such a beautiful gem of a film

Utopias

While we would live separated into Sun signs, everyone is welcome to come and go, to pass by, to be welcomed, to stay over, to visit. If I’m going to dream, I’m going to dream that life would be peaceful at least, joyful at most.

Aries: Rocky and volcanic, a heaviness to the air. Everyone moves with urgency, with energy, with inspiration. There are dragons, friendly but fierce, creatures straight from the pages of fantasy novels. Competition is encouraged, but so is being protective, the merging of strength with something warm.

Taurus: Green, forests, streams, flowers, trees that seem to communicate and break away, that move should you look away for too long. People live in cottages, sweet smelling cakes filling the air in the days, amber and musk at night. Everyone who passes through is well fed and looked after. Leisure is considered a virtue here.

Gemini: Bright and colourful paths to follow, interweaving routes that lead to places undiscovered. The weather changes as they do. Shows are put on, laughter and giggles the soundtrack, and no day is the same. Everyone greets those that pass through, a conversation the key to affection. Libraries fill rooms Beauty and the beast style.

Cancer: Lagoons, beaches, caves to hide out in, pretty with glistening gems and rocks, places to reflect, to see the water move where the mermaids swim. There is time out for every emotion, every sensation to be realised, to be validated, and sitting and dreaming is the perfect way to pass time. Loved ones are kept close. There is power to the sound of the ocean.

Leo: Glamorous and built up, high buildings and fashionable aesthetics, modern, like a city but with quiet corners. Shows and films flash all day, free entry of course, and comfort and luxury is abundant. No one is considered too loud or enthusiastic, the more the merrier, shame is forbidden. If you are quiet enough however you can hear the bellowing lions roar in the distance, protective.

Virgo: Modest towns, green, but practical, everything you need at least once over is accessible. Little critters hop around. People greet each other with a slight nod of the head, a smile, then on their way to learn, to lend a hand, yet at the end of the day they meet each other, even if not much is said. At night, there is quiet to fall into fantasy, to create, to show a touch of genius.

Libra: Open spaces and airy, mountainous, a place to breathe, to balance, to think. The wind makes their hair dance. Houses seem balanced on the edges, views to envy. There are rooms like studios, a place for controlled messiness, for the creativity of Venus to express, yet the rest of the housing is immaculately designed. Most live in pairs, yet the wider community is also cherished.

Scorpio: Beautiful Gothic designs, castles and ruins, yet light seems to dance. Privacy is respected, but so is connection, and inauthenticity sticks out like a sore thumb here. There are creatures that you cannot quite tell if they are ugly or cute, a duality. Devotion and loyalty are held up as virtues. There is a dark humour here, but also great wisdom.

Sagittarius: Green and open, places to run and tumble, but also places to sit and ponder. A natural prettiness, but not heavily designed, natural, placed by the hands of something higher. Sport and competition is encouraged though not valued more than the mental and spiritual talents that their inhabitants gift to the world. There is a warmth in the air, a free spiritedness, a place to visit for anyone that feels blue.

Capricorn: Built up buildings, a big city, classy and simplistic design. Everyone progresses here, advances, creates personal ambitions along with shared ones. Hard work is a virtue, but so is being supportive and stable, extending a hand to those that need advice and solid method. Everyone walks with an air if dignity, but followed closely by a sarcastic grin and shining smile should someone break the poised pace.

Aquarius: A place of technology, pointing to the future, like a cross between a built up city and a science lab. If cars will one day fly, here will be the place to have them first. Can be overwhelming on a first visit, not knowing how anything works, but the fascination is more than enough compensation. The people here are odd and eccentric, but also speak with such interest and offbeat passion that it is infectious.

Pisces: Misty, iridescent, reflective, one colour seems to blend into another, can be confusing for the senses upon first visiting, but there is a point where it becomes easier to acclimatise. The floor doesn’t feel solid, like you could fall right through, but if you concentrate hard enough, you see the streams pass through, pretty rainbow lights dancing on the water. Everyone walks with a sleepiness here, takes time to gather how they feel.

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middle earth aesthetics erebor

ah, frodo, erebor! built deep within the mountain itself, the beauty of this fortress city was legend. its wealth lay in the earth, in precious gems hewn from rock and in great seams of gold running like rivers through stone. the skill of the dwarves was unequaled, fashioning objects of great beauty out of diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire.

Part 2: Task: 12 Days of lesser known animated show/film recommendations

Hey, guys! I’ve been a bit down lately, so in order to give myself something to do, I decided to share with you all the lesser known, underrated or entirely hidden gems of the animated world (as far as I know), be it show or film.

Rules:

-The animation must be traditional (no CGI unless it’s minor and in the background; i’ll do an all CGI list later).

-The recommended work must have soothing, inspiring or otherwise admirable leads with realistic emotional connections.

-The plot of the story must be intriguing if not wholly believable and the artwork must meet certain aesthetic standards.

-The characters must have emotionally realistic interactions with one another in ratio to the time allowed for them to interact.

-The animation in question may be from anywhere in the world.

Also, feel free to clue me in on any that I don’t list, because I would really appreciate a new animated find!  

As a matter of course, a great deal of the listed shows/films will be ‘anime’, simply because japanimation has the monopoly on the most unique and varied story lines, and Japan (and sometimes France) are the only ones making mostly traditionally drawn animated features still.

Alright, here we go … …

Day Two: Fairy Tale Films :)

The Day of the Crows

I absolutely adore this film. Not only is The Day of the Crows a superbly animated feast for the eyes, but the characters, lessons and honest interactions take it a level above most children’s films. Not only that, but the dialogue is wonderfully translated from the French to the English subtitles. As a matter of course, I prefer watching films in their original language unless the dub has some inventive dialogue or more adequate voice acting, but this little known gem isn’t likely to pick up a dub any time soon anyway, so all of you who only watch dubs should make an exception for this one. 

It is the story of a young boy who has been raised by an ogre in the woods, until one day he must leave the protection of the trees for the nearby village in order to save someone precious to him. While there, he meets a young girl and begins to learn the touching history of his family. It’s a delightfully nuanced film. Really, don’t miss it!

Note: The title is mildly misleading, as any crow characters are showcased near the end of the film and don’t get much screen time. But why should that bother anyone?

A+

Fusé: Teppō Musume no Torimonochō 

Is there any anime lover who would pass up a film with adorable characters and animal transformations? Well, I actually would pass up the ‘animal transformations’ part, but that may just be me. Fusé is a touching fairy tale centring around a young huntress who befriends a dog-like humanoid named Shino. What puts this movie a pitch above the other films out there with a similar premise is it’s refusal to give the characters more slack than any real person would get. People die…there’s a surprising amount of gore which I feel is somehow toned up despite the soft animation. It’s the sort of film that makes you laugh less because it’s funny and more because you know your window to find things humorous is rapidly disappearing. You want the characters to be happy….you think they should be because the film is so cute…but it’s the bitter-sweet trick of the story. 

It’s based on the Hakkenden, an old Japanese novel series that details the exploits of the ‘Dog Warriors’, beings reincarnated from the slaughtered spawn of a princess and her dog lover. This is part of why I can forgive the dog-creature theme, because the characters within the story on a few separate occasions refer to the story as a ‘counterfeit’ or parody of the Hakkenden

A

Snow Maiden

An old Russian animation about a young woman who is the child of Spring and Winter, stepping into a village for the first time and learning that she does not have the capacity to love as other humans do. It’s very touching, very whimsical, and in the end bitter-sweet. I’d recommend it for the beautiful artwork alone, but the characters are given a surprising amount of life considering how old the film is. It’s clearly a labour of love.

A+ 

The Dead Princess and the Seven Knights

An old Russian film based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The most fantastic thing about this film is that from start to finish the entirety of the script is one looong poem, complete with rhymes. I believe this film, Snow Maiden and The Twelve Months are all apart of the same collection, but these three are not dubbed into English, like some of the better known in the series, such as The Snow Queen. 

A

The Twelve Months

If you are familiar with this film, it may be because you’ve watched the anime incarnation. I’d advise you to watch this one instead. Not only are the characters a bit more vital, but the art is a step above the anime and the humour is a bit more fluid. It is a Cinderella-like tale about a girl who wanders into the woods after being forced to preform an impossible task, and receives guidance from the Twelve Months, who are portrayed as a band of merry males of various ages having a meeting around a camp fire in the dead of winter.

A

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a fascinating film about a young boy who, from the moment he is born, is able to talk and think like an adult. But he is still only a baby, and is very small because of it, which causes troubles between him and the towns people, and eventually gets the attention of a wicked sorceress that finds him a nuisance as he starts to use his size for unusual heroic feats. 

Every character is fun, the dialogue is insightful and the resolution is terribly sweet.

A+

Tales of the Night

A series of re-worked fairy tales told through ‘shadow puppet’ visuals. Beautiful stories, really. All of the interactions between the characters are unique and admirable, and every tale has a satisfying conclusion. You may think the shadow puppet look takes away from it, but, really, it only gives you a bit more emotion to savour since every character looks pretty much the same, allowing their intentions to nakedly drive the stories, rather than their looks.

A

The Last Unicorn

Based on the book of the same name, and with a screen play by the author, this film is one of the better known ‘hidden gems’. The story follows the ‘last unicorn’, as she searches for others of her kind, who are being held captive in a barren land that is very far away from her gentle forest. She gathers loyal and endearing companions along the way, and eventually looses a bit of herself in the throws of a pseudo-romance with a prince. 

It’s a classic. The animation is unique and whimsical, and the pacing, characters and eventual resolution are all wonderful. It was my favourite film as a child.

A+

The Princess and the Pilot

The Princess and the Pilot is a touching tale about the blooming tenderness and self-awareness between a pilot and the princess he is tasked with transporting across the ocean. There is political intrigue, bold decisions and the rude awakenings of reality in a war torn country. Both the leads are relatable and worth the care you inevitably develop toward them. And though the ending is a little frustrating, it is handled in a realistic and tentative manner that shows the meaning of personal feelings, even if physical circumstances can’t reflect them.

A-

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai is the fictional and slightly sensationalised biography of an actual historical figure from the Japanese artistic past. The story is told in a series of self-contained artistic episodes that explore the philosophy needed to produce vital art, by teaching the characters emotional lessons through supernatural interactions. It’s very unique and telling, and every character has a degree of believably that is pleasantly attention grabbing. Some might complain that the formatting leaves a bit to be desired, but I’m pretty sure this is all intentional. 

A+

Princess Arete

Princess Arete is one of those rare princess films that is all about a princess and her character building, and not at all about romance. 

Little Princess Arete is kept in a tower where she grows increasingly depressed, despite her night time slips into the town bellow her window. By a bitter sort of luck, she is kidnapped by a wizard, and from here able to experience the world, albeit under a curse. The film has a very charmed and truthful grasp on the meanings in minor interactions and it never betrays the passionate heart of it’s female lead.

It’s a bit slow, but if you watch movies for the enrichment they provide and not for the face paced thrills, this one may be for you.

A+

Magic Boy

An old Japanese feature from the ‘60′s about a young boy who must do battle with a wicked witch to protect his home and family. The characters are enjoyable, the battles are pretty neat and the animation is a proto-perfect anime film suite. Honestly, if you’ve seen Kubo and the Two Strings and then you see this, you may feel, as I have, that it is like the spiritual grandfather to Kubo

A+

The Life of Guskou Budori

If you’ve ever seen Night on the Galactic Railroad, these two may look familiar to you. As you watch Guskou, you may develop the suspicion that the characters are an alternate incarnation or perhaps even a canon reincarnation of Giovanni and Campanella. 

The Life of Guskou Budori is about said titular character as he navigates life after the death (otherworldly kidnapping?) of his younger sister during a great famine. The animation is simply gorgeous, and if you can forgive the incredibly vague narrative, you may just find yourself walking along a very enchanted dream.

Like Galactic Railroad, all of the characters are anthropomorphised cats. I’m unsure why that is, but it’s cute and inventive. It too, is based on a book. If you haven’t seen Night on the Galactic Railroad, I would also recommend that one, as it is very touching and poetic, but it is very slow. If you happen to like both of them, the anime Spring and Chaos, another anthropomorphic cat tale, may be for you, as it is about the guy who wrote the two aforementioned stories.

B+

Tales from Earthsea

If you are a studio Ghibli fan, you may be in for a treat. This is a loose adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s seminal work the Earthsea series. It wraps into one film the characters and issues of four books, and so it doesn’t do the books much justice as it has bit off a bit more than it can chew. But if you accept it as an entirely different story that happens to have similar magical rules and the same names as the Earthsea series character’s have, the film is quite good. 

Young Arren is a disturbed young man who runs away from his posh life and is picked up by the Arch-mage Ged. After making a special friend and fighting a deranged wizard, Arren learns how to own up to his fears and find peace despite his crimes. I recommend watching the original Japanese dub, as it is a bit more insightful about the Earthsea world.

It is directed by Miyazaki’s son Goro. If you like this film, you may like his other, more well rounded film From Up On Poppy Hill (my favourite Ghibli film), and Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, which is an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s book of the same name (and a far more skillfully crafted adaptation than Tales from Earthsea. The perks of being a seasoned animator, I guess).

If you like the films, or even if you don’t, I recommend reading the Earthsea series and the Howl’s Moving Castle series. I prefer the latter. 

A by itself, B-/C+ if compared to the books.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice is one of those barbarian films from the early 80′s. It’s got action and romance and wild prehistoric beasts, an obvious bad guy that’s still pretty well rounded despite his minor screen time and a bit of sorcery that you can laugh at if your mind is dirty enough to catch the innuendos. In a nutshell, Fire and Ice is a great late night blast from the past that every child of the 90′s should see at least once.

With art overseen by the legendary Frank Frazetta, I think any serious artist could find this film pretty rad as well. 

A-

The Cat Returns

The Cat Returns is a fascinating continuum of Shizuku’s story from Whisper of the Heart (another Ghibli film). It’s a fairy tale to the max, complete with a dapper cat ‘prince’ and woefully silly damsel-in-distress. It’s a lesser known Ghibli film, which is why it’s on the list, and if you do watch it, I recommend pairing it with Whisper of the Heart, a high school drama about a young girl’s blossoming romance and her attempt to write a novel, since it’s only right to see the little strings that connect the two tales. 

It’s funny, charming and the Baron has a British accent ;) Mmm-mm delish!

A+

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Whew! What a long list!

Next time: Best Comedy Supernatural animated shows/films.

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“The one’s body is shaped like the other’s soul!”

#44: Clawed Frollo and Quasimeowdo, from the Hunchcat of Notre Dame by Victor Mewgo

I also got a request for Frollo but I accidentally deleted it before screenshotting it

While Disney’s Clawed Frollo is pretty much just a monster from the beginning, book Frollo *started* as an okay cat. Like:  In the beginning of the Disney film, Frollo kills Quasimeowdo’s mother and almost murders baby kitten Quasimeowdo. In the book, Quasimeowdo’s mother abandons him. Ordinary Parisian citizens want to kill orphan baby Quasimeowdo because he’s ugly, and Frollo is the only one who takes pity on him–saving his life and adopting him. And while we’re at it: book Quasimeowdo isn’t as “cute” as film-Quasimeowdo. He’s not evil, but being treated like a monster has understandably made him rough around the edges. So in the book the two’s stories are equal and opposite: Quasimeowdo grows from the “monster” everyone wants dead to the compassionate savior of Esmewralda; Clawed Frollo changes from an upstanding priest capable of pity to a monster who laughs as Esmewralda hangs (she dies in the book.) One proves his humanity, the other loses his humanity.

 I mean neither of them really had humanity, because they weren’t humans they were cats, but that wasn’t the point you see

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Hobbit/LotR Ask Meme: Theflightytemptress, Cuddlyaxe and Anonymous asked 10. Favourite weapon? 

“Forged long ago in the lost Elf kingdom of Gondolin, Orcrist, the ‘goblin cleaver’, was a legendary blade, well known to the wise of Middle-earth and infamous among their enemies." 

"Having disappeared for centuries, the sword would reappear in, of all places, a Troll hoard, where, among the detritus and ruin, it catches the eye of Thorin Oakenshield. To the Dwarf, well versed in the crafting of fine weapons, it is a sword of peerless craft, but it is Elrond, lord and lore-master of Rivendell, who is able to name the blade and tell Thorin of its prestigious lineage." 

"No finer sword could a king of any race wish for." 

This Day in 1D History - July 13

2011: 

  • the boys wrap filming for the What Makes You Beautiful music video!!

2012: 

  • Zouis are pure joy outside the studio in London (via jojopics)

2013: 

  • the M&G gems just keep on comin’…

2014: 

  • backstage love before the show!
  • Where We Are Tour concert – Porto, Portugal
  • “…I’ll just stand here, and burn in my skin”

2016: 

  • Harry has a slight slip-up (lmao) on set in Urk 
  • Niall chats with two young pros at the 145th Open Championship in Glasgow
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OTP: Frond Of The View.🌴

you’re not somethin’ to lose. you’re one of those surprise parties you didn’t expect & you’re kind of scared to find out what’s going on, but ends up being some of the best moments in your life. or you’re a quiet night in. cozy up with a good book & steaming cup of hot cocoa while the cold rain pelts the window.

you’re not somethin’ to lose. you’re a gold coin in a sea of bronze. sifting through the hard times & rock bottom blues. you haven’t found yourself yet & that’s okay. you’re worth exploring for a lifetime. you’re an ocean of anxiety fused with bravery. a beautiful juxtaposition i’d love to capture on a roll of film.

you’re not somethin’ to lose. you shouldn’t have to prove your worth. you’re a timeless classic replaying on my record player. a gem lost in the sands of time. but i’ll find you, if you know you’re lost without a compass. i’ll write our love in the stars. follow the sound of my heartbeat. you’ll see home on the horizon.

you’re not somethin’ to lose. i won’t loosen my grip on your hand again. we’ll sleep in pillow forts & i’ll teach you how happiness is supposed to feel. you’ll be warm again. you’ll glow brighter & feel lighter. i promise. you’re still a secret in my heart, but once i know for sure, i’ll showcase our romance. i won’t be ashamed like those other boys who broke you down into dirt piles. you’re worthy of blossoming into water lilies, floating on my pond of love.

Indian book to movie adaptations you should check out

Besides loving books and history, I am also a great fan of Indian film industry (heck, my main blog is bollymusings ). It is not too often, but from time to time the movies are actually book adaptations. Here is a short list of stories that found their way from book pages to Indian silver screen.

Devdas: A book by the same titles was written at the beginning of the 20th century by very young (and very drunk) Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. It has since been adapted to film many times, but the most famous version comes from the year 2002. The film was  was India’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2003 and was also screened in Cannes. It is larger than life extravaganza that revolves around a simple story of two childhood sweethearts being torn apart by circumstances, and slow descent into alcoholism of the main protagonist. There is more though, including a loving courtesan, fabulous music, undying loyalties and one of the most haunting endings ever. 

Parineeta: From the same author as Devdas, Parineeta is set in the 60s (although the original novel was written in 1914) and operates on similar storyline. However the tone and the characters are quite different. Less heart-wretching, but more poetic, Parineeta was also a heavily awarded movie.

Saawariya: Adapted from the short story of Fyodor Dostoyevsky called The White Nights, Saawariya is a stuff of dreams. Instead of Petersburg and Russia the film is set in an imaginary place that is breath-takingly beautiful. The story is that of a young man who happens to meet a girl one night. At first he is crushed because she admits she is waiting for someone else, but as he gets to know her better, it would seem the rival may be just a figment of her imagination. Or is he?

Omkara: Believe it or not, this is an adaptation of Shakespeare´s Othello. And it is bloody brilliant.

Haider: And this is Bollywood version of Hamlet.

Maqbool: And here you have Macbeth.

2 States: Returning back to India for a bit, one of the most successful authors at present time is Chetan Bhagat. 2 States is partly autobiographical book about his relationship with his future wife. While both were Indians, each came from a different region, and each region has very strong cultural and traditional features, that can get in a way of your love story.

Aisha: light-hearted and fun version of Jane Austen´s Emma.

Ram Leela: this is a take on Romeo and Juliet, if Romeo and Juliet and everybody else also was on meth. Visually stunning, set in half-imagined and half-contemporary reality, it is worth watching, even if hardly flawless.

Lootera: truly beautiful and poetic adaptation of O. Henry´s The Last Leaf.

Dedh Ishqiya: My absolute favourite from the whole list. This witty, funny, bitter, sweet, lesbian with happy ending, mature romance including, Bechdel-test passing gem of a film was inspired by a short story Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai. Go watch it.

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Top Ten: STEPHEN KING ADAPTATIONS

10) CARRIE (Brian De Palma 1976): The seminal horror film from Brian De Palma is King’s original mind bending story of bullying gone wrong. Sissy Spacek might have been a little too old for the role of a high school girl. But the performances of Piper Laurie as Carrie’s insane mother, and Betty Buckley as the gym teacher add class to the entire film. A great career start from John Travolta and Nancy Allen, the scene that has made the film famous might have been lampooned so many times, but it’s still a piece of cinematic genius. From the awkward and slightly perverted opening to the big shock at the end, De Palma is clearly in love with the story and wants to make a film that is about women, that both genders can enjoy. He succeeds. (Based on the novel “Carrie”)

9) STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner 1986): A classic story of childhood features brilliant performances from the young cast. Based on the third novella in the compendium Different Seasons. The touching story of a group of children that discover a dead body. Something that could be seen as a pre-curser to Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, the story has no pretensions of being anything other than a beautiful ode to growing up. Richard Dreyfuss classes up the whole film with his cinematic stature. But the entire film hinges on the likeability of the young actors, it might only be Keifer Sutherland that actually gained a career after the film, and the tragic loss of River Phoenix make for upsetting viewing, but the entire film is beautiful. (Based on the novella “The Body” from Different Seasons)

8) SECRET WINDOW (David Koepp 2004): From the outset a rather incidental film from all involved, but actually a hidden gem in the catalogue of King adaptations, Koepp films and Depp performances. Depp plays a writer who is accused by a strange man, John Tuturro, of stealing his story. The thriller builds on two great central performances. Once from an incredibly sinister Tuturro and another from Depp on fine form before his apparent downfall. This film might, yet, prove to be the last great Depp performance and if that be, well it’s a decent enough performance, twitchy, worried and desperate. The film builds to an inevitable twist, and your reaction really depends on how much you read and understand film cliches. (Based on the novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” from Four Past Midnight.)

7) THE DEAD ZONE (David Cronenberg 1983): Christopher Walken plays a man who after a horrific accident is able to see a person’s future by touching them. What follows is a part horror film, part superhero origin story and part political thriller. Walken, like Spacek in Carrie, does great as someone trying to understand what has happened to him and what is going to continue happening to him. Martin Sheen plays the politician with a heart of absolute black and perfectly plays the role of villain. While in lesser hands Sheen would be the hero and Walken the villain, Cronenberg mounts a thrilling horror film with building tension. Not one of his showier films, but one of the more enjoyable and with a brilliantly understated central performance by Walken, who reigns in his mannerisms to play the meek and mild Johnny Smith gives one of his career bests. (Based on the novel “The Dead Zone”.)

6) THE MIST (Frank Darabont 2007): The first of three Darabont films to make it on the list, this tense supernatural monster movie pits a group of New England townsfolk against a a sinister mist and the monster that lie within it. Darabont plays down the monsters outside for the monsters inside with a host of brilliant character actors showing their worth: Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble play father and son to great success, with William Sadler and Marcia Gay Harden providing villainous support, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones and Andre Braugher also class up the proceedings. The ending is either a stroke of brilliance, or a let down depending how invested you are in the characters, but as a tense inspection of how society breaks down under pressure, it’s pure brilliance. (Based on the novella “The Mist” from Skeleton Crew).

5) APT PUPIL (Bryan Singer 1998): A brilliant study in evil, and the corruption of two people with souls already rotting to the core, Apt Pupil casts Brad Renfro as the all American apt pupil of the title, and Ian McKellen as the nazi down the road hiding in plain sight. In Todd Bowden, Renfro gives a performance that should stand up alongside the likes of Malcolm McDowell’s Alex De Large or even Ezra Miller’s Kevin. McKellen already a respected actor sinks his thespian teeth into the role of Arthur Denker, and later his true identity of Kurt Dussander. While David Schwimmer might look a little out of place in this broiling tension filled thriller, McKellen keeps everything grounded with his sublime performance. The scene in which McKellen marches in a nazi uniform is particularly unsettling. (Based on the novella “Apt Pupil” from Different Seasons).

4) MISERY (Rob Reiner 1990): That moment all writer’s hate - when someone approaches you and tells you that they’re your biggest fan. Psycho fanboys threatening death because you botched the latest issue of Spider-Man have got nothing on Annie Wilks played to perfection by Kathy Bates, with James Caan as famed novelist Paul Sheldon who writes the Misery Chastain books. Clearly drawing on his own nightmare scenarios, King’s novel proved to be an unsettling chiller, but under the direction of Reiner who had success years earlier with Stand By Me, mounts a tense almost two person drama about an obsessive fan, and a writer at the end of his tether. Bates’ Academy Award win has gone on to become a benchmark in female villains and in the “bunny boiler” subset. The scene involving a sledge hammer, James Caas, and an ankle makes for one of the most wince inflicting moments in cinema. (Based on the novel “Misery”).

3) THE GREEN MILE (Frank Darabont 1999): One of two King prison drama, the second of three Darabont films, and a supernatural story about the goodness one man can bring all come to the forefront of this moving drama. Death row officers Tom Hanks, David Morse, Barry Pepper and Jeffrey DeMunn are at their wits end with the obnoxious Doug Hutchinson. The inmates, Michael Jeter and Graham Greene are all put out of sorts with the arrival of Michael Clarke Duncan’s towering John Coffey convicted of raping and murdering two little girls. This epic film, featuring Sam Rockwell, Gary Sinise, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, William Sadler and Dabbs Greer all offer brilliant performances, but the film belongs to Hanks and Duncan who both give career bests. The film builds to a gentle climax and the finale leaves you in floods of tears. Darabont’s sensitive direction, as well as another brilliant score from Thomas Newman make for a long, poetic and beautiful experience. (Based on the novel “The Green Mile”).

2) THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick 1980): Considered by some to be the ultimate horror film, Kubrick’s adaptation of the King’s most infamous novel makes many differences from the novel but offers a different take on the same idea. Jack Nicholson takes a job as a winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel and brings his wife and young son along. What follows is a terrifying journey into the psyche of a man haunted by vice, conflicted by anger and hunted by the spirits of The Overlook. Scatman Crothers is brilliant as Dick Halloran, but the film is all about Nicholson’s simmering performance. Of course the greatest moment comes from an almost gentle conversation in a bathroom between Nicholson’s Jack and Philip Stone’s Delbert Grady. A simple conversation that grows and grows as fear becomes more and more. With the legacy of the film as well as the death of Kubrick it’s unlikely we’ll see a film based on Doctor Sleep anytime soon, the changes made from novel to film would need Kubrick himself to decide how to do it. Which is a shame, because Kubrick’s Doctor Sleep would have been quite the film. (Based on the novel “The Shining”).

1) THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Frank Darabont 1994): Of course it has to be the number one, the enduring favourite of any film buff. Accused of a crime he may or may not have committed, Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufrense shows up at Shawshank prison and befriends Morgan Freeman’s life timer and “only guilty man in Shawshank” Red. The friendship is the centre of this moving drama film which offers the idea that fear can hold you prisoner, but hope can set you free. Clancy Brown, Willam Sadler and Bob Gunton all class up the proceedings, with a brilliant Thomas Newman score and the soothing tones of Freeman’s narration letting us know we’re in safe hands. Gunton’s Warden Norton might go down, along with Grady, Mrs Carmody and Annie Wilks are one of the great Stephen King villains, here is played with just the right amount of malice and cruelty, but still a believable menace. The final scene might not be what King fans would want, but it perfectly ends a film that is, essentially, a love story between two guys. (Based on the novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” from Different Seasons).

Requests are *tentatively* open

Hey guys, sorry for the spell of disappearance. I’m back and raring to go! I say “tentatively” because I am currently working several jobs and may not be able to keep up if there is a very big number of requests, but Imma do my best!

*NEW Edit*

I will be taking smut requests again. Just a heads up!

I’m currently madly in love with the Kingsman films and dying to write about:

Originally posted by thislittlediary

Agent Whiskey: He’s beautiful, he’s arrogant and smooth as fuck. Will write FLUFF and SMUT.

Originally posted by agenttequila

Agent Tequila: He can be a bit of a dork, but there’s not doubt in my mind that he’s a grade-A badass. He didn’t get enough screen time. Will write FLUFF and SMUT.

Originally posted by teenager-stuff

Eggsy/Galahad: Let’s be honest, this is probably what James Bond was like when he first started out. Taron’s a cutie, Eggsy’s a bad boy, let’s get some SMUT and FLUFF going!

Originally posted by kfawkes

Harry: It’s Colin Firth! The man’s a gem. FLUFF for Harry because I love Colin.

Originally posted by phipiohsum475

Merlin: I fell for Mark Strong in Stardust and never looked back. He’s brilliant. Send in your FLUFFY desires!

Originally posted by illilis

Originally posted by agenttequila

If you see someone you’d like be to write about, send in a request! I’m all ears!

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N E W     P R O D U C T S   -   B L E N D E R E L L E 

On a weekly basis I’m fortunate enough to receive new products to test out from various companies within the beauty industry. But due to my busy lifestyle I don’t always get a chance to blog about each individual item, and I as I don’t want you to miss out on all the best ones I decided to filmed a video featuring some of my current LOVES, LIKES and a couple of dislikes.

One of those LOVES being this little gem featured above!!! The Blenderelle.
If you’re using a beauty sponge within your makeup routine then you NEED this in your life! 

FYI, I will continue to blog about my favourite new products as and when I get a chance to sit down and snap some images, but so you don’t miss out here is my video! 

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1,000 Followers

AHHHHH thank you all so much wow I can’t believe that many of you follow me 😂😂 anyway, I promise I’ll get better at following back. For now, I’m gonna copy my wife @seventiescherry and make a list of my fave people on here 🤗


- @seventiescherry : what can I say about this girl. She’s literally my rock. My go to my everything. My favorite person on this website. I know she will always be there for me; just like I always there for her❤️ Anouk is the best metal head wife one could ask for and if you’re not already following her…r u ok? Cuz you should be and this is your ticket to do so 💛⚡️


- @beberequin : my honky tonk women 🌼🌞 this girl is seriously amazing! Her blog is so lovely and groovy. She is the ultimate muse and Kirk Hammet groupie 😉 I’m so glad we are starting to become closer.

- @m—ermaid : Beautiful electric lady 💙⚡️ Elle is seriously another one of my favorite gals on here! Her blog is crazy amazing and it’s nuts how we like practically all the same kinds of stuff when it comes to music 🖤 Her selfies kill me on a regular basis too btw!

- @makedeathmybitch : Another fave of mine! Her blog is amazing and my favorite go to blog for all things musicians! I wanna become better friends with this gal 🤗

- @sacrificialvirgin : Audrey was one of the first people I became friends with on this website. We go waaaaay back (remember when we were both OUTSIDERS accounts?? 😂😂). She is the best and her blog is the perfect go to for old 60’s/70’s films / witchy content 🖤

- @rock-basstard : MY ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN 🖤🎸 uuuugh she’s one of the best! Her blog is the ultimate grunge fantasy and I love every aspect of it! FOLLOW HER!


- @90swildrose : my beautiful gem 💎 the rarest of the roses 🌹 I feel like I connect with this girl on a spiritual level and she is one of the kindest people I’ve met on here. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, which I love ❤️


- @beauty-loversx : Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson’s love child 💛 this groovy gal has got the most perfect blog that will fit your aesthetic purposes ✨

- @sodascherry : Myriam is such a sweet soul and another fave 70’s blog of mine❤️ definitely check her out if the 70’s is your timezone !

- @childofstar : I think we can all collectively agree that this blog is the best and the ultimate 70’s blog 💛💕 I reblog her entire blog tbh 😂

- @december–rose : Her name stands true. The white winged dove is the most perfect lady in all the land. I absoutley adore her blog 😇✨💛

- @crystallineknowledge : the ultimate Stevie Nicks blog 💙💛 that’s where I go for all my Stevie pics! She’s enchanting ✨

- @igotmemories-igotshit : another fave of mine for all things grunge! Seriously if you like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, RHCP..follow her! She’s extremely sweet and her blog is tons of fun 🤘🏻🖤

- @glamrock-lizardman : Rose is another one of my favorites! This girls talent is unbelievable. She’s also met some really cool people like Iggy Pop, Mick Rock and Marky FUCKING RAMONE! Seriously follow this girl and check out all her special effects makeup photos. Idk how she’s not working in Hollywood yet 💚

- @loveage-moondream : my favorite witchy lady 🖤🔮 her blog is totally enchanting and you should definitely check it out!

& here are a bunch of my other favorites: @twin-salopian , @nailinmyhead , @louder-than-love , @rocknrolld , @stonegodssard , @lunabrooke , @theindiandreamcatcher , @aboysbestfriendishismum , @velociraptorjr , @dailysixties , @20thcentury , @vinyl-smoke-and-leather , @one-bad-apple , @the-rollingzeppelin , @70s-moon-child , @honey–fingers , @kosmikwitch , @groupied , @velvet-overdose , @retro–babe , @70s-cherub , @b0wie-babe , @velvet-moons , @60smoonchild

I hope I don’t leave anybody out because I do love each and everyone of you

ohneets  asked:

I'm absolutely loving your posts about Ava today! She is an absolute gem and a really beautiful example! I am so proud of her. My biggest role model and greatest exemplar! Happy birthday to such a powerful and trailblazing woman!

She’s a real visionary and a wonderful person. 

I always think about how there are certain people who change the TV and film industry by their presence, that they have a little cottage industry of workers that they hired and go on to do their own successful stuff. That’s going to be Ava. She hires so many women, especially woc. In 5, 10, 20 years we’re going to have people who said “I did it because of her, I did it because I was inspired by her.” 

In honour of her birthday I encourage people who can afford it to donate to ARRAY, her indie distribution company that focuses on buying and distributing the films of men of colour and women : http://www.arraynow.com/our-rebels

And if you can’t afford to donate you can support her by streaming an ARRAY film on Netflix!

Some Jacob Kowalski Love/Appreciation

Yay, I wrote it! Okay, so let’s get started here and talk about all the wonderful reasons I love Jacob Kowalski and think he’s a precious cinnamon roll :3

In case it’s not obvious, SPOILERS FOR FBAWTFT AHEAD!

Alright, so where do I start with the wonderful amazing super-mega-foxy-awesome-hot No-Maj that is Jacob Kowalski? I mean, seriously, where do I freakin’ start?

First, we have before the film; we know that Jacob fought in the First World War and then stayed for quite some time afterwards. Think about how the survivors/veterans of the First World War were traumatised and ruined by their experiences; Jacob has almost certainly seen comrades – maybe even friends – killed in battle, been close to being killed himself. He would have probably been in the trenches, cold and frightened and wondering if he’d ever get to go home again. It’s obviously affected him (rooftop scene) and it will probably affect him for the rest of his life in some way or another (World War Two, nightmares etc.).

Now, let’s talk about Jacob as a baker, I mean…wow. Baking is typically viewed as a very feminine hobby/skill – you wouldn’t expect to see a man such as Jacob wanting to own a bakery/bake himself as a profession, so I think that that’s wonderful because he’s following his dreams. He wants to bake because, quote, “it makes people happy”. Jacob wants to make people happy, which just warms my heart because seriously he’s so sweet – I also like to think that baking makes him happy too because it reminds him of his grandmother (I think it’s pretty much canon that his grandmother was the one who kindled his love of baking when he was young) and it allows him the chance to be creative (especially with the beast pastries at the end of the film). Honestly, the idea of a baby!Jacob Kowalski in the kitchen with his Grandma baking makes me want to melt into a puddle of goo because it’s so fucking sweet and pure.

The fact that Jacob can find solace and happiness in baking his wonderful pastries – despite his experiences during the war – is so beautiful and heart-warming.

My next point I want to make is that he’s funny as well as sweet and charming; it’s obvious to many, I’m sure, that Jacob is seen as the ‘comic relief’ in the group of the film, and while I maintain that he’s so much more than just “comic relief” I can also agree that he’s hilarious. He’s got amazing comic timing, says some of the funniest lines in the film, and he’s just genuinely very funny (his laugh/scream of alarm is a real gem in the film, I find). Personally, I love guys who can make me laugh – I think that if a guy can’t make me laugh/giggle, then what’s the point? If you can’t laugh with the person you love, then do you really truly love them? It’s one of the reasons why I love Ron Weasley from Harry Potter so much – because he’s funny and doesn’t take things too seriously. A guy who can make me laugh has my heart, any day.

Speaking of hearts, let’s talk about Jacob’s relationship with Queenie; I won’t go into too much detail because I’m saving it for another post dedicated to their relationship, but what I will say is that their relationship is fucking beautiful – while I’ll admit Newt/Tina is my ultimate OTP, Jacob/Queenie is so pure and special and it made me weep like a baby on all my viewings. You can tell that there’s a genuine interest in each other, right from the very start (again, I’ll explain fully in a full-out Jakweenie post) and their attraction towards each other only grows as the film progresses.

In my opinion, it’s incorrect to say that she’s only in love with his personality – because while, yes, I agree, his personality is a big part of why she probably fell in love with him…have you seen him? Like, look, we’re all attracted to different things so maybe he’s not your type, but he’s definitely Queenie’s type – and I think we can all see why. Jacob Kowalski is attractive as hell – and not just to people who have a kink (it’s not a kink, he’s actually very hot). First of all, he’s got a full head of dark hair, he looks dapper as fuck in a suit (I do love a good suit tbh), he’s got a big smile, and really ridiculously nice eyes; like, he’s so adorable and cute and hot and sexy. To add, if you watch him moving about in various scenes, he moves like he’s dancing – like, sign me up for that please! I like men who are good on their feet! I just really love him, okay?

I hate that a lot of people see that he’s chubby and immediately go “oh, he’s got a nice personality that’s why she loves him” – like, no, Queenie is clearly very much attracted to him physically too, thank you, and so are a lot of people. If you don’t think she took one look at him and thought “holy shit, I would bang him” then you’re wrong. And if Queenie doesn’t get on it then I fucking will.

As for Jacob’s feelings towards Queenie…well, we all know she’s obviously gorgeous, but he loves her for more than her looks – again, I’ll go into greater detail later, but what I will say is that while he’s firstly attracted because of how pretty she is, when he really gets to know her over dinner (learning about how she likes to cook, for example) and over the film, he really starts to fall in love. You can see it in his eyes that he’s falling in love with her hard, because she’s not only beautiful but also because she’s brave, kind, sweet, quick-witted (MACUSA escape, fight me on this), and courageous. (also because he doesn’t objectify her in his head or anything – he thinks she’s sexy of course, but she knows that he also loves her for her and not just her looks)

I was reading through one of the “making of” Fantastic Beasts books and I found a quote that said that while Jacob is a No-Maj he’s still magic in his own way – and he is! You see him smiling or in awe, or see him with his baking or around Queenie, and you see that he’s got his own kind of magic. He’s sweet, gentle (with the exception of punching Gnarlak – who, I think we’ll all agree, deserved it), kind-hearted, attractive and just such a wonderful guy. The fact that anyone could hate him greatly confuses me to be honest.

We need more love for our favourite baker – why is there not more love?

Originally posted by goodoldjk

Jakweenie appreciation post will be up soon! :)

bachelorette themes

Abigail : horror movie marathons, orchids, combat boots, the smell of damp soil after it rains, pumpkin muffins, hair dye stains on calloused fingers, snarky laughs, glowing tv screens. she is autumn briskly walking down dirt paths as chill air blows; the feeling of cold steel pressing upon warm flesh. exciting, mysterious, lovely.

Emily : patched clothing, aloe vera, rainbow prisms reflecting in her eyes, gem collection, the smell of warm & heavy incense, the thrumming of a steady sewing machine, fresh cotton, bird seed stuck in her hair. summer is in her bones, while her heart belongs to the desert. accepting, eccentric, precious.

Haley : short skirts, expensive perfume, lipstick stained napkins, sunflowers & mums, cut out pictures from fashion magazines, the smell of hairspray, camera film neatly arranged, bubblegum. she is more than her looks, candy-coated yet soft. teasing, passionate, beautiful.

Leah : tweed & paisleys, the smell of campfires, shy smiles, chipped tea cups, a sun shining behind clouds, intricate braids, fresh greens plucked from the earth, shady trees. nature surrounds her, overwhelms her; she will become a tree one day. creative, modest, wonderful.

Maru : well-worn jeans, star maps, glasses slipping down her nose, cool spring air, clouds spiraling, scribbled notes, soft laughter, late night talks. her eyes hold galaxies, her heart flutters dreamily. brilliant, resourceful, gorgeous.

Penny : copper hairpins, grass-stained knees, quiet places, a well-used book with crinkly pages, poppies, emerald-colored eyes, a gentle touch, a whisper. she hides in books, but cares deeply for others. thoughtful, kind, delicate.