ABOUT ME
Neurotic Visionary with Delusional Aspirations. 08/20/1995. Male. Canada. Or am I?

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July 29th 2014 10:58 PM  |  5 notes
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Evolution of my \**~aesthetic~**\

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
"Three years after the release of their first collaboration “The Lady Is A Tramp”, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are back with a brand new collaboration – a full album of classic jazz standards: Cheek To Cheek. Tony & Gaga became fast friends after meeting backstage at a charity gala in early 2011, and the start of their musical love affair was captured in the rousing and vibrant rendition of “Tramp” that appeared on Tony’s Grammy Award-winning album Duets II."
Visit the official “Cheek To Cheek” website

Cheek to Cheek comes out September 23rd!

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

"Three years after the release of their first collaboration “The Lady Is A Tramp”, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are back with a brand new collaboration – a full album of classic jazz standards: Cheek To Cheek. Tony & Gaga became fast friends after meeting backstage at a charity gala in early 2011, and the start of their musical love affair was captured in the rousing and vibrant rendition of “Tramp” that appeared on Tony’s Grammy Award-winning album Duets II."

Visit the official “Cheek To Cheek” website

Cheek to Cheek comes out September 23rd!

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The video for Gaga and Tony Bennett’s lead single ‘Anything Goes’, a Cole Porter classic, is now available on Gaga’s VEVO channel!

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Gaga and Tony Bennett by Steven Klein

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Season 5 Casting

fuckyeahhousemartell:

I had low expectations about the casting to begin with but I did not expect this much fuckery.

Why this show continually dismisses and erases Dorne’s female rulers is beyond me. Not only is it offensive but its dumb as hell. Dorne is such as interesting region for most fans because of how much it diverges from the Westerosi patriarchal structure. However, D&D interpreted that as an opportunity for more boob screen time whilst ignoring its rich feminism, the welcome break it provides from the cliched white male dominated medieval monarchies.

We can safely assume that Arianne Martell is lost to us (not that D&Ds interpretation of her would’ve done her any justice) or that she has been cast off to the sidelines. Seeing as Trystane’s character description reads:

Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell: Trystane Martell is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by Tywin Lannister, then Hand of the King.

The most disheartening part of losing Arianne is that this is not a choice made because her story is extraneous or because of her character being dull (she would’ve easily captured the audiences attention) she is pivotal to the Dorne and Weseros plot-line. She has her own POV, even Robb didn’t get that. Sadly this is a trend, remember the last incident where a WOC was in power in Dorne? Or the fact that Catelyn Stark was ignored in favour of Robb Stark although it is through her POV that we see some of the most important events in the book series.This is deliberate aggression on female agency.

I thought maybe they wanted to use Trystane instead in order to give audiences a romance-based plot with Myrcella (which is dull and lazy writing). But wasn’t Arianne’s storyline with Oakheart engaging, tragic, complex and above all worth-watching?

There is no plausible reason for erasing Arianne.

It simply goes to show that Game of Thrones the show and ASOIAF are two completely different stories. Whilst one transcends the usual expectations of the fantasy genre and gives people who were previously muted a booming voice the other falls back on lazy tropes that are not only worn out and unimaginative but they carry the dangerous legacy of dismissing any voice that is not white, straight and male as not worth hearing.

It’s always infuriating trying to guess what people’s intentions are, but if this rewrite is true, and this pivotal character is truly missing from the show, then I think I just fell a little bit out of love with the show :(

July 28th 2014 9:32 PM  |  4 notes
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My sister’s early birthday present for me.

My sister’s early birthday present for me.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For / Telephone

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soundonsight:

Find Your Jesus, Find Your Kubrick: Lady Gaga as Auteur
For a while, Lady Gaga was one of the most fascinating music stars that had come in a while, primarily because of her unapologetic bombast. Too often, though, she may have been written off as “weird”, from her odd fashion decisions, her performance art appearances on TV, and, of course, her music videos. Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, through her strange videos presents a vision, often of powerful women and the subversion of fame, through each of her music videos. Sometimes straddling the line between film and music video, Lady Gaga, though not always the director of these videos, is always the auteur behind them.
Lady Gaga’s early music videos are nothing if not promotional material, with “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” being, for the most part, entirely generic within the context of her career. It was not perhaps until she employed the use of music video director Jonas Åkerlund that her auteuristic vision became more visible and more tangible. Much of why Lady Gaga is fascinating is because she exists as a paradox: a manufactured character that refutes and argues against the idea of that very idea (similar, though not the same, in nature to Lana Del Ray). Her first album’s title could be considered either prescient or maybe self-aware or maybe egotistical, but The Fame nonetheless seemed to debut as a self-reflexive examination of the nature of fame in “pop society”. Such knowing self-awareness, winking construction, and post-modern application in pop art is fodder for writers and academics.
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It’s interesting to factor in the leaked Do What U Want video as part of her videography and an extension of her auteurism, because there are a ton of thematic links to deliberate raunchiness and media awareness from what we had a glimpse of. I guess that will always be unresolved, but that history and the questionable decision of collaborating with R. Kelly and Terry Richardson will always be a part of the examination of her auteurism and artistic career. 

soundonsight:

Find Your Jesus, Find Your Kubrick: Lady Gaga as Auteur

For a while, Lady Gaga was one of the most fascinating music stars that had come in a while, primarily because of her unapologetic bombast. Too often, though, she may have been written off as “weird”, from her odd fashion decisions, her performance art appearances on TV, and, of course, her music videos. Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, through her strange videos presents a vision, often of powerful women and the subversion of fame, through each of her music videos. Sometimes straddling the line between film and music video, Lady Gaga, though not always the director of these videos, is always the auteur behind them.

Lady Gaga’s early music videos are nothing if not promotional material, with “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” being, for the most part, entirely generic within the context of her career. It was not perhaps until she employed the use of music video director Jonas Åkerlund that her auteuristic vision became more visible and more tangible. Much of why Lady Gaga is fascinating is because she exists as a paradox: a manufactured character that refutes and argues against the idea of that very idea (similar, though not the same, in nature to Lana Del Ray). Her first album’s title could be considered either prescient or maybe self-aware or maybe egotistical, but The Fame nonetheless seemed to debut as a self-reflexive examination of the nature of fame in “pop society”. Such knowing self-awareness, winking construction, and post-modern application in pop art is fodder for writers and academics.

Click here to expand the article 

It’s interesting to factor in the leaked Do What U Want video as part of her videography and an extension of her auteurism, because there are a ton of thematic links to deliberate raunchiness and media awareness from what we had a glimpse of. I guess that will always be unresolved, but that history and the questionable decision of collaborating with R. Kelly and Terry Richardson will always be a part of the examination of her auteurism and artistic career. 

July 28th 2014 5:19 PM  |  2 notes
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11 Things

This is well overdue haha, but I was tagged by photolodico :)

1. If you had this tumblr in highschool what sort of reblogs would we see all the time? What would you write about?

I’ve had this tumblr since 2010, when I was a sophomore in high school, so unfortunately a lot of my childish tendencies are documented on the Web :\ haha. A quick glance of my archive: a ton of Gaga, art, and bit about the news, rants, whining, and humour posts that no longer humour me haha. The past is a humbling reminder to say the least. 

2. Who is the most influential person in your life that you know but not very well. Someone who dropped in for a moment but you remember it vividly and it changed the way you see. 

Hmmm… I’d like to think if this person was truly influential I wouldn’t have to contemplate this for so long haha… but I’m going to have to go ahead and say it’s one of my sister’s friends. Her visit was recent so remembering it vividly isn’t a question (while my memory still serves me somewhat well haha), but she was just a really open minded person and shared a lot of her experiences with us; she’s also incredibly smart (she got into Harvard with a full-paid scholarship) and was just a bit weird, with an appreciation for art (we looked through Mario Testino’s Private View together). I wouldn’t say she changed the way I see per se, but I would say by being around her I realized the kind of people I want to surround myself with in the future. (Oh, when I was a lot younger she came over to our house once. I farted really loud and said oops nonchalantly. We laughed. That was a great memory.) 

3. What’s your second favorite color and why?

I’d have to say pink, right after blue being the first since I was very little. I think it’s my second probably just because it’s a warm companion to the coolness of blue haha. 

4. If you could design your own concert with 2-8 of your favorite bands/singers who would they be?

This such a lame answer but I honestly don’t need anyone other than Gaga. Ideally I want a concert that’s full of adrenaline and that’s what her music is (especially ARTPOP). Nothing quite rolls off my tongue like lyrics such as “DON’T YOU KNOW MY ASS IS FAMOUS?”, and “LOOKIN’ SERIAL KILLER MAN IS A GONER” 

5. Have you had Pho? Do you like it? Can you get it where you live? 

Pho is good and there’s one in a plaza a few blocks away, but the really good ones are in another city that’s only a drive away haha. But you know what I’ve recently become obsessed with? VIET ICED COFFEE. 

6. If you had to paint your bedroom and bright non-neutral color, what would you choose?

Any shade of blue.

7. If you could only shop at three stores for the rest of your life (and you can still order from Amazon or whatever you want online) what three and why?

Club Monaco for clothes, Costco for home supplies and groceries (actually Costco covers a lot of different needs haha so I’m probably cheating but whatever), and um… hmm if Amazon is still open for business I don’t even think I need three stores haha. 

8. What was your favorite class in college or highschool that was not in your major/concentration? 

Would definitely have to be the History of Sexual Diversity course that I took. It was a second year course but I managed to do all of the readings and the essays, all of which were extremely insightful.

9. If you had to spend a day with one of the cast of Friends, who and why?

Chandler Bing. Not sure I can elaborate, but his humour sort of matches mine? Subtle, and sometimes just a bunch of mumbling :\ haha

10. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever tasted?

No comment. Haha just kidding it doesn’t taste that bad.

I would have to say I can never will myself to swallow durian fruit.

11. What is your primary sleeping position?

On my side, with an arm outstretched and maybe my legs curled up.

Okay so I’m not sure who to tag but here’s a few questions for anyone who wants to answer them :P

1. What would be the track that closes out the film about your life (your hypothetical film can be any genre—a documentary, a romantic comedy, a thriller—and can begin and end at any time in your life)?

2. What is one interview you watch over and over again?

3. How do you remind yourself to be kind?

4. If you could only hear one voice the rest of your life, who’s would it be?

Aaaand I ran out of questions :\

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"It’s only a name."

It’s so fitting that he understands the ephemerality of cinema, the arts, and all things in life—because when you tell a story for the now, it has the potential to be retold forever. But your intention should never be to produce something eternal; that status is granted over time, when you create with the intention of total free expression and knowing that one work may not define you, and you must keep on creating. Because we really only build and create things, so that others may do the same. Other studios will surpass Ghibli, so will other animators and storytellers—but they will all be remembered by someone, they will each inspire someone in a different way.

What is life but a vast canvas for everyone to leave their imprint, no matter how big or tiny.