Sep 13 2014
psa
(Ep from 2010)

psa

(Ep from 2010)


watched both vols of nymphomaniac over 2-3 days.  it was like surprisingly ….sentimental ?
i mean shouldnt have rly been that surprising since its been common for von trier for psychological / emotional fragility to underlie spectacular violence / devastation , but for some reason i just thought he was going human centipede or sth with this .
it was cool but for real , is gratuitous ‘shocking’ sex / nudity and shallow fibonacci number proxies for esoteric profundity STILL where arthouse cinema is in 2014 ??  literally asking i dont rly pay that much attention.  every undergrad student filmmaker prob thinks ‘yes’ but comeon son .  theres gotta b some new or less exhausted devices lurking out there somewhere ?

have some more thoughts but gets a lil spoilery n a lot long as fuck:
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i think it was prob a lil more complicated than it seems on the surface , and not the bullshit fly-fishing analogies / esoteric numerology 101 ‘complexities’ von trier force-feeds the audience , i kinda think those were head-fakes or part of a larger decoy
like , ok , all the somewhat tedious exposition and pontificating of the main ‘present day’ plot line scenes between charlotte gainsbourg and elder skarsgard were obviously the foundation , the main conceptual apparatus of the film.   and it seems obvious at least on ample occasions that gainsbourg was basically a stand-in for von trier and a medium / platform for him to ‘say his piece’ (esp after his ‘vow of silence' after 'im a nazi-gate’).   that being the case i couldnt help but to read skarsgard as symbolic of ‘the audience’ or public at large.
gainsbourg / von trier tells their story , asserts their perspective while skarsgard fumbles desperately and sometimes impotently (c what i did) to relate these foreign experiences / ideas to his own frame of reference — interpreting , rationalizing and ‘solving’ the parables as best he can from his own naive , literally virginal vantage .  (and gainsbourg eagerly accommodates him by tailoring her stories to his ‘world’ , like any story-teller hoping to captivate an audience)
this meta-commentary is itself kinda complex because it functions simultaneously as the literal , concrete meta-commentary thru which the surface level story-in-a-story is told (i.e. this convo in a bedroom is the actual , diegetic vehicle for the narration of the antecedent stories/scenes that make up the bulk of the film) , while also performing this conceptual meta-meta-commentary im trying to describe.  these multi-tiered nested narratives create at least a formal complexity where all levels of diegesis are fulsomely engaged , and further complicated by trying to deduce who-represents-what at each level of the narrative (von trier [level 1 / extradiegetic] pulling the strings of charlotte [level 2 / diegetic] who is in turn pulling the strings of the rest of the characters [level 3 / hypodiegetic] - except skarsgard, who is also directly von triers puppet but of course opposed to him as symbolic of the audience etc).  and this is made even worse by the creeping suspicion that we are probably dealing with unreliable narrators at each level.  
there r a few moments where gainsbourg & skarsgard pretty nakedly (u see) refer to this dynamic , of course with the plausible deniability that they are referring to their own sub-narratives.  the first and most jarring to me was impeccably timed just as the accumulated implausibility / preposterousness of the narrative was reaching a breaking point.  i had been ready to abandon any & all fuck-giving a few times when shit was just too outlandish to keep me invested , but i would pull back and b like ‘just treat it like horror/sf , suspend ur damn disbelief this is obviously a more ‘poetic’ work than Shame's more social realism take on sex-addiction’ , von trier obviously has not been bound by realism in any recent film.  And then bam , he helpfully if heavy-handedly hand-feeds that very insight to the audience: skarsgard interrupts gainsbourg , complaining that theres too many dubious coincidences in her story for it to be plausible , and she answers ‘which way do u think you’ll get the most out of my story , by believing in it or not believing in it ?’ and skarsgard relents because she ‘might have a point with all this’.   This isnt the last time we hear von trier lecturing us thru gainsbourg lecturing skarsgard. 
The next most standout instance is also the dumbest / adolescentest / entitledest : when skarsgard chides her for using the ‘non politically correct’ term ‘negro’ , and she goes on a stilted diatribe about how in her ‘circles’ its a ‘mark of honor to call a spade a spade’ and some dumb shit about ‘every time a word is removed from a language a stone is removed from the democratic foundation’ which seems like a strange concern since a second later she’s proclaiming that ‘people are too stupid for democracy’ so not sure why shes worried about its foundation.  (here its easy to hear von trier evoking another n-word).  skarsgard dutifully plays the liberal naif and affirms his belief in ‘the human qualities’.
and this sets up nicely the ‘shock’ ending , to the extent that its a shock because it makes no sense and doesn’t follow plausibly from anything in the foregoing 3+ hours of narrative (but ah , he ‘might have a point with all this’).  his point seems to me to be to indict the supposedly ‘decent’ ‘altruistic’ ‘humanistic’ ‘politically correct’ skarsgard (i.e. the audience / public) as being ultimately as capable and prone to evil as the ‘straight-talking’ gainsbourgh/von trier have been trying to convince us that they are — except worse , because hypocrisy   
now , im no stranger to casual misanthropy , but i dont make a grand philosophical statement out of it or make it the bedrock of my worldview cuz ultimately it relies on a boring archaic simpleton-ass notion of ‘human nature’ that makes about as much sense as ‘sea horse-nature’ or ‘computer-nature’.  we all have designs , evolved and learned tendencies / reflexes etc but these are so complex and chaotic and in flux (as are the environments within which they operate) that trying to reduce our (or sea horses’ or computers’) behavior to a simplistic model that can be reliably predicted projected or perimetered now and for all time is like … nah . we invented , built & programmed computers and we cant get these fucking things to reliably do what we think theyre gonna do more than most of the time .  we got dogs sniffing out cancer and squirrels eating snakes and shit but we got it all figured out ?  fuck out of here 
know-it-alls from all epochs have been declaring human nature as this or that , most of the sour adolescent angsty archetypes coming to the same brave / brilliant / precognizant conclusion that ‘its our nature to destroy ourself’ or whatever.  well ok i mean we clearly do that but if its our nature to do everything that we do then 1) this tells us nothing because its a tautology and is meaningless and 2) it must also b our nature to decode the human genome and discover the higgs-boson and figure out how to take pictures of the beginning of the universe n make sounds that give us feelings and cure smallpox and the bubonic plague and invent tiny rectangular slabs that fit in our pocket and connect us to every place and time and all the information ever recorded and build machines THAT FLY THRU THE AIR AND OUTER SPACE and figure out that if u take the seeds of the coffee plant and then roast them and then crush them and then force boiling water thru them in very specific ways it creates FUCKING COFFEE etc etc
im not saying we’re NOT too dumb for democracy or NOT all capable of perpetrating every imaginable evil upon each other or NOT going to exterminate ourselves and obliterate all our accomplishments , im just saying we’re too dumb to possibly know all the brilliant shit our dumb asses might eventually do , prior to or in lieu of exterminating ourselves

so yea the point of this movie just seems infantile.  but it was arrived at pretty tightly , tons of great performances and gnarly shit , beautiful visuals
it was great to see christian slater , fuck the h8ers and also i thought the idiot shia labouf was good except his accent sometimes.
but yea i dont think this gainsbourg-as-von-trier / skarsgard-as-us dynamic is the WHOLE picture but i think its a part and a bit complicated to unpack but ultimately not that insightful cuz the movie aint rly about shit , so we get a lot of sensational graphic shit and some flaccid (u see) entry level sacred geometry bs and thats basically it but rly nice package (……..)

[ppps feel obligated to point out that i do generally find tremendous value in expressions of unnuanced relentless single-minded pessimism of all kinds (more on this l8r) but feel like this wasnt rly that]

watched both vols of nymphomaniac over 2-3 days.  it was like surprisingly ….sentimental ?

i mean shouldnt have rly been that surprising since its been common for von trier for psychological / emotional fragility to underlie spectacular violence / devastation , but for some reason i just thought he was going human centipede or sth with this .

it was cool but for real , is gratuitous ‘shocking’ sex / nudity and shallow fibonacci number proxies for esoteric profundity STILL where arthouse cinema is in 2014 ??  literally asking i dont rly pay that much attention.  every undergrad student filmmaker prob thinks ‘yes’ but comeon son .  theres gotta b some new or less exhausted devices lurking out there somewhere ?

have some more thoughts but gets a lil spoilery n a lot long as fuck:

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Jul 21 2014

l8ly mostly feeling like

(shoutout forbiddenxcolors)


Jul 19 2014

there are things you can’t get anywhere…

zhaep:

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dont understand how this nvr went viral


Jul 18 2014

secretes

  1. i kinda find most ‘magickal’ ‘esoteric’ (crowley-esque) thinking / traditions to be fundamentally the ploys of idle wealthy brats (or the otherwise chronically privileged) , aimed at justifying and reifying solipsistic self-interest and repudiation of any social responsibility or inhibition of their boundless entitlement .  basically a deeply conservative right-wing neoliberal tradition
  2. i used to find value in a lot of transgressive ‘art’ / cultural production or whatever regardless of who the creator was but then started to realize that theres rly nothing ‘transgressive’ or subversive about straight white men steamrolling standards of decency & morality —> it’s basically the defining dominant force of the entire history of Western Civilization 
  3. (in other words both start seeming like sites of and vehicles for the conservation  , reinforcement + reproduction of traditional privilege and power centers , when theres at least an intimation or outright claim of the opposite)
  4. ((buts thats none of my business)) image

Jul 12 2014

Jul 4 2014
bulkk:

playing this tomorrow , major psyched , lineup is extraords
LARA DjPos also holding down the vibes so u know 
fb event w tastings of whas in store: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451506265099853/

this gonna b good , come dry out or stay whet

bulkk:

playing this tomorrow , major psyched , lineup is extraords

LARA DjPos also holding down the vibes so u know 

fb event w tastings of whas in store: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451506265099853/

this gonna b good , come dry out or stay whet


dentana:

#dentana #ripnerds #thuglife

dentana = the future  

<3


i dont even understand how good this kid [ «« NOOOOOOO HIS SPEAKING VOICE OMFG *dies* <3<3 ] sings.  like what is the world

beyond technical ability or form or his immaculate tone / range , the ease n nuance he brings - never oversinging or stressing every run or flourish, nothing to ~prove - is something great singers dont even usually reach til well into maturity  (sth im not even close to reaching)

also not 4 nth but — i swore off lofi old-timey freak folk a long time ago but the last track on the ep (a Lindi Ortega cover) is like some of the most beautiful dark songwriting ive heard in a long min , + his version takes it places.  also the rest of the ep is vocal house so ??

videos:


Jun 22 2014
philly smh

philly smh


Jun 21 2014

also this entirely


yesss this so much this



Jun 19 2014
me.  (via WESTOV TEMPLE&#8217;S CS-?)

me. (via WESTOV TEMPLE’S CS-?)


Jun 13 2014
shhhquietbodies:

QUIET BODIES on bandcamp
come &amp; get
releases from worshyper , chaperone &amp; bulkk
more soon

shhhquietbodies:

QUIET BODIES on bandcamp

come & get

releases from worshyper , chaperone & bulkk

more soon

(via bulkk)


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