Archive for May, 2015

Garlic bread is my favourite food. I could honestly eat it for…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Garlic bread is my favourite food. I could honestly eat it for every meal. Or just all the time without even stopping.

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nealdanderson: Mad Max Fury Road. Seriously the best film I’ve…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Mad Max Fury Road. 

Seriously the best film I’ve seen in theaters in over a decade. I haven’t felt so immersed and attached to characters since The Lord of the Rings trilogy concluded back in 2003. Absolutely beautiful looking film, spectacular visuals, great characters, and especially wonderful female characters in a genre lacking in them, and most of all, superb storytelling. 

Mad Max has an incredibly unique look and feel that doesn’t feel rolled off a manufacturing line ala Marvel films, isn’t full of needless exposition like Nolan’s stupid Batman films, and its action scenes, while splendidly over-the-top, didn’t feel vacuous or boring, like Pacific Rim, The Expandables or The Fast and Furious, all movies that claim to be the new standard in action. 

I really do think and hope that Furiosa will be regarded as this century’s Ellen Ripley or Sarah Connor. One of the best characters to emerge from a film in a long time.

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val-eris: Thank you, Mad Max, for a romantic subplot that…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Thank you, Mad Max, for a romantic subplot that actually ADDED depth to the movie, instead of ruining it for me forever. *I’m looking at you, Age of Ultron*

No, this was so important though.  This whole movie was all about objectification.  All of our heros are people who have had their agency taken from them, who have value to society only so long as they have something worth consuming, from the wives, to the mothers, to the blood bags and the war boys.  Their sexuality, their fertility, their milk, their flesh and blood and their very lives, all of these things are taken from them by those ‘stronger’ than themselves.  Nux’s whole struggle is that he may not be strong enough to distinguish himself in the only way his society deems worthwhile (through feats of violence)– that he will never be historic, never be remembered as an individual.  It’s only when he is shown compassion that Nux is able to connect with others and experience life as a full person, and be recognized as something other than a cog in the war machine.  He becomes more than just a thing.

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You’re an old man’s battle fodder! Killing everyone and…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

You’re an old man’s battle fodder!
Killing everyone and everything!

We are not to blame!

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pawntakesqueen: 10 Frames Friday: Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


10 Frames Friday: Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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emmalily: WITNESS ME!!

Sunday, May 31st, 2015



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“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!”

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!”

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biliouskaiju: A little over a month until San Diego Comic Con….

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

I had already cut it shorter to prepare myself. Not short enough.

Father/Daughter bonding time. I’m surprised how supportive/excited Dad was about this.

Coelasquid mentioned at this stage I look like Alan Cumming.

They almost left the bobble I was like NOOOOOOO

We were going to ease into the shave and leave it cropped to get used to it. Then an oops happened.

Bye Bye hair.

It was at this point I realized there really was no going back. WITNESS ME.

Thedudevondoom helps.



A little over a month until San Diego Comic Con. I figured why the heck not let’s do this. Shaving one’s head is kind of an amazing thing. Your whole self image changes. That moment when you realize your skull shape is not wonky or weird suddenly you feel like an all powerful Shiny Badass. C’mon ladies, buzz cuts are IN IN IN! If anyone asks me “Why?” I’ll just say “Mad Max.” and if they repeat “But why??” I look at them sternly and say “You haven’t seen Fury Road have you.”

Special thanks to coelasquid and thedudevondoom for the emotional support and peer pressure that made this possible. 

I will be the tiniest Nux. See you that Saturday.


Also there’s captioned commentary when you click the pix, enjoy.

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bit-of-gold-and-braid: I found Nux!!

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


I found Nux!!

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nlmda: So few days ago I finally managed to drag my lazy ass to…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


So few days ago I finally managed to drag my lazy ass to the cinema to watch new Mad Max and DEAR DOGE.

I came back home trembling like a chichuachua, ready to bark, climb on the top of the world and pee on my enemies. Since then I started like 5 new paintings and can’t get them done properly because I want to make them all at once. 

And you know that part when they were driving in the desert? IT WAS MY FUCKING FAVOURITE.

And the flamethrower guitar guy (aka

The Doof Warrior

)? When that moment came up I was like “well, this is it, everybody can go home, because nobody will be ever as real Rock’n’rolla as he is”.

Oh what a day, what a lovely day.

(pssst, you can find my previous Mad Max pieces here)

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Why MM:FR Was the Most Tasteful Action Movie I’ve Seen

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Things that the film handled with restraint:

Rape: As countless people have said – Half of the movie’s main cast consists of sex slaves. And there’s not a single rape scene. 

Gore: The film looks exactly the type to be ultra-violent a la Quentin Tarantino. But it’s not. The one gory moment is one that you can see coming from miles away and lasts only for a second. And even then, it’s not terrible. Considering this, the movie probably could have had a PG-13 rating with minor alteration.

Sexualization: Five women wearing nothing but gauze sounds like a recipe for anything but what we got; no lingering, awkward, bodily shots. There was even a scene with a completely naked young woman with the camera focused directly on her. Guess what. The camera treated her exactly as if she were wearing flannel pajamas.

Degradation of women: Bad people get upset. We get that. Sometimes they like to swear at our heroines. And yet no one felt the need to say “bitch,” “cunt,” or “whore.” How a film managed to present about the least female-friendly society you can imagine but treated its female characters with more respect than 99% of action movies is beyond me.

Things that the film did not handle with restraint:


Gender equality: No one once says “Women are ___,” or “Men are ___.” It almost seems like outside of Immortan Joe’s freakishly utilitarian society, men and women get along just fine. Huh. Weird.

Death: Good and bad people die alike on the Fury Road; very quickly. It’s your typical action movie body count. But in a move that’s both odd and brilliant, the film spends a good amount of it’s scarce dialogue detailing what death means to the characters. For some, it’s a suicidal call to honor. For others, it’s a necessary risk to bring about more life. People die in droves. And it’s sad. Death matters.

Criticism: This is about the most critical movie of gender inequality, capitalism, and fascism I’ve ever seen without anyone ever mentioning gender inequality, capitalism or fascism.

COMPASSION: I can’t state this enough. This is a post-apocalyptic genre movie where people kill each other over sex slaves, border disputes, and cars and its message is hope and compassion. The biggest, most heroic moment of the movie is an act of healing, not an act of violence. WHOA.

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joannekwan: taking the kids out like

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


taking the kids out like

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Sunday, May 31st, 2015




T H E R E  A R E  G I A N T S  I N  T H E  S K Y

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tyrannosaurus-trainwreck: You know what was great about the…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


You know what was great about the scene where the women are bathing after making it through the dust storm?

The way it was shot from Max’s perspective.

Like, imagine you’ve seen zero promotional material for this movie.  You don’t know there are five young women running around in gauze bathing suits and believing in a better tomorrow.

What you’ve seen of this world so far is Max being physically abused, the downtrodden masses, the deformed, disfigured, and/or battered bodies of the fighters, the exploited bodies of the milking mothers, the grotesquely fantastic war-wagons, the sudden explosion of ultraviolence, the blasted landscape, and one lone shot of Angharad popping up out of the floor to say ‘we can’t breathe down here.’

The whole thing’s a nightmare scenario.

Max gets stuck hanging onto the front of a car during a pitched battle, driving through a ludicrous sandstorm, and getting bled half-dry.  He wakes up choking on dust, no clue really where he is, and just fucking desperate to get away, only to find that he has to haul the maybe-corpse of the war boy he’s chained to along for the ride.

And then he finds the war-rig, and…pretty girls?  Multiple pretty girls?  Standing in the middle of a godforsaken desert…bathing?  With water?  Is he seeing things again?  Is he dreaming?  Is he dying of thirst and this is what his brain is lying to him about now because why not?  What the fuck is happening here?

Like, he has no fucking context to put this in.  It’s sensory input he’s no longer capable of interpreting, and you can kind of feel him absolutely give up trying to make sense of anything anymore.  Pretty girls?  Does not compute.  Water, bolt cutter, transportation?  Computes.  His focus narrows to what he is capable of understanding, at that particularly traumatized point in time: water, freedom, and the ability to get away.

The camera shows the wives like we’re supposed to see them–the surreal moment of revelation where we’re presented with five characters who don’t fit the warped world we’ve been shown so far.

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I saw Fury Road again today. This was in a better theater in 3D;…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

I saw Fury Road again today. This was in a better theater in 3D; I figured I should give that a try even though I’m a curmudgeon who usually avoids it.

It was so worth it. :-)

Besides the visuals, I was able to hear things I hadn’t heard the first two times. Like this: After the lancer on the war rig’s fuel pod chromes himself and shouts “witness me!” before leaping onto the Buzzards vehicle, you hear a chorus of war boys shouting “witness!” in response to his sacrifice. But there’s also one shout of “mediocre!”

Which was hilarious, but so perfect. Because in the hyper-masculine war boy culture, there’s always going to be That One Guy.

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definitelydope: Foggy Forest | Tiina Törmänen

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Foggy Forest | Tiina Törmänen

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catonhottinroof: Wilhelm von Gegerfelt (1844-1920)SCENE FROM…

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


Wilhelm von Gegerfelt (1844-1920)


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sublim-ature: Megalong Valley, NSW, AustraliaGraeme Gordon

Saturday, May 30th, 2015


Megalong Valley, NSW, Australia
Graeme Gordon

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charloeisgold:Okay so, like, obviously Max and Furiosa’s relationship isn’t an obvious…

Saturday, May 30th, 2015


Okay so, like, obviously Max and Furiosa’s relationship isn’t an obvious sexual/romantic attraction.  But that’s what makes it so fucking amazing.  Like, you have to look at these two for what they are.  They are people who SHOVE their feelings down inside them so far, that they forget they are there, so they aren’t going to flirt and be all cute, like Capable and Nux.

But eyes don’t lie.  Like, Max’s eyes linger on Furiosa SO MANY TIMES in the movie.  I don’t do that with my friends.  I don’t hear them say something, and then stare at the back of their head after for like a good 5 seconds, just thinkin’ bout stuff.  Max is always looking at Furiosa when she isn’t looking.

And like, when Max is on the hood of the War Rig, and he’s about to get chain-sawed, Furiosa steps on the breaks to save him, and then they just like look at eachother, for a REALLY unnecessary amount of time.  It was so electric.

When Furiosa is close to dying, Max is incoherant.  And yes, you could say you would be that way with a friend.  But his tender touch, and how close he holds her head to his… there is just something so romantic and loving about it.

I feel like people are in denial about it for some reason, and I don’t know why.  It’s not like them being attracted to eachother (WHICH COME ON, they are so alike they were bound to) diminishes either of their character.  But Max needs someone after all the shit he’s been through.  No one is ever there for HIM.  And I’m sure Furiosa needs someone too.

They are so tough, and like, “I can do this on my own, SEE YA”, but they need eachother so bad, and I want them to accept that.  :(

I have seen Fury Road 5 times in the theatre so far.  6th on Tuesday.  :)

What do y’all think.

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dansemacabre-:Paintings of cemeteries by German Romantic painter…

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The Cemetery Entrance, 1825

The Cemetery Gate (The Churchyard), 1825-30

Graveyard under Snow, 1826


Paintings of cemeteries by German Romantic painter Casper David Friedrich (1774-1840)

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