afternoon, folks

(if there are any Folks still here, that is, after my disgraceful abandonment of this blog for the past six months.)

i dropped off posting recently to go do my a-levels; having lived through my last exam today (three hours of english lit, hurrah) & symbolically thrown two years’ worth of notes down the stairs, i am ready to take up the blogger mantle once again.

i’ll continue with my spn beauty appreciation posts, of course. might also expand a bit- book stuff, personal stuff. some more spn chatting. i want to be able to just come & hang out here again.

anyway: four months of freedom before i’m off to uni. such bliss, my brothers.

spn beauty appreciation: phantom traveler

Bob Singer’s first episode! It’s rather monochrome. And this is rather abrupt. Yeah, I’ve had a busy week.

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Cool trompe l’oeil shot.

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Sam’s creepy Hitchcockian silhouette.

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Sleepy hedgehog Dean.

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Mmm. Look at that iridescent sky.

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Shadows everywhere. There are so many Venetian blinds in this episode.

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I like the luminous pale-ness here.

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Look at those apples. I swear to god it wouldn’t be the same episode without them. They’re so crazy.

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Because spiky ridiculous eyelash-shadows.

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Brilliant cinematic shot. This looks expensive. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but it looks it.

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Classic creepy angle. And it’s so dim.

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I love this because they look like something out of Scooby Doo.

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Look at those shadows. That is so nuts.

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The Hunter Wall of Crazy. These are always so intricate and this one is as monochromatic as the lighting. What the hell is that skeletal thing in the corner. That is horrifying.

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This shot was re-used in Season Four. Hehe.

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Oh my god, his face. I love how the SPN guys can look simultaneously gorgeous and like absolute shit.

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Sam’s profile looooooooming paley out of the dark.

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Impala shot. There’s even a bit of lens flare, look.

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All that dark space around her. And more eyelashes.

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I love this shot. Cheekbone shadows. Dean’s fingernails. Starry lights fanning out dramatically behind his head. Sam’s deep intense eye-sockets. Whoa.

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He’s practically shimmering.

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Nice angle.

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Puppy face to the max.

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The light in her eye.

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Throwaway silhouette! It’s so clearly defined you can see his stubble.

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Beautiful & beautifully lit.

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I love the quality of the light in this scene. Everything’s so defined.

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Think the blue of the sky here is meant to suggest the blue of that first trompe l’oeil shot?

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And a lovely silvery Impala shot to finish.

spn beauty appreciation: dead in the water

This is so long, you guys. And about ninety percent of it is faces, which probably says quite a lot about the episode. Full of gorgeous black shadows that well up and spill over.

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And the opaque depths of that lake. Shiver. The contrast of her profile.

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Hello, Jaws.

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There is darkness encroaching where darkness has absolutely no business being, in this episode.

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The quintessential Dean shot. Man, those eyelashes.

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Even the random nowhere diners have the insane lighting. Sam’s eyes look practically green.

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The bars of light. I wonder how many sets of Venetian blinds the SPN team have in storage. Or maybe they just re-use the same ones.

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I love this. It’s dreamlike.

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As is this. Talk about romanticised. That angle, and the pearly sky.

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Just realised that this is shot from the perspective of someone in the lake. Chills. Also, look at that misty forest. You can practically feel the cold.

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Obfuscation.

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Big lovely sincere closeup of Dean looking all open. And the sheriff doing his looming.

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Because it’s so daaaaaaaaark and the wallpaper is reflected in the mirror and it looks awesome.

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The line of light delineating her profile. The blurry space.

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The look on Dean’s face tickles me so hard. Nice composition, too. Nice black/green/assorted shades of drab colour palette in this ep.

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So, this breaks my heart a tiny bit.

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Those lamplike lights in the background. This one’s actually pretty vibrant. Probably because it’s a playground and, you know, evoking the four actually happy years of Dean’s life and all.

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So dingy! The light from that lamp doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It just gets sort of soaked up by the gloom.

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Beautiful closer-than-closeup.

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I really like this one. His eyes are all shadowed.

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Goooorgeous. White and green. That lake gets scarier every time. It’s so still and glassy and impenetrable. And it’s always right fucking there.

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High-contrast. His irises are the same green as the background.

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Totally up in Sam’s grill. You can actually see the peach fluff on his cheeks. Also: light hitting his irises.

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My god Amy Acker’s big anime eyes. Kim Manners, man. The IRISES.

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How does Manners manage to get the light to hit their eyes in that specific way? I mean…

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All the detail here. The army men, the football, the lamps, the wallpaper, the mirror with the little camera flare, and the shadowy grown-ups. We’re on Lucas’s level.

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Might be my favourite closeup of the episode. Those luscious shadows.

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Even the Impala on a bright morning is dark as all fuck.

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Lovin’ that violet camera flare. It’s like a flower, or a stain.

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Really really cool shot. And deeply creepy. Our own faces, overlaying the dead’s.

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So a) the lighting and b) the composition and c) the army men and d) the fact that Sam’s looking right at us.

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Beautiful, haunting, resonant.

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Love his eyelids, and the reflections in the mirror.

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Again: that calm lake.

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This is so awesome. You can see all his pores. I love the angle. It’s overwhelming. We are given no SPACE.

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Random encroaching darkness. Or rather, not random at all.

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He looks starkly traumatised. And incredibly beautiful while he’s at it, of course. Cheekbone shadows. The world moves on behind him.

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Venetian blinds. The Face.

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I can’t handle the army men. It’s like they KNOW.

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Painterly to the last detail.

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So much oil-paint beauty that I don’t know what to do with myself.

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Love that we see them reflected in the window first, and the sunrise light.

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Beautifully lit. More irises.

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Lucas looking incredibly tiny and incredibly powerful. That kid is called Lucas, right? I didn’t just make that up?

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Her eyes are basically blackened pits. It’s so gorgeous.

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Ominous as HECK. The trees pressing in.

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The very fabric of horror.

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And this is pure agony, and I’m terribly sorry to leave you at that but these are in more-or-less chronological order and that was my last cap.

R.I.P, Kim.

 

 

 

spn beauty appreciation: wendigo

Wendigo has a very stark look, blacks & greens mostly. There aren’t many sources of warmth, so when they’re there they stand out. Like the Pilot, it’s directed by David Nutter. Guy clearly had a strong sense of Mood. Obviously both episodes- his only work on the show- have stuff in common (shadows, the Gaping Maw of Darkness, etc etc), but despite this thing taking place in a forest, there’s no twisty branches thing going on here, like in the Pilot. Whereas that was about images- ladies burning on ceilings, the boys silhouetted on that bridge- Wendigo seems to be more about movement, how people are placed in relation to one another, all that. That’s my takeaway, anyway. The movement thing would certainly account for how blurry most of the screencaps were.

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Nice cheekbone-shadows. (Also, remember the days of the DS?)

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The colours here- all soft & dreamy- are a tipoff.

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Aaand we’re back in khaki-&-brown Winchesterland. Because calling it the real world would probably be pushing it. I like how they’re filmed from outside the window, with the trees silhouetted.

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My favourite shot of the episode. The light playing over Sam’s face (he, too, has great nose-shadows), the claustrophobic angle.

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Hailey! That was her name, right? I like her. Nice screen.

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How someone can be both a) so enormous & b) so delicate-featured is beyond me. Love the careful gatherings of shadow at the bones of his face.

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Love this one because they look so ominous, turned away from the rest of the bar like that, all in darkness. & those luminous newspapers.

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Look at that. That is magnificent. You can’t even see him. You guys. J.A & J.P are two of the most beautiful humans on the damn planet & half the time they don’t even show us their faces properly. They WITHOLD. It’s subversive.

I love this show.

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Some v. cool composition here, those perfectly placed bars of light, more silhouettes…

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Dean looks so damn glamorous at times. & so SCRUFFY.

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Ah, the colour-filtered woods. Again: compare the palette to that of the dream sequence from earlier. It’s much bleaker. Also, Sam’s sweet almond eyes. (& the hair, my god, the adorable season one hair. Listen, I’m not apologising. They do this stuff on purpose, you know.)

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Included for the Samulet & the weird/gorgeous/wtf bleached light, & for the look on his face.

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You remember what I said about heat sources? Look at that fire in the background. It’s practically melting off the frame.

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More noses. I might be having a crisis.

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Okay, but look at those blurry molten flames. They’re like golden jewels. It’s frickin’ Essence of Myth or something over here.

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Classic Winchester profile. Only with that soft smudgy J.A look. & note the empty space. It stops it feeling indulgent. We are still in exposition territory, after all.

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Natural light, mmmm. The Beauty is strong.

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Rays of light streaming down over them. Sam & Dean looming protectively in the foreground. *distant notes of sa-aving people, hu-unting things…*

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& here we have the Gaping Maw of Doom & I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. I PARTICULARLY LOVE THAT IT’S SQUIDGED INTO A CORNER OF THE FRAME AND THE REST IS BASICALLY THE DEPTHS OF TARTARUS.

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Sam’s beautiful shaded-in doe face & the streaming light. Too. Much.

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I don’t care that Kripke dissed the wendigo. This shot is terrifying.

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God, love this. Also: ‘a burning shuddering frightful angel’. Google it.

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The stark cold light & the jagged rock & how half his face is completely invisible.

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This is beautiful. First off: clock the heat source. Second off: this looks like Swan Song foreshadowing. It’s not, obviously- or it can’t have been intended that way. But I’m just saying. There’s a whole lot of symbolic resonance. Also the composition is perfect.

Also his arms are ridiculous.

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His bloody grimy doll-face. Oh, J.A.

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The gems of light glimmering behind her, over her shoulder. Warmth. Rare, here.

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Perfectly composed. Beautifully lit. Stoic Winchester profile.

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See above, but also: the look on Sam’s face. You guys. He’s driving.

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Aaaand scene. On our favourite girl. In a lovely colour-stripped classic-SPN shot.

Next up: Dead in the Water, Kim Manners’ first ep. Listen, don’t blame me if I get overexcited. Bloke was a genius.

 

spn beauty appreciation: pilot

The first episode of our lovely beautiful show, directed by David Nutter. These posts will be my favourite images from each ep, basically.

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So, I love that this is the first shot of the whole show; a shadow-branded house that’ll be destroyed five minutes in. It’s prophetic.

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An iconic image. Horrifying.

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I love how the colours from the burning-on-the-ceiling shot are echoed here. They’re hardly present at all through the rest of the episode (or even the rest of the season). And then that black cat, those pumpkins, that ghost. There’s so much detail. (Also,  how cute and lanky does Sam look.)

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Our first shot of the boys together, and they’re in silhouette. We can’t even see them. Again: iconic. This is one of those scenes that makes it into every fanvid.

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I like creepy staircases and I especially like how this one’s shot from below. That’s my only reason for including this.

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The lighting here is insanely beautiful. Those lacelike shadows stretching off down the wall, that (terrifying) shadow of Sam. This does not look like it was made in 2005.

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The twisty bars of light falling over his face.

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Again: the light reflecting in his eyes, the ridiculous patterns of shadow. All dark as hell.

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More twisty silhouettes. It’s kind of a motif here. Not one we see very often on SPN. Also, how beautiful are those headlights coming out of the mist.

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The mist, yet more twisty branches, ethereal ghost-lady. Kudos to the costumiers.

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Quintessential horror shot. I love how his face is cut off by the bars, & the glimmering light through the glass.

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Beautiful bridge. More silhouettes. It looks v. secretive.

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Nice dim lighting. They look all soft & smushy. Love how the Winchesters have (obviously) got coffee & the goth-girls have got coke. Distinctions are important.

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Love this. A location or a set? Either way there’s so much dust & so much detail. It feels nostalgic to me.

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Greenest eyes to ever green. Rose-gold light. What gives.

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Ah, the faces. This makes me happy, happy, happy. (I always squeal inside a bit whenever they manage to cram these two into the same shot. I’m easily pleased.) But also: the gold light edging their hair, the landscape behind, the bridge framing them, the sky.

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Nice abstract blobs of light in the background. J.A’s nose casts such awesome shadows.

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& so do his eye sockets, my goodness. With just a tiny bit of eyelid visible. Also: cheekbone shadows, the texture on the leather jacket, glimmers of blue light in the window. These closeups, you guys. They’re works of art.

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Dusty light. That look on his face. He’s so damn cocky.

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And here we have more gold-limned humans & Sam’s gentle lovely eyes.

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Silhouette. Icy light. PHONE BOXES. This is a freakin’ noir.

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Inventive mirror shot. Good stuff.

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So, this is horrifying to me. Not really because of the creepy children. But because of the massive fucking nightmare that is that kid’s bloated shadow.

Also: mirror shot of the staircase in the teaser. In case you didn’t catch that part.

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Impala, roads, always.

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& red light. & sirens.

Next up: Wendigo. Season one is so dramatically beautiful I almost can’t bear it.

 

12×03; the foundry

good stuff, berens, i’ve officially forgiven you for your part in THE VOID.

-fiiiiiiiiinally a title that isn’t either a) insanely out-of-context for spn or b) w/ unfortunate connotations of dodgy fic tropes.

-that lightbulb, holy SHIT, that was horrifying. and what a great image.

-genuinely creepy. eesh. i love you, berens <33

-e.m.f!!!

-did i seriously hear the words ‘quail’s eggs’. on SUPERNATURAL.

-loved the opening scene w/ mary cutting off her hair. what is this? have we….. have we SEEN this in spn before? it all feels so new & so Different & i love it.

-also mary’s hair looked fantastic.

-the Eerie Music reminded me v. much of season one’s Eerie Music

-cas & crowley together was v. funny. i especially liked their little step-dance routine going round the car. silly silly silly.

-that hideous purple motel room.

-dean’s lil crack about sam’s hair

-the salt & burn conversation. man, we Needed that.

-‘s’mores foot’ charming as ever, dean

-i got chills all through that scene w/ mary talking to the kid.

-the overhead shot of all the kids at the end. sooooooo awesome.

-um……. i feel like maybe lucifer should have seen that one coming.

-i enjoyed the secondary plotlines in this ep but i am so. ready. to just have a frakkin MoTW with the winchesters alone.

-that ending.

-that ending.

-dean refusing to even hug mary. & sam’s flinch. jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus.

-loved that they didn’t actually show mary leaving- just the sound of the door. damn fine storytelling <33

-thank you, spn, for dealing w/ mary’s total displacement & grief & trauma.

-dean randomly ogling the bike. ayyyyy

-sam!! and dean!!! eating!!!! breakfast!!! together!!!!!

and that’s all i got, folks. opinions?

idea time

so i was planning on doing a season eleven beauty appreciation post. & then i realised exactly how pretty season eleven was & was like, shit, this is going to be a post for every episode. & just now i was going through my caps folder and was like, shit, this show is too bloody pretty, & now i want to do a post for every episode of the whole fricking show.

so, a proposal: what would y’all think of me doing a beauty appreciation post for every episode, pilot onwards?

i think if this doesn’t get a response i’ll just go ahead & do it anyway. those david nutter caps are beckoning me.