“And, We Disappear”

Afterlife? Circle of Life? It’s so pretty to think so… Directed by Meredith Hama-Brown:

Aliens

President Trump’s mouthing off alienates some truly illegal aliens, and then… A short video by a Russian production house, Revolution Studio, directed by Timur Abdulov. It’s far too cute (and funny) to not share, despite it being [spoiler deleted]. Subtitles included.

Women & Power

Hey, Dude. They’re taking over, women are. You know that, don’t you? No use in making a fuss about it, Dude.  🙂

I’m teasing the conservative wanna-trolls out there, of course.

Classics scholar Mary Beard was awarded the 2019 Getty Medal, and this video was commissioned by the Getty Museum for that occasion. IMHO, it’s an award well deserved.

It caught my attention as the Alt-Right tends to make a big deal over classical Greece and Rome, for good reason as you’ll note if you watch the above video by Matthew Miller.

If you want to further explore the link between the classics and the Alt-Right, I’d recommend Sean Illing’s interview with Donna Zuckerberg at Vox.

There are those out there who feel, with some justification, that hierarchy is an inevitable part of being human. Often the reaction among such people is to view efforts to subvert the current hierarchy as merely an attempt by one group to replace whatever group is on top. The uneasy feeling then is that the displaced get treated as shittily, at least, as the new winners had been. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

It could happen. Considering how poorly women have been treated in most patriarchal cultures, it’s something guys ought to think about.

But I’m teasing again. IMHO, nothing like that is inevitable, including hierarchy As We Know It… In any case, isn’t this what guys often do anyway: make a mess and leave it to the women to set things straight?

Maestro

So… you think you know the music of the forest?

I saw this about a month ago and I can’t remember why I didn’t post it as it is almost overwhelmingly cute. It may be because my default browser, Firefox, and Vimeo sometimes have… issues. I’ve ended up using Chromium when exploring Vimeo instead. Whatever. The video is really cool.

I was reminded of the video by the web site This Is Colossal. If you are something of a culture vulture and haven’t discovered this site, now is the time. CLICK on that damned link and gorge yourself. Don’t be shy. You won’t regret it.

Kaiju Bunraku

As I am woefully self-educated you should not take my word on this: I think video is based on a traditional Japanese tale because the beginning seems really familiar. Or maybe I’d seen it before, maybe on a DVD from the library. Regardless, this was “the first Mothra film to make it to Sundance.”

Check out the Borscht Vimeo channel for more decidedly odd stuff.

The puppets are performed by the Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater, the only such performance troupe here in the States, based in Missouri. Their name is apparently an elaborate play on words, if you speak Japanese.