Ponders the world of film, literature and art. Observing their aesthetics, meanings, organic translations. Well, basically the world of semantics. If the world of artistic glaciers tickles your fancy, tune in- you may be in for a treat. (Or even, stumble on something to watch, view, listen to.) Does contain spoilers, you have been warned. Oh! And I do not own any of the photos. Hah, Have a good one!

Black Butler: circus folk and medic phases

 

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Black Butler

Creator: Yana Toboso 

A continuation of Black Butler.. there is a selection of circus like characters. The world of quirky, strange and the deranged come into surface. Themes and concepts that tickle the interest of even the traditional. Just to keep it short and sweet, the circus characters come into the world of black butler in the later seasons. (not ruining the delightful world of spoilers) The circus like characters are interesting because they not only represent the notions of being united in a family like circumstance. They represent notions of the sublime and strange. They are strange in their own way yet reunited. The member consist of name like Snake, Peter, Doll and many more. Names that resemble child like naivety (Peter from peter pan) toys of child-hood (doll), as well as animals of danger and religious connotations (Snake). The beauty of the forbidden awakens in this anime, which ultimately makes it a anime worthwhile.

 

 

 

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Black butler: queen, kings, knights of the game of life.

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Black Butler

Creator : Yana Toboso

Where would you place your chess pieces if your life was ending momentarily? Black Butler presents the unbelievable to become believable. Toboso presents angels v demons. Black butler… An intriguing anime. A dark anime. An anime about fate, destiny, revenge, and fulfilment. Funnily enough, Black Butler remains as one of those animes where you could easily dismiss without batting an eyelid. Yes, it’s true – there’s a lot of vampires, deadly animals transforming into super beings, and gruesome tales of anime boys in the manga world. But hold on a sec,  give this one a chance! It’s actually pretty good. Black Butler explores the tales of a young boy called Ciel Phantomhive; a young boy  who summons and signs a contract with a  demon at his tip of breaking point. Ciel Phantomhive returns back to his land of familiarity, his home, his parent’s estate. And, dedicates his life to the brisk of revenge. Being the queen’s guard-dog and Sebastian’s soul of interest. We watch how Sebastian admires his master’s strength and will-power to conquer his soul’s purpose. We watch how Ciel transforms into a broken soul to a brave leader. How he soon learns the hunger of what it means to live. How he comes to actually admire his life. All in all, meeting people who betray, help, and tear away the castle of his destiny. And, utimately, becoming witness to a boy who was brave enough to move the first move on the game of ‘chess’.

 

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‘One two three, hehe don’t mess with double d!” The cul de sac kids of Ed Edd n Eddy

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Ed Edd n Eddy

creator: Danny Antonucci

We witness Ed, Edd and eddy.  The troublesome trio. Not only do they have a bond that consists of annoyance, brotherly love, and hunger for growth. They have a bond that cannot be broken. It’s contagious their desire for causing havoc in the cul de sac! It’s just barking mad how their imagination spreads from episode to episode to gain jawbreakers! They want money, and they want it fast. Well, Eddy does. It’s beautiful.  The reminisce it brings. (Depending, on your age, of course.)  The inner child. That resides in all of us.  The sad realisation that growing up sucks in retrospect. Well, for some. And how, some of us, lose that beautiful innocence and curiosity that makes us children.

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The cartoon is not only a cartoon that produces laughter. It is a cartoon that provokes identification with the trio and the other characters involved within it. From the ratty loud-mouth Sarah, to the soft devious Jimmy, to the mental strangeness of Johnny. Through to the pretty- girl – next- door Nazz to the home-bred Ralph. All portrayals of people we know in the real world who resonate our social realist background. A rather marvelous depiction- don’t you think?  We throw away a malicious world of social prejudices, real-life hatred, armour of differences and unite for a world of acid laughter, born from the need to make money in the rough sides of the cul de sacs of Ed Edd n Eddy.

 

For a more deeper analysis, read on.

Through an analytical level, we watch the acidic levels of perhaps drugs, the necessities of greed and the layers of mental health.  (All forms of interpretation, of course.) That seem   to float the gems of such a mischievous cartoon. (Yes, it’s time to get serious peeps!  It’s funny because you always hear speculated controversial conspiracy theories. Whether, or not, if they remain true or false. It’s always fun to hear them out, without hastily throwing them out.)  Observing the world of illegal drugs and lucid dreams – One + One = Ed is an episode that sticks out of mind. An episode where the Ed’s look for meanings and reasons of what, why and how.  A weird psychedelic episode that trips the minds of not only the audience, but the characters too. Messing with not only the fourth wall, but with the character’s physical space of existence. Atoms and such. Where pieces float and the unexpected happens.  Even, depicting Eddy falling through a black hole- almost as if he doesn’t actually exist in this episode. Or, any episode that it matters. Almost arguably, presenting Eddy for who he is. A fictional character. This can be emphasised by his continuous falling within the black hole, and how Ed comes to his rescue, by removing the black hole from under his feet. Ultimately, bringing him back to reality with a bang. The reality that he isn’t unstoppable. That he is a cartoon. Not immune to the pain or torture.  A psychedelic episode of fantasy v reality. Moving on, the social realist depictions of power can be seen prevalent. From the constant greed Eddy has to steal the money from the innocent cul da sac kids to the controlling manipulative behaviours carried within the persona of Sarah (Ed’s sister). The audience can see how strong the word of greed lies within the cul da sac.

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The audience can watch from episode to episode how Eddy desires money more than his health. A heartbreaking depiction of how the human has become the slave to the dollar bill, expressed within Ed, Edd n Eddy and numerous cartoons that float around in the archives of Cartoon Network.  In addition, we can’t forget the notions of mental health within a cartoon such as this. Mental health is prevalent, especially through the two examples of Edd (or, Double D as they refer to) and Johnny. With Double D – the notions of OCD and the obsession of cleanliness can be seen. The constant reminder that ‘mother would not be proud’ almost elicits the fact that Double D has been psychological pressured from an early age – that the world is unsafe. Germ-wise, and even societal wise. It’s almost as if Double D needs the other two Ed’s to balance his irrational sense of beliefs. And help him cope in the real world. Double D is highly intelligent, but his intelligence cannot save him, from his irrational beliefs.  Double D lives in a world where he needs Eddy (the street-wise junkie_) and Ed (the autistic slowcoach).  At last, we cannot forget Johnny, and his friend ‘Plank’. Now ‘Plank’ is a wooden object- with a face on it. Now at first, this can be seen as a drop of harmless fun. But on a deeper level, Johnny is a young adolescent playing with a wooden object. Taking its every command, and allowing it to control his life. We could observe Plank as a token of insecurity- that Johnny needs to holds to. Perhaps he is alright- something Linus (from Charlie Brown) mentions in [Peanuts special “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.] How Linus uses his blanky as a token to face the world.  He, unlike Johnny, has a mind of his own. Johnny goes to Plank for advice, life questions, and so on. This is prevalent in the episode [All Ed’s Are Off ] where Eddy bets Johnny a day, that he cannot function without Plank. Resulting in a stressed out-mad Johnny filled with excessive anxiety. In retrospect, emphasising a child filled with excessive loneliness, lack of proper direction and fear of the real world. Ultimately and arguably portraying the audience with a kid, lost within a world of fantasy. A world of comfortable and safe fantasy. A world of no responsibilities – almost like the Peter Pan syndrome and Alice in Wonderland phenomenon.  We, as an audience begin to understand Ed, Edd n Eddy as more than just a cartoon for laughter and for kids – but a cartoon with deeper organic translation that make your mind say ‘Like…WHAT?!’

[writer – natalia santos, of this blog]

 

 

Wolverine-duos of archetypal samurais

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Wolverine 2013

d/ James Mangold


In James Mangold interpretation of The Wolverine (2013) we are presented a story of pain, revenge, justice and power. We watch how The Wolverine is placed within a Japanese setting. A world of carnage, a world of war. We witness the explosion of the nuclear bomb and how the wolverine sacrifices and saves a soldier. His skin is burned and destroyed, nonetheless with his power of recovery – he sacrifices moments of pain to protect a soldier in a state of mortality. The audience are presented with characters of strength, skill and dedication to honour their duties of integrity.  We witness the character of Yukio. A woman of presence, skill and speed. In addition to Yukio, the audience are shadowed by the stealthy presence of Harada. A ninja.  A  leader of the black clan; a force of skillful ninjas. His soul’s purpose is to protect Mariko. As the movie unravels – we watch how  strength of character, immense integrity and power of passion ultimately unfolds a balance of unique unstoppable duos.

 

Jungle book – A child’s feather

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Jungle book 2016

d/ Jon Favreau    |       p/ Jon Favreau and Brigham Taylor

The manic transition of growing up and all the elements involved within the perfect picture of green screen illusion. The jungle book presents the young audience with a show of morality, love, hope, death, desire and many more notions of life on a philosophical level. The colours of the film are a perfect way of illustrating the emotions digested within such a legendary tale written by Rudyard Kipling.

Colours of greens and brown can be seen prominent within the film. Colours that present the beautiful waves of nature, raw fresh materials and dusk.  The audience watch how Mowgli travels through the jungle physically and metaphorically. Almost in retrospect, representing the young audience – the archetype of the traveler. Mowgli is the child of the jungle. He travels through, he breathes life to it. Watch carefully how Mowgli experiences the jungle not only as the jungle (i.e. a place forbidden to humans due to danger) but creates experiences within it. He befriends a bear: Baloo whom shows him the melody of the jungle. With the help of Bagheera, a panther, who guides him through the depths of the forest.  Jon Favreau’s well done animation illustrates the essence of nostalgia and childhood to a vast range of viewers. Adults as well as children of all ages are welcome to witness one of their classic characters and stories come to life. Jon Favreau’s interprets the narratives well including classic sing-a-longs and the inclusion of all the main characters. The only flaw one could say would be the inclusion of more- more narrative but that all depends on film premiere timing. Great depiction nonetheless!

Girl,Interrupted – Where the mental veins break

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

To question your own existence. The battling taste of the underworld, and the sweet realisation that ‘never is, but what is not.’ (Shakespeare’s Macbeth reference) The vicious spin between what is real and what is merely a façade is highly visible within films such as these. Girl, Interrupted (1999) consists as one of these films that manages to execute this execute this fine line between reality v fantasy, in a state that is easily identifiable to a range of different audiences. The dimensions unlocked between reality v fantasy are real enough to sympathise- on even a non-fictional level- which is brilliant.  What we need to understand is that the world of mental health is indeed real, and very transparent in the world that tries to burrow the hatchet. Mental health issues are not translucent in style nor a cover up of insecurities or pain. They are real. Real where real help is needed. Girl, Interrupted opens the audience into this world of the mental health and the damage and trauma derived from it. The audience are taken into an arena of pain, anguish and sheers destruction. We behold emotions reflected from this unstable world of mental health.  The clever trick within film such as these that allow the audience to empathise on such a deeper level is highly important in understanding the structure of this true narrative.  As an audience we mustn’t feel opaque to such emotions- to the point of blocking them out, or, merely rejecting characters because they do not mesh with our own personality traits. This is why the ending of the film is highly crucial in closing the narrative. The film demonstrates the essence of compassion as a sense of catharsis by the end. We must learn to be compassionate. Another interesting point, is the film only depicts women dealing with  mental health issues- when it is highly apparent that men also suffer from the same issues, but just are less vocal and flamboyant about the issue – thus, covering it up similarly; through violence, coldness, alcohol or even sheer quietness.

The cavity of such destruction and reality is just a mere depiction of the real world. The real pain- that most like to hide behind.  The destructive pain of confronting the truth, when the world desires you to believe the fruitless lies of what is normalcy.  A strategy used in order for you to be complacent and stagnant.  Girl, Interrupted uses the main protagonist [ Susanna Kaysen]( Winona Ryder)  as almost a ‘bodily guide’, or in better terms a floating ghost that acts as an inner fly on the wall- in showing us the different dimensions of the damaged human interior. As well as the true colours of some of the characters, As [Susanna Kaysen ] enters the mental institution, we witness various deep psychological interpretations.  This includes the soft child almost peter pan syndrome expressed by [DAISY] (Brittany Murphy), the arrogant, intelligent, highly expressive character of [Lisa Rowe] (Angelina Jolie ) who almost triumphs onto a level of bi-polar disorder or even ounces of psychopathic behaviour.  To the  unstable mysterious alluring tomboy-like character of [Susanna Kaysen] whom tries endlessly in trying to discover the truth of the dangerous valleys of mental health and its destructive path. The character [Susanna Kaysen] can be seen trying to break free from this torturous metaphorical ‘room’ of where the ‘victims’ lay. As the character of [Lisa Rowe ] (Angelina Jolie) expresses within the film.The film can be analysed through multiple dimensions which makes it interesting i.e psychological, societal, religion.  Based on a true story-  We watch how the teams of dishevelled individuals become united through this pain of internal battles and transfer that into a world of harmonious recognition.

The recognition that we are ultimately all alike.  That we are, what we are. Regardless, if you’re state has been interrupted.

 

Beirut – Home is closer than you think

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Beirut

♫ ♬  ‘ This album is all about coming home’. A reflection from the harmonious indie band: Beirut. Zach Condon, the lead singer, of the Beirut emphasises with his audience by expresses his deepest intentions. Condon goes on  to explain how his life was a  ‘constant state of uphevel – nothing has ever settled down.’ (ManifierInterveiw) Almost allowing the audience and fans to subconsciously observe how Beirut is the aftermath of Condon’s darkest hours. We witness how the confusion, pain and sheer manic of not having a home-ground has been translated into soft music. Soft music that expresses the importance belief that  you do not need to search for a home. You are home.  Through a collection of pure raw honesty, the audience are able to not only identify with Condon and his lyrical mesh of radiant melody, but also able to identify with him. His burning desire to live and share his experiences wholeheartedly. Not cookie-coodled nor fixed.  Condon is honest. He shares. So, we feel a connection of belonging.

We must take into consideration that Condon explores the journey of self discovery, as he ventured on the road less travelled by many. But a road highly rewarding. The battles of failures, hope, loneliness, all will follow. A very important piece of the puzzle to remember expressed within his tale of musical discovery is that the truth always finds a way to unravel itself. Pain can be healed. Slowly but it can. Because, once you lit the human soul on fire – you are born.  ♬♫

Links below to find more about the band Beirut;

http://beirutband.com/   |

Music:  https://myspace.com/beirutmusic/music/album/elephant-gun-11294912