To the lovely themexicansnob, who’s tired of contemporary mexican films being all about narcos, the government and how shitty our country is.

I agree it’s frustrating that these kinds of productions (which a lot of the time aren’t good) are the ones that usually get wide releases in Mexico and get picked up by international distributors, mostly because of the public’s morbid fascination with violence and constructions about the ~exotic and dangerous~ “third world”.

With that in mind, I’ve made a list of a few films I like that may not be exactly heart-warming or uplifting but that reflect the human experience through different narratives and styles, avoiding the extremes of the mexican preciousism movement and the current crudeness in national cinema.

  • La fórmula secreta (1965), Rubén Gámez
  • Poetas campesinos (1980), Nicolás Echevarría
  • El premio (2011), Paula Markovitch
  • La mancha de sangre (1937), Adolfo Best Maugard
  • Nazarín (1958), Luis Buñuel
  • Pedro Páramo (1967), Carlos Velo
  • Mezcal (2006), Ignacio Ortiz
  • Bartolomé de las Casas (1992), Sergio Olhovich
  • Macario (1960), Roberto Gavaldón
  • El lugar sin límites (1978), Arturo Ripstein
  • Danzón (1991), María Novaro
  • En la palma de tu mano (1950), Roberto Gavaldón
  • Dos monjes (1934), Juan Bustillo Oro
  • Stellet licht (2007), Carlos Reygadas
  • Cada loco con su tema (1939), Juan Bustillo Oro
  • Santa Sangre (1989), Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • La mujer de Benjamín (1991), Carlos Carrera
  • Cronos (1993), Guillermo del Toro
  • La perla (1947), Emilio Fernández
  • Cuentos de hadas para dormir cocodrilos (2002), Ignacio Ortiz
  • Fecha de caducidad (2011), Kenya Márquez
  • Cabeza de Vaca (1991), Nicolás Echevarría
  • El hombre sin rostro (1950), Juan Bustillo Oro
  • Canoa (1976), Felipe Cazals
  • Redondo (1986) Raúl Busteros
  • Post Tenebras Lux (2012), Carlos Reygadas
  • Alamar (2009), Pedro González-Rubio
  • El fantasma del convento (1934), Fernando de Fuentes
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Pre-Dracula Vampire Literature Masterpost Part II: 1850 - 1897




  • Le Chevalier Tenebre (The Shadow Knight aka Knightshade) by Paul Henri Corentin Féval (1860) [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
  • "The Mysterious Stranger" by Anonymous (1860) [The Literary Gothic]
  • "The Cold Embrace" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1860) [GoogleBooks] [Gaslight]
  • "Les Métamorphoses du vampire" ("Metamorphosis of a  Vampire") by Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1860) [ - Multiple Translations]
  • Le Vampire Du Val-de-Grace (The Vampire of the Val-de-Grace) by Leon Gozlan (1861) [GoogleBooks - French] [ - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
  • Spirite: A Fantasy by Théophile Gautier (1861) [GoogleBooks] [Wikisource - French] (not explicitly about vampires, although it does concern the re-arisen dead)
  • La Vampire (The Vampire aka The Vampire Countess) by Paul Henri Corentin Féval (1865) [Project Gutenberg - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
  • La Ville-Vampire (Vampire City) by Paul Henri Corentin Féval (1867) [ - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)] (apparently features Gothic author Ann Radcliff as a vampire hunter)
  • "The Last Lords of Gardonal" by William Gilbert (1867) [GoogleBooks: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3] [Gaslight]




Part I [x]

Adapted from this forum post. Original poster has not read all works listed, but has applied descriptive/helpful notes where possible.

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1 year ago on 26 September 2012
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20 documentaries you should probably watch before you die:


  1. Aokigahara: Suicide Forest
  2. How to Mend a Broken Heart
  3. How Much is Your Dead Body Worth?
  4. I Am Alive
  5. The Dark Side of Porn: The Real Animal Farm
  6. Real Life Hannibal Lecters
  7. ZOO
  8. Pornography: The Secret History of Civilisation
  9. Louis Theroux- Extreme Love: Dementia
  10. Graphic Sexual Horror
  11. Saving Face
  12. Mental: A History of the Madhouse
  13. National Geographic: Moment of Death
  14. Elephant Man Autopsy
  15. SICK: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan
  16. Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery
  17. National Geographic: Secrets of the Body Farm
  18. My Flesh and Blood
  19. Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
  20. Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children

In no particular order, though, but these are some of my favourite documentaries, for various reasons.

I should mention that most (if not all) of these documentaries call for viewer discretion, as some do deal with topics/imagery that can be disturbing/offensive to some people.

1 year ago on 26 September 2012
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DIY Tie Dyeing Tights on the Cheap Tutorial. You can experiment dyeing cheap nylons  with Kool Aid or food dye with vinegar. Tutorial from The Work Is Getting To Me here. *People on Pinterest have been making the rudest comments about the red tights (shocking) - but the joke is on them because Xandy has a great sense of humor and writes:  

“Red dye only kind of looks like a terrible skin disease.” She also says of the pink and mint colored tights, “This is how they turned out. If unicorns wore tights…”

1 year ago on 01 September 2012
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the past is never dead: a southern gothic rec list


the past is never dead: a southern gothic rec list

this is a landscape of hell-fire and damnation, of murder and blood and a sky aflame. don’t trust the preacher, don’t fall in love with that beautiful belle. look elsewhere for heroes, there are none to be found here. there’s smoke on the horizon and judgement day’s a-comin’. you don’t need to sell your soul at the crossroads to be the devil’s own, but come midnight you will, all the same. trust no one, keep your eyes open, and a gun on your hip. welcome to the south. you’d better hope you like it, because you’re never gonna leave.

  1. absalom, absalom! by william faulkner
  2. in cold blood by truman capote
  3. the little friend by donna tartt
  4. to kill a mockingbird by harper lee
  5. no country for old men by cormac mccarthy
  6. and the ass saw the angel by nick cave
  7. the violent bear it away by flannery o’connor
  8. a streetcar named desire by tennessee williams
  9. the ballad of sad cafe by carson mccullers
  10. a confederacy of dunces by john kennedy toole
  11. near dark by kathryn bigelow (dir.)
  12. deliverance by john boorman (dir.)
  13. winter’s bone by debra granik (dir.)
  14. vampires by john carpenter (dir.)
  15. from dusk till dawn by robert rodriguez (dir.)
  16. psycho by alfred hitchcock (dir.)
  17. mississippi burning by alan parker (dir.)
  18. a time to kill by by joel schumacher (dir.) 
  19. pig hunt by james isaac (dir.)
  20. interview with the vampire by neil jordan (dir.)

bonus: online for free

bonus: music

1 year ago on 08 June 2012
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A Guide to Comic Books for Steve/Tony Shippers


You’ve watched Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers? You ship Steve/Tony, but haven’t read a single comic? This guide is for you!

spend the last few months getting to know their continuity. However, I’ve spend a lot of the time being confused and going back and forth, because I always missed something.

Under the cut you will find a list of comics and story arcs for Captain America and Iron Man, starting at the New Avengers (2005) until Avengers Prime (2010). This includes Civil War, which is essential to understand many of the better comic-universe fanfiction. I also added some download links, short summaries and recommendations.

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1 year ago on 26 May 2012
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Yes, I am breaking this up into parts.

Because there is literally no way I could fit all of this into one part else I crash tumblr.

I’m so sorry guys.

This first part will deal with RECS FOR CLASSIC SCI FI SHORT STORIES. My definition of “classic” is basically tumut I do what I want yos, but let’s say anything written before 1985

Follow me under the cut for More Information Than You Require. 

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1 year ago on 11 May 2012
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A Guide To Reading Discworld (Or, A Handy Map For Your Oncoming Madness)


Right, so, here is the Wikipedia entry on the Discworld books. It is mildly terrifying; there are 39 of these novels, which is kind of a daunting prospect. Luckily, these books fall into a number of different…mini-series, if you will, and luckier still most of them can be read alone. The way I figure it, there are a couple of different paths that you can take to get into these books. I shall lay them out below. 

If You Are A Single-Character Driven Reader: 

So! There a couple different paths you can take if you’re the kind of reader who tends to imprint on one character first and the world/plot/other characters around them second; I’m going to strongly suggest that you attach yourself to either Sam Vimes or Susan Sto Helit, since I feel like the two of them, in addition to being great characters, are the two mains whose paths do the best job of introducing you to the assorted cast of characters that make up the Discworld.

Which, okay. The thing about these novels is that they’re very…Pratchett approaches worldbuilding using the “Here’s the world through the eyes of folks who’ve known it forever, keep up!” method, and he does so very effectively. And part of that is because, while every book has a given focal point or set of focal points, the characters who make up the Discworld drift in and out of each others’ stories at will. Occasionally you catch one of the wizards in a Watch book! Vetinari’s tentacles go everywhere (he does not really have tentacles, though some characters do, on the Disc)! Fred Colon and Nobby Nobbs just appear places! Foul ‘Ol Ron says “Millenium hand and shrimp!” And Death will invariably show up somewhere, stalking that stalk and TALKING THAT TALK, as will his granddaughter Susan. Speaking of which: 

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2 years ago on 02 April 2012
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