so is this a movie or what

general li mulan

okay so i LOVE mulan okay. as far as i’m concerned it’s a Perfect Movie and doesn’t need any fixing. but i was thinking today and -

- what if mulan didn’t go to war to save her father?

say her father is dead, okay, killed by the previous war. so she’s raised by her mother and grandmother, women who’s complacency and softness has been worn away by necessity. she needs to marry well, for her family’s sake, because her mother has refused the hand of every man who offered. but mulan is even more rough around the edges than before, is educated not only in books (her mother said men wouldn’t find smarts attractive and grandmother pointed out that men aren’t always around and off to school mulan went) but in the sword too, taught to her by her classmate, ping.

mulan is considered in the lower end of the upper class, coming from a family of military men and scholars and successful merchants. ping is near the top, the son or nephew of an advisor to the emperor. his family is very rich and very important, and the reason they become friends is because mulan manages to notice something about him that he’s been hiding from everyone else - he’s going blind.

not totally blind, enough to get around, but blind enough that reading is difficult and swordplay is even worse, although once he has it down he has it. ping is no fool, he’s not weak or bumbling. his eyes just don’t work. so mulan notices and confronts him about it. she promises to keep it a secret, and hey, she’ll even help him with his assignments by reading the books out loud and helping him study. but in return he must teach her the sword, must teach her about military and tactics. he agrees.

ping and mulan become very good friends and there’s some raised eyebrows about it but they are TOO far away in class for it to be inappropriate, so they make tutting sounds and disapproving faces and let it go.

then the draft happens. ping can’t go to war, he won’t survive it. not with his eyesight like it is. so mulan offers him a deal - she’ll go to war for him, in his place. in return, if she survives, he must marry her. if she dies he must take care of her family.

ping can’t make this kind of family decision on his own, so he goes to his mother and tells her everything, about the eyesight and how he’ll die if he goes and mulan’s offer. his mother says he must keep it a secret from his father, but agrees - if mulan fights in her son’s place and survives, a wedding will be arranged. either way, mulan’s family will be taken care of. ping will be sent to live with some cousins in the meanwhile.

“you’re not in love with me, are you?” ping asks, helping mulan saddle her horse in the middle of the night. she scoffs and rolls her eyes, “not even a little. but marrying you will make my family happy, and besides, you’re my best friend,” she says, smiling, “better you than some grabby old man.” he smiles and hugs her and says, “i’m not in love with you either. but don’t die out there. we have a wedding to plan.”

so mulan goes to the camp, pretending to be ping, and she’s a little bit less lost but things still go as they go. she’s educated and trained, so it’s not hard for her to pass as ping. shang is keeping a special eye on her, thinking that she’s the son of an advisor, one of his father’s friends. and he sees how easily she excels, how quick thinking and smart she is, and starts giving her more and more responsibilities. by the time they’re called out, shang considers ping ie mulan to be his right hand man, and possibly his best friend.

he’s also a little bit in love with ping, and he’s long known he’s attracted to both genders, so he watches ping laugh and smile and the crease between his eyes when he frowns and does his best to let his feelings chase away the best soldier he has. every time shang looks at ping his heart clenches and he things to himself: i wish i could have you, i wish this was a time and a place where one man could have another, i wish you were a girl, is wish i was a girl - i wish we could be together. he’s literally a step away from doodling ‘li ping’ with little hearts over his battle plans. 

so the battles happen. shang and ping lead their men together, respected and loved. they each get promoted, and promoted, and promoted. it’s been years, and it comes to a point where they’re both generals in their own right. they trust each other, care for each other. and are both secretly in love with the other.

mulan is so conflicted. because she wants this war to end and to go home and settle back into life and become ping’s wife, so she can have an easy life spent studying and learning with her family taken care of. that’s what she’d wanted. but now what she wants is shang, her best friend, her brother in arms, her fellow general. she wishes to be everything to him, aches to be the woman on his arm and in his bed, but knows it’s the one thing she can never be.

then that final battle happens. mulan’s quick thinking saves them all and ends the war - but she’s injured.

shang finds out the ping has been a girl all along. he demands explanations - so she tells him everything, that she traded places with ping to save him, to become his wife.

and the lies should sting the sharpest, but they don’t. she’s still the same person, after all. it’s that she’s promised to another man, for one second he’d thought he might have her, but no. so he agrees not to reveal her but he’s furious and furious at himself for being furious and they’re not the same now, broken and splintered and neither of them know what to do.

the war is over. they leave. mulan returns home, and thanks to her ping is now known as a respected general. she’s done her part and survived, and now she gets her reward - ping’s hand in marriage.

but she sees ping for the first time and flings herself into his arms and starts crying. she tells him everything, because he’s still her friend, her very best friend besides shang, the man whom she lied to and betrayed and loves. and ping listens and takes her by the shoulders and says - i’ll uphold our bargain, if that’s what you want. you can be my pampered wife, you’ve more than earned it. but if you want to go to shang, i won’t blame you. you deserve your happiness.

and mulan goes back and forth, but ultimately she decides she has to try. if shang rejects her she’ll return and marry ping and uphold her family honor. but if shang wants her - he’s not as high up as ping, but he’s high up enough to satisfy her family, and also she would love him and want him if he was no more than a farming peasant so it doesn’t matter much anyway.

she rides to the capitol. she finally meets ping’s father, running into him while looking for shang. “ah mulan,” says this man who was never supposed to know of her until she became his daughter-in-law, “i didn’t expect to see you here. how fortuitous. walk with me.” she does, wary, and that’s how she discovers - he and the emperor had discovered her deception a year in, but at that point she’d already proven herself too skilled and valuable to lose. he tells her that he will uphold his son and wife’s deal and gladly welcome her to his household - but that she’s earned her rank as general, and that he and the emperor have no problem with letting her keep it.

she says thank you, shocked and joyful, but that she has to talk to someone first. “ah, yes, young general li,” he says, eyes twinkling, “i do believe he’s around here somewhere.”

she has no idea how he seems to know everything, but she finally tracks down shang who’s ecstatic to see her and hates himself for it. she confesses - says she loves him, that she’s engaged to ping but willing and able to break this engagement for shang. who is dumbfounded and elated and says yes, of course, finally and forever.

and mulan accepts her rank and marries shang, and they become the literal power battle couple of the general li mulan and general li shang. ping becomes a scholar and marries a very nice young woman who loves reading and is happy to read aloud to her husband with his failing eyes.

and they all live happily ever after.

Quick Tip: Making Characters Info Dump Without Seeming Like They’re Info-Dumping

The Tip: REFERENCE information with their OPINION being the focus. Never “tell” information, while not showing an opinion.

  • Why and How it Works:

Show of hands; how much do you hate when characters tell other characters things they already know, just because the reader doesn’t know (and needs to know)? Sometimes there’s information that needs to be shared with the reader and there’s no other way to do it but by SAYING it.

Here’s how to dodge the problem.

Imagine you and your friend are characters. You and your friend just watched a movie together. When talking about it, you wouldn’t “tell” them what happened – you’d reference it.

Example:

“It was an awesome movie. That scene where Harlock swishes his cape and pulls out a huge sword that’s actually a gun, kills three soldiers, and then moves down the hall to take down the others; that was so cool!”

Vs.

“In Harlock Space Pirates, there’s this scene where he swishes his cape and pulls out a huge sword that’s actually a gun, kills three soldiers, and then moves down the hall to take down the others.”

The reader now knows what happened in the movie, but the characters didn’t need to explain it to each other like its new information.

In real dialogue, people REFERENCE shared knowledge. They never “tell” it. If they “tell” it, it’s insulting and the person they’re talking to will be insulted, because you’re essentially saying they’re dumb.

Here’s the Kicker That Makes it Work - Opinions:

What your friend already has is the information. What your friend doesn’t have yet is your view on things. What you’re really giving your friend is an opinion – but what you’re giving the reader is information. Have your characters assess the information and give their thoughts, opinions, feelings, etc. on it in the same breath – rather than just saying it. As a bonus, this is fantastic for showing your character’s personality. 

Pro Tip:

The opinion doesn’t need to be long. It can be as simple as “that was cool!” or “it was evil but it was damn smart.” The end. That’s the opinion. You got all that info to the reader and your character doesn’t look dumb or mean.

i can’t wait for harry to do interviews again and get to tell his rambly stories about both his process of making his album and what it was like to film a movie

i need it so bad!!!!!

“Human rights are not something you have to apply for.”

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Statement by all Nominated Directors, 2017

On behalf of all nominees, we would like to express our unanimous and emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.

The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on – not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly “foreign” and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better. These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different.

So we’ve asked ourselves: What can cinema do? Although we don`t want to overestimate the power of movies, we do believe that no other medium can offer such deep insight into other people’s circumstances and transform feelings of unfamiliarity into curiosity, empathy and compassion – even for those we have been told are our enemies.

Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders. We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.

Human rights are not something you have to apply for. They simply exist – for everybody. For this reason, we dedicate this award to all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity – values whose protection is now more important than ever. By dedicating the Oscar to them, we wish to express to them our deep respect and solidarity.

Martin Zandvliet – Land of mine ( Denmark )
Hannes Holm – A man called Ove ( Sweden )
Asghar Farhadi – The Salesman ( Iran )
Maren Ade – Toni Erdmann ( Germany )
Martin Butler, Bentley Dean – Tanna ( Australia )

When I first watched The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan I had to turn it off after around 20 minutes, right after the infamous earthbending scene. 

I eventually did watch the rest of the movie but it was painful. M. Night Shyamalan burned $150 million to make that pos movie and at the end of it I was left bored, offended, and disgusted.

Recently I watched Uganda’s first action film, Who Killed Captain Alex.

The producer of that movie Wakaliwood Studio had a whopping budget of around $200. And yet I was thoroughly entertained throughout the entire film. It was funny, charming, and entertaining. A group of guys who’ve never seen a movie and don’t even have access to clean water did with $200 what M. Night Shyamalan couldn’t do with $150 million. The thing is Wakaliwood studios know that they can’t make some big budget blockbuster. They know that can’t make a serious action movie. So instead they go all out to entertain their audience, working with the limitations they have. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and you can tell they are thoroughly enjoying what they are doing, despite being broke and filming in the midst of a bloody civil war. It’s genuinely funny, and the movie holds your interest. Contrast that to Shyamalan, who spends a ton of money to create a big budget horror film like The Happening, producing it in all seriousness to be a genuinely scary movie, only for it to become the most absurd and ridiculous movie because of bad writing, non-existent character development, clumsy pacing, and terrible editing.

Well done to the people of Wakaliwood Studio, you have truly created a diamond in the rough, and I wish the best of luck to you.

Fuck you M. Night Shyamalan, you’ve ruined classic characters like Ong, Catera, and Soaka forever.

What you think Star Wars Rebels is going to be about: The formation and the early days of the rebelion and how it came to be the one we know from the movies. Seeing them plan strategies to undermine the empire and recruit new members.  + lots of space battles

What Star Wars Rebels is actually about: A snarky human Jedi and badass twi’lek pilot who are actually married. Their adopted Jedi son and and  warrior, explosion-loving, tech-savvy daughter. Plus their grumpy, fight-me brother, as well as an annoying droid pet. They make plans on how to sabotage the empire and then their plan goes to shit so they have to Wing It ™. Somehow this family of rebels manages to give you more feels than any show on Disney Channel should. + lots of space battles.

two and a half minutes into the “next avengers: heroes of tomorrow” movie:

- tony telling the kids a bed time story
- while holding a baby
- the story is about the avengers
- he refers to iron man as The Knight
- he calls the kids Hope For The Future
- he’s implied to have watched his friends die??????

this is so my aesthetic i am going to scream please go watch this thing it’s on YouTube

hey, everyone!! i just kinda unfollowed many blogs that changed fandoms/post what i don’t like anymore etc and my dash is pretty dead, so im looking for more blogs to follow!! so if you post b&w/pastel stuff (sorry, gotta keep my aesthetic) with any of the these things (i love multifandom blogs btw), pls like/reblog this post and i’ll check out your blog!!

- harry potter
- star wars
- marvel
- the 100
- game of thrones
- b99
- htgawm
- shadowhunters
- movies
- books
- bands and artists (muse, tøp, fob, p!atd, halsey, troye)
- aesthetic stuff

valdezinator1  asked:

What do you think about the movies?

You know what? In fact I like them. Ok, I don’t love them, but if you separate them from the books, they are not so terrible, in fact I find them very funny.

Especially the first film, I admit that I’m not a fan of the second movie but meh.

They could have been a very good thing, the actors were good, but FOX ruined it with the script and everything.

And they had their chance to make things better with the second film, but they ruined it even more.

Originally posted by logan-and-stuff

guide on how to cause a mass heart attack: official arts. for days.

tuesday:

BONES: LOOK MOVIE POSTER WITH SOUKOKU. ONLY SOUKOKU

me: *chokes on sardines at 7 pm*

wednesday:

BONES: SOUKOKU OFFICIAL SKETCH FOR MOVIE PROMO

me: we’re not running a hardest shipper contest jfc

thursday:

BONES: WE’RE GOING TO RELEASE AN OFFICIAL SKETCHBOOK

me: oh good you’re not over-the-top crazy today

BONES: we have shin soukoku on the front and soukoku at the back

me: okay that’s not so bad . i can take it. 

BONES: there’s probably gonna be more in it when it’s published

me: well okaY WAIT WHAT SHIT–

friday:

me: okay no BONES info today. it’s going to be a peaceful day.

YOI fandom: viktuuri grocery shopping. otayuri friendship date. earphone sharing. dj bad boy otabek wearing CARDIGAN. CODE BLUE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT. OTABEK WEARING GRANDPAPPY CARDIGAN. 


BOLLOCKS TO THIS. CALL A BLEEDING AMBULANCE.

anonymous asked:

How do you come up with your oc's

depends!

sometimes i’ll have a prompt in my head, like when designing a gijinka or a npc for dnd, and i’ll start thinking “i want the character to be like this and like these things, so what can i put in their design to convey that”

or sometimes i just get a rly vague design popped into my head and i’ll wanna draw it, or i’ll get inspired by imagery from a song or a movie or smth

or i’ll even like. just dream them up. and then wanna draw them..

  • sara: *exists*
  • rip: 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit
  • rip: ...
  • rip: *actually writes a movie about her*

anonymous asked:

Hi, love the blog! I recently got into Kingdom Hearts and I'm going out with the whole shabang. I have a PS4, got 2.8 and preordered the 1.5 + 2.5 remastered. In your opinion, what order should I play the series? I heard Birth By Sleep is a prequel and so is KHUx, so I just want to get the full experience. Thanks!

Oh gosh. Well, KHUX is a currently advancing story, and goes a lot slower than the others. You’ll probably want to come back around and do it last, due to the slow story pacing and the fact it’s no where near done. My opinion on the order to play in would be the in-game chronological. In other words…

  1. 2.8′s KHX Back Cover [Movie]
  2. Mobile’s KHUX (Ongoing)
  3. 2.5′s Birth by Sleep
  4. 2.8′s 0.2 Fragmentary Passage
  5. 1.5′s Kingdom Hearts (I)
  6. 1.5′s Re:Chain of Memories 
  7. 1.5′s Days [Movie]*
  8. 2.5′s Kingdom Hearts II
  9. 2.5′s Re:Coded [Movie]
  10. 2.8′s Dream Drop Distance
  11. ???
  12. Kingdom Hearts III (whenever it’s released)

For the remakes and the movies… 

  • re:Chain of Memories is a remake from the GBA that is pretty faithful to the original plot-wise. Zexion gets to fight and a few lines are further localized, but that’s pretty much all. Sticking with the 1.5 version is fine.
  • The Days Movie is… not good. It cuts out important plot points (assumed to be to cast to protagonists in a better light) and isn’t that great to sit through. *I’d suggest buying/emulating the game (for the DS) or watching a playthrough. Yeah, it really is that bad.
  • The re:Coded Movie is a remake of a remake, but stays pretty faithful to the actual plot of the game. re:Coded (remade for the DS, originally JP-only phones) was, imo, a pretty subpar game, so I wouldn’t bother getting it. (Very puzzle-based and limited “memory” to manage how strong you could be.) The movie cuts out all the crap and is quite enjoyable to watch. Sticking with the 2.5 version is fine.
  • KHUX itself is a remake of KHX, an flash-based MMO for the browser. After a certain point (after quest 585/555), they split off, with different plots. Browser KHX closed last fall, with a very brutal finale, while Unchained (KHUX) is ongoing. Nomura has called this “ongoing” as “Season 2″ of KHX, but…. still worth noting that you may want to watch the “end” of KHX on youtube, after you get to quest 555 in KHUX.

Day 24

Favorite DSOD moment.

Well, looks like it’s time for me to talk about this scene more in depth.

I remember back when the first teaser was out, and we all noticed what we now know is virtual Atem walking down the aisle.  We were all wondering if it was really him, and people either wanted him to come back because we all miss him, or didn’t because we wanted to see how much Yugi has grown without him.

For me, I feel like DSoD handled this well for both sides.  He did come back to help Yugi and we have this moment, yet he only came back when Yugi was at his wits end, so Yugi still got to shine throughout this movie.

Next, I made this post early in January wondering about whether 4kids would put dialogue in this scene, since I know that’s something they like to do (ex. The clown leading Yugi to Arkana).  I’m glad that they didn’t, at least nothing out loud.  This symbolizes the fact that even though Atem came back to help Yugi, he still doesn’t belong in their dimension because he’s dead.

However, in the next scene with his friends when Tea asks him about Atem, Yugi responds something along the lines of, “He’s doing fine, and he wishes us the best.” (Not sure if that’s the actual quote, but its similar), showing that they in fact did communicate to each other.  I believe that either they spoke out through their hearts, or when Atem semi-possessed Yugi’s body (Yes, I’m saying semi-possessed, I’ll get into that another time) their mind link reestablished and was still present until Atem left.  Either way, I truly believe that somehow they were about to hear each other’s voices, and for me that just makes this scene even more emotional.

To be honest, I was a little upset that they didn’t hug.  I mean, they had a great opportunity here for one.  But that’s just a nitpick and it didn’t affect my overall thoughts on this scene. (Besides, I wrote my own version a while back to cheer me up)

And lastly, my inner puzzleshipping absolutely loves this scene and needs to make this statement. With everything these two went through, and the fact that Atem actually returned to help Yugi… these two have to see each other again when Yugi naturally goes to the afterlife, they have to.

This scene is amazing, emotional, heartwarming, and for me, satisfying.

My Collective thoughts on Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss
  • Okay this movie already had me shook like 3 mins in with that flashback!! We see the digital world going to shit and tHE DARK MASTER??? I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE EVIL 
  • AND THEN THE 4 SOVEREIGN DIGIMON HOLY SHIT 
  • why did they sacrifice that digimon that’s so fucked up 
  • also what timeline did this happen in?? i still don’t understand if the tri universe is the same as the adventure and adventure 02 universe
  • tears tears and more tears bECAUSE THEY FUCKING REBOOTED AND NOW THEIR DIGIMON DON’T REMEMBER THEM 
  • like if you think about it it’s their first meeting all over again except this time it’s the digidestined having to talk their digimons into the whole partner thing sLAY ME
  • Koushirou x oolong tea the true otp 
  •  when meicoomon appeared and is still in her champion level form + remembers everything meaning the soul breaking reboot WAS FOR NOTHING

Originally posted by virtualstars

  • Biyomon being a rude ass digimon to Sora took years off my life 
  • Taichi, Yamato, and Sora are my OT3 now 
  • stop with the koumi moments…..just stop…
  • ya sorry meicoomon your digimon partner didn’t come for you because she literally sucks 
  • Yamato: she’s one of us! Me: boi just shut up for like 2 seconds 
  • can you tell I don’t like meiko
  • i know her existence is supposed to cause drama and move the plot forward but did she have to be so ANNOYING AND UNLIKABLE 
  • all the digimon are so damn cute like let me have them all!!! Biyomon what’s your damage 
  • idk how i feel about daigo and hime being og digidestined 
  • like digidestined are supposed to be these awesome people who have the good heart to bond with digimon but they just seem ehhhh 
  • daigo telling hime he’ll be her partner was both too cheesy and pretty insensitive 
  • speaking of hime when she met up with her digimon partner she was being such a creep like i get you missed them so damn much but c’mon thats not how you treat a digimon partner 
  • yggdrasil???? AS IN THE ONE FROM SAVERS???
  • I NEED ANSWERS HACKMON 
  • When Biyomon warmed up to Meiko and not Sora 
  • Another reason to dislike Meiko: taking Biyomon from Sora, everyone sooooo worried about Meiko but not really Sora. Good thing Sora is strong and got through it in the end. But why did Meiko have to become that kind of character? The one that ruins EVERYTHING. 
  • Why was Gennai such a fucking freak this movie??? Licking Sora’s face, trapping Meiko against the wall and grabbing her chin like??? 
  • Joe tackling Gennai was gold! 
  • DIGIMON TEAMWORK
  • every time i see a digivolution i gain ten years of life 
  • PHOENIXMON AND SERAPHIMON *SCREECHES*
  • You know, if any of the digidestined were being strangled by Gennai then the digimon would have evolved and saved them for sure. 
  • But meicoomon and meiko lack that connection and just both suck as characters seriously remove them from this movie series PLEASE
  • that’s why meiko died (i know she didn’t but i can dream)
  • overall 100000/10 because I love digimon and I can’t wait for the 5th installment