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#but the complete lockdown on stuff baffles me
stomp-that-ho-regard · 3 months ago
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Hey I just read your retcon post about the shift in narrative after the hiatus that shall not be named and tell you that I feel seen. I was an avid BY shipper at the start until it started to feel like, what Marisha said, “throwing pebbles at a brick wall”. As a wlw myself, it was also very hard not to notice the growing and encouraging chemistry between beau and jester. I guess I wanted to ask if you have any theories on why Marisha and Laura decided to take a different path post hiatus? CR as a whole seemed very gung ho on going where their characters would lead them. Also, this may seem naive of me, but the company is openly pro lgbtq+. I don’t understand how the cast could chicken out last minute. Is it truly burn out or was it something to help Travis and Ashley get comfortable with romance in d&d. I’m honestly baffled in every sense of the word.
Something I’ve observed in the past was that whenever they would take a break, whether it was one week or two weeks, the session that followed would be a little hinky. Certain cast members’ roleplaying would feel slightly ‘off’. So, when the lockdown happened, and they were out of commission for a little over three months, I was more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt if things were hinky for a bit. And I was going to give them some leeway with maybe the first three episodes. Ironically enough, it was by the third episode (ep102), that things started going south. (And the sinking feeling when it became clear that what followed wasn’t a result of any hinky-ness. It was deliberate.)
We had left off on ep99, where Beau got flustered as she complimented Jester’s purple sunburn, telling her how cute it looks. Inexplicably, by ep102 (just THREE episodes later and only about TWO WEEKS in canon), Beau makes it a point to ask Yasha to hold her. Then has an almost embarrassingly child-like display of curling into Yasha and nuzzling her. By ep106, Beau is, quite literally, throwing herself at Yasha, randomly yelling for her to “catch her”, sprinkled with (yet another oddly convenient development) Yasha’s wings popping out, fully-feathered, and they fly around. It’s considered oh-so-romantic, and Beau gets flustered about it. On top of that, Laura starts randomly singing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”. And any time Beau and Yasha say one word to each other, the cast are all suddenly squirming in their seats and giggling like schoolgirls, when NONE of them had been reacting that way to their interactions since the 20′s or the 30′s. Then in ep108, where Marisha completely dismantled any shred of hope we still had left with one brief, callously-worded conversation between Beau and Fjord.
And I loved all the excuses of ‘You know Beau’s just bad with words!’ Beau hadn’t been all that bad with words for a while. Her getting better at speaking to people has actually been a major part of her character development. Her use of ‘lust’ and ‘sparkly’ and ‘transferred’ was intentional. Her agreeing with Fjord when he used the word ‘fleeting’ was intentional. 
Seriously though, when you look at the timing of all the things that happened in these episodes, the breakneck speed and intensity is fucking ridiculous. From 102 to 106 to 108, despite there being no explanation behind it IN GAME. They just started behaving that way, as if it was expected and and no one would be confused by it. We actually had ZERO build-up to BY happening that quickly, in that way. There was nothing in ep99 that suggested any of this was coming. NOTHING.
(I’ve said before that I would’ve been fine with BY happening if they put the effort in and didn’t just change direction like they were flipping a switch.)
The FJ stuff started out as Laura trolling her husband and it really should’ve stayed that way. I think at some point down the line, they must’ve realized stuff wasn’t working. At least it seemed that way. It seemed like for a while, Laura was maybe backing off of the idea. And if they had stayed true to what the characters were telling them, they would’ve admitted to themselves that “Yeah, there was this semi-vague plan in the beginning for our characters to get together, but it’s not really catching. We should let this go.”
Because guess what? This is D&D. You can make all the plans in the world before you ever sit down at the table, but once you start playing, those plans will start unravelling almost immediately. Always. That’s the nature of the game.
That’s a big part of the reason why the FJ stuff also feels railroaded. They were too stubborn to let go of something that lost its sizzle, and forced it anyway. They were holding on to it with a vice grip even though that dynamic had literally stalled and plateaued in canon. It’s another ‘square peg in a round hole’ situation.
Overall, the back-half of this campaign had a sudden hyper-focus on romance. Instead of romance happening alongside the main plot(s), the romances became the plot for four specific people, and in turn, their own characterizations and all the other interparty relationships suffered for it. They scrapped everything that had come before, forgotten all of their characters’ development, and reverted back to their early campaign personalities.
There’s such a major disconnect between what they think they’re displaying at the table and what they’re actually displaying. You’ll watch them in a session and then they get on Talks and discuss certain moments and what they’re saying doesn’t square with what transpired on the stream. They used to be so seamlessly in tune with their characters. But post-hiatus, the roleplay felt disjointed and the cast seemed scatterbrained. And look, I know the lockdown was hard. It was tough on everybody. Highly sociable people especially didn’t now how to deal with it very well. I get that. But, that’s not a viable excuse for such shoddy roleplay for 41 episodes (nearly a year of playing). They never recovered. Probably because they didn’t want to. They went from scatterbrained and regressed to lazy and nonchalant.
Laura basically all but directly admitted on Talks that Travis and Ashley wanted to explore romance, and the things they started to do was to make them feel more comfortable with it. That indicates that, during the break, those two suddenly decided they were interested enough to want to pursue something. Now, I’m sorry but, in both cases, if you were spending the first, nearly 100 episodes of the campaign, not ever really committing to anything that was put forth for you, or the energy that was put out to you, and feelings started shifting in another direction, then out of the blue you’re suddenly all gung ho? You should be turned down. 
That may be seen as an asshole move to do to your friend/their character, but I think it’s way more of an asshole move for them not give you anything to work with for the longest time, then when you set your sights elsewhere, they tell you that now they’re all in and want to do this. If I had a friend group that I was playing D&D with, and this very same scenario happened, I’d be like, sorry buddy, you lost your chance. And I wouldn’t make concessions. Especially so late into a campaign. Especially if we all already knew that this would be the last arc.
But Marisha and Laura did. Pre-hiatus, BY and FJ were going nowhere. Post-hiatus, Jester is making googly-eyes at Fjord again, Beau is making googly-eyes at Yasha again. Open and intentional flirting is happening again. It’s like we time traveled back to 2018 and no one gave the audience a heads up beforehand.
Personally, I think it was Ashley who got the ball rolling on this turnaround. Mainly because, even pre-hiatus (from ep86 and on), the multiple times she was on Talks (in such a short span too), she was laying it on thick. Like, when she talked about the Cathedral, and saying that if Beau had died, Yasha would have killed herself. And then she was asked about Yasha taking compliments and how she felt about Beau calling her beautiful, and she said that Yasha’s only been given compliments like that from Zuala. Then Brian asked, “And how did she take those?” And Ashley said, “Well, they got married!” I mean, come on.
Now, we all know that Ashley didn’t make the choice to be away from the table. She had to be away because of her acting gig. But even still, if she wanted build something with BY, she should’ve taken full advantage of the times she was at the table, and engaged more, and at the very least, met Marisha half-way. But she couldn’t even be bothered to meet her a quarter of the way. Then some time goes by, she finally comes back permanently, and her table decisions and Talks answers start giving off an air of “I don’t care what’s changed or who you’re focused on now. I want to be the center of your attention.” (All the while, STILL not fully engaging at the table. Make it make sense.) 
So really, what I think it all comes down to is: Because of the lockdown, they had far too long to overthink too many things and it resulted in poor decisions. The biggest one being a huge, last-minute relationship overhaul. And they couldn’t have achieved that within the allotted time they had left without major retconning. Now, sometimes, a retcon can work, if it’s done well (i.e it actually fills plot holes instead of creating them). But they couldn’t even manage that. And they ended up disrespecting a fairly large portion of the fandom in the process and driving them away.
And finally, about the cast being pro-LGBTQ+... well, I guess they seem to be. From afar, to any outsiders looking in, who aren’t aware of the bullshit that’s gone on. And maybe they are well-intentioned, but most of the time, their ideas/speech/storytelling methods appear to be marred in an antiquated mindset. (As a wlw too, I’m kinda miffed that I let myself get caught up in believing that CR was good with rep. When in reality, rep is kind of a half-assed afterthought for them. In that sense, they’re really not all that different from any scripted television show.)
The cast wouldn’t even dare to utter the word ‘lesbian’ before the break, but after the break, it was 'disaster lesbians’ on Beau’s playlist, it was “I grab the lesbians and take off.” at the table, etc. Couldn’t even be happy about any of that because it felt dishonest. It felt like they were just doubling down on ‘the gay’ to gain brownie points. But I bet you they believe they’re being super progressive, when it’s the bare minimum, if that. Wow! You said the word ‘lesbian’ on stream! Groundbreaking!
Then there’s Ashley, who wanted Yasha’s backstory to be really dark. And that’s all well and good, but when you add in the fact that the character is gay with a dead wife who was homophobically murdered, it’s not such a great look. The trope of the tragic gay character has been done ad nauseum in media for decades. It’s weird that neither she nor Matt could think up literally anything else to make her story compelling. (Supposedly, she has an entire binder of stuff about Yasha. But seeing how things played out, I’m betting that at least 90% of whatever’s in it never made it to the table.)
After Beau’s confession, I used to see people say, “But if Beau and Jester end up together, I’d feel so bad for Yasha. She’d be alone.” Not if Zuala was alive!
After hearing Ashley tell Yasha’s backstory the second time, she made it sound as if Yasha didn’t actually witness Zuala being murdered, because Yasha had fled just before that had happened. So I figured she had done that on purpose to give Matt the freedom to maybe have Zuala pop up later on as a surprise. Like, maybe Zuala had somehow escaped, and then was so traumatized that she went into hiding for a while. And then by the time she came out of hiding and started to search for Yasha, Yasha had already left Xhorhas and was wandering around the Empire. I don’t know how they would’ve met up again, but I’m sure Matt could’ve come up with something. That honestly would’ve been a great way to un-tragedy-ify (not a word, but go with it) Yasha’s backstory. To have her presumed ‘dead’ wife actually be alive and well, they find each other, reconnect, and can now be together safely and happily. That would’ve been really great. Contrary to what BY shippers would say, that wouldn’t have been boring or bland. It would’ve opened up a lot of emotional roleplaying opportunities for Ashley, and it would’ve taken away the stain of yet another gay character on a show that is surrounded by deep tragedy (often connected to their sexuality).
And sure, some people would see a PCxNPC pairing as a downgrade from a PCxPC pairing, which honestly, in some instances, I would agree with. But in this case, not at all. This is Yasha and her fucking WIFE we’re talking about here. The woman she had been in intense grief and anguish over for a long time. It could never be a downgrade to alleviate all of that by reuniting them.
But no. They just kept her dead, had Yasha get over her in one five-minute fever dream sequence, and then topped it off with BY's horrendous exchange at her grave in the epilogue.
Liam and VM/SG. He always manages to sidestep committing to and fully roleplaying m/m romances. He’ll be willing to flirt ‘til the cows come home, and make some *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* innuendos, but when he’s given opportunities to throw himself into it more seriously, there’s always some weak excuse about why it can’t happen or why it can’t last. Was the supposed SG endgame really endgame if they didn’t stay together? Most people would say no. And they would be right. Yet, Liam (and Matt) are patting themselves on the back anyway.
Liam choosing “She” by Dodie for his Caleb playlist to emphasize his feelings for Jester. This song was written by a wlw falling for her straight best friend. A line: “Am I allowed to look at her like that?” There is a plethora of songs about unrequited love that he could have gone with, but deliberately chose this one. These two posts that sum it up well.
The cast, Matt in particular, never seem to want to address things that are actually important. He’ll make a 7-tweet rant about shippers and ‘conspiracies’, but not bother to say one damn thing of substance about homophobia or racism or just the overall verbal abuse that runs rampant in this fandom. 
Like in July ‘19, when the FJ discord server was exposed. And the only addressment it got was at the top of ep70, where Matt said only this: “Really quick, before we get started on tonight's game, just want to take a moment to remind each and every one of you to love each other, both online and off, as much as we love you. It's important.”  And he shot the camera, what some people described as, a ‘disappointed dad’ look.
You see? That’s the amount of effort they’re willing to put into legitimate problems. But when it comes to narrative disagreements, that just happen to involve ships, the shippers (made up mainly of wlw and mlm) deserve an entire essay-length reprimand on Twitter. From not just Matt, but some of the cast’s friends too, like CriticalBard (who is gay himself), and him suddenly going off about ‘parasocial relationships’. I’d say if anyone is lost in an unhealthy parasocial relationship with the cast, it’s all of their white knight defenders. The super stans, the ass-kissers, whatever you want to call them. Most of them, unfortunately, are from OUR community, bending over backwards to defend a mostly straight cast from any kind of criticism. Especially criticism involving rep, which I still can’t wrap my head around. And I’ve seen far too many of them parrot some of the harshest, cruelest shit that straight people in fandom love to fling at us. It’s not the ‘antis’ or the ‘haters’ or the critics who have a parasocial relationship problem. It’s THEM.
See how the cast acts, and watch the lemmings fandom follow them. Monkey see, monkey do. Apple, tree.
If THIS is anyone’s idea of peak LGBTQ+ allyship, then I pity them.
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snorlax-and-co · 8 months ago
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Therapy 04.01.21
We had our 4th session with V yesterday after the break over the holidays. We’re still struggling a lot with the anticipatory anxiety before sessions, which is having a knock on effect on physical stuff, but I think things are starting to feel a tiny bit more comfortable in the actual session. We don’t accept drinks or food from anyone (for reasons) so I always have our own bottle of drink when we go out. This probably seems miniscule but yesterday was the first time I managed to put my bottle on the table, instead of holding onto it, my bag and my notebook. It’s a weird thing to be proud of but hey I’m counting it as a small victory!
As for the session, we talked a little about gender identity/sexual orientation which was unexpected but surprisingly comfortable. I’ve never had an issue with talking about being gay (as an adult, ‘coming out’ as a teenager was very different) but I talked about being asexual which isn’t something I’m usually vocal about. That topic came up because she was asking about certain parts being genderfluid etc and she asked if I was comfortable being female. It caught me off guard a bit because again it’s not something I normally think about but I guess it’s just her trying to get to know me/us. I told her I don’t really associate myself with femininity, I’ve always worn boys/mens clothes, was always a tomboy, questioned at some points growing up if I was meant to be male (I understand now that was passive influence from other parts) but I said even though I’m the part that is the closest fit to the body I forget I have a body, let alone what gender it is, due to dissociation and depersonalisation 😅
The bulk of the session was talking about a technique she has used with other dissociative clients called ‘Fraser’s table’, something I’d never heard of. I don’t know if any of our followers have heard of or used this technique in therapy - if so, I’d love to hear your experiences. 
She explained we’d start with some visualisation and create a ‘safe space’ for me, different to our ‘inner world’. I struggle with visualisation work but she said we wouldn’t go any further until that safe space was well developed so I’d be able to get back there to ground myself if/when needed. She explained the next step would be visualisation of a neutral room with an oval table, she said I could visualise however many chair seem right. There would be an outer area for parts who are curious but not ready to be in the room. She said parts who want to be involved can sit around the table alongside me and explained different ways to use that space: ‘spotlight’ which is basically if a part wants to talk they can have the opportunity to do so, ‘middle man’ if parts want to communicate through other parts or through me, having a ‘screen’ which parts can put memories or images on, to replay but they can be stopped, paused, rewound etc, and parts can potentially go into the image, to comfort a young person, to tell someone off etc. That in itself was a lot to imagine because we have never done visualisation work to that extreme but then the last part of it pretty much blew my mind. 
She talked about a ‘transformation stage’ in the room if parts want to experiment and change certain things, for example, parts who may start to age if their trauma memories have been worked through. She said it’s a place to explore fusion as well and suggested it could be possible for two parts to fuse if they want to and see how it works, but she also said that process doesn’t have to be permanent.. which I’m just a bit ?!? at because I’ve never heard anyone mentioning that experimenting with fusion in such a way was even possible. Fusion is not something that has happened in our system to our knowledge, though I guess integration has at times in small ways. She reassured me she’s not going to pressure for fusion and will work with whatever we want to do - we’ve never wanted full fusion, I can’t imagine it, but if it happens naturally or certain parts want it then that’s fine. Obviously integration, weaker dissociative barriers and more co-consciousness would be very welcome.
It sounded so intense honestly listening to her explain all this and I said that. She reassured me that kind of work is way off, it’s stage 3 work, and our focus would initially be on visualising my safe space and to carry on getting to know each other because all of that would be pointless to attempt without a trusting therapeutic relationship. My mind felt completely mush after that explanation and also when she said about parts sitting round this imaginary table she said something like ‘there may be parts you know about, from the list you gave me, and could potentially be parts you don’t know’ and my brain was just like nooooo, no more parts. Obviously if more parts were discovered they’d be welcome but her saying that caused some panic. 
We didn’t have time to go through the timeline we put together and gave her a copy of before the holiday break but that is the plan for our next session. She said it would be good to talk through it and to kind of cover relationships with family alongside it as they come up. It should be okay because I have a copy of what I wrote for when I forget my whole existence in the moment, but it will be the first time talking about family properly so that will be fun 🙃
We have regular bloods/B12 jab tomorrow which I’m really worried about - not so much the thyroid stuff, but my sugar levels because it’s been a year since I had them done and I’ve put a lot of weight back on and have been comfort eating to the extreme this year. I’m going to feel like such a failure if it’s a ‘bad’ result, even though I know it’s been a tough year and I’m trying to be realistic about juggling health stuff and general stress that comes with being alive right now. On that note we are in a third national lockdown from today and I know we’re fortunate that it doesn’t screw things up for us personally but we worry about how it’s going to affect people we love and just the general population. The fact that there are still people not wearing masks, meeting in groups etc is utterly baffling to me and just like I was worried it would Christmas and new year have had a huge negative impact on the numbers.. Even though we don’t have symptoms of covid we’re struggling a lot with other chronic illness symptoms and I feel so fragile and emotional all the time.. I’m so tired. 
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vickylamore · 8 months ago
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Enemy Of The Wolves [3]
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TW: Language, Violence, Fighting + Poor Written Fighting Scene, Gore (brief), Injuries
Pairing: [slight] Mark Lee x Female Reader, NCT OT23 [Mostly platonic] x Female Reader
Genre: Action, Military Style AU, Organized Crime AU, Mafia AU, Angst and Fluff
(3/?) Part 1 Part 2
Word Count: 5.8k
[Main Masterlist] [Enemy Of The Wolves - Mini Masterlist]
Summary: Not only were you one of the few females to be apart of Neo Culture Technology’s underground organized crime association, you were also the only and top ranked female captain in the entire industry. Even if you worked in a majority male industry, you earned respect from nearly every one of your male counterparts. All but one. That one not only exposed your name to one of NCT’s worst and most vicious rivals but signed NCT’s entire demise. Only one group will prevail, the other left in ruins with no chance of recovery.
Notes: Good morning, currently 1:17 am and sorry for this taking three weeks to write, enjoy LMAO
Disclaimer: Please remember that this is a work of fiction and solely fiction. Any of the idols written and mentioned in this series would never take part in these actions, let alone stand by/condone them. The idols mentioned are merely used as characters and in no way am I saying that this is how they act in real life.
It didn’t take you too long to reach the building, faster than you actually expected. You had crossed a few other teachers, most older than you but respected you none the less. 
You were tired and all you wanted to do was rest. You have gotten off a nineteen-hour flight, came straight home, learned what your delinquent soldiers did in your absence through the Dreamies, confronted a handful of students, reported back to 127 and had a mini-reunion with WayV. Some of the moments were more pleasant than others. 
You rounded the corner and continued your way down the hallway, fatigue noticeable in your features but you forced yourself to stay awake just until you get to the dorms. You are more mentally and emotionally exhausted than anything else. A lot of it was because of what happened on your mission but you didn't want to talk about it.
You arrived in front of your office and sighed; you were going to prepare yourself for another issue before the day ended. However, you pause in front of the door when you hear chatter on the other side.
This confused you; no one should have access to your office or any higher-ups' offices for the matter. It was out of respect and privacy. Plus, you made sure it was locked, especially since the offices are secured with passcodes. The code bar on the side of the door was broken, insisting that someone had just broken it. If this was before you had arrived, someone would’ve noticed. This happened recently.
"We shouldn't be doing this, you know it's wrong."
"Doesn't matter," one whispered harshly, "you heard what he said, Captain Song could be onto us and our entire plan could be ruined.” You heard rummaging through drawers as you heard more sounds from further inside the room. 
What was going on?
“Ezra, come on,” you heard another whisper from inside yet his voice was a lot quieter and was nearly inaudible. “Jihoon should be there any moment. Help Chris look through her stuff and tell us if you find anything useful.”
“I don’t understand why we didn’t do this when she first left,” you heard another groan, “we had two months and we’re doing this now? Not to mention Captain Song literally will arrive any minute-”
“Which is why you talk less and keep searching you idiot,” You recognized the voice as Hyunwoo’s, it was definitely next to Chan. “Look for anything that could look bad on her, take a picture then send it to Jihoon.” There was a pause. “Mh-hm.”
“Yeah, anything from weird documents, files, anything on Neo Culture that raise an eyebrow… just anything to frame her and make 127 think she’s the one that-”
You suddenly open the door, your eyes landing on four of five students you were supposed to talk to this afternoon. They all froze when they saw you, dropping whatever they had in their hands with their mouths agape.
“I’m the one that what?” You asked, your jaw clenched and your eyes are dark as ever, pure iciness emitting from them. “What the hell are you guys doing in my office?”
Your office was a mess when you looked around; paper and files sprawled across the floor, books and folders were thrown at every corner of the room. Your artifacts and nameplate were removed, the table in the middle right was turned over, the library where all your books of anatomy, fighting and strategic tactics were either on the floor, opened or misplaced on the shelves.
Some of them jumped at the sound of your booming voice, others fumbling on their words while looking at them. You were more shocked than anything. Your students, some of who you’ve been teaching for so long were the ones rummaging through all your stuff in search of something so important that they had to breach your privacy.
You were sick to your stomach, you weren’t even expecting this type of behaviour from them. That showed how much faith you had for them, hoping they’d change and finally mature into, one day, future and reliant soldiers. But now, Ezra was frozen in the middle of the room, his back faced to you while he was facing your office bureau, Chris was next to the library, a book now at his feet after dropping it while Chan was hunched behind your desk and Hyunwoo was crouched in front one of the drawers on your desk.
By their faces, you could tell that whatever plan they had backfired as soon as you stepped foot inside the room. 
“I said, ‘what the hell are you guys in my office’” Your voice was a lot more hostile than before as you placed your hand on your holster, staring at the students in hostility and suspicion. The only information you had right now was, one, they broke into your office and two, they were talking about their plan that included you for some reason. You saw Chan’s eyes widen, the brunette with deep brown eyes obviously panicking.
You watched as Hyunwoo got back up from his crouched position, his eyes fixated on your gun. You clenched your jaw, your other hand going for your communicator, the one that every NCT member has where you’re able to communicate over a 30-mile range. You didn’t want to take any chances, especially since you were alone with four students who could overpower you if they tried hard enough.
Not to mention that you hoped that Hyunwoo didn’t find the hidden gun in your desk’s drawer. Even if it’s locked, you didn’t know what else they broke into.
You moved your gaze to Ezra, who had turned around when you asked what they were doing for the second time. Out of all of them, he was the one that was the most agitated. The one was looked torn between helping his friends in whatever business they had in your office and answering your question.
So you, being the person you are, picked on him. You had to figure out what they were doing and you were sure the three others weren’t going to tell you. You stared at the black-haired student with hazel eyes while keeping an eye on everyone else, the only disadvantage was that Chris was near the bookshelf, which was completely behind you as you stepped foot into the room. “Ezra.”
The nineteen-year-old jumped, not expecting you to talk to him first, especially since he’s the youngest out of the friend group. He started at you while his fingers were trembling. You almost felt bad, maybe you would’ve if they didn’t break into your office. “Y-yes?”
“What are you doing?” From the corner of your eye, you see Hyunwoo reach his hand down and pull out something just as fast, making you pull out your gun and point it at the youngest male. You see everyone’s eyes widen as Hyunwoo now pulls the gun on you, cocking in back, loading a bullet. You don’t mind the twenty-one year old, turning your head towards Ezra again, you calmly question, “Ezra, what do you guys have planned?”
“Don’t you fucking answer her, Ezra.” The older male growled lowly, his deep, gravel voice making the growl almost animalistic.
“Ezra,” you call his name once more which makes him look at you, “what are you guys doing-?”
“Shut up before I blow your brains out!” You were about to point out that the door was open, that it would be stupid for him to shoot you right in the open. That was until Chris closed it. You cursed under your breath as you were now running out of options.
You, however, kept your cool and turned your attention to the student with the gun pointed at you. “No, you won’t.”
Hyunwoo was caught off guard by your boldness, certainly baffled by the fact that you weren't fazed by someone holding a gun towards you. He shook his head for a few moments before ceasing, “and why not?” His voice made himself sound a lot tougher than he was but his body language was a completely different story. He was scared and nervous; never a good combo when holding a gun.
You scoffed under your breath, analyzing the current situation you’re currently in. “One; you shoot me, one, you won’t have anyone to frame in your little scheme. Two, that gun doesn’t have a silencer, meaning that in a one-mile radius, everyone in this very building and in the other ones will hear it and three, the gunshot will make the academy go into lockdown which means you and everyone here won’t have enough time to run before one of the higher-ups find you.” You list off while deadpanning.
“That’s why you can’t shoot me.” 
You saw Hyunwoo think about what you said as you saw Chan move from the desk with his hands raised. He looked at you in plea, hoping you wouldn’t do anything to his younger friend. “Captain please, don’t shoot him.”
You rolled your eyes at this, “obviously should’ve thought of the consequences before breaking into my office.” You cocked the gun back, scaring both Ezra and Chan. “Now, what the hell are you guys doing in my office and what do you guys have planned?”
You weren’t stupid; you weren’t going to shoot the guy-- unless necessary-- you just needed the information about what the hell Jihoon was planning and what they were doing. You wouldn’t shoot Ezra to evoke fear out of his friends, it’ll give them more of a reason to attack you. 
At which, you were at a complete disadvantage. Two of the students here, Ezra and Hyunwoo were amazing at hand to hand combat even if Ezra still lacks a soldier exterior and Hyunwoo was hot-headed and added tech genius. Chan was better with weapons as you’ve heard from Haechan, from a wide range of handguns and heavy-duty arms. You were fine right now since he didn’t have access to a gun. As for Chris, he was an extreme strategist and like the first two, great in hand-to-hand combat; him having the top grades in your class. You needed to look out for him, he was the biggest threat to you currently. 
“Please, don’t shoot me.” You glanced at the youngest, seeing tears form in his eyes, “I’ll tell you--”
“Ezra!”
“I'll tell you,” he ignored Chris’s call and nodded his head, “I’ll tell you everything you want to know, just please, put the gun down.”
You shook your head and clicked your tongue, “can’t do that, not with Chris being behind me and Hyunwoo with a gun pointed to my head; you’re my only leverage.” You weren’t lying, you knew that as soon as the gun was off of him, Chris was going to attack you and the other two would join in. 
At this point, you weren’t the ‘soft and nice’ version of yourself, you were the version of yourself that got you your position as Captain, the more ruthless and heartless version of yourself. Did you hate it? No. Do you wish that this situation never occurred? Of course.
“Okay, okay,” the youngest nodded his head while looking at you with teary eyes, “I’ll tell you but you need to promise you won’t hurt them.”
Chan sighed heavily, slowing going back to where he previously was next to Hyunwoo, “Ezra, stop talking--”
“Be quiet,” you hushed the other as you looked back at him, “if they don’t try anything, I won’t try anything. You have my word.”
They were students after all. They, in fact, are very that 127 or Dreamies found them rummaging through your things, hell, even WayV. They’re very much, actions first, ask questions later. Exactly the reason why all the Dreamies were in tier one (which is a story for another day) and why you’re sometimes so frustrated with half of 127, especially Taeyong (cue him telling Jisung it was okay to punch Jihoon). You were more of a gain more information now and see what you do with the person later.
Which was what you were currently doing.
“We’re trying to frame you,” he said as everyone around expressed sounds of disappointment and annoyance. He ignored them and continued, “we broke into your office to find any information about your mission or anything that could look bad on you.”
You lifted your eyebrows and waved your gun, urging him to continue as you know there's more to the story. “And who exactly were you going to give this information to? The higher-ups? Go as far as to give it Taeyong?”
Ezra glanced at his friends, who kept shaking their heads in disapproval. You saw him hesitate and now you were getting frustrated with the entire ordeal. To be honest, if it were any other day, you would’ve been fuming. However, you won't say you didn't see this coming; you weren’t surprised that they’re trying to frame you especially after Jihoon’s little speech.
“Ezra, do not waste my time.” You clenched your jaw and rasped out, “you and everyone here are already caught, there's no need to keep quiet unless you want me to call my backup right now,” you threatened. “You know, out of the Dreamies, Jisung is the most patient but even he punched Jihoon over stuff he said about me. How do you think everyone else will react when they find out that you broke into my office and were trying to frame me over whatever it is?”
You saw his face fall, even more than before, as he nodded his head but not convinced. You sighed again, your voice more straightforward than before, a mocking smirk on your face, “now if you think that’s bad, how do you think 127 will react… hell WayV is back and they have one of the top-ranked interrogators in China and South Korea.”
“Okay! Okay!”
You raised your eyebrow when he cracked further. You thought it was too easy, way too easy for a student in the second-tier. Then again, Xiaojun, Renjun and Jungwoo were pretty scary.
“Well then,” at this point, you were too focused on Ezra that you currently cared less about what the others were doing. Something you know will bite in your ass later. “Who were you going to sell or give the information to?”
“Ezra!” Chris yelled from behind you, making your head tilt towards the eldest in the room. His gaze was fixated on the youngest, his gaze sinking into his skull, “shut up.”
“No, he won't,” you snapped, fed up with their attempt to stopping him from telling you what you needed to know, “he agreed to confess to what you guys were doing, let him speak.”
“He didn’t agree to shit!” The messy blonde male yelled at you, his jaw visibly clenched, his hands stuffed into his pockets, “the only reason he’s talking is because you have a fucking gun to his head.”
You scoffed, using your other hand to point to Hyunwoo who was still pointing a gun to your head, “a bit hypocritical, don’t you think?”
“The Dragons!” Ezra finally exploded, his voice rising, “Jihoon made a deal with them when you first left; he offered to tell them all the things he learned as a student as well as information they didn't have on you- so then we started looking for files that could help them figure out who you are since you aren’t in their database and Hyunwoo came across a file about your mission which was locked away really far since it took us about an hour to find something on you and he sent it to Jihoon. Basically, The Dragons found out who you were using the info and Jihoon and Hyunwoo’s help as a hacker, they found out what happened about whatever happened in Canada and so they are planning an attack tonight at midnight for revenge.”
Your eyes widen, shock overtaking your body. You didn’t even have time to think about the information learnt Chris ushered, “son of a bitch!”
And started attacking you.
You moved out of the way in time to avoid his kick but his foot hit your hand, knocking the gun out of your grasp and landing in Ezra’s hand. You ignored it and started attacking the person in front of you, finally considering him as a traitor.
They broke into your office, sold your information to NCT’s worst enemies and basically set up a hit on the base for midnight tonight? And you being the only one knowing about it since you practically forced it out of à student at gunpoint?
This was bad, you understood the absolute severity of the situation. Although 127 had men from all over SK and many allies, it was already six o'clock, there’s no way the allies were going to get here in time and decipher a plan of defence. That is if you don’t tell them right away. You need to take care of them first and at the same time, contact the members to alert them of the situation.
You knocked Chris’s punch away from you, ducking under his arm and striking him in the stomach. You turned around when you heard someone approaching you and deflecting the blow to your face with your forearm, taking Chan by surprise. You dodged his headbutt and hit him on the side of his stomach at which he didn’t flinch, only returning a hit to your shoulder. Although it landed, you didn’t bother worrying about it and avoided his chokehold. You pushed him off of you and moved away just in time for both males to run into each other in an attempt to combo attack you. Turning around, you see Hyunwoo running straight at you and knocked you on your back.
You let out a sharp puff of air, dazed for only a few seconds in time to use your arms to block the punches to your face. Quickly grabbing his arms, your bucked your hips towards the air and shot them to the right, throwing Hyunwoo to the side falling off of you. 
You were suddenly being pulled from your foot, Chan pulling your away Hyunwoo. You pulled up while grabbing his arms and twisting them in hope that the pain would get him to let up. He only groans in pain but continues pulling you. Seeing as it wasn’t working, you tucked your other leg under the other one, in between his arms and pushing your foot on his stomach, creating enough force to knock him back and falling atop of the desk.
You hastily get back to your feet, only for someone to kick your back, making you tumble back on the floor. You moan at the pain in your lower back but roll away as soon as you see a foot above your face, nearly hitting you. You get back up but when a kick lands on your stomach, you're knocked straight into the bookshelf, a couple of books falling on top of you.
You stayed dizzy for a few seconds, your mind becoming fuzzy. You let out a quick sigh and through a punch to the nearest person approaching you. He falls to the floor as you move to your next target. You send a roundhouse kick to Chris, one that he ducks under but he isn’t fast enough to block upright kick, which was a blow to the shoulder.
Chan had quietly approached you from behind and put you in a chokehold, attempting to knock you out. You launch your head backwards and pry his fingers from your shoulders, pinning his arms behind his back, crouching behind him and use him as a shield from Hyunwoo who accidentally punches his gut.
You push him onto Hyunwoo, knocking them both on the floor. Just when you thought you were clear to use your communicator, you’re knocked to the side with someone sitting on top of you pining your arms over your head and starting punching you repeatedly on your face and chest. You struggle getting Chris off of you, his waist too far down to use your legs. You let out multiple groans of pain as you start seeing stars.
You snarl and rip your arms from his hand, pushing him off of you while throwing à punch to his jaw. You breathe heavily, your chest-thumping from both the already forming bruises and your racing heart.
You get on your knees, about to get back up when someone puts you in another chokehold. You’re not able to do anything when you’re suddenly hit on the head with what you presume to be the back of a gun.
Your entire vision starts to fuzz up, the dizziness and nauseous hitting you hard as the chokehold only gets tighter and tighter. You try prying his arm from your neck but eventually, you start slipping unconscious, the last words you hear resonate with you until you wake up.
"I'm sorry."
"No!"
The young girl slapped her hand across her mouth and tore her gaze away from the slightly opened door. You were in there, you were either hurt or even possibly... No, she wasn't going to think about that, not about your potential death. She knew you weren't, despite not able to see anything, she heard a loud thud, presumably your body. She knew what a stab sounded like as well as a gunshot, it couldn't have been either. Maybe it was your body hitting the ground, she couldn't tell.
Lia had heard everything, from the fighting to their plan; she knew that Jihoon was already on his way to The Dragons to give them whatever information they had on you, whether it was good or bad. Either way, she could accept that it’ll make the Dragons upset. She was so shocked that during the entire ordeal that she could just listen and gather as much information as possible before finding someone that could help.
And that time was now considering they heard her gasp.
She should've listened to her gut; she should have come sooner, everything could have been avoided or even interrupted if she had gone to get help. But her instincts told her to wait; she was now the only one who could warn the others about the plan now that you were unconscious. Her hand balled into a first as she leaned her back on the wall as quietly as she could. Her heart was racing and her mind thought of her training; she could do this, just had to be smart about it.
“You head that too right?” Chris whispered to Chan while panting heavily, “sounded it came from…” Lia’s eyes widened. 
"Check how it is, if they run, both of you ran after them... make sure they don't get away."
The only thing that separated them was the door and she was moments away from being killed. She looked to her left; the pathway over there led to a dead-end, the only thing there was the rest of the Dreamies offices and if they had heard the entire fight like she had, they would've been here by now. The only reason Lia was in front of your office was that she was, to her denial, eager to talk to you about your mission. She thanks her lucky stars for her curiosity. To her right was the hallway she walked from, leading to a gateway of stairs that led to the second-floor lounge and an exit at the bottom of the steps, followed by a fire alarm.
If she could get there by running fast enough, she would be able to trigger it and run outside to the student evacuation zone and alert the military personnel. One shot, she told herself, I have one shot at this.
She braced herself and bolted seconds before they opened the door, a string of swear words leaving Chris's mouth. “Fuck! Lia!” Chris ran after her, gun took from Ezra while Chan followed suit, gun was stolen from you. 
The brown-haired girl ran as fast as she could, her legs picking up the pace as the footsteps follow behind her. One shot, one shot, one shot, she kept repeating to herself. She heard the footsteps gain speed on her as she flew around the corner and pushed the door opened, jumping over the rail and onto the other set of stairs, glancing up to see both men already opening the door. Lia's heart sunk, were they that close to her? She shook her head and picked up the pace, scurrying down the stairs, almost jumping over sets of three before landing near the door.
"She's going outside!"
"Take the left to cut her off!"
“Come on,” her heart was racing as she glanced up again, this time seeing that their guns are drawn. Visibly panicking, Lia's hands fumbled on the fire alarm and finally pulled it, her hands now covered in dark blue ink and a loud, excruciating bell echoing through the halls and filling every room and pathway in all three buildings. Even if she wanted to go directly towards the teachers, that door was locked by a bio-passcode, she couldn't go through even if she wanted.
A hand landed on her shoulder and spun her around, a small yell ripping through the teen's throat, too quiet to be heard over the alarm. Chan groaned when she kicked his lower waist and inhaled sharply among the pain. Lia hastily opened the metal door and shut it as soon as Chris put his hand through to stop her, shutting on his fingers and amputating two, a string of anguished cries cutting through the thick and dense atmosphere surrounding the three. His fingers fell on the floor and bleed out, bone poking out of the severed organism.
Stumbling on her steps as a cold wind ran through her hair, Lia pushed her glasses up before taking off, the traitors collecting themselves before running after her a short while later. 
The sun was setting as the alarm ran through the rooms, offices and hallways. Every student, whether asleep, socializing or studying got up upon the loud blaring sound. Some jumped while others only sighed and complained about a fire drill this late in the evening but still went out, some grabbing their coats. Some teachers glanced at the flashing light before their eyebrows raised in confusion but still went out nonetheless. They filled out of their dorms, libraries and practice rooms, teachers ushering them out while communicating with others, making sure no student was left behind.
Soon, the entire facility was vacant, save you still tied to your chair and unconscious. Jeno, Jaemin and Renjun, who had been walking back to their offices looked at the light and glanced at each other. They also wanted to stop by yours, figuring they haven't seen you since you came back but upon seeing the closed door, lack of noise and turned off light, they presumed you were already out.
“Did Taeyong or Mark even tell you guys we were running a drill?” asked Jeno while looking down the hall, "unless it was a last-minute thing, I didn't hear anything."
“No, it’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Renjun glanced at his com before asking, “hey, did any of you guys know?”
The rest of the Dreamies, including Mark, answered with a no. Jaemin glanced at the clock, “you don’t think one of the students pulled it, do you? A lot of them have tests tomorrow.”
“Don’t know,” Jeno shrugged while ruffling his hair, “we’ll have to search for anyone still inside, look for students with blue hands too.” 
Blue hands. Each time someone pulled the fire alarm if it wasn’t set off in the official’s offices, would have stained blue hands to catch the culprits. Even if the perpetrator wore gloves, the ink could be seen with a UV light, any speckle could be seen either way. 
“Hey guys,” Renjun spoke again in his comm, “Jeno, Jaemin and I will check the student quarters, can you guys check levels one and two?”
“Already cleared,” Mark’s voice came through with a sigh, “waiting outside right now. To our knowledge, only a handful of students are missing and 127 are coming out, WayV already here-- have you seen (Y/n)?”
The Dreamies looked at your office they had just passed, Renjun looking under the door to make sure the light was off. "No, we haven't. We just got on the third floor when the alarm started so I'm guessing she's already out if not going right now. Either way, she's not in her office."
Jaemin had a feeling, it wasn't remotely bad, it was just odd. Wouldn't he have heard you leave the room? Maybe you never came here in the first place... but you would've if that meeting with Jihoon and his friends still happened but considering the closed door and turned off lights, he presumed that it had already finished. Or so he hoped.
“Copy,” Mark answered before deactivating, "don't be too long." He lowered her wrist before looking at the soldiers behind him. The students were in the evacuation zone, instructed to stay whenever a fire or emergency were to occur. Quiet murmurs were among them but not too loud to be annoying. 
Six students were missing, five of them being the group of delinquent boys and one of them being Min Lia, the youngest student in Neo Culture. She should be here by now, Mark knew that she would’ve been the first to be out, considering she’s one of the most prominent students here despite being young. He had the chance to work with her before and after you left; Lia reminded him so much of you, especially when fighting. You both had the same style and technique despite hers before undeveloped, it was there. You both were also strategic. He only hoped to see him in a few moments. You as well.
Mark proceeded to look at Lucas and Yangyang, both WayV members with him at the time the alarm ran out. “Jaemin, Renjun and Jeno are checking the student quarters to see if anyone’s left.”
“Alright but I doubt they have any luck finding anyone,” Yangyang sighed, “no matter where you are in the building, those alarms are loud, everyone should be here.”
“Better to be safe than sorry I guess,” Lucas looked over the crowd, “I might not know every student here but the field is pretty filled.” Before he could explain further, Taeyong had walked out the west side doors. 
Once they had all arrived, sun still setting in the background with a brisk wind ruffling their hair, Taeyong looked around before voicing out, “there’s no fire.”
The members dawned in a state of wonder before Taeyong regained control, “checked the cams, no smoke, no blaze, nothing. Either it was a prank or it was deliberately set off.”
“Why would someone deliberately pull the alarm?” Sungchan asked with raised eyebrows, “unless you think it was an attack from the inside.”
“That’s exactly what I’m thinking.”
"But who?" Questioned Jisung, "they wouldn't do that... I can't think of anyone who could..."
He stopped himself upon realizing that they were some students that could set the fire alarm, that he had been wrong. Before saying anything else, Jeno, Jaemin and Renjun all walked out and joined upon seeing all of them gathered together. Jeno was the first to speak, bringing everyone to pay attention, "no students are in their quarters, completely vacant."
"That means no one should be in the buildings," Doyoung whispered with an unsatisfied tone, "but that's not right."
"How so?"
"Six students are missing," Chenle answered, looking around him before his gaze landed on Mark. "Nearly all of them should've been with (Y/n) at the time of the alarm." A silence fell over the personnel, their eyes scanning the group.
"Then where is she?" Kun was the first to voice, eyebrows scrunched. "She should've been here by now."
"That's the thing," Jeno said with a  heavy air to his tone, "her office lights were killed, there's no way she could be there. IF she was, the other boys would be there too but the room was completely silent."
"Then where the hell is she?" No one could answer Ten's question, minds scattering to come up with an answer. They didn't know where you were and what's scarier is that they didn't know if the delinquents, who are now traitors unbeknownst to their knowledge, were with you or somehow connected. 
"Who else is missing?"
"Min Lia," Mark looked at Taeil, jaw clenched, irritation behind his eyes. "Her and (Y/n) are close, wouldn't be shocked if they were together."
"So you're telling me that not only if the captain of D.R.E.A.M.S is missing but six students are along with her? Five of them wreaking havoc during her absence?" Yuta ran a hand on his mouth, "did anyone try calling her?"
"Numerous times yeah," Haechan nodded with a click to his tongue, "hasn't responded since the last time I've called her."
“The passcode bar was broken,” Jaemin suddenly rushed out and shared with the group, eyes widening as he cursed under his breath, “wasn’t broken before she got here.”
"Call a code yellow," Taeyong ordered as soon as his suspicions were made clear, although he hoped he was wrong. His hand was already on his holster when he looked at the annoyed students pacing, waiting to go back inside. "Six students and a captain missing despite the alarm pulled and put a code white on the five boys, someone pulled that fire alarm intentionally and I don't think it was any of the second tiers."
As if nothing could get worse, two gunshots rang out from outside near the center of the academy, not too far from the evacuation zone. Everyone ducked in case of an oncoming bullet, screams and cries from students disturbed the once irritated atmosphere and it quickly induced fear and panic in the younger classmates. Taeyong was the first to react, drawing his gun and hooking his com in his ear, knowing that whatever's happening was much bigger than he thought.
The General yelled commands over the yells, “WayV go inside and look for any threats and search every room, including those who are barricade with passcodes. 127, secure the perimeter and Dreamies, escort the students to the bunker and then I want Jeno and Haechan helping WayV look for any threats while the rest of you are on cams. Report back immediately if anything happens, I want eyes and ears on everything, understood?”
"Understood."
"Go now!”
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Top 10 Personal Favorite Hit Songs from 2020
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You know, when I finished my latest list and realised every decade had the same pattern and that we were slowly going towards a series of great years for pop, I didn’t realise how good that year would be.
What’s at the top? Am I boringly predictable because I already said I loved that song all the way back in January 2020? Let’s find out.
Disclaimers:
Keep in mind I’m using both the year-end top 100 lists from the US and from France while making these top 10 things. There’s songs in English that charted in my country way higher than they did in their home countries, or even earlier or later, so that might get surprising at times.
Of course there will probably be stuff in French somewhere on this post. We suck. I know. It’s my list. Deal with it.
My musical tastes have always been terrible and I’m not a critic, just a listener and an idiot.
I have sound to color synesthesia which justifies nothing but might explain why I have trouble describing some songs in other terms than visual ones.
So. Uh. How was your 2020?
Mine was actually surprisingly good, considering. I’m lucky enough to have a job that I can partially do from home, and I was extremely paranoid from the get-go and nobody got sick under this roof so far. Turns out I’m even better at my job from home and I got permission to work from home one day per week even after the health crisis is over! My first name was also finally officially approved and I can’t tell you how happy I feel about that. I almost feel bad to have had such a good year considering the circumstances. I feel like an asshole just because I’m happy, haha.
The only frustrating part was that I was supposed to see Hatari in concert in Paris in early April which, as you can guess, was cancelled. I’m not too mad about it though, since their tour was called “Europe will crumble” and the message saying the tour was cancelled started with “since Europe is actually crumbling due to Covid-19″ and that’s hysterical.
Good or interesting albums that came out in 2020 now, let’s see.
Nightwish released Human/Nature, which was a huge letdown compared to their previous album, but I will relisten to it at some point to make sure I wasn’t just in a bad mood that day.
The Birthday Massacre released Diamonds, which might be their weakest album since their debut, but contained some real gems (I listened to The Last Goodbye on a loop, it floored me. Flashback and Enter are also very good).
The 1975 released Notes On A Conditional Form, and let’s be real, it’s a f█cking mess. You could cut half the tracks and end up with an excellent album, but as it is it’s like, yes, a collection of notes ; however there’s some truely excellent shit on it (see unelligible songs).
Thanks to a friend on a discord server I was exposed to Dorian Electra’s music and I haven’t been quite the same ever since. I’m so happy to be alive to see other enbies making such great music with an insanely good aesthetic surrounding it and asking so many interesting questions about gender. Also the arc the ‘gentleman’ character goes through over the course of the entire tracklist of the 2020 My Agenda album is absolutely hilarious, don’t @ me.
I also discovered 100 Gecs this year. Why are most of you guys saying it’s unlistenable garbage. It’s just as abrasive and over the top as industrial music is, but with none of the edginess or drama. I love it. What the hell. But yeah Tree of Clues was released this year. Good.
Speaking of industrial, in March 2020 Nine Inch Nails were like “hey remember when we released Ghosts I-IV a decade ago entirely for free and how amazing that was? Well we’re all in lockdown and bored as hell so here’s Ghosts V-VI and it’s also free. Enjoy” and I f█cking died instantly. And it’s even better than I-IV. What the hell was that year
Jonsi released Shiver. It’s strange and highly experimental. I’m pretty sure it’s a good thing I was into hyperpop this year, otherwise going from his previous material straight to this album would have been brutal.
Yadda yadda yadda After Hours by the Weeknd good yadda yadda.
I’ve joked about that already but if you had told me in 2019 that 2020 would have fires, a pandemic, riots, monoliths appearing and disappearing, and also a super good Machine Gun Kelly album, guess which part I would have found the most ridiculous. But yeah uh. Tickets to my Downfall good
So uh this year I tried to listen to some hyperpop and liked it a lot, and I also dipped my toes timidly into screamo and listened to Svalbard, who released When I Die this year, and the entire album was a very beautiful, very intricately decorated punch to the face. It sounds like God Is An Astronaut except with a shit ton of yelling. I love it. Open Wound is my favorite track on it.
But no, despite all of this, my album of the year was from a band I had never even heard about before that year, called Spanish Love Songs. The album is titled Brave Faces Everyone and it’s line after line after line of extremely relatable generational angst but yelled with complete sincerity and it’s so propulsive and energetic you can’t help but feel both exhausted and ready to fight the entire universe. I don’t know how it works, but it’s incredible. The entire album is wonderfully brutal, so it’s kind of difficult to pick my favorite songs on it, but Beachfront Property and the title track stand out.
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Unelligible songs, now, and there’s, uh, quite a few of them too so I’m also gonna use bullet points. Good lord this post is gonna be long.
First, let me say I have literally no idea why Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus wasn’t a bigger hit. It’s not on the year-end US top 100 and it feels extremely wrong. Would have made it to #4 on this list otherwise.
I still entertain the vague hope that stuff from Machine Gun Kelly will chart higher in 2021 but I doubt it will happen so I might as well tackle it now and say that Bloody Valentine and especially Forget Me Too are both excellent and that it’s a shame radios aren’t playing them more often.
Heaven by the late Avicii featuring Coldplay should have charted in 2019 and still didn’t chart in 2020 and that’s a real shame.
If the world was a bit less unfair, Lovesick Girls by Blackpink would have been a hit rather than the awful Ice Cream.
One day I will stop complaining about my bafflement concerning the lack of mainstream pop charts success of The 1975. Today is not that day. I just love how they keep making songs about extremely awkward relationships full of weird details, and I haven’t grown tired of that yet. So yeah If You’re Too Shy is about a guy who’s crush is asking him to get naked on Skype in his hotel room and he’s, uh, not too sure about that idea.
And Me & You Together is about a guy who never finds the right moment to tell his best friend he’s in love with her, and he manages to do so at the end and it’s cute as hell. My fave part is “I'm sorry that I'm kinda queer / It's not as weird as it appears / It's 'cause my body doesn't stop me (Stop me) / Oh, it's okay, lots of people think I'm gay / But we're friends, so it's cool, why would it not be?”. Relatable as f█ck.
And now for an international hit that should have been bigger in the US and/or in my country but wasn’t: Head & Heart by Joel Corry and MNEK.
I’ve heard Nos Célébrations by Indochine extremely often on French radio for months now so I was very surprised to see that it didn’t crack the local year-end list. What happened.
I can finally hear the appeal of Bring Me The Horizon. It took me ages. And also Death Stranding. The song Ludens isn’t in the game per say, but it’s among the ones you can pick to broadcast briefly when people drive by your constructions, and long story short it's been living rent-free in my head for months now.
Phew.
It’s time for a round of Honorable Mentions for elligible songs, containing a couple of guilty pleasures, which is saying something considering the kind of shit I put on some of my previous lists.
Ne Reviens Pas (Gradur et Heuss l’Enfoiré) - Heuss is a French artist that kept baffling me while making my lists for the previous years, and I was like “??? ok, that’s it then, I guess I’m getting too old to get what teenagers find funny”. This one worked for me, though. And the music video doesn’t hurt. Really dumb and really fun.
Adore You (Harry Styles) - Perfectly good little pop song, very pleasant to listen to, never outstayed its welcome for me.
Mood (24kGoldn) - This doesn’t sound like a very good relationship, my dude, but that’s still a super pleasant song.
WAP (Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion) - This song is absolutely hilarious and I will hear no argument from any of you.
Control (Zoe Wees) - Was clearly a hit here. Should have been even bigger though. What a powerful but comfy voice. If I had better taste it would be on the list.
Hot Girl Bummer (Blackbear) - I. Uh. Listen. I keep saying I have bad taste and nobody believes me. Do you believe me now. But yeah. “F█ck you, and you, and you~, I hate your friends and they hate me too” is gonna pop in my head every single time someone is being a jerk anywhere near me now. It’s been happening all year already. Someone trashed my documents at work? Someone isn’t wearing a mask in public? That guy has filled his car with rolls of toilet paper? Brain goes “F█ck you, and you, and you~”. Every. Single. Time.
Come & Go (Juice WRLD & Marshmello ) - Damn, that’s a pretty good little song. I’ve seen plenty of people saying it’s ruined by the drop, but may I remind you I’m the person who loves Blue by Eiffel 65 with all my heart. If the song was ramping up consistently until the end instead of ending like that, it would have made the list, definitely.
And now, the actual list. This one actually feels pretty solid, I genuinely like everything on it, there’s no filler here for once.
10 - The Box (Roddy Rich)
US: #3 / FR: #23
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Now this is a weird case, because for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why this song was so popular and I was completely neutral about it. Then, one morning in September, my mental jukebox (which always, always puts a song on a loop in my head when I wake up) decided to play it. And I was like oh wow?? I never noticed the atmosphere in that song before? It’s so great. And that hook too. Let’s listen to it.
So yeah, I don’t know what happened. It just clicked one day and everything fell into place, I guess.
9 - Alane (Wes & Robin Shulz)
US: Not on the list / FR: #93
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Come on. You can’t do a remake of one of my previous #1 songs and let it chart in 2020. That’s cheating. Even with this subpar drop, I have to put it on the list, now.
I’ve already said my piece about the original, so I’m just going to send you back to my 1997 list.
8 - Kings and Queens (Ava Max)
US: Not on the list / FR: #76
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[BBC documentary voice] After Lady Gaga decided to make piano balads and left her musical niche vacant, Ava Max quickly took her place as the top predator pop diva. Even after Lady Gaga was re-introduced to her natural habitat in 2020, she still hasn’t fully recovered in Europe, where Ava Max still reigns supreme on the charts -
(tldr I think it’s hilarious that this isn’t on the US Billboard while Lady Gaga isn’t on the French year-end top 100)
7 - Roses (Saint Jhn & Imanbek)
US: #19 / FR: #3
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What an earworm. It doesn’t even bother trying to have an intro or an outro, so it loops almost perfectly. It’s like entering a party that started long before you arrived, and it will go on long after you leave it to go back home. Kind of hypnotic in a way.
And yes, my mental jukebox was very fond of using it to wake me up this year, so this is another song that’s here almost solely because of that.
6 - Physical (Dua Lipa)
US: Not on the list / FR: #69 (hehehe)
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“Hey I’m not that old” says the guy who’s definitely a sucker for this kind of retro throwback that was so popular this year. Oh well.
I don’t have anything interesting to say about this one, though. Apart from the fact that everyone seems to have a different fave song on that album. Guess that’s quality for you.
5 - Rain on Me (Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande)
US: #48 / FR: Not on the list
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That is far from being Lady Gaga’s best song, but it was a joy to listen to everytime it was on the radio anyway. Also Ariana Grande has surprisingly good chemistry with Gaga! This year was full of strange duets mostly made for commercial reasons, and this one isn’t an exception, but unlike a lot of them, it really, really works.
4 - Dynamite (BTS)
US: #38 / FR: Not on the list
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I’m still not 100% sold on k-pop even if a ton of it sounds super good, but come on. Even if some bits of this song (especially the beginning of the second chorus) sound a bit like they were made on autopilot, it still sounds just as happy and fun several months after I first heard it and I never got tired of it. That’s quality. You hear it and you can’t help but tap your feet and smile.
Actually, I’m sure there’s people somewhere that don’t smile when they hear this song. And they must be avoided at all costs.
3 - Godzilla (Eminem ft Juice WRLD)
US: #62 / FR: Not on the list
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What are you doing so high on this list, old man. Why are you still here in the year 2020. I thought we left you in the previous decade. Who gave you the right.
I’m gonna tell you who did, and it’s actually Juice WRLD. Because that chorus is incredible, and like a lot of people I’m pissed off because the guy died super young and this shit shouldn’t happen to anybody. No, his early material wasn’t great, but I’m sorry I’m gonna say it again: have you heard this damn chorus? It’s suspenseful and dark, it’s got this lowkey menacing quality, it’s an earworm and a half, and it’s more convincing in like six lines than Eminem’s own flexing is in the entire song.
The beat is extremely good as well, and the flow, obviously, impressive. The weakest link is Eminem’s writing, which is as usual full of puns and weird wordplay, except here a lot of it isn’t great, and that last ultra fast part at the end is technically impressive but it also drives the song up a cliff and stops it dead in its tracks once it’s over. But frankly the lines fly by so fast it’s difficult to be too annoyed by them.
Can I sincerely put this extremely flawed song so high on my list? A better question would be “did I spend hours trying to learn how to sing this shit without choking on my own spit?”. The answer is yes. To both.
2 - Heartless (The Weeknd)
US: #28 / FR: Not on the list
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I’ve said it on my 2015 and 2016 lists already, but just for the record I’ll say it again: it took me ages to like The Weeknd, mostly because I found most of his songs fairly boring, or disliked the lyrics, or both. Also I never really liked the general vibe of his “sexy” songs like The Hills, they felt dark but in an unpleasant creepy way. Felt like miserable hedonism, if that makes sense.
So, because I’m a person with extremely consistent and logical tastes, here’s the exact same shit he was making before, except that this time I absolutely adore it.
What is he doing differently that makes the whole After Hours album click for me whereas almost all of his previous material failed to do so? Is it the energy? Is it the reverb? Is it the fact that the narrator sounds properly unhinged and, frankly, scared to be spiralling out of control? Why are the colors so beautiful yet full of anxiety? Why is that bridge so fantastic? How can you make your voice look like a glowstick in the dark?
I give up. I have no clue. At least I’m done talking about-
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Oh.
1 - Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)
US: #1 / FR: #1 (listen sometimes something’s just that good, ok)
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Surprise. Or not.
Wow, look at that, Johannes has put this year’s number one pop song at number one on their personal playlist. The audacity. The edge. What a hot take.
I discovered that song when it first came out at the end of 2019 and I adored it instantly. And I was so scared it wouldn’t be a hit. Which means I’m a f█cking dumbass considering it ended up breaking all sorts of records in 2020. But what can I say, overplay can be a blessing when you love a song that much.
Like every single song I put at number one on one of my lists, I will draw this one at some point and you will understand how incredibly satisfying it is to listen to a song called Blinding Lights, talking about city lights looking blurry when you’re driving at night, while looking itself like a bunch of blurry city lights passing by super fast. Perfect in every way.
Also it sounds exactly like A-ha, and that never hurts.
See you next year! Pretty sure it will be even better music-wise.
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melonsmessymusings · 6 months ago
I just want to say I ADORE Operation Red Zone. It's a refreshing look at grief and loss that I've not really encountered before and Giles definitely deserved the screen time to explore his grief over Jenny's death in more detail! It led me to wonder how you go about writing something like that and not cry every time you think about it. Did you draw off any real-life experiences or is it all research based? I'm just curious because I'd be a mess if it were me lmao :)
Aww thank you anon <3 It makes me very happy to see stuff like this to the point where I start doing laps of the living room like an excited puppy. I’ve been truly humbled by how it’s been received actually, especially after being mostly inactive in the fandom until last year.
The only tears I’ve shed when thinking about it are purely from a ‘holy shit it’s awful! I’m going to delete that bullshit!’ perspective which I’m quite proud of actually. As to my references... Most of the plot is based off my own soap opera-esque late teens. I have no issues with sharing parts of it because it was a while ago now and I don’t give a fuck, though there are some potentially triggering things so it’ll be beneath the break. Also I don’t like getting to soppy because cringe, so it won’t be too detailed...
As I’ve said many times, Giles’ grief over Jenny’s death was never addressed and it’s infuriating. Especially as he’s one of the most interesting characters and Tony Head (other than being a genuinely lovely bloke) has it well within his skillset to pull something like that off. Jenny’s death in general was all but forgotten and something that doesn’t stand out as a ‘big moment’ in the series, which is unfair because it should be. You can’t just fridge characters because you’re a douche canoe and got bored of them. Hence my need for an AU where people actually DEAL with their emotions and try to start working through them.
Personal Context: To cut a very long, depressing, quite frankly disgustingly graphic story short, my best friend was killed in a drunk driver accident just before Christmas a few years back. It made national news being so nasty, there was a GRAPHIC Facebook post from the person who was there on scene when she died that was EVERYWHERE for months, it was horrific. I was 17, had no idea what the fuck to do and was pretty much left to it because of other stuff falling apart. I was always taught that what’s done is done so there’s no point crying about it. That’s toxic and harmful behaviour, but I ended up doing worse, ‘borderline’ illegal things because who cares about consequences when the worst has already happened? That whole year or so was the first time I’d properly experienced grief.
On my Lockdown 1 Buffy Binge, Passion came about and I found myself really relating to Giles. Obviously different circumstances, but it struck a chord that previous re-watches had failed to. There was a compelling need to use my ‘spicy year from hell’ as a skeleton reference for how the Scoobies would deal with something. Essentially, it came about because I wanted to express what I’d been through, using my favourite characters so that I could give them a happy-ish ending that I didn’t get. Also, I didn’t want to make it completely doom and gloom because there’s only so much you can take and although the situation may be dire, there is always some relief, no matter how small and if you can’t laugh, you’ll cry right? It sounds stupid but it’s the honest truth. It’s not just Giles either. Other characters’ behaviours and responses are based off what I’ve witnessed. Say what you will about trauma but by god is it an education for learning about life and making you wise beyond your years. 
Of course, I do google some stuff because I’m British, so cultural differences are a massive thing that I totally underestimated. I’m still baffled by the Schooling system across the pond because like... what? I don’t remember the 90s on account for being too young, so there’s that too. And just general things because I’m dumb as fuck and know nothing about the world so I’m eager to learn. Yeah, I blagged my way through A Levels and into Law School, but do I have a functioning brain cell...? Not at all, as Em can attest.
Dunno if that answers your question but that’s where it comes from. Whack on the depressing playlist, scroll through the ol’ Facebook memories to jazz it up every now and then and we’re off... 
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taeguboi · a year ago
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“Would You Rather...?” Drabble 02 - Reader x Yoongi [Suga]
“would you rather: be trapped in a lift with jungkook for an hour after an argument but you make up, seven minutes in heaven with rm where you have a crush on him, or be housemates with suga through quarantine and you can't stop feeling super attracted to him”
Yes, I chose the Yoongi option again because I think I have a problem lmao rip
Send me BTS “Would You Rather…?” questions in my ask box for a drabble
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Locked Down in Tension
Frustration. Uncertainty. Tension.
Studying of your own accord since lockdown began was starting to feel impossible. It had taken you about a week to decide where to begin with any of the remaining work on your to do list and your focus was coming in very short and sporadic bursts. Five minutes here, half a minute there… if you were lucky, you got half an hour to yourself without getting distracted by any of your housemates as they walk in and out your room or past the dining table in the kitchen.
Nothing appeared to be clear to you anymore from your studies to your social life to just everything in general. This entire situation of the country being on lockdown just messed with any existing routine you once had. It messed with your mind. He messes with your mind.
Yoongi fucking Min. He doesn’t even mean to do it; he doesn’t even know he’s doing it! All he thinks it is everyday is a glance across the room or a ‘y’alright?’ when one of you passes the other outside the shower room. Did he always look that good in the morning with his bed head? Did that dressing gown always reveal that bit of collarbone or did you only just notice? Has he always had that strong aura whenever he walks into a room or is it the isolation making you delirious?
Come on, he’s just loading in the shopping. He’s allowed to do that. He’s allowed to get on with that whilst you type away at your laptop. Or rather, you aren’t typing at your laptop, just staring at the screen with unfocused eyes while your hand barely hover above the keys. You’ve no idea how long you’ve been sitting so still like that upon your realization but you can’t help but swear in frustration at your idleness.
“For fuck’s sake…” you sigh, leaning back on your chair, throwing your head back.
“Y’alright y/n?”
‘No I’m not fucking alright; I can’t work; I can’t sleep properly; and you don’t exactly help when you come in here looking like that...’
“Yeah, I’m fine” you lie, suddenly correcting your posture by sitting up in your chair and your chin up.
“Alright then” he replies with a shrug and simply goes back to what it was he was doing; unloading the milk from the shopping bag and sliding it onto a fridge shelf.
“Well, actually no…” you admit, your mind working slower than your mouth as you rest an elbow on the table and place your head on your palm.
“You’re always sat at that screen ever since this situation happened. Take a day off” he suggests, only half bothered, you can tell by the monotone in his voice.
“Yeah right(!)” you retorted sharply. “No one knows when this will all be over and I refuse to fall behind” you explain folding your arms.
“Relax y/n; it’s going to be at least a few more weeks. Watch a film or something” he advises, slamming the fridge door shut.
“I don’t know…” you drawl out, uncertain of what to do.
You hate that he’s right. Maybe you should have a day of no computer screens. Why does he have to be right?
“Suit yourself” he deadpans. “I’m chucking this in the player anyway ‘cos there’s nothing else to do” he tells you, holding some DVD case as he once again shrugs and then proceeds to saunter on into the living area.
Refusing to appear weak in front of Yoongi - even though he doesn’t know what you know which is what goes through your mind about him sometimes and that’s just paranoia at its finest - you remain sat in that dining room chair, determined to at least get a couple of more paragraphs going on this essay you had started at the university.
His stupid head just has to be in your view just beyond the laptop screen as you try your damned hardest to be productive. You can see his blond hair peeping out above the back of the sofa and it looks lonely to you. Lonely, like somebody should go join him in watching his stupid film.
The intro music for the film begins and if you weren’t already feeling distracted by things that shouldn't be making you feel distracted, this is the giving up point for the day.
“Ah fuck it” you casually say in your decision, shutting the laptop down before abandoning it and walking over to the sofa left of the one Yoongi is sat on.
“What? Do I have cooties or something?” he questions, apparently offended at your choice of seat.
“Oh, I-I just thought that…” you stammer, unable to complete your sentence.
“I know there’s all this stuff about social distancing y/n but we are in the same household” he bluntly says as he stares at the TV but also patting the space next to him. “Sit with me” he says, eyes not leaving the TV screen.
The audacity. The way he says it like a demand and not a question. He still doesn’t realize he’s doing it. You’re feeling stubborn now because of the way in which he told but didn’t ask you.
After a solid 5 seconds passing since he spoke, he notices you didn’t move sofas.
“I don’t bite, you know” he deadpans.
It makes your blood boil even though he still isn’t meaning to evoke any sort of reaction of frustration. You can’t help yourself though. As much as you’ve tried your hardest to put off these random thoughts you’ve been getting about your housemate every now and then, the idea of sitting next to Yoongi does sound kind of nice.
You often feel embarrassed to look at Yoongi because of the way your mind sometimes drifts into daydream as you watch him make a cup of coffee and think about going up to him and hugging him from behind to bask in the warmth of his dressing gown or when you watch him lift something heavy and you imagine it’s him lifting you to push you up against the wall as you make out intensely without a care that any one of your other housemates could walk in at any time or....
“Y/n?”
“Yoongi?”
“You sitting with me then or what?”
Without a sound, you stand yourself up and gently sit yourself next to your housemate and to be fair, this isn’t so bad. The film’s fine, and you feel nowhere near as tense as you thought you were going to from being sat so close to him.
“I’m getting a drink - want one?” he asks, interrupting some not so key part of the film dialogue and getting up.
“Sure” you reply, feeling like you could use something alcoholic after days on end of going nowhere with your uni work.
“Beer good?” he asks from the kitchen and you hear the fridge door slam followed by the sound of two glasses being plonked on the kitchen counter.
“Always” you respond, your eyes fixated on the screen in a similar way to which his were earlier.
Your answer is followed with the sound of a fizz and a jingle from a bottle lid, followed by another.
“Here we go” he says, placing the bottles on the table. “Sorry, it’s all we had left” he apologises as he notices you reading the label of the bottle.
“S’alright” you reply. “It makes me laugh actually that people don’t want to drink it anymore just because of the name”
“Yeah… it is a bit daft, really” he agrees, seating himself next to you. Is he closer to you than he was before? You aren’t quite sure.
“S’pose I’m just glad really to even see some booze” you sigh with a hint of jest. You casually lean over to pick up the bottle and you take the first swig.
Seriously, you swear there was more space between you than there was before.
‘Just focus on the film y/n. Enjoy your beer.’
So that’s exactly what you do.
For about half a minute.
Godammit, you have to know whether he’s sitting closer on purpose. Or rather, you need to just confirm to yourself that it’s your mind playing tricks on you because this is of course just an accident.
You get up to go to the toilet in the shower room down the corridor and Yoongi doesn’t question it. Maybe if you have a reason to get up and sit down again - at about the same distance as before - you will be able to just see that there was absolutely no intention on his part and it will have been just you and your mind running wild again… 
‘Wow if that’s what you’re classing as wild now y/n, you need to get out more…’
Observing your appearance in the mirror above the sink after you wash your hands, you find yourself subconsciously fixing your hair a little as though to make yourself look presentable, just pushing that little strand to the side out the way of your face and flattening a tufty bit at the top of your messy bun.
Coming back into the living area, you swipe at the bottle that is yours and plonk yourself on the sofa once again, leaning back to continue watching the film. 
To be honest, you aren’t really engaging with the film at that point; you’re just enjoying the relaxation and the sense of relief that bottle of alcohol offers you. Maybe you have been trying too hard lately. Maybe it’s okay to not do anything too productive every so often. Maybe you’ll have another beer after this one.
“Aw man, I’m such a sucker at these parts” Yoongi abruptly tells you, leaning forward as if a little giddy at the sight of two to be lovers interacting in this scene.
“Really? You? Yoongi Min? You go for this soppy crap?” you ask, almost in a dismissing way.
“Sure I do… okay maybe not usually as much as I do now, but… oh look!” he points at the screen with an excited expression as the couple on screen almost kiss.
You can’t believe what you’re hearing. You always had Yoongi down as this indifferent kind of guy, cool, outgoing… and then the two actors on screen get interrupted by a third character
“Awh damn! I so thought they were going to do it that time!” he exclaims. 
Your baffled mind-set at the way your housemate is acting in no way prepares you for the contact of his hand to your knee as he squeezes it. Yet somehow, you don’t outwardly react to it at all. Not one bit. Not even a twitch or a jerk of the knee. You let it happen. It’s kind of sweet really. Yeah, maybe it’s the weird circumstances of this lockdown that has changed people in weird little ways but you can’t help but muse at this side of Yoongi.
The scene on the film ends and moves onto the next but that doesn’t prompt Yoongi to remove his hand from your knee. Instead, he calms down and he just… lingers there. Does he appear to show any intention of moving his hand? Apparently not.
This should be weird. This should feel weird. It doesn’t though.
His thumb goes back and forth gently a couple of times, rubbing on your knee. You might have just stopped breathing. It feels nice. It’s nothing though really. He probably doesn’t realize he’s doing it as his eyes haven’t left that TV again.
This goes on for about another 15 minutes. Well not the rubbing, but his hand stays right there, possibly it’s moved up a little by now, but you conclude it’s another accident similar to when he sat closer to you earlier.
But then something happens that makes you question everything. Suddenly you doubt your judgement that he didn’t sit closer by accident. Your mind spirals further back than that even but you stop yourself from going barmy with thoughts of uncertainty and think about getting another one of those beers. To do that though, you’re going to have to take his hand off your knee.
You reach for his wrist to move him off but just as you take hold of that wrist, you find yourself unable to let go. Your touch has caused him to look at you and he catches your gaze. Neither of you seem to be able to give up in what has turned into an intense staring competition.
No matter how much will power you try to muster, you can’t turn away. 
What do you do next?
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Oooh deep and mysterious cliff hanger I know... well actually tbh I guess I got carried away since I said I’ll respond with drabbles and the word count was already over 2k when I got to this point soooo
and the answer is yes, this is open to a part 2. I might continue from this part if anyone asks. I might continue it anyway and give a part 2 nobody asked for hahah
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therantygeek · a year ago
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The Writer’s Block Job, Part 9: A Total Filter Remover
It’s all very well to use the world’s best grifter and con artist as inspiration for your best-selling series’ protagonist, but what can an author do when on a deadline and the muse has dried up? A quick trip to Boston for a little fresh creative juice turns into something rather more when a thriller writer friend of Sophie’s winds up hanging out with the team after discovering a whole new muse, unexpectedly in the form of the local hitter.
(This story - hell, this fandom - got me out of my personal lockdown writer’s block, and yes this is HEAVILY inspired by Castle so enjoy playing spot-the-cheeky-stolen-bits. Significant narrative liberties have been taken with geographical details such as the location of McRory’s in greater Boston and the timelines of season 2. That said, please enjoy this fluffy silliness!)
Rating: T Fandom: Leverage (Eliot Spencer x OFC) Warnings: no smut (sorry), narrative liberties around S2, casual verbal slapping of Nate, Eliot being a big marshmallow, stolen bits from Castle. Read the rest via my masterlist cos Tumblr is bum about links in posts now
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Rod had flown over a few days beforehand so we’d already had a couple of lunches and I’d listened to him wax effusive about the guest list, but the wretched man hadn’t warned me quite how large it was. He met me at the door at least, grinning approval at my attire.
‘Finally decided to actually try looking like something other than a scruffy uni student, eh?’
I stuck my tongue out at him. In fact Sophie, Parker and I had spent an entire Saturday afternoon downtown being embarrassingly girly, because I didn’t have anything cocktail-appropriate in my hastily assembled Boston wardrobe, Sophie just liked shopping and Parker needed the practice. But I wasn’t going to tell Rod – or indeed another living soul – that deciding on the rather classy blue Aidan Mattox I was currently wearing had been largely driven by Sophie’s far-too-casual observation that the bloody thing was the same colour as Eliot’s eyes.
How long had it been since I got laid? Wow, long enough that I had to think about it. Eek.
Anyway, I did the rounds with Rod, signing autographs and schmoozing with reviewers and representatives the way the PR training had taught me. The team seemed to be there and rather enjoying themselves; I spotted Parker delightedly observing Hardison exchanging quips with a local from the Boston Globe, Sophie surrounded by a little cluster of male admirers as usual, and even Nate caught my eye with a small grin and a salute from the bar. Finally managing to escape from Rod for a moment, I glanced about and then caught sight of Eliot by one of the artfully arranged hardback display tables. He had one of the books open in his hand and seemed to be staring rather fixedly at something just inside the cover.
Oh, bugger. I realised what it was and tried not to do too much of an obvious bolt across the room to his side. Yep, he was looking at the dedication at the front.
To the extraordinary ES, and the rest of the gang (you know who you are).
I always got a little sentimental when I wrote those but that one had sort of slipped into the email I’d sent Angie (and resulted in a barrage of questions of course, all of which I’d dodged or ignored). It always baffled me that anyone looked at those opening few pages.
Up closer I was both delighted and touched to see that from the expression on his face Eliot was far from unmoved by the note, if still obviously surprised. He glanced up, aware of my approach, and a hint of a blush hit his cheeks as he closed the book with a snap and replaced it on the stand.
‘Well, you are,’ I said to him, the general ambience as well as two glasses of extremely good champagne apparently giving me a confidence boost.
He blinked.
‘Am what?’
‘Extraordinary.’ When he blushed again, more obviously, I laughed and then indicated the stand. ‘Sorry, I should probably have run it by you, but…I figure the initials can’t be that uncommon.’
‘No, it’s fine, it – uh – it’s fine.’ One hand came up to scrub back through his hair, which was something I realised he always did on the – admittedly rare – occasions when he felt genuinely self-conscious. ‘I just didn’t expect – I mean – it’s very – uh – very…kind. Thank you.’
‘You’re welcome,’ I said, because I knew it would annoy him, but he gave only a brief eye-roll before shaking his head, apparently thinking hard.
‘You know I never – uh – never really thought of myself as anything special. I just do my job.’ A small shrug. ‘I mean I know I’m good at it, but that’s just the job, you have to be, you know? Not like this stuff.’ He indicated the book. ‘All that – that action hero crap.’
‘I’ll thank you not to write my novel off as action hero crap, thank you very much,’ I shot back with a grin, which got a slightly weary glare. ‘Oh come on, in terms of a laundry list of regular activities it isn’t that ridiculous. Besides, there’s plenty of non-action-y stuff in it too, what with the intrigue and the-‘
‘-and the sex scenes?’ he finished dryly, but before I could retort someone tapped my arm and I had to go briefly into Publicity Mode to chat to Sandra from the local Herald.
‘…a bit of a departure from Rebecca Silver I guess, even if I’m not quite genre-hopping. Well, yet!’
‘It’s marvellous,’ she gushed. ‘About time the literary world had a sexy new male protagonist, and of course being technically on the wrong side of the law…well, everyone loves a bad boy, don’t they? Especially one with a heart of gold – or I suppose steel in this case. Oh, I should write that down.’
‘I’m glad the new character doesn’t disappoint,’ I said, not bothering to hide my amusement as she extracted a pad and scribbled herself a note.
‘Hmm. Well, I for one can’t wait to get Jackson Steel home and into bed, if you know what I mean.’ She giggled and winked. ‘Hey, maybe this one’ll get a movie offer, huh? An American challenger to the old Bond throne? God, but what’s Brad Pitt doing these days, right?’
I managed a passable laugh, aware that Eliot hadn’t moved and was now outright boggling at the exchange, if making an effort to do so somewhat discreetly. Once Sandra had moved off, however, I couldn’t suppress the scoff as I turned back to him.
‘Brad Pitt? Please. You’re much better-looking than Brad Pitt.’ Then, when he cracked a grin and laughed outright, my brain caught up with my mouth and I clapped a hand over my face. ‘Oh, god. This is why I should not drink champagne. It’s like a total filter remover.’
‘Sure you ain’t just getting the confidence from that hot little blue number?’ he quipped, raising his eyebrows and making a small show of looking me up and down.
‘Don’t be mean,’ I pouted, ignoring my libido spiking at that remark.
‘Who said I was being mean?’ He motioned to the bar. ‘C’mon, let’s see if they’ve got any decent whisky to wash that fizz down with, huh?’
‘That sounds like a great idea.’
After an excellent glass of thirteen year-old Whistlepig I got dragged off by Rod for another round of hand-shaking and rather lost track of everyone else, Eliot included, but when I arrived at the condo the following morning Parker let me in with a big grin.
‘That was so much fun. The reporter at the Globe thinks Hardison runs this big software business and wanted to take him to lunch, but I told her he’s actually a fake and doesn’t even know how computers work!’
‘Er. That counts as fun?’
‘Yes!’ Her tone covered the implicit duh. ‘We got to work a mark for no reason. Also I could have lifted wallets off at least sixteen people without really trying, including your agent, but Sophie told me not to.’
‘I…appreciate that.’
‘Normally only get to go to fancy parties for the job,’ Hardison supplied from the couch with a chuckle. ‘I think Miss Lily there was using it as grifting practice. I was just talking to people, man, I dunno what the rest of you were doing…’
It turned out that Nate and Sophie had met a client downstairs earlier so I was rapidly shooed off to my corner once everyone had arrived and Nate dove straight into the briefing. I put my headphones in and spent a while looking at reviews for Nerves of Steel on various newspaper websites. They were almost uniformly flattering apart from the usual complaint from USA Today and the various UK tabloids that the book was too long and dubiously paced, which translated meant they didn’t think it was smutty and/or blood-soaked enough to count as a thriller. The worst one was still a three star though, so they were apparently feeling magnanimous.
When the briefing broke for food, at Parker’s loud insistence, I nudged Eliot and showed him the gushing praise in the Boston Herald, where Sandra had declared Jackson Steel “a modern bad boy hero for the discerning reader, as able to make you swoon as to break your arm, and with a heart of gold that turns him from a hunk of amiable muscle into both a likeable and genuinely sympathetic lead.” Then Hardison leaned over my shoulder and read the entire passage out loud, complete with inappropriate smoochy voices, and Sophie had to intervene to stop Eliot from beating him to death with a bagel.
During this somewhat rowdy lunch my phone rang and I almost jumped up in excitement. It was Rod, which meant the initial numbers were in.
‘Ooh, I should take this, sorry.’ I moved a decorous distance towards the door and picked up. ‘Hey, Rod.’
‘Tess, you god damn superstar. We hit one point six million copies sold for first day and Doug’s already talking second print run to meet demand.’
I’m not ashamed to admit I did a little jig on the spot at that, glancing over at the team, who were watching me slightly owlishly, and giving a thumbs-up with my free hand.
‘One point six million opening? That’s better than A Silver Spoon, isn’t it?’ The widely-acclaimed and much-hyped second Rebecca Silver book had apparently broken a couple of records but I couldn’t recall the specifics.
‘That’s over quarter of a million better is what it is. With that and the reviews, Doug is beyond ecstatic. He’s getting contracts drafted today, I’ll send the specifics to you once I have them, but the short version is he wants at least five more Jackson Steel books and he’s paying advances accordingly.’
For a moment I thought I’d misheard him.
‘Five more Jackson Steel books? Five?’
‘As in three plus two, four plus one, yes, five!’ Then he told me the advance figure and I had to sit down hard on the couch in mild shock. ‘Tess, you still there?’
‘Uh. Yeah, yeah, I’m still here.’ I’d done more than all right from Rebecca Silver but the amount of money Doug was talking now was getting alarmingly close to JK Rowling territory. ‘Just – wow – that’s – yeah.’ I tried to rally. ‘I mean for that kind of money he can have all the Jackson Steel he wants…’
‘Oh and one more thing – and this is unofficial mind, still very early days – but Doug also got a call from some chap at Paramount Pictures who’s, and I quote, keen to explore adaptation rights.’
‘Paramount Pictures?’ I all but squeaked.
‘Like I said, early days, early days, seems stronger than that supposed-interest from Sony that fizzled out for Silver Tongue but let’s not count our chickens just yet, eh? Still, on the offchance, how would you feel about doing the script?’
‘Oh my god…I don’t know the first thing about screenplays, Rod-‘
‘Maybe consulting then. Lots of authors do that. If it plays out, anyway, which there’s no guarantee it will, but just thought I’d float it. Oop, that’ll be Doug on my other line. Catch you later!’
He hung up and I flopped back on the sofa for a moment, putting my hands over my eyes and taking a deep breath.
‘Well?’ Hardison said after a moment. ‘Don’t leave us all hanging, girl!’
‘I think we can extrapolate most of it from her end of the call,’ Nate pointed out, a trifle scathingly.
‘One point six million copies on the first day!’ I sprang to my feet and punched the air in celebration. ‘That’s bloody brilliant, that’s – that’s Grisham numbers, that is! And they want five more! Five! From the off! That’s a six book series and I’ve barely put my pen down, not that I write with a pen but still, and some guy from bloody Paramount is already sniffing around about doing a movie-‘
‘Five more?’ Eliot echoed, seeming halfway between astounded and dismayed, just as Sophie exclaimed
‘A movie? Rebecca Silver never got a movie!’
‘Oh, we had some interest from Sony Pictures but it sort of died,’ I said to her. ‘Something about mass commercial viability in cinema, I don’t know.’
‘Bloody Hollywood,’ she grumbled. ‘Can’t handle a strong female protagonist, that’s their problem.’
‘A five book deal!’ I said again, more pointedly. ‘Even at the height of the series Doug wouldn’t commit to more than another three for Rebecca but he wants five from the off!’
‘…bloody patriarchal…’
‘Oh my god, I need to start on the second one.’ I barely heard that low-voiced complaint. ‘I can almost see the cover in my head…dark wood chalets in the Swiss Alps, with a trail of blood on the snow. Eliot, can you ski? Wait! It doesn’t matter, does it?’
Grabbing my laptop, I abandoned what was left of my own bagel – Hardison would probably appropriate it but that was fine – and opened up the file with the bits and pieces of ideas for Cold Steel. I could almost smell mountain air as my fingers started to fly over the keys; god it had been a while since writing came this easy. I was dimly aware of the background noise shifting as the team resumed their briefing, but it seemed like no time at all before someone lightly touched my shoulder, making me start.
‘It’s nearly eight,’ Eliot said with a very small smile. ‘Even you can’t write five books in half a damned day. C’mon downstairs for a while and decompress.’
‘Oh! Right.’ I triple saved, checked the backup and then hastily stowed my laptop. ‘Sorry. Was in a zone there. But I’m getting first round tonight.’
‘Not gonna argue with that!’
At the bar I managed to get Cora’s attention with a wave.
‘Need something a little special tonight – you got any Harper Gold Medal?’
‘Got one from the sixties out back, never opened.’
‘I’ll take the bottle and six glasses,’ I told her, which got a shrug and a laugh, but when I brought the tray over to the table where the team had deposited themselves Nate actually whistled in appreciation.
‘This what all authors drink after landing a five-book deal after a million-plus launch day?’
‘Most of the ones I know drink overpriced wine,’ I shot back, ‘But I happen to know that the local hitter-‘ pouring the first glass and pushing it towards Eliot pointedly ‘-is partial to a good straight bourbon.’
‘I think a toast is certainly in order,’ Sophie said with a grin, raising her glass. ‘So congratulations, Tess, and…well, I suppose here’s to Jackson Steel.’
That got some laughter, even from a red-cheeked Eliot, and we all clinked glasses.
‘Don’t y’all get too happy now,’ Hardison said as Parker reached for a refill. ‘We got an eight AM flight to Missoula tomorrow, remember. I emailed your ticket,’ he added to me.
‘Thanks. Where’s Missoula?’ I asked, checking my phone.
‘Montana,’ Eliot supplied. ‘Up near a bunch of national forests and an Indian reservation.’
‘Ooh. Big Sky Country.’ Then I wrinkled my nose. ‘Shame it isn’t somewhere snowy.’
‘Feel free to not come if you object to the location of the job,’ Nate said, a trifle acidly.
‘As if. Finally somewhere I can get a cowboy hat!’
‘Cowboys?’ Parker suddenly looked alarmed. ‘I thought it was a condo developer? Will there be cows? Horses?’
The others shushed her but it took several firm reassurances from Sophie and Alec that no, horses would definitely not be a major feature of the trip, before she fully subsided and we could all get on with getting lightly plastered.
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It’s bold of Nolan to make such a thoroughly dense blockbuster. He assumes people will actually want to see Black Box more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe. Ergo, it’s hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I’m still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn’t, it’s a 6. It’s further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex — a problem also shared with Black Box actually. (Black Box had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren’t careful, you’d miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria: “Earth’s atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen”). I guess it’s a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it’s too loud initially. I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can’t act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on. Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don’t expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around. Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward If I talk about acting, Then I have to say that Robert Pattinson has really proved himself as a very good actor in these recent years. And I am sure his acting skills will increase with time. His performance is charming and very smooth. Whenever he is on the camera, he steals the focus John David Washington is also fantastic in this movie. His performance is electrifying, I hope to see more from him in the future. Other characters such as Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy have also done quite well. And I dont think there is a need to talk about Michael Caine Talking about Music, its awesome. I dont think you will miss Hans Zimmer’s score. Ludwig has done a sufficient job. There is no lack of good score in the movie Gotta love the editing and post production which has been put into this movie. I think its fair to say this Nolan film has focused more in its post production. The main problem in the movie is the sound mixing. Plot is already complex and some dialogues are very soft due to the high music score. It makes it harder to realize what is going on in the movie. Other Nolan movies had loud BGM too. But Audio and dialogues weren’t a problem My humble request to everyone is to please let the movie sink in your thoughts. Let your mind grasp all the elements of this movie. I am sure more people will find it better. Even those who think they got the plot. I can bet they are wrong. Black Box is the long awaited new movie from Christopher Nolan. The movie that’s set to reboot the multiplexes post-Covid. It’s a manic, extremely loud, extremely baffling sci-fi cum spy rollercoaster that will please a lot of Nolan fan-boys but which left me with very mixed views. John David Washington (Denzel’s lad) plays “The Protagonist” — a crack-CIA field operative who is an unstoppable one-man army in the style of Hobbs or Shaw. Recruited into an even more shadowy organisation, he’s on the trail of an international arms dealer, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh in full villain mode). Sator is bullying his estranged wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) over custody of their son (and the film unusually has a BBFC warning about “Domestic Abuse”). Our hero jets the world to try to prevent a very particular kind of Armageddon while also keeping the vulnerable and attractive Kat alive. This is cinema at its biggest and boldest. Nolan has taken a cinema ‘splurge’ gun, filled it with money, set it on rapid fire, removed the safety and let rip at the screen. Given that Nolan is famous for doing all of his ‘effects’ for real and ‘in camera’, some of what you see performed is almost unbelievable. You thought crashing a train through rush-hour traffic in “Inception” was crazy? You ain’t seen nothing yet with the airport scene! And for lovers of Chinooks (I must admit I am one and rush out of the house to see one if I hear it coming!) there is positively Chinook-p*rn on offer in the film’s ridiculously huge finale. The ‘inversion’ aspects of the story also lends itself to some fight scenes — one in particular in an airport ‘freeport’ — which are both bizarre to watch and, I imagine, technically extremely challenging to pull off. In this regard John David Washington is an acrobatic and talented stunt performer in his own right, and must have trained for months for this role. Nolan’s crew also certainly racked up their air miles pre-lockdown, since the locations range far and wide across the world. The locations encompassed Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is lush in introducing these, especially the beautiful Italian coast scenes. Although I did miss the David Arnold strings that would typically introduce these in a Bond movie: it felt like that was missing. The ‘timey-wimey’ aspects of the plot are also intriguing and very cleverly done. There are numerous points at which you think “Oh, that’s a sloppy continuity error” or “Shame the production design team missed that cracked wing mirror”. Then later in the movie, you get at least a dozen “Aha!” moments. Some of them (no spoilers) are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Perhaps the best twist is hidden in the final line of the movie. I only processed it on the way home. And so to the first of my significant gripes with Black Box. The sound mix in the movie is all over the place. I’d go stronger than that… it’s truly awful (expletive deleted)! Nolan often implements Shakespeare’s trick of having characters in the play provide exposition of the plot to aid comprehension. But unfortunately, all of this exposition dialogue was largely incomprehensible. This was due to: the ear-splitting volume of the sound: “”&G2&”” movie audiences are going to be suffering from ‘Black Boxis’! (LOL); the dialogue is poorly mixed with the thumping music by Ludwig Göransson (Wot? No Hans Zimmer?); a large proportion of the dialogue was through masks of varying description (#covid-appropriate). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was particularly unintelligible to my ears. Overall, watching this with subtitles at a special showing might be advisable! OK, so I only have a PhD in Physics… but at times I was completely lost as to the intricacies of the plot. It made “Inception” look like “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. There was an obvious ‘McGuffin’ in “Inception” — — (“These ‘dream levels’… how exactly are they architected??”…. “Don’t worry… they’ll never notice”. And we didn’t!) In “Black Box” there are McGuffins nested in McGuffins. So much of this is casually waved away as “future stuff… you’re not qualified” that it feels vaguely condescending to the audience. At one point Sator says to Kat “You don’t know what’s going on, do you?” and she shakes her head blankly. We’re right with you there luv! There are also gaps in the storyline that jar. The word “Black Box”? What does it mean. Is it just a password? I’m none the wiser. The manic pace of Black Box and the constant din means that the movie gallops along like a series of disconnected (albeit brilliant) action set pieces. For me, it has none of the emotional heart of the Cobb’s marriage problems from “Inception” or the father/daughter separation of “Black Box”. In fact, you barely care for anyone in the movie, perhaps with the exception of Kat. It’s a talented cast. As mentioned above, John David Washington is muscular and athletic in the role. It’s a big load for the actor to carry in such a tent-pole movie, given his only significant starring role before was in the excellent BlacKkKlansman. But he carries it off well. A worthy successor to Gerard Butler and Jason Statham for action roles in the next 10 years. This is also a great performance by Robert Pattinson, in his most high-profile film in a long time, playing the vaguely alcoholic and Carré-esque support guy. Pattinson’s Potter co-star Clemence Poésy also pops up — rather more un-glam that usual — as the scientist plot-expositor early in the movie. Nolan’s regular Michael Caine also pops up. although the 87-year old legend is starting to show his age: His speech was obviously affected at the time of filming (though nice try Mr Nolan in trying to disguise that with a mouth full of food!). But in my book, any amount of Caine in a movie is a plus. He also gets to deliver the best killer line in the film about snobbery! However, it’s Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki that really stand out. They were both fabulous, especially when they were bouncing off each other in their marital battle royale. So, given this was my most anticipated movie of the year, it’s a bit of a curate’s egg for me. A mixture of being awe-struck at times and slightly disappointed at others. It’s a movie which needs a second watch, so I’m heading back today to give my ear drums another bashing! And this is one where I reserve the right to revisit my rating after that second watch… it’s not likely to go down… but it might go up. (For the full graphical review, check out One Mann’s Movies on t’interweb and Facebook. Thanks.) As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: Black Box’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that Black Box invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. Acting is beyond phenomenal, and I’d be genuinely surprised if neither Robert Pattinson nor John David Washington doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s also hard not to mention how good Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Johnson both are. All around, great acting, and the dialogue amps up the quality of the movie. The idea of this movie is damn fascinating, and while there are films that explore time-travelling, there’s never been anything quite like this. It has such a beautiful charm and for the most part, explains everything thoroughly. It feels so much more complex than any form of time-travelling we’ve seen, and no less could’ve been expected from Nolan. Oh my lord, the score for this film fits so perfectly. Every scene that’s meant to feel intense was amped by a hundred because of how good the score was. Let me just say though, none of them will be found iconic, but they fit the story and scenes so well. In the end, I walked out, feeling very satisfied. Nevertheless, I do have issues with the film that I cannot really express without spoiling bits of the story. There are definitely little inconsistencies that I found myself uncovering as the story progressed. However, I only had one issue that I found impacted my enjoyment. That issue was understanding some of the dialogue. No, not in the sense that the movie is too complicated, but more that it was hard to make out was being said at times. It felt like the movie required subtitles, but that probably was because, at a time in the film, there was far too much exposition. Nevertheless, I loved this film, I’ll be watching it at least two more times, and I think most of you in this group will enjoy it. I definitely suggest watching it in theatres if possible, just so you can get that excitement. (4/5) & (8.5/10) for those that care about number scores. At first, I want to ask Christopher Nolan one question, HOW THE HELL YOU DID THIS? Seriously I want to have an answer, How did he write such as this masterpiece! How did he get this complicated, fabulous and creative idea? What is going on in his mind? The story is written and directed perfectly, the narration style was absolutely unique. I have no idea how can anyone direct such as this story, that was a huge challenge, and as usual Nolan gave us a masterpiece that we’ll put beside (Memento), (Inception) and (Black Box) The movie is so fast-paced in a good way, there was no boring moment. The chemistry between John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was great and funny and both of their performance was really good. Elizabeth Debicki performance was the best in the movie because she had the chance to show her acting abilities and she cached up that chance and showed us an A level acting. The music wasn’t unique and distinct as the music of Black Box for example and I think this movie needed the touch of Hans Zimmer, I’m not saying that Ludwig Göransson failed but Hans Zimmer in another level. If there was something I’d say that I didn’t like it in the movie would it be that Nolan discarded any set up or characters backgrounds except Elizabeth Debicki dramatic story but it wasn’t that bad for me, I didn’t care about that, the exciting story didn’t give me the chance to focus on it. But the actual problem was the third act, it was really complicated and I got lost and I convinced myself to discard the questions that were in my head and enjoy the well-made action sequences and Elizabeth Debicki performance. I think this kind of movie that gets better with a second and third watch. I honestly don’t quite know where to begin with Black Box. I love Christopher Nolan’s work but I have never seen a more complicated film (and I understood Memento). After nearly three hours, I came away from Black Box not knowing myself, my mind reduced to nothing more than piles of ash. Was there time travel involved? Hmm, there was definitely something about time inversion. I mean, does Nolan even understand what he wrote? Look, I give credit to the director because he’s one of the few directors left who knows how to create a compelling and intelligent blockbuster. Black Box is full of Nolan trademarks — the gratuitous Michael Caine cameo, a loud, really loud score, complete with stunning cinematography and slickly inventive action set-pieces. This time around however, Nolan has finally managed to ‘out-Nolan’ himself: the palindromic plot, whilst creatively ambitious, is simply far too complicated for its own good. Black Box is overlong, overstuffed, pretentious and too exhausting to comprehend in its entirety — it makes Inception and Black Box look like Peppa Pig by comparison. I’m aware of the technical wizardry and creative mastery in this film and lord knows I’ll have to watch this again. For those who want a puzzle, Black Box at least provides a unique cinematic experience. But to actually enjoy solving it Nolan wants you to work very very hard.
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its somewhat ironic that a movie about time travel can’t be reviewed properly until your future self rewatches the movie. It’s bold of Nolan to make such a thoroughly dense blockbuster. He assumes people will actually want to see ~Tenet more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe. Ergo, it’s hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I’m still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn’t, it’s a 6. It’s further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex — a problem also shared with Interstellar actually. (Interstellar had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren’t careful, you’d miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria: “Earth’s atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen”). I guess it’s a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it’s too loud initially. I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can’t act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on. Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don’t expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around. Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward If I talk about acting, Then I have to say that Robert Pattinson has really proved himself as a very good actor in these recent years. And I am sure his acting skills will increase with time. His performance is charming and very smooth. Whenever he is on the camera, he steals the focus John David Washington is also fantastic in this movie. His performance is electrifying, I hope to see more from him in the future. Other characters such as Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy have also done quite well. And I dont think there is a need to talk about Michael Caine Talking about Music, its awesome. I dont think you will miss Hans Zimmer’s score. Ludwig has done a sufficient job. There is no lack of good score in the movie Gotta love the editing and post production which has been put into this movie. I think its fair to say this Nolan film has focused more in its post production. The main problem in the movie is the sound mixing. Plot is already complex and some dialogues are very soft due to the high music score. It makes it harder to realize what is going on in the movie. Other Nolan movies had loud BGM too. But Audio and dialogues weren’t a problem My humble request to everyone is to please let the movie sink in your thoughts. Let your mind grasp all the elements of this movie. I am sure more people will find it better. Even those who think they got the plot. I can bet they are wrong. ~Tenet is the long awaited new movie from Christopher Nolan. The movie that’s set to reboot the multiplexes post-Covid. It’s a manic, extremely loud, extremely baffling sci-fi cum spy rollercoaster that will please a lot of Nolan fan-boys but which left me with very mixed views. John David Washington (Denzel’s lad) plays “The Protagonist” — a crack-CIA field operative who is an unstoppable one-man army in the style of Hobbs or Shaw. Recruited into an even more shadowy organisation, he’s on the trail of an international arms dealer, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh in full villain mode). Sator is bullying his estranged wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) over custody of their son (and the film unusually has a BBFC warning about “Domestic Abuse”). Our hero jets the world to try to prevent a very particular kind of Armageddon while also keeping the vulnerable and attractive Kat alive. This is cinema at its biggest and boldest. Nolan has taken a cinema ‘splurge’ gun, filled it with money, set it on rapid fire, removed the safety and let rip at the screen. Given that Nolan is famous for doing all of his ‘effects’ for real and ‘in camera’, some of what you see performed is almost unbelievable. You thought crashing a train through rush-hour traffic in “Inception” was crazy? You ain’t seen nothing yet with the airport scene! And for lovers of Chinooks (I must admit I am one and rush out of the house to see one if I hear it coming!) there is positively Chinook-p*rn on offer in the film’s ridiculously huge finale. The ‘inversion’ aspects of the story also lends itself to some fight scenes — one in particular in an airport ‘freeport’ — which are both bizarre to watch and, I imagine, technically extremely challenging to pull off. In this regard John David Washington is an acrobatic and talented stunt performer in his own right, and must have trained for months for this role. Nolan’s crew also certainly racked up their air miles pre-lockdown, since the locations range far and wide across the world. The locations encompassed Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is lush in introducing these, especially the beautiful Italian coast scenes. Although I did miss the David Arnold strings that would typically introduce these in a Bond movie: it felt like that was missing. The ‘timey-wimey’ aspects of the plot are also intriguing and very cleverly done. There are numerous points at which you think “Oh, that’s a sloppy continuity error” or “Shame the production design team missed that cracked wing mirror”. Then later in the movie, you get at least a dozen “Aha!” moments. Some of them (no spoilers) are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Perhaps the best twist is hidden in the final line of the movie. I only processed it on the way home. And so to the first of my significant gripes with ~Tenet. The sound mix in the movie is all over the place. I’d go stronger than that… it’s truly awful (expletive deleted)! Nolan often implements Shakespeare’s trick of having characters in the play provide exposition of the plot to aid comprehension. But unfortunately, all of this exposition dialogue was largely incomprehensible. This was due to: the ear-splitting volume of the sound: 2020 movie audiences are going to be suffering from ‘~Tenetis’! (LOL); the dialogue is poorly mixed with the thumping music by Ludwig Göransson (Wot? No Hans Zimmer?); a large proportion of the dialogue was through masks of varying description (#covid-appropriate). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was particularly unintelligible to my ears. Overall, watching this with subtitles at a special showing might be advisable! OK, so I only have a PhD in Physics… but at times I was completely lost as to the intricacies of the plot. It made “Inception” look like “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. There was an obvious ‘McGuffin’ in “Inception” — — (“These ‘dream levels’… how exactly are they architected??”…. “Don’t worry… they’ll never notice”. And we didn’t!) In “~Tenet” there are McGuffins nested in McGuffins. So much of this is casually waved away as “future stuff… you’re not qualified” that it feels vaguely condescending to the audience. At one point Sator says to Kat “You don’t know what’s going on, do you?” and she shakes her head blankly. We’re right with you there luv! There are also gaps in the storyline that jar. The word “~Tenet”? What does it mean. Is it just a password? I’m none the wiser. The manic pace of ~Tenet and the constant din means that the movie gallops along like a series of disconnected (albeit brilliant) action set pieces. For me, it has none of the emotional heart of the Cobb’s marriage problems from “Inception” or the father/daughter separation of “Interstellar”. In fact, you barely care for anyone in the movie, perhaps with the exception of Kat. It’s a talented cast. As mentioned above, John David Washington is muscular and athletic in the role. It’s a big load for the actor to carry in such a tent-pole movie, given his only significant starring role before was in the excellent BlacKkKlansman. But he carries it off well. A worthy successor to Gerard Butler and Jason Statham for action roles in the next 10 years. This is also a great performance by Robert Pattinson, in his most high-profile film in a long time, playing the vaguely alcoholic and Carré-esque support guy. Pattinson’s Potter co-star Clemence Poésy also pops up — rather more un-glam that usual — as the scientist plot-expositor early in the movie. Nolan’s regular Michael Caine also pops up. although the 87-year old legend is starting to show his age: His speech was obviously affected at the time of filming (though nice try Mr Nolan in trying to disguise that with a mouth full of food!). But in my book, any amount of Caine in a movie is a plus. He also gets to deliver the best killer line in the film about snobbery! However, it’s Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki that really stand out. They were both fabulous, especially when they were bouncing off each other in their marital battle royale. So, given this was my most anticipated movie of the year, it’s a bit of a curate’s egg for me. A mixture of being awe-struck at times and slightly disappointed at others. It’s a movie which needs a second watch, so I’m heading back today to give my ear drums another bashing! And this is one where I reserve the right to revisit my rating after that second watch… it’s not likely to go down… but it might go up. (For the full graphical review, check out One Mann’s Movies on t’interweb and Facebook. Thanks.) As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: ~Tenet’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that ~Tenet invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. Acting is beyond phenomenal, and I’d be genuinely surprised if neither Robert Pattinson nor John David Washington doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s also hard not to mention how good Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Johnson both are. All around, great acting, and the dialogue amps up the quality of the movie. The idea of this movie is damn fascinating, and while there are films that explore time-travelling, there’s never been anything quite like this. It has such a beautiful charm and for the most part, explains everything thoroughly. It feels so much more complex than any form of time-travelling we’ve seen, and no less could’ve been expected from Nolan. Oh my lord, the score for this film fits so perfectly. Every scene that’s meant to feel intense was amped by a hundred because of how good the score was. Let me just say though, none of them will be found iconic, but they fit the story and scenes so well. In the end, I walked out, feeling very satisfied. Nevertheless, I do have issues with the film that I cannot really express without spoiling bits of the story. There are definitely little inconsistencies that I found myself uncovering as the story progressed. However, I only had one issue that I found impacted my enjoyment. That issue was understanding some of the dialogue. No, not in the sense that the movie is too complicated, but more that it was hard to make out was being said at times. It felt like the movie required subtitles, but that probably was because, at a time in the film, there was far too much exposition. Nevertheless, I loved this film, I’ll be watching it at least two more times, and I think most of you in this group will enjoy it. I definitely suggest watching it in theatres if possible, just so you can get that excitement. (4/5) & (8.5/10) for those that care about number scores. At first, I want to ask Christopher Nolan one question, HOW THE HELL YOU DID THIS? Seriously I want to have an answer, How did he write such as this masterpiece! How did he get this complicated, fabulous and creative idea? What is going on in his mind? The story is written and directed perfectly, the narration style was absolutely unique. I have no idea how can anyone direct such as this story, that was a huge challenge, and as usual Nolan gave us a masterpiece that we’ll put beside (Memento), (Inception) and (Interstellar) The movie is so fast-paced in a good way, there was no boring moment. The chemistry between John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was great and funny and both of their performance was really good. Elizabeth Debicki performance was the best in the movie because she had the chance to show her acting abilities and she cached up that chance and showed us an A level acting. The music wasn’t unique and distinct as the music of Interstellar for example and I think this movie needed the touch of Hans Zimmer, I’m not saying that Ludwig Göransson failed but Hans Zimmer in another level. If there was something I’d say that I didn’t like it in the movie would it be that Nolan discarded any set up or characters backgrounds except Elizabeth Debicki dramatic story but it wasn’t that bad for me, I didn’t care about that, the exciting story didn’t give me the chance to focus on it. But the actual problem was the third act, it was really complicated and I got lost and I convinced myself to discard the questions that were in my head and enjoy the well-made action sequences and Elizabeth Debicki performance. I think this kind of movie that gets better with a second and third watch. I honestly don’t quite know where to begin with ~Tenet. I love Christopher Nolan’s work but I have never seen a more complicated film (and I understood Memento). ~After nearly three hours, I came away from ~Tenet not knowing myself, my mind reduced to nothing more than piles of ash. Was there time travel involved? Hmm, there was definitely something about time inversion. I mean, does Nolan even understand what he wrote? Look, I give credit to the director because he’s one of the few directors left who knows how to create a compelling and intelligent blockbuster. ~Tenet is full of Nolan trademarks — the gratuitous Michael Caine cameo, a loud, really loud score, complete with stunning cinematography and slickly
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formulatrash · a year ago
Hey Hazel! I read your post with your thoughts on Sky asking George that question. It is interesting that you mention sky’s milk feature and the crotch cam. Because when I watched it and genuinely felt uncomfortable. Like it was a weird task to give them but the cameras on their laps was a bit invasive and left me feeling uncomfortable. Do drivers have a choice to reject doing PR like this?
Honestly that whole feature made me deeply uncomfortable. I showed it to the person I live with (well, my ex - lockdown has been interesting) and was like hey you know I’m a bit like “goddamn I love it when they soppily gaze at each other” so is it just me or is this like, not on.
And they were like “sure whatever” and then three questions in to the first segment were just like “errrrrr” - again, the excuse was they were fan-submitted but I find that kind of eyebrow-raising. 
The milk bit was just. Like. You can’t shove a camera in someone’s lap without it immediately going extremely Fake Taxi, even before you start slopping white stuff all over them. And Lando looked so miserable at the end - it’s cold in Barcelona in February, I wouldn’t want to get drenched in milk and I’ve got 30% more body fat than either of them. 
Anyway, that aside (I have been dying to be like ‘what the fuck’ about this for some time, sorry) I don’t know exactly how McLaren negotiate with Sky, obviously. But it will be something the Sky producers developed and then McLaren’s PR team will have agreed to - drivers do have some say in what they do but equally will have just turned up to a scheduled appearance and been told they’re driving and there’s a challenge, most likely. Stuff like the camera angles they’re being filmed from I would be very surprised if they knew about let alone had any say in. 
McL will have signed off the feature - and maybe the length of time it took to come out is a mark of how long that process took but it’s almost certainly more related to ekeing out content from testing for Sky. 
I obviously don’t know what anyone there’s take on it was. Or Sky. I’d be interested to find out but I don’t know when I’d next see someone to poke about that kind of conversation (I know the C4 lot but not really anyone in production at Sky)  
But yeah idk. I feel like every time Sky - whose content is so fuckin weird and boomerish it always like, baffles my fully internet-rotten mind completely whenever I tune in to ...idk, like. Why would you get all the F1 drivers, with your full and unrestricted paddock and filming access, to drive RC cars instead of talking to them about F1? Am I foolish here? Is F1 so uninteresting? We haven’t raced for eight weeks and I just had an hour-long in-depth with a driver about something that happened in Marrakech. 
Anyway. It baffles me that you’d get that kind of access and make this type of content - comparatively, FOM themselves have less access to drivers (because they’re strung up on their own broadcast rights) and then Sky seem to us “fan questions” as an excuse for some very questionable segments. 
I’d love to make a Smash Hits (err, showing my age here? Like a teen pop magazine) style F1 publication that asked them about their favourite biscuits and their dream dates and why they struggled more on the soft compound around Baku in 2016 but it provided an advantage in 2017 but that’d get frowned on, y’know, whereas Carry On Driving seems to be just accepted as something you unquestionably agree to.
I suspect eg: Mercedes wouldn’t but McL know they have a young, fun, media-friendly line-up at the minute and that’s a huge advantage to the team in terms of gaining air time, clicks, follows, youtube views etc for sponsorship - and PR activities are part of the drivers jobs, in making the team successful. So it makes sense from why they’d get them to do it, I’m just not sure why Sky would devise something that seemed so. Inappropriate.
Like, if someone edited that together on here everyone would be like wow OP calm down you can’t do that. F1 Twitter shat itself because someone matched George Russell’s outfits to Durex packaging. There’s a handwringing scandal about fanfiction twice a week. Everyone’s constantly chasing respectability over respect for the drivers or themselves or the sport and then Sky are just like ps subscribe to our OnlyFans!
I love being risqué. But there’s risqué and ...look, I just don’t think you should have crotch cams. I just. I just think that is really weird. Maybe I’m a prude or a hypocrite but like. I do.
(I’m not whaling on McLaren here - this is just how team PR works with production companies, to the best of my knowledge)
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Its somewhat ironic that a movie about time travel can’t be reviewed properly until your future self rewatches the movie. It’s bold of Nolan to make such a thoroughly dense blockbuster. He assumes people will actually want to see C’est la vie more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe. Ergo, it’s hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I’m still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn’t, it’s a 6. It’s further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex — a problem also shared with Interstellar actually. (Interstellar had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren’t careful, you’d miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria: “Earth’s atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen”). I guess it’s a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it’s too loud initially. I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can’t act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on. Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don’t expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around. Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward If I talk about acting, Then I have to say that Robert Pattinson has really proved himself as a very good actor in these recent years. And I am sure his acting skills will increase with time. His performance is charming and very smooth. Whenever he is on the camera, he steals the focus John David Washington is also fantastic in this movie. His performance is electrifying, I hope to see more from him in the future. Other characters such as Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy have also done quite well. And I dont think there is a need to talk about Michael Caine Talking about Music, its awesome. I dont think you will miss Hans Zimmer’s score. Ludwig has done a sufficient job. There is no lack of good score in the movie Gotta love the editing and post production which has been put into this movie. I think its fair to say this Nolan film has focused more in its post production. The main problem in the movie is the sound mixing. Plot is already complex and some dialogues are very soft due to the high music score. It makes it harder to realize what is going on in the movie. Other Nolan movies had loud BGM too. But Audio and dialogues weren’t a problem My humble request to everyone is to please let the movie sink in your thoughts. Let your mind grasp all the elements of this movie. I am sure more people will find it better. Even those who think they got the plot. I can bet they are wrong. C’est la vie is the long awaited new movie from Christopher Nolan. The movie that’s set to reboot the multiplexes post-Covid. It’s a manic, extremely loud, extremely baffling sci-fi cum spy rollercoaster that will please a lot of Nolan fan-boys but which left me with very mixed views. John David Washington (Denzel’s lad) plays “The Protagonist” — a crack-CIA field operative who is an unstoppable one-man army in the style of Hobbs or Shaw. Recruited into an even more shadowy organisation, he’s on the trail of an international arms dealer, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh in full villain mode). Sator is bullying his estranged wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) over custody of their son (and the film unusually has a BBFC warning about “Domestic Abuse”). Our hero jets the world to try to prevent a very particular kind of Armageddon while also keeping the vulnerable and attractive Kat alive. This is cinema at its biggest and boldest. Nolan has taken a cinema ‘splurge’ gun, filled it with money, set it on rapid fire, removed the safety and let rip at the screen. Given that Nolan is famous for doing all of his ‘effects’ for real and ‘in camera’, some of what you see performed is almost unbelievable. You thought crashing a train through rush-hour traffic in “Inception” was crazy? You ain’t seen nothing yet with the airport scene! And for lovers of Chinooks (I must admit I am one and rush out of the house to see one if I hear it coming!) there is positively Chinook-p*rn on offer in the film’s ridiculously huge finale. The ‘inversion’ aspects of the story also lends itself to some fight scenes — one in particular in an airport ‘freeport’ — which are both bizarre to watch and, I imagine, technically extremely challenging to pull off. In this regard John David Washington is an acrobatic and talented stunt performer in his own right, and must have trained for months for this role. Nolan’s crew also certainly racked up their air miles pre-lockdown, since the locations range far and wide across the world. The locations encompassed Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is lush in introducing these, especially the beautiful Italian coast scenes. Although I did miss the David Arnold strings that would typically introduce these in a Bond movie: it felt like that was missing. The ‘timey-wimey’ aspects of the plot are also intriguing and very cleverly done. There are numerous points at which you think “Oh, that’s a sloppy continuity error” or “Shame the production design team missed that cracked wing mirror”. Then later in the movie, you get at least a dozen “Aha!” moments. Some of them (no spoilers) are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Perhaps the best twist is hidden in the final line of the movie. I only processed it on the way home. And so to the first of my significant gripes with C’est la vie. The sound mix in the movie is all over the place. I’d go stronger than that… it’s truly awful (expletive deleted)! Nolan often implements Shakespeare’s trick of having characters in the play provide exposition of the plot to aid comprehension. But unfortunately, all of this exposition dialogue was largely incomprehensible. This was due to: the ear-splitting volume of the sound: 2020 movie audiences are going to be suffering from ‘C’est la vieis’! (LOL); the dialogue is poorly mixed with the thumping music by Ludwig Göransson (Wot? No Hans Zimmer?); a large proportion of the dialogue was through masks of varying description (#covid-appropriate). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was particularly unintelligible to my ears. Overall, watching this with subtitles at a special showing might be advisable! OK, so I only have a PhD in Physics… but at times I was completely lost as to the intricacies of the plot. It made “Inception” look like “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. There was an obvious ‘McGuffin’ in “Inception” — — (“These ‘dream levels’… how exactly are they architected??”…. “Don’t worry… they’ll never notice”. And we didn’t!) In “C’est la vie” there are McGuffins nested in McGuffins. So much of this is casually waved C’est la vie as “future stuff… you’re not qualified” that it feels vaguely condescending to the audience. At one point Sator says to Kat “You don’t know what’s going on, do you?” and she shakes her head blankly. We’re right with you there luv! There are also gaps in the storyline that jar. The word “C’est la vie”? What does it mean. Is it just a password? I’m none the wiser. The manic pace of C’est la vie and the constant din means that the movie gallops along like a series of disconnected (albeit brilliant) action set pieces. For me, it has none of the emotional heart of the Cobb’s marriage problems from “Inception” or the father/daughter separation of “Interstellar”. In fact, you barely care for anyone in the movie, perhaps with the exception of Kat. It’s a talented cast. As mentioned above, John David Washington is muscular and athletic in the role. It’s a big load for the actor to carry in such a tent-pole movie, given his only significant starring role before was in the excellent BlacKkKlansman. But he carries it off well. A worthy successor to Gerard Butler and Jason Statham for action roles in the next 10 years. This is also a great performance by Robert Pattinson, in his most high-profile film in a long time, playing the vaguely alcoholic and Carré-esque support guy. Pattinson’s Potter co-star Clemence Poésy also pops up — rather more un-glam that usual — as the scientist plot-expositor early in the movie. Nolan’s regular Michael Caine also pops up. although the 87-year old legend is starting to show his age: His speech was obviously affected at the time of filming (though nice try Mr Nolan in trying to disguise that with a mouth full of food!). But in my book, any amount of Caine in a movie is a plus. He also gets to deliver the best killer line in the film about snobbery! However, it’s Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki that really stand out. They were both fabulous, especially when they were bouncing off each other in their marital battle royale. So, given this was my most anticipated movie of the year, it’s a bit of a curate’s egg for me. A mixture of being awe-struck at times and slightly disappointed at others. It’s a movie which needs a second watch, so I’m heading back today to give my ear drums another bashing! And this is one where I reserve the right to revisit my rating after that second watch… it’s not likely to go down… but it might go up. (For the full graphical review, check out One Mann’s Movies on t’interweb and Facebook. Thanks.) As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: C’est la vie’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that C’est la vie invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. Acting is beyond phenomenal, and I’d be genuinely surprised if neither Robert Pattinson nor John David Washington doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s also hard not to mention how good Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Johnson both are. All around, great acting, and the dialogue amps up the quality of the movie. The idea of this movie is damn fascinating, and while there are films that explore time-travelling, there’s never been anything quite like this. It has such a beautiful charm and for the most part, explains everything thoroughly. It feels so much more complex than any form of time-travelling we’ve seen, and no less could’ve been expected from Nolan. Oh my lord, the score for this film fits so perfectly. Every scene that’s meant to feel intense was amped by a hundred because of how good the score was. Let me just say though, none of them will be found iconic, but they fit the story and scenes so well. In the end, I walked out, feeling very satisfied. Nevertheless, I do have issues with the film that I cannot really express without spoiling bits of the story. There are definitely little inconsistencies that I found myself uncovering as the story progressed. However, I only had one issue that I found impacted my enjoyment. That issue was understanding some of the dialogue. No, not in the sense that the movie is too complicated, but more that it was hard to make out was being said at times. It felt like the movie required subtitles, but that probably was because, at a time in the film, there was far too much exposition. Nevertheless, I loved this film, I’ll be watching it at least two more times, and I think most of you in this group will enjoy it. I definitely suggest watching it in theatres if possible, just so you can get that excitement. (4/5) & (8.5/10) for those that care about number scores. At first, I want to ask Christopher Nolan one question, HOW THE HELL YOU DID THIS? Seriously I want to have an answer, How did he write such as this masterpiece! How did he get this complicated, fabulous and creative idea? What is going on in his mind? The story is written and directed perfectly, the narration style was absolutely unique. I have no idea how can anyone direct such as this story, that was a huge challenge, and as usual Nolan gave us a masterpiece that we’ll put beside (Memento), (Inception) and (Interstellar) The movie is so fast-paced in a good way, there was no boring moment. The chemistry between John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was great and funny and both of their performance was really good. Elizabeth Debicki performance was the best in the movie because she had the chance to show her acting abilities and she cached up that chance and showed us an A level acting. The music wasn’t unique and distinct as the music of Interstellar for example and I think this movie needed the touch of Hans Zimmer, I’m not saying that Ludwig Göransson failed but Hans Zimmer in another level. If there was something I’d say that I didn’t like it in the movie would it be that Nolan discarded any set up or characters backgrounds except Elizabeth Debicki dramatic story but it wasn’t that bad for me, I didn’t care about that, the exciting story didn’t give me the chance to focus on it. But the actual problem was the third act, it was really complicated and I got lost and I convinced myself to discard the questions that were in my head and enjoy the well-made action sequences and Elizabeth Debicki performance. I think this kind of movie that gets better with a second and third watch. I honestly don’t quite know where to begin with C’est la vie. I love Christopher Nolan’s work but I have never seen a more complicated film (and I understood Memento). After nearly three hours, I came C’est la vie from C’est la vie not knowing myself, my mind reduced to nothing more than piles of ash. Was there time travel involved? Hmm, there was definitely something about time inversion. I mean, does Nolan even understand what he wrote? Look, I give credit to the director because he’s one of the few directors left who knows how to create a compelling and intelligent blockbuster. C’est la vie is full of Nolan trademarks — the gratuitous Michael Caine cameo, a loud, really loud score, complete with stunning cinematography and slickly inventive action set-pieces. This time around however, Nolan has finally managed to ‘out-Nolan’ himself: the palindromic plot, whilst creatively ambitious, is simply far too complicated for its own good. C’est la vie is overlong, overstuffed, pretentious and too exhausting to comprehend in its entirety — it makes Inception and Interstellar look like Peppa Pig by comparison. I’m aware of the technical wizardry and creative mastery in this film and lord knows I’ll have to watch this again. For those who want a puzzle, C’est la vie at least provides a unique cinematic experience. But to actually enjoy solving it Nolan wants you to work
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Joe Gardner középiskolai tanár, aki szereti a jazz zenét. Egy balesetben a lelke elszakad a testétől és egy olyan központba kerül, ahol a lelkek fejlődnek és szenvedélyeket szereznek, mielőtt újjászületnek. Joe-nak segítséget kell szereznie a többi képzésben részt vevő lélektől, például 22-től, egy lélektől, aki örök időket töltött a Te szemináriumon, hogy visszatérjen a Földre. felszabadított: 2020–12–25 Runtime: 102 percek Műfaj: Animációs, Vígjáték, Kaland, Családi, Zenei, Fantasy Csillag: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Daveed Diggs Rendező: Trent Reznor, Bobby Podesta, Steve Pilcher, Pete Docter, Pete Docter Kulcsszavak : Lelki ismeretek előzetes magyarul, Lelki ismeretek ingyen letöltés, Lelki ismeretek netmozi, Lelki ismeretek magyar premier, Lelki ismeretek film online, Lelki ismeretek teljes film, Lelki ismeretek teljes film videa, Lelki ismeretek indavideo, Lelki ismeretek magyarul online, Lelki ismeretek teljes film magyarul indavideo, Lelki ismeretek online filmek ingyen Lelki ismeretek online 2020 filmek magyarul Lelki ismeretek filmek magyarul Lelki ismeretek online videa 720p 1080p Lelki ismeretek film letöltés Lelki ismeretek 2020 teljes filmek magyarul videa Lelki ismeretek online sorozatok Lelki ismeretek ingyen filmek Lelki ismeretek 2020 film letöltés ingyen Lelki ismeretek filmek online magyarul Lelki ismeretek magyar filmek online Image for post Its somewhat ironic that a movie about time travel can’t be reviewed properly until your future self rewatches the movie. It’s bold of Nolan to make such a thoroughly dense blockbuster. He assumes people will actually want to see ~Lelki ismeretek more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe. Ergo, it’s hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I’m still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn’t, it’s a 6. It’s further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex — a problem also shared with Interstellar actually. (Interstellar had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren’t careful, you’d miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria: “Earth’s atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen”). I guess it’s a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it’s too loud initially. I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can’t act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on. Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don’t expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around. Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward If I talk about acting, Then I have to say that Robert Pattinson has really proved himself as a very good actor in these recent years. And I am sure his acting skills will increase with time. His performance is charming and very smooth. Whenever he is on the camera, he steals the focus John David Washington is also fantastic in this movie. His performance is electrifying, I hope to see more from him in the future. Other characters such as Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy have also done quite well. And I dont think there is a need to talk about Michael Caine Talking about Music, its awesome. I dont think you will miss Hans Zimmer’s score. Ludwig has done a sufficient job. There is no lack of good score in the movie Gotta love the editing and post production which has been put into this movie. I think its fair to say this Nolan film has focused more in its post production. The main problem in the movie is the sound mixing. Plot is already complex and some dialogues are very soft due to the high music score. It makes it harder to realize what is going on in the movie. Other Nolan movies had loud BGM too. But Audio and dialogues weren’t a problem My humble request to everyone is to please let the movie sink in your thoughts. Let your mind grasp all the elements of this movie. I am sure more people will find it better. Even those who think they got the plot. I can bet they are wrong. ~Lelki ismeretek is the long awaited new movie from Christopher Nolan. The movie that’s set to reboot the multiplexes post-Covid. It’s a manic, extremely loud, extremely baffling sci-fi cum spy rollercoaster that will please a lot of Nolan fan-boys but which left me with very mixed views. John David Washington (Denzel’s lad) plays “The Protagonist” — a crack-CIA field operative who is an unstoppable one-man army in the style of Hobbs or Shaw. Recruited into an even more shadowy organisation, he’s on the trail of an international arms dealer, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh in full villain mode). Sator is bullying his estranged wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) over custody of their son (and the film unusually has a BBFC warning about “Domestic Abuse”). Our hero jets the world to try to prevent a very particular kind of Armageddon while also keeping the vulnerable and attractive Kat alive. This is cinema at its biggest and boldest. Nolan has taken a cinema ‘splurge’ gun, filled it with money, set it on rapid fire, removed the safety and let rip at the screen. Given that Nolan is famous for doing all of his ‘effects’ for real and ‘in camera’, some of what you see performed is almost unbelievable. You thought crashing a train through rush-hour traffic in “Inception” was crazy? You ain’t seen nothing yet with the airport scene! And for lovers of Chinooks (I must admit I am one and rush out of the house to see one if I hear it coming!) there is positively Chinook-p*rn on offer in the film’s ridiculously huge finale. The ‘inversion’ aspects of the story also lends itself to some fight scenes — one in particular in an airport ‘freeport’ — which are both bizarre to watch and, I imagine, technically extremely challenging to pull off. In this regard John David Washington is an acrobatic and talented stunt performer in his own right, and must have trained for months for this role. Nolan’s crew also certainly racked up their air miles pre-lockdown, since the locations range far and wide across the world. The locations encompassed Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is lush in introducing these, especially the beautiful Italian coast scenes. Although I did miss the David Arnold strings that would typically introduce these in a Bond movie: it felt like that was missing. The ‘timey-wimey’ aspects of the plot are also intriguing and very cleverly done. There are numerous points at which you think “Oh, that’s a sloppy continuity error” or “Shame the production design team missed that cracked wing mirror”. Then later in the movie, you get at least a dozen “Aha!” moments. Some of them (no spoilers) are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Perhaps the best twist is hidden in the final line of the movie. I only processed it on the way home. And so to the first of my significant gripes with ~Lelki ismeretek. The sound mix in the movie is all over the place. I’d go stronger than that… it’s truly awful (expletive deleted)! Nolan often implements Shakespeare’s trick of having characters in the play provide exposition of the plot to aid comprehension. But unfortunately, all of this exposition dialogue was largely incomprehensible. This was due to: the ear-splitting volume of the sound: 2020 movie audiences are going to be suffering from ‘~Lelki ismeretekis’! (LOL); the dialogue is poorly mixed with the thumping music by Ludwig Göransson (Wot? No Hans Zimmer?); a large proportion of the dialogue was through masks of varying description (#covid-appropriate). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was particularly unintelligible to my ears. Overall, watching this with subtitles at a special showing might be advisable! OK, so I only have a PhD in Physics… but at times I was completely lost as to the intricacies of the plot. It made “Inception” look like “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. There was an obvious ‘McGuffin’ in “Inception” — — (“These ‘dream levels’… how exactly are they architected??”…. “Don’t worry… they’ll never notice”. And we didn’t!) In “~Lelki ismeretek” there are McGuffins nested in McGuffins. So much of this is casually waved away as “future stuff… you’re not qualified” that it feels vaguely condescending to the audience. At one point Sator says to Kat “You don’t know what’s going on, do you?” and she shakes her head blankly. We’re right with you there luv! There are also gaps in the storyline that jar. The word “~Lelki ismeretek”? What does it mean. Is it just a password? I’m none the wiser. The manic pace of ~Lelki ismeretek and the constant din means that the movie gallops along like a series of disconnected (albeit brilliant) action set pieces. For me, it has none of the emotional heart of the Cobb’s marriage problems from “Inception” or the father/daughter separation of “Interstellar”. In fact, you barely care for anyone in the movie, perhaps with the exception of Kat. It’s a talented cast. As mentioned above, John David Washington is muscular and athletic in the role. It’s a big load for the actor to carry in such a tent-pole movie, given his only significant starring role before was in the excellent BlacKkKlansman. But he carries it off well. A worthy successor to Gerard Butler and Jason Statham for action roles in the next 10 years. This is also a great performance by Robert Pattinson, in his most high-profile film in a long time, playing the vaguely alcoholic and Carré-esque support guy. Pattinson’s Potter co-star Clemence Poésy also pops up — rather more un-glam that usual — as the scientist plot-expositor early in the movie. Nolan’s regular Michael Caine also pops up. although the 87-year old legend is starting to show his age: His speech was obviously affected at the time of filming (though nice try Mr Nolan in trying to disguise that with a mouth full of food!). But in my book, any amount of Caine in a movie is a plus. He also gets to deliver the best killer line in the film about snobbery! However, it’s Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki that really stand out. They were both fabulous, especially when they were bouncing off each other in their marital battle royale. So, given this was my most anticipated movie of the year, it’s a bit of a curate’s egg for me. A mixture of being awe-struck at times and slightly disappointed at others. It’s a movie which needs a second watch, so I’m heading back today to give my ear drums another bashing! And this is one where I reserve the right to revisit my rating after that second watch… it’s not likely to go down… but it might go up. (For the full graphical review, check out One Mann’s Movies on t’interweb and Facebook. Thanks.) As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: ~Lelki ismeretek’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that ~Lelki ismeretek invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. Acting is beyond phenomenal, and I’d be genuinely surprised if neither Robert Pattinson nor John David Washington doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s also hard not to mention how good Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Johnson both are. All around, great acting, and the dialogue amps up the quality of the movie. The idea of this movie is damn fascinating, and while there are films that explore time-travelling, there’s never been anything quite like this. It has such a beautiful charm and for the most part, explains everything thoroughly. It feels so much more complex than any form of time-travelling we’ve seen, and no less could’ve been expected from Nolan. Oh my lord, the score for this film fits so perfectly. Every scene that’s meant to feel intense was amped by a hundred because of how good the score was. Let me just say though, none of them will be found iconic, but they fit the story and scenes so well. In the end, I walked out, feeling very satisfied. Nevertheless, I do have issues with the film that I cannot really express without spoiling bits of the story. There are definitely little inconsistencies that I found myself uncovering as the story progressed. However, I only had one issue that I found impacted my enjoyment. That issue was understanding some of the dialogue. No, not in the sense that the movie is too complicated, but more that it was hard to make out was being said at times. It felt like the movie required subtitles, but that probably was because, at a time in the film, there was far too much exposition. Nevertheless, I loved this film, I’ll be watching it at least two more times, and I think most of you in this group will enjoy it. I definitely suggest watching it in theatres if possible, just so you can get that excitement. (4/5) & (8.5/10) for those that care about number scores. At first, I want to ask Christopher Nolan one question, HOW THE HELL YOU DID THIS? Seriously I want to have an answer, How did he write such as this masterpiece! How did he get this complicated, fabulous and creative idea? What is going on in his mind? The story is written and directed perfectly, the narration style was absolutely unique. I have no idea how can anyone direct such as this story, that was a huge challenge, and as usual Nolan gave us a masterpiece that we’ll put beside (Memento), (Inception) and (Interstellar) The movie is so fast-paced in a good way, there was no boring moment. The chemistry between John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was great and funny and both of their performance was really good. Elizabeth Debicki performance was the best in the movie because she had the chance to show her acting abilities and she cached up that chance and showed us an A level acting. The music wasn’t unique and distinct as the music of Interstellar for example and I think this movie needed the touch of Hans Zimmer, I’m not saying that Ludwig Göransson failed but Hans Zimmer in another level. If there was something I’d say that I didn’t like it in the movie would it be that Nolan discarded any set up or characters backgrounds except Elizabeth Debicki dramatic story but it wasn’t that bad for me, I didn’t care about that, the exciting story didn’t give me the chance to focus on it. But the actual problem was the third act, it was really complicated and I got lost and I convinced myself to discard the questions that were in my head and enjoy the well-made action sequences and Elizabeth Debicki performance. I think this kind of movie that gets better with a second and third watch. I honestly don’t quite know where to begin with ~Lelki ismeretek. I love Christopher Nolan’s work but I have never seen a more complicated film (and I understood Memento). ~After nearly three hours, I came away from ~Lelki ismeretek not knowing myself, my mind reduced to nothing more than piles of ash. Was there time travel involved? Hmm, there was definitely something about time inversion. I mean, does Nolan even understand what he wrote? Look, I give credit to the director because he’s one of the few directors left who knows how to create a compelling and intelligent blockbuster. ~Lelki ismeretek is full of Nolan trademarks — the gratuitous Michael Caine cameo, a loud, really loud score, complete with stunning cinematography and slickly inventive action set-pieces. This time around however, Nolan has finally managed to ‘out-Nolan’ himself: the palindromic plot, whilst creatively ambitious, is simply far too complicated for its own good. ~Lelki ismeretek is overlong, overstuffed, pretentious and too exhausting to comprehend in its entirety — it makes Inception and Interstellar look like Peppa Pig by comparison. I’m aware of the technical wizardry and creative mastery in this film and lord knows I’ll have to watch this again. For those who want a puzzle, ~Lelki ismeretek at least provides a unique cinematic experience. But to actually enjoy solving it Nolan wants you to work very very hard.
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Joe Gardner középiskolai tanár, aki szereti a jazz zenét. Egy balesetben a lelke elszakad a testétől és egy olyan központba kerül, ahol a lelkek fejlődnek és szenvedélyeket szereznek, mielőtt újjászületnek. Joe-nak segítséget kell szereznie a többi képzésben részt vevő lélektől, például 22-től, egy lélektől, aki örök időket töltött a Te szemináriumon, hogy visszatérjen a Földre. felszabadított: 2020–12–25 Runtime: 102 percek Műfaj: Animációs, Vígjáték, Kaland, Családi, Zenei, Fantasy Csillag: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Daveed Diggs Rendező: Trent Reznor, Bobby Podesta, Steve Pilcher, Pete Docter, Pete Docter Kulcsszavak : Lelki ismeretek előzetes magyarul, Lelki ismeretek ingyen letöltés, Lelki ismeretek netmozi, Lelki ismeretek magyar premier, Lelki ismeretek film online, Lelki ismeretek teljes film, Lelki ismeretek teljes film videa, Lelki ismeretek indavideo, Lelki ismeretek magyarul online, Lelki ismeretek teljes film magyarul indavideo, Lelki ismeretek online filmek ingyen Lelki ismeretek online 2020 filmek magyarul Lelki ismeretek filmek magyarul Lelki ismeretek online videa 720p 1080p Lelki ismeretek film letöltés Lelki ismeretek 2020 teljes filmek magyarul videa Lelki ismeretek online sorozatok Lelki ismeretek ingyen filmek Lelki ismeretek 2020 film letöltés ingyen Lelki ismeretek filmek online magyarul Lelki ismeretek magyar filmek online Image for post Its somewhat ironic that a movie about time travel can’t be reviewed properly until your future self rewatches the movie. It’s bold of Nolan to make such a thoroughly dense blockbuster. He assumes people will actually want to see ~Lelki ismeretek more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe. Ergo, it’s hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I’m still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn’t, it’s a 6. It’s further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex — a problem also shared with Interstellar actually. (Interstellar had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren’t careful, you’d miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria: “Earth’s atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen”). I guess it’s a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it’s too loud initially. I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can’t act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on. Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don’t expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around. Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward If I talk about acting, Then I have to say that Robert Pattinson has really proved himself as a very good actor in these recent years. And I am sure his acting skills will increase with time. His performance is charming and very smooth. Whenever he is on the camera, he steals the focus John David Washington is also fantastic in this movie. His performance is electrifying, I hope to see more from him in the future. Other characters such as Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy have also done quite well. And I dont think there is a need to talk about Michael Caine Talking about Music, its awesome. I dont think you will miss Hans Zimmer’s score. Ludwig has done a sufficient job. There is no lack of good score in the movie Gotta love the editing and post production which has been put into this movie. I think its fair to say this Nolan film has focused more in its post production. The main problem in the movie is the sound mixing. Plot is already complex and some dialogues are very soft due to the high music score. It makes it harder to realize what is going on in the movie. Other Nolan movies had loud BGM too. But Audio and dialogues weren’t a problem My humble request to everyone is to please let the movie sink in your thoughts. Let your mind grasp all the elements of this movie. I am sure more people will find it better. Even those who think they got the plot. I can bet they are wrong. ~Lelki ismeretek is the long awaited new movie from Christopher Nolan. The movie that’s set to reboot the multiplexes post-Covid. It’s a manic, extremely loud, extremely baffling sci-fi cum spy rollercoaster that will please a lot of Nolan fan-boys but which left me with very mixed views. John David Washington (Denzel’s lad) plays “The Protagonist” — a crack-CIA field operative who is an unstoppable one-man army in the style of Hobbs or Shaw. Recruited into an even more shadowy organisation, he’s on the trail of an international arms dealer, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh in full villain mode). Sator is bullying his estranged wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) over custody of their son (and the film unusually has a BBFC warning about “Domestic Abuse”). Our hero jets the world to try to prevent a very particular kind of Armageddon while also keeping the vulnerable and attractive Kat alive. This is cinema at its biggest and boldest. Nolan has taken a cinema ‘splurge’ gun, filled it with money, set it on rapid fire, removed the safety and let rip at the screen. Given that Nolan is famous for doing all of his ‘effects’ for real and ‘in camera’, some of what you see performed is almost unbelievable. You thought crashing a train through rush-hour traffic in “Inception” was crazy? You ain’t seen nothing yet with the airport scene! And for lovers of Chinooks (I must admit I am one and rush out of the house to see one if I hear it coming!) there is positively Chinook-p*rn on offer in the film’s ridiculously huge finale. The ‘inversion’ aspects of the story also lends itself to some fight scenes — one in particular in an airport ‘freeport’ — which are both bizarre to watch and, I imagine, technically extremely challenging to pull off. In this regard John David Washington is an acrobatic and talented stunt performer in his own right, and must have trained for months for this role. Nolan’s crew also certainly racked up their air miles pre-lockdown, since the locations range far and wide across the world. The locations encompassed Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is lush in introducing these, especially the beautiful Italian coast scenes. Although I did miss the David Arnold strings that would typically introduce these in a Bond movie: it felt like that was missing. The ‘timey-wimey’ aspects of the plot are also intriguing and very cleverly done. There are numerous points at which you think “Oh, that’s a sloppy continuity error” or “Shame the production design team missed that cracked wing mirror”. Then later in the movie, you get at least a dozen “Aha!” moments. Some of them (no spoilers) are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Perhaps the best twist is hidden in the final line of the movie. I only processed it on the way home. And so to the first of my significant gripes with ~Lelki ismeretek. The sound mix in the movie is all over the place. I’d go stronger than that… it’s truly awful (expletive deleted)! Nolan often implements Shakespeare’s trick of having characters in the play provide exposition of the plot to aid comprehension. But unfortunately, all of this exposition dialogue was largely incomprehensible. This was due to: the ear-splitting volume of the sound: 2020 movie audiences are going to be suffering from ‘~Lelki ismeretekis’! (LOL); the dialogue is poorly mixed with the thumping music by Ludwig Göransson (Wot? No Hans Zimmer?); a large proportion of the dialogue was through masks of varying description (#covid-appropriate). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was particularly unintelligible to my ears. Overall, watching this with subtitles at a special showing might be advisable! OK, so I only have a PhD in Physics… but at times I was completely lost as to the intricacies of the plot. It made “Inception” look like “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. There was an obvious ‘McGuffin’ in “Inception” — — (“These ‘dream levels’… how exactly are they architected??”…. “Don’t worry… they’ll never notice”. And we didn’t!) In “~Lelki ismeretek” there are McGuffins nested in McGuffins. So much of this is casually waved away as “future stuff… you’re not qualified” that it feels vaguely condescending to the audience. At one point Sator says to Kat “You don’t know what’s going on, do you?” and she shakes her head blankly. We’re right with you there luv! There are also gaps in the storyline that jar. The word “~Lelki ismeretek”? What does it mean. Is it just a password? I’m none the wiser. The manic pace of ~Lelki ismeretek and the constant din means that the movie gallops along like a series of disconnected (albeit brilliant) action set pieces. For me, it has none of the emotional heart of the Cobb’s marriage problems from “Inception” or the father/daughter separation of “Interstellar”. In fact, you barely care for anyone in the movie, perhaps with the exception of Kat. It’s a talented cast. As mentioned above, John David Washington is muscular and athletic in the role. It’s a big load for the actor to carry in such a tent-pole movie, given his only significant starring role before was in the excellent BlacKkKlansman. But he carries it off well. A worthy successor to Gerard Butler and Jason Statham for action roles in the next 10 years. This is also a great performance by Robert Pattinson, in his most high-profile film in a long time, playing the vaguely alcoholic and Carré-esque support guy. Pattinson’s Potter co-star Clemence Poésy also pops up — rather more un-glam that usual — as the scientist plot-expositor early in the movie. Nolan’s regular Michael Caine also pops up. although the 87-year old legend is starting to show his age: His speech was obviously affected at the time of filming (though nice try Mr Nolan in trying to disguise that with a mouth full of food!). But in my book, any amount of Caine in a movie is a plus. He also gets to deliver the best killer line in the film about snobbery! However, it’s Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki that really stand out. They were both fabulous, especially when they were bouncing off each other in their marital battle royale. So, given this was my most anticipated movie of the year, it’s a bit of a curate’s egg for me. A mixture of being awe-struck at times and slightly disappointed at others. It’s a movie which needs a second watch, so I’m heading back today to give my ear drums another bashing! And this is one where I reserve the right to revisit my rating after that second watch… it’s not likely to go down… but it might go up. (For the full graphical review, check out One Mann’s Movies on t’interweb and Facebook. Thanks.) As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: ~Lelki ismeretek’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that ~Lelki ismeretek invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. Acting is beyond phenomenal, and I’d be genuinely surprised if neither Robert Pattinson nor John David Washington doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s also hard not to mention how good Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Johnson both are. All around, great acting, and the dialogue amps up the quality of the movie. The idea of this movie is damn fascinating, and while there are films that explore time-travelling, there’s never been anything quite like this. It has such a beautiful charm and for the most part, explains everything thoroughly. It feels so much more complex than any form of time-travelling we’ve seen, and no less could’ve been expected from Nolan. Oh my lord, the score for this film fits so perfectly. Every scene that’s meant to feel intense was amped by a hundred because of how good the score was. Let me just say though, none of them will be found iconic, but they fit the story and scenes so well. In the end, I walked out, feeling very satisfied. Nevertheless, I do have issues with the film that I cannot really express without spoiling bits of the story. There are definitely little inconsistencies that I found myself uncovering as the story progressed. However, I only had one issue that I found impacted my enjoyment. That issue was understanding some of the dialogue. No, not in the sense that the movie is too complicated, but more that it was hard to make out was being said at times. It felt like the movie required subtitles, but that probably was because, at a time in the film, there was far too much exposition. Nevertheless, I loved this film, I’ll be watching it at least two more times, and I think most of you in this group will enjoy it. I definitely suggest watching it in theatres if possible, just so you can get that excitement. (4/5) & (8.5/10) for those that care about number scores. At first, I want to ask Christopher Nolan one question, HOW THE HELL YOU DID THIS? Seriously I want to have an answer, How did he write such as this masterpiece! How did he get this complicated, fabulous and creative idea? What is going on in his mind? The story is written and directed perfectly, the narration style was absolutely unique. I have no idea how can anyone direct such as this story, that was a huge challenge, and as usual Nolan gave us a masterpiece that we’ll put beside (Memento), (Inception) and (Interstellar) The movie is so fast-paced in a good way, there was no boring moment. The chemistry between John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was great and funny and both of their performance was really good. Elizabeth Debicki performance was the best in the movie because she had the chance to show her acting abilities and she cached up that chance and showed us an A level acting. The music wasn’t unique and distinct as the music of Interstellar for example and I think this movie needed the touch of Hans Zimmer, I’m not saying that Ludwig Göransson failed but Hans Zimmer in another level. If there was something I’d say that I didn’t like it in the movie would it be that Nolan discarded any set up or characters backgrounds except Elizabeth Debicki dramatic story but it wasn’t that bad for me, I didn’t care about that, the exciting story didn’t give me the chance to focus on it. But the actual problem was the third act, it was really complicated and I got lost and I convinced myself to discard the questions that were in my head and enjoy the well-made action sequences and Elizabeth Debicki performance. I think this kind of movie that gets better with a second and third watch. I honestly don’t quite know where to begin with ~Lelki ismeretek. I love Christopher Nolan’s work but I have never seen a more complicated film (and I understood Memento). ~After nearly three hours, I came away from ~Lelki ismeretek not knowing myself, my mind reduced to nothing more than piles of ash. Was there time travel involved? Hmm, there was definitely something about time inversion. I mean, does Nolan even understand what he wrote? Look, I give credit to the director because he’s one of the few directors left who knows how to create a compelling and intelligent blockbuster. ~Lelki ismeretek is full of Nolan trademarks — the gratuitous Michael Caine cameo, a loud, really loud score, complete with stunning cinematography and slickly inventive action set-pieces. This time around however, Nolan has finally managed to ‘out-Nolan’ himself: the palindromic plot, whilst creatively ambitious, is simply far too complicated for its own good. ~Lelki ismeretek is overlong, overstuffed, pretentious and too exhausting to comprehend in its entirety — it makes Inception and Interstellar look like Peppa Pig by comparison. I’m aware of the technical wizardry and creative mastery in this film and lord knows I’ll have to watch this again. For those who want a puzzle, ~Lelki ismeretek at least provides a unique cinematic experience. But to actually enjoy solving it Nolan wants you to work very very hard.
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14 octobre 2020 / 1h 55min / Drame, Comédie
De Thomas Vinterberg
Avec Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
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He assumes people will actually want to see Black Box more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe. Ergo, it’s hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I’m still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn’t, it’s a 6. It’s further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex — a problem also shared with Black Box actually. (Black Box had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren’t careful, you’d miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria: “Earth’s atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen”). I guess it’s a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it’s too loud initially. I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can’t act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on. Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don’t expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around. Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward If I talk about acting, Then I have to say that Robert Pattinson has really proved himself as a very good actor in these recent years. And I am sure his acting skills will increase with time. His performance is charming and very smooth. Whenever he is on the camera, he steals the focus John David Washington is also fantastic in this movie. His performance is electrifying, I hope to see more from him in the future. Other characters such as Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth, Himesh Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy have also done quite well. And I dont think there is a need to talk about Michael Caine Talking about Music, its awesome. I dont think you will miss Hans Zimmer’s score. Ludwig has done a sufficient job. There is no lack of good score in the movie Gotta love the editing and post production which has been put into this movie. I think its fair to say this Nolan film has focused more in its post production. The main problem in the movie is the sound mixing. Plot is already complex and some dialogues are very soft due to the high music score. It makes it harder to realize what is going on in the movie. Other Nolan movies had loud BGM too. But Audio and dialogues weren’t a problem My humble request to everyone is to please let the movie sink in your thoughts. Let your mind grasp all the elements of this movie. I am sure more people will find it better. Even those who think they got the plot. I can bet they are wrong. Black Box is the long awaited new movie from Christopher Nolan. The movie that’s set to reboot the multiplexes post-Covid. It’s a manic, extremely loud, extremely baffling sci-fi cum spy rollercoaster that will please a lot of Nolan fan-boys but which left me with very mixed views. John David Washington (Denzel’s lad) plays “The Protagonist” — a crack-CIA field operative who is an unstoppable one-man army in the style of Hobbs or Shaw. Recruited into an even more shadowy organisation, he’s on the trail of an international arms dealer, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh in full villain mode). Sator is bullying his estranged wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) over custody of their son (and the film unusually has a BBFC warning about “Domestic Abuse”). Our hero jets the world to try to prevent a very particular kind of Armageddon while also keeping the vulnerable and attractive Kat alive. This is cinema at its biggest and boldest. Nolan has taken a cinema ‘splurge’ gun, filled it with money, set it on rapid fire, removed the safety and let rip at the screen. Given that Nolan is famous for doing all of his ‘effects’ for real and ‘in camera’, some of what you see performed is almost unbelievable. You thought crashing a train through rush-hour traffic in “Inception” was crazy? You ain’t seen nothing yet with the airport scene! And for lovers of Chinooks (I must admit I am one and rush out of the house to see one if I hear it coming!) there is positively Chinook-p*rn on offer in the film’s ridiculously huge finale. The ‘inversion’ aspects of the story also lends itself to some fight scenes — one in particular in an airport ‘freeport’ — which are both bizarre to watch and, I imagine, technically extremely challenging to pull off. In this regard John David Washington is an acrobatic and talented stunt performer in his own right, and must have trained for months for this role. Nolan’s crew also certainly racked up their air miles pre-lockdown, since the locations range far and wide across the world. The locations encompassed Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is lush in introducing these, especially the beautiful Italian coast scenes. Although I did miss the David Arnold strings that would typically introduce these in a Bond movie: it felt like that was missing. The ‘timey-wimey’ aspects of the plot are also intriguing and very cleverly done. There are numerous points at which you think “Oh, that’s a sloppy continuity error” or “Shame the production design team missed that cracked wing mirror”. Then later in the movie, you get at least a dozen “Aha!” moments. Some of them (no spoilers) are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Perhaps the best twist is hidden in the final line of the movie. I only processed it on the way home. And so to the first of my significant gripes with Black Box. The sound mix in the movie is all over the place. I’d go stronger than that… it’s truly awful (expletive deleted)! Nolan often implements Shakespeare’s trick of having characters in the play provide exposition of the plot to aid comprehension. But unfortunately, all of this exposition dialogue was largely incomprehensible. This was due to: the ear-splitting volume of the sound: 2020 movie audiences are going to be suffering from ‘Black Boxis’! (LOL); the dialogue is poorly mixed with the thumping music by Ludwig Göransson (Wot? No Hans Zimmer?); a large proportion of the dialogue was through masks of varying description (#covid-appropriate). Aaron Taylor-Johnson was particularly unintelligible to my ears. Overall, watching this with subtitles at a special showing might be advisable! OK, so I only have a PhD in Physics… but at times I was completely lost as to the intricacies of the plot. It made “Inception” look like “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”. There was an obvious ‘McGuffin’ in “Inception” — — (“These ‘dream levels’… how exactly are they architected??”…. “Don’t worry… they’ll never notice”. And we didn’t!) In “Black Box” there are McGuffins nested in McGuffins. So much of this is casually waved away as “future stuff… you’re not qualified” that it feels vaguely condescending to the audience. At one point Sator says to Kat “You don’t know what’s going on, do you?” and she shakes her head blankly. We’re right with you there luv! There are also gaps in the storyline that jar. The word “Black Box”? What does it mean. Is it just a password? I’m none the wiser. The manic pace of Black Box and the constant din means that the movie gallops along like a series of disconnected (albeit brilliant) action set pieces. For me, it has none of the emotional heart of the Cobb’s marriage problems from “Inception” or the father/daughter separation of “Black Box”. In fact, you barely care for anyone in the movie, perhaps with the exception of Kat. It’s a talented cast. As mentioned above, John David Washington is muscular and athletic in the role. It’s a big load for the actor to carry in such a tent-pole movie, given his only significant starring role before was in the excellent BlacKkKlansman. But he carries it off well. A worthy successor to Gerard Butler and Jason Statham for action roles in the next 10 years. This is also a great performance by Robert Pattinson, in his most high-profile film in a long time, playing the vaguely alcoholic and Carré-esque support guy. Pattinson’s Potter co-star Clemence Poésy also pops up — rather more un-glam that usual — as the scientist plot-expositor early in the movie. Nolan’s regular Michael Caine also pops up. although the 87-year old legend is starting to show his age: His speech was obviously affected at the time of filming (though nice try Mr Nolan in trying to disguise that with a mouth full of food!). But in my book, any amount of Caine in a movie is a plus. He also gets to deliver the best killer line in the film about snobbery! However, it’s Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki that really stand out. They were both fabulous, especially when they were bouncing off each other in their marital battle royale. So, given this was my most anticipated movie of the year, it’s a bit of a curate’s egg for me. A mixture of being awe-struck at times and slightly disappointed at others. It’s a movie which needs a second watch, so I’m heading back today to give my ear drums another bashing! And this is one where I reserve the right to revisit my rating after that second watch… it’s not likely to go down… but it might go up. (For the full graphical review, check out One Mann’s Movies on t’interweb and Facebook. Thanks.) As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: Black Box’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that Black Box invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. Acting is beyond phenomenal, and I’d be genuinely surprised if neither Robert Pattinson nor John David Washington doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s also hard not to mention how good Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Johnson both are. All around, great acting, and the dialogue amps up the quality of the movie. The idea of this movie is damn fascinating, and while there are films that explore time-travelling, there’s never been anything quite like this. It has such a beautiful charm and for the most part, explains everything thoroughly. It feels so much more complex than any form of time-travelling we’ve seen, and no less could’ve been expected from Nolan. Oh my lord, the score for this film fits so perfectly. Every scene that’s meant to feel intense was amped by a hundred because of how good the score was. Let me just say though, none of them will be found iconic, but they fit the story and scenes so well. In the end, I walked out, feeling very satisfied. Nevertheless, I do have issues with the film that I cannot really express without spoiling bits of the story. There are definitely little inconsistencies that I found myself uncovering as the story progressed. However, I only had one issue that I found impacted my enjoyment. That issue was understanding some of the dialogue. No, not in the sense that the movie is too complicated, but more that it was hard to make out was being said at times. It felt like the movie required subtitles, but that probably was because, at a time in the film, there was far too much exposition. Nevertheless, I loved this film, I’ll be watching it at least two more times, and I think most of you in this group will enjoy it. I definitely suggest watching it in theatres if possible, just so you can get that excitement. (4/5) & (8.5/10) for those that care about number scores. At first, I want to ask Christopher Nolan one question, HOW THE HELL YOU DID THIS? Seriously I want to have an answer, How did he write such as this masterpiece! How did he get this complicated, fabulous and creative idea? What is going on in his mind? The story is written and directed perfectly, the narration style was absolutely unique. I have no idea how can anyone direct such as this story, that was a huge challenge, and as usual Nolan gave us a masterpiece that we’ll put beside (Memento), (Inception) and (Black Box) The movie is so fast-paced in a good way, there was no boring moment. The chemistry between John David Washington and Robert Pattinson was great and funny and both of their performance was really good. Elizabeth Debicki performance was the best in the movie because she had the chance to show her acting abilities and she cached up that chance and showed us an A level acting. The music wasn’t unique and distinct as the music of Black Box for example and I think this movie needed the touch of Hans Zimmer, I’m not saying that Ludwig Göransson failed but Hans Zimmer in another level. If there was something I’d say that I didn’t like it in the movie would it be that Nolan discarded any set up or characters backgrounds except Elizabeth Debicki dramatic story but it wasn’t that bad for me, I didn’t care about that, the exciting story didn’t give me the chance to focus on it. But the actual problem was the third act, it was really complicated and I got lost and I convinced myself to discard the questions that were in my head and enjoy the well-made action sequences and Elizabeth Debicki performance. I think this kind of movie that gets better with a second and third watch. I honestly don’t quite know where to begin with Black Box. I love Christopher Nolan’s work but I have never seen a more complicated film (and I understood Memento). After nearly three hours, I came away from Black Box not knowing myself, my mind reduced to nothing more than piles of ash. Was there time travel involved? Hmm, there was definitely something about time inversion. I mean, does Nolan even understand what he wrote? Look, I give credit to the director because he’s one of the few directors left who knows how to create a compelling and intelligent blockbuster. Black Box is full of Nolan trademarks — the gratuitous Michael Caine cameo, a loud, really loud score, complete with stunning cinematography and slickly inventive action set-pieces. This time around however, Nolan has finally managed to ‘out-Nolan’ himself: the palindromic plot, whilst creatively ambitious, is simply far too complicated for its own good. Black Box is overlong, overstuffed, pretentious and too exhausting to comprehend in its entirety — it makes Inception and Black Box look like Peppa Pig by comparison. I’m aware of the technical wizardry and creative mastery in this film and lord knows I’ll have to watch this again. For those who want a puzzle, Black Box at least provides a unique cinematic experience. But to actually enjoy solving it Nolan wants you to work very very hard
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