A Brief Review of Manchester By the Sea

Because I finally decided to watch it.

  • I still think that’s the most pretentious title
    • Why not call In the Freezer or just Manchester?
  • Yes, I cried
  • A lot less by the numbers than I thought it was going to be.
    • The strength comes from the moments where characters fumble (their words or behave clumsily) that give it sparks of life. Without them, I think the film would have been “by-the-numbers drama”
  • IT’S FUCKING SAD
  • I am glad that they gave a good reason for Lee (Casey Affleck) being such a dick because of for the first 30 minutes I thought, “why do we need another movie about a guy who is a dick
  • Mini Moonrise Kingdom reunion!
    • Only just realized!
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  • The funny thing about that is how the score reminded me Wes Anderson films
  • While I liked the character, Lee, I don’t think Casey Affleck had that much to work with. Lee’s a great character and Affleck gives a good performance. I still don’t know how I feel about his Oscar win.
  • The cinematography, while fitting to the story, is all that pleasing to the eye, except in one of the most dramatic scenes of the film, following the tragedy that is the key moment of Lee’s backstory.
  • I liked the ending. Was it a happy ending? Not exactly, but it was realistic and a good bookend conclusion.

Ranking: 8/10

Change You Like a Remix Raise You Like a Phoenix

First things first,

my remix memes via Twitter

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The final picture could not be found when going back to the hashtag. This was an easy task much easier than my remix project.

I had a plan. I worked hard only to have a video spoiled by a gigantic watermark, and what made it worse was that people didn’t get it. I never considered that not everyone knew about the film Citizen Kane. I eventually lost the file that I made, and had difficulty recreating it on a new program, then I realized I had been making another, easier project which combines pulp art with music lyrics, combining my love of literature, art, and music.

I have provided screenshots instead of embedding. It makes it easier, and it allows you (the reader) to see how other people reacted.

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I didn’t intend for this to be my project. This was something I started doing on Wednesday because I like Pulp Art and I found this to be more fun than reading a dime novel I had to read for class. The first illustration is from that dime novel. This is something easy for me to do that takes up a lot less time. It is evolving. I’ve started doing the same thing with contemporary literary fiction. Think @paprbckparadise, only this is someone else’s art with someone else’s lyrics.

My IG is @alchemical_imbalance

There was a magazine called Weird Tales that I couldn’t bring myself to edit. It especially has the scantily-clad damsels associated with pulp art. I learned in the process of this little project that Weird Tales’ covers were designed by a woman named Margaret Brundage. Designs like the one below were designed by a woman.

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A Good Lie

MAKE UP A REALLY GOOD LIE ABOUT YOURSELF TO TELL A STRANGER. INVENT A STORY TO BACK IT UP. – via The Steal Like an Artist Journal

When I was 7, I met Fred Rogers. It was 2002. August, I think. I went ot Pittsburgh with my dad to drop my stepsister off at the airport. Fred was at the airport and I went up to him and told him about how Barney came to my 2nd birthday party.

I’ve found that any good lie comes from mixing it with the truth. The truth is in the details. The first time I remember going to Pittsburgh was to drop my stepsister off at the airport, although that was probably 2003. I’ve never met Fred Rogers, but he lived in Pittsburgh all of his life and died in 2003. Barney did come to my 2nd birthday party.

I would never want to actually tell this lie as if it were the truth. My life is weird enough without fabricating anything. That’s why I stick to writing fiction for the most part. When I write non-fiction, no one believes me.

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Lincoln defeating darkness reading in candlelight

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Abe had yet to achieve his destiny. Back in the log cabin, circa 1830, by candlelight, he read Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, and was troubled when the founding father wrote that the indiginous people of this great land ought to be extirpated, from God’s good Providence. Abe thought about how the indiginous people had been segregated into their tiny colonies since then. He had not seen too many Indians. He had seen a number of slaves, and thought that would be close enough.

Abe thought about how those redskins likely saw the whites as perpetrators. How the redskins wanted the white men to go back to where they came from and had the revelation that it was what the negros wanted to do. The negros wanted to go back to Africa. It was then that young Abe came to the notion that when the slaves were free, they should be allowed to colonize in Liberia in the name of the country they were born.