mercoledì 31 dicembre 2014
Who’s really the baddest wizard in the land?
In one fandom you have Dumbledore, also known as the "greatest wizard who ever lived," according to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter aficionados.
Dumbledore defeated the dark wizard Grindelwald and is known for discovering the 12 uses of dragon's blood.
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In another fandom you have Gandalf, an incredibly powerful wizard in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Gandalf defeated the Balrog and he's basically immortal.
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What a wonderful year it’s been.
martedì 30 dicembre 2014
50 isn’t nearly enough. But it will have to do.
As we all know, Lee Pace was recently Thranduil, and it was fabulous.
He even rode a moose! I mean come on!!
But you might have forgotten how exquisite he is without the blonde wig, which makes him sad.
He's disappointed in you.
WARNING: this theory might make you unbearably sad.
Disney films are known for being cute, funny, heartwarming... and soul-crushingly sad.
Bambi, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Up, Frozen... Disney films have a long history of loss and tragedy.
But why? WHY?!
Glamour asked producer Don Hahn why characters in Disney films tend to lose a parent.
Hahn is responsible for some of the biggest animated hits of all time, including The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast, and for making us weep.
According to Hahn, the main narrative reason for killing off a parent is practical:
giovedì 25 dicembre 2014
Avengers assemble — that tree! Looking back memorable holiday-themed comic book covers.
Testing Wolverine's patience for this holiday shit.
Hydra switches up their mantra to "Hail, Ornaments!"
Flash can't decide if fighting gun-toting Santas or deciding to spend the holidays in Boca was a worse decision.
Decorating the tree with THEMSELVES, like, is this a new thing that youths are doing?
mercoledì 24 dicembre 2014
Surprise bitch, I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.
From vampires and werewolves to Bigfoot and the Babadook, horror in 2014 was genre-bending and eclectic.
19. The Sacrament
Directed by: Ti West
Written by: Ti West
It's easy to feel weary of found footage horror: The success of the Paranormal Activity series ushered in a surplus of copycat films, most of which were — much like the majority of Paranormal Activity sequels — disappointing. But there are still a few worthwhile found footage tricks emerging, as evidenced by several entries on this list, starting with Ti West's Jonestown Massacre-inspired The Sacrament. Vice reporter Sam (AJ Bowen) and his cameraman Jake (Joe Swanberg) follow Patrick (Kentucker Audley) to utopian community Eden Parish, where Patrick's sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) has fallen under the sway of a Jim Jones-esque religious leader who simply goes by Father (Gene Jones). The story largely proceeds how you'd expect it to, but the found footage format gives The Sacrament an urgency that makes the devolution into violence almost unbearably stressful to watch.
18. The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
The original 1976 film The Town That Dreaded Sundown was based on actual murders that occurred in Texarkana, a town on the border of Texas and Arkansas. The 2014 version, produced by American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy — and written and directed by his frequent collaborators — is equal parts sequel and remake. It's a more meta take on the slasher film: Final Girl (Addison Timlin) is first attacked by the Phantom at Texarkana's annual Halloween screening of The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The success of Gomez-Rejon's pseudo-reboot is its ability to not get bogged down by its own cleverness. Central conceit aside, it's a low-budget, no-frills slasher that is more effective for its restraint — much like the Phantom's simple but terrifying disguise.
martedì 23 dicembre 2014
I asked people in Times Square if they want to go to the red planet, even if it means they’ll die there. This is what they said.
Earlier this month, NASA announced plans to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.
But here's the catch: You might never return. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin said that the first pioneers to land on Mars should not come back to Earth, meaning you'd die there. Would you go?
Nasa / Reuters
Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News
Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News
Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News
And, um, maybe also destroyed your loins.
That time he napped in line for H Hall at SDCC like the rest of us plebeians.
Just....let me......lay next to you......
That time he graciously graced fans with the the Pushing Daisies kiss we've been waiting FIVE WHOLE YEARS FOR?!?!?!
CHUCK AND PIEMAKER 4 LYFE
And speaking of emotional closure....
Welcome to the New York Public LIbrary’s vault of strange questions. H/T Gothamist.
A long time ago, before the internet's glorious tubes brought us all the cats and boobs we could ever want, people used to go to the library for info.
When confused patrons couldn't find what they were looking for in books, they'd often ask the librarians.
People 2 people connecting.
At the New York Public Library, each query was written down on an index card and filed away.
From 1940 to 1980, the library kept track of questions with a paper file. Recently, that old box of questions was rediscovered.
"We found an old recipe box while cleaning out a desk, and it was labeled 'Interesting Reference Questions,' the contents of which ranged from total stumpers to funny mispronunciations," explained the NYPL Instagram.
BTW. the answer is zero years. YOU DIE WITHOUT THE LIFE-GIVING INFLUENCE OF A MAN.
Some were serious.
In the series finale, but hey, we’ll take what we can get. KORRASAMI IS REAL.
The Dec. 19th series finale of Legend of Korra had all the hallmarks of a mind-bending Avatar finale.
But undeniably, the best part of the episode was when fandom's favorite ship, Korrasami, literally walked off into the sunset, err I mean, Spirit Portal, together.
The frost is strong with this one.
Now of course, Vader being the serious journalist that he is, asks all sorts of pertinent questions. Like:
And then goes on to ask the million dollar questions: Will Santa take over the galaxy with him.
lunedì 22 dicembre 2014
With Orphan Black on hiatus, it’s become alarmingly clear that the world needs more Brochu. Let us help you.
THIS JUST IN: Many of us are not getting the recommended daily dose of Evelyne Brochu.
Evelyne Brochu: 1. The actor that portrays Delphine on Orphan Black. 2. A fallen French Canadian angel. 3. That woman ruining your life with her perfection.
Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters
*pull list intensifies*
(Sorry Hawkeye, Sex Crims, Saga, Rat Queens, Federal Bureau of Physics, Letter 44, Red Sonja, and Captain Marvel; please know I'm still deeply in love with all of you.)
Deadly Class (Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, Lee Loughridge)
What It's About: A homeless orphan is recruited into a high school for assassins. Also it's the late '80s and there's a lot of drugs, dismemberment, and surprising friendships.
Why It Won 2014: Other than featuring one of the most gorgeous and terrifying drug trip sequences I've ever seen, Deadly Class works hard at grounding real teenagers and their fears in an extremely surreal and abruptly violent world.
The Wicked And The Divine (Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie)
What It's About: Twelve gods that are resurrected as pop stars every 90 years to live in infamy, scandal, and pure adoration for two years before they die and the cycle starts again.
Why It Won 2014: Like most Gillen/McKelvie projects, this whole comic is an unabashed love letter to pop culture and fandom. It's so aggressively fun and stylish that when you suddenly find yourself contemplating why we love what we love in the specific way we love it, you'll wonder what else you were missing when you were still in your pretentious "true art" phase.
Rocket Raccoon (Skottie Young)
What It's About: What Rocket (and Groot) do when they're not being Guardians of the Galaxy.
Why It Won 2014: Skottie Young literally made the cutest fucking comic I've ever read. Also there's major Rocket family feels and an entire issue told through Groot's eyes. Definitely a must read if you like Matt Fraction's Hawkeye.
Basically, if this movie was real, it would make all of the money.
There's enough movies, TV shows, and video games starring all the major Marvel and DC superheroes that it's now possible for someone to make this awesome trailer for an imaginary movie in which all the Marvel characters fight all the DC characters.
Since the film rights to these characters are split among several rival film studios, it's unlikely an actual "Marvel Vs. DC" movie could ever exist, so we're going to have to settle for getting our nerdy thrills from MR866 and Alex Luthor's top quality movie mashup.
From dystopian to romance, these young adult books stole our hearts in 2014. *Ranked in no particular order*
Cress, Marissa Meyer
Published: Feb. 4
Amazon Review: 4.8/5 stars
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (Book 3)
The Lunar Chronicles is a wonderfully addictive series, and the third installment does not fall short. Each book focuses on a fairy tale and a new character, and this is about an isolated genius girl named Cress (Rapunzel). The stories are all interconnected and all three girls (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress) find themselves fighting together against the Lunar Queen. The book is thrilling and utterly captivating, keeping us impatiently waiting for Winter.
Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins
Published: Aug. 14
Amazon Review: 4.5/5 stars
Series: Anna and the French Kiss (Book 3)
In this spellbinding and swoon-worthy romance novel, Isla and the Happily Ever After is a perfect read for those who don't mind breaking down into an emotional mess. The third installment of Anna and the French Kiss, this story follows Isla and Josh, a young couple who met at school in Paris, and the struggle of falling in love at an early age. The characters are honest and realistic while maintaining a fairy tale-like essence that will keep you up all night. The novel also includes cameos from Anna, Etienne, Lola, and Cricket, and the ending will leave you in a puddle of joyous tears.
The Infinite Sea, Rick Yancey
Published: Sept. 16
Amazon Review: 4.2/5 stars
Series: The 5th Wave (Book 2)
The Infinite Sea continues Cassie Sullivan's fight to survive in a world of alien attacks and a human race rid of its humanity. The first book was highly hypnotizing and the second isn't any different. It's impossibly entertaining and you won't be able to put the book down!