Anonymous asked:

(1) Your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions influence each other. (2) Your thoughts and behaviors are largely your choice. (3) Believing that people are happier without you contributes to your depression. (4) Going on the internet and talking about how depressed you are contributes to your depression. (5) You could challenge these thoughts and behaviors and find alternatives with much time and effort. (6) Your depression is, to some extent, your responsibility and a result of your choices.


Borom Sarret | 1966 | dir. Ousmane Sembène

"Yesterday was the same.  The day before yesterday was the same.  Red light. One always has to stop, to go, to Iie down.  It’s a prison. That’s what it is, this modern life.  This is how we live now in this country.”

I’m beginning to love moments in films in which characters perceive, in simple direct clarity, the ways in which everyday life subjects the individual to regimes of discipline and control over the body and the mind.  The POV shot, so often used to motivate action, here motivates consciousness, stitching the viewer into the act of seeing, making us realize what the character realizes.  In the context of Sembène’s film, a mere traffic light, the most banal expression of a civilization’s social contract, here suddenly stands in for every other part of it: racial injustice, the exploitation of the poor, the lingering structures of colonialism, the unequal flow of capital which underpins it all, and a host of other things as well.

Camera and editing.
Seeing and consciousness.

All human spaces and objects have meaning which can be read, but one cannot achieve literacy in the hidden language of the social sphere directly.  Instead, one must learn its syntax through a study of dialectics and one must learn its vocabulary through a study of history.  Only then will the diachronic reproduction and development of all social systems appear as a real process in all its complexity, and only then will the various products, practices, and discourses of any single moment attest to their interconnectedness and common genealogy.

Through framing and cutting, cinema has the power to select and connect, clarifying the confusion of contemporary life.  The frenzied surplus of signifiers continuously careening past our eyes exhausts most people’s attempt to make any deep sense of the world.  Muddled minds maintain the status quo.  We must therefore make films to act as externalized consciousnesses, to order and organize these images, to teach literacy of the forms and systems we encounter every day, to overthrow ignorance and every oppression that ignorance supports.

If a film doesn’t foster thought, it maintains unthought.

Thing Theory







How do you propose to address the fascist backlash that has accompanied every attempted revolution and will probably accompany every future attempted revolution? In answering, can you explain how your methods of addressing this will categorically eschew the exercise of collective authority, ie, can you explain how your practical solution will be “non-authoritarian” in character, in contradistinction to the “authoritarian” solutions of us Marxists?

Uh, people would organize into militias, probably like organized around affinity groups, get guns, and ice they asses?
And like really fascist backlash is a much lesser worry than getting betrayed by our allies so like yeah

i feel like you’re not giving due credence to all the right-wing militias that currently exist in the us and how trigger happy they’d be at anything labeling itself left?

Not to mention, even if a revolution were to succeed, there would be a huge number of ex-military people/police who would conspire with a counter-revolution. Though, by the time the United States has a successful revolution, it’s probably going to be doomsday for capitalism throughout the world.


The Many Faces of Dumb Mud


DRAMAtical Murder aka Gay Blue Dog Anime aka Dumb Mud is my favorite comedy of the season and it isn’t even trying. I didn’t even mean to keep watching it, but I was coaxed back in by my pathetic thirst for filmic punishment. I’d stopped after episode two, which was such a dull progression of color vomit that it seemed the series would never go anywhere interesting, much less entertaining. But in episode three, something… happened. I don’t know what. Maybe they didn’t hire enough animators, or had to scrap the episode halfway through and do the whole thing over again. Maybe somebody dared them to animate this episode with their non-dominant hand? I’d believe it. All I know is that they somehow let an episode air wherein the vast majority of shots were massively off model, and it was glorious. Look at this shit:

There’s also this: 


Which looks more like this:

Saved the best for last: image

This is what he’s SUPPOSED to look like, btw: 


There must be a couple of animators who hate that jacket of his.

They just can’t get gas mask guy right:image
Compare to: 
Or my favorite Hot Topic aficionado Noiz:
All of the group shots are, of course, amazing:



Enjoy the epic carrying grandma sequence, complete with amazing disappearing wrinkles:


Then there are these two:


These two outside of shit-o-vision. Note that they get hat dude’s hair color wrong for just that shot:


They do the same thing with Aoba here, making him a brunet inexplicably:


I’m pretty sure that this anime in particular was a perfect storm for creating an episode like this. BL anime adaptations get minuscule budgets, the character designs are ridiculously detailed, and I’m sure there was an actual major failure in creating this episode.

Ultimately, never forget: