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History Time!

I said I would, so today I’m going to talk to everyone about German Expressionism, a distinct cinema style that emerged from Germany in the 1920s.

But first, a brief introduction to film history:
Before the 20s filming was mostly a novelty hobby. A few feature films did exist, some pioneering complex editing techniques (like we’re used to now; in the beginning it was just one shot of something happening until the film ran out!). By the time World War I rolled around, film cameras were used mostly to make recordings of the war or were dropped altogether (people quickly saw the use of film for propaganda reasons). But after the war ended, it became more of an art form and was really used for self-expression.

Now for a brief look into German history:
World War I was settled through the Treaty of Versailles, which made Germany responsible for paying back all the war debts to France and England. Germany was driven into economic ruin and debt and closed its borders in a period of isolation. 

Classic German Expressionism arose from the anguish of the people. Their money was worthless and they felt isolated and trapped within Europe. 

Sets like this (from the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, dir. Robert Weine, 1920) were common in Expressionist films. They were shot at low, odd angles with a high contrast between very light and very dark. The sets themselves were very Tim Burton-esque, being odd and distorted. Nothing seemed real, but this was reality in the film: dark and twisted.

(From Nosferatu, dir. F.W. Murnau, 1922)
German Expressionism also uses a lot of shadows and silhouettes to build an eerie kind of suspense and thrill, making it the ancestor of the modern horror/thriller movie. The use of contrast and shadows also makes it a predecessor to American detective films (Film Noir), but it is most notably the birth of the horror film. 

Essentially what directors were trying to do was share to the world what the German people felt; they felt helpless and alone, gripped at the throat of the rest of Europe.

In the 1930s with the rise of the Third Reich, films became most widely used for propaganda and very few Expressionist films were being made in Germany. However, most German Expressionist filmmakers fled Europe for America and brought their ideas about film with them, allowing for these dark and suspenseful themes to become part of American cinema (examples include F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang).

I almost didn’t post this today, tbh - but I choose to trust the two lovely people who told me I wouldn’t make a fool out of me showing y’all this

Thank you @minchen0897 and @ceara-banana <3
And a Happy Valentine’s to you!

The Perks of being Jason Todd

Relationship: Jason/Tim
Summary:
It’s way too easy to convince Jason to pick Dick’s drunk brother up from a party. Which may or may not have to do with his stupid crush. 

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Jason dreaded what Dick would say the moment he picked up the phone. So he stared at the device before reclining back in his chair and finally giving in.

“What?”

“I got good news and bad news.”

“Don’t you always?” He twirled his pencil in the hand not holding the phone. His thesis was due in two months and he really had wanted to work on it today – but Dick Grayson was a man on a mission and Jason knew not to stand in his way. Mostly because it ended up advantageous for him, too.

“The dean agreed to listen to your proposal about female hygiene products in the bathrooms.”

“Fuck yes. Just give them some pads, at least, dammit, it’s not that hard.”

Dick chuckled mirthlessly. “He’s going to listen, Jay, no one said anything about him agreeing with you. You remember the last time you asked him to give out free stuff to the student body?”

“Pretty sure HE won’t forget it either. - So what’s the deal? When can I talk to him? In fact, I got some time right now.” Jason turned the page on his notepad.

“Not before next Friday?”

“Next Friday, huh.” He jotted down the date and underlined it twice. Jason liked to be prepared for this kind of stuff and he would make sure to let Donna do most of the talking this time. Nobody could refuse her; she was a goddess and she knew it.

“Jay,” Dick said, his voice low enough to be little more than a hiss through the phone. “About the bad news.”

Of course. There was always a catch. “What is it? Does he want a public apology?”

“Actually, it’s a favor.”

“Geeze, what does he want?” Slapping his hand on the desk, he stood, starting to pace through his room.

“It’s for me actually.” Jason stopped dead in his tracks. Dick Grayson, the golden boy himself, needed a favor from the one student who just couldn’t keep his mouth shut and study nicely like all the other students on campus?

“Can you pick up my little brother?”

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Day 8. What moment/s made you feel emotional?
UPDATED WITH ACTUAL EFFORT.


Things about Psychonauts in general make me emotional. To be quick about it I could have put “Everything in the backer updates for Psychonauts 2 so far” as I usually end up wiping tears from my eyes like a big softie. But that would be too easy So to pinpoint some particulars was tough but what I came down to was essentially: Milla and Loboto’s pasts.
Milla as a whole is so beautiful. She’s sweet and kind and from the get go I liked her. I stumbled upon her demons in my first play through (somehow) and my god… that took a turn. It’s such a stark contrast to the rest of her level that you legitimately feel like you’ve found something you shouldn’t see. The accompanying memory vault about what happened to the children at the hospital and the last slide of her screaming. I can’t even begin to properly convey how gut punched I felt. Poor Milla.
More recently I was beyond elated to see the “Good Doctor” return in Rhombus of Ruin and honestly I was SUPER disappointed in how he was neglected in the first game so to actually go into his mind and see what set the wheels in motion to make him who he became, was… I don’t know. It was the special kind of moment that I’ve come to admire in Tim and the entire Double Fine team. The way the story was told via dolls (who move so creepy .. spider like almost) and somehow it was heartbreaking and terrifying and funny all at the same time. It was sheer perfection in my opinion. That’s why I needle felted Maboto and Paboto (as I affectionately call them) because it shook me. I already knew I loved Caligosto but this just was the final nail in the coffin. And really my heart broke for him, and I wondered “So… what’s he going to be like now?” and I could not be happier with the “well… he’s pretty much exactly the same as it turns out” answer. I laughed my ass off.

anonymous asked:

Yo got any angsty Tim headcanons/fics? I'm in that kind of mood. Thnx Ily

-when he “died” all of his waking thoughts were about how his family would find him, they haven’t given up. He had started losing faith as time went on and it became a sort of bitter, hopeless mantra as he realised they probably weren’t coming

-Tim has nightmares when he falls asleep; they’re usually ones that he can’t remember upon waking up, but the ones he can remember are lonely and full of disapproval and rejection from his loved ones (his parents, Bruce, his brothers and sisters)

-Tim doesn’t really have a favourite holiday because as a kid he always had to celebrate them alone and even when his parents were there, they were cold and emotionless affairs. After being adopted he’s started to like holidays a bit more as he actually has people to be with, people who actually care

-Tim partially blames himself for why Jason and Bruce aren’t on the best terms because if he had never become Robin then Jason wouldn’t have felt replaced and he wouldn’t have been quite so mad with Bruce’s actions

-Tim constantly over works himself in an attempt to reach some sort of goal he set for himself that he thinks will make people proud of him, make them realise his potential. But as he works he constantly second guesses himself, thinking it’s not enough, it will never be enough

-Tim is resigned to believe that he’ll always end up alone, that he can only count on abandonment. After his parents deaths, Stephanie’s “death”, Dick giving Damian the role of Robin, Dick’s death, it seems like that’s the only certainty in his life

-When Dick died (on live television mind you) Tim felt like he was to blame; he was supposed to be the smart one, he should have come up with a plan to save him, he should have stopped it but instead he failed and Dick is gone

-Tim has frequent panic attacks that he hides from the rest of his friends and family. He doesn’t want them to think he’s weak or that he can’t handle this lifestyle so he doesn’t let it show and most of the time people don’t notice

-Tim is so used to being ignored that he tries to make himself think of it as nothing, that it’s fine. But inside it’s tearing him apart because what if he’s just forgotten one day? What if people just stop caring and realise that he never was that great in the first place?

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Sorry if those weren’t that great; I’ve never actually done any angsty headcanons before (plus I’m a fan of fluff, not angsty feelings hell like some people I know) Thanks for the request!

Title: Ball Drop

Rating: PG fluff

Pairing: BruDick

Summary: Was there something on Bruce’s mind? Dick didn’t have long to ponder the question.  It was almost time to make his move - it was time-sensitive, after all.  There were traditions involved. You couldn’t waffle and come back five minutes later asking to do it again.

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