i watched this movie yesterday for the first time

Epic Movie (Re)Watch #94 - The Book of Life

Spoilers below.

Have I seen it before: Yes.

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: Yes.

Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: Yes. #325.

Format: Blu-ray.

1) I watched this about a week ago - on the actual Day of the Dead - but didn’t have time to write it because I live in Chicago and the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. So my priorities were a little different than usual.

2) Anyone here a fan of “El Tigre”?

Originally posted by fire-miracle

Well the creator of that show - Jorge R. Gutierrez - was the writer/director of this film! Some El Tigre characters even cameo in the film’s opening, but you have to REALLY look for them.

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3) The framing device of this film (a bunch of kids at a museum being told a story) is a classic fairytale/magical realism device that can be found in films such as Big Fish. It also gives the film a plot driven reason for it’s unique animation style (the characters looking like wooden figures).

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4) This film has some really great humor.

Vendor Boy: “Churros! Churros! (A bird poops on the churros.) Frosted churros!”

5) I will talk about La Muerte and Xibalba as individual characters in just a second, but for now I want to focus on their relationship.

Originally posted by gifsbyrosie

I’m not overly familiar with Day of the Dead lore outside of this film, but I think the idea of having the ruler of The Land of the Remembered (La Muerte, everything good and wonderful in the world) and the ruler of the Land of the Forgotten (Xibalba, everything that is negative in the world) be lovers is a great idea. Their relationship is tense, volatile, and can be filled with conflict, but never is it abusive. Never is it hateful. You always get a great sense of love between these two and that’s what makes it work.

6) Ron Perlman as Xibalba.

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These two wouldn’t work so well together if they couldn’t stand on their own as characters. And the work so well in that field because of equal parts writing, character design, and voice over work. Ron Perlman is a regular collaborator of Guillermo Del Toro’s, the executive producer on this film, and has worked in a number of animated project before (including VP Lancer in “Danny Phantom” and Clayface in “Batman: The Animated Series”). Perlman brings a roguish charm to all his characters, even when it’s just his voice. He’s interesting, rough, and just likable! And he makes Xibalba all those things. You’re never particularly rooting against him, even though he’s technically the villain. You’re just entranced whenever he’s on screen.

7) Kate del Castillo as La Muerte.

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American audiences are not as familiar with Kate del Castillo as they are with Ron Perlman, although she is one of Mexico’s most acclaimed popular actresses. As Perlman does with Xibalba, Castillo brings genuine charm, likability, and charisma to La Muerte. As well as an added fierceness that lets you know this undead ruler can keep her own when head-to-head with her darker lover. You definitely get the vibe that La Muerte is the more dangerous of these two but also the kinder, and so much of that relies on Castillo’s performance.

8) Manolo, Maria, and Joaquin.

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We first meet these characters and get a sense of their relationship as children, and it’s great. Yes Manolo and Joaquin both love Maria, but they’re friends first. ALL of them are friends! Later in the film Joaquin and Manolo remain friends even when vying for Maria’s affections, and they are friends with Maria before they are lovers. And I think it’s driven home by this statement from Maria as a child:

Maria [after Manolo and Joaquin fight over who’s she is]: “I belong to no one!”

They don’t belong to each other, they chose to be friends. They chose to be with together because they genuinely like each other. I love that.

9) A huge theme of this film is also seen in Maria’s, “I belong to no one!” line and that is the theme of being true to yourself.

Both Joaquin and Manolo have huge shadows they live in (a line which is actually uttered by Joaquin later): Joaquin’s dead father was a great war hero and Manolo’s father pushes him to be a bullfighter like all the men in their family have been. It makes for a unique conflict and a great message to kids of all ages: be yourself.

10) Maria as a character.

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You get a real sense of Maria as a character when we first meet her. Not only does she have the wonderful line, “I belong to no one!” but she also shows her placement of morality over societal values by freeing animals slated for slaughter. Her father sends her off to a convent to become, “a proper lady,” but…it doesn’t really work. At least, she doesn’t become his definition of proper. She is loving, kind, sweet, but fiercely independent and someone who follows her heart above all else. Zoe Saldana voices Maria, and breathes such wonderful life into the character you forget she’s acting. Everything about Maria just feel so real it’s amazing.

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11) The decision to compose the film’s soundtrack from popular music recorded specifically for the movie (the mariachi version of “I Will Wait For You” being the earliest example) as well as original songs composed by Paul Williams is a great one. The copyrighted songs never feel out of place and don’t distract from the plot, instead playing perfectly into the emotion of the scene. And the original songs are made for the moments which are purely story and pure character, so they could not possibly be represented by something which was already written because this story hasn’t existed before.

12) Manolo!

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All the characters in this film are written with such life and depth that lead character Manolo couldn’t POSSIBLY be an exception. He has skills as a bullfighter, but is deeply conflicted by his duty to his family and his duty to his heart. But it’s all guided by love, something with is illustrated by the inscription on his guitar (a gift from Maria, nonetheless): “Always play from the heart.” It is Manolo’s defining characteristic and defining struggle: that he wants to be himself, not his father or anyone else.

Diego Luna just…ugh! So I’ve seen Luna in small roles before (The Terminal, Elysium) but this film makes me a HUGE fan of his! I’m really looking forward to his role in Rogue One BECAUSE I loved his performance in this film so much. Manolo sings more than any other character in the film, and Luna infuses each song with such sincerity and warmth it is nearly impossible not to fall in love with his performance as Manolo. And he treats each line of dialogue the same. Like Saldana as Maria, you don’t feel like you’re listening to an actor. You’re listening to Manolo.

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13) Grandma is hysterical.

Grandma Sanchez [after Manolo refuses to kill a bull]: “Kids today, with their long hair and no killing stuff.”

Grandma Sanchez [after Manolo’s father says everyone in their family was a great bullfighter]:

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She doesn’t have many lines but very nicely embodies the film’s wonderful characters and humor.

14) Manolo’s Father, Carlos.

I have seriously MIXED feelings about Carlos, and I think you’re supposed to. He shows a genuine desire to do the best for his son, he just doesn’t actually KNOW what’s best for his son. He pressures him into being a bull fighter because it’s the Sanchez way, and when Manolo expresses dissatisfaction with this his father shames him into doing it.

Carlos [to convince Manolo to be a bullfighter]: “Don’t you LOVE your family?”

(GIF source unknown [if this is your GIF please let me know].)

(PS, I find this line to be the sign of an abusive relationship but maybe that’s just me.)

BUT Carlos has genuine moments of love with his son. He encourages him to tell Maria how he feels, he comforts him when he’s missing his dead mother, he actually LOVES Manolo. Hector Elizondo’s performance and the writing gets this across in a great way, and I think the film is better for it.

15) Channing Tatum as Joaquin.

Originally posted by fwankcastles

I do have to say of the trio of friends, Channing Tatum’s Joaquin is probably the weakest link. BUT that’s like calling one of The Lord of the Rings movies the worst in the trilogy: it was still nominated for best picture! I think it’s definitely because you know Joaquin is the third wheel, you know that Maria loves Manolo, and so it’s hard to get behind it. And you just can see that although they’re great as friends they wouldn’t make a good couple (despite Joaquin’s hopes to the contrary).

It would’ve been easy to write Joaquin as a jerk. And although he can be a bit pig headed here and there, you understand that he’s a genuinely good friend who truly cares for Maria (even though they’re not a great fit). Tatum brings a lot of this to the role, and even though I believe he’s the only non-Hispanic actor playing a decidedly Hispanic character (Ron Perlman gets a pass because Xibalba is an otherworldly creature) he has the same warmth and sincerity as Luna and Saldana have. It’s a nice way to round out the trio of friends.

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16) I can’t tell if this joke is stupid or hysterical.

Pepe [when he and his brothers are in danger]: “I’m allergic to dying!”

Pancho: “Especially in the face!”

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17) Joaquin’s biggest failing is probably that he buys too much into societal values, and his society’s values are…sexist. He is surprised that Maria reads, expects her to be a doting housewife (as all the high up men do), and that’s not what his heart wants it’s what he thinks should be.

18) “I Love You Too Much”.

Originally posted by odazais

This is the song Manolo sings to express his feelings for Maria, and it’s beautiful. Paul Williams has crafted a quiet, loving melody which pulls at your heartstrings and is sung beautifully by Diego Luna. I think it’s my favorite song in the film and one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.

19) Maria is awesome, if that hasn’t been made clear already.

Maria [stopping a kiss after Manolo’s song]: “Did you think it was going to be that easy?”

She’s not the girl who falls head over heels for someone just because they sang to hear. It’s appreciated, but there needs to be more than that. I love it!

20) This film never subscribes to storied cliches. It’s not like Manolo can’t be an idiot too, as noted when he and Joaquin start to fight over Maria (which she has shown to never truly appreciate).

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Maria: “You two are acting like fools.”

Manolo: “Wait, me too?”

You mean me, the nice guy romantic lead, is actually making a mistake? What kind of movie is this? (Hint: a great one.)

21) How long must it have taken to put out all those candles?

Originally posted by mariaymanolo

It shows devotion on Manolo’s part. As will the rest of the film, honestly.

22) One of the conflicts in this movie that gets me going the most is how unfair everyone is to Manolo. When they were children he stopped a wild boar from hurting people, but Joaquin got credit because he saved the mayor. As adults he’s ready to fight off bandits without a magic medal, but Joaquin gets credit because he does fight them off WITH a magic medal which protects him from harm. And when Maria dies from a snake bite everyone blames him. He’s not the snake! He didn’t bite her! So bug off!

23) My brother and I laughed so hard after we heard this line:

Student [after Manolo dies]: “What is it with Mexicans and death!?”

The only reason that line isn’t racist is because it was written by a Mexican in a film directed by a Mexican which is produced by a Mexican. So it’s okay to laugh.

24) The Land of the Remembered!

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Originally posted by lolitajohnadams

The Land of the Remembered is when this film’s visual style really takes off. Gutierrez’s imagination and the animation department’s skill bleeds through every scene in this wonderful place and it really pulls you into it’s world magnificently.

25) I mentioned in my Nightmare Before Christmas recap that Burton and company did a good job of establishing minor character with small introductions, and The Book of Life (although not Burton) follows in that tradition when we meet Manolo’s family.

Each family member - from the brutish Carmelo (voiced by the film’s director) to grandpa Luis (voiced by Danny Trejo) - is given a unique character with just a few seconds of screen time and dialogue which carries through until the end of the film. It works wonderfully.

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26) This freaking line, after Jorge is established as wanting to have been a singer.

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Manolo [after the two laugh about it]: “They crushed our dreams. Hilarious!”

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27) Manolo’s Mother.

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Immediately there is a difference in what is expected from Carmen Sanchez (his mom) and what there is.

Manolo: “And I became a bullfighter, just like you wanted.”

Carmen: “Me? Are you crazy?”

It turns out Manolo’s father saying his mother wanted that was…uh…wrong, to put it mildly. It’s a nice juxtaposition which establishes her as a character and not just a plot device.

28) Dude, I love this dialogue.

Xibalba [after Luis says La Muerte would never hand over her kingdom]: “She lost a bet.”

Luis: “Oh. She would do that.”

29) You get a lot of Manolo’s tender side and playing from the heart, but it’s easy to forget that he’s still a headstrong Sanchez boy. He still has the fierceness of a bull fighter, even if that’s not what he wants to do. And we see this particularly when Manolo threatens to expose Xibalba. That may not be the smartest move, but it is fierce.

30) Did I mention this dialogue and humor is awesome?

Luis [after his body is knocked away from his head]: “Hey, my arthritis is gone!”

31) The Candlemaker

Originally posted by thenugu

The Candlemaker rounds out the trio of immortals here, and falls in the middle. He is not about the Land of the Remembered or the Land of the Forgotten, he creates the candles (each candle representing a life). He is this big ball of happy childlike energy which is just fun to watch. And who’d they get to place this super upbeat and positive guy with hope and optimism dripping from him?

Originally posted by hiphop-community

It’s a nice change of pace from Ice Cube’s more hardboiled characters to see him play such a wonder filled creature, and to do it so well too! His voice work stands up there with the rest of the cast in that you never think you’re listening to Ice Cube, you’re just watching the Candlemaker. It’s great.


  • Maria’s fierceness has been established above.
  • La Muerte getting pissed when she finds out Xibalba cheated on the beat is fierce!

Originally posted by jeunetrentenaire

It’s a lot of fun to watch.

33) The final fight before Manolo can return to the land of the living is born from a wager he makes with Xibalba (he’ll face whatever challenge is thrown his way and win).

Xibalba: “What, do tell, is your worst fear?”

And then we get this:

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But it turns out his greatest fear isn’t killing the bull, it’s being true to himself. This ties into what I mentioned earlier: Manolo’s defining characteristic and his struggle are the same in that he wants to be himself. And we get a wonderful song to tie it up, of the same quality as “I Love You Too Much” and it is simply called “The Apology Song”. (Manolo’s father, who’s dead at this point, said that a Sanchez never apologies but after the fight is incredibly proud of his son.) It’s a nice character climax for Manolo before we get the final fight of the film.

34) When you have no idea this is coming, it’s the funniest line in the film.

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(GIFs originally posted by @museelo)

35) I give massive credit to the filmmakers for the way they handled Joaquin. He and Maria are set to be married now that Manolo is dead, and he knows Maria doesn’t want it so he’s about to talk to her about it before the town is attacked by bandits. Joaquin could have easily been some Gaston type but instead we got a sincere, honest character who deepens the conflict of the film.

36) This freaking movie…

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37) The entire final fight of the film is wildly fun to watch.

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It’s well paced, well choreographed, brings in all the characters we’ve met so far (living and dead), gives us a nice “dance” with Manolo and Maria, is filled with nice character moments, good humor, and has Joaquin decide he’s going to be his own man and try to sacrifice himself for his friends (it doesn’t work, he survives). It’s a great climax to the film.

38) “No Matter Where You Are”, the final song in the film, is a great ball of energy and love. But more than that, it let me know something I didn’t before…

Zoe Saldana can REALLY sing!

Originally posted by lghtmgnt

Just thought I’d share.

39) The final reveal, that Christina Applegate’s tour guide and the security guard are really La Muerte and Xibalba, is in classic tradition of magical realism and fairytale stories. It’s a nice ending to the film.

Originally posted by good-goodbye

The Book of Life is great, and truly under appreciated. It’s representation of Mexican culture is unique in the animated film landscape, and gives the film a unique visual and musical style. The acting is topnotch, and you can feel through the writing/directing/character animation that it is truly a labor of love for all those involved. A great film which everyone should see.

Up next: Alice in Wonderland (1951)


what do you mean I have a new crush… it’s just your imagination ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_

Yesterday I went to watch this movie for the second time, because I want to throw all my money to the ones who have made it, and also because I FREAKING LOVED IT. I could be like… 5 days talking about it nonstop, and I feel sorry for my friends who have to listen to me talk about this movie 24/7.

Stay strong my friends 

so I just watched the second Night at the Museum movie for the first time yesterday (almost a decade late, whoops)

and like

has anyone ever explored that ending and what it implies? that at least some, if not all, of the characters were reincarnated at some point like Amelia?

what if somewhere in Asia, there’s a reincarnated Attila? Another Octavius running around in Italy? Jedidiah doing his cowboy thing somewhere in the southern US? what if a reincarnated Sacagawea is living on a reservation somewhere? what if a reincarnated Teddy is still flirting with her?

what if one day at his job as a teacher, Larry notices an immigrant student from Egypt who looks exactly like Ahkmenrah and has to stutter out an apology when the kid notices him gawking?

is this a thing? because it should be a thing.

anonymous asked:

How do you get over a breakup (a really painful one)? We broke up in summer and until yesterday everything was fine, I thought I was over it but then I found out that my ex has found someone else and now I've been crying for 2 days.

you breathe, and you let it hurt. the only way you can get over things and move past them is if you feel the pain first. you hang out with your friends and you read new books and you watch movies and start new shows and start drawing or writing, anything to keep you distracted. it takes time, and the second you think you’re over it you’ll hear them say the things they used to say to you to someone else and it will start to hurt again, but the good news is, it won’t kill you. it’ll make you stronger and more cautious in the end, but it won’t kill you. personally, when i go through a break up, one that really hurts, i spend a lot of time alone and i watch a lot of movies (he’s just not that into you, stuck in love, two night stand, 500 days of summer, and clueless are some of my go to movies) and funny shows (like friends, new girl, how i met your mother, parks and rec, the office, or anything similar to those). i also spend time with my friends and family and listen to a lot of music (the front bottoms, modern baseball, catfish and the bottlemen, sorority noise, neck deep, the wonder years, and joyce manor are my go to bands for sad music about shitty life stuff). also, eat a lot of ice cream. you’ll get through this in one piece baby, i love you

heeello i was tagged by my love greta @hyseok ( thank you !)

rules: answer the questions in a new post and tag 20 blogs you would like to get to know better.

nickname: tea, dora, doro, tejka, teodor.. idk i have a lot!
star sign: libra
height: 170cm 
time right now: 22:19pm
last thing i googled: kissasian moon lovers jndkjfknfdvnkj
favorite music artists: i have a lot but all time faves are pearl jam, hyukoh, taemin.. alone, the weeknd, bts ahh idk 
song stuck in your head: restart - jala brat seljana seljana
last movie watched: pay the ghost i think its the name.i watched it yesterday it was bad i dont recommend it
last tv show watched: moon lovers bitcj i have migraine bc of it   
what are you wearing right now: pyjamas
when did you create your blog: ehh end of 2015 (i wrote 2016 first but then i remembered thats last year. wtf)
what kind of content do you post: you tell me idk kpop pretty pictures nd stuff i like
do you have any other blogs: ye @rosescentedlove
do you get asks regularly: no
why did you choose your url: bc i lov yoongi ..my platonic soulmate .. nd im serbian so it kinda worked out well
hogwarts house: dont know ravenclaw  maybe
pokemon team: dont know
favorite color: baby blue, dark green nd navy
average hours of sleep: um.. like 13 nd when school starts 5-6
lucky number(s): 7, 13
favorite character(s): this is too vague 
how many blankets do you sleep with: 2
dream job: not having to work.. or architect 
following: 306 people

i tag @62095th @jiminovadevojka @sapphickpop @jhope1 @3wonho @acebytaemin @yoongissoftgf @mercuryretrograte @minhwari and whoever wants to do it !


Yesterday, I watched Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time, and I can’t help but think that Howl’s demon form really looks like a crow. (And he’s so pretty!!) And then I ended up putting the KageHina in that AU and of course Hinata in with gray hair is something I thought I didn’t need. 

I’ve been kind of quiet these past few days because I’m visiting with my sister

Today I finally hit the point where I talked incessantly about the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls franchise so much that she finally wants to watch it

My point being: It’s gonna be another quiet day on this blog

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go watch the first Equestria Girls movie for the fifth time, Rainbow Rocks for the fourth time, and Friendship Games for the third time. What a great way to recover from that Pleasant. Uplifting. Steven Universe content we experienced yesterday. Have a great afternoon

Ask meme: 8 questions

Tagged by @employee645-a

[While this thing says “8 questions” there are are only seven… ]

Last movie you watched: Home Alone.  Which I actually hadn’t seen in years and I don’t know why it was on TV after Christmas.

Last song you listened to: How Far I’ll Go from Moana

Last book you read: Mischling by Affinity Konar

The last thing you ate: Congee, which I made yesterday!

If you could be anywhere right now where would you be: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

When would you time travel to: 1904 London so I could see the first staging of Peter Pan.  And maybe 1940′s England because I think I would have made an awesome SOE agent.
Fictional character you would hang out with for a day: Right now, Queenie Goldstein.

Tag 8: @meansomething, @theposterofagirl, @thisismybrainrain, @cblgblog, @in-the-sometime, @hayleylovesjessica, @sampatches, @delightfullyambiguous


So I’ve been tagged by the cutiiiee @dangerouslycasualchild
RULES: Answer the question and then tag 20 blogs you would like to get to know better. (I didn’t tag 20 but oh well)

Nickname: i don’t really have any, but Emi is one i guess

Star Sign: Cancer

Height: 5′4 (162 cm), Tiny people squad yo

Time: 2:20 pm

Last Thing Googled: ‘Does Claire’s do. ear piercings?’ (I got my second piercing above my first yesterday)

Favourite Music Artists:
Kpop related: BTS, BigBang, EXO, GOT7, Twice, Dreamcatcher, BlackPink, Seventeen, a lot more but yea

Non-kpop related: The Weeknd, Sia, Ariana Grande, Drake, Twenty One Pilots, Panic at the disco, Fall Out Boy

Song Stuck In your head: Silver Spoon- BTS

Last Movie Watched: Trolls (don’t ask lol)

Last TV Show Watched: I don’t watch tv a lot, but American Horror Story

Outfit: Sweater and jeans

When did you create your blog: 2014

Do you have any other blogs: Nope

Do you get asks regularly: No. I’m sad y'all need to fill my asks i love it when i do get asks. it’s not annoying, trust me

Why did you choose your URL: i was super emo at the time so :))))

Gender: Female

Hogwarts House: Slytherin ;))))


Favourite Colour: Black, Mint, and White

Average Hours of Sleep: about 5 (?) probably the most i’ve ever slept was 14

Lucky number: 7

Favourite Character(s): idk really (A LOt)

How many blankets do you sleep with: one huge comforter bc i HAVE to cover up while sleeping, and in the summer i have my fan on HiGh

Dream Job: Photographer

Followers: 100 *happy screaming*

Further tagging : @dom-joonie @jung-koook @ulzzangkk @ohmybangtanboys @dailydoseofjacksonwang @unicornsinthetardis @treephil

I lost control over my life...

…again. Ha…haha…never ever ever ever watch movies with me I loved as a child. It won’t end well. Like Around the world in 80 days…most of the people I know think (or hope???) this movie was a bad dream but I liked it??? Lol And night at the museum??? Don’t get me started…but Jedediah and Octavius are OTP??? Since like I watched the first movie IN A WAY TOO FULL CINEMA WITH MY BF AND WE WERE GIGGLING THE WHOLE TIME (Rami Malek killed our 13 years old hearts) OOOOOOOOH AND I WATCHED GHOSTBUSTERS YESTERDAY (finally) AND FUCK YEAH WHAT A GOOD MOVIE!!!!!!!! just ignore me (as always) I have no friends and I had 5 hours of sleep for the last few days haha. Kill me please Oh some good news! My brother moved out. So no one who beats me up and maybe no panic attacks for some time yaaay

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Thank you for tagging me @magic-and-dreams!:))

Rules: Answer the questions (in a new post) and tag 10 (-ish) blogs you would like to get to know better.

1. Nickname: Tami :)

2. Star Sign: Leo

3. Height: 5 ft 6 in 

4. Time right now: around 1 pm (germany)

5. Favorite Music Artists: Lana del Rey, Halsey, Panic at the Disco, Billy Talent, 21 pilots, Jacob Banks

6. Last movie I watched: Rogue One - a Star Wars story

7. Last TV show I watched: I watched the first episode of BBC’s Sherlock yesterday 

8. What are you wearing right now: Sweatpants, an old shirt and a soft and warm jacket because it’s goddamn cold and i’m ill 

9. When did you make this blog: I think I created it in 2014 but back then it was a wild mixture of emo stuff and pretty pictures and “love is sooooo cruel” posts ahahah :D this blog is what it is since about a year now I think :)

10. What kind of stuff do you post on this blog: Mainly fandom stuff (the 100, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter etc.), but also political things and memes and here and there a few book related posts (lately I added The Song of Achilles and I’m now reading Homer’s Iliad. Thank you, Bellamy Blake:D) 

11. Do you have any other blogs: ohhhh hahah I’m having ALL the other blogs :’D no but really, I have a few other main blogs: @jvmesbuchananbarnes for marvel stuff, @armiitagehux for Star Wars, @starborne for fashion & lifestyle related posts and my personal, pretty unstructured blog @oceandecuivre where I just post a mix of everything I find pretty/interesting :) 

12. Do you get asks regularly: lol nope 

13. Why did you choose this URL: because I got tired of my old one (carl-emerson) but wanted something related to my fandoms and I really like Richard Harmon :) I was actually really surprised that it wasn’t taken yet

14. Gender: Female 

15. Hogwarts House: Slytherin

16. Pokemon Team: Never played/watched that, sorry

17. Favorite Color(s): Black, gold, fuchsia and grey

18. Average hours of sleep: I’d say around 6-8 

19. Favorite Characters: One for each fandom; John Murphy (the 100), Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones), Hermione Granger (HP), Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Bucky Barnes (Marvel), Patroclus (TSOA), Castiel (Supernatural), Anne Boleyn (The Tudors), Alec Lightwood (Shadowhunters) and Nancy Wheeler (Stranger Things) :)

20. How many blankets do you sleep with: mostly only one, but it’s really big and fluffy

21. Dream Job: Something where I can travel around, see the world, while helping other people :) 

I’m tagging @bluetheon @yes-everhopeful @non-platonic-murphamy @boob-morley @luna-stein @jontyaxefive @bobmorleyisking and @thanduril (of course you don’t have to do it, I’m just curious :D) 

Rules: Answer the questions in a new post and tag 20 blogs you would like to get to know better.

-Nickname: timbo, tim, nerd
-Starsign: pieces
-Height: 6′1″
-Last thing I googled: jurassic park
-Fave music artist: oh boy probably radiohead right? run the jewels and kendrick are favorites too though and I have a softspot for synthwave shit like carpenter brut

-Song stuck in my head: well now it’s carpenter brut so
-Last movie I watched: in theaters it was rogue one but I watched a bunch of jurassic park (for the first time???) on tv yesterday night
-Last TV show I watched: lol I watched the genndy tartakovsky star wars series in one sitting yesterday
-When did you create your blog: uhhh probably like october or november 2013
-What kind of stuff do I post?: honestly it’s metal gear and bullshit memes and we all know it
-Do you have any other blogs: yeah I have a development blog for a game I was working on (and published!!!!) this past semester, as well as a blog of robots :0
-Do you get asks regularly?: sadly no, no one really interacts w/ me on tumblr
-Why did you choose your URL?: one of my best friends from ohio called me tim barndarz or some permutation thereof all the time and it stuck
-Fave colour: I really like lightly desaturated tones, like I think pastel-ish colors are really nice
-Average hours of sleep: 7-8 hours a night OR like 3 take your pick
-Lucky number: 8
-Fave characters: you know it’s my boy mungo manager
-How many blankets do you sleep with? as many as available
-Dream job: yikes here we go; I wanna be a super cool interaction/service designer but also in my heart of hearts I really wanna make video games. but I don’t like the idea of working on a huge team because I want some creative input but ALSO I don’t like the idea of being destitute for my art, so at the end of the day I’m probably just gonna make games for me for fun instead of for job
-Following: 53

@theinvective, @samdarins, @succulentrobotass, @pr-metheus, @klauerflower because yall are really the only mutuals I have

Tag challenge!!

Thanks for the tag, @mag-studies! (Also Eleven for the fictional character is a great choice I approve 👌)

Last movie I watched: Yesterday I watched Rogue One! Cool Star Wars film you have to watch if you’re a nerd like I am.

Last book I read:  Carrie by Stephen King. Yoooo this book was great. It’s the first one I’ve read from King and I definitely want to read more from him.

Last song I listened to: Time-Bomb by All Time Low. This guy is going to a ATL concert in March and I couldn’t be more excited, I love that band.

Last thing I ate: All I had today was a coffee, but the last solid thing I ate was a Spanish omelette sandwich (bone apple tree).

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?: I want to travel to Ireland, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Australia, Canada, the US, Colombia, Cuba, South Africa… But to be honest I really want to go back to uni because I miss my friends and living with my sister is pretty annoying (just 20 days till I go back! lol).

Where would you want to time travel to?: November this year to have a sneak peek on how my life is going. It’s going to be pretty different at that point so I’m curious. Also would like to travel to Egiptians time, as a kid I was a nerd for Egiptian shit. And of course the answer is always the year 2500 to see how things are going.

Fictional character you would want to hang with for a day?: Listen, just let me chat with Hermione she seems like a pretty interesting gal.

Tagging: If any of you guys wants to do this I’d love to read your answers (but like, don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to idk)

@studyplants @dellstudy @withnotebooksandcoffeenooks @shincha-green-tea @hella-smart-nerd @studysapphic




What do you see when you watch the films today, now that the time has passed?
Pretty much the same as they were before, it hasn’t changed one bit. It’s like it was just yesterday, that’s the weird thing with time. It seems like yesterday. But I still look at it and wonder what people are seeing when they see it. There’s a couple of films I’ve got a really good idea of how the audience is going to react, but not in general. Like the very first one I made was Goodbye 42nd Street, that’s on there. The first time I showed it, I was really surprised people were into it. I just thought it was such a shitty Super-8 movie, but people responded well and that encouraged me. The first time it was at a screening, it wasn’t allowed to be screened. They immediately said, “You can’t show this.” That was also inspiring, to say “fuck you” to those kind people.

So you were part of the Cinema of Transgression. Were you trying specifically to shock people and freak them out or was that an after-effect?
The group of films that immediately preceded it in the underground were all very boring. It seemed like one of the qualifications was to make it boring and slow and long. So our plan was to make it short, and make it non-boring, if possible. And that may not work now, but back then it did, and we just tried to break down any moral thing or taboo you could. One of my personal things was to fuck up relationships and fuck up people’s heads as much as possible. People were completely shocked by some of the stuff. But this was in the 80s, so I don’t know how they will react now.

Do you think it’s as shocking now as it was then?
There was this show in Berlin at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin. They did this whole Cinema of Transgression month where they installed the films in this club-like atmosphere, like you would’ve seen back then, in different, weird rooms. People said it was really effective, and it was. I walked through and there was one film that I watched that a friend of mine made that I hadn’t seen since then and I couldn’t sit through the whole thing, it was just too fucking hardcore. So it’s definitely a negative attitude, everything was negative, everything was nihilist. It’s the whole belief, and it probably sounds stupid sitting here in this restaurant, but you have to destroy everything to start over again. That was the whole anarchist approach, which was pretty much the punk attitude. It was “fuck everything”. And I felt the only way you could really destroy and fuck with people was to fuck with their love life and their personal relationships. When you see something, it coarsens you. Every bad thing you see coarsens you. Think about video games, like playing Black-Ops – it fucks with your head. I don’t care what people say.

I was reading some of the reviews and one of the main critiques was that these people were shitty actors. Was that a secondary care for you?
It’s funny you just said that because I never thought about that. It wasn’t the same kind of approach, and if I was making one now, I still wouldn’t think about it. I never thought about that. But yeah, they are shitty actors. It’s all your state of mind when you’re looking at them, everybody in the movies is pretty real.  

Yeah, the things they were doing were real.
Believe me, in Fingered, Marty Nation was exactly like that, no exaggeration. The guy who’s lifting weights, he was like that. Everybody was real. Lydia Lunch was like that. Lung Leg was like that. The story was based on Lydia and Marty’s travels when she was 16 and they would hitchhike and get picked up by somebody, and Marty would take his knife out and start stabbing and cutting up the upholstery in the car, looking at the guy. All those guys were really scary. The guy who’s lifting weights in it got killed about two years ago, somebody shot him finally.

You were pretty prolific in that time period, when these films were made. Were you just obsessed with making these films?
Yeah, it was what I did and I had a lot of ideas and I had all the equipment, which wasn’t much, it was a Super-8 camera and three lights and I had a big apartment to shoot in and plenty of people who wanted to do stuff. And I wouldn’t call them actors, I’d call them performer types. Nothing was scripted, the closest thing we had to a script was Fingered and You Killed Me First and those were just, “This is what’s gonna happen in this scene. You’re gonna say this. Or you say something like this.” Lydia and Marty in Fingered would just make up dialogue as they went. They would play off of each other. I would tell them what we were gonna shoot tomorrow and they could say what they wanted. It wasn’t traditional filmmaking, by any means.  

How much contact are you in with these people now?  
I saw Lydia a few weeks ago in a bar in Williamsburg doing a reading. And she’s playing in Williamsburg again next Monday. But she lives in Barcelona, I see her occasionally.

I’m really interested in understanding the evolution from doing these nihilistic films to the stuff you do now, which seems a little bit more gentle and subtle.
Fingered was one of John Waters’ favorite films, and I hung out with him a few times and he said, “It’s interesting to be an angry young man when you’re young, but when you’re old you just look like an idiot to still be angry.” A lot of those films were made when I was a drug addict, and when I got clean the only thing I could afford to do was take photos. And I started taking photos of everybody I knew and tried to get them naked. And it just evolved into this other thing.

There’s some films I’ve made that are still like the old ones. There’s one I finished last year that was harder than anything I ever did. It’s just hard to watch. And it’s the perfect movie for me because it’s a documentary about a girl explaining why she cuts herself, and then she does it. I shot it with a shitty little video camera, I set the camera up and she sat there and talked about it. But it’s a really powerful movie. It was in a show here in New York at Maccarone, and at the opening it was just bumming people out like crazy. For me, that was a huge success. To be able to have that effect, and it wasn’t fake, it wasn’t set up, it was just a real thing that really bummed people out, and I was lucky enough to get it. It’s the same attitude. But then there’s these other films, Face To Panty Ratio for example. It’s a pretty film, there’s nothing bad going on, but you’re looking at girls’ panties, looking at their faces, it’s very hypnotic. But you realise, “I’m looking at girls’ panties.” A lot of people are into the movie, but it’s a little music video about girls’ panties. So other people think it’s perverse.  

You can’t say it’s porn, because it’s not porn. It’s just focusing on two really interesting parts of a female, their face and their panties, and what’s wrong with looking at it? One of my things has always been to make no apologies for what you’re doing, and if you have some kind of perversion, it’s not a perversion. Guys like to look at girls’ panties, plenty of girls like to look at girls’ panties, but people act like it’s such a big fucking deal if they get caught doing it.  

Everything’s a joke. Every film.  A joke on the audience.

I thought I saw a bit of your work now in Submit to Me and Submit to Me Now.
I quit making films for like ten years and then around 2008 I started again and then I really started again a couple years ago. All this stuff is just random stuff I shoot when I shoot photos, it’s not completely random, I have these themes. Just this past summer I spent four months making ten or 20 films, all made up of all these pieces I shot. I just collected them for four years and then sat down and edited them. But that is not traditional filmmaking. I would just say to the girl, “Okay give me a walk from here to here, this way to this way to this way.” I just shot a whole bunch of girls, like B-shoot photos, I was like, “We’re gonna shoot some video. You sit here, and I want you to cry.  See if you can cry, can you cry?” They go, “Maybe.” And I just sit there and wait for them to cry, and if they cry I got it. Or I have them throw a fit. “Beat the bed, beat the couch,” and all this shit will end up in different movies. It’s not the traditional filmmaking or videos.

I think it’s interesting, especially in the Submit to Me stuff, they’re almost like moving photographs, there’s not a plot but they’re still very interesting.
I was looking for weirdness. Just trying to think of what weird thing can this person do. There was one guy with a really little dick and he said, “I really want to be in there.” He would just bug the shit out of me. And I said, “Okay, you can just shave your pubes.” Which was a weird thing back then, if you’re a guy. So he said, “Okay, I’ll do that.” And it was just really weird.

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Nickname: don’t really have one, but some call me Han

Star sign: Aries

Height: 5′3

Time right now: 11:14pm

Favorite music artist(s): 5sos(ofc), The Everyday Anthem, twenty one pilots, p!atd, all time low, halsey, The 1975, State Champs, Chase Atlantic, The Maine and many more(SEND ME MUSIC RECS!)

Song stuck in your head: Stage Dives and Pick Slides by The Everyday Anthem

Last movie watched: i want to say Deadpool bc i watched it yesterday for the first time and it was funny… But the last movie i actually watched was The Incredibles

Last tv show watched: i’m re-watching The Office currently

What are you wearing right now: grey sweatshirt, and black&white track shorts

When did you create your blog: December 21, 2015

What kind of stuff do you post: 5sos with text posts about myself. and occasionally about my other favorite band(The Everyday Anthem)

Do you have any other blogs/saved urls: Oh lord yes i do.
- polarizecliffo
- lastresortmichael
- mukeclemminqs
- muke2k16
- everydayanthem
- hemmocurls
- mcliffhoes
- tiddyluke
- tiddylucas
- frightmichael2k16
- mcliffhoe
- thebadpostureband
wow i have a lot LOL

Hogwarts house: i don’t really know tbh but my sign says Gryffindor (tell me what you guys think)
UPDATE: i took multiple quizzes and most said ravenclaw.

Pokemon team: if this is for pokémon go, then i’m blue

Favorite color: Grey & blue

Average hours of sleep: usually 6-7. but when i can sleep in, i sleep for like 12 hours

Lucky number: 5

Favorite characters: okay i love Ian from shameless. other than that i don’t really know lol

How many blankets do you sleep with: usually 2 or 3

Dream job: I either want to be a math teacher or something in the music industry(i love music)

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