fourteen favourite shots

fourteen favourite shots: Matilda the Musical

I LOVE THIS MOVIE. The songs, the incredible lead performance from Alisha Weir, all of it. I never really warmed to the 1996 version of Matilda because it was set in America and I’d read the book and I was damn sure it was set in Britain. (And mere miles away from my hometown, actually, somewhere in Buckinghamshire.)

Yeah, I was that kind of kid. And still am.

Screencaps here!

fourteen favourite shots: Moulin Rouge

I was about 14 years old when I first saw Moulin Rouge and it never really left me I guess. Just a beautiful, beautiful movie. Made even the most wretched parts of its setting look like a dream.

You’ll notice that the “Roxanne” scene features prominently here, and that’s because it’s the most electrifying musical sequence ever put to film. I will die on that hill.

Screencaps here.

fourteen favourite shots: Doctor Who season three

Ah, season three, probably my favourite of the whole damn show. I absolutely LOVE the shot of the Toclafane swarming over Martha, always have, and the shot of the Weeping Angel showing its true face for the first time had me shrieking. Overuse has killed them but those Angels were terrifying.

Anyway, I have a ulterior motive for dropping this today, because all these shots are from my screencaps site and I stuck a donation button on it today for the first time. I’m not expecting much but we’ll see what happens, yeah?

fourteen favourite shots: Doctor Who season two

Doctor Who season two is another season I don’t really vibe with, to be honest. (Ask me one day about my complete and utter loathing for Ten as a person.) On the other hand it has Mickey, Jackie and Sarah Jane in it so that’s something.

Also shout out to Billie Piper’s acting throughout the whole thing, she was giving it her all.

fourteen favourite shots: Doctor Who season one

I’ve wanted to do a Fourteen Favourite Shots for Doctor Who for a while now, but honestly the Clarke-Barrowman allegations put a major damper on me wanting to make anything Who-related. But I guess time has passed, and there’s a new series about to come out now which involves neither of them, so…

I don’t know I’ll necessarily watch season one again, I had some big issues with it even before the news hit, but here ya go. Fourteen shots from the thirteen episodes I guess made me a Who fan.

fourteen favourite shots: WandaVision

The MCU is pretty same-y aesthetic wise, but honestly I don’t care because I love the dramatic shots of people flying in the air. Also WandaVision bucks some of the more recent superhero movie trends and gives us bright colours! Really bright colours! Hooray!

Two thoughts I had while making this:

a) I really wish there was more Claymation in the MCU, it can be used to such unsettling effect!

b) Every time Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda looks directly at the camera I feel like I’m about to die.

fourteen favourite shots: His Dark Materials season one

GOD His Dark Materials is just the most beautiful show ever isn’t it? Now season three has been greenlit I revisited my favourite shots from season one and it was REALLY HARD narrowing it down to just fourteen. Everyone’s face is so expressive! (This was very nearly just a highlight reel of Ruth Wilson’s Mrs Coulter alone.)

Some faves among the faves: The evil monkey whomst I hate staring uncomprehending at an act of self-sacrifice, Mrs Coulter’s animal-like hands silouetted against the light, and the room the captured children are in looking like a blade has divided it.

I also love how many windows there are! Very appropriate right?

This show is so gorgeous that I might do a fourteen favourite shots for every single episode actually.

fourteen favourite shots: Titanic

I’ve been on a bit of a Titanic kick recently. I screencapped the movie and I remembered how utterly sad and fascinating I find that story.

I know the film gets a lot of flack but the performances! God the performances are so good. Kate Winslet says so much with just her eyes, see shots 3 and 4 for example. Also Jonathan Hyde’s acting as J. Bruce Ismay is so very underrated. The scene where he escapes the ship, ahead of people who deserved it more… oh man. That’s one of my favourite parts of the movie.

Also how great is the fading transition which makes Jack and Rose into ghosts on the decaying ship?

But I think my favourite shot in Titanic is the first one in this set, of Jack and Cal and the unnamed father standing over the lifeboat. Jack and Cal never existed, but that guy – based on what he says to his daughters in that scene, he would appear to be Benjamin Hart. Who did very much exist, and died on the ship that night.

fourteen favourite shots: Avengers Endgame

For the FIRST EVER! edition of Fourteen Favourite Shots I decided to do Avengers Endgame.

…which is in many ways a very ugly movie. I’M SORRY! But when I was screencapping it it felt like, so many scenes have this weird grey filter over them? Why?

However since I’m enhancing all the colours I suppose that doesn’t matter much.I still found it much harder than I expected to get a whole 14 shots I really loved though.

But! I do really love how the scenes on Vormir are lit. And that shot of Gamora on the top right is possibly my favourite shot of her ever – this tiny figure facing down the whole world.

I also totally love how there are two shots in here of a man staring at the woman he loves from the wrong side of a timeline.