Thursday naaaa ✨
Goals for 2022:
apply to study abroad programs by January 1st!
finish my screenplay
study for the GREs
apply to film school!
go abroad/teach abroad until next August--September, when we could start film school!
Less Youtube/media consumption
more books, selective filmography
less music, more of the world around you
cooking and baking skills.
For the self:
To be sober and go to meetings daily.
To work on myself and meditate.
To be the best version of myself.
I will not engage in fandom discourse I will not engage in fandom discourse I will NOT engage in fandom discourse
Favourite Childhood Christmas Movie: Rankin/Bass' The Little Drummer Boy (1968) This movie really resonated with me as a kid. Aaron's journey, from youthful joy, to bitterness and hatred, to finally acceptance and love, seems very real, especially given the special's half-hour runtime. Also, the final scene before the manger is breathtakingly beautiful, and has forever influenced how I picture the Nativity.
Favourite Modern Christmas Movie: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) This only came out last year and it's already one of my favourites. The gorgeous, lavish costumes! The incredible songs! The worldbuilding! The acting! Keegan-Michael Key's Gustafson steals the show as far as I'm concerned, but there's a lot of talent here, including the brilliant young actress Madalen Mills as Journey.
Favourite "Christmas Carol" Adaptation: Scrooge (1951) Alastair Sim is Scrooge in a way no other actor has ever managed for me. I also love most of the other casting (especially Michael Hordern's fantastic Marley), and in general, I think it's the most faithful adaptation out there, and what extra scenes it adds are utterly in keeping with the tone of the original novel.
Favourite "Nice" Christmas Movie: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Okay, so It's a Wonderful Life isn't exactly a Christmas movie in my opinion; a very small percentage of the runtime has anything at all to do with the holiday season, and in general, I tend to think of it as a "slice of life" story until near the very end (when George is standing on the bridge, about to jump). That said, a lot of people strongly associate it with the holiday, so I think it counts.
Favourite "Naughty" Christmas Movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Any movie that can make me laugh hard enough to pee a little and touch my heart with tenderness is a good film in my book.
Favourite Child Protagonist: Cindy Lou Who (How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2000) I really related to Cindy Lou as a kid: her struggle to reclaim her former joy in Christmas, her otherness in a world where no one really seems to understand her, her determination, and her belief in someone everyone else has given up on.
Favourite Teenage Protagonist: Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians 2012) Once again, RotG may not precisely be a "true" Christmas movie, but it definitely is has strong ties to the holiday. Also, I know Jack isn't technically a "teenager," given he's a few hundred years old, but he retained his teenage appearance and personality after becoming a spirit.
Favourite Adult Protagonist: George Bailey (It's a Wonderful Life 1946) I love Jimmy Stewart's characters in general. His George Bailey is both inspirational and relatable, which is a tricky thing to do. George has flaws - bouts of temper, despair, frustration - but is ultimately a wonderful person who is intelligent, charismatic, generous, and deeply compassionate. Also, I relate very strongly with the idea of giving so much of yourself to others, you feel like there is nothing left; thankfully, like George, I have a host of amazing friends who are there for me when I start feeling too drained to go on.
Favourite Santa Claus: Tim Allen (The Santa Clause trilogy) Though I love many different incarnations of the jolly old elf - Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Kris from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970), and Claus from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum especially come to mind - I have always felt that Tim Allen's portrayal of Santa was pretty much perfect.
Favourite Villain: Mr. Jonathan Teatime (Hogfather) Mr. Teatime (pronounced "Te-ah-tim-eh," as he always points out), falls into that small category of my favourite characters who I am genuinely afraid of, even while I adore them to no end. He's absolutely fascinating to me. He seems like a very young child in a lot of ways, one who doesn't yet really understand that other creatures have feelings, and just wants to take everything apart to see how it works.
Favourite Christmas Present: A second chance at life (A Christmas Carol) A lot of people doing this meme have been listing what they like best to receive on Christmas morning, but according to the original creator "Christmas Present, is what you think was the best present given to someone in any form of media, be it movie, TV show, extra. And yes, metaphorical presents like getting to spend time with family and such also count here." As such, I can think of no better gift than what Jacob Marley gave Ebenezer Scrooge - another chance.
Favourite Christmas TV Special: "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" (American Dad!) I actually adore the American Dad! Christmas specials in general (especially the first three); I find them both hilarious and genuinely deeply touching. I also love the risks they take with the ideas of God, Heaven, and the afterlife.
Favourite Ship: Ebenezer Scrooge x Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carol) These two marvelous old sinners who both ruined and ultimately saved each other have been my ultimate OTP for almost my entire adult life (and as always, I have to thank @wolfenm and their wonderful story "A Conspiracy of Spirits: The Love Story of Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge" for opening me up to the idea).
Favourite Classic Christmas Song: "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" by Nat King Cole I love how simple this song is. It has so much depth and warmth, without ever feeling showy.
Favourite Modern Christmas Song: "Christmas Wrapping" Glee cover (originally by The Waitresses) Yes, I know Glee covers are basically blasphemy in the music world, and I really enjoy the original Waitresses song too, but there's something fantastic to me about Heather Morris' voice in this version.
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More dice! These have dried flowers inside, my first serious inserts other than that one silk leaf in the last set. I put pressure into the pot too fast, and as you can see was only able to salvage five of them - though the half of a d8 is going to make a pretty cool pendant. All five needed retouching with UV resin, but since they’re just for me rather than a gift I decided not to remake the missing two. A valuable lesson for next time!
Zhou Xun as Moudan/Meimei in Suzhou River, 2000.
concept playlist: not everything feels like something else. inspired by jessica gives me a chill pill by angie sijun lou
Sam is being disgustingly sweet towards Anita in this WIP and I'm here like "what did you do to this man Ana oh my god".
officially done with the semester!! done with class until Jan 10!!!
hey if i stop posting it's bc i beat the fuck out of my roommate and went to jail 😘
Its been 2 hours and I still havent worked on my paper bc im too distracted by Scotland
Really though, Hima probably couldn’t have used the fanon Scot design cause of legal issues