adult playgrounds

Leo: Why aren’t there adult sized playgrounds? Like everything is the same as a kids playground but bigger? Why do we not have those?

Piper: Theme parks.

Leo: But you have to pay for those.

Piper: That’s the adult part.

Leo: Son of a bitch.

When anybody says “schools today are just too ‘PC’!”

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  In Black Orpheus, Brazil and Carnival become the backdrop to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. In one of the more tragic love stories in Greek mythology, Eurydice is bitten by a snake on her wedding day and dies. Determined to bring back his love, Orpheus heads to the depths of hell to plead for her life. He is granted the chance, being told by the lord of the underworld that he can free Eurydice — he must walk back to the surface and she will follow, but if he looks back before they reach the light, she will fade away forever. Right before he reaches the surface, Orpheus — concerned that his love is having a hard time keeping up — turns back, watching her fade back into the darkness.

Black Orpheus brings this story into the contemporary world, utilizing the carnival as a metaphor for the supernatural world. Death, brought to life by a man in a skeleton suit, is pursuing Eurydice, and Orpheus — for as long as he can manage — tries to fight him off. Building on a classical idea of heaven and the afterlife, one that predates Christianity, the film does not offer love, forgiveness or belief as a saving grace. As noble and true as Orpheus’ love is, it cannot overcome death. Love is a part of life, and maybe the best part of living, but it still cannot help us transcend our mortality. Perhaps this is what’s so powerful about Jesus, as he taught that the capacity to love (and forgive) would ensure some kind of immortality. The film doesn’t ignore this completely, allowing love to live on through song.

Sex plays a pivotal role in this world, and it is portrayed as much through the environment as the actions. Romantic desire is conveyed through music, the sweetness of Orpheus’ song a symbol of his desire. Music is an art form of the spirit, and it becomes a perfect vehicle for communicating love. You can’t hold a song in your hands like you can a body. Rather than sensuality related to touch, this one is related to listening and feeling. The bossa nova rhythms that the film popularized reflect this sensual coolness. The music is warm and inviting, romance built on trust rather than lust.

Radically, Black Orpheus also portrays sex without shame. Sex is an expression of love, as much as it is a fun pastime. The aesthetics of sexual performance are intertwined deeply with carnival. Sex is a playground for adults while also being a celebration of love. Courtesy of the costumes and music, the environment is one that is a celebration of life and sex. As the myth itself is about the cyclical nature of life and death, sex plays a pivotal role in this circle. Unlike some more puritanical films that draw a line in the sand between the two, this film embraces sex as multiplicitous. This somehow makes the love more noble, because it is not confused with lust, and sex becomes a celebration rather than a symbol of it.

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Unedited Footage of a Bear

At some point, Adult Swim stopped funding comedies and instead began funding weird dadaist art projects with the monetary disregard of a deranged billionaire. The Eric Andre Show, On Cinema at the Cinema, and especially the Adult Swim Infomercials are playgrounds for weird people to do weird things that sometimes happen to be hilarious, and other times happen to be absurd fever-dreams. Unedited Footage of a Bear begins as unedited footage of a bear, but it doesn’t end that way. I don’t want to say anything else, because the journey is baffling and fascinating and worth every second, but suffice it to say that the sure-handed direction, great acting, wonderful use of music, and almost Lynchian depiction of suburban sprawl gone wrong signify something that can barely be called a comedy, but is incredibly funny and fascinating too, like a science fiction or horror short story that can’t help but feature every digression imaginable yet somehow still comes together as a whole.

In Her Honor

series: khr
tags: gen, wip, one-sided K27
summary: Tsuna was born a girl. 
notes: I could give you a full essay rant on the way genderbent Tsuna is potrayed in fanfic

Sawada Tsunayoshi is born a girl and although he is briefly disappointed, Iemitsu is mostly relieved. A daughter to dote on, he thinks. Far away from blood and mafia. Pure and innocent. His child.

“My little darling,“ he coos to the baby. “My tiny, itty-bitty tuna fish!”

The nurse in charge of writing the birth certificates hesitates over her name. Tsunayoshi, she mouths, brows furrowed and uncertain. This is a little scandalous, isn’t it? Out loud, she asks the couple if they are sure. After a minute of their reply, she writes the characters down, slowly and carefully.

The ink is barely dry when Iemitsu leaves for Italy.

Nana smiles distantly and thinks about nursery room colors and spinning mobiles.

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