the acting the cinematography! everything was beautiful!

so i didn’t sleep and i just binge-watched 13 reasons why, and this series is beautiful and well-written, the cinematography, the directing, the editing, the music, the acting, everything was so good

dylan minnette who plays the protagonist is especially captivating in how he played clay - from smart sarcastic dialogue to the little details of his anxiety to the scenes where he breaks down, for a show with a huge cast and storyline he was great in becoming this show’s foundation

this series is just so fucking good

I know there’s nothing official yet but this show is too good to be at risk!  I can not lose another amazing netflix series.  Please go watch Sense8 if you haven’t already.  You won’t be disappointed. Diverse cast, beautiful cinematography, incredible acting and an engaging story.  Everything you could ever hope for in a show and it’s so important.  Please don’t let this show fail.

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Every time I rewatch season 3 I’m like “wow this is gonna be great, I get to witness once again, one of the most beautiful stories on television!!” I’m all excited, laughing at all its little quirks, giddy through all of the iconic moments and music, in awe of the acting, writing, directing, cinematography, editing. I’m crying through everything but I’m managing then… episode 8 hits an I’m

A CoMPletE DisASTeR

And don’t even get me started on o helga natt

just got back from seeing “Southside with You”

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It’s such a sweet, simple film, but will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like after reading a good “fluff” fic about your OTP

Only , it’s BETTER than that, because it’s TWO REAL PEOPLE (or I should say, about two real people)

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The casting is excellent; Parker Sawyers looks and even at times SOUNDS like Obama

BUT TIKA SUMPTER!

This gorgeous woman’s portrayal of Michelle Obama (then, Robinson) is PHENOMENAL and so worthy of award recognition. While I know some artistic license was taken (perhaps more than “some”) even if the quips between her and Barack aren’t 100% accurate, she brings up so many ON POINT POINTS, about the struggles of being taken seriously in her job due to being both black and a woman.

There’s a scene that just caused my stomach to plummet when a work colleague sees her and Barack at the movies, and says “do everything you can to make him ‘happy’ so the firm doesn’t lose him”

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Barack tries to comfort and reassure her after this incident, but she doesn’t let it slide; she drives the point home that THIS is what is talking about, and for him (and the audience), it’s really a big, eye-opening moment.

In addition to the acting and the writing, the soundtrack and cinematography is beautiful, and it is not only a valentine to the Obamas, but also a valentine to Chicago’s south side, which too often is portrayed negatively on the screen due to economic hardship and the fact that its population is majority non-white. Instead of the stereotypical images of gangs and street violence, we saw children playing and laughing, and working men and women who love their neighborhoods doing what they can to make them safer and provide hope as well as pride for the next generation

I loved it! And if you have a chance, I highly encourage you to see this film too!

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Arrival (2016) Review

Arrival is the newest project from director Denis Villeneuve, the amazing director who brought us some really good movies in recent time, like Sicario, Prisoners or Enemy. This time he dwells in the sci-fi genre, directing a movie about an alien invasion. The movie stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

The story begins with twelve UFO’s landing on earth on different territories. US Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) recruits Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguistic proffesor, in trying to establish contact with the invaders. There she will meet Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), a scientist, expert in physics, with whom she will work together.

I really loved the approach this movie had on the alien invasion genre. This is not an action movie, the first answer is not to bring out the weapons and blow them up. Instead, the script, written by Eric Heisserer, comes with a much more better, intelligent answer. Let’s try talking with the aliens, let’s learn about them and see why they came here. This was a really original approach that I loved. True, because of this, the movie has a more slow pace, but it’s a good slow, it’s not boring at all, but the characters and the plot keep your attention at all times.

As it Denis Villeneuve movies, this one looks really beautiful also. The cinematography is really well done, creating some beautiful shots. However, this time Denis did not use his usual collaborator, Roger Deakins, instead going for Bradford Young, who really did an excellent job. The movie truly looks stunning and is a feast for the eyes.

As far as acting goes, the three main actors do a really good job, especially Amy Adams. This is one of her best roles, but that’s not saying much, considering she’s quite good in everything she does. Jeremy Renner also is really good, and I was really happy to see him in a role like this. It seems like lately, he is busy with all the blockbuster franchises, like Mission Impossible and the Marvel movies, so it’s really nice seeing he uses his real acting chops also. He needs to make more movies like this. Forest Whitaker is also really good, bringing out his A game.

Arrival is one of the best movies of the year, a really clever sci-fi that does not focus on mindless CGI-filled action and features interesting characters and a plot that will keep you guessing until the end, and it truly deserves a 9 out of 10!

Importance, meaningfulness, and beauty of the "best of Islam" clip

The cinematography, lighting, cuts, acting, tenderness, dialogue, content, themes, messages, everything was absolutely stunning, not to mention the beauty and purity of Yousef and Sana’s relationship.

This one of the first times I’ve seen religion discussed on television where it wasn’t a big argument with different sides speaking over each other, being hateful, and being unwilling to listen to one another. This was two teenagers having a mature conversation about their differing perspectives and how religion impacts their lives. They didn’t try to dismiss and invalidate each other’s views, they shared and explained and respected each other. It showed how young people can make their own decisions and form their own beliefs. It showed that it’s okay to believe in only some parts of faith and it is okay not to follow a religion. It doesn’t mean you aren’t a good person, it doesn’t mean you don’t know how to be a good person. It also showed that religion is a beautiful thing–not the corrupt versions that people use as an excuse for hate. It’s okay to be part of a religion, it doesn’t make you hateful or unaccepting. It’s a way that people find focus on the universe and on being a good person. It is how they find meaning in life amongst all the chaos.
Being atheist doesn’t make you a bad person. Being religious doesn’t make you a bad person. You can choose to be what you want. Just be respectful and accepting that not everyone chooses the same and that’s okay. As long as they are trying to be a good person.

“The Scorpion and the Wolf” - So there was this show called “Penny Dreadful” which was beyond incredible. Great writing, brilliant acting, beautiful cinematography, amazing music and yet it kinda never picked up a big enough audience base. I have no idea why. It’s really on par with “Game of Thrones” and definitely leagues better than “The Walking Dead” but methinks it had to do with the niche subject matter (classic monster mythology in a Victorian London setting) and the more slower-paced story and character development.
Sadly it kinda sorta got cancelled in its third season though they did do their best to try and wrap everything up even though a lot of fans felt the ending was rushed and a bit ‘off’ when compared to how the first 2 ½ seasons were handled. Anyway I made this speed painting a while ago cause I was in love with the show and funny enough there was a scene in the finale very similar to it. I suppose now it’s sort of a farewell love letter for the cast and crew.

Into the Woods (2014)

There are some movies that hit every sweet spot in such a way that I cannot properly review them. Into the Woods is one of those movies. You can’t combine Stephen Sondheim, fantasy, the deconstructive nature of fairy tales, and Meryl Streep, James Cordon, Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt, and not have me totally enraptured. 

It’s almost funny that this is a Disney movie because it is everything the traditional disney movie is not. It’s witty, dark, sarcastic, surprising, and very much itself. A baker and his wife are cursed by a witch and go into the woods so they can have a child; little red riding hood goes to her grandmother’s house through the woods; Cinderella visits her mother’s grave and goes to the Prince’s Festival; Jack goes to sell his cow for some magic beans. I bet you think you know how it ends, and it does end that way for a minute, but then act three happens. 

I can’t praise the acting (or the singing) enough. WHO KNEW EMILY BLUNT  HAD THAT VOICE!? Also, Anna Kendrick played a nuanced role very gracefully and intelligently. I have always loved and respected James Corden (Gavin and Stacey shout-out), and that respect has only grown with his portrayal of the baker. 

Johnny Depp’s interlude as the wolf deserves recognition on its own because it was dark and creepy in a way that it has no right being (and Depp is an acting chameleon), and was the most choreographed dance number in the movie— albeit a slightly trippy interlude, it brought this movie to adulthood.

The cinematography, locations, and costumes are beautiful. Even the princes are self-aware enough that they don’t weigh down the rest of the cast. I consider Sondheim a brilliant lyricist and the music holds up, so I like that most of the movie is comprised of people singing. 

Into the Woods is too much of everything I love about movies, narratives, and musicals for me to say anything, but you should watch it. 

A note for S3 finale. [Hannibal 3x13 The Wrath of the Lamb]

After two days of feels and tears and rewatch of the end for 1701 times, I have decided that my favourite scene in 3x13 is the moment after Hannibal and Will slaying the dragon. Hannibal pulled Will up after their first hunt together (seeing them kill together was glorious omg) , Hannibal told WIll “This is all I ever wanted for you, Will.”, then there was /that/ moment when he looked away a bit, added “For both of us.”… and Will’s “It’s beautiful” was probably the last reaction Hannibal expected to hear because he was so emotional when he heard it, and he gave Will a tiny nod and looked at Will like he’s the most precious fragile thing in his life with so much love [kudos to mads and hugh, seriously how…] It breaks my heart into smaller and smaller pieces. Although I am quite sure them falling off the cliff was all according to plan, they both looked so content, like literally they would die happy together at the cliff edge (Hannibal looked at where to stand as they approached the cliff like he was prepared for the fall) …The last moment before their fall, Will nuzzled into Hannibal’s neck and Hannibal cling on to Will’s shirt like a child and nuzzled into Will’s hair, his expression was like he’s been given the best and most precious thing that he has ever wanted in the entire world. His expression was so tender and calm as he let Will slip his arm gently around his neck and pulled him off the cliff… It breaks my heart not into pieces but into freaking dust

Mirroring what they said in S1, Hannibal is as alone as Will, and they are both alone without each other in this world. They both has been longing for someone who can truly accept them for what they are and understand what they see and feel all their life without being judged and seen as a freak or a monster or with academic interest like they are zoo specimen (Will for his empathy disorder, as alana said in S1, and Hannibal …for obvious reasons), what they both crave, is true acceptance and understanding, as Jack said in 303, not tolerance and false pretence (I would think that it was rather cruel for Will to say he ‘tolerated’ Hannibal back then). Will has tried so hard to blend in all his life, while Hannibal struggled to fight for his top place in the food chain (No he is totally not the indominus rex XD). They have both been alone in this world the entire life. Looking back at the 6 years they’ve known each other (almost 6?? S1+S2+8 months+3 years??), Hannibal has changed Will and Will has changed Hannibal so much that they have blurred, and now they have become one. 

Honestly, I am just so grateful for this show’s existence, and for all the nakama fannibals’s existence. There is a tag out there saying ‘i didn’t know i needed this until now’, and it is exactly what I feel about Hannibal. I didn’t know I could love and get obsessed over the velvet smooth darkness of a TV show like this before Hannibal. Well, there has been no such bold and beautiful TV show before… It feels like …something just click and feels so right in the brain every time I watch the show. Everything on this show is like art jfc (AESTHETICS~) - I can’t believe how everything - the awesome acting, the cinematography, the lighting ,the music, the FOOD, the little details, the poetic and vaguely creepy dialogues and the terrible/ brilliant cannibal puns at the table, etc. - could all come together so perfectly as a masterpiece like this. 

The whole journey has been so beautiful, I am quite sure I will never experience this feeling of satisfaction for a show, for an ending like this ever again. (Unless we get a Season 4 ??? So please fight for it together ??!! I know this ending is perfect but this is NOT the end :DDDD I want more protective hannibal more murder husbands pleeeease…) 

To conclude, “I would always remember this time.” ;TwT; /sobs/

Nakama forever, guys!  /hugs + sobs more/

Hyde Jekyll Me: Oh The Confusion.


We had our hopes high. It’s a Wednesday-Thursday drama. It’s the time of the week when awesome dramas are aired. It has Han Ji Min and motherfreakin Hyun Bin - the secret to my garden dude. It has promising story idea for a romcom drama about a dual-personality man. It has great production with beautiful cinematography. 

But sorry it’s not workin’.   

From the first episode thru the fifth episode, this drama never fails to disappoint. Maybe it’s the cheesiness? Maybe it’s the plot or the characters? Maybe it’s the awkward acting? Honestly, everything seems a bit off, even the chemistry between the main leads is also off. How could they?! It’s a romantic comedy, the chemistry between the main leads should be priority. 

We also feel that some scenes are a bit forced. It’s like they’re trying so hard to be funny but it’s not funny at all. 

The transitions between scenes are also a bit random and jumpy, it makes us difficult to seep into the story. The only thing that makes us want to seep into this drama is Hyun Bin’s smile as Robin. 

Coz dayuummmmmn.

We also wish that they could work on the female lead character more like injecting more charms into her character. So she could do more awesome things instead of getting confused.

Anyway, so far it’s a drama that you can watch while doing something else like homeworks, cooking, ironing or whatever. You can watch it, but you just can’t pay much attention to it coz it’s rather boring. But who knows maybe the production can still fix this… 

I love In The Flesh so, so much, I even went out and got paint so I could create something. I had fun making this!

In The Flesh is such a beautiful show. It ticks all the boxes. It speaks to me on so many levels. Everything about it is so beautifully crafted - the script, the cinematography, the costume designs, the casting, the acting the music… It’s everything that right with the creativity, storytelling, writing and acting.

Like so, so many other people, I implore bbcthree to renew this beautiful, amazing show for another season. bbcamerica needs fantastic shows to share with our American cousins, and In The Flesh is perfect. We need more!

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“I’m your greatest masterpiece. You Ruined Me.”
The Veronicas  | You Ruin Me

You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this. One of my all time favorite groups is back with a vengeance. The cinematography in this clip is everything. Hands down one of their best music videos. The ‘acting’ part was also really good, I could feel the pain and vulnerability in every lyric. What can I say about the song itself… It’s tragically beautiful. I think pretty much everyone must have felt like this at some point in their life.

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