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I apologize for the humungo post, I wanted all the images together in a master post instead of separate installments.

Remember the Jedi Knight Japanese Dictionary I posted about, with the artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano? Well, @ciette on tumblr actually purchased the book (so lucky!) and was so kind in letting me see the inside by scanning all the A/P images. I haven’t gotten the book myself yet (I will someday, hopefully) but getting these scans was a major relief as I’m not all over the place wondering what I was missing out on. To top it off, it was right near my birthday; such a great gift! I wanted to post these one the 16th but circumstances made it too difficult. I’m just happy all over. I did my best; ran them through lots of filters, and with some personal touches, I think I just about re-created the look as they are in the book.

For more inside, check out ciette’s post as she also shares images from the Padawan Learners Dictionary. :D

Lots of Love.  { Yet More Scans From The Dictionary ;) } 

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Hello again! Back to business. <3

I’m sorry I’ve been away for awhile, I expected to resume activity halfway through April but what happened was a chain of events in my personal life that made it difficult, so I decided to wait until May; might as well start off the month fresh. :D Coming up around June-July my posting might become a bit spotty due to moving, but this is just a heads up. 

I’m tickled to make my first post about the Jedi Knight Japanese Dictionary. @master–burglar generously sent me all the remaining artwork featuring A/P. These are the stragglers that I missed in making the master post. Now I think I finally have all the A/P scenes, however, I’ve yet to buy the actual book, which I will get around too soon. :P

Also, I’m delighted to say I managed to get a hold of the new kids graphic novel for the prequels and will post all the Anidala scenes, coming up. <3

viserys lost his mind because he had to grow up without his lady mother and only friend rhaella. I’m not accepting any other theories. 

The Season of Kicksgiving

Kicksgiving is nearly here! I thought I’d do a little rundown of my journey to becoming a kung-fu movie fanatic and offer some recommendations if you’d like to become one too.

I watch too many movies. This has been true for most of my life. I’ll watch just about anything, and exceptions to this tend to be specific. However, action and, by extension, martial-arts movies were a blindspot for me until a few years ago. I never put much thought into it at the time, but in retrospect, I think I avoided them because I had a narrow view of the genre, informed by less-than-stellar representatives. While it still holds that films that act as conservative power fantasies are spectacularly uninteresting to me, now I know for a fact that that describes only a small fraction of what the genre has to offer.

It started with Arnold. Total Recall (1990) is a movie I liked from my childhood. Then The Fifth Element (1997). Yeah, I was that person: I defended my beloved genres all while playing the it’s-not-really-an-action-movie game every time I liked an action movie.

My significant other is an action movie enthusiast but never gave horror films a chance. I am a horror movie enthusiast that never gave action films a chance. We schooled each other. He showed me Commando, Fist of Legend, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. I showed him Suspiria, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fright Night. I’m now a die-hard Shaw Bros fan. He’s now a Dario Argento devotee.

Then I started watching kung fu movies voraciously at The Hollywood Theater and on the El Rey Network. (FYI: El Rey does a Way of the Turkey Kung Fu Marathon now on Thanksgiving weekend!) Shaw Brothers films in particular captured my attention. Learning the folkloric ropes of wuxia movies was fascinating. (Wuxia means “martial heroes” and usually refers to period stories about martial arts legends of China.)

The theatrical staging, bright and bold costuming, and pacing of Shaw Brothers’ wuxia movies are reminiscent of traditional hollywood musicals. Swap out the songs for sword fights. Not always tho, sometimes there are songs too.

From my perspective as an American, it took me off guard how many woman-led kung-fu movies are out there. There’s so much variety to the women in kung-fu movies and that variety is almost always valued in the film. Women can be powerful, villainous, dainty, coarse, naive, religious, iconoclastic, antisocial, goofy, cunning, horny, and any of combination of the above. In other words, women are people not plot devices. It’s no wonder Cynthia Rothrock went to Hong Hong to be a movie star, while Hollywood slept on her.

Kung-fu movies can be harder to get into for Westerners because, honestly, plot summaries and home-video packaging can be very misleading for a lot of Chinese/Hong-Kong releases. Take literally any Jackie Chan movie from the 1970s or 80s as an example.

DVD Cover:

Actual Star of the Movie:

So, here’s a few recommendations on where to get started if you’re new to and interested in martial-arts movies. BELOW THE JUMP:

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declan mckenna - brazil

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Angel’s Egg (1985) 

I recognize and appreciate anime’s influence on film culture, yet, outside of the works Hayao Miyazaki and a few others, I don’t generally enjoy Japan’s often-melodramatic animated offerings. Mind you, I don’t maintain any prejudice against anime; good cinema is good cinema, and it can be found even among the grubbiest of artistic traditions. So, when I find a film that piques my interest, associated, say, with the labels surrealism, Judeo-Christian mythology, and Gothicism, I don’t hesitate to give it due process - no matter it’s nationality or tradition. I’d advise others to do the same because, if it hadn’t been for this open-mindedness, I would’ve never had the privilege of seeing Mamoru Oshii’s Angel’s Egg. (Oshii is most know for the much-lauded cyberpunk thriller, Ghost in the Shell, one of the first anime films, along with Akira, to find an American audience.)

In a damp post-apocalyptic dream-world filled with Gothic, Art Nouveau architecture and the remains of primeval Lovecraftian megafauna, a young girl wanders empty streets, collecting glass jugs of water for no particular reason and carrying a large white egg under her dress. She meets a lone soldier who follows her to her home in catacombs under the remains of a giant boat or perhaps a beached leviathan. Neither of them know who they are or why they’re there, but seem nonetheless compelled toward certain unknowable goals. References within the film’s scant dialogue to the story of Noah’s Ark only muddy the waters.

Angel’s Egg is hard to categorize; is it science fiction, fantasy, horror? It has elements of each, but resembles a dream more than anything. Like a dream, it has no obligation to tie its emotionally vivid audio-visual elements into any kind of lucid whole. It’s also uninclined to move at any more than a leisurely, 2001-esque pace. There are moments of shocking surrealistic horror, padded by quiet scenic tours of meadows lined with monolithic structures, primordial burial grounds, and rainy streets patrolled by stone fishermen searching for colossal shadow fish. The films effect is lurking and subconscious - felt but inarticulable.

The artwork by Yoshitaka Amano - known for his work on Final Fantasy - is exquisite and the animation, unburdened by action pieces, is instead focused on the subtleties of water and wind. Yoshihiro Kanno’s score - an eerie mixture of violin, piano, and lyricless vocals - and a great soundscape of bells, whistles, and porpoise-like screeching really takes the film over the top. Thirty years later, it all still holds up.

In spite of its hypnotic atmosphere, creative iconography and many other strengths, Angel’s Egg is probably not a film for everyone. It’s not what you’d expect, as an anime or a film. The pacing may be bearable due to the film’s meager 70-minute runtime, but the ambiguous symbolism and nearly non-existent plot will deter many. It’s challenging - in fact, unbeatable. Though many have attempted to find its meaning through internet research and obsessive rewatching, I consider Angel’s Egg to be almost entirely a subjective experience; it allows you to fill it with whatever you’ve brought along.

~ M.W. Nash

anonymous asked:

Hi! Could you suggest some music in Catalan? Old or modern I don't mind ^^ thanks

Sure! We have a lot of good music imho. I tried to break it down to music genres more or less

Classics (1960s “Nova Cançó” movement)

Modern music

Pop

Rock

Rap and Ska (most of my personal faves)

Rumba (very very popular among young people)

Inspired by traditional music and/or actual traditional songs

Musical theatre

You’ll find better quality audios on Spotify :)

Woah I just realised I got carried away and made a huge list hehe… well, everyone should be able to find something they like.

I hope you enjoy it!

Lost in Translation

Clarke befriends a lost girl on a train who’s just trying to find her way around Chicago. She can just show her the way, easy right? Well… it’s not so easy when the new girl doesn’t speak English.

or

The AU where Lexa just moved to Chicago from Italy, and Clarke does her best to help her with the little Italian she learned from the Blake’s


**ONE SHOT COMING SOON**

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I suspect that McGonagall was very forthcoming with her opinions about Cornelius Fudge’s decisions over his tenure as Minister. The addition of a Permanant Sticking charm and a strange hex that made the frames fly over to the nearest blank space on the wall and firmly attach soon became Cornelius Fudge’s worst nightmare. 

(After all, having twenty different needlepoint frames scattered across the Minister’s Office with ‘Cornelius, You Gormless Twit’ and ‘Fudge the Nincompoop’ in intricate embroidery didn’t exactly inspire confidence in his leadership.)