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thebossofcute · an hour ago
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back on my bullshit, maidens all
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Edward literally says they didn't know what triggered the transformation in Eclipse. He talks ALL through midnight sun about how the Quileutes have "lost their teeth", with no expectation of having to deal with wolves again.
It’s crazy to me that so many people on TikTok are Cullen lovers and don’t understand why the wolves hate them. Bitch what?! They had to go to war twice with vampires because of them. They started phasing as young as 14 because of the cullens. Like the wolves have every right to hate the cullens. In midnight sun edward mentions that billy literally begs them not to come back because he knew what would happen to young boys and Carlisle didn’t care.
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thebossofcute · an hour ago
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I mean, OK but Billy didn't EXPLAIN to Carlisle that the presence of vampires causes them to phase, so why blame Carlisle for not being concerned about something he didn't know.
It’s crazy to me that so many people on TikTok are Cullen lovers and don’t understand why the wolves hate them. Bitch what?! They had to go to war twice with vampires because of them. They started phasing as young as 14 because of the cullens. Like the wolves have every right to hate the cullens. In midnight sun edward mentions that billy literally begs them not to come back because he knew what would happen to young boys and Carlisle didn’t care.
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thebossofcute · 2 hours ago
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Of all the redemption arcs in popular fantasy media, I feel like Theoden's in The Lord of the Rings is the most overlooked.
The movies emphasize the magical control that the evil powers exercise over Theoden, but in the books, it's more obviously a depiction of bad kingship, in the British medieval sense. Theoden takes bad advice; he neglects his family; he fails to reward his knights; and he leaves his people vulnerable to attack. He also does not honor his kingdom's promises to help nearby kingdoms, as we can tell from Boromir's account of what Gondor has been going through.
Gandalf doesn't just cast out the curse and magically fix everything. He encourages Theoden to free himself from his bad advisor, but Theoden has to take all the subsequent steps. And those choices are not easy; after so much neglect, his knights are scattered, and his only option for defending his people is to gather them at Helm's Deep. The siege does not go well. His people are afraid and despairing. But nevertheless, he holds firm and charges out to meet the enemy -- and Gandalf literally meets him halfway, bringing with him the lost knights, whom Theoden welcomes and rewards after the battle.
Theoden could have just gone home after that. But when Gondor calls for aid, Theoden proves his worth by honoring his promises. He keeps his oaths not only to his people but to his allies.
And the climax of his redemption in the book is not his death, but his leadership. The ride of the Rohirrim against Sauron's armies is described in lavish detail, with an uncharacteristically heated pace: Theoden leads the entire line of Rohan, his banner streaming behind him in the wind as they race toward their foe. And that's the end of the chapter.
I love Theoden's arc so much, and especially that moment so much, because the message is not that he has to win battles or seek power. He just has to keep fighting. Theoden's greatest enemy isn't really Sauron: it's despair. And over the course of the book, he keeps choosing hope and action over despair and hesitation, until finally he can lead his people with courage.
As someone who struggles a lot with despair, I really needed to hear that story.
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thebossofcute · 3 hours ago
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*steps one degree of separation outside my normal tumblr orbit* oh wow you people are all out of your minds
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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Every Mr. Weston, Ranked and Rated
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“Mr. Weston was a native of Highbury, and born of a respectable family, which for the last two or three generations had been rising into gentility and property. He had received a good education, but on succeeding early in life to a small independence, had become indisposed for any of the more homely pursuits in which his brothers were engaged; and had satisfied an active cheerful mind and social temper by entering into the militia of his country, then embodied.
“Captain Weston was a general favourite; and when the chances of his military life had introduced him to Miss Churchill, of a great Yorkshire family, and Miss Churchill fell in love with him, nobody was surprised except her brother and his wife, who had never seen him, and who were full of pride and importance, which the connection would offend….
“It was an unsuitable connection, and did not produce much happiness. Mrs. Weston ought to have found more in it, for she had a husband whose warm heart and sweet temper made him think everything due to her in return for the great goodness of being in love with him; but though she had one sort of spirit, she had not the best…They lived beyond their income… she did not cease to love her husband, but she wanted at once to be the wife of Captain Weston, and Miss Churchill of Enscombe.
“Captain Weston, who had been considered, especially by the Churchills, as making such an amazing match, was proved to have much the worst for the bargain; for when his wife died after a three years’ marriage, he was rather a poorer man than at first, and with a child to maintain…
“A complete change of life became desirable. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade. Having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening. It was a concern which brought him just employment enough. He had still a small house in Highbury, where most of his leisure days were spent; and between useful occupation and the pleasures of society, the next eighteen or twenty years of his life passed cheerfully away. He had, by that time, realized and easy competence—enough to secure the purchase of a little estate adjoining Highbury, which he had always longed for—enough to marry a woman as portionless even as Miss Taylor, and to live according to the wishes of his own family and social disposition.” –Emma, Chapter 2
I’ve included such a large portion of quotation on Mr. Weston because there are details here that no adaptation has ever managed squeeze in, particularly his history in the military. It’s a shame because the entirety of Chapter 2 is devoted to exploring Mr. Weston’s history and relationship to the denizens of Highbury; that the purchase of Randalls and his marriage to Miss Taylor are long cherished aspirations that he’s only recently been able to realize.
Number 5: 1972
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Portrayed by: Raymond Adamson
Age at time of filming: 52
There are cases in these lists where it’s hard to rank because all of the interpretations are great, and there are cases where it’s just too easy to slap someone in the bottom spot. This is the latter.
I suppose all-in-all, this is an acceptable version of Mr. Weston, but it’s definitely the worst. My only real problem with it is the writing and direction. I’m a little baffled as to why they decided to write Mr. Weston quite so… rustic. Quite apart from the way he talks, there’s his general behavior on Box Hill (sleeping splayed out on the grass, laughing outright when Emma makes fun of Miss Bates), it’s all sort of verges on uncouth.
Rating: 2/5 Spare umbrellas
Number 4: 1996/97 (ITV)
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Portrayed by: James Hazeldine
Age at time of filming: 49
In this ranking list, number four is the “meh” spot and I’m afraid 1997 finds itself in this place on this particular round because that’s exactly how I feel about this interpretation of Mr. Weston. James Hazeldine does a fine job. He plays a perfectly acceptable Mr. Weston, who’s written in a perfectly acceptable manner.
And I’m afraid that’s this version’s greatest failing. I struggle to remember him at all. He’s just sort of there. My heart never pangs for him when Frank disappoints him. I never really consider what his life might have been like before the events of Emma, or that he even had a life before. He’s just Samantha Bond’s husband; not so much a character as he is a presence.
Rating: 3/5 Spare umbrellas
Number 3: 1996 (Miramax)
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Portrayed by: James Cosmo
Age at time of filming: 49
On the flipside of 1996, no one can accuse James Cosmo of not being memorable. As with Mrs. Weston, the top 3 Mr. Westons find themselves jockeying for the lead positions and this interpretation finds itself in the number three spot only because Robert Bathurst and Rupert Graves also exist in this role.
Mr. Weston, also like his wife, is a tough character to mess up (although the 1972 version proved that it was indeed possible). He’s been through some shit, but he’s got a happy disposition and he’s always moving forward through life, seldom looking back at anything (the one exception is his son.) Perhaps it’s because this interpretation embodies that so well, that my not thinking about Mr. Weston’s backstory doesn’t bother me so much with this version.
Mr. Weston is the soul of cheer and indiscriminate generosity and you don’t get much cheerier than 1996’s Mr. Weston.
Rating: 4/5 Spare umbrellas
Number 2: 2009
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Portrayed by: Robert Bathurst
Age at time of filming: 52
OMG, OMG GUYS ARE YOU SURPRISED? 2009 isn’t in the number 1 spot! WOW! You know I’m surprised myself, but we’ll talk more about that in the next section. Even though Robert Bathurst didn’t land the number one spot after all, it was a very close run thing, and the difference between number one and number two here is within a hair’s breadth.
This is a Mr. Weston who I can easily imagine as a young, well-liked, affable Captain in the local militia, (even though it’s never mentioned in this adaptation, which otherwise does a very good job of setting up all of the character’s stories by flashing back a bit to before the events of the main plot.) Here, at least, you get to see a bit of the real, hard life choices Mr. Weston had to make; the undercurrent of regret that sending Frank away meant he could hardly have a relationship with his son, and how the necessity of that separation pains him in his later life. His purchase of Randalls is the first step of his plan to have a happy and complete life after twenty-odd years of hard work (marrying Miss Taylor is the second).
My heart does pang for 2009’s Mr. Weston (as it’s clearly supposed to.) Where 1997 didn’t bother to stir me, and 1996 didn’t let me be stirred because it glossed over the ramifications of Mr. Weston’s choices as it glossed over everything else. 2009’s Mr. Weston is just as cheery and full as generous, but he’s also a bit worried about his son. He’s hurt when said son disappoints him, and it’s a deeply human treatment of what is really a very complex character.
Rating: 5/5 Spare umbrellas
Number 1: 2020
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Portrayed by: Rupert Graves
Age at time of filming: 56
With as glowing and full of praise as I am for Emma2009’s sensitivity, its emotion, its space and willingness to explore the depth of its characters, you very well might wonder why I didn’t put its interpretation of Mr. Weston in the top spot. Well I did, actually. But then I gave it a good, long think and realized that Robert Bathurst was no longer the Mr. Weston I imagined in my head when I read the book.
That’s right it is, now, in fact, Rupert Graves. Congratulations 2020! You did it! With one character, at least, you displaced 2009 in my mental cast of Emma. Rupert Graves does just as spiffing a job as Mr. Weston as Robert Bathurst does and with a lot less room to move around.
But in spite of the lack of time, I still feel that the subtext of concern is almost, if not equally well explored in the little screentime Mr. Weston is granted by the format. Rupert Graves is also easy to imagine as the Captain-turned-Tradesman and he’s delightful too. He’s so full of generosity, shouting over the din about how he’s sure they can house everyone at Randalls for the night during the Christmas Snow incident (I’m sure you could, too, Mr. Weston, your house is HUGE—but that’s for a different ranking list.) For once I’m giving a top spot, not primarily on the script’s treatment of the character but on the strength of the actor’s performance, because for me, walking away from my initial viewing, 2020’s Mr. Weston was just that impactful.
Rating: 5/5 Spare umbrellas
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If you liked this, check out my rankings of Emma Woodhouse and Mrs. Weston
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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I'm now child Anakin Skywalker and I'm in Waterworld
You are now the main character in the #1 movie of the year that you were born BUT the twist is you have to live through it as the main character from the first movie you remember seeing
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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Understanding the Johansson/Disney lawsuit thanks to Twitter wisdom…
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Here’s part of Disney’s statement…
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Yes. They’re excusing a breach of contract over the pandemic. Oh. So righteous.
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And because context is everything…
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Some say Johansson made a dick move because Disney is “the hands that feeds her”. I wonder if they’d say the same thing if this was Tom Cruise or Robert Downey Jr or some MAN of the likes.
Last, but not least:
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I say: good for her. Go after the mouse. Let it all burn if you have to.
✨Slay✨
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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Uhh it’s a ✨sapphic✨🏳️‍🌈 thing
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thebossofcute · a day ago
You would be correct. She's all about the dated TV references. In New Moon she talks about them watching Monster Garage.
So in chapter 14 of Eclipse when Bella's with Jacob and Jacob falls asleep on her, he's like 'oh man! did I fall asleep? I'm sorry! How long was I out?' and Bella says "A few Emerils. I lost count." ...what the heck is an Emeril?
I think she meant Emeril Lagasse, the celebrity chef who was really big in the late 90s and early 00s. He was the one with the "BAM!" line. I think he's still doing a travel food show?
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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hát jó
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East o’ the Sun & West o’ the Moon, from European Folk and Fairy Tales by John D. Batten (1916)
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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The camera captured the light reflecting off the water droplets of the steam at the right angle to make Magical Corn 🌽
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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The one thing I'll never forgive Stephanie Meyer for, in the whole Twilight series-- the ONLY thing I'll never forgive--
Is the khakis.
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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Honestly Loki is basically the only morally complex character marvel has tried to write and he's been through like seven different directors' intentions and rewrites and the most fucking inconsistent characterization fiction has ever seen so kudos to Tom Hiddleston for actually pulling a semi-compelling character out of that mess but also for not going fucking feral on every new director who, thinking theyre god's gift to marvel and cinema, has turned to him and said "I think we're gonna do something a little different with Loki this time"
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thebossofcute · a day ago
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the warden of the houses of healing really had a different chemical make up he saw two hot young & depressed people and thought “this would all solve itself if they just made out” and he was right
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VAN HELSING (2004) dir. Stephen Sommers
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thebossofcute · 2 days ago
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Every Mrs. Weston Ranked and Rated
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“[Emma’s] mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses, and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection.
“Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr. Woodhouse’s family, less as a governess than a friend, very fond of both daughters, but particularly of Emma. Between them it was more the intimacy of sisters. Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess, the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away, they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached, and Emma doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor’s judgement, but directed chiefly by her own.” –Emma, Chapter 1
Number 5: 1996 (Miramax)
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Portrayed by: Greta Scacchi
Age at time of filming: 32
Every one of the actresses who’ve played Mrs. Weston have done an excellent job, and, really she’s a hard character to mess up, so she’s usually also written very well; which makes this exercise frustratingly difficult.
Douglas McGrath’s 1996 interpretation, portrayed by Greta Scacchi, finds herself in the bottom spot, largely because (again, 1996 being a soft-take), while this version does a great job of showing what close friends Emma and Miss Taylor were, it really fails to convey her failings as a governess in any meaningful way… or any way whatsoever. In fact it sort of basks in Emma and Mrs. Weston’s friendship, with them playfully tag-teaming a game of “Let’s Tease Mr. Knightley”. Not only that, but given how childishly Emma is written in this version, you get to see how this Anne Taylor might have handled her as a child, and to be honest she’s a little too good of a guide. You can’t quite believe that “her mildness of temper” ever prevented her from “imposing restraint” in Emma. It kind of negates half of the point of her in regards to how she informed (or failed to) Emma’s character.
Rating: 3/5 Inadvisable Wedding Cakes
Number 4: 1972
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Portrayed by: Ellen Dryden
Age at time of filming: 34
There’s not a whole lot that’s good about the BBC’s 1972 mini-series of Emma, but Ellen Dryden as Mrs. Weston is one of them. While her performance falls in line with the generally on-cue style acting of the adaptation as a whole, she’s such a likeable presence that I was very willing to forgive it. She was a pleasant surprise; a Helga Hufflepuff-like figure with a cheery smile (and some really fab dresses), she even gets a few digs in at Frank, much like Mrs. Weston of the book. (really disappointed they left out the silversmith quip though.)
The only problem (aside from the on-cue acting) is, much like 1996, Denis Constanduros’s screenplay fails to adequately convey her short-comings as an authority figure, which are so important to understanding Emma’s character arc. She finds herself sitting just above Greta Scacchi, perhaps because she stood out so much and exceeded my expectations.
Rating: 3/5 Inadvisable Wedding Cakes
Number 3: 1996/97 (ITV)
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Portrayed by: Samantha Bond
Age at time of filming: 30
We’re entering into the big leagues now, with Samantha Bond, the youngest Mrs. Weston on record. Here is a Mrs. Weston who looks just perfect gabbing with Emma. While, like with 4 and 5, this adaptation runs a little soft on Mrs. Weston in text, Samantha Bond’s youth and performance both make her bond with Emma make a lot of sense, while also helping the viewer understand how having a best friend for an authority figure got Emma where she is.
That and Samantha Bond is just great, and we love her.
Rating: 4/5 Inadvisable Wedding Cakes
Number 2: 2020
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Portrayed by: Gemma Whelan
Age at time of filming: 38
What can I say? Gemma Whelan was maybe a shade older than I’d expect for Mrs. Weston but she’s just so damn delightful. The Westons are some of the few characters that, in my opinion, the 2020 version gets absolutely bang on. Not only is Gemma Whelan a treasure in the role, but the screenplay does right by the character. The opening scene doesn’t just show you the bond between Emma and Miss Taylor, it’s a touching, lovingly shot scene that makes you feel it too.
Really the only drawback to this interpretation is that there’s so little time in the two hours allotted to let her stretch her legs.
Rating: 4 ½ /5 Inadvisable Wedding Cakes
Number 1: 2009
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Portrayed by: Johdi May
Age at time of filming: 34
Once again surprising no one (I do hope this doesn’t become a running joke in this series, but I’m not optimistic), my number one interpretation of Mrs. Weston is 2009, portrayed by Johdi May. Once again, y’all know I love Johdi May, but no, that is not the only reason 2009 sits at the top of this list.
In fact, the biggest reason she’s my number one is to do with the writing. This is the only case in which the adaptation has the time and insight to show all of the aspects of Mrs. Weston’s character that make her an instrumental part of Emma’s story. I’ve already gushed about this in my review of this adaptation, but I just love how well-rounded this interpretation is. Not only do they not gloss over Mrs. Weston’s short-comings, they actual show you, in the first episode exactly what her dynamic with Emma was like when she was supposed to be an authority figure (and how she let Emma’s failings slide.)
Rating: 5/5 Inadvisable Wedding Cakes
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If you liked this, check out my rankings of Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Weston
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