Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
That was beautiful
I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.
"Then bitter will my days be, and I will walk in the wild alone," said Aragorn.
"That will indeed be your fate," said Gilraen; but though she had in a measure the foresight of her people, she said no more to him of her foreboding, nor did she speak to any one of what her son had told her.
For lady-banner, who writes the most incredible Gilraen fic and is way lovelier than anything I could ever hope to paint.
this is the single most pretentious thing ive ever seen in my life im gonna vomit
let me tell you about how jg’s characters tend to be pretentious little fucks
don’t get me wrong, i enjoy his books and the stories in general…but yes. they are tropes.
and yes this whole concept of the cigarette metaphor pissed me off cuz it’s just fucking stupid
But that’s the whole POINT. It IS pretentious, because Gus is all pretentious and shit. He has really high-minded ideas about the Point of Life and Heroism and crap that Hazel comes to recognize are wrong and kind of dumb. Like, even in the beginning she isn’t terribly impressed with it.
The whole point is that Gus’s kind of thinking and ideas about what it means to have a meaningful life is wrong, but it’s also the kind of thinking that’s celebrated in the media (like V for Vendetta, for example), and it’s a really narrow definition of heroism that Gus himself ends up really having to struggle with when it becomes clear he’ll never be able to live that way.
But he’s also a smart, nice kid who is very loyal to his friends and isn’t afraid to express his feelings or what he thinks/believes even if it does come off as pretentious. He’s not a terrible character. This scene just really emphasizes one of his flaws.
And Hazel isn’t always all that impressed by Gus’s pretentious ideas. But she loves him anyway.
(This isn’t Twilight; not every word said about Gus is glowing and filled with adoration of his perfection. Quite the opposite, actually.)