dinsdag 30 april 2013

The awesomeness of quotes pt 10

About four seasons ago (the series kind) an English friend of mine started this facebook group where we rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer one ep a day. How does this work? We all join in at the same time (7 pm their time, 8pm my time) and we watch the episode while leaving comments in the mentioned group/thread. While doing this, I realised Buffy is full of the most amazing quotes. It's part of what makes it the best show ever. I know what you're thinking: We already did Buffy. But until now I've mainly focused on funny quotes, and those are not the only awesome quotes. When looking at movies you've got "Love means having to say you're sorry" (from Love Story) or many, many others. My point? Today I give you a Buffy part 2 quotes page full of amazing quotes. Don't worry, I'll take it slow, a couple of quotes at a time. To start with, I will do about five quotes for each season (I know, not enough by a long shot, but you've got to start somewhere right? :P ). Anyway... Be amazed by the awesomeness of quotes that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer part 2! (SPOILERS!!!!!)

Season 1

"Hey! You think I'm never lonely because I'm so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It's not like any of them really know me. I don't even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in a popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone's so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say." 
- Cordelia (1x11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight)

Buffy: [about the prophecy in which she will die] "So that's it, huh? I remember the drill. One slayer dies, the next one's called. I wonder who she is. Will you train her? Or will they send someone else?"
Giles: "Buffy... I... "
Buffy: [wimpering] "Does it say how he's gonna kill me? Do you think it'll hurt? [as Angel steps close to her] Don't touch me! Were you even gonna tell me?"
Giles: "I was hoping I wouldn't have to, that there was some way around it. I... "
Buffy: "I've got a way around it. I quit."
Angel: "It's not that simple. "
Buffy: "I'm making it that simple. I quit. I resign, I-I'm fired, you can find someone else to stop The Master from taking over."
Giles: "I'm not sure that anyone else can. All the... the signs indicate... "
Buffy: [enraged, throwing books at Giles] "The signs?! Read me the signs! Tell me my fortune! You're so useful sitting here with all of your books! You're really a lot of help!"
Giles: "I don't suppose I am.."
Angel: "I know this is hard."
Buffy: "What do you know about this? You're never gonna die!"
Angel: "You think I want anything to happen to you? You think I could stand it? We just gotta figure out a way... "
Buffy: "I already did. I quit, remember. Pay attention!"
Giles: "Buffy, if the Master rises..."
Buffy: "I don't care! I don't care. Giles, I'm sixteen years old. I don't wanna die." 
(1x12 - Prophecy Girl

Season 2

Ford: [after just telling Buffy he has a brain tumor and watching Buffy's hurt reaction] "I'm sorry, Summers. Did I screw up your righteous anger riff? Does the nest of tumors liquefying my brain kinda spoil the fun?"
Buffy: "I'm sorry. I had no idea. But what you're doing is still very wrong."
Ford: "Okay, well, you try vomiting for twenty-four hours straight because the pain in your head is so intense, and then we'll discuss the concept of right and wrong. These people are sheep. They're wanna be vampires 'cause they're lonely, miserable or bored. I don't have a choice."
Buffy: "You have a choice. You don't have a good choice, but you have a choice. You're opting for mass murder here, and nothing you say is gonna make that okay."
(2x07 - Lie to Me)

Giles: "I believe that's called growing up."
Buffy: "Then I'd like to stop, okay?"
Giles: "I know the feeling."
Buffy: "Does it ever get easy?"
[Ford rises from the ground and attacks Buffy, she stakes him]

Giles: "You mean life?"

Buffy: "Yeah. Does it get easy?"
Giles: "What do you want me to say?"
Buffy: "Lie to me."
Giles: "Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after."
Buffy: "Liar."
(2x07 - Lie to Me)

"Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping...waiting...and though unwanted...unbidden...it will stir...open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us...guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. the joy of love...the clarity of hatred...and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd truly be dead." 
- Angelus (2x17 - Passion)

"Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are." 
- Whistler (2x21 - Becoming Part One)

Buffy: "Open your eyes, Mom. What do you think has been going on for the past two years? The fights, the weird occurrences. How many times have you washed blood out of my clothing, and you still haven't figured it out?!"
Joyce: "Well, it stops now!"
Buffy: "No, it doesn't stop. It never stops. Do-do you think I chose to be like this? Do you have any idea how lonely it is? How dangerous? I would love to be upstairs watching TV or gossiping about boys or, god, even studying! But I have to save the world. Again." 
(2x22 - Becoming Part Two)

Season 3

Buffy: "Angel was cured."
Giles: "I'm sorry?"
Buffy: "When I killed him, Angel was cured. [to Willow] Your spell worked at the last minute, Will. I was about to take him out, and, um, something went through him, and he was Angel again. He-he didn't remember anything that he'd done. He just held me. Um, but i-it was, it was too late, and I, I had to. So I-I told him that I loved him, I kissed him, and I killed him." 
(3x03 - Faith, Hope and Trick)

"You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love till it kills you both. You'll fight and you'll shag and you'll hate each other till it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Love isn't brains, children, it's blood. Blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it." 
- Spike (3x08 - Lovers Walk)

Angel: "I can't do it again Buffy. I can't become a killer."
Buffy: "Then fight it."
Angel: "It's too hard."
Buffy: "Angel please, you have to get inside!"
Angel: "It told me to kill you. You were in the dream, you know. It told me to lose my soul in you and become a monster again."
Buffy: "I know what it told you, what does it matter?"
Angel: [yelling] "Because I wanted to! Because I want you so badly! I want to take comfort in you. And I know it will cost me my soul, and a part of me doesn't care. I'm weak. It's not the demon that needs killing in me, Buffy. It's the man. [they fight and he throws her on the ground. He takes her by the arms, shaking her] Am I a thing worth saving, huh? Am I a righteous man? The world wants me gone!"
Buffy: "What about me? I love you so much, and I tried to make you go away. I killed you and it didn't help. And I hate it! I hate that it's so hard... and that you can hurt me so much. I know everything that you did, because you did it to me. Oh, God! I wish that I wished you dead. I don't. [whispers] I can't."
Angel: "Buffy, please. Just this once, let me be strong."
Buffy: "Strong is fighting! It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every day. It's what we have to do. And we can do it together. But if you're too much of a coward for that, then burn. If I can't convince you that you belong in this world, then I don't know what can. But do not expect me to watch. And don't expect me to mourn for you, because ..." [Snow falls, blocking the sunlight.]

(3x10 - Amends

Faith: "I missed the mark last night and I'm sorry about the guy, I really am! But it happens! Anyways, how many people do you think we've saved by now? Thousands? And didn't you stop the world from ending? Because in my book, that puts you and me in the plus column."
Buffy: "We help people! It doesn't mean we can do whatever we want."
Faith: "Why not? The guy I offed was no Gandhi. I mean, we just saw he was mixed up in dirty dealings."
Buffy: "Maybe, but what if he was coming to us for help?"
Faith: "What if he was? You're still not seeing the big picture, B. Something made us different. We're warriors. We're built to kill."
Buffy: "To kill demons! But it does not mean that we get to pass judgment on people like we're better than everybody else!"
(3x15 - Consequences)

[Buffy finds Jonathan in the clock tower with a rifle.] 
Jonathan: "Go away!"
Buffy: "Never gonna happen."
Jonathan: "You think I won't use this?"
Buffy: "I don't know, Jonathan. I just –"
Jonathan: "Stop doing that! 
Buffy: "Doing what?"
Jonathan: "Stop saying my name like we're friends! We're not friends! You all think I'm an idiot! A short idiot!"
Buffy: "I don't. I don't think about you much at all. Nobody here really does. Bugs you, doesn't it? You have all this pain and all these feelings, and nobody's really paying attention?"
Jonathan: "You think I just want attention?"
Buffy: "No. I think you're up in the clock tower with a high-powered rifle because you wanna blend in. Believe it or not, Jonathan, I understand about the pain."
Jonathan [bitterly]: "Oh, right! Because the burden of being beautiful and athletic, that's a crippler!"
Buffy: "You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle. And it's not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they're too busy with their own. The beautiful ones. The popular ones. The guys that pick on you. Everyone. If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The confusion. It looks quiet down there. It's not. It's deafening..."
(3x18 - Earshot)

Jonathan: "This is actually a new category. First time ever. I guess there were a lot of write-in ballots, and, um, well, the prom committee asked me to read this... We're not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you, but that doesn't mean we haven't noticed you. We don't talk about it much, but it's no secret that Sunnydale High isn't really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here."
Crowd outbursts: "Zombies! . . . Hyena people! . . . Snyder!" [laughter] 
Jonathan: "But whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you, or helped by you at one time or another. We're proud to say that the Class of '99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history... [applause from the crowd]... And we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks, and gives you, uh, this. [produces a glittering, miniature umbrella with a small plaque attached to the shaft] It's from all of us, and it has written here, "Buffy Summers, Class Protector.""
(3x21 - The Prom)

Season 4

Tara: [speaking for The First Slayer] " I have no speech, no name. I live in the action of death. The blood cry, the penetrating wound. I am destruction, absolute, alone." 
(4x22 - Restless)

Tara (speaking for the first Slayer): "The Slayer does not walk in this world." Buffy: "I walk. I talk. I shop. I sneeze. I'm gonna be a fireman when the floods roll back. There's trees in the desert since you moved out, and I don't sleep on a bed of bones." 
(4x22 - Restless

[to Buffy] "You think you know what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun." 
- Tara (4x22 - Restless)

Season 5

"I've gotta say something, 'cause I don't think I've made it clear. I'm in love with you. Powerfully, painfully in love. The things you do, the way you think, the way you move. I get excited every time I'm about to see you. You make me feel like I've never felt before in my life... like a man. I just thought you might like to know." 
- Xander (5x10 - Into the Woods) 

Buffy: "Because I love you, you're my sister."
Dawn: "No I'm not."
Buffy: "Yes you are. [holds Dawn's hand] It's blood, Summers blood, it's just like mine. It doesn't matter where you came from, or how you got here, you are my sister. There's no way you could annoy me so much if you weren't." 
(5x13 - Blood Ties) 
"But I don't understand! I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I knew her, and then she's— there's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead... anymore! It's stupid! It's mortal and stupid! And... and Xander's crying and not talking, and... and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why! [She begins to cry.]" 
 - Anya (5x16 - The Body)
Angel: "I can stay in town as long as you want me."
Buffy: "How's forever? Does forever work for you?"
Buffy: "I'm worried about tomorrow."
Angel: "What's tomorrow?"
Buffy: "That's exactly what I don't know." 
(5x17 - Forever) 

Buffy: "I've been working. I've been busy, because I have to."
Dawn: "No. You've been avoiding me."
Buffy: "I'm not. I have to do these things cause when I stop, then she's really gone. And I'm trying. Dawn, I am really trying to take care of things, but I don't even know what I'm doing. Mom always knew."
Dawn: "Nobody's asking you to be mom."
Buffy: "Well, who's gonna be if I'm not? Huh, Dawn? Have you even thought about that? Who's gonna make things better? Who's gonna take care of us?" 

(5x17 - Forever)

"I look around at this world you're so eager to be a part of and all I see is six billion lunatics looking for the fastest ride out. Who's not crazy? Look around, everyone's drinking, smoking, shooting up, shooting each other, or just plain screwing their brains out 'cause they don't want 'em anymore. I'm crazy? Honey, I'm the original one-eyed chicklet in the kingdom of the blind, 'cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts." 
- Glory (5x21 - The Weight of the World) 

"Dawn, listen to me, listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other.You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world-is to live in it. Be brave. Live... for me." 
- Buffy (5x22 - The Gift)

Season 6

"Uh ... I do remember what I said. The promise. To protect her. If I had done that ... even if I didn't make it ... you wouldn't have had to jump. But I want you to know I did save you. Not when it counted, of course, but ... after that. Every night after that. I'd see it all again ... do something different. Faster or more clever, you know? Dozens of times, lots of different ways ... Every night I'd save you." 
- Spike [to Buffy] (6x03 - After Life)

Spike: "Well, I haven't been to a hell dimension just of late, but I do know a thing or two about torment."
Buffy: [looking down] "I was happy." 
[Spike stares at her, confused and shocked] 
Buffy: "Wherever I ... was ... I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time ... didn't mean anything ... nothing had form ... but I was still me, you know? And I was warm ... and I was loved ... and I was finished. Complete. I don't understand about theology or dimensions, or ... any of it, really ... but I think I was in heaven. And now I'm not. [near tears] I was torn out of there. Pulled out ... by my friends. Everything here is ... hard, and bright, and violent. Everything I feel, everything I touch ... this is hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that ... knowing what I've lost... [pause] They can never know. Never." 
(6x03 - After Life)

Willow: "It was. But I mean, if you could be, you know, plain old Willow or super Willow, who would you be? I guess you don't actually have an option on the whole super thing."
Buffy: "Will, there's nothing wrong with you. You don't need magic to be special."
Willow: "Don't I? I mean, Buffy, who was I? Just... some girl. Tara didn't even know that girl."
Buffy: "You are more than some girl. And Tara wants you to stop. She loves you."
Willow: "We don't know that."
Buffy: "I know that. I promise you."
Willow: "I just... it took me away from myself, I was... free."
Buffy: "I get that. More than you- But it's wrong. People get hurt." 
(6x10 - Wrecked)

"I, Anya, want to marry you, Xander, because... I love you, and I'll always love you. And, before I knew you, I was like a completely different person. N-not even a person, really. And I'd seen what love could do to people, and it was... hurt, and sadness. A-alone was better. And then, suddenly, there was you! And-and you knew me. You saw me. And it was this... thing. You make me feel safe and warm, so, I... get it now. I finally get love, Xander! I really do." 
- Anya (6x16 - Hell's Bells)

"First day of kindergarten. You cried because you broke the yellow crayon, and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You've come pretty far, ending the world, not a terrific notion. But the thing is? Yeah. I love you. I loved crayon-breaky Willow and I love ... scary veiny Willow. So if I'm going out, it's here. If you wanna kill the world? Well, then start with me. I've earned that." 
- Xander (6x22 - Grave)

Season 7

[Convinced he's going mad, Spike is tormented by The First.] 
Spike: "I had a speech... I learned it all... Oh god, she won't understand, she won't understand... "
The First [as Warren]: "Of course she won't understand, Sparky. I'm beyond her understanding. She's a girl! With sugar, and spice, and everything... useless. Unless you're baking. I'm more than that. More than flesh... "
The First [as Glory]: "... more than blood... I'm... you know, I honestly don't think there's a human word fabulous enough for me. Oh, my name will be on everyone's lips. Assuming their lips haven't been torn off. But not just yet. That's all right, though. ... "
The First [as Adam]: "... I can be patient. Everything is well within parameters. She's exactly where I want her to be. And so are you, Number 17. You're right where you belong."
The First [as Mayor Wilkins]: "So, what'd you think? You'd get your soul back, and everything'd be jim-dandy? A soul's slippier than a greased weasel! Why do you think I sold mine? Well, you probably thought that you'd be your own man, and I respect that. But you..." 
The First [as Drusilla]: "...never will. You'll always be mine. You'll always be in the dark with me... singing our little song. You like our little songs, don't you? You've always liked them. Right from the beginning. And that's where we're going, ... "
The First [as the Master]: "... right back to the beginning! Not the Bang. Not the Word. The true beginning. The next few months are going to be quite a ride, and I think we're all going to learn something about ourselves in the process. You'll learn you're a pathetic schmuck, if it hasn't sunk in already. Look at you, trying to do what's right - just like her. You still don't get it. It's not about right. Not about wrong."
The First [as Buffy]: "It's about power." 
(7x01 - Lessons)

"Why does a man do what he musn't? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev... To be a kind of man. And she shall look on him with forgiveness... and everybody will forgive and love. And he will be loved. So everything's okay, right? C-can we rest now? Buffy? Can we rest?" 
- Spike (7x02 - Beneath You)

Giles: "I'm not sure. The First predates everything we've ever known. Or can know. It's everywhere, it's pure. I don't know if we can fight it."
Buffy: "You're right. We don't know how to fight it. We don't know when it'll come. [We] can't run, can't hide... can't pretend it's not the end 'cause it is. Something has always... been there to try and destroy the world. We've... beaten them back, but we're not dealing with them anymore. We're dealing with the reason they exist. Evil. The strongest. The First." 
Giles: "Buffy, I, um... I-I know you're... you're tired..." 
Buffy: "I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. [near sobbing] I'm standing on the mouth of Hell and it is going to swallow me whole. [hardens] And it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready. They think we're gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Well, we'll give 'em one. Anyone else who wants to run, do it now, 'cause we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on, we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut out their hearts, one by one, until the First shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil. And that's us. Any questions?" 
(7x10 - Bring on the Night

"They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody's watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You're not special. You're extraordinary." 
- Xander (7x12 - Potential)

"You listen to me. I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face] Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you," it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy."
- Spike (2x20 - Touched)

"They have no purpose that unites them, so they just drift around, blundering through life until they die, which they-they know is coming, yet every single one of them is surprised when it happens to them. They're incapable of thinking about what they want beyond the moment. They kill each other, which is clearly insane... and yet here's the thing. When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting, but they do! They never... they never quit. So I guess I'll keep fighting too." 
- Anya (2x21 End of Days)

Buffy: "So here's the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. [points to Willow] This woman... is more powerful than all of them combined. [Willow whimpers] So I say we change the rule. I say my power... should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of the Scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?" 
- Buffy (2x22 - Chosen)


My whole life ... 
crumbling apart.
Everything I always lived up to,
everything I thought to be true,
to be lost forever...
by just a couple of words from you

Does misery know no limits?
Does pain never cease?
Does it have to keep on coming?
Does it have to effect me?

I don't know how much longer I can take it,
how much ache I can endure.
Please tell me it gets better,
and I can live the life I once knew before.

vrijdag 19 april 2013


On wednesday a wonderful time came to an end (again): the Imagine Fantastic Film Festival. Last year was the first time I attended this festival (read about it here) and I was lucky enough to be able to do lots of interviews and write articles for both the Daily (newspaper) as well as for the website. I was also the official twitterer. This year I could not wait to go again. So I took nine days of from work and went to the wonderous world of Imagine. 

This year there was no Daily and I was mainly the official twitterer of the festival. But I also got to write several articles for the website, as well as do two interviews. One was with Irishman Ciarán Foy, the writer/director of the movie Citadel, and the other one was with the youngest jury of the festival: The Imagine MovieZone Jury. I really enjoyed these interviews. Foy brought his wife with him and they are truly the most lovely and wonderful people. I ended up chatting with them and Foy showed me a picture of him with J.J. Abrams. The coolest thing was that the MovieZone Jury nominated three movies who were in the running for the award (Warm Bodies, Trance and Citadel) and Foy actually won!!! I'm very happy for him because he really deserves it. I also think it's great that out of those three nominees, with big names, they chose Ciaráns movie, which is his debut feature film.

(Masterclass by production designer Francois Schuiten) 
Being the official twitterer of the festival was a lot of fun. It meant attending the Q&A's and tweeting about it (in this case Warm Bodies with Nicholas Hoult, The Battery with Jeremy Gardner and Adam Cronheim, for the shorts Alberto Lopez from The Trap and Randall Plunkett form Out There). Other than that I attended the Masterclasses (by Neil Jordan and Francois Schuiten), the Symposium House of Psychotic Women (with Keir-La Janisse, Patricia Pisters, Maryn Wilkinson, Hedwig van Driel and Damiaan Denys ) as well as the award ceremonies. It was a lot of fun, both interesting and entertaining and I simply cannot say enough about how awesome it was. I would hardly even see it as work, though it was hard work :P, but I enjoyed it so much that I feel priviledged to be the one to do it. I was also very happy to meet Jeremy and Adam myself, because they LOVE to tweet! I retweeted a lot of their pictures, so I just wanted to see who these men really were. We ended up having a some really nice conversations and they are the coolest guys. Their 6000 dollar movie The Battery ended up winning the audience award, the very well deserved Silver Scream Award. I'm really glad they won. They are on their way to Scotland pretty soon, so if you're curious and happen to live around there, be sure to check it out ;-).

(The Battery boys during the closing ceremony)
There weren't any actual spaceships... Unfortunately. But a lot of the time the EYE Film Institute building is referred to as a spaceship. And that is where the festival took place. This building is only about one year old, so all the rooms have the best equipment and sound. It's very spacious and there are four cinema rooms. While EYE kept their restaurant, the festival had it's own festival 'pub', where we could eat and simply hang out in between films. 
What else I loved about it, was the office and cantine. Last year it was held in a way smaller art house/cinema. Both the cantine and office were very crowded. It's nice, and it helps with the ambience, but I loved how much room we had in EYE this year. The office was like twice (maybe three times) as big and the cantine, well... don't get me started. Besides, they had really nice hot chocolate. Perfect for when you need a suger rush :P. 
I also love being at EYE, because a while ago I did my internship there. Not in this building of course, but the people still work there. It was great to see them again, even if it was for a short time. 

 (Spaceship EYE)
At Imagine there are several Awards to give out. Here's a list of the winners of 2013:

Silver Scream Award: The audience award goes to The Battery (Jeremy Gardner & Adam Cronheim)

Silver Méliès d'Argent Award (Best European Fantastic movie): The award given in name of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) goes to Fin (Jorge Torregrossa)

Silver Méliès d'Argent Award (Best European Fantastic Short): (see above) This one goes to Perfect Drug (Toon Aerts)

Black Tulip (Best movie): The award from the jury of Imagine itself goes to Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda)

Imagine MovieZone Award: The youngest jury of the festival gives its award to Citadel (Ciarán Foy)

Earlier during the festival the Time Capsule Awards were given out. These are for the best leader. Every year the festival has a competition, where everyone can join in the race for the Time Capsule Award. The assignement is to make a festival leader, which will be shown before the movies start. The three winners of this year were Monsterpop (from Boriz Baatsen) chosen by jury, Tree of Flesh (from the Heyl Brothers) audience favorite and a special mention went to Cinema (from Jan-Jaap van Dijk) which had the most likes on facebook. All the leaders which were in competition can be watched here.

It's all about the movies. It's a Film Festival after all. And because I mostly tweeted and wrote a couple of articles, I had a plenty of time to see a lot of them. Again, not as many as I would have liked, but you can never see everything right? (and after seeing the list, you're gonna think I'm so very spoiled to say such a thing :P) So here's a little list of the movies I went to. I would love to write more about it (and I still might) but it would make for a very long blog, so I'm gonna keep it on the short side:

Byzantium: Historic movie about (the origin of) vamps, that focuses on mother and daughter relationship through the ages. In a world where they have a brotherhood and women aren't invited. With Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, who played their parts amazing. I loved it. But I'm part biased: I love vamp stories, I love strong female characters and the drama and action of it all. ****

Ghost Graduation (Promocion Fantasmas): A Spanish ghost version of The Breakfast Club, where the children are still hanging around twenty years later. A teacher - who can see ghosts - shows up and wants to find a way to help them move on. This is ridiculously funny. It's the way a comedy should be. Whether you're a fan of Spanish cinema or not, it really doesn't matter. This movie is great for everyone. *****

Earthbound: On his fathers deathbed Joe finds out he's an alien, destined to help his planet. Years later when he's all grown up he finds the love of his life, but at one point he has to tell her the truth. I love the way it looks, I love the way it's written and the characters are awesome. ***1/2

Mars et Avril: Story set in the future... TBH I don't remember much of the story, but visually this movie is amazing!!! ****

The Battery: Zombie movie without zombies. Two friends travel the road, surviving in the woods. It's ridiculously funny, smart and incredibly made. ****

Citadel: Creepy movie about Tommy who's afraid to go out with his baby, after his wife gets killed by monsters. At some point he's going to have to face his fears in order to safe his baby girl. Incredibly made, very eery, scary, dark and amazing. Gets under your skin. ****

The Tall Man: (aka The Secret) Children keep disappearing in Cold Rock and the rumour goes that it's the Tall Man. But does he even exist? What's really going on? Great movie, filled with plot twists. With Jessica Biel and Samantha Ferris (from Supernatural). **** 

Possession: Classic. Actually... this is a pretty tough movie to explain. Really crazy, weird... Talk about psychotic women! Massively impressive though. ****

The Mafu Cage: Ellen has a mentally unstable sister, Cissy, and does everything to take care of her. This relationship escalades to the weirdest proportions. Intruiging movie, sometimes a little slow, but very interesting and occasionly funny. ***

Supermen of Malegaon: Very interesting look behind the scenes of how to make a movie in India, when it's a hobby. This team wants to make a funny parody version of Superman and it's both funny and interesting. ***1/2

009 RE: Cyborg (3D): Anime/manga about cyberheroes that have to come back to the fold because of 'The Voice'. Visually beautiful, but a bit long, I really liked all the different heroes. ***

Hellbenders: Story about a group of blasphemous ministers who do exorcisms and fight demons. They also have to be ready to take in the demons themselves if they can't defeat it (and then kill themselves once the demon is inside them). In order to be able to do that, they have to live in sin... Here comes the biggest demon of all. It's funny that these clergymen live to sin. But it really wasn't all that... Kinda reminded me of Supernatural the entire time and they do it waaaaay better. Good actors though. ***

John Dies at the End: Soy Sauce. That's the big bad here. Take the drug and a whole lot of stuff goes down. It's to much to tell for a short description but it's a brilliant movie! The drug, the monsters, the dialogue, the mind fucks. It's all incredible. There was no movie like it at the festival. Pure wacked out craziness. ****1/2

Robo-G: Sweet story about an old man, who ends up playing a robot when the technicians can't build it in time. But the 'robot' is such a succes that they seem to be getting caught in a web of lies... Beautiful, funny and touching at times. ***

A Werewolf Boy: Teenager Soon-Yi lives in the country with her family. One day they find a bewildered boy in the barn and they end up taking care of him. It's the beginning of a special relationship. Wonderful, romantic, beautiful, suspenceful, sweet and sometimes sad and funny. You might just cry, watching this movie. ****

Wolf Children: One girl tells the story of her childhood, which was a bit different because her father was part wolf. That makes her and her brother part human, part wolf too. Sweet, funny and touching. A real family movie. ****

Warm Bodies: Zombie R thinks a lot about his un-life as a zombie, sees a girl and starts to get warm again (his heart starts beating). Told from the perspective of the zombie. This is really funny, sarcastic, and kinda awesome. I really like the fact that it was told from the zombie perspective. **** 

Fin: Story about the end of the world with a completely different take. Exciting, beautiful, interesting, suspenceful! *****

World Wide Fantastic Shorts: Séance, At the Formal, Necrolovers, Envy the Dead, The Captured Bird, Erim, Familiar, Rauch und Spiegel. Won't go into all of them... Some were good, some weird, some simply boring. Rauch und Spiegel was very cool. **1/2

European Fantastic Shorts #1: Out There, Defeated, Perpetuum Immobile, Rew Day, Sweet Rabbit, The Trap, Nostaligic Z, And Death Will be Alright, Lonely Bones, Perfect Drug. Same as above, but this showing was very funny and/or looked really cool. They are the reason I love watching shorts. *** 

The Grandmaster: Story about three martial arts masters Ip Man, Gong Er and Ma San.  The martial arts look beautiful, but almost everything is shown in slow motion and/or with flashbacks. That's why it gets dull pretty soon. Too bad, cos it could have been great. It still has some really cool shots (especially the fight in the rain).***

Among Friends: Friends go to a going away party, only to find out the host has some horrific plans, like making each other tell the truth and punishing them for their sins (by cutting of fingers and such). Feels like I've seen this before... **

The ABC's of Death: 26 short movies, made by different directors and teams. They had to find a creative way to die for a letter. Only five shorts or so are worth the trouble. **

Like I said, I couldn't see everything. Movies I would have liked to see - if I would have had the time - are: American Mary, The Black Square, Despite the Gods, Eega, European Fantastic Shorts #2, Found in Time, Grabbers, Kiss of the Damned, Rowdy Rathore, Tasher Desh and Trance. Some of these I might still be able to see, but a couple will probably be hard to find due to the fact that they can't always find distributors here.

That's my recap of a FANTASTIC festival. Once again I had a great time at Imagine. I loved the location, though I'm a little bummed I didn't get to go to the latest screenings of some movies due to transportation (read: I wouldn't have been able to get home...) The food, location, movies and everything around was amazing. I loved it and will definitely be going back next year!

zondag 7 april 2013

Update: The Veronica Mars Movie Project

Time for a massive update on the Veronica Mars Movie! Why? Because there's only less than one more week to go :O. Time goes by so fast, it's unreal. But they are still going strong and they have the greatest updates (I know I lacked a little in that area, I'm sorry!). So here's where they are now.

With only five more days to go, they have reached over four million dollars for the project!
They are close to have over 70,000 backers!
They started shipping to other countries, outside of US and Canada!!!!! From Australia, to Ireland, the UK and (most importantly for me) Netherlands :D. You can join in over twenty countries! Note that this is only for the first nine rewards and not for everything. 
There are new chances at sold out reward levels, and they also added new rewards.

And more
Jason Dohring has now officially been announced as part of the cast! 
T-shirt designs for backers have been revealed <3
Sneak peeks at the scripts have been shown
The first draft of the script is finished *WOOTWOOT*
There's also an official facebookpage now for the movie, which everyone is going to love, so go like! You can find it here

Breaking records
As you might know, they broke the records in being the biggest and quickest Kickstarter Project to reach 1 and 2 million. Now they are trying to go for number three! This would be to have the most backers for the project. They want to get past 'Double Fine Adventure's' 87,142 backers and they are well on their way. Just take a look at the screenshots below, to see how fast the numbers are increasing. When they posted this update, they needed 23,000 more backers. For that reason, they added an official $ 1 donor level. Rob (and the entire team) has already started with giving Kickstarter backers exclusive for-your-eyes-only content (which of course I have not shared here :P ). For one buck, you can get in on this!!!!
(Which is practicly nothing!!! So why haven't you backed it yet???) If you are still in doubt for some reason, I can tell you it's totally worth it.

Rob Thomas ended this update with the kind words "You guys are the best. Keep it up. Our love is epic." And I think it's very clear that this love goes both ways.

Sidenote: Because I don't have the money myself to back this EPIC project and time is running out, my parents were their awesome selves and backed it for my birthday :D :D :D. Best.Birthday present. EVER!!!! And I'm already enjoying the benefits. This is one birthday present that will last a lifetime <3.

Now, as I did before, the updates in screenshots. Notice the final two are taken the same they, mainly because you can see how fast the numbers are still climbing.