let the fangirling begin: the paper towns trailer is here


All I have to say about this is that it looks awesome and exactly the way I imagined it while reading the book.



fanvid friday | knighthouse {emma approved}

Okay, so KnightHouse (Alex Knightley + Emma Woodhouse) is one of my OTPs.  I love them so much, and I ship them SO. HARD.

Therefore, I’ve seen a lot of fanvids for them.

And these are a few of my favorites.

You’re welcome.

This one’s great…


But this one’s my FAVORITE.  Watch it three times if you need to.  I won’t judge.

little {fandom} things: saints & soldiers

{I know, at the moment, this film doesn’t really have a fandom, but Ashley and I are setting out to change that.  Enjoy!}

~hot lemonade

~all the feelsy parts (so, basically the whole movie)

~Deacon and Gunderson’s AWESOME friendship

~Gunderson + Katrine (I totally ship them)

~Deacon.  Every single thing about him.


~how Rudi helped Our Guys get away

~Gould’s journey as a character

~Winley and Kendrick (those two…)


~the first scene…all those dogtags… *cries*

~”I never miss…”

~nobody being able to read the code but Winley

~yes, the Germans would really try a push with just one jeep (*sarcasm*)



fanvid friday | combat! ‘letters from home’

I love all of OneTrueDoc’s Combat! music videos, and this one is no exception.  Unlike her character fan vids, this one focuses on the whole squad, which is lovely, and the whole thing is SO BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT. *hugs fan video*  And it makes me tear up, although I’m not exactly sure why, because it’s not really sad…do you ever gets Feels from perfect awesomeness?  I don’t really know how to explain it, but I get that kind all. the. time. (Combat! simply seems to breed them.)  Anyway, enjoy the fan video! (It’s spoiler free, Ashley. :))


seen the new ‘age of ultron’ trailer?

Fangirling sooooo hard right now….

My thoughts:

  • “I’ll take that from them first.”  O_O
  • New Avengers tower!
  • So many Steve scenes!
  • What’s with Bruce/Natasha???
  • “I got no plans tomorrow night.”  : ((((
  • Avengers vs. Themselves – UGH.
  • “You had to ask.”  The sass is strong with this one!
  • NEEDS MOAR HAWKEYE.  (And more Clintasha, but I’m not being picky.)

my thoughts on spider-man in captain america: civil war

(I wrote this post several weeks ago, so it’s a bit late to the party, but it’s my initial thoughts on the Spider-Man news, so I thought it was still worth posting.  Comment with your thoughts about Marvel and Sony’s big news below!)

a6010e31310ae55625e9ace45e642b78Hot off the press is the news that Sony and Marvel have reached an agreement about bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It’s official: Spidey will be in Captain America: Civil War.

And all the nerds said, “AMEN!”

Peter Parker is key to the Civil War plot line, because he joins Stark’s side of the debate in his revealing himself as Spider-Man.  (And then some plot-twisty things happen that I won’t go into because spoilers.)

Already, there has been a lot of speculation about an actor to play Peter.  Some of the fans are calling for a re-cast. While I have my own personal opinion (ANDREW GARFIELD IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO SPIDER-MAN WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE CHANGE HIM HE IS PERFECTION IT’D BE SO WEIRD TO HAVE ANOTHER RANDOM ACTOR SUDDENLY POP UP AS PETER WHAT EVEN), I think, if a re-cast is necessary, there are a few ways Marvel could do it.

Marvel has, in the past, been extremely unique in their marketing.  I think a company that can pull off hiding the identity of a character in Age of Ultron (because, as far as I know, we still don’t know who Andy Serkis’ character is), and blame a trailer leak on Hydra can think of an amazing way to reveal the casting of Peter Parker.

Here’s how I think they should do it.

Age of Ultron ends, and the credits roll.  Something awesome happens in the halfway-through-the-credits tag scene.

Moviegoers start to leave the theater… except for the true Marvel fans who know that there’s something else in store.

The screen darkens, then reveals Tony, sitting in his apartment, tinkering with something.  Pepper walks in and tells Tony that someone is there to see him.

“I couldn’t get him to tell me who he is. He won’t go away.”

Tony smiles and tells Pepper to let him in, still focused on his gadget.

We hear a knock at the door. Stark looks up and starts talking, using several witty Tony-isms. “I’ve heard a lot about you, kid.” He wipes his hands on a cloth and looks up at the person – still behind the camera, still unrevealed to us – as he says, “Think you’re ready for something like this?”

“I know I am,” is the reply.

Tony grins and holds out his hand. “Glad to have you on my side, Spider-Man.”

The next shot is his hand extending forward, then being shaken by the still-unseen Spidey.

Stark makes a Tony-esque face and says, “So who are you, really?”

Then the screen goes black.

The actor who plays Peter shows up to all of the public events with his Spidey mask on – or, in the case of AoU, just shows up on the red carpet as one of the random, insanely lucky actors who get to go to events like that. (Think Sebastian Stan’s amazing excuse when he showed up at the CA:TWS premiere.)

Shooting CA:CW without disclosing the identity of the actor would be a challenge, but I’m sure Marvel can handle it.

The key moment of the reveal is the actual reveal in the movie – when Spidey reveals himself to the world.

It’d be perfect.

Get on it, Marvel.


fanvid friday | don’t you worry, child {boy meets world}

I’m currently nearing the end of Boy Meets World (AHHHHHHHHHH WHAT WILL I DO WHEN IT’S OVERRRRR?!), and feels are running rampant.  Joshua was born and nearly died (ack), Jack and Rachel are getting together (mixed feelings), Cory and Topanga are getting married (SQUEEEEE), and Eric and Tommy… (ACK).  And don’t even get me STARTED on the Shawn Drama.  First his breakup with Angela, then his dad DIED, then… ugh, I can’t.  On a scale of one to even, I can’t with this kid.

So, in light of all of the Shawn Drama going on (and you can be sure that I’ll be constructing a post dedicated to Shawn in the near future), here is my absolute hands-down favorite Shawn-centric fanvid in the history of ever.  I’ve probably posted this video here before, but… here it is again because it’s so good.  (Tissues recommended.)

fanvid friday | bring him home {sherlock}

I’ve finally gotten around to watching more of Sherlock (saw “The Empty Hearse” yesterday, and I might be watching “The Reichenbach Fall” tonight–how is it even possible to be so excited and yet so tearful??), so I figured now was the perfect time to share my favorite Sherlock fanvideo, EVER.  Les Mis improves everything. 😉

fanvid friday | saints & soldiers

*takes Ashley by the shoulders*

*looks deep into her eyes*

“Don’t. EVER. Watch. This. Movie.”


(kind of.)


Who knew that there was a whole sub-fandom for Saints & Soldiers (I say sub-fandom, because as far as I know, there isn’t a ‘real’ fandom for the film) that was dedicated to making absolutely heartbreaking fan-videos?  Certainly not me.  Until yesterday, I was blissfully ignorant of the fact, and then I was browsing Youtube when I stumbled across one of them…and then another and another and another, until I was so overloaded on feels it wasn’t even funny.  So, naturally, I thought I’d share a couple for today fan-vid post, because FEEEEEEEEEELS.  The whole movie is devastatingly heartbreaking to begin with, and then put a bunch of the feelsiest clips to songs and, well, I was a wreck.  (Ashley, when you watch this movie, YOU WILL NEVER, EVER RECOVER END OF STORY.)

(Warning: The following fan-videos contain major spoilers.  For more information on the movie, check out my spoiler-free review.)

I don’t care for this song – too much…modernity? – so it limits the amount of times I watch this fan-video (note: most fan-video music is pretty much the farthest thing from my style of music, but if the video is well done, I’ll give it a shot), but that’s probably a good thing because it’s-it’s-  I CAN’T EVEN DESCRIBE ALL MY FEELINGS RIGHT NOW. (Doesn’t help that I watched a TWS fan-video set to the same song, which was uber-feelsy.)  Especially the lyric “I need to let you go” paired with THAT CERTAIN CHARACTER’S DEATH AND WHY CAN’T DEACON EVER HAVE ANY HAPPINESS IN HIS LIFE FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE.

Excuse me while I go drown my sorrows in a bowl of chocolate ice cream (the fangirl’s life line).  Again, I’ve watched a fan-video that used the same song that’s in this one (actually, that Combat! one that I shared in my post about Doc), and it HURTS SO. MUCH.  Deacon just…I just…I CAN’T EVEN.  ESPECIALLY SINCE HE’S MARRIED AND HIS WIFE’S EXPECTING A BABY WHICH IS AWFUL, PLUS HIS BACKSTORY AND IT’S AWFUL.  Ahem.  Sorry about that, Chief. (Bonus points if you understood that reference.)  But, anyway, “Sound The Bugle” fits Deacon’s character perfectly.  Soooo perfectly. (In a heartwrenching way, of course, because there’s no other way you can view Saints & Soldiers, and Deacon especially.)

ACK.  The whole thing is terrible and emotional and I-don’t-know-why-I-watched-this-in-the-first-place-ish.

So you’ll have to forgive me if my rantings are barely intelligible – that’s just the way I feel right now.

Until next time,


P.S. Ashley, if you really want to watch some clips, there are a couple of non-spoiler ones on Youtube.  I don’t know how much sense they’ll make, out of context, but you’ll get a feel for the tone and mood and characters and Feelz.  First clip is here, second clip is here. (And after you’ve watched the film, they’ll both be a million times more feelsy.)

fanvid friday | maya/lucas vs. maya/josh {girl meets world}

So I’ve been watching a lot of Girl Meets World lately.  It’s *quite* obvious that the writers put Lucas into the story to be the romantic lead and, probably, end up with Riley.

But anything can happen.

To this day, I still can’t decide whether I ship Joshaya or Lucaya (as some fans have labeled the ships).  I can see Lucas and Maya getting together in the end because of the friendship and romantic tension between them that has surfaced already, but I also think Josh and Maya would be SUPER cute together.  But who knows – maybe Maya just currently has an infatuation with Josh (she is, however, “in for the long haul.”).


(I also watch the following video fairly often – it’s on my “loop” playlist – and I think it accurately describes the tension between the two.  Which, as a writer, I love.)

fanvid friday | if you can’t feel, what’s the point? {the giver}

(Heyyyoooo!  Eowyn here, back from the evil clutches of college and life in general.  As some of you might know, Eva, Jane, and I tried to do a posting schedule when we first started feelsy feels, and it worked… for a while.  My day always ended up being about fanvids, though (I have no idea whyyyyyyy…. 😉 ).  I’m trying to step up the actual posts, but I think while that gets underway we’ll start a new series called Fanvid Friday where – you guessed it – Eva, Jane, and I will post new fanvids we love every Friday.  Savvy?  Let’s do this thing.)

This has got to be one of my favorite fanvids for The Giver.  I love the parallels between what Jonas told Fiona and what Fiona told Mother, and I also teared up when I realized what the song was.


the awesomeness that is AVERY

{This post will not make any sense whatsoever to anyone who’s not watched Combat! and, specifically, the episode “A Gift Of Hope”.  However, Ashley and Jane are still both away/busy so this is MY blog [muahahahahaha…] for right now, and this is what I wanted to post, so I’m doing it.}

{Also, this will be more of a mini-theawesomenessthatis post because Avery is only in one episode.  Still, he makes a powerful impression.}

“If you lose yourself, your courage soon will follow.  So be strong tonight…remember who you are.” ~lyrics from “Sound The Bugle”

Avery is a paradox for me.

Normally, I dislike (or, at the very least, feel an annoyance for) authority figures in war movies who do a lot of shouting at the men under them, ordering them around, and generally behaving like jerks.  (I also tend not to really like characters on Combat! who crack up under pressure, but I’ll get to that a little later.)  And, yet, I fell in love with Avery (in the ‘this is just a fictional character’ sense, of course).  I will admit that it took a couple viewings of “A Gift Of Hope” for my liking for him to fully come together, but now I like him just as much as all the show’s regulars.  I believe the reason I still really liked Avery was because he’s not just an overbearing platoon sergeant.  Or just a guy who breaks under the strain of war – and a gift of hope.

Really, it’s surprising just how much characterization Avery gets in an episode that’s less than an hour long.  We see him go from rough-and-tough platoon sergeant (who, I’ve got to say, does looks out for the New Guys very, very well) to a suspected deserter to a man cracking under pressure to someone who Saunders hardly recognizes (as Avery prepares to really desert) and then back to how we see him in Kirby’s flashback.  Avery’s character is shown to us bit by bit, layer by layer, until by the end of the episode, you really feel like you know him.  And…you do.  Avery is a deep, true, real character and I love that.

Avery is my favorite.  Also, Rip Torn is now one my most favorite actors of all time.

There’s something about Avery that’s just so cool.  I know it’s horrid slang to be using for the kind of person he is, but it’s true.  Mainly in Kirby’s flashback.  Everything from his helmet – it’s great, it’s so unique – to the way the words keep flying out of his mouth (alternately scolding and encouraging the new replacements), to the whole name/place thing…he’s so cool.  He really cares about the men under him, as shown perfectly by one of trademarks, that I unimaginatively call ‘the name/place thing’.  Consider…

Avery: “Batally (sp?), where’re you from?”
Batally: “Madison.  Wisconsin.”
Avery:  “Oh, yeah?  That’s a great town, I used to work there once.”
Batally:  “Yeah…”
Avery: “Had a wild little bar downtown, what’s the name of it?  Used to hang out there.”
Batally: “Uh…Angelo’s?  Third Street?”
Avery: “Yeah, that’s the one.”
Batally: *laughs a little*

Saunders: “Madison, Wisconsin.  You worked there, huh?”
Avery: “Well, sometimes maybe it helps to think that somebody knows your name, where you’re from.”

Plus, Avery’s the only person I know who can be on the receiving end of a Saunders’ Look and respond with a, “Well don’t look at me like that, Saunders.”  And that’s way. too. awesome. in and of itself. (Admittedly, the Look wasn’t one of Saunders Glares, but still…)

Speaking of Avery and Saunders, one thing that strikes me about him the most is how close he and Saunders are.  Saunders isn’t one to give his friendship like that to just anyone, and Avery really has his trust.  He’s been through North Africa and Italy and Sicily just like Saunders, which leads me to believe that perhaps Avery and Saunders knew each other before D-Day. That personal headcanon of mine makes what Saunders says about about “I never thought I’d want to see you dead” all the more heartwrenching. (On a slightly unrelated note, I love how the beginning of the episode dumps us right into the action without any real point of reference – we have no clue who this Avery guy is.  It feels very immediate and natural.)  

And I also like what White Queen has to say about the two of them in her review of the episode

Avery in the first flashback makes me grin — he’s being such a stereotypical sergeant, all loud and bossy. Saunders gives him a series of, “Do you have to do this?” looks. They’re like flip sides of the same coin, those two. Saunders is normally all into helping people over rough spots, but he can get loud and bossy when he needs to, and Avery’s the exact opposite. I dig it.

So after convincing Saunders that he didn’t run, he didn’t desert, Avery strikes out on a quest (dun-dun-DUN) with Saunders to clear his name.  They go back up to the front (much to Hanley’s mystification) and it’s while disabling a mine and walking through places that have shells falling pretty close in, that Saunders begins to see that, while Avery might not have deserted, he’s lost his nerve.  The climax of the episode comes when, after killing off a machine gun next of Germans singlehandedly, Saunders looks over to see Avery crying, completely shattered.

M'kay.  Let me talk about this scene for a sec.  Or, more specifically, the MUSIC in this scene.  Most of them time whenever an ENG or basically anyone besides a regular cracks up/loses their nerve, there's really scary/jittery music in the background.  But when in THIS scene, what is playing?  The C! theme, soft and quiet.  Makes me cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Oh, man.  That part always, always gets to me in hugely emotional way.  See, I’m the kind of person who notices the minutiae of music in films and TV shows.  I’ll listen for repeated musical themes (or even just notes) and tie in the fact that “OH MY GOODNESS THEY RE-USED THE SAME THEME FROM THAT SCENE FOR THIS SCENE IT MUST MEAN SOMETHING”.  I sometimes go a little overboard, but I can’t help it.  It’s just something I notice.  And, usually, whenever a character breaks up/loses their nerve on Combat!, the music is all moody/jittery/scary – total mood music.  But you know what they decided to play during that little bit of Avery just before the dramatic commercial break.  The theme tune, played slow and low.


Immediately, it gives Avery a distinction (in my mind) from all the other random guys who lose their nerve.  The whole thing is more respectful, in a way, and that’s what I love about it.  Plus, when the theme’s played like that, it’s sort of achingly beautiful.  So I cry a lot.

And the way Avery comes back around?  Perfect.  Absolutely perfect.  He’s leaving for good, going off to desert, even after Saunders told/asked him not to.  So he’s walking away, all firm and determined, when a group of young (verrry young) GIs call out to him and ask him, in so many words, if he can direct them to King Company. (Let me just say that the way Avery says – of King Company – “Yeah, that’s a good outfit” always makes me smile.)  No, he can’t, he’s being sent back to the States, etc, etc.  And then…and then… (I WILL NOT CRY.  I WILL NOT CRY.  I WILL NOT CRY.)

GI #1: “Hey, Sarge, did you ever see any of those new Kraut tanks?”
GI #2: “You know, the ones with the flamethrowers?  We heard they burned out a whole company from the 23rd.”
Avery: “Who told you that?”
GI #3: “Well, everybody knows it.”
Avery: “Well I don’t know it.  And if they haven’t thrown it at me, they ain’t got it.” [brief note: right after he says the above, you can see him thinking, kind of like “Should I walk away or keep talking?” and it’s amazing acting on Rip Torn’s part]  “You stop listenin’ to all that garbage, you hear me?  Learn to count on yourself.  There ain’t gonna be anyone up there to boost you over the rough spots, you gotta realize that…what’s your name?”
GI #2 (I think): “Pittinger.”
Avery: “Where’re you from?”
GI #2: “Tacomba.  Tacomba, Washington.”
Avery: “Yeah, I used to work up there.  Spent a lot of time in a real wild little bar downtown on the main drag.”
GI #2: “Tony’s!”
Avery: “Yeah, that’s the place.  I used to have some real wild times there…”

*melts into a puddle of feels*


They could’ve ended the episode there, and it would have been practically perfect, but they added in the greatest little tag scene with Saunders and Avery that’s one of my favorite scenes in the whole show.  From Avery’s little hand wave when Saunders wakes up to the “For a while back there, I almost thought that…”/”Yeah, for a moment back there, I almost did.” to Saunders’ smile, it’s an all around wonderful scene.  Just wonderful.

Also, Rip Torn is a great actor and he was wonderful in ‘Pork Chop Hill’ too and I love his Texas accent.


movie review: unbroken

Ashley is awesome and she wrote a review of “Unbroken” which is one of the most heartbreaking/uplifting stories EVER and I think ya’ll should read it. Enjoy! 🙂

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New Unbroken Poster“If I can take it, I can make it.” – Louis Zamperini, Unbroken

I’m sitting here at the kitchen table, scratching my head, and still not knowing what to say about Unbroken, more than twelve hours after I saw it.  I ended up seeing it by myself, by the way, because two of my younger siblings weren’t allowed to see it and my older sister didn’t want to see it without ClearPlay.  (I’m glad I saw it in the theater because it’s so much more real that way, but I think I’ll be seeing it with ClearPlay from now on.  Heh… heh… [Click here to read more about ClearPlay.])

Okay, I’ll just go for it.  Excuse the mess that is sure to follow.  ; )

The Story

“After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen…

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feels about haymitch. and mockingjay. but mostly haymitch.

Several sets of arms would embrace me. But in the end, the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too. I reach out for him and say something like his name and he's there, holding me and patting my back. " It's okay. It'll be okay, sweetheart." He sits me on a length of broken marble pillar and keeps an arm around me while I sob. -Another Mockingjay book quote edit I have made. Again when I saw Haymitch hugging Katniss I immediately thought of this part of ...

This isn’t going to be a really long, involved post about all the reasons why Haymitch is probably my favorite Hunger Games character.  Just a short post about a feels attack I had while reading Mockingjay. (I will post something longer on this blog sometime soonish, if I can.)  I didn’t think I’d cry at all on this re-read of MJ because I know the story inside and out and I just used to it, if that makes any sense.  And I was going along fine until after the bombing of 13, when Coin wants Katniss to do another propo to show that 13’s just fine…

“Katniss, just this one line and you’re done today. I promise,” says Cressida. “‘Thirteen’s alive and well and so am I.'”

I swing my arms to loosen myself up. Place my fists on my hips. Then drop them to my sides. Saliva’s filling my mouth at a ridiculous rate and I feel vomit at the back of my throat. I swallow hard and open my lips so I can get the stupid line out and go hide in the woods and – that’s when I start crying.

It’s impossible to be the Mockingjay. Impossible to complete even this one sentence. Because now I know that everything I say will be directly taken out on Peeta. Result in his torture. But not his death, no, nothing so merciful as that. Snow will ensure that his life is much worse than death.

“Cut,” I hear Cressida say quietly.

“What’s wrong with her?” Plutarch says under his breath.

“She’s figured out how Snow’s using Peeta,” says Finnick.

There’s something like a collective sigh of regret from the semicircle of people spread out before me. Because I know this now. Because there will never be a way for me to not know this again. Because, beyond the military disadvantage losing a Mockingjay entails, I am broken.

Several sets of arms would embrace me. But in the end, the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too. I reach out for him and say something like his name and he’s there, holding me and patting my back. “It’s okay. It’ll be okay, sweetheart.” He sits me on a length of broken marble pillar and keeps an arm around me while I sob.

“I can’t do this anymore,” I say.

“I know,” he says.

“All I can think of is – what he’s going to do to Peeta – because I’m the Mockingjay!” I get out.

“I know.” Haymitch’s arm tightens around me.



“we’ll follow the old man wherever he wants to go…”

(UGGGGGH.  I’m tearing up just re-reading the title of this post.)

A few days ago, I watched White Christmas for the second time in seven years.  Approximately seven years ago, I was having a sleepover with all my other siblings at my grandparents’ house, and once all my brothers or sisters were asleep, Grandma came downstairs and asked me if I wanted to watch a movie just with her and Grandpa.  Of course I said yes. 😀  And White Christmas was the movie we watched.  It was so long ago that I don’t remember any of my reaction to it, just that I had indeed seen it before when Mom brought it up (this being the Christmas time of year and all).  Actually, she just suggested that one of my sisters and I learn how to sing “Sisters” together and I asked where that song was from, she told me, and after I got to thinking about the little bits and pieces I remembered about the movie, I went out and got it from the library.

Because, from what I remembered, it was nearly everything I liked in a movie.  Old movie musical?  Check.  Lots of dancing and singing?  Check.  WWII/soldiers?  Check.  Famous old movie stars?  Check.  Yep, I was pretty sure I would love White Christmas.  My sister (the same one who’s going to sing “Sisters” with me…sometime), was pretty excited about it too.  Soooo…we started it.  And as soon as all the soldiers started singing for General Waverly, the ending of the film rushed back to me.  I turned to my mom and said “I’m going to cry at the end of this.”  To which she replied, “I’m already crying.”  Hoo boy.  I should’ve known right then and there the onslaught of Feels (with a capital ‘F’) was going to be tremendous.  And if I’d thought that then, I wouldn’t have been wrong.


There were some Feelings during the whole fake engagement and Betty leaving thing because all I could think of was “What’s it going to be like when Elisabeth or I get engaged/married?” (alá Anne Shirley) but the biggest thing was, like I’d thought, the ending.  I haven’t cried so much/so hard during a movie for a loooong time – I’d actually kind of forgotten what it was like to cry for a movie at the level of, say, Les Miserables or BBC’s Robin Hood.  It was so emotional! (in a happy way)  And I don’t really want to give spoilers, in case some people reading this haven’t watched the movie (YOU SHOULD, THOUGH), but you’ll probably cry too.  White Christmas is definitely a film like Saving Mr Banks, in that I tear up just thinking about certain parts.

Oh, well.  Sad is happy for deep people.