December Favourites: Comics, movies, and feminism

Reading

I finally bought a hardback copy of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (which I first read earlier this year), and strangely, actually holding it in my hands has made it even more terrifying. I’ll admit that I barely got past the first two chapters, and it’s sitting forebodingly by my bed. I’ll make it through one day!

I also bought the first volume of Sagaa comic I started in June. I’m ecstatic that I finally have my own copy, and that I can start collecting the entire series now.

Film

I saw Murder on the Orient Express the other week with my family, and I loved it so much. The way it was shot was so cool that it made up for the uh….lackluster ending. Yes, I’m thinking about doing a video essay on this one too, but this’ll probably only be a few minutes, as opposed to the 1 hour long speech I had planned for Atomic Blonde.

My new favourite film OF ALL TIME is Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It’s honestly like the director went inside my brain and made my perfect film. Eggsy speaking bad Swedish? Check. Young Colin Firth? Check. Mr Pickle? Check. ELTON JOHN????!!! Check.

I WOULD NEVER HURT MR PICKLE!!

Feminism

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a water sign – I cry easily, and hard – especially when sitting with the knowledge that I’ve hurt or offended someone. Unsurprisingly, this directs the conversation back to me. Here are some texts that have made me resolve to focus less on my snot-stained life, and more on the person I’ve upset.

Dr. Mamta Motwani Accapadi discusses how white women’s interactions with women of colour centre upon their own emotions, Dr. Maura Cullen observes this in herself, and Kelli Seaton interviews black educators in Philadelphia’s seventh ward to see how this dynamic plays out with white female teachers in largely black schools.

Youtube

The Getty Museum has a Youtube channel! Here’s a video explaining how ancient manuscripts were created.

Podcasts

Heaven’s Gate, hosted by Glynn Washington, discusses the eponymous cult that would eventually culminate in a mass-suicide. What makes the show all the more riveting is the host, and listeners, sharing their own experiences with cults.

Have a great holiday, everyone!

Featured image from Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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June favourites

Hello, everyone! Cheers to 2017 being halfway done.

I recently started reading Saga – an amazing comic about a universe where a war between a planet and its moon has bloodied the entire galaxy. Also, there’s a precious seal named Ghüs that wears dungarees and fights crime on his days off.

Ghus for June Favourites
I told you!!

I recently went to visit my partner in Bangkok and was lucky enough to visit the Ancient City museum. This is a massive, open-air exhibit that replicates historic Thai architecture, and culture. This place is honestly more gorgeous than I could ever have imagined and I absolutely recommend a visit!!!

 

This is the outside of a building that features Ancient Thai literature. Also it’s on a LAKE.

I’ve been listening to The Adventure Zone (a D&D podcast hosted by the McElroy brothers and their dad) religiously. Mostly because I can pretend that all the expensive 5e rule books I bought are getting some use.

Faeries of the Faultlines is an art book available on Kickstarter that features Iris Compiet’s gorgeous, imaginative fairytale creations.

Esther Perel’s podcast, Where Should We Begin lets us listen in on her one-time marriage counselling sessions. You can listen to the first episode for free here.

Laci Green outing herself as a snake. Sip sip!!

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