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22 July 2012 @ 06:19 pm
"The Dark Knight Rises" is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of the decade, and let's just say it didn't disappoint.

This is not a summary of the film or a play-by-play of the storyline (if that's what you're looking for, go here). This is to be a long, analytical review containing my thoughts, theories, feelings, and criticisms (yes, there are a few), and the spoilery aspects I shall keep behind the LJ cuts. So those of you who have yet to see the film are safe to read the external remarks, but anything behind the cut will be fraught with spoilers.



In The Dark Knight, we are presented with three major character who lie to protect others. Gordon and Batman cover up Harvey Dent's fall and murderous rampage in order to protect the city of Gotham from the fallout of Dent's actions, and Alfred allows Bruce to believe Rachel intended to marry him. Each man suffers a great deal as a result of his own respective lie, however well-intended and pure the motivations for them initially.

Gotham city's cancer is in remission, and it would seem the events of the previous film have had the desired effect; criminals are locked up and kept behind bars thanks to "The Dent Act" (a measure passed, it seems, to deny parole and keep violent offenders incarcerated long-term). We begin the film perpetuating the lie of the last, and despite Gordon being oh-so-close to revealing the truth, he chickens out at the last minute, choosing pragmatism over truth.

But by the end of this, the third and final film, they each have learned that it is only the truth that shall set you free.

''I knew Harvey Dent. I was his friend. And it will be a very long time before someone inspires us the way he did. I believed in Harvey Dent.''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
12 July 2012 @ 02:05 am
In eager anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises' impending release, the lovely visionsbeyond and I have coordinated on an icon battle. It was so good to get back into the swing of things again, and hopefully some of you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed making them!

As always, when saving/using any of these, please be sure to credit the correct maker. Also, stop over at visionsbeyond's journal to praise her beautiful work!

(Val, I was so thrilled to be able to do this with you, and hope you had as much of a blast as I did. ♥ )



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''You don't owe these people any more. You've given them everything.''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
09 February 2012 @ 05:25 pm
A rather enormous batch of 132 Downton Abbey icons, yet not as large as I'd like. I was shooting for 150, but my muse seems to have gone the way of Season 2, so I've decided to cut my losses and just post what I've made so far. ;)

These are fraught with spoilers for Season 1, obviously, and I hope to find my inspiration returned forthwith, so that a Season 2 batch can be started...

Please note the numbers are ABOVE the icons, and as always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

Teasers:
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''So put that into your pipe and smoke it.''Collapse )
 
 
 
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It's not something I'm overly proud of, but it's a fact of life for an Austenite: we buy anything published with the name "Jane Austen" on it, regardless of whether it be good or bad, and especially if it's fanfiction (for that's exactly what it is). Excitement heightens if it's a continuation of one of her existing novels (imaginary glances into a life at Pemberley after the Darcy wedding bells have ceased to clang, for example), a continuation of one of her unfinished fragments, or a modern retelling/inspiration ala the 90s film Clueless, or the more recent Lost in Austen.

Having snagged a cheap copy of one such "published fanfiction" at a used bookstore, I just finished reading the Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz this very night, a "radiant" (according to the book's cover) modern retelling of Jane Austen's "august masterpiece" (according to me) Persuasion. While I started out with mixed emotions, I was fully inclined to like the book, but by the time I'd gotten to the end, the author had succeeded in fully alienating me and planted the seed of desire for a gleeful and snark-filled review.

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olde_fashioned
23 November 2011 @ 08:08 am
Not one of my favourite movies, but definitely a winner in the pretty department, Gladiator has good storytelling, despite playing fast and loose with history. I can forgive ignore the anachronisms and distract myself with Lucilla (I adore pretty much everything about Connie Nielson in this film) and her gorgeous wardrobe. That, coupled with the emotional whirlwind created by all the fantastic performances, is polished off with Hans Zimmer's arguably best score to date. Listen to the track Am I Not Merciful? and TELL me you don't get chills!!

This isn't by any means a complete batch (no Commodus, for one thing), but it's enough to round up and share with the rest of the world until I get my act together after Christmas. ;)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''I knew a man once. A noble man; a man of principle, who loved my father, and my father loved him. This man served Rome well...''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
08 November 2011 @ 01:36 pm
The lovely greeneyedmissy and I have just completed our icon battle of art images! Each of us chose fifteen paintings from various centuries and artists. Please be sure to visit her post HERE! It was a ton of fun, and her work is gorgeous.

On to the icons, shall we?





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olde_fashioned
16 September 2011 @ 01:49 am
Tonight I FINALLY got my hands on a copy of the newest adaptation of Jane Eyre (thanks for making us wait a month after the initial DVD release, Netflix). I'd read beforehand about the "unique approach" to the story's chronology, and needless to say, if you've followed my blog long enough, you know that I'm not kind to movies that mess up mah bookz!

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olde_fashioned
31 August 2011 @ 06:48 pm
My favourite Jane Austen novel, one of my favourite Austen adaptations, and favourite Austen hero. Throw in Kate Beckinsale's fabulous hats, perfect hair, gorgeous English complexion, and pretty gowns, and what's not to love?

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''Brother and sister? No indeed.''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
22 June 2011 @ 11:57 am
Such a good series!!! I remember discovering it by accident back when it originally premiered on PBS years ago, and despite being in the middle of the series and having to work incredibly hard to figure things out mid-stream, I was hooked. When the final episode aired I was very sick (could hardly keep my eyes open), but I couldn't not see how it ended!

That there will probably be other batches after this (it's so LONG!), but I wanted at least to get these ones up and public for all to share. ;)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''Jarndyce and Jarndyce...is no more!''Collapse )
 
 
 
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I finished The Great Gatsby last night, having started it on Monday and staying up a little late to get to the last page. Having seen the Robert Redford miniseries a few years ago, I already knew the story. Evidently this was a good adaptation, because there was scarcely a plot element from the book that the movie didn't cover; therefore I wasn't "surprised" by anything "new" in the book.

As I'm wont to do, I prefer to record something of my own initial impressions before I read anything "critical" or "professional" on the subject which might influence me. Therefore, if you haven't read the book and wish to avoid spoilers, please stop reading now! Otherwise, proceed. ;)

''Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
26 May 2011 @ 02:27 pm
John William Waterhouse, has been one of my absolute favourite artists ever since I learned of his existence. He needs no preamble, and this time around I've gone for a much simpler approach, to better allow the beauty of the original works to do all the talking. ;)

I've preserved the title of the each painting in the URL and file names.

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''She has a lovely face, // God in His mercy lend her grace, // The Lady of Shalott.''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
09 April 2011 @ 09:37 pm
This was unbelievably fun...I knew it would be, but it surpassed even my expectations. ;)

The lovely and creatively talented winterlillies was kind enough to shepherd me in my very first icon battle!

We both picked 15 images each and exchanged our images for a total of 30 images resulting in 30 icons. The first 15 images were chosen by me and the last 15 by her. (The gorgeous header is also by her!)

Click here to comment on her batch!




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olde_fashioned
28 March 2011 @ 11:29 pm
One of my very favourite movies, and definitely one of the best set in the 18th century, it's also one of the few movies that's able to boast of being better than the original novel. Plus with gorgeous scenery and such a great soundtrack, you really can't go wrong...

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''I don't call myself subject to much at all.''Collapse )
 
 
 
olde_fashioned
21 March 2011 @ 02:14 am
Alright, so having missed this when it initially aired, I know I'm late to the party, but OH MY GOODNESS this was so good!!! The ending was really confusing (bad way to wrap up the big huge secret, ppl), but Arthur was such a sweetheart and Amy angelically good--she's definitely up there with the likes of Fanny Price and Book!Margaret Hale.

Gotta love the costumes and hairstyles on the more affluent women! Towering hairdos much? ;P

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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olde_fashioned
21 March 2011 @ 01:23 am
So let me first preface this with the disclaimer of I do not approve of certain "content" in this series despite the fact that I'm iconing it. Since it'd be a shame to let all those gorgeous costumes and hats go to waste...here's the first batch of what I am sure will be many more (especially once the second series airs). ;)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

Teasers:
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dreamed I was in the desert, without any love // storm grey clouds hovering above // silence all around me, I was wandering alone // and I realized there is nothing anyone can really ownCollapse )
 
 
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