1. "Insist on engagement. Wrestle with what is difficult. Pretty is boring. Seek intensity."
    — 

    W.M. Hunt (via photographsonthebrain)

    I keep forgetting this, so have to continually reblog it from Milo, the ol’ memory booster shot.

    (via milobelgrove)

     
  2. new set on my website, starring Whitney Moore, shot during the “OH GOD IT’S SO FUCKING HOT I’M NEVER GOING OUTSIDE AGAIN MATTER OF FACT I’M NEVER LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW NO NO WAIT I’M NEVER SAYING THE WORD ‘OUTSIDE’ AGAIN NOPE CAN’T MAKE ME” heatwave we had in LA last week: Beach Streets

     
  3. Godzilla (2014)

    This whole goddamn thing is gonna be a spoiler, so turn back now if you don’t trust me and, for some misguided reason, plan to see this movie. 

    Because christ on a crutch, what an insipid waste of everyone’s time this was. 

    And yeah yeah, what else should I have expected? Oh, I dunno? Characters, maybe, as opposed to the cardboard cutouts they had moving from set piece to set piece?  Stunning imagery, rather than the same shots I’ve seen again and again, and done better.  

    Matter of fact, let’s take a moment, shall we, to really drill down into the visuals of this film.  80% of the time they’re showing the monsters, the director felt the need to come up with some kind of visual affectation to, what, jazz it up, maybe? You see the monsters fight on tv.  You see the monsters through goggles, through a visor, you see the monsters over the shoulder of one guy, then another guy, then through the gap in wreckage, then through some smoke.  What you rarely get to see is just monster on monster action, so impressed with themselves are the camera crew.  ”Look how we can detract from the actual things people want to see this time!”

    Which, I go to a monster movie, I wanna see the goddamn monsters.  And if you think you’re a fancy-pants director making the monster version of The Third Man and you want to delay gratification, want to build the suspense, maybe create some sense of grandeur when we finally see the monsters.  

    Because I, for one, was not impressed.  Godzilla looked like Godzilla, good job VFX team.  The other monsters looked like the monsters I’ve seen in Cloverfield (which I liked more.  Yeah, exactly), like the monsters I’ve seen in Pacific Rim, like the monsters I’ve seen in Monsters.  

    I was never sucked into this film.  The eye candy hit my senses and slid right off, so uninspired as it was.  The monster fights were lackluster, save for a cool moment with atomic fire.  

    And if there had been a cool story, I might’ve let some of that slide. 

    If there had been any interesting characters, I might’ve let some of that slide.  

    IF THEY HADN’T KILLED BRYAN CRANSTON IN THE FIRST FIFTEEN MINUTES, I MIGHT’VE ENJOYED THE MOVIE MORE.  

    If they’d given Elizabeth Olsen anything to do but quiver and cry during the entire film…jesus, I feel so badly for that actress.  I’m sure she got a handsome check, but brother, what a worthless performance.  

    Matter of fact, they could’ve switched her with the guy who plays Kick Ass (our lead in this film, such as it is) and it would’ve been far better.  

    Because none of the people DO ANYTHING in this movie.  Kick Ass gets a total of one decent moment where he kills the monsters babies.  Good job. Other than that he merely survives.  Every plan is laid to waste.  Every idea goes down in flames.  This movie…that I may prevent some of you seeing this movie, that almost makes the experience worth it.  The miserable, time-consuming experience.   

    THEY KILL THE BEST ACTOR THEY’VE GOT IN THE FIRST FIFTEEN MINUTES.  

    Not a single character has any personality except for Cranston, and they figure that’s an excellent reason to have him fall down a walkway and die, OFF SCREEN.  He doesn’t even get a death scene, what the deuce is up with that.  

    GRADE: D

     

  4. "Do not try to be pretty. You weren’t meant to be pretty; you were meant to burn down the earth and graffiti the sky. Don’t let anyone ever simplify you to just “pretty.”"
    — Things I Wish My Mother Had Taught Me | d.a.s (via organicafe)

    (via justwords)

     
  5. 5.11.14 - Ani

     
  6. 5.10.14 - Brandon

     
  7. From that time I hung out with Future Islands at a laundromat, 6.26.10

     
  8. 5.4.14 - Brenna

     
  9. 4.26.14 - Kristin

     
  10. ianbroyles:

    I made an app for selfies with a video twist.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/selfie-vision-video-selfie/id866436928?mt=8

    Ian makes all the best things. go get this. 

     
  11. 4.27.14 - Melanie Hawkins

     
  12. tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain

    This song is playing while I’m typing. And when it’s over, it’s gonna play again.  And again. And again.  That’s how I listen to music.  Play it until it burns out.  

    The last minute of this song makes me want to meet the band and give them a standing ovation.  

    p.s. there are apparently two versions of this video.  There’s this one, which is little more than an animated gif, and a real one, where things move and puppets frolic. That one is distracting, takes away from the perfection of the song.  That video made me realize, mere minutes ago, that some songs do not need, nay, should Not have a video.  This song, it needs nothing more.  It IS. 

     
     
  13. californiahighwayparties:

    10.23.13 - Laura

     

  14. "

    INTERVIEWER: In that vein, while there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that?

    ARI HANDEL: From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, “Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.” Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, “Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?” That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.

    "
    — 

    Stewardship of Creation: An Interview with “Noah” Screenwriter, Ari Handel | The High Calling

    Ari Handel gives us a short masterclass in how to be a racist. Bravo, sir.  OF COURSE white people are perfect stand-ins for ALL PEOPLE. Of course. 

     
  15. 4.6.14 Cindy