- THE UP SERIES: It follows the lives of 14 children through their lives interviewing them every seven years. It’s amazing to see how they change and where they go. It shows that personality traits do not tend to be very static. Being introverted at 18 doesn’t determine how you’ll be at 32. A girl on there around 20 was totally against having a family and was very cynical about relationships and marriage. Next interview, she was happily wed with children. I link you to 7 UP, which is the first documentary in the series.
- QUEEN OF VERSAILLES:If you have any interest in the SUPER RICH of America and how absolutely delusional they can be, then this documentary will blow your mind. It’s a great window into the lives of people who literally have everything a person could need. Even when they loose everything, they’re entirely incapable of believing that they’re a normal citizen.
- THE ACT OF KILLING: One review describes it as: “This is the most gut-wrenching film I’ve ever seen. It actually makes you understand the nature and true face of evil, and it’s terrifying because it’s so, so normal. After watching it you know that in some other life, you could be him.”
- BABIES: It shows the different ways, different cultures raise their children. It shows how different but similar we all are at the end. They documentary follows 4 different babies, from Mongalia, to Tokyo, to Namibia and then the U.S
- INSIDE NORTH KOREA: An eye-opening film that shows you the truth about a hidden country
- TOUCHING THE VOID: A documentary about two mountain climbers who have an accident on their way back. As one review described it: “Better than any fictional suspense film. Just unreal. You know throughout that the two climbers lived because you’re sitting there watching them narrate, but at times you just can’t believe it.”
- THE COVE: A 2009 documentary film that analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. One review described it as “an impeccably crafted, suspenseful expose of the covert slaughter of dolphins in Japan.”
- THIS IS WHAT WINNING LOOKS LIKE: The documentary follows U.S. Marines as they train Afghan security forces, showing their ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal.
- BBC PLANET EARTH (All 11 Episodes): An HD exploration of our world. You’ll just love everything about this, trust me.
- JESUS CAMP: About a Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have “prophetic gifts” and can “take back America for Christ”. This documentary led to the shut down of this summer camp.
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From the fun sports anime Haikyu!, here’s a great all-purpose bag you can use to store all your stuff, from personal items to things you need when traveling and more. It has a great black and orange design with a cool illustration of your favorite characters. Wear this great bag as an “over shoulder backpack” which are all the rage in Tokyo these days, and never be without your important stuff. It’s large enough to hold 8” tablets like the iPad or Nexus too. This is the Hinata version. By Morimoto Sangyo.
They also have Kageyama. (And I think they ship to Australia.)
THEY’RE REMAKING DANGER MOUSE?
THEY’RE REMAKING DANGER MOUSE WITH FEMALE CHARACTERS????
Okay, it’s time to finally do something I’ve wanted to do for ages. I got no plans, no business for the rest of the weekend, mainly. I got snacks and soda. It’s time to play Dishonored, the whole thing, beginning to end and beyond… This is an experience I’ve been wanting for a while.
there’s a part of me that wonders whether kel ends up as knight commander of the king’s own when roald take the throne
but then I think about how awesome it would be if she ended up taking the post of training master for the pages and then not even quinden or garvey’s spawn would be able to disrespect her because HELLO, SUNDAY AFTERNOON PUNISHMENT WORK and then kel eventually changes their minds about her and then maybe quinden’s kid standing up to his pa about her I just
[hearts in my eyes for keladry of mindelan]
Now imagine, if you will, “The Misty Mountains" song from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with every individual syllable replaced with “Gold!”
I just watched it and I’m crying and laughing I CAN JUST IMAGINE DEEP DOWNERS TAKING THIS SONG SO SERIOUSLY
No food is more associated with Ireland than the spud—which didn’t appear there before the late 1600s. So what did people eat till then?
“And the Irish didn’t like their butter just one way: from the 12th century on, there are records of butter flavored with onion and garlic, and local traditions of burying butter in bogs. Originally, it’s thought that bog butter began as a good storage system, but after a time, buried bog butter came to be valued for its uniquely boggy flavor.”
i just spent a good while reading the blog of a nineteen year old who didnt know a thing about pop culture due to growing up in bumfuck nowhere with his grandparents, so his roommate decided to get him up to speed
im really emotional at the star wars trilogy live writeup
Spent the afternoon reading through the posts on the blog, and it’s so worth it to watch all the stages of glee, awe and excitement Jeremy goes through as he gets to watch these things for the first time. His enthusiasm over Jurassic Park is pretty much how I still feel every time I watch that movie. His blog (and those of other spoiler-free reviewers like markdoesstuff) is all the best things about getting to introduce a friend to your favourite show, without the worry that they’re gonna get distracted in the middle of it.
hello, friends! today, I begun a journey that will take me longer than anything i’ve ever done for Mark Does Stuff: I’m going to watch the entire live-action Star Trek canon, in airing order, starting with the original series. please join me so we can:
- yell about how pretty captain kirk’s face is
- desire to bask in the cuteness that is sulu
- radiate in uhura’s perfection
- revel in the brilliance of bones, spock, and kirk arguing and bickering every other goddamn scene
- watch me realize what i have missed out on for many many many years
as a reminder, please do not spoil me for anything involving this show’s canon beyond what I’ve seen
so! i shall boldly go where apparently everyone but me has gone before.
if every one of my followers did this, we could give more than 85 meals to less-fortunate animals. for free.
AH HHA ITS BACK YES PLEASE IT TAKES A SECOND OF YOUR TIME AND A LIFE OF AN ANIMAL
*turns on adorable animal feeds and gives you soft pillows and blankets*
Now, the more casual Discworld reader may find this excruciatingly difficult. Anyone with more than 5/20 is supposed to have more than a basic knowledg…
I was going to listen to an audio book, and noticed the twentieth book wasn’t in the folder but couldn’t remember which it was (it was Hogfather, cause I’m blind, apparently).
Anyways, stumbled upon this link when Googling the book and took the quiz on a spur of the moment thing. It’s not something I normally do. Given what the brief summary says about difficulty, and the seriously obscurity of some of these questions.. I was shocked to get 14/20 right.
Ten out of twenty…not that bad? though all but a few were educated guesses.
Seventeen of twenty!
Missed the BioWare content at the E3 2014 EA Press Conference?
• Dragon Age: Inquisition “Cello Trailer” / “Orchestral Trailer” [x]
• Dragon Age: Inquisition “Story Trailer” [x]
• Dragon Age: Inquisition “Gameplay Demo” [x]
• BioWare Concept Featurette (Mass Effect 4 & new IP) [x]
Bonus from earlier today:
• New DA:I trailer, “Lead Them or Fall” / “Sad Piano Trailer” [x]
not enough people have heard this story, and it’s really important they do and i’m surprised it hasn’t spread, and it needs to. i only assume it’s because most of the people on here don’t watch neighbours. i know i don’t.
anyway, here we go.
this is how racist australia is: in 2011, the soap opera neighbours introduced an indian family, the kapoors, into the long running soap. up till then they’d pretty much always had all-white families.
not 12 months later, the producer that hired them left the show, and the were written out. according to actor sachin joab, who played the father of the family:
There’s been a lot of speculation over why the Kapoors have left the show. Did you all leave of your own accord, or were you written out?
"We were definitely written out and it wasn’t of our own accord. We were actually dumbfounded by the decision and we had no idea that it was coming.
"It was more of a shock to us knowing that it wasn’t just one multicultural actor who was being written out, it was every single multicultural full-time actor on the show - myself, Menik Gooneratne who played Priya, Coco-Jacinta Cherian who played Rani, and Alin Sumarwata who played Vanessa. All four of us were written out in the first year of our full-time contracts, which felt like a massive step backwards in terms of cultural diversity on the show
the interview is here, and i’d really encourage people to read it because it highlights a lot of problems within entertainment within australia. joab was told that the characters were being written out because they had no ideas for a storyline with them, and there was no money (both of which are bullshit, as the company behind neighbours had funneled A LOT of money into the show at the time, and joab’s character’s wife had died in a massive explosion’
not only that, but joab’s character was born and raised in australia, as was his daughter. when written out of the show, both characters ‘went back to india’, which of course, makes no fucking sense and is one of the most racist things i’ve heard in a very long time.
"Another issue was our characters being sent ‘back to India’. It made no sense to me for Ajay and Rani to be sent back to India considering that both characters were born, educated and raised in Australia. I encouraged the head of the writing department at Neighbours to send us elsewhere, but they chose not to. I suggested that the idea of visiting Ajay’s ill grandma could take place in Sydney, Adelaide or any other state in Australia, but the writing department still chose not to.
"Finally I said, what about if we visit my grandma in India and from there we leave for the UK, considering the majority of Neighbours fans are based in the UK. The writers agreed with that. So that’s how it ends for the Kapoors.”
this is a big deal to me because it matches up perfectly with my own experience in acting and performance in the australian industry - and my eventual choice to stop acting as a career. it’s nearly impossible to break in and incredibly disheartening when you see all-white casts constantly cast for productions both amateur and professional. it’s even harder to watch television when you know when you turn on the television you won’t see yourself, and if you do, it’s going to be some sort of racist caricature.
and it’s even harder when you’re told by white people who have no idea what it’s like to be a person of color in enteratinment that you must be wrong, and that you just must have not been good enough.
which, if you turn on australian television, sort of implies there are only 5 actors of color who ARE good enough, in contrast to the droves of white actors who are ‘good enough’
it’s embarrasing. there are plenty of chinese and indian families in australia. they’re everywhere. this is one of the three english speaking western countries in the world, and right now in terms of diversity in entertainment australia is right at the fucking bottom.
it’s painful, it’s embarrasing, it’s shameful, and frankly terrifying. i’ll leave you with joab’s words, which more or less summarize the situation and indicative of just how bad things areWhat would you say is the current state of play when it comes to diversity on screen in general in Australia? Will it be difficult for you to find more work over there?
"It’ll be a lot more tricky to find work here in Australia than it would be in the UK or the US. The US have really incorporated a lot of different ethnicities into their shows - it really doesn’t matter what your skin colour is over there. It’s getting the same way in the UK, which has really caught up.
"For some reason, Australia is stuck in some sort of time capsule and usually when you do see non-white characters on screen, it’s only in non-fiction when it’s needed for factual reasons. For some reason when it’s fiction over here, the industry chooses to exclude non-whites and include whites only.
"It’s very unrealistic given that Australia is a very multicultural country. The two main places where the shows are made, Melbourne and Sydney, are two of the most multicultural but that really isn’t reflected on screen."