Jun. 22nd, 2010

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Hi all! Now that my life has calmed down a tad (for certain values of "tad") I wanted to finally post!

Firstly, an OMG YOU MUST READ link that has been cracking my shit up for daaays now. It is so me, and so true, it's SCARY, but also pants-wettingly funny: This is why I'll never be an adult.

Seriously, if you want to understand, like, half my life, go read it now. Even if you don't want to, it's still hilarious.

I'm sure you'll all be surprised to hear I've been doing many things of late - I know! shocking! - including:

This past weekend: cooking happy, fresh Ontario produce on Saturday (asparagus! strawberries! wheee!) and pigging out at the various Luminato* food stands on Sunday.
*Toronto art festival which also has REALLY GOOD FOOD OMG.

Fiiinally seeing the Supernatural finale last week, and may I say, flist, that y'all have been SO AWESOME about keeping things behind cuts - seriously - that I was completely unspoiled? You guys are terrific, and I really appreciate it. :)

The weekend before: baby-sitting my 4-month old nephew, which went well for the first few hours but nooot so smoothly for the later hours (with an interim of mom returning to feed him in the middle). My brother came home to me immobile on the couch, terrified to wake the finally-quiet baby in my arms who had at last fallen asleep an hour before. Heh.

The weekend before that: enjoying a wonderful visit with [livejournal.com profile] eboniorchid *happy sigh* and my beloved annual dip into the World Wide Short Film Festival.

Favourite films this year included:
  • Fard, a French animated film which I loved both for its simple but effective visual design (the light play in the opening scene alone won me over) as well as the fascinating premise and execution. Brilliant. You can see the whole film here.
  • Pumzi, an African sci-fi short film about life after "the Water Wars".
  • Trolls, a hysterical look at a couple of kids who have totally figured out all this sex stuff. Totally. (Favourite exchange: older kid says, "...girls have front bottoms." The younger girl retorts, "It's called a vagina, dummy!")
  • Bye Bye C'est Fini is an awesome look at the very active love life of 73-year-old Brazilian Lina. Senior love life power!
  • Schitzofredic wins a mention for the fun conceit of the character ending up stuck in the black horizontal mattes of the letterbox format, watching his life go on in the film underneath him. (Link is to a three-minute clip with him crawling around the top in the last 30 seconds or so.) Likewise, The Great Escape features a plucky animated sun-and-cloud weather icon who decides to escape the confines of the television.

BUT MY VERY FAVOURITEST were two films tha weren't actually new at all:
  • One I first saw years ago, and revelled in the ghastly hilarity of it. But I forgot the name and have been looking for it ever since. You can now see the entire animated film online in all its macabre brilliance: Fallen Art.
  • I still have no idea how I missed the other once, since apparently it was nominated for a freakin' Oscar back in 2002. It's a 6 minute CGI animated piece that features a gigantic partially organic art-nouveau-in-Gothic-proportions cathedral with treelike colums. Trees! Cathedrals! Animation! And jaw-droppingly stunning art direction! Sadly this YouTube vid doesn't do it justice (it's backwards, for one thing), but it at least gives you the idea.


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