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torrilla:

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According to “Joss Whedon: The Biography,” in stores August 1, Hiddleston, who plays antihero Loki in the film, wrote Whedon a heartfelt email after reading Whedon’s draft for the first time.

We’ve published Hiddleston’s letter in full along with Whedon’s response with permission from Chicago Review Press below.

Joss,

I am so excited I can hardly speak.

The first time I read it I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar. I didn’t know where to start. Like a classic actor I jumped in looking for LOKI on every page, jumping back and forth, reading words in no particular order, utterances imprinting themselves like flash-cuts of newspaper headlines in my mind: “real menace”; “field of obeisance”; “discontented, nothing is enough”; “his smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skull“; “Puny god” …

… Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason … It’s high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the “real menace” and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. It’s grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I’ve ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy

I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandisement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence…. That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.

… But really I’m just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don’t do. It’s epic.

Whedon wrote back with a simplistic response:

Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It’s more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn’t be more pleased at your reaction, but I’ll also tell you I’m still working on it … Thank you again. I’m so glad you’re pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.

Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.

What exactly happened with Mr Candles, and how did he become Mr Eaten? Surely just falling down a well (which should not be too hard to get out of) would not lead to the massive changes and rumours of insanity that are going on?
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saint-arthur:

Do you recall how we came to this place? And they sang of their lightnings and shapeful disgrace? I do. And so much more…

The tale of Mr Eaten is a long and sad one indeed. There is, ah, a lot more to it than just falling down a well. It’s possibly one of the more important events in Neathy history, with roots that possibly trail back to before the Bazaar’s presence in the Neath. Unfortunately, a lot of the information is contained within the hellish difficult (and hiatused) Seeking storyline, but with more accessible bits here and there (for instance, at Christmas).

Even with SMEN getting as far as 6/7 candles before the hiatus, there’s still a lot that’s uncertain or unknown (we may forever wonder what Winking Isle’s final secrets are). As such, expect hefty speculations and possible mistakes here and there, though I will try to give the best account possible. This is, after all, a topic of particular interest to me.

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nightmarethrenody:

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When Mr Eaten Goes Away: An Epilogue of Deeper Misfortune

There has been an unexpected twist in Mr Eaten’s tale, and it brings great sorrow to all. For reasons I will not go into here, the writer of the Mr Eaten’s Name content was forced to reconsider his approach. As such, all things related to the Name have been sequestered, pending review. I cannot say what changes may occur. They may be tumultuous, or minor; what I can say, is that I believe Mr. Kennedy will do everything he can to continue, and I do not begrudge him the time he takes to deliberate.

All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. That was the promise.

And sometimes, so it is.

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When Mr Eaten Comes a-Calling

nightmarethrenody:

About a week ago, Fallen London released a new feature: the ability to send calling cards to your contacts. I was one of the first to discover this, but I couldn’t possibly have known just how important it would turn out to be.

Below I have attempted to render a faithful account of these portentous events. This is the story of how I went where no other had before, and where, it may be, that no other will again. Forgive my tendency for grandiloquence, and read on, all ye Seekers…

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foolonyou:

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Missed It Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Hello hello!

It’s been a while—I’ve been working on After the Garden, which will be out at the end of the month, and epic-failed at scheduling blog posts to compensate for it.

Now, this review is a bit special because I’m working on a novella about the same thing that prompted the movie. My own tale is completely different, but I wanted to watch this one to compare the differences.

There are a few

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

But not too many. So, without further ado, here’s Safety Not Guaranteed.



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Summary


It’s s story about love, time travel, and second chances. There are no objectified Scotsmen, and the hot redhead and sexy young career woman are two separate people, and they’re a lot more complex than the stereotypes. Basically, three reporters are hunting for stories and pick up a weird classified ad by a guy hunting for someone to travel through time with him. Of course, there’s more to it than that, and they have to figure out whether the guy is actually on to something or a bit off his rocker. Obviously, I’m not telling you the answer.

I like movies that don’t go overboard with exposition, and this one really doesn’t. Characters do say their bits, but they don’t spell out their feelings, and a lot of the backstory is left to the imagination. When exposition finally does come, it’s at appropriate moments, and it’s given the gravity it deserves. They also don’t go for cheap tearjerks or overly simplified characterizations, and that’s a pretty good thing.

I really like the simple camera work and the low budget, to be honest. It’s got good production values, but unlike most sci fi, it’s pretty simple to look at. It was a nice change. I say “sci fi”, but whether it’s sci fi or mumblecore is a distinction that isn’t made until the end of the film. It’s also got a big heart and is very sincere, but not in a crappy, Lifetime Movie kind of way. However, I might have gotten something in my eye at the end.



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Pros


It’s smart, subtle, and basically embodies everything good about indie movies. The acting is pretty good too—it’s certainly realistic. Darius is incredibly realistic and played with a lot of subtlety. Jeff, her boss, is a douche with a scarred side, and reminds me of Peter from Fringe except that he’s an asshole. Kenneth is particularly wonderful and heartrending, very Nathan Fillion-esque and sincere. And if you want a movie that’s touching but not pandering, has relateable but not overly idealised characters and doesn’t make things artificially easy, this is just the film.

Cons


By Hollywood standards, the pacing is a bit funky. Arnau is kind of flat and awkward, and frankly he just felt like an Indian-American Michael Cera, but he was basically just a straight-man and there to fill out the cast. He’s intensely awkward too. His subplot was okay, I guess, but it didn’t do anything for me, let’s put it that way.

The pacing is a bit wobbly, and sometimes it feels intensely awkward—if you’re susceptible to fremdtscham, embarrassment on behalf of others, this movie might make you feel funny. That’s about it, though.

Final Verdict


A solid 9 out of 10. It’s just about perfect, it’s rewarding, it’s subtle, and it wraps things up while leaving an open door in the characters’ lives. I couldn’t ask for more from a movie, and Hollywood would do well to learn from this sweet little film. Definitely recommend it.

imhumanipromise:

This book has corn, corn pirates, the war against bloodthirsty corn, corn people, family tension, runaways, arranged marriages, PoC, and a gay character whose personality isn’t based solely on his being gay, and I have never been more proud of taking a selfie with a book.

imhumanipromise:

This book has corn, corn pirates, the war against bloodthirsty corn, corn people, family tension, runaways, arranged marriages, PoC, and a gay character whose personality isn’t based solely on his being gay, and I have never been more proud of taking a selfie with a book.

getaway-driver:

scifimagpie:

Season 7. Amazons who are out to kill all mens, basically. How do people watch this without getting angry? It’s not even hiding its misogyny, here.

It comes from the myth about Amazonian warriors. Here is a website with more information. (On mobile so it’s not a link)
Thank you! I actually forgot about that!
Supernatural—why did I watch this again?

Season 7. Amazons who are out to kill all mens, basically. How do people watch this without getting angry? It’s not even hiding its misogyny, here. 

adamandchuck:

kierongillen:

Look what I’ve got.

I need dis. NEED.

adamandchuck:

kierongillen:

Look what I’ve got.

I need dis. NEED.