She doesn’t ever make a point to talk to him (even at the karaoke bar!!) and defriended him on FB and even though they talked about the religion thing, it ended in a cliffhanger: “why does religion tear society apart” for which she had no answer. Finding that answer is going to be part of her character growth imo.
3. Isak has a temper, we all know this! I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he found out that Even knew balloon boys which gave him a shock (”What? my baby hiding things from me?”), and someone said something off the cuff like all the homophobic stuff we’ve forgiven Magnus for and things went off like that. I don’t think we should be shitting on Balloon Boys for no reason when we legit watched Wilhelm smash a bottle into someone’s head pretty much unprovoked and then we were all like “no he shouldn’t go to jail! you have to understand!” Also, Elias clearly has shit going on. He was blackout drunk LAST FRIDAY. Something more is going on here and we’ll find out soon enough
4. Vilde is fucking dumb, ok. She says homophobic and sexist and islamphobic things all the time and says them like they’re fact. So she probably did not realize at all that pointing out that Elias called Sana a slave would be taken so seriously/hatefully. Yeah, she needs to account for being so omfg so freaking fy faen so problematic! (her character traits are like: optimistic, problematic, airhead, organized— it’s driving me nuts). No but here. She needs to grow up. Her and Magnus are like a perfect problematic bundle, it’s a shame they’re probably breaking up, but that’s a subject for another post.
5. People have gossiped and said erroneous shit all the time on this show so I still don’t trust PepsiMax but I’m willing to bet it’s not as simple as them wanting her off the bus just like that. Also, you know fucking Chris and Eva (who’s already been burned by PM) are NOT going to take that happening to Sana without a fight. And for that matter, neither will Sana. When shit gets rough, they band together despite whatever infighting is going on. They rock. Don’t forget that. Give them a chance to have a “vilde is pregnant”/“noora was assaulted” moment with Sana.
6. Don’t worry, Isak and Even went home and snuggled and Even sang songs to cheer Isak up it’s gonna be ok for them. They’ll talk through everything about Even’s past and it will be ok.
7. Sana is strong. She’s been through shit from every person (except Chris) in every season. She’s gonna get through this kicking ass.
Lol, I’m not gonna lie, that sneak peek with Cat had better acting in two minutes than what most of Season 2 has offered with 20 hours of programming. Obviously, there are exceptions/stand-outs (Alex,J’onn, perhaps Kara),but I have always noticed that Calista Flockhart is on a whole different level than the rest of the cast. Her absence has beensorely felt.
a/n: lucie, my love!!! happy birthday!!! i’d want to know you if you reached peak gay or became buffy summers dog or could only eat car tires. i love you badly. id probably give up weetbix for you. have the best day in the world.
Godric’s Post 8th February 2009
Film: The Wind In the Whomping Willows Director: Bathilda Bagshot Plot Summary: 4 friends go for a picnic. Boredom ensues.
I’ve never liked Bathilda Bagshot, and yes this may have been because of an incident at one of my parents’ house parties where she literally hissed at me when I reached for another baked potato, but the point still stands. She continues rely on prolonged dialogue scenes that don’t move the plot along and stretch to the point of absurdity, until the viewer is begging for a change in scene, shot, anything, only to presented with (unbelievably) yet more boredom.
So put aside whatever resentment you’re harbouring that I just name dropped Bathilda Bagshot and that she used to come to my house, and wallow in how wasted my Friday night was watching this garbage. My personal highlight was the closing credits, because it meant I could at last be free from this endless hell of four people sitting in a wood, talking about sandwiches and grass for two hours straight.
Naturally I imagine some people enjoyed the film, (Bagshot does know her way around a camera, I’ll give her that, the cinematography was flawless.) however dear, cherished, hopefully-subscribed-and-not-reading-this-on-the-free-trial-reader, I must ask: who doesn’t like a little during movie commentary? Before Friday I would have said no one, but after Friday I would have to say no one, with the exception of uptight, haughty gingers.
Rather like Penelope Clearwater’s unfortunate character in The Wind in the Whomping Boredom, I too found myself being falsely accused of a crime I did not commit. In Clearwater’s case (she shines in the film, despite Bagshot’s insistence she be holding a mirror in every scene) it was of stealing the picnic sandwiches. Mine was the slightly more serious charge of ‘injuring’ a fellow reviewer.
I want it stated for the record that no such injury occurred, and that as far as I am aware popcorn is rarely classified as an assault weapon, but I am willing to hear argument on the matter. However I could be wrong because the reviewer in question seemed to genuinely enjoy the Wind In the Whomping Waste of Time, so maybe it wasn’t her eye that should be examined, but her brain.
In summary: this film has done the impossible and been even more tedious than Bagshot’s last effort, A History of the Snake Inside Me, which I didn’t think possible. My nine-year-old criticisms rarely stand up to scrutiny but I think my judgement of Ms Bagshot being The Worst has proven correct. Furthermore, I want it noted for no particular reason at all that if at any point I am contacted by a lawyer about paying medical bills for a non-existent injury, I will do something else ‘ridiculous’ and ‘childlike’ like toilet papering a Certain Reviwers house or broadcasting my witty and hilarious movie commentary over a loudspeaker during each and every film I will ever attend from this point on.
(the editor Remus J. Lupin wishes to clarify for legal reasons that comments above are aimed at no particular individual, all wishes views presented are the writer and the writers views alone, and to please not sue the paper)
Godric’s Post 3rd March 2009
Film: 101 Fantastic Beasts Director: Newt Scamander Plot Summary: CGI animals have a good time. Audience have a good time.
Scamander has always had a talent for animation, even his questionable films like Beasts Which Are Fantastic If Only We Knew Where To Find Them (nonsensical, long-winded title) and The Porpentina Goldstein Story (thought it was going to be about hedgehogs. It was not.) should be seen purely for their onscreen beauty alone.
Thankfully, 101 Fantastic Beats wasn’t a repeat of the Hedgehog Incident but rather exactly what it says on the tin, 101 Fantastic Beasts romping around the city and having a jolly good time, until one of them dies and the entire world becomes a bleak hell-scape that you are desperate to escape because you can’t stop crying.
Unfortunately my screening experience of this charming film was somewhat hindered by the near constant stream of insults and accusations of ‘eye assault’ from a Certain Reviewer which culminated in said reviewer tipping popcorn that Was Not Hers across The Innocent Victims Lap.
The reviewers in question needn’t have ever spoken again but because a Certain Reviewer had slandered another Wholly Blameless Reviewer in her paper, which the Wholly Blameless Reviewer’s Mother reads, some things had to be sorted out. And those things were trying to get the Certain Reviewer to print a retraction so the Wholly Blameless Reviewers Mother would stop bloody going on about it.
On top of this Wholly Blameless was mocked mercilessly for showing emotion during what ranks as one of the most heart-breaking scenes of all time, next to such movie moments as the ending of Dead Poets Society and the shooting of Bambi’s mother in Bambi. Obviously a Certain Reviewer needs to borrow a heart so she doesn’t have to poke fun at others for having what she does not: feelings. Wholly Blameless would be happy to lend her some of his, as he’s just good like that and not at all the ‘slice of expired a*shole’ he’d previously been accused of being.
101 Beasts has heart (unlike Certain Reviewer’s) and is appropriate for the whole family excluding twelve year olds, because obviously they’re terrible and you’d never want to take them anywhere anyway, so it’s a win-win.
(The editor wishes to clarify that the writers list of saddest movie moments is flawed because it has left off the Jack death scene from Titanic because the writer thinks ‘Cameron clearly emotionally manipulated the audience’ and ‘there was plenty of room for both of them on that door’ because the writer is an imbecile. The editor cannot believe he is the film critic.)
Godric’s Post 11th April 2009
Film: The Cupboard Under The Stairs Director: Gilderoy Lockhart Summary: You really don’t want to know.
Gilderoy Lockhart has won two Oscars, and yet every time I watch one of his films I have to forcefully remind myself that it wasn’t shot by a nine-year old with a camcorder who uses their dog as a sound assistant. The dullness of the film will stun and bewilder all who see it, as it defies reason why such a thing should be made.
True Hairy Chins Shouldn’t Be Seen By The Public was wildly funny (despite meaning to be a serious documentary), but aside from that I can’t think of a Lockhart film I’ve ever enjoyed aside from classics like Gadding With Ghouls and Travels With Trolls which hardly look like Lockhart films at all, despite him having directed them.
Cupboard Under The Stairs is so mind-blowing ridiculous, from the wooden dialogue to the extended shots of director and star Lockhart doing mind-numbingly boring tasks while smiling garishly, that when I found myself sitting next to a Certain Reviewer I didn’t even bother to move but rather stayed if only to have something to do. A slight physical fight broke out, and by fight I mean a Certain Reviewer hit me for a comment I made about the twenty second long director credit, so obviously I pinched her, and then before I knew what was happening we had been thrown out.
I don’t want you to think, dear reader who has clicked on this review and therefore pays my rent, that I might have acted unprofessionally by getting thrown out a movie twenty minutes in. I want to clarify: I absolutely acted unprofessionally. There is no ‘might’ about it. But my point still stands: the film was garbage, and that fact that I could tell this from only the first twenty minutes is further evidence of its garbagery.
Now I know at this point you’re all clambering to hear more about the two hours I spent alone with a Certain Reviewer, as for some bizarre reason, you’re all incredibly interested in our relationship built off pure loathing and irritation. Well, prepare yourselves readers, because a Certain Reviewer’s favorite filmmaker is not only Wes Anderson (!! There should be a limit to the amount of pastel on a screen at one point). But she also hasn’t read the best novel of all time, The Great Gatsby, and then told me that that ‘wasn’t that weird’ and asked me to ‘close my mouth’ because ‘its been two minutes’ and its ‘getting weird’.
However she did earn points back by liking Star Wars (if she hadn’t, I may have committed a crime worse than Cupboard Under the Stairs’ acting) and she also noted that Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet was her sexual awakening, and I to felt a deep attraction to DiCaprio and still do despite his insistence on growing a beard every few years. She laughed at this, but I think it was a laugh of agreement, so therefore it wasn’t bad.
Cupboard Under the Stairs was one of the worst atrocities committed to film, but a Certain Reviewer agreed that Han shooting first was an important part of his character, so all is not wrong with the world.
Text from James Potter to Sirius Black: do u think i look like leonardo dicaprio
Sirius Black: no
Sirius Black: is this bc evans said she liked him
James Potter: absolutely not
Text from James Potter to Remus Lupin: do i look like leo dicaprio
Remus Lupin: firstly, dont call him leo
Remus Lupin: and secondly, obvsly not
Remus Lupin: no two people have ever looked more different
James Potter: fuck u
Text from James Potter to Peter Pettigrew: do i look like leo dicaprio
Peter Pettigrew: no u look like u have a thing for evans
Peter Pettigrew: sirius told me to say that
Peter Pettigrew: whos evans
James Potter: do u not even read my fuckin column pete
Peter Pettigrew: it costs four pounds a week to subscribe to ur shitty paper i don’t have that kind of money
Godric’s Post 3rd May 2009
RED CARPET WATCH
The Godric’s own Sirius Black, gossip columnist extraordinaire, was sent to the Red Carpet premiere of A Streetcar Named the Knightbus and reported back to us on all the hot gossip and glamour of the night.
In what may have been my favorite red-carpet to date, not in the least because Rita Skeeter was thrown out for badgering guests only ten minutes in, but because the greatest thing in the world happened. It was so great in fact, that I managed to look past the colossal injustice of me not being invited to walk the carpet myself, which was clearly a mistake (the editor Remus J Lupin would like to clarify it was not) and have a roaring good night.
May I just clarify that by roaring good night I mean I got absolutely plastered (The editor wishes to state that The Godric does not promote drinking) so the night comes back to me in bits, and from what I can remember everyone looked great. I can’t remember what the film was about, or even if they let me in (editor: they did not.) but even if it wasn’t I’m sure the film was good too. (editor: it was average)
But as I mentioned above, the best thing in the world happened, and that was that The Godric’s very own film critic James Potter got to walk the red carpet. He will tell you this is because his insightful and poignant columns are finally getting the attention they deserve. Any sane person would then loudly talk over him and say the real reason is because he’s become rapidly more popular with the introduction of a Miss Lily Evans, also a film critic, into his weekly reviews. Or, as James calls her, A Certain Reviewer. (editor: for legal reasons the editor must assert that A Certain Reviewer could be any individual and to please not sue the paper for defamation.)
Turns out Miss Evans had a popularity boost as well, because she was also on the red carpet, looking ravishing in a backless teal ballgown, and honestly, readers, it was a sight to see Evans in that dress. Potter obviously thought so to, as he spent the entire night staring. And not subtle staring. Obvious, in-awe, I-can’t-believe-a-person-can-look this-good, staring.
Now, once I’d gotten over the fact that not once in our ten-year friendship had James ever given me that look, I was absolutely thrilled. I had a thirty pound bet going that they’d be together by May and I’d just won, if that look was any indication. (the editor: it was twenty pounds.)
Furthermore, Evans and Potter spent the entire night talking, not even noticing how the cameras had utterly latched on to them despite having no idea who they were, purely based on the looks they were giving each other. It was a sight to behold, seeing two utterly oblivious people in formalwear hold a conversation probably about the merits of dressing gowns (they talk about weird stuff like that) while what felt like the entire world took photos.
Now I’m aware I’m meant to be discussing the gossip and glamour from the whole night and not just two D-list celebrities who happen to both be my friends. But consider this: I do not care. These photos are modern art. Both so clearly have a crush on each other it’s embarrassing. Even Moony would have to agree (the editor: I do.). Anyway, in summary of the night: I bet everyone reading this that they’ll be screwing in a month. Mark my words.
[image: a man in a suit and a woman in a dress, against a while backdrop with A Street Car Named the Knightbus film logo printed across it. Her head is turned towards him, laughing, holding a delicate purse. He is looking at her, mouth parted, like she is the first girl he has ever seen. Something to be looked at just to make sure she didn’t disappear, blown by the wind, like in a dream. A dream girl- except not. A real girl, in a real dress, in a real place. He can’t quite believe it. A hundred camera flashes go in the background.]
Text from Sirius Black to James Potter: so whens the wedding
James Potter: i fuckin hate u
Sirius Black renamed the group james’ got the hots for evans
James Potter: this is cyber bullying
James Potter: im calling netsafe
Remus Lupin renamed the group netsafe cant help the fact that ur in love with evans
James Potter renamed the group stop now
Sirius Black renamed the group not a chance mate
Sirius Black created the Facebook Page Lily Evans and James Potter should get it on
This page received 17,798 likes.
Text from Lily Evans to Sirius Black: im going to fucking maim u. take it down.
Sirius Black: sent a link
Lily Evans: if that’s a link to the fucking page i will cut your balls off
Sirius Black: its not
Sirius Black: on an unrelated note do not click on that link it is a virus I just remembered
Remus Lupin created the Facebook Page Lily Evans and James Potter should get it on part two because lily made us delete the last one
Prompt: Lucy drops by the DEO regularly and is SHOOK at how quickly Maggie becomes a part of life there. Where Lucy ends up in their dynamic is your call
So you said you wanted more feels. You got ‘em. Fair warning, Lucy feels ahead.
Lucy Lane Loves Leather and Pain
Major Lucy Lane (never Lucille, shut the fuck up, Danvers) was the younger sister to a legend, an internationally renowned journalist, married to a goddamn superhero (and Lucy is very much bitter that she had to figure that one out on her own, as if she was never told because she spent so long with her father, no, she had to figure out that Clark and Kal were the same person). Major Lucy Lane lost her boyfriend to not one, but two goddamn Supers.
Major Lucy Lane spent a good portion of her life being jealous as hell. What does it take, she’d wonder, to actually be seen for myself.
It didn’t help that those damn supers were so nice. She tried to hate Kara. Kara Danvers was a giant ball of sunshine who stole her boyfriend without trying to at all, and then to find out she was Supergirl on top of everything, well that was just swell. And she had always gotten on better with Clark than with Lois, even before the Great Family Blow Up.
Lucy wanted to be seen as something other than the lesser member of her family. After everything went down with Myriad and almost sending Danvers Sr. and not-Hank Henshaw to CADMUS, she figured she and the elder Danvers had a lot in common and could relate. After they got over the whole arrested-you-and-had-you-carted-off-to-an-experimental-black-site-that-later-turned-out-to-be-the-home-to-domestic-terrorism thing. Alex said she was over it. Except for when she wanted to win, in which case, Alex was kind enough to hold it over Lucy’s head.
Alex held a lot of things over Lucy’s head, and often literally, because Alex Danvers is an asshole and thought short jokes were funny.
It took time though, for Lucy to really make it past the spiky Agent Danvers persona. Kara was easy, Kara accepted everyone with open arms until you literally proved you had no hope for redemption, and Winn wasn’t far behind. But Alex was cautious, Alex didn’t trust people, and it didn’t matter how many drinks they shared while complaining about super siblings and falling short, Alex held very much of herself at bay.
DADT was very much a thing during her career in the military. Her father was a general. Lucy’s attraction to both genders was something acknowledged after nights of heavy drinking or contemplative staring into the mirror, it was never something she actively pursued. That would have won her no favors with her father, the only family that hadn’t died or picked up and left, and he was all she had. When she broke from him, she suddenly found herself with friends and a new city, a new confidence she didn’t know what to do with.
Alex Danvers had always pinged her radar as less than straight, although her interactions with Maxwell Lord were nothing but pure entertainment for Lucy. The disgust on her face when Alex mentioned he once tried to feed her was priceless. Alex Danvers held everyone at bay, but over time, after her teams moved to the city base and they were relegated to once or twice a month bar meets, Lucy found herself wanting more than just friendship from the taller agent. She was beautiful, brilliant, perpetually single, and she understood.
So Lucy invited her out for drinks.
Alex invited Vasquez and Kara out for a girls’ night.
Lucy tried a fancy dinner, but an alien rampaging downtown ruined that one.
She tried cooking dinner, but that turned into another girls’ night.
Lucy wasn’t sure if this was Alex Danvers’ attempt to let her down gently, but it was really beginning to piss her off. Danvers wasn’t like Kara, she clearly couldn’t be wooed with food. And there were always drinks involved, so a nice whiskey wasn’t going to get her point across.
Lucy was beginning to think she needed to flat out ask Alex if she wanted to make out when the cop started showing up. She got the joy of hearing Alex bitch about the cop who tried to steal her crime scene at the airport. Lucy got to hear about the alien bar from everyone who got to spend time there, but she could never seem to make it.
And the cop. She got to hear about the cop so often.
Lucy is a jealous person.
Lucy freely admits that.
Alex Danvers doesn’t make friends.
Alex Danvers is finally friends with Lucy, even if the oblivious asshole never opens those goddamn whiskey deep eyes and notices the bisexual waving a pride flag in her goddamn face and asking her out every twenty minutes.
One could maybe see why Lucy was less than thrilled to hear about Alex having a new friend. A pretty friend. A smart friend. A brave friend.
Hello, Danvers, all that and a much better uniform is sitting right in front of your goddamn face. Would like to maybe sit on your goddamn face.
A cop friend who apparently was Alex’s gay awakening and excuse me what the absolute fuck I have been throwing myself at you for the last year.
For someone so damn smart, Alex Danvers was a goddamn dumbass.
And Pam was supposed to be on Lucy’s side, okay? Legal and HR are supposed to be tight, they are not supposed to give clearance to a crush’s crush okay they are supposed to make the other woman’s life impossible that what HR and Legal do.
Lucy always seems to miss meeting the cop when she visits. Which is odd, because no one ever shuts up about her. Winn goes on about how she saved his ass and she’s almost as awesome as his new bff Lena. James, her ex boyfriend who knows her a little too well and just smirks. Sweet, oblivious to her own bisexuality, ray of sunshine Kara Danvers is, of course, gushing about the woman who makes her sister so happy and she’s so helpful even if she eats weird healthy food. Even J’onn likes her, and he’s Alex’s Space Dad, no one is good enough for his favorite child and he’s said as much to Lucy’s face as nicely as possible.
It’s a Friday night when Lucy finally manages to ditch Major Lane early enough to catch beers in town with her friends. Well, she could have ditched the Major, but Lucy looks damn good in her uniform and she’s fairly confident the cop will notice, even if Agent Oblivious doesn’t.
The cop is hot. Like, wandering the desert for forty years hot.
But that’s not important.
What’s important is that Agent Alex Danvers sees Major Lucy Lane enter an alien bar in full uniform and looks her up and down, eyes wide, like she’s never seen Lucy before. Like she’s pairing the uniform with the sweaty body she spars with on Tuesday mornings, the one she pins down with a laugh only to get flipped on her own back because Lucy takes nothing lying down, not even her massive crush on the most oblivious woman on the planet (Kara, of course, is the most oblivious alien).
“Lookin’ good, Major.”
Lucy smiles, wide and full of teeth, “I look even better out of uniform and you know it, Agent.”
Alex isn’t the only one looking Lucy up and down. Not that Lucy’s complaining, because it’s nice to see she can still make a first impression. But the girlfriend (because that’s what she is) is less pleased at the laughing bear hug that Alex gives Lucy. Full body contact that literally lifts Lucy off her feet, smelling of leather and lavender and ozone from that damnable space gun of hers. Lucy takes her chance to wrap her arms around Alex’s neck and let herself fall into it. She likes feeling like she was missed.
Alex finally sets her down and spins her to face the hot cop, hands strong and warm over the dress blues. “Maggie, this is Major Lucy Lane, the desert’s biggest pain in the ass. Luce, this is Detective Maggie Sawyer, NCPD Science Division.”
The woman’s dark eyes stare her down. But she’s unsure about something. She’s trying to project a confidence she doesn’t feel, and Lucy might have missed it if she didn’t see the same thing in Alex every time Kara or J’onn was in trouble. Jesus, Lane, is that your type? Leather and bravado?
Not that Lucy blames herself at all.
They make it look hot.
Sawyer reaches out a hand. “It’s nice to finally meet you.”
Lucy shakes it. She’s jealous, not a bitch. “You too. Alex talks about you so much it’s like I know you already.”
Alex dips around Lucy to reach for her drink and throw it back.
Maggie smiles, slow and wide, and Lucy knows she’s fucked when she realizes the devil wears leather and sparkling fucking eyes are you for real. “Is that right, Danvers?”
Alex chokes a little, wiping clumsily at her mouth. “Pfft.”
Three beers are dropped off by a bartender that the three women barely notice. Lucy plays with the neck of her bottle before taking a swig. It’s just the three of them, and Alex and Maggie are leaning into each other, not even holding hands, and Lucy kind of wants to deck the detective.
“So, Sawyer, I have to know…”
Maggie and Alex both pin her down with curious stares. It’s just the three of them, and it’s about to get real awkward, because fuck it, Lucy wants to know. Because she’s Lucy, because she’s petty, because she’s jealous, she waits until they both go to take a sip. Lucy smirks. Go big or go home, Lane.
“How did you get her attention? Because I’ve been asking her out for a year.”
Maggie takes a slow, slow swallow, her eyes darting between Alex and Lucy, considering, a small smirk beginning to pull at the edges of her mouth.
Alex spits her beer all over an alien looking for a fight.
He found one.
And Lucy finds herself incredibly impressedturned on with the way these women got creative with pool sticks.
B-A-B-Y Baby! Baby Driver has arrived by the fantastic Edgar Wright who is one of my favorite directors out there. It’s been quite a few years since he has put out a film and I was more than excited for this.
Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez and Lily James. Our main character is named Baby and he is a driver for a crime boss played by Kevin Spacey that is trying to pay back a debt to him. Along the way he meets a girl and gets into trouble and the tires start spinning.
Edgar Wright is one of my absolute favorite directors and after his last film in the Cornetto trilogy which came out five years ago, he is back and with a bang! He has expressed in the past his love for films that have something to do with “Driver’. Such as The Driver and Taxi Driver, which is one of my all time favorite films. To see him do something with his love for films of the nature and something so special was nice to see. He has said that this has been a vision of his for more than 20 years and you can really feel it. You could tell the love and passion of cinema that Wright has that he gives off in Baby Driver. What made this so special and original, was not just the great character that he crafted here but also the incredible soundtrack that he incorporated into this film. It was like a shootout ballet with fantastic and adrenaline fueled car chases that will have you racing in your seat. Who doesn’t love a good car chase?! Well if you love car chases, this is most certainly your movie because this has some of the best car scenes that I have probably ever seen. A lot of it also has to do with Wright’s fantastically crafted style of direction.
This film actually almost didn’t feel like your typical Edgar Wright film. No doubt you could tell that it was, but it felt quite different from his previous works and that’s not a bad thing. You still felt all of Wright’s signatures including masterful fast cut action scenes. Fast cuts can hurt a film if done poorly and excessively but Wright knows how to use them and does them to perfection.
Let’s talk about the Mozart in a Go-Cart himself, shall we? Ansel Elgort as Baby was probably a perfect casting choice. You may recognize him in some past teen flicks but here, he’s an absolute badass. I can’t help but to give more praise to Wright here considering he has crafted such a great character. Elgort brings him to life so well that he disappears into the character. Not to mention, he drives a car better than anyone could think of. His character Baby, likes to make a lot of rad mixtapes and make cool songs that I really enjoyed hearing and seeing him do.
There’s a part where he’s actually a pizza delivery driver and I’m also a pizza delivery driver so I enjoyed seeing that quite a bit.
His character is sort of a man of few words but he says so much in his actions and what little he does say.
His relationship with Deborah played by Lily James was perfect for this film. Although it wasn’t perfectly realized, it really worked for this and gave us some of the best things about Baby Driver. As for Deborah as a character, I think she could’ve been fleshed out a tad bit better but like I said, it does work and she was adorable.
Something to expect when you see an Edgar Wright film is how funny it is. I found myself laughing out loud quite often during this. Edgar Wright does humor so well and really knows dialogue. The humor is also brought to life by such wonderful actors here. A lot of the humor comes from Kevin Spacey who, as always, is a shining light to this film. Every scene that he’s in, he almost always steals the light from the others. Jon Hamm was also just the best in this. I love Jon Hamm a lot as it is but here, he was just wonderful. Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal were also both awesome but I would’ve loved to see more Bernthal. However, Foxx gives quite an entertaining performance that just screams “asshole” and sometimes reminded me of his character in Horrible Bosses which cracked me up a little. One of my favorite singers, Sky Ferreira, has a part in this and I absolutely love her so I loved seeing her in this even though she had a small role.
About that incredible soundtrack that I mentioned earlier, this is no doubt one of the lifelines of this film. Without this soundtrack, this film wouldn’t be half as good. It’s so great to see some of my favorite songs used in an Edgar Wright film and used so greatly. Songs such as Neat Neat Neat by The Damned and Debra by Beck are songs that changed my life in ways and to see them in this film, was so damn awesome. That’s only two songs in this fueled soundtrack with songs of all types that blast this film to top speed. I actually bought the soundtrack on vinyl in Atlanta, where the film also takes place and was shot, the other day and held off on opening until last night after I saw it. It’s rare that we get actual good soundtracks that are so iconic and great that it’s so refreshing to hear. I adore a good soundtrack and this one is beyond awesome and one of my favorites in quite some time.
Another thing to praise about Baby Driver is how original it is. I can’t say I’ve seen anything quite like this and Edgar Wright is a genius at coming up with original content and doing original things for his films. Anytime an original film comes out, it deserves a ton of praise because it’s hard to be original these days. Don’t get me wrong, this film isn’t 100% perfect but it’s damn near so. Another thing that I personally loved about Baby Driver, is the fact that it was shot and takes place in Atlanta and I actually live close to Atlanta and go there quite often. So it was pretty awesome to see a lot of the locations that I know and have been to many times. Whether you know the area or not, Wright brings it to life and you’ll have a blast watching Baby tear up the Atlanta streets.
There’s not much else to say about this wonderful film that I or anyone else hasn’t already said. This is a fun, fucking awesome, enthralling joyride. It’ll surely have you racing like Baby and bopping along the way.
1. Laying in bed, desperately trying to catch your breath and find your words, she picks up the first scrap of clothing she finds so she can venture into the kitchen. By the time she returns you’re cognizant enough to take in the full scene, how she’s cleaned off and come bearing gifts, a bottle of water to help slake your thirst. Draped in the t-shirt you’d been wearing before she tugged it off, it hangs off of her like some elegant gown. She’s never looked quite so statuesque. You’ll carefully select every t-shirt for the rest of your days based solely on the hopes that she’ll steal it from your side of the closet.
2. She sits across from you, sipping out of a coffee shop cup, lightly tapping her glittering nails in tune as she hums along with “Rhiannon” over the loudspeaker. You tell her that your dad’s beat-up Datsun pick-up had exactly three cassettes, Copperhead Road, Luck of the Draw, and Rumours. Each album title elicits a spark from her eyes, palpable electricity that flickers through the coffee shop like a roiling tempest. You’ll never feel more comfortable in a storm than you do in that moment, the wind and rain revitalizing your faith as she soaks into your skin.
3. Being behind the bar has its advantages, and she does it with the kind of expertise and grace reserved for the New York City Ballet. She spins and twirls, cashing outs tabs, pulling tap handles, and smiling in your direction every chance she gets. At midnight she surprises you, a strong shot of something half as warm and sweet as the look she gives you. Before you can even slam the shot down she’s halfway into singing along with the loudspeaker, something loud and flirtatious. She wiggles her hips, she meows, and every single cell in your body lights ablaze, the whiskey having permeated through every vein. You’ll hope she never stops singing, that she stands there and lets you burn up in her presence.
4. It shouldn’t be as simple as this, and you recognize that fully. She struts across the front lawn in a sun dress, the chill of winter having finally given way to the resurrection of spring. The birds chirp, the grass is verdant, the sun sits high in the sky… And yet you can’t help but look at her. The way the dress fits, loose, but clinging just enough that you know what’s underneath. She smiles at you, knowing exactly what you’re thinking. Even though you’ve had your fair share of peeks before, you’ll spend the rest of the day holding doors open, smiling, laughing, doing your damnedest to impress her, just for one more peek.
5. Realistically you should be paying attention to the traffic lights. The red hue shines in, painting you both in a crimson light out of some neon eighties horror flick. You’re not surprised that she looks good in it. She looks good in every light, turning bar lights into the northern lights. But it’s the way she plays with her hair, casually tucking stands behind her ear as her eyes meet yours, running her fingers through the lions mane as she giggles about what she’s just said. It’s the kind of thing that turns a man to stone. You’ll sit there staring, hoping that she’ll just keep talking for five, ten, fifteen more minutes, and you’ll curse the traffic light changing to green as you continue the ride to drop her off at home.
She has arrived and is here to kick some ass. Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, and Sofia Boutella among others. It is about an undercover agent who is sent to Berlin during the 1980’s Cold War to investigate a murder of a fellow agent. She also teams up with McAvoy to try and locate a missing list of all the double agents of MI6.
Atomic Blonde comes from David Leitch who was one of the directors of John Wick and the director of the upcoming Deadpool 2. When I first saw the trailer for this, I was blown away with immediate anticipation. We saw what the other director of John Wick could do by himself with John Wick 2 but what David Leitch did with Atomic Blonde, was a monster of its own and probably even better than Chad Staheliski. There’s few movies that I would say that are filmed to perfection but Atomic Blonde was damn sure close. Every scene was shining in gorgeous neon lights and imagery and stunning camera work. Every frame was just about as perfect as a shot could get and centered to perfection. Let me tell you, this film is jam packed with gorgeous shots. But let’s not take away from the cinematographer here, Jonathan Sela, who was the cinematographer for John Wick. He actually outdoes himself in this film than any other film he has been the DOP of. The words in this review fail in comparison to what Leitch actually accomplishes in Atomic Blonde. The action scenes are beautifully brutal, violent and also beautifully choreographed. Again, a lot has to do with Leitch and hats off to the incredible stunt work here. During Atomic Blonde’s two hour runtime, 15 minutes of it (give or take) is of a one shot action scene that had me absolutely floored, jaw on the floor and gripped into my chair. Although there are a few hidden cuts, as most one shot scenes do have, it doesn’t take away from how absolutely white knuckled it is and how enthralling it is to watch. It is truly a spectacle to behold.
However, all of these amazing actions scenes and amazing shots would be nothing without the woman herself, the Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron. I loved Charlize Theron before this and she has proven herself to be an absolute badass before but she kicked my face clean off in this film. There was no better choice for her character and she kicked more ass than most movie characters ever have in this film. For me, and most will think I’m crazy, but she puts John Wick to shame. May not rack up as many headshots but she sure as hell makes up for it. She’s smart, sexy, violent and an all around blast to watch on screen here and plays it off so sly. I just can’t get over how badass she was in this film and every scene she was in accompanied by every line that she said. Sofia Boutella was in this film and there’s a scene with her and Charlize Theron that was, to say the least, absolutely amazing and had me melting in my chair. It’s almost better than the 15 minute oner… almost. One of my favorite actors, James McAvoy, was also in this and any time he’s in a film, I get ten times more excited. He is always awesome and it was no surprise to see him kick ass in this too. That being said, he’s definitely of a supporting role here but nonetheless, steals the show every time he’s on the screen.
Besides the amazing direction, cinematography, performances and action, the love doesn’t stop there. The overall look and feel for the film of the 1980’s Cold War setting and the Berlin Wall, were just more things that make this film pop. I have a big interest for the time period of the 80’s and it was just yet another thing that I loved here and thought was captured so vibrantly. The score was entrancing and the music was also a delight. There’s definitely some odd choices of music here but they work. From some of the best known tunes of the 80’s from David Bowie and The Clash and even some under the radar cuts, this soundtrack and the score boosted this film even further. I will definitely be purchasing this soundtrack when it goes on sale. As far as the feel of the film is, the use of lights in this are just hypnotizing. There’s a lot of use of neon red and blue lights that made each frame drip with ecstasy. Not to mention the themes of espionage and spy plots that fill this film and make it what it is. I’m a huge fan of the genre and a good spy plot anyway but Atomic Blonde was everything I could want in a badass spy/action film.
There is a very small problem I did have with Atomic Blonde however, and is one that a lot of critics seem to have the most problem with. And that would be narrative and the storytelling. At times, it does kind of get a tad confusing as to what is happening and trying to piece things together that don’t always make a lot of sense. However, it does all come full circle and end up making sense. It’s just that it may not make sense at the time and I feel like most aren’t exactly getting that or that they feel there’s some out of place scenes. For me, it works completely and I loved every single second of it and it’s sometimes confusing narrative. Which is something I would typically have a problem with if it were to be an issue but it works for the film and it does come full circle like I said.
Look, I absolutely loved Atomic Blonde and everything about it. It was probably one of the most fun times I’ve had at the theater all year. It does seem like some do have problems with the film but I had next to none. David Leitch has created a gorgeous and badass action film and I think Deadpool 2 is definitely in good hands. It is filled with breathtaking shots, white knuckled action and was brutally badass, sexy, gorgeous and electrifying. Charlize Theron is a powerhouse here and I can’t wait to see it again and can only hope for a possible sequel. I think I’ll most definitely be in the minority as far as my rating goes. Typically, I’m usually pretty to par with what most critics think of it but this time, I think most are wrong.
Since EVERYONE was waiting on the edge of their seats, I’ve decided to compile a list of my personal favourite performances of 2014 in the spirits of the Oscars. *spoilers for Gone Girl*
1. ROSAMUND PIKE,GONE GIRL
Rosamund Pike is a revelation. She gave a bold and downright terrifying performance as the intelligent psychopath Amy Dunne, who has plotted an insanely clever plan to make sure her husband pays for the crimes he’s committed against her. Fooling everyone with her sweet personality and sympathetic situation in the beginning, Rosamund Pike stuns the audience when the real Amy is revealed, a dangerous woman full of rage, one that builds and builds underneath the surface.
2. JAKE GYLLENHAAL, NIGHTCRAWLER
Jake Gyllenhaal’s career has really been on a roll recently. He has been giving consistently strong performances over the years, with Prisoners, Enemy, and now Nightcrawler. He is unrecognizable as Lou Bloom, an ambitious sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He is scary, manipulative, and calculative. With his pitch perfect portrayal, Jake Gyllenhaal completely transforms and disappears into his role, crafting an unforgettable character. It is a crime that he is not nominated for an Oscar this year.
3. ESSIE DAVIS, THE BABADOOK
By far, the best performance I’ve ever seen in a horror movie. Essie Davis plays a grieving mother who has to deal with her troubled son as well as keeping her sanity in check. There is full of sorrow, pain, and resentment in Amelia every time we see her, and Essie Davis pulls this off effortlessly and authentically, making us feel for her loss. It is a powerful and rich performance that is sadly ignored this award season.
4. JULIANNE MOORE, STILL ALICE
Tonight will finally be the night that Julianne Moore takes home her first Oscar (otherwise this sentence will look really stupid). She has been sweeping this award season with her tragic and haunting performance as Alice Howland, a woman struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s. Instead of going for a showier type of acting, Moore plays the role with nuance and quietness. Her depiction of a woman gradually losing herself is devastating and so real it hurts.
5. MICHAEL KEATON, BIRDMAN
I have never paid any attention to Michael Keaton as an actor, but he was simply riveting in Birdman. The casting of Keaton as a washed up actor trying to reclaim fame is brilliant as he injects so much depth into the bitter Riggan Thomson, pulling us into his journey to become relevant once again. Riggan is not the most likable man, but Keaton makes him sympathetic and give the audience a reason to care for him and his struggle.
6. REESE WITHERSPOON, WILD
One of the most surprising performance of the year for me. Before going in Wild, I expected Reese Witherspoon to give a typical showy kind of acting, but I was wrong. She was tortured, soulful, and touching. There was never a false note in her performance. Witherspoon digs deep into this woman’s soul and allows only hints of her pain to bubble up the surface, allowing the audience to be fully invested in her path to self-redemption and discovery.
7. TILDA SWINTON, SNOWPIERCER
One of the best supporting turn of the year. Tilda Swinton is hilarious as Minister Mason of the Snowpiercer train. She is arguably the MVP of the movie, a complete riot and steals every scene she is in. It’s a shame that she is not nominated for an Oscar (I’ll be saying this a lot), but at least she got one for a Critics’ Choice Award!
8. MARION COTILLARD, THE IMMIGRANT
As happy as I am that Marion Cotillard received an Oscar nom this year, I couldn’t help but think it was for the wrong performance. Not to say that she was bad in Two Days, One Night, I just thought she was vastly superior in The Immigrant as the unfortunate Ewa. Marion Cotillard is heartbreaking without going big and melodramatic; instead, her performance was full of subtleties, restraint, and complexities. Nevertheless, it is great to see her getting recognition throughout the awards season.
9. PEI-PEI CHENG, LILTING
Pei-pei Cheng plays a grieving mother in the touching gay-themed movie Lilting. It is beautiful subtle work. You can feel every bit of pain and sadness in her face, yet she never expresses it outright. On top of that, there is the inner strength which she carries and never loses despite her circumstances. A truly stunning performance that is overlooked.
10. J. K SIMMONS, WHIPLASH
The most intense performance you’ll see this year. J. K Simmons is relentless and menacing as a music professor who will do anything to push his student. This is an explosive performance that could have easily been over the top, but Simmons plays it so perfectly and naturally. He makes Fletcher a threatening presence, one that has you avoid eye contact and hope to God that he doesn’t call out your name.
LAURA DERN, WILD: Despite limited screentime, Laura Dern gives a deeply affecting and warm performance as Cheryl’s mother, a woman full of strength and love.
BILL HADER, THE SKELETON TWINS: Bill Hader wows the audience with his dramatic turn as a depressed gay man. He inserts layers into his character and makes Milo a complex and flawed human being.
KRISTEN WIIG, THE SKELETON TWINS: Kristen Wiig inhabits a harrowing sadness as Milo’s equally troubled twin sister, thus giving her finest performance to date.
JESSICA CHASTAIN, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: Filled with melancholy and heartbreak, Jessica Chastain gives one of her best performances of the year
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, INTERSTELLAR: Another impressive and solid performance, one that triumphs his win for Dallas Buyers Club.
EMMA STONE, BIRDMAN: Emma Stone fills her character with fierceness, vulnerability, and charm as Riggan’s daughter who is a recovering addict.
JENNIFER ANISTON, CAKE: Giving her most dramatic and strongest work yet, Aniston plays a woman with chronic pain with realness and commitment.
1. Steals Aaron’s clothes a lot. She loves his red hoodie the most.
2. After Aaron helping her in high school, she became a tutor for the kids younger than her. She taught in a way that she knew would work from her personal experience of being tutored. Every kid she taught loved her.
3. You know those scenes in comics where after mixing the two chemicals and they explode in a chem lab, the person is covered in soot? Yeah, that was her in chemistry.
4. She stress bakes, so when she was first opening up the maid cafe, her and Aaron’s home was filled with cupcakes, cookies, cakes and pies. (Zane was very happy)
5. Her and Zane do each others hair a lot. She loves giving Zane a lot of braids, and she will keep in the hairstyles he gives her for hours because she loves them so much.
With April Hughes, following performance on September 1st and 2nd.
I know I continually sing her praises, but how can I not when she is such a welcome addition to the cast! Every time I see her, as Moaning Myrtle, she steals the scene. It was only this weekend that it really hit me just her heart-breaking her screams and pleas are as Lily Potter, who she also plays. Coupled with the cast’s reaction onstage, it makes for one emotional and beautiful scene.
Ok since it’s a ranting-about-Isabela day, I thought I’d explain why exactly Gaider’s comics make me angry and why I’d burn them and scatter the ashes across the sea every day again and again if I could.
I’m not being overly dramatic when I say Isabela’s character was butchered for the sake of Gaider’s story, and I’m not lying when I’m saying that her backstory is being constantly re-written behind the scenes, and there seems to be no consistency in regards of her background.
Remember how you meet Isabela in DA2? Remember how she ended up in Kirkwall? Remember how she got into the trouble with Castillion and had to steal the relic in the first place? She freed an entire ship of slaves as soon as she found it they were the “cargo” she was entrusted with. She’d smuggle gold, the goods, but not people. She values freedom and personal choice above everything else. It’s why she hated being sold into marriage and why she hated her asshole husband who treated her like a thing. Getting into the slave market would go against everything she stands for as a person. It earned her some serious trouble and nearly cost her life, but she let them free.
So we open these god forsaken comics by David Gaider and OH LOOK apparently she was carrying slaves on her ship before
And that time she actually freed the slaves is only mentioned briefly, and she didn’t free them because she felt it was right and she wouldn’t stoop that low, but because she felt bad about that last time! Because an Orlesian ship was approaching and she dumped the slaves into the sea in order not to get caught.
Shoving something this contradictory to her story in DA2 is apparently so easy.
And wait, I’m not quite done.
You know that shitty, condenscending tone Sebastian or Tallis can use on her, when they say “I used to be like you, but now I’m a better person, you should reconsider your entire life”? How in rivalmance Hawke can guilt her into saying shit like “I’ll try to change for you”? Well, apparently none of this was enough, because this entire thing with the slaves that Gaider wrote into her background was to make her feel guilty and shitty about herself. Despite the fact that embracing and accepting herself and not burdening herself with regrets is a core trait of her character as well.
To what extent does she feel shitty about herself? Let’s see, what happens when we venture further, into the obligatory Fade Sequence where the character need to wake up from their nightmares.
That’s the extent. Now, the reason Isabela avoided the qunari and they never show up in the same scene for almost the entire game is not just because she stole their relic and doesn’t want to get caught. They’re opposites. They stand for completely different things. She didn’t just steal the tome, their entire philosophy is against everything she believes and what she struggled for as a person. She loves freedom, believes in making your own choices and looking after yourself. She and the qunari exist in different worlds.
Gaider, however, wrote them into her backstory by having her mother sell her into marriage because she would refuse to join the Qun, and now we’re supposed to believe that deep down, in the darkest parts of her heart, Isabela wonders if her life would be fucking easier if the did join the Qun all those years ago. The Isabela who has seen a lot of shit but always refused to apologize for the person that she is.
He literally wrote the whole bullshit, out-of-character beyond any measure thing with the drowned slaves in order to create the entire drama with Isabela feeling horrible about herself, regretting her life choices and wishing someone would make these choices for her, because then her life would be simpler.
That’s what I call butchering a character for the sake of your shitty comic story, and that’s the kindest words for that I can come up with.
I’m not even bringing up the instances when she was called an ungrateful whore and told to “find an alley to sell herself”, which, I admit, were all said by the local villain, but there’s a certain point where you look at all this shit and start suspecting that the writer enjoyed that a little bit too much.
tl;dr these comics were horrible to Isabela and I hate them.
Mike taking El to the movie theatre for the first time Drabble please?
Mike was in the middle of his second piece of pizza when he suddenly realized El had never been to the movies.
She had watched while he argued with Dustin earlier that day about which Star Wars movie was better: The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi, and it only occurred to him now that Eleven had absolutely no idea what he and Dustin were talking about. To her, they must of been speaking in some foreign language.
Well, Mike decided that was going to change.
“It’s like the moving pictures on TV, but bigger,” Mike explained as he, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and El walked inside the giant theater the next afternoon.
El nodded as she looked around the unfamiliar setting in wonder.
“We gotta pick a good movie to watch,” Dustin said. “Eleven will remember her first movie for the rest of her life.”
El and the boys walked up to the ticket counter to see what was playing.
“Oooh, how about Ghostbusters!” Lucas said.
“Do you think she’ll like it?” Mike asked. “El, what do you–” He turned around to where she was standing just a minute ago, now empty. “El?” He panicked for a split second before spotting her around the corner.
“El?” Mike said again as he walked up to her. She was staring at the poster for Sixteen Candles with a smile on her face. She looked at Mike hopefully.
“Sixteen Candles?” He asked, studying the poster.
“Jonathan took Nancy to see that,” Will commented. “Said it was chick flick.”
“Can we watch it?” El asked softly.
“Sure,” Mike nodded, ignoring the groans and eye rolls from his three friends.
“But Ghostbusters,” Lucas whined.
“We’ll see it another time.” Mike got his money out and stood in line for the tickets.
“Okay, so you have to be quiet in movies,” Mike explained as the five of them took their seats. “You can’t talk. Whispering’s okay sometimes, but you just have to be super quiet.”
“Okay,” Eleven said.
“Want some?” Dustin passed his bag of popcorn to her. El just stared at it.
“It’s good,” Mike said, noticing her hesitation. “See?” He took a giant handful and stuffed it into his mouth.
She nodded and grabbed a few pieces.
“Good, huh?” Mike asked as she chewed.
“Really good,” she whispered back.
“Okay, get ready to be amazed at the awesomeness that is the movies,” Mike said excitedly. He then mentally kicked himself for sounding like a complete nerd. Luckily, El didn’t care. She gave him one last smile before turning to the giant screen.
The movie began, and Mike realized about halfway through the film he wasn’t even paying attention. He had been so caught up in watching El’s reaction that he completely missed the entire plot so far. Cheeks burning, he set his attention back on the movie, stealing quick glances at Eleven every once in a while.
Eyes wide and hand reaching for popcorn every so often, El seemed to be entranced with the movie. Her eyes stayed locked to the screen, never even noticing the boys periodically watching her. She felt like she was transported to another world–a good one this time. A happy one.
The movie kept playing, and as Jake Ryan kissed Sam in the final scene, El felt tears sting in her eyes. Without even realizing, she grabbed Mike’s hand.
Mike sat there frozen in shock. She was holding his hand. She was holding his hand. He prayed that Lucas, Dustin, and Will weren’t watching. He looked over to El for an explanation, but her focus was still devoted to the movie. Mike wondered if she even knew her hand was holding his and he was slowly dying because of it.
The credits began to roll and the lights came back on. Eleven finally took her eyes off the screen and looked down, seeing her hand gripping onto Mike’s.
“Sorry,” she said, pulling it away.
“I-It’s okay,” Mike stuttered out, feeling his face get hot again. “D-did you like the movie?”
El grinned. “I loved it. Did you?”
“Uh huh,” Mike said, pretending to know what the movie was actually about. “It was, uh, really good.”
“Total chick flick,” Dustin yawned as they all got up and left the theater.
“Don’t worry, Ghostbusters is next on the list,” Mike rolled his eyes.
“Thank you for taking me here,” El said as they all walked back to Mike’s house.
“No problem. I’m glad you liked it. We’ll go again, I promise.”
El smiled. She knew going to the movies with Mike would be her new favorite activity.
this is set in the summer of 1984, since both movies mentioned came out at that time. I did my research!!! also sixteen candles is like one of the greatest movies ever :’)
Man, “Society of the Blind Eye” turned out so great! I boarded the cold open and act 1 on this one. Of course, the revisionists, the director (Sunil Hall), and Alex do their pass and make it better. Here are a handful of shots I did.
Oh also, this is small but I want to mention it: In the scene where Mabel receives a note from Mermando, she squeals and kicks her legs. My wife does this and it makes me laugh every time. This is one of the many examples of how I steal cute things she does for the sake of cartoons.
title: kanbara fever pairing: akihito/mirai words: 3,398 notes: i promised some shower smut so here it is merry christmas you perverts i am so flustered oh my ogd
He’s always touching her, in some way. Most of the time, he seems unaware, but Mirai is hyper-sensitive to his proximity and when his hand rests against her, she feels electric. Her blood hums with energy and she wonders how on earth her live-wire status is not frying the entire world into a catastrophe of flames and ashes.
girl with a body like a hangman’s noose. girl with a mind sharp as a razor. girl with a razor she still keeps in her purse, even though those days are long gone. girl who did lines in the bathroom every day for two weeks. girl who showed up to the party uninvited. girl who totaled two cars in a year. girl who said yes so many times she forgot how it felt to say no. girl with a memory like a land mine. girl who never calls back. girl whose hands shake in the morning. girl who loved you more than you deserve. girl who loves him more than he deserves. girl who hides love poems in cigarette packs every valentine’s day, just in case she ever needs something to burn. girl with scarred knuckles. girl who still flinches at loud noises. girl who has thrown up in every therapist’s office she’s ever been to. girl with daddy issues. girl who can’t handle her liquor. girl who drives the getaway car after stealing a handle of liquor. girl who got kicked out of catholic school. girl who says the hail mary every month, anyway. girl who wanted to be a wolf when she was eleven. girl who will howl at the moon if you get her drunk enough. girl who wasn’t drunk enough to forget the scene in the car that night. girl who knows he wasn’t, either. girl who will never forget. girl who will always, always forgive.