I am an australian university student
majoring in theatre.
I watch snobby films and play artsy video games.Ask
“Frances Ha is about friendship, but it’s also about figuring out how to make a job out of doing what you love, and what to do about money, and how exactly to grow old when all the old people you know seem to have lost their capacity for spontaneity and joy. As in life, there are no real villains in this movie. Every time I expected Sophie (or Frances’ dance troupe boss, or one of her new, trust-funded roommates) to turn into the kind of screenplay-science antagonist specifically designed to “raise the stakes” (read: make things more movie-ish and less real), I’d be surprised by an act of grace. Even when the characters in Frances Ha lash out at one another, it reads more as an act of defense.
Watching it, I can already anticipate some of the negative reactions to this movie. There are those who will complain of its jewel-box scale that “nothing happens,” and hipster haters (this group includes self-hating hipsters) who will dismiss it out of hand for its precious characterization of white, Brownstoned, artistic strivers. But I love Frances Ha for shining a rare light on complicated truths: it is possible—even preferable—to thrive within constraints; paying rent can be a form of bravery; and when you move beyond that stage in life when time seems infinite, love becomes a zero-sum game.”
—Alina Simone, “Radical Honesty” (Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine, Issue #7)
Just a quick notice to let you know that I’ll be deleting and organising all my previous posts and publishing around 70% original posts from now on. xx
Here’s a new addition for the Department of Awesome Book Art:
Delta, Pennsylvania-based artist Jodi Harvey-Brown (aka DeviantArtist wetcanvas) transforms the pages of books into three-dimensional sculptures illustrating scenes from within those very books. Her altered books entice readers to pick them up and turn their pages offering glimpses of their stories. Moby Dick breaks the choppy ocean surface pursued by mad Captain Ahab on the Pequod. Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole row across the pond on the pages of The Wind in the Willows and Alice climbs onto the fireplace mantle, about to pass Through the Looking-Glass.
Visit Jodi Harvey-Brown’s website and DeviantArt page to check out more of her fanstastic book sculptures, some of which are available for purchase via her WetCanvasArt Etsy shop. She also accepts custom commissions.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
imagine a video game where you create a hero whose destiny is to save everyone, but throughout the game you start making harder and more questionable decisions, and the game gets darker and darker. and in the end you’re just standing there, clutching the controller and finally realizing you were playing the villain all along
*muffled Pepper Steak in the distance*
Sort of like Braid? Or Spec Ops: The Line?
Both critically acclaimed games starting a trend.