Q: How many Airbenders does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None. Because everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.






Cassetteboy - Cameron’s Conference Rap.

Amazing, and a little depressing because it’s all true.

I was just about to post this.

Cassetteboy has got really, REALLY good at this.

Cassetteboy is my favourite superhero.

That new “parody” copyright ruling might just have been his “Bruce Wayne’s parents getting shot” moment.



Happy Birthday Michael Powell 30th September 1905 - 19th February 1990

Oh Micky, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Let me not count the ways I’m not sure I like you, as it’s your birthday, and that would be rude. A benign(ish) dictator, a fantastic (in its true sense) storyteller, an innovative and daring director, a force of will and nature. What a curious mix of a man. Read ‘A Life in Movies’ with a shovelful of salt and revel in all of it. 

I’d like to thank Micky for a lot of things. For his championing of certain actors (Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook, Esmond Knight, Conrad Veidt), his determination to give them great roles, and his loyalty to them (Esmond in ‘The Silver Fleet’, Frank Reeves being written for Roger, Theo and Boris for Anton). Were it not for Micky, I wouldn’t know and love Roger as I do. And imagine Anton’s English career had The Archers not snaffled him and written him his greatest roles. Imagine Niv, worried after six years of war service that he would no longer be employable, getting the gem that is Peter Carter. 

In all the wonder and excitement of Micky’s films - especially during the halcyon days of The Archers - the colour, the modernity, the heightened emotion, the fantastical and the beautiful, what throbs through all of them like a heartbeat is their humanity. These are films that understand the human heart with all its foibles; the nature of desire and how it can be beautiful, can be truthful, can be the pinnacle of existence, but also how it can twist and warp and destroy. But always there is understanding. Peeping Tom is disturbing precisely because of this: there’s an empathy in it that implicates us all, director and viewers alike. 

It’s impossible to think of Micky without Emeric, also without the marvellous production team that is The Archers, all of them; Georges Périnal, Erwin Hillier, Jack Cardiff, Alfred Junge, Hein Heckroth, Allan Gray; this is his genius - collecting the best people around him and working towards the finest piece of art possible. But Emeric especially, tempering and encouraging, bringing his Hungarian sensibility to his chosen England, to his chosen Englishman. These are the men who put (arguably) their two greatest speeches about humanity into the mouth of a german character (Anton Walbrook, both times, in 49th Parallel and Blimp) during the height of World War Two, and not for shock value, but because they understood the universality of human nature. They made the most English (or rather, British - Micky loved the Scottish islands as much as the Kent countryside) of films, because they were not parochial. My life, and the life of many, would be a much poorer place without these films.

In short, thank you Micky, for all of it. Except Mel Ferrer. But I know that wasn’t your fault. 




Sexual Dummy? Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have JUST THE TIPS for You!
Guide from the creators of SEX CRIMINALS will change how you do sex

Oh yeah, THIS book



Doctor Who references in Middleman.

(Source: harbek, via carrionlaughing)



Happy International Coffee Day!

Here are some of our favourite coffee moments in film:

Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Heat (1995)
The Limits of Control (2009)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Black Narcissus (1947) 
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) 


Middleman without context strikes again.


Rocket Racoon & Groot: Leon The Professional
Artist: Mike S. Miller

I mean I did say reblog all The Professional. 

"No women, no trees."



Rocket Racoon & Groot: Leon The Professional

Artist: Mike S. Miller

I mean I did say reblog all The Professional

"No women, no trees."




In the secret world of espionage, the players are set and the fight to save Britain begins.

The Game, a suspenseful six-part, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, created by Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Doctor Who), premieres Wednesday, November 5 at 10:00pm ET as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville.

A complex invisible war is being fought by skilled spies trained in the high stakes world of covert espionage. In 1972 London, tensions are at a terrifying peak as the world’s super powers plot against their enemies. The threat: a dangerous and deadly Soviet plot, designed to bring Britain to its knees, dubbed Operation Glass. This is where The Game begins – a stylish, character-driven spy drama that explores the lives and lies of the invisible soldiers fighting a secret war. When an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment, MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox, The Bourne Supremacy, An Adventure in Space and Time), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time. Their mission: stop the plot, save Britain and in turn, the world.

Read the full press release here.

I wrote a couple of episodes of this show and now there’s finally a trailer! Unfortunately, it barely shows our two leading female characters. This makes me sad. They don’t feature in the publicity stills either; the only woman pictured in a solo photo above is a supporting character. Let’s hope the BBC (UK) trailer features more of the magnificent Victoria Hamilton and Chloe Pirrie, along with recurring guest actress Rachael Stirling. Trust me: the show is not the sausage-fest this trailer makes it out to be.

It seems likely that The Game will air in the US before it does so in its home country. A reminder to all those outside the US that BBC America usually screens edited versions of  BBC shows, sometimes with 10+ mins cut out for commercials. If you’re a Toby Whithouse fan, I know it will be tempting to find a download of the US screening but be patient if you can and wait for the original uncut episodes on the BBC. We’ve been assured it’s not far away!


And then [Vimes] realized why he was thinking like this.

It was because he wanted there to be conspirators.

It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy.

You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them.

It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No-one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them.

We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.


— Terry Pratchett, Jingo (via captainofalltheships)

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The X-Files: a summary of 202 episodes

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Dir. David Lean

Greenkneehighs wrote:

# Lawrence of Arabia   # or: ‘Lawrence and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day’  




“To all the queer Star Trek romances that never were.”


THIS VIDEO THOUGH. OH MY. ALL THE LOVE. ALL THE LOOOOOVE. SO MANY PAIRINGS I CAN’T. It makes me so happy and so sad at the same time, knowing we never got a recurring gay character.

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Marvel by Moebius.

That was a great Silver Surfer story, holy jeez