Trope prompt list: arranged marriage for Rumbelle. ;)
Ooooh. This is one of my favorite trope and one I’ve never been able to plot, because Rumple always slips away from such deals. But since it was asked, I guess we’d start with that?
Twenty years ago…
Ogres attack Avonlea. As a last resource, the king decides to ask for the Dark One’s help and sends him a letter offering their most precious treasure in exchange for his power: their gold.
Rumpelstiltskin, being the kind of man who cannot let a chance to see a nobleman beg go unremarked, presents himself at the Avonlea castle and proceeds to merrily mock them for daring to offer gold to the spinner of gold. But since he is a merciful soul… deep down… (giggly sniggers), he has decided to give them a chance. Give him a good reason for the Dark One to exert himself in their favor, and - cue deep bow - he will be glad to help them.
Any reason at all.
Any? At all?
Enter the lady of the land.
“The history books claim you drove the ogres away from the Marchlands.”
Rumpelstiltskin scoffs, never liking the reminder of those days. “The stories also claim I eat children for dinner.” A glance down to the lady’s growing belly. “Are you offering?”
Every man in the room steps forward - starting with the lady’s husband - but she raises a hand to stop them.
“Colette,” the king mutters, nerves on an edge.
She squares her shoulders and pretends a dozen grown men didn’t just almost commit suicide. “I said history books, sir. Not nursery tales to scare the little ones into good behavior.”
Seriously though, I really enjoyed this movie, quite a lot in fact.
It’s weird, and bizarre, and has a lot of atmosphere and likability going for it. I think the characters are all great, with La Muerte and Xibalba stealing the show in every scene they are in. The set up is also pretty creative, and it knows how to use the production design to draw the viewer into its world, which also makes the story more engaging. I have never came across a movie that has such a colorful idea about Death.
It’s a really happy counterpart to all the other more depressing movies that come around this time of the year, which I find very welcoming. So I definitely recommend this one, give it a watch if you haven’t already.
And now, if you excuse me, I need to tip-toe my way out of here. I suddenly don’t feel safe at all.
Properties Mugwort leaves are
edible, young leaves are boiled as a pot herb or used in salad, they aid in
digestion although said to have a bitter taste. Used for centuries as an
alternative medicine, it is antibacterial, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory,
antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive,
diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, haemostatic, nervine, purgative, stimulant,
stomachic, and tonic, cleansing toxins from the blood. An infusion of the
leaves and flowering tops is used in the treatment of all matters connected to
the digestive system, it increases stomach acid and bile production, eases gas
and bloating, improving digestion, the absorption of nutrients and strengthening
the entire digestive system. It is used in alternative medicine to expel
intestinal worms, nervous and spasmodic affections, asthma, sterility,
functional bleeding of the uterus and menstrual complaints, and diseases of the
brain. As a gargle for sore throat, a wash for sores and a poultice for
infections, tumors and to stop bleeding. These actions and uses are now backed
by scientific studies on the plants main constituents volatile oils containing
1,8-cineole, artemisin, azulenes sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, coumarin
derivatives, tannins, thujone and triterpenes. The leaves have an antibacterial
action, inhibiting the growth of Staphococcus aureus, Bacillus typhi, B.
dysenteriae, streptococci, E. coli, B. subtilis, and pseudomonas. A weak tea made
from the infused plant is a good all-purpose insecticide. The fresh or the
dried plant repels insects.Caution: Should not be used by pregnant women since
it can cause a miscarriage.
Perennial herb native to Africa, temperate Asia, and Europe, widely naturalized
in most parts of the world. Found growing on hedgebanks and waysides,
uncultivated and waste land. Cultivation is fairly easy Mugwort prefers
slightly alkaline, well-drained loamy soil, in a a sunny position. A
tall-growing shrubby plant, with angular stems, which are and often purplish,
growing 3 feet or more in height. The leaves are smooth and dark green above
and covered with a cottony down beneath. They are alternate, pinnately lobed,
and segmented. The small greenish yellow flowers are panicled spikes with a
cottony appearance. Blooming is from July to October. Mugwort is closely
related to Common Wormwood (Absinthe). Gather leaves and stems when in bloom,
dry for later herb use.
In Native American folklore Mugwort was
also a Witchcraft medicine, rubbed the leaves on ones body to keep ghosts away
or wearing a necklace to prevent dreaming of the dead. In the Middle Ages a
crown made from its sprays was worn on St. John’s Eve to gain security from
evil possession. Mugwort derived its common name from being used to flavor
drinks like beer before the introduction of hops. The Name Artemisia is from
the Goddess Artemis (1st century AD) who inspired the plants genus name.
Recipe Medicinal tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried
herb in a cup boiling water, take in mouthful doses throughout the day.
Medicinal Use: Leaf tea
diuretic, induces sweating. Regulates erratic menstruation, brings on delayed
periods, expels afterbirth, helps with menopausal symptoms. Promotes appetite
and bile production, tonic for digestion. Tonic for nerves; mild sedative. Used
for bronchitis, colds, colic, kidney ailments, fevers. Bath additive for
rheumatism and tired legs. Juice relieves itching of poison oak. Disinfectant
and antiseptic. Used for moxibustion.
Traditional Magical Use: In the
Middle Ages, mugwort was connected with St. John the Baptist, who was said to
have worn a belt of the herb during his time in the wilderness. St. John’s
Herb, as the plant became known, had the power to drive out demons, and sprays
of the herbs were worn around the head on St. John’s Eve as a protection
against possession by evil forces. In China, bunches of mugwort were hung in
the home during the Dragon Festival to keep away evil spirits. The Ainus of
Japan burn bunches to exorcise spirits of disease, who are thought to hatethe
odor. Planted along roadsides by the Romans, who put sprigs in their shoes to
prevent aching feet on long journeys. Carry to ward against wild beasts,
poison, and stroke. Prevents elves and other evil things from entering houses.
Said to cure madness and aid in astral projection.
A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce
prophetic dreams. Mugwort is burned during scrying rituals, and a
mugwort-and-honey infusion is drunk before divination. The infusion is also
used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed
around the base of the ball, or beneath it, to aid in psychic workings. Pick
just before sunrise on the waxing moon, preferably from a plant that leans
north. A Roman invocation to be used when picking mugwort is: Tollam te artemisia, ne lassus sim in via.
Shamanic Magical Use:This is
the plant of Midgard, burned at the start of a ritual. One starts and ends with
Mugwort, as one starts and ends with Midgard. Its shamanic purpose is
purification. We tend to think of purification, in these days of advanced
medical antisepsis, as being sterile. To us, “pure” has come to mean
“without life”. When we use something whose basic power is
purification, we expect, on some level, for it to clean everything and leave it
a blank slate. However, that’s not what magical purification actually does.
Mugwort is the herb that is most often burned as recels, the Old English word for incense; pronounced ray-kels. The act of burning it is referred to as recaning, which can be pronounced various ways, but the most graceful
seems to be reek-en-ing; the
verb recan is cognate to our work “reek”. Celtic-tradition people
use the term saining. It’s an
alternative to the Native American-derived term “smudging”, and it
can be bound in lashed bundles and burned in the same way as white sagebrush.
It also has a clearing effect on the mind, and a heightening of the extra
senses, so it is a good thing to start any working that is going to involve an
altered or trance state at some point.
I got a lengthy ask about what is realistic and unrealistic in fantasy.
In short, what is realistic is relative to the world you have created.
For example, let’s say we have a fictional world where people have magic abilities. However, they only have enough magic to master one skill or to be mediocre in a few skills. Only the very powerful, practiced, and skilled magic users are able to master (or nearly master) more than one skill, but never more than two. It takes decades to do this because magic users have to be able to stretch and manage their limited magic in order to master two skills. Once a magic user masters one skill, it takes a lot less time to master another because they are already experienced.
This limitation is not a cultural limitation. These characters literally do not have enough magic to be masters of all these skills. It is a magical fact in this universe.
Taking this world, here are examples of realistic and unrealistic scenarios:
Realistic: A magic user has been practicing magic since their youth and they had many resources and connections needed to master a magical skill. They are now middle aged. They have mastered the skill of pyromania and have great skill in water manipulation, but they have not completely mastered it.
Unrealistic: A magic user has mastered two skills by the age of twenty-five through their own practice. They have no formal knowledge of magic, magical theory, or magical techniques. Given the rules of this universe and this magic user’s lack of resources, it would be impossible for this to happen.
Realistic: In this world, there is a way to “steal” magic from other people if you kill them with a certain object. A young magic user did this, thus giving themselves more magic to work with. They were able to master three skills over many years because of this.
Now we’re going to look at something that is culturally created and defined. In the same world, there is a law that you must register your mastered ability or skill. In order to register, magic users are tested and must show excellent skill in their ability.
If they pass they are legally recognized as masters of their skill and they are given a title. There is a strict law that magic users must pass on the first try if they want to be a part of an elite group of magic users who have mastered one or more skills. Furthermore, all of their magic must be their own and not from someone else through murder (as mentioned in the second realistic example above). There is a way to test if someone has stolen magic. If they are found guilty, their magic is taken away through death. There are no exceptions. However, many people attempt to get around this or are unaware they hold stolen magic. In this society, honesty and merit are highly valued and it is considered weak and unlawful to use connections, cheats, lies, and deceit to get ahead.
Realistic: A magic user who has been practicing a particular skill their entire life decides they are ready for the test. They pass on the first try, are awarded their title, and are considered for this elite group. However, through the background check, they are found to hold magic from another person. This magic user was unaware of this because their parents were the ones who stole the magic, only to give it to this magic user so that they could become more powerful. Although this magic user was unaware and did not do the killing, they are still killed so that their magic can be contained.
Unrealistic: A magic user fails the first test. They train for a little while longer, go back, and pass. Their uncle is among the people who choose people for the elite group. They try to bribe their uncle to let them in despite failing the test for the first time. Their uncle obliges. It would be impossible for this to play out well unless everyone who knew this magic user failed the first time died or disappeared, leaving a blank slate.
Unrealistic: A magic user passes the test, but is found to have stolen magic. However, because this magic user has mastered three skills, this elite group is impressed and decides to let them in. This goes against the major cultural values and the laws of this world.
Unrealistic: The leader (or a member) of the elite group has stolen magic. No one knows. Unless they were the original leader who created the “no stolen magic rule” while excluding those who were already involved, this would be unrealistic. Even then, it would probably have to be a secret.
Realistic: The entire elite group is secretly corrupt and often steal magic to strengthen their abilities in private. They do this because they are planning a coup d'etat and want the magical elite to be in charge. The magic users in this group are the ones who execute those who have stolen magic because they are the ones powerful enough to take it away and contain it. While everyone believes they contain it and keep it away from the public, they use the magic for themselves. Therefore, they control who goes in and what happens with stolen magic, allowing them to become more powerful in secret.
Realistic: Someone has stolen enough magic to master ten skills. They pass the test on the first try and use their magic to frighten others into silence when the issue of stolen magic comes up. Fear allows them to continue on and join the elite group. The people who let this magic user in are now stuck and cannot call this person out because part of the fault would be on them for being dishonest and unlawful.
Review the rules (cultural, government, and physical) of your universe if you’re not sure if something is realistic or unrealistic. Make sure it fits in your story without plot holes. If you need something to happen that will bend the rules without excellent reason, you’ll have to revise that rule throughout the entire story.
How would the chocobro's react to finding out their s/o's an artist?
AHHHH. Oh this delights me. Okay.
Noctis: Immediately this will spark Noct’s curiosity. He’s not much for creative stuff himself, preferring to sit back and enjoy, but he’s always been a bit curious about art and why some folks make such a fuss about framing and lighting and all that noise. So expect questions, a lot of listening and asking to see their work. He’ll even be happy enough to sit still and model for them, though he’ll fall asleep eventually. When asked what he thinks, he’ll admit he isn’t very good at giving opinions on it beyond whether he likes it or not, which he does. And if he ever gets the chance to work, he’ll gladly take them up on it. He won’t have a clue on the process or why certain materials work certain ways but the watching something come from a blank slate? That’s magic in his mind.
Prompto: As a photographer, Prompto clearly has an eye for things like framing, lighting, proportion and other little things that go into taking a good picture. It’s more than snap and click. So seeing someone that does it with pencils, charcoal, paints, sculpture, whatever will amaze him. He’ll be in so much awe, begging to see their work and gushing all over it. He won’t accept a single comment on any flaws and such because as far as hes concerned, their work is amazing. He’d love to take photos of them while they’re working and would happily drop gil on any bits and bobs of supplies he can find. Even if it’s only photo reference. He’ll be their biggest supporter, encouraging them to pursue whatever they want with it.
Gladio: Gladdy doesn’t know much about art. Maybe a little more than Noct but still it isn’t high on his list of priorities. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t like it. But their ability to create something out of nothing, to capture the world or their imagination with their medium is no small thing to him. Seeing their work, how it evolves and changes over time would be a pleasure to him, and he’ll always try and something something that stands out to him, be it a line that really sells the shape of someones expression or that dab of colour that makes things pop. He’ll want to learn about their work from them, their goals, their inspirations and where he can get them their favourite tools to use so they can keep creating. And he will definitely be happy to pose for live drawing practise.
Ignis: Ignis out of the four knows the most about art. He may not practise it himself actively beyond a few drawing or painting lessons, but he certainly would know enough to converse about the subject. Visiting galleries is one of his small pleasures and experiencing the emotions that works evoke. He can pick out symbolism, things like framing, proportion, and certainly try and give critique. Just don’t expect him to understand the sometimes very technical language of art’s deconstruction and analysis. He’ll happily spoil them with supplies, jaunts for live studies and lessons, serve as a model or a second pair of eyes if they need. And always, he’ll adore their work because it’s theirs and because it’s a little piece of what and what they are given physical form.
Seriously though, this is a movie that loves not making heads or tails of itself.
It’s weird, it’s wild, it’s unstructured, creative, and once the dream mixes with reality it stops making sense all together despite the best efforts of the (two) protagonist(s), if even it was making any sense to begin with.
That’s why this movie is so good. Satoshi Kon might be one of the few filmmakers that embraces the surreal nature of dreams. The ease with which he plays with the concept and the animation is joyous, and it makes for one Earth-shattering, eye-opening ride of a movie that I think anybody who loves cinema and wants to see its artistic potential should watch.
And now, if you excuse me, I should wake up. I’ve been asleep for I have no idea how long
aries:“be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man.” ~ benjamin franklin
taurus:“the attraction of new year is this: the year changes and in that change we believe that we can change with it. it is far more difficult however to change yourself than turn the calendar to a new page. we are creatures of faith, like it or not.” ~ r. joseph hoffman
gemini:“for last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. and to make an end is to make a beginning.“ ~ t.s. eliot
cancer: “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happer’…” ~ alfred lord tennyson
leo:“with the dawn of the new year on the horizon, I resolved to exert my will on the world.” ~ holly black
virgo:“we spend january 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ ellen goodman
libra:“the priceless lesson in the new year is that endings birth beginnings and beginnings birth endings. and in this elegantly choreographed dance of life, neither ever find an end in the other.” ~ craig d. lounsbrough
scorpio:“I used to have this toy, a magic slate. you wrote or drew on it and then, just by pulling up the plastic cover, everything you did disappeared and you could start new. maybe everyone feels that on new year’s eve: they can pull up the magic sheet and rewrite their lives.” ~ v.c. andrews
sagittarius: “whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ~ neil gaiman
capricorn:“make new year’s goals. dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year… the new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. we can help write that story by setting goals.” ~ melody beattie
aquarius:“may the new year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! my own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!” ~ aleister crowley
pisces:“midnight on new year’s eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and future exist at once in the present. whether we’re aware of it or not, as we count down together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.” ~ hilary depiano
in the glove AU, lapis is slated to perform magic in the school’s talent show. she asked peridot to be her partner because they have roughly the same built/height which is important for her performance. peridot refused ‘…i have stage freight’
‘I’M NOT GOING TO LET MY PERFORMANCE BE RUINED BECAUSE YOU ARE A WEENIE’ then peridot pointed out her fingers and lapis just went ?? ????? why is it floating (lapis…. you should pay more attention to your classmates…)
anyway lapis beat the fuck out peridot after that and got suspended for a few days and never lived the incident down because they study in an elevator school
“Loki!” Gwen screamed. She got to her feet and ran to him ignoring the pain from the scrapes she received from sliding across the pavement. Cars had stopped and a few people had gotten out of their cars to see what had happened. “Please be Ok. Please be Ok.” Gwen begged as she got to him. She put her ear to his chest. *Thump Thump* She sighed in relief at the sound of his heartbeat. Gwen began to use the healing spell she had learned earlier that day to close the cut on Loki’s temple. “We got to get this guy out of the street” a random stranger said. “What are you crazy. The guy could have brain damage we can’t move him till the medics get here” said another. “He’s blocking traffic said yet another who began to reach for him. “Don’t you dare touch him” Gwen almost growled at the man. Her eyes glowed with power and the man backed off.
Seriously though, this is one bizarre yet charming movie.
It’s basically an update on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, except instead of the protagonist being a money-grabby jerk, he’s a jerk who works for a TV channel (which is a pretty clever update). The ghosts, however, are the ones who steal the show. They are really funny, really quirky and really intimidating respectively, and their designs are so memorable!
The writing, the pacing, the tone, it’s all in check for a movie that balances cynicism and innocence really well. I wasn’t expecting a movie like this to carry on the spirit of the season so much, but it really does. Definitely give this one a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
And now, if you excuse me, I have to avoid a rift from happening between the present and the future. It seems not even time can get along with itself these days.
Seriously though, this is a very bizarre, extreme, but still enjoyable movie.
It’s weird to think that a story written by the legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft could spawn such an exploitative, grind-house, blood fest. This doesn’t make the movie bad, but it does make it an acquired taste. It might not appeal to all the fans of Lovecraft because it bastardizes the original text to make a B-Movie out of it, and it might not appeal to all B-Movie fans because of its highbrow origins.
Fair warning though, it is pretty violent. Okay, scratch that, it’s really violent. It doesn’t save on the gore, shock, horror and disgust departments so those of you with weak stomachs and faint of heart might want to skip this one. If you like horror movies with tons of gore and black humor then this is for you.
I will say this, though. The character of Herbert West is fascinating, and Jeffrey Combs is having a riot playing him. I think any other aspiring scientist could get infected by his personality alone.
And speaking of which, and if you excuse me, I need to take Twilight away from that needle before she hurts herself. Or someone else.
Seriously though, this movie is quite entertaining.
I don’t really understand much of it, however. To me all the military jargon, and the nature of the conflict, it’s too far out of my reach. I don’t have a really good memory, but I don’t recall any animosity between regions of Equestria similar to what happens between Russia and the United States in this movie, but whatever it was it must have been quite a tense situation to live through.
Still, this film is put together with a lot of passion and it’s quite fun to watch. All the actors deliver a pretty good performance, the music is really memorable, and it’s edited so well that it felt really short (despite it being a two hour long movie). If you’re into submarine movies, don’t miss this one. Everyone else, give it a go, you might find something fun in it that makes the viewing worth it.
And now, if you excuse me, I have to put “No Smoking” signs all over my booth. It stinks of cigar and there’s smoke all over the place. This is the second time this happened!
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What do you mean “bomb shelter”? What do you want me to do with this? What are you talking about? This isn’t a movie, it’s a…it’s a plant with lights on it, and presents. I mean, thank you so much, it’s a very pretty tree, and it ties the booth well together, but I can’t review this, maybe a botanist will get more out of it than I could.
And now, if you excuse me, I have to get to the real Holiday movies. Let’s get this train a-rolling!
This movie is even worse than Batman Forever! I know everyone else has said this, and I know this “film” has acquired an unbelievable amount of hate over the years, but it’s earned it. It has earned every single one of the negative reviews it’s received because it’s so rottenly bad that it’s not even funny.
The acting is terrible, the special effects look unfinished, the story is stupid, there’s no chemistry, no pacing, no atmosphere, and the setting is just ludicrous. I can’t believe how bad they could treat Batman and the Dark Knight mythology, but this is a new low. I guess the only good thing to come out of this is that we can’t sink lower than this…right?
And now, if you excuse me, I need an aspirin. And a hug. I haven’t been so sad in quite some time.
Featuring:Pirate Dash as Mr. Freeze (Batman: Arkham City) and Pun Pony as Mr. Freeze (Batman: The Animated Series).
As for the movie, I’d say it’s one enjoyable, self-aware, fun ride.
For a straight forward action movie there is a lot of commentary about movie tropes, themes and cliches, and it only makes it more remarkable since this film came out all the way back in 1993, back when this type of movie wasn’t the norm. It’s like Hollywood producing one of those videos made by parody websites, it’s really admirable.
You may notice I’m not giving away anything regarding the movie, and that’s because the less you know about it the more you will enjoy it. Just take this from me: Check it out.
And now, if you excuse me, I think The Grim Reaper just stepped out the movie screen. Nightmare Night begins early this year.
There not once scene that doesn’t end with someone getting smashed, stabbed, shot, impaled, or even melted! It’s like the outcome of every sequence has to be somebody dying of a horrible, exploitative, messed up way, especially if they are the bad guys.
And it’s to exaggerated that I can’t take it seriously. Really, it becomes cartoony after a while, which is where I start to really enjoy it. Even the acting fits it, with Nicolas Cage being at the helm of the ham wagon delivering a really memorable performance. He’s both funny and likeable, even if his character is a bit of a jerk.
So I guess I can recommend this movie, if only for how entertaining it is, but if you are squeamish with violence give it a pass. This movie takes everything up a notch.
And now, if you excuse me, I need to go treat Maud Pie to a better movie. I feel bad for her, she was expecting some big rocks, but this movie didn’t really deliver.
Seriously though, this movie was quite a lot of fun.
If you ignore the fact that the premise is pretty ludicrous (rocket packs, blimps, Nazis, the Hollywood sign exploding) this is a very enjoyable, very entertaining and very likable movie. It has a memorable cast of characters, the acting is great all around (especially Alan Arkin as Peevy), and the setting and atmosphere are superb. It feels like a time capsule of this bizarre golden age of film making where every new movie was greeted with awe and wonder.
It’s not spotless though. Some of the effects haven’t aged all that well, and having the Disney brand those weird animated segments kind of feel like they’ve come out of nowhere, specially those that have the swastika in them. Also the protagonist is a bit bland, but only when he’s not being The Rocketeer.
Overall, give this movie a watch, you won’t regret it!
And now, if you excuse me, I have to stop a filly from making a big mistake, and landing me with a lawsuit in the process…he, he, he, landing, more like crashing, am I right?
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Seriously though, this movie should weird me out, but it really doesn’t.
has the most bizarre collection of misfits one could imagine, but it
doesn’t matter how weird they are because their love for each other is
what keeps them together. It’s a good thing that the characters that
make the Addams Family are so memorable, likable, and fun to watch,
because everything else around them just feels… kind of dull.
The story is unnecessarily complicated, the set ups are not very inspired (except for the school play), the production design is a bit lazy, and all the other characters are absolutely forgettable.
then again, none of these things stand a chance against the main
characters and the actors who play them. All that’s needed is for Raul
Julia to raise an eyebrow, Angelica Huston to turn her head, or
Christopher Lloyd to smile, and everything else in the scene becomes
irrelevant. But that’s good, right? We are here for the Addams Family,
and they are all fantastic! So I think I can recommend this movie, if
just for the main characters alone.
And now, if you excuse me, I think I’m going to leave these guys alone. It looks like they have it handled.