I didn't think I'd do anything else with this cracky au but I keep getting ideas for it so...
from a continuation of the Deadspace Supernova AU where Ship's AI!Andy successfully crashes the Tartarus, fucks over the Mercs, is rescued by the RnBs and helps out the new combined Chorus armies
Annoying Orange Redux
Grif is a nuisance, and Andy just wants to work in peace... and also the payout from the Grimmons betting pool would be nice.
2021 IFFBoston Part 4
Last week was the kick off of virtual 2021 Independent Film Festival Boston. I’ll be covering the festival (which I’m an alumni of and a big fan of), as it continues to Sun. May 16, periodically over the next week. Check out Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.
Thurs. May 13:
Marvelous and the Black Hole is a coming of age comedy about magic, featuring Rhea Perlman. Alas I didn’t catch it.
Miss Poly Styrene
Only a day after I caught the music doc The Sparks Brothers, there’s another music doc. Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliche documents punk singer Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex and it’s co-directed by her daughter. I can’t say I was that familiar with them before this doc. Although, they were a part of the Rock Against Racism concert, which was documented in last year’s White Riot (see my review here). The band fell in with the British punk movement of that era, but I actually thought they were more like the Blondie than the Sex Pistols. The doc is co-directed by Styrene’s daughter Celeste Bell, who narrates and is seen re-visiting many of Styrene’s noteworthy locations. Styrene (who died in 2011 at age 53 of breast cancer) was bi-racial and used her music to rail against inequality. But there was a complexity to this doc in that its not so much an objective portrait of Styrne, but really about a daughter trying to understand her mother, who suffered from bi-polar disorder while Bell was young, didn’t have the best relationship with, but re-connected later in life. Its almost as if this doc is Bell working through some issues and coming to peace about her mother. There are a number of interviewees (her own bandmates and members of The Raincoats, Sonic Youth, Bikini Kill and more) who are heard but not seen over archival footage. Still digesting this as its very different than other docs that hit you with an immediate reaction after viewing.
Fri. May 14:
Shelby Duclos and Tyson Brown
First Date is a coming of age comedy about a teen’s first date gone awry. Shy teen Mike gets the chance to take girl-next-door Kelsey out, but he needs a car. After getting conned into buying a ‘65 Chrysler the whole night spirals out of control between criminals, cops and strangers who want the car. When I read the program notes about this film, I was intrigued. It had been a while since we had something like this type of movie, where a series of misadventures occur over the course of one night. The problem with this was that it was trying WAY too hard. It was aspiring to be a Quentin Tarantino mixture of crime and comedy...and failed. The program referred to it as “Superbad meets True Romance”. To tell you the truth this wasn’t even as good as the 1991 teen movie Mystery Date (the one where Ethan Hawke takes a girl out and finds himself dealing with criminals who think he’s the older brother). After Pulp Fiction, there were a ton of Tarantino rip-offs. Most were bad but every once in a while you had something like Go, which was highly influenced by Tarantino, but felt fresh and original. I had hoped First Date would be in that vein, but it was a major letdown.
Next: There’s some big ones coming up at the fest in the last few days.
For info on IFFBoston: https://iffboston.org/
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Officially decided to quit my job come November. I love what I do, but it just isn't worth it anymore, not at this park or with this agency. Not anymore. But I haven't actually told anyone I know yet other than my brother, so if you know me in real life please don't say anything.
No idea what I'm going to do. Might look into going back to school, for English or editing this time. Might say fuck it and just move to the place I consider home and just hope for the best. I don't know. All I know is that I am done with what I'm doing now, and it feels like a weight off my shoulders, even if I still have six months before I can leave.
Black Hole Rhino No. 02
Belly up and happy about it!
Black Hole Rhinos are my small army of tiny clay rhino sculptures, made by me. I experimented with different painting options and settled on flat “The World’s Blackest Black” called Black 3.0 from Culture Hustle.
Under normal lighting conditions, the extreme mat nature of the paint plays tricks on the eye and makes it difficult to discern shape because there are too few highlights and shadows.
They are each mounted on a bamboo stand, approximately 3.5 to 4 inches in diameter. Each piece, including the stand is under 3.5 inches. The higher the number, the smaller the rhino. No. 01 is the largest.
Please note: Due to the extreme mat nature of the paint, only handle the sculpture by the base. Each time the paint is touched, it becomes less mat and the illusion decreases.
The sculptures are already boxed and firmly secured with Frog tape and packaging construction to reduce or prevent risk of damage during shipping.