There really hasn’t been any Black Sky in the fandom for a while now, as far as news is concerned.
It’s been RAining Armitage, however the following picture has reminded me how neglectful I have been of my other crushes.
The image comes from The Hobbit Book Tie-In.
Check out other Hobbit pictures at TORn.
I’ve spent the morning analyzing whether fancying both the uncle and his nephews wasn’t too weird.
I can conclude it’s morally OK in my book!
You, me, and Richard in a dark cinema
As the summer is coming to an end, and so are the days of freedom to do whatever I want, I decided to continue on my quest to immerse myself in the best British actors have to offer.
It actually turned into a triple bill, but about that a little later.
The first film I decided to watch was Third Star, a 2010 British comedy-drama film directed by Hattie Dalton, staring Benedict Cumberbatch.
It tells the story of James, a young man terminally ill with cancer, who sets out on a last hiking trip with his three best friends, Davy, Bill and Miles.
I won’t go into details as to the plot, as I found it quite predictable.
This is a touching comedy drama which focuses on friendship and love against the backdrop of suffering and loss.
In many ways, it follows the path of other road trip adventure movies.
What is interesting to see is the different ways people deal with the inevitability of death.
Some are repulsed by the illness, others sacrifice their own plans and ambitions to a point where they almost become a martyr to it.
By the end my eyes were puffy from crying, but this definitely isn’t so much about cancer as it is about friendship, and the sacrifices we make for those we love.
There’s a quote from James that particularly resonated with me:
So I raise a morphine toast to you all.
And if you should happen to remember it’s the anniversary of my birth, remember that you were loved by me and that you made my life a happy one.
And there is no tragedy in that.”
Here’s the trailer:
I also found it on YT in parts with subtitulada en español
Please do yourself a favour and watch this movie.
It won’t disappoint!
To balance things out, I decided to watch Penelope, a 2006 fantasy/romantic comedy directed by Mark Palansky next.
Call me jaded I’m not a big fan of the fairytale genre.
If it wasn’t for James McAvoy, I wouldn’t even give it a try.
The film tells a story of a young girl from a wealthy family, who, because of a curse, has a pig nose and ears (no info regarding the tail…).
It is said that the curse can only be lifted if ‘one of her own’ learns to love her, which her parents interpret as meaning that Penelope must marry a man of noble birth.
The thing that aggravated me the most is that Christina Ricci’s character is supposed to look like a monster, hideous enough to scare away any prospective husband.
I think she resembles a young Victoria Beckham (and I mean that in the nicest way possible).
I’d (semi) recommend this film for three reasons.
Firstly, as always, James McAvoy gives a powerful performance amidst all the bubbles.
Although he’s Scottish, and very often uses a British accent when he plays parts, here has an American one.
It’s not my favorite as one of the main attractions of loving a British actor is that they sound like they’ve just had tea with the Queen.
But there’s an intensity about McAvoy I find irresistible.
He’s not remotely my type (in oppose to you Mr Armitage, you check ALL my boxes), but the passion he installs into his characters make them sexy as all hell.
The second aspect I found adorable is Penelope’s wardrobe.
I know, I’m shallow, but the costume designer really did a great job putting together adorable retro outfits for the female protagonist.
I’m jealous and I want it all!
Last, but definitely not least, Peter Dinklage plays Lemon, the demonic paparazzi who’s on a mission to hunt down Penelope.
There’s a scene in prison with him that desperately needs to be turned into a gif
Is this the best movie I’ve ever seen?
Not by a long shot!
It wasn’t even the best movie on the day.
But if light and fluffy is what you’re after, it’ll fit the bill.
Here’s the trailer:
After the sickly sweetness of the previous film, I really needed to cleanse my pallet, and I think I made the perfect choice.
The Last Station is a 2009 biographical drama about the final months of Leo Tolstoy’s life, directed by Michael Hoffman.
The film follows the battle between Sophia, Tolstoy’s wife (Hellen Mirren) and his disciple Vladimir Chertkov for his legacy and the copyright of Tolstoy’s works.
James McAvoy plays Tolstoy’s new secretary Valentin Bulgakov, who finds himself mediating between the two sides.
It’s an interesting commentary on love, marriage, ideology and passion.
This film displays two of my favorite features.
Firstly, it’s based on fact.
I found the authentic footage of Tolstoy featured at the end to be haunting.
I also felt quite sentimental every time they drank tea.
It was served in glasses placed in little metal ‘baskets’, just like I remember from when I was a child.
They’d also sweeten it with jam instead of sugar.
Secondly, it takes place in Russia at the start of the twentieth century.
Trouble is brewing, the time for change is near, yet it’s filtered through the rural existence of Tolstoy and his disciples.
This movie is a must!
You can watch in movie in parts on YT: