*in court at capital hill*
jeff: *whispers to stone* i want to go home
stone: *whispers back* don’t let them confuse you
*in court at capital hill*
jeff: *whispers to stone* i want to go home
stone: *whispers back* don’t let them confuse you
So i bought some books but i still have books that i havent read. But they were from a thrift shop so.....
If you’re a fan of Critical Role and Shakespeare, I highly highly recommend checking out the Shakespeare episode of Gather Your Party. Gather Your Party was a Geek and Sundry show hosted by Taliesin and Erika Ishii. Every week they would have a theme to dress up and chat about a certain topic with guests. It’s super fun but the Shakespeare episode was especially fantastic.
Marisha did a Desdemona monologue from Othello, Taliesin did a Hamlet monologue, Liam did a Juliet monologue from Romeo and Juliet, Taliesin and Erika did Rosencrantz and Guildenstern together…it’s very cool seeing these people do Shakespeare.
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#and paris and hector: paris how could you i'm turning this ship around! brother remember how i always made terrible decisions? oh you.. nvm
I thought Cloud’s shoulder thing reminded me of something.
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Then stay thy tears! The blessed above have hailed a spirit’s heavenly birth, And sung a song of joy and love; Then why should anguish reign on earth?
Crisis Core ending x Infinity Crisis music | ‘Stay Thy Tears’ - Zack & Cloud I know we don’t need to spend MORE time watching the Crisis Core ending and crying, but here we are. The music I did for Infinity Crisis fit kinda surprisingly well, as do the words ;;
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"Are you the gardener?" she asked stupidly. "Kind of? I sell flowers." I make bombs, Jessie thought.
[[[just a little what if Jessie fell through the church roof instead — Mainly scribbled before remake and based on my characterisation of Jessie, who acts a little more, ah, introverted than remake!Jessie Rasberry.
I just want Any Jessie/Aerith content, pls help ;;; ]]]
Jessie had never been in love, at least not as far as she knew, and seeing as they were likely all going to die soon, there was no time like the present. Cloud Strife, translucent skin and opaline eyes and cool disregard, Cloud who hardly ever spoke, seemed a fit subject. Nice and safe, because it would have to be unrequited, this first attempt. I mean, you can't do these things all at once.
So anyway she wasn't going to leave his side, especially after that business with the I.D. cards, so she's there for the fight with the ShinRa techno-soldier, and it blows up taking half the bridge with it, and now she is -
This wasn't the way, she reflected, that she'd expected to go.
"Hello? Are you okay? Oh! You moved. Am I ever glad..."
She awoke. Someone was leaning over her, close as if she was checking if Jessie was breathing. A girl with long brown braids, wearing a pink dress and work boots. Her eyes were very green.
"Are you the gardener?" Jessie asked stupidly.
"Kind of? I sell flowers."
I make bombs, thought Jessie.
"Sorry!" The girl giggled and sat back on her haunches. "Personal space, I really have remember about that when meeting new people. I'm just glad you're ok."
"Did I, uh..."
"You fell. Through the roof." She pointed and Jessie looked up to where, absurdly distant in the thatched eves, there was a good sized hole.
"That was me? Ow."
"I've seen you before!"
"I bought a flower from you once, I think." (No I think about it; Jessie remembered it well.)
"Yes. Thank you."
"I put it in water but it died after a couple days."
"They do that, I'm afraid."
"I know — well — the thing is, I hadn't expected it to be a real flower at all."
"Um… I am a bit of a specialist. And this place… now you see where they all come from!"
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So it has come to my attention that Square Enix have some downloadable Remake "zoom wallpapers"! ...Which is to say: wallpapers. with the word zoom added to the filename.
While these are beautiful quality and I enjoy them greatly, I would just gently point out that those concepts are not necessarily exactly interchangeable in a professional setting...
Let's test some out. We have some somewhat plausible locations, the church, ShinRa HQ,
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead from 2019 on the radio now! (on iplayer internationally for a bit). I’m so obsessed with this play, and this version should be a great intro to it, you should go listennn.
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#also sometimes my brain just decides to get much more random lines of dialogue stuck in my head for no reason. so those came to mind also
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an observation of tumblr culture
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[image id: the ‘sometimes you just need two men’ meme (a poster pinned up advertising two men who were willing to do odd jobs, complete with flexing arm clipart and a spiel about how they’re also best friends and how ‘you will receive not just the strength of our bodies but the strength of our emotional bond as well’) where the ‘two men’ are rosencrantz and guildenstern and some of it has been edited. their names are written underneath like in the original but in a way where it’s ambigious who is who, ‘we know hamlet’ replaces the ‘we are burly’ of ‘we are two men, we are burly, we’ll do what you want’, ‘we have been friends for over 14 years’ is replaced with ‘?? years’, and the phone number after ‘hire us’ is replaced with ‘just send a messenger’. end id.]
claudius voice wow hamlets onto me,,, i know what i need. 2 men
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genuinely shoutout to welcome to night vale for having been running consistently for 9 years with no planned end date be almost at 200 episodes and still hold up. like so many things can fall apart and get a bit shit but pretty much the only negative thing that’s happened to night vale is ads. the characters develop the plot feels fresh and new the energy stays the same. it’s a good podcast i think
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not to be hunted for sport on tumblr but i have a very big issue with how representation in media is discussed here. the podcasts you are praising do not have good rep. tell me how many people of color are in that mainstream podcast of yours that has ‘SO MUCH REPRESENTATION OH MY GOD HOW AM I EVER GOING TO GO BACK TO CISHET MEDIA AFTER THIS’. how many of them have central roles? you may be represented- we are not. podcasts are one of the most white gay forms of media i have ever seen. if you’re going to reply to this with a recommendation of a podcast featuring people of color, i appreciate it, but know that i listen to and seek out podcasts like that already and that does not counter the fact that podcasts popular on tumblr for their representation tend not to have good representation of people of color. they are almost always made by queer (or, less commonly, cishet) white people as well, diminishing poc voices especially in the writer’s room, which is where it really matters. the problem is not that you are listening to them and supporting them, but that you are praising them for representation with little to no critical thinking about how race is presented.
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wow this one blindsided me because i forgot like the entire first half of 2021 existed and in the first half of 2021 i hadn't revamped my blog
welcome to book review hour! i have regrets. they’re called “The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet” by Myrlin A. Hermes.
as someone who is gay and loves to watch/read retellings and reworkings of shakespeare plays whether they’re good or not and whether they’re popular or not, obviously i’ve consumed some absolute dump truck disaster content in my time. i really love Hamlet because of course i do, and i enjoy seeing people’s individual takes on it a lot because it’s so wildly popular and subjectively consumed. i think there’s value in every individual’s interpretation of a play like this and it’s really cool to hear how the characters and relationships and situations are percieved through someone else’s eyes, especially via fiction. therefore, when i see a romance novel about hamlet and horatio, of course i say “damn that doesn’t look very good, better read it asap.”
but god damn if i didn’t extremely underestimate how not good it was
all that said, i’m here to cope with the absolute brain damage i’ve endured in the process of reading this novel, so here’s a rundown of some Things That Happen In The Plot Of This Book
-horatio is a playwright/poet and becomes sponsored by some noble lady to ghostwrite for her; very shady arrangement, very weirdly agreed upon
-horatio and hamlet have a truly poignant meet cute where horatio runs across hamlet while he’s jacking off next to some stream
-rosencrantz and guildenstern who are both in love with hamlet recount to horatio the fact that young teen hamlet and yorick were fucking and yorick was put to death due to the scandal
-gertrude’s perspective is introduced for like, one chapter, just long enough to almost set up some sloppy if interesting characterization, and then she is never heard from ever again ever
-this baroness oc self insert character and horatio are having an affair while horatio cries over hamlet the whole time and the baroness is clearly interested in hamlet also
-self insert baroness (buckle up for this mess) dresses as a man and uses the alias “shake-spear” to publish horatio’s poems as her own, also starts fucking hamlet under this name, who in turn ALSO uses the same alias to start sneaking around to sleep with her. this whole time all this is happening behind horatio’s back while he mopes about being in love with both of them and jealous of their respective sleeping around with other people
-baroness drops both of them like used napkins when she gets pregnant and seemingly reveals the whole time she actually just wanted a child out of them since her husband hadn’t ever knocked her up???? idk it’s TERRIBLY explained
in the LAST LIKE, 2 CHAPTERS:
-it is revealed that polonius is a former prince from poland who joined the danish court after hamlet’s father conquered fortinbras. laertes is NOT polonius’ son, but rather king hamlet’s bastard, because polonius whored his own wife out to the king in exchange for court status <3 we truly love to see it. it’s unclear who ophelia’s father is but it’s Highly Suspected she’s also king hamlet’s child, making her and hamlet half-siblings and marriage between them impossible
-horatio chooses to not tell hamlet about the ghost of his father, thereby avoiding the plot of the play but NOT avoiding everyone dying sporadically in tragic ways in the epilogue: ophelia and hamlet marry despite the possible incest, ophelia has his child. later on polonius kills himself, hamlet and ophelia’s child dies in an accident, ophelia goes mad and also dies, laertes throws himself into war in grief and ends up killed, queen gertrude pines away miserably for whatever reason and claudius drinks himself to death, and hamlet dies sometime in middle age as a very depressed king with just horatio by his side.
I don’t hate all of it! to be entirely fair and clear, i thought some of the plot elements and concepts were nice. I liked the concept of an epilogue where the choice that led to the play’s plot is made differently but does nothing to stop the inherent tragedy of the whole situation. somewhere in here is the ghost of some fun meta about horatio as a storyteller of this tragedy and the idea of tragedy and theatre as a whole being cathartic and necessary.
the TROUBLES i have with it are many. It’s written in prose so purple i can’t tell if it’s meant to be serious or satirical and also is very obliviously homophobic throughout. the sex scenes are written like This
I’ve read fanfic since i was a teenager and i’ve Seen Some Things but this broke me
do also really have a bone to pick with her usage of a lot of lines from the play; she throws them all OVER the place in every conversation where a phrase can vaguely fit regardless of context and it really hurts the characterization in the book a lot in my opinion; if hamlet’s spouting lines from hamlet before hamlet happens what room is there for him to change and grow (or decline) in the course of the plot of hamlet or whatever else comes after this book ends? some subtlety please my brain is melting out of my ears
anyway this was a solid 1/10 sorry for the ramble i had to cope SOMEHOW. this book made me read this passage of porn i’m haunted
a gender related to absurdist theatre (especially the play “rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead") and the feeling of being a tragedian in such a play!
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The Final meeting.
“Thank you all for coming, I’m so glad to have you all here, yadda yadda yadda you know the drill. Now I’m gonna cut the bullshit and get down to the what’s what.” Maggie placed her hands up on the table and leaned against it, taking a sip of the vodka nearby. She gazed around the room, surveying the faces around her and hoping she’d see them all here again by the end of this week.
Hamlet, Ophelia, Horatio, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Annalise, Monica, Marc, all seven of the rebel group, all sitting around in the cramped room they had chosen to be a meeting room, staring at her in bated silence. This was what so many of them had been preparing for for so long, and here it was.
“I have 4,000 men from Norway that will be here bright and early Thursday morning, and I will go and meet them just outside of the city. Monica, you’ll come with me and keep tabs on everyone’s status throughout the takeover. Marilyn- Ophelia’s mother if you haven’t heard- has agreed to bring a squad of some of the best of the police force in the city, and she will come meet me with the Norwegian troops. When the time is right the police force will circle the castle and begin a takeover of the building, and when the national guard comes in I will lead my troops in as reinforcements and storm the castle. That’s where you all come in. Hamlet, I want you to talk to Laertes somehow and schedule the duel for this Thursday evening. Make sure he doesn’t back out of it.” Hamlet nodded and saluted. “Now, Ophelia, Horatio, and Annalise will stay in the throne room with him, making sure everything goes according to plan. Basically your goal will be to make the duel and all it’s pomp so entertaining and loud that all the nobles and especially the King and Queen are preoccupied and not thinking about what’s going on outside the doors. Igor, Sebastian, Camila, and Eloise will take the lead in pretending to be guards and locking the doors to the throne room and keeping everyone inside. Marc, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Ryzza, Jackie, and Louise will take the van and station themselves on the drawbridge by the front gates. I spoke to each of you individually before this meeting and gave you the general rundown, if you have questions talk to me afterward. Basically your job is another line of distraction and keep the national guard focused on you while the troops besiege around you.” Maggie knew how dangerous that area would be, and had only allowed those who volunteered to be positioned there. Next, Maggie turned back to Hamlet. “Be careful- since you will be technically trapped inside with not a lot of easy access to communication with the others, you won’t be able to call for help if the duel should go wrong. You’re confident in your skills?”
Without hesitation, Hamlet answered darkly, “Yes.”
Maggie glanced almost instinctively and met Ophelia’s eye for just a second before saying, “Good. Once the duel is over and you have won, keep everyone in there as long as possible until we can break our way in and get to the throne room to confront Claudius. After that, it’s all a political game.” Maggie scanned the faces in the room. “I’m hoping there won’t be much bloodshed, but I cannot predict there will be none. Do I have your loyalty in taking down this King? If there is any hesitation, please speak up now.”
The room was quiet for a moment, and Maggie felt her chest tighten up.
“You have my complete loyalty.” Hamlet spoke first. She let a relieved smile slip from her face, and met his gaze. They had been sworn enemies only a few months ago, now she felt as if she’d known him a lifetime. They were shockingly similar in moral beliefs and ideals, and she had greatly enjoyed spending the last few days with him and his friends. She never would’ve guessed that the prince she had sworn to kill would one day be such a great friend to her, but she supposed that was the way life went. She never expected her brothers to murder her mother and blame it on her either, but people were fickle like that and she had learned to stop her assumptions from getting in the way.
“Mine as well,” Ophelia smiled.
“Me too,” Horatio spoke quietly, and this surprised Maggie. She thought he out of all of them would be the one to refuse.
One by one, each person in the room spoke, until they were all in agreement, they would follow Maggie to the end of the earth for this campaign. It was a great burden to hold on her shoulders, but Maggie took the responsibility graciously. Leading had not come naturally to her, but she’d done it so long it now felt like an ill-fitting overcoat slipping over her shoulders, perfectly comfortable in the knowledge that she’d done it a hundred times before.
“Alright, then we have much to prepare.” Maggie clapped her hands and the meeting dissolved into individual excited conversations and rushing words.
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KEY TERMS: broadly defined self-awareness (of places, of fictional characters, of stories themselves), metafiction, labyrinths &/or mazes, liminal spaces, characters trapped in a story &/or forced to play out their roles, fate, determinism vs free will, theatrum mundi, sentient environments, narratology, the uncanny, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
media recommendations under the cut!
Borges! Borges! Borges! the master of labyrinthine fiction, hands down. this is the best edition of his stories, at least in my humble opinion.
Bruno Schulz’s stories are equally masterful & even more surreal, twisting and bending onto themselves; his imaginary cityscapes are as disconcerting as they are beckoning. Deep inside the town there open up, so to speak, double streets, doppelgänger streets, mendacious and delusive streets...
i mentioned this quote in particular because it itself doubles (har har) as the epigraph of China Miéville’s The City & the City; it’s one of the few modern speculative novels that can be called Kafkaesque without misapplying this term; also, since you mentioned your fondness for museums, Kraken should also be up your alley! honestly, anything written by China is very punk & utterly weird—which, not surprising considering his status as the New Weird movement poster boy.
speaking of the New Weird... i assume you’re already familiar with VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy (if not: do give it a shot! especially since you’re keen on sentient environments), but his anthologies are equally good. i especially recommend this bad boy.
Kafka (obviously), particularly (and somewhat less obviously) The Castle and The Trial. i love Gregor Samsa as much as the next girl, but his novels make for truly feverish & claustrophobic (& labyrinthine!) masterpieces of psychological horror.
in the unlikely event that you haven’t already read it: House of Leaves!
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, The Books of Babel series by Josiah Bancroft (criminally underrated!), as well as the Gormenghast series by Mervyn Peake (it’s all about sprawling labyrinthine buildings!)
this thoroughly and masterfully annotated version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
this short story by M. R. James
Labyrinth (1986) (because of course)
Mazes and Labyrinths: Their History and Development (over one hundred years old, but oh, it’s so charming to browse through)
The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages (this one, on the other hand, is a very recent & peer-reviewed study)
Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths
re: characters /knowing/ they’re trapped in a story and doomed to repeat their mistakes, and trying to break free of that vicious circle—while it hasn’t been outright confirmed, it’s been.. strongly implied that at least two characters in the recent remake of Final Fantasy VII know that all of it has happened to them—well, some other version of them—already. it has rather chilling implications, especially considering their respective roles in the story.
but then again, i’ve always found metafiction to be rather unnerving... speaking of metafiction: it doesn’t get much better than Vonnegut. speaking of unnervingness: it doesn’t get much better than Gene Wolfe, a cult author famous for hiding a lot between the lines, as well as some really subtle foreshadowing. this short story in particular stayed with me (+ here’s what it is /apparently/ about. i mean, hello!)
Radiance by Catherynne Valente (turning someone’s life into a story as a coping mechanism after their untimely and mysterious death, the mash-up of genres, non-fiction in fiction and fiction in non-fiction, immortalising/resurrecting your loved ones through your art—and if she's not gone, she lives there still...)
this post you sent me... four words: Red Dead Redemption Two <3
plenty of “self-aware” stories are either parodies of or homages to a particular genre: The Cabin in the Woods (2011) and Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) are two of my favourite examples.
i think SCP Foundation on the whole is something you’d enjoy, but /especially/ this particular entry (it’s a stand-alone story, so you don’t have to be familiar with the wider lore). infinite IKEA bay-bee! (speaking of IKEA... Horrorstör is no masterpiece, but it’s still fun)
Halloween (1978), especially when applying this interpretation of its ending
on a related note: It Follows (2015) when keeping this in mind
postmodernism in general, but especially:
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles (maybe not that appealing thematically, but, ah, formally? very much so)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
there’s plenty of books covering the narrative theory, but i’d recommend starting with either Mieke Bal’s Narratology or The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative
Jean Anouilh‘s Antigone! (When your name is Antigone, there is only one part you can play; and she will have to play hers through to the end—)
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello & At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien (re: metafiction)
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck & Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (re: fate)
Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau (and the Oulipo movement in general)
The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher
Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco
The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation
i’m... not sure whether you’re into musical theatre in the first place, so i’m adding this as an addendum of sorts, but there is something to be said about its affinity for placing the antagonist in the role of the narrator (see: Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Elisabeth, that one LMM show i refuse to name)
I have officially finished! That was an extremely good adaptation, and it fixed the things I did not like about the original trilogy (which was mostly focused on getting exhausted with Alina’s POV, poor chemistry with Mal despite their endgame status, and strange pacing in the first book--not that the original trilogy was bad, it just ends up weak compared to SoC and KoS. It’s a first novel, and that’s okay.).
Especially where the Crows are concerned, the Netflix-adaptation is going to blend seamlessly into the SoC books: Given that the unrest in Ravka is heightened more with the Zlatan subplot, the development of the panem in Fjerda doesn’t seem out of place if it were to continue alongside the SaS/RaR plotlines. I especially like Nina overhearing their “we’re going to need a heartrender” setup in E.8.
Dialogue, costuming, set, sound design, and the actors were amazing. If I had one thing that I had to go “eh” over it would be the CGI on the skiffs, and Ben Barnes’ awful wig in the Darkling flashback. (It’s nearly always wigs I notice.)
An incomprehensive list of things I really enjoyed:
The entire cast is literally perfect, sorry, no exceptions
Mikhael and Dubrov’s character expansions. I enjoyed their whole Rosencrantz and Guildenstern shtick, and was really sad knowing they were gonna die.
Mal and Alina’s joking banter and general chemistry in the first episode was amazing.
Talk shit, get hit flashback Y E S
Freddy Carter’s profile. Just. The little upturn of his nose??? Just, it’s perfect, and I really liked it. I cannot for the life of me explain it, but it just brings a hint of cuteness to Kaz’s harshness that *fist clench* it’s good. ALSO KAZ’S MUSSED UP HAIR PLEASE GOD THANKS
Jessie/Alina’s forehead scar, it’s very nice that it got kept in, and that Genya never even went for it
The scene where Fedyor feeds Ivan the macaron at the Winter Fete. And when he escorts Alina and Genya on each arm when they sneak out. Both of them have to do things that the audience does not agree with/like, so I do enjoy that they’re shown doing funny and human things.
Speaking of, Alina dragging Genya out to see the performers, it was very cute, and I love them both dearly. They cut the scene from the books where Mal and Alina stumble across the Butter Week celebrations, so this is a nice nod to it.
LEIGH GOT TO HUG ALINA IN THE SHOW I--
The very erotic nature of Nina taking a bite of the bread from Mattias before spitting it in his face
JESPER’S PERPETUAL BACKGROUND FACES OF CONFUSION
“HUG THE GOAT AND SHUT THE HELL UP”
the goat that carries the show and plot oh my goD
“JUST ASK. JUST ASK. COME ON, ASK.”
Technically, Kaz did not lie about kidnapping Alina
David raising his hand to speak
Inej stabbed the Darkling, Inej stabbed the Darkling~~~~
INEJ MEETING ALINA~!
KANEJ CITY YO
The way Jesper gets angry when Ivan realizes how he’s doing his sharpshooting
“Jesper fixed your cane”, no questions asked as to how
THE BOOK DAVID THROWS AT JESPER IS BASED ON SHADOW AND BONE’S FIRST(?) ED COVER
Don’t think about the Boy who Lived.
Daniel Radcliffe is a talented actor with a wider range than he’s given credit for. He’s been working since childhood, and has picked up quite a lot over time. While most famous for...a certain role that will go unnamed...he famously started his stage career in 2007 with the musical Equus, and that later progressed to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Endgame.
Meanwhile, he also made appearances of television in varied roles, live-action and animated. He started his career in an adaptation of David Copperfield in 1999, voiced a character on The Simpsons three separate times, hosted Saturday Night Live in 2012, and also currently has an excellent role in the anthology series Miracle Workers.
And MEANWHILE, he also had quite the robust film career, especially after...the role which shall not be named. There were a few films made during that time period, like December Boys and The Woman in Black, but most of his time was understandably taken up, as was his public image. That, of course, ends in 2011. The first time I saw him in a role outside he who shall not be named was in the film Kill Your Darlings, about the collegiate career and romance in the life of famous gay poet Allen Ginsburg. It was very good!
The same year, 2013, he starred in Horns, a unique fantasy film that I considered watching for Fantasy March. His film career would be full of ups (The F Word, Trainwreck, Lost in London) and downs (Victor Frankenstein, Now You See Me 2, Playmobil: the Movie oh God REALLY JESUS). And right in the middle of those came one of his most famous weird roles. And that’s today’s focus. And I’ve been wanting to watch it for YEARS. And while we’re talking about him, let’s talk about this film’s other star: Paul Dano.
Dano’s career also began young, and in the opposite way to Radcliffe’s: in theatre first. After a stint on Broadway at the age of 12 (GODDAMN) in Inherit the Wind, as well as several other productions, he transitioned to film in 2000, around the same time that Radcliffe started as well. Eventually, he gained acclaim with his role in Little Miss Sunshine, and then...anybody else in the mood for a milkshake right about now?
Yeah, I haven’t seen that movie, but I really should this year. Consider it on my list...at some point. I’ll figure it out. Anyway, Dano’s role in There Will Be Blood only increased his acclaim, and found him acting in a number of indie films. Dano’s definitely not a blockbuster guy, but that’s not to say that he completely avoids them either. He’s been in Knight and Day, Cowboys and Aliens, and Looper, which all fall under that category. And except for the last one...they aren’t especially good, either.
But again, he was also in 12 Years a Slave, Okja, Wildlife, Where the Wild Things Are, and Meek’s Cutoff, and all of those were critically acclaimed, and some almost reached blockbuster status themselves. So I don’t really know how to feel about his upcoming role as...the Riddler.
Yeah, we’ll see, but I’m holding my breath. Dano’s great, and I love the Riddler, but...I dunno. Like I said, we’ll see. But in the meantime, that’s enough navel-gazing. Let’s watch Swiss Army Man! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
We begin at sea. If you have thalassophobia, this is already terrifying for you. After seeing many plastics floating on the ocean, covered in written messages, we make our way to a deserted island, where Hank Thompson (Paul Dano) is committing suicide after being stranded there for so long.
However, as he does, he spies someone lying on the beach. The rope snaps, and Hank runs over to greet the body, hoping that he isn’t dead. Unfortunately, after a very loud burst of flatulence, it’s pretty damn clear that this is a dead body. And yes, this is Daniel Radcliffe, but I’ll introduce him formerly when the time comes.
Hank’s sad that the guy isn’t alive, but still speaks to him about his hopes and dreams in the past. He’d always wanted a life of parties and friends and love, and imagined that he’d see that kind of life in a flash before he died. Instead, he only saw the body, who responds with yet another fart. But with that, Hank goes back to trying to hang himself.
And as he does...the body keeps interrupting with its INSANE gas. Like, it’s so bad that the body keeps shaking as if it were alive. The body washes into the sea, and its flatulence begins to propel it away from the shore. Hank sees this, and he uses the humming he was doing to make the Intro Song, which is strangely mesmerizing? Like, literally soundtrack-worthy, I’m not kidding. He also grabs a piece of his noose, uses it to grab onto the body, and rides it as the farts propel them both far away from the beach. It’s absolutely absurd...and kind of great. And then the titles play.
Hank wakes up on the short of a different island, or possible a larger land mass, and is overjoyed by the change in scenery. He shouts his name to the world, and credits the body with his rescue. No longer stranded in the Pacific, as far as we know, he tries to use his phone, to no avail. He decides to head out and look for help, grabbing a bag of Cheetos that washed up alongside them, bids the body farewell...and then comes back for it.
Carrying the farting body on his back (and kind of treating him as if he’s alive), he wanders through the forest to find help. He wonders if the gas is the result of decomposition (likely, if excessive), or if its the body’s soul leaving it. Either way, the trudge forward. They settle in a cave for the night, as it rains heavily outside. As Hank is want to do, he hums to himself, and shares more of his personal life with the body, as he sings to it. And yeah, I’ve been linking to these songs, because the soundtrack is genuinely fascinating to me.
Morning comes, and Hank awakes to a raccoon prying at the body, which he subsequently chases for food. In his desperation for food and water, he’s once again about to leave the body in the cave, but notices it leaking copious amounts of water from its mouth, which it had collected from the cave walls overnight. And yes...he drinks it. Which is absolutely disgusting when you think about it, which I now choose NOT to.
In the process, Hank squeezes the body for more water, and air escapes his mouth in such a way that it sounds like it’s speaking a name: Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). From that, Hank gets the body to speak his name and a simple greeting, but grows frustrated from the inability of the body to speak properly. This leads to him being a bit abusive towards him, reminding him unfavorably of his own father. Ooh, character revelations, me like.
Anyway, he apologizes to Manny for treating him that way...and Manny responds. Which FREAKS HANK THE FUCK OUT, understandably, and he punches Manny and flees the cave. As he comes back, Manny is indeed speaking outright, which is either a miracle or Hank just straight-up hallucinating. Either way, Hank asks Manny to try and remember his past life, but all he can get is the vague recollection of the Jurassic Park theme song. But Manny can’t remember the movie itself, which is when Hank says the most correct line ever said in all of film.
You’re goddamn right. Anyway, from, there, Hank tries to teach Manny about the ways of the world, and the nature of life and death. And the resulting conversation is absolutely fuckin’ ridiculous, and I love it all. Through the process, Manny learns about the world, and Hank asks him to help get home.
In the process, Manny inadvertently insults Hank, causing to walk off and once again look for help, only to eat poison berries and throw up for a sec. The two reunite, and their conversation turns to the topic of sex. See, there are some magazines in the cave that they’re in, which prompts some questions about women, sex, and love. To both of their surprise, this conversation causes Manny’s heart to beat! Spurred on, Hank continues, and Manny’s heart appears to reawaken...as does his penis. That’s a link to the soundtrack, I promise.
Hank and Manny both freak out, as his little Manny seems to have a mind (and motility) of its own. But in the ever absurd nature of this movie’s premise, this too has a secondary function: it’s a compass. Yup. And that prompts the next step of their journey, which is full of a conversation about fetishes and masturbation. Yeah, Hank’s surprised about that, too.
This leads to a conversation about his parents, as well as somewhat traumatic parts of his childhood, including his mother’s premature death. This makes Hank upset, and he lashes out at Manny, who briefly returns to being dead until Hank apologizes. As they go on, however, they encounter another denizen of the forest: a bear. This causes the two to fall off a cliff, and causes Hank’s phone to fall out of his pocket and turn on, allowing Manny to see the picture of a girl on his background.
Manny’s enraptured by the picture, and constantly asks to see her again, as Hank continues to struggle for food. The problem is that Hank needs to conserve the power on the phone, but Manny asks if Hank can dress up as the girl in order to help him remember, and bring him back to life to help save them both. He does so reluctantly, but Manny calls him beautiful, to which Hank reacts positively. This not only helps Manny come to life a little more, but also leads Hank to shave to look more convincing for Manny...and possibly for Hank, too.
As these two engage on a fake date and create a fake bus (while Manny listens to a fake self-sung cover of Cotton Eye Joe that I’m putting on my playlist), this is a good time to mention the one thing I know about this movie...maybe. I don’t quite remember where I heard this, but I have heard that this film is possibly a commentary on the transgender experience, or at the very least that Hank is transgender, but hasn’t come to terms with that as of yet. Now, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I have heard that, and I’m definitely interested to see if that’s the direction this goes. This scene definitely seems to somewhat confirm this theory. Also, I will say (as I have said before when watching The Danish Girl), I’m a straight dude of the cissexual sort, so this is in NO WAY in my wheelhouse, but I still figured I’d mention it.
We’re also at the halfway point now, so this would seem like a good time to pause for Part 2! See you there!
Hamlet. Acts 4 scene 3
As someone who read classical literature for four years straight in high school, I am very familiar with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I have read and watched the play Hamlet numerous times, with the being said I chose a less popular scene to talk about. No matter how many times I experience this reading/play, it will always puzzle me why Hamlet, in Act 4 Scene 3, was playing a rat and cat game with Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Claudius about the whereabouts of Polonius' body. It is shown, especially in the play, that Hamlet is cruel and heartless. His perverse and cruel behavior departs from the heroic figure Hamlet should be. Hamlet seems confused, terrified, conflicted throughout this scene after the death. Hamlet's horror and amusement over death underscore his ambivalence toward his duty. He never fails to show his love for the feel of the words he prattles. While reading Hamlet, you are able to come up with your own imagination of how the scene is unfolding. While watching the play, we are able to witness the scene unfold also with a greater amount of emotion and details. In this scene specifically, to me, hamlet is just completely insane. He has killed Polonius and now is playing mind games with everyone else, that is just sick.