Aura and Terek (Flash Gordon 2007)

I’ve given up entirely on trying to be cute with my titles. I have no talent for it. Clever titles are overrated anyway.

100 - Flash Gordon - 2007 - Sci Fi Sy Fy - Aura - Anna van Hooft-editI hope you’re ready for Aura and Terek.

 

200 - Flash Gordon - 2007 - Sci Fi Sy Fy - Title CardA kind and wise anon on my tumblr recently drew my attention to the Flash Gordon series that was on Sy Fy back in 2007-08, and the twins Aura and Terek. I hadn’t heard of it or of them but Nonny sold me on the appeal of the brother/sister pairing and I decided to check it out.

To entice you I offer you this picture:

INCESTYou’re excited, I can tell.

I’m officially categorizing Aura and Terek as canonically suggestive (and you may laugh at my “officially” but for tagging purposes decisions do need to be made), though it’s a situation where their romantic interactions come before their knowledge of their blood relation. As you know, typically if they grew up unaware of the others’ existence I’m not as interested, but the absolute deliciousness of these two well overcame those reservations of mine.

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After The Funeral – George and Susannah

Agatha christie's poirot after the funeral dvd cover

please stop being so good looking

please stop being so good looking

I decided to do a Michael Fassbender double header.

ATF Order (2)

David 8 and Meredith Vickers

[And this is actually my third entry in which he is the relevant male relation (he’s starting to rival Max Thieriot!) if you’ll recall my cursory write-up on Prometheus. In that film he was the adopted robot brother, a major stretch on the theme of this blog, and I’m afraid the topical relationship of this entry is cousins, but I hope you’ll give me a chance to explain to you why you should still be interested.]

First I want to say, very happily, that unlike most situations in which the incest is canon, the couple I am going to talk about in this entry are highly shippable. I find it hard to imagine that someone wouldn’t want them to be together.

ATF Order (7)

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a SHAMEful Entry: Brandon and Sissy

Or not so shameful. Whatever.

You wanted it and it’s here: I’m finally writing about Shame.Shame - Brandon Sullivan, Sissy Sullivan - Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan

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The Borgias – List Of Most Significant Cesare/Lucrezia Scenes

Borgias poster season 1I did an entry on Cesare/Lucrezia two years ago after the Showtime series created by Neil Jordan finished its first season. (I also touched on other adaptations of the story of the Borgia family.) At that time the forecast for anything more than subtext was grim – Jordan had indicated in interviews that the show would not go there, leaving the romantic aspects of their deep affection for each other as a sort of unrealized ideal. However, for whatever reason, that all changed for the third (and, as it turned out, final) season when a sexual element, and more than anything a sense of awareness, was introduced to their relationship.

I haven’t paid Cesare and Lucrezia too much attention because they are relatively popular, and there are plenty of resources. However I received a request on my tumblr for some guidance as to which episodes one would want to watch if one was only interested in Cesare/Lucrezia and not the rest of the show, and I decided it would be helpful to create a list of their most significant scenes and links to watch them. The links will take you to my dailymotion channel where I have uploaded just the relevant scenes. Or you can go here to the playlist. You can also download all the clips as zip files from here: season 1, season 2, season 3.

It is difficult to make a recommendation of the top episodes to watch for someone who is interested in doing that rather than just watching the clips. If I had to, my suggestions would be 1.01, 1.04, 1.09, 3.02, 3.03, 3.04, 3.09, 3.10.

Very basic background info for anyone who is totally unfamiliar with the story: Rodrigo Borgia became the scandalous Pope Alexander VI in 1492 in a time of great turmoil within the church and between the various Italian states. With his former mistress Vanozza he has four children: Juan, Cesare, Lucrezia, and Gioffre. He now keeps a new mistress – Giulia Farnese. The family struggles through schemes and wars and murder to keep a hold of their wealth, power, and position, with each member contributing in their own way.

Obviously there are going to be references to characters, places, and events you might not understand if you’re only watching the important Cesare/Lucrezia scenes and not the entire episode, however I don’t believe it will impede your ability to follow or understand their relationship at all. (Just one note: Lucrezia’s husbands do not live in Rome, and Cesare often leaves Rome on political missions, which is why there are so many scenes that involve one of them either leaving or returning.)

1.01 THE POISONED CHALICE

-Scene 1: Lucrezia spies on Cesare having sex and he teases her.101 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare tells Lucrezia he wishes she would never marry.101 - 2
-Scene 3: Cesare is relieved that Lucrezia hasn’t been harmed.101 - 31.03 THE MOOR

-Scene 1: Cesare warns Lucrezia that her marriage may not be one of love.1.03 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare advocates for Lucrezia’s happiness with their father.francois arnaud cesare borgia the moor1.04 LUCREZIA’S WEDDING

-Scene 1: Cesare comforts Lucrezia while she grieves for Djem.1.04 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare unhappily officiates Lucrezia’s wedding.1.04 - 2
-Scene 3: Cesare and Lucrezia dance.cap00003
-Scene 4: Cesare carries Lucrezia to bed.1.04 - 31.06 THE FRENCH KING

-Scene 1: Cesare and Lucrezia greet each other warmly upon her return.1.06 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare tells Lucrezia that she is beautiful.1.06 - 2

1.07 DEATH ON A PALE HORSE

-Scene 1: Cesare and Lucrezia discuss her husband.1.07 - 1

1.09 NESSUNO

-Scene 1: Cesare and Lucrezia greet each other.1.09 - 1
-Scene 2: Lucrezia tells Cesare that she’s pregnant.1.09 - 2
-Scene 3: Cesare sends Lucrezia to stay in a convent until her child is born.1.09 - 3

2.01 THE BORGIA BULL

-Scene 1: Cesare and Lucrezia discuss impossible loves.2.01 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare tries to make Lucrezia smile.2.01 - 2

2.02 PAOLO

-Scene 1: Cesare helps Lucrezia to see Paolo.2.02 - 1

2.03 THE BEAUTIFUL DECEPTION

-Scene 1: Cesare takes care of Lucrezia when she finds out that Paolo is dead.2.03 - 1
-Scene 2: Lucrezia is impressed when she learns the trick Cesare has played on their enemies.2.03 - 2

2.04 STRAY DOGS

-Scene 1: Lucrezia fears that Cesare is unhappy.2.04 - 1

2.06 DAY OF ASHES

-Scene 1: Cesare gives Lucrezia a knife stained with her former husband’s blood.cap00002

2.10 THE CONFESSION

-Scene 1: Cesare jokes about him and Lucrezia running off together.2.10 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare and Lucrezia dance, Alfonso is jealous.2.10 - 2

3.02 THE PURGE

-Scene 1: Cesare agrees to negotiate for Lucrezia to be able to keep her son with her.3.02 - 1
-Scene 2: Lucrezia invites Cesare into her room while she is naked.3.02 - 2

3.03 SIBLINGS

-Scene 1: Lucrezia helps Cesare get dressed.3.03 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare promises to make Lucrezia happy.3.03 - 2
-Scene 3: Cesare and Lucrezia give in to their lust and kiss.3.03 - 3
-Scene 4: Lucrezia looks at Cesare while walking with her husband.3.03 - 4
-Scene 5: Cesare refuses to dance with Lucrezia3.03 - 5
-Scene 6: Lucrezia goes to Cesare’s bed and they have sex.3.03 - 6

3.04 THE BANQUET OF CHESTNUTS

-Scene 1: Cesare is ashamed when he and Rodrigo come across Lucrezia.3.04 - 1
-Scene 2: Lucrezia rejects her husband’s advances.3.04 - 2
-Scene 3: Cesare and Rodrigo agree to allow the consummation of Lucrezia’s marriage to be observed.3.04 - 3
-Scene 4: Lucrezia is furious when Cesare tells her she will have to consummate her marriage in front of an audience.3.04 - 4
-Scene 5: Cesare observes as Lucezia and her husband have sex.3.04 - 5
-Scene 6: Cesare expresses hope that both he and Lucrezia will be able to move on.3.04 - 6

3.06 RELICS

(This video was taken down from the streaming site and I am not allowed to re-upload it, but you can download it here.)

-Scene 1: Lucrezia and Cesare discuss their respective marriages.3.06 - 1

3.08 TEARS OF BLOOD

(This video was also taken down from the streaming site – it can be downloaded here.)

-Scene 1: Lucrezia wakes a sleeping Cesare.308 - 1
-Scene 2: Lucrezia has her fortune told.308 - 2

3.09 THE GUNPOWDER PLOT

-Scene 1: Cesare and Lucrezia greet each other excitedly upon her return.309 - 1
-Scene 2: Lucrezia pretends it is Alfonso that she loves.309 - 2
-Scene 3: Lucrezia and Cesare discuss her husband’s suspicions.309 - 3

3.10 THE PRINCE

-Scene 1: Lucrezia is frustrated by her overwhelming love for Cesare.3.10 - 1
-Scene 2: Cesare tells his mother that most of his fears are for Lucrezia.3.10 - 2
-Scene 3: Cesare reclaims Lucrezia from her grief over her husband’s death.3.10 - 3

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Dioses (“Gods”) – 2008, Peru, Mendez…OR…Why I Should NEVER Watch And Write And Cap And Gif Simultaneously Ever Again/How I Lost All Perspective/How To Enjoy A Film For All The Wrong Reasons – PART III/III

361 - e- Dioses - Gods - 2008 - Peru - Josue Mendez - Sergio Gjurinovik - Anahi de Cardenas - Andrea - Diego (259)

Congrats – you’ve found Part III. Part I can be found here, and Part II lives here.

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Dioses (“Gods”) – 2008, Peru, Mendez…OR…Why I Should NEVER Watch And Write And Cap And Gif Simultaneously Ever Again/How I Lost All Perspective/How To Enjoy A Film For All The Wrong Reasons – PART II/III

361 - Dioses - Gods - 2008 - Peru - Josue Mendez - Sergio Gjurinovik - Anahi de Cardenas - Andrea - Diego (276)My epic post on Dioses continues with Part II! (Epic as in long, not necessarily good.)

Part I can be found here, and Part III can be found here.

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Dioses (“Gods”) – 2008, Peru, Mendez…OR…Why I Should NEVER Watch And Write And Cap And Gif Simultaneously Ever Again/How I Lost All Perspective/How To Enjoy A Film For All The Wrong Reasons – PART I/III

0 - Dioses - Gods - Peru - 2008 - Josue Mendez - Movie Poster - Large - Version - HQ (2)

Who doesn’t want to see this film after looking at that poster, am I right?

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There’s Dysfunctional and Then There’s DYSFUNCTIONAL – House At The End Of The Street and Summer’s Moon

House At The End Of The Street Movie PosterSummer's Blood Summer's Moon Movie Poster BigThe thing I love about horror movies is that you would be surprised how often some guy has his sister chained up in the basement.

It’s more often than you think.

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My Soul To Take

My Soul To Take - Bug and LeahWhat I had to say about My Soul To Take was originally planned to be part of one post about kidnapped sisters and my golden incest prince (Max Thieriot), but as the case with The Family Tree, it just got be too long. So I gave it a post all to itself.

I don’t think it’s widely considered to be all that great of a movie, but a lot of that is people expecting better from horror movie king Wes Craven. There are definitely a couple of moments of weak acting, and a lot of the exposition is clunky, but I don’t know, I rather enjoy this movie. The biggest thing that I don’t like about it is that I feel it leaves a lot of open questions. But it’s a testament to the movie itself that I want those questions answered – I’m curious enough to wonder.

In terms of recommending it, you should also know that it’s definitely horror, with plenty of gore and high body count, and also a supernatural element.

I have to say, the first time I watched it I was quite struck by the brother/sister relationship.  But having just rewatched it for the purpose of writing about it right now, it didn’t make quite the same impression. Is it highly shippable? Yes, definitely. But it didn’t strike me as quite as suggestive as it originally did.

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The Family Tree

The Family Tree Movie PosterSo, I’m currently in the middle of several projects for this blog, but the one most likely to be published next/soonish covers House at the End of the Street and a movie called Summer’s Moon. While writing about the former, which stars Max Thieriot, I decided it would be appropriate to bring up some of his other movies, many of which happened to heavily feature brother/sister relationships. My couple of paragraphs on The Family Tree became several pages, and I decided it would be better to turn it into its own post.

 

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