September 2, 2014
Tokyo Godfathers - holy shit

The last few days had me rewatching, and in some cases discovering for the first time Satoshi Kon’s masterwork animeography in full. 

I was absolutely floored by his 2003 work TOKYO GODFATHERS, one of only two of his works I had not seen previously. The superb characterization and the hauntingly realistic and desolate city landscapes make this an absolute treat. Choosing to focus on detail instead of the usual spectacle, the city becomes all too tangible.  

Tokyo is almost always historically realized as a packed, bright wonder full of flashing lights and bustle, recalling Western interpretations like LOST IN TRANSLATION.  It is fetishized in Western movies.  And that is absolutely part of its identity.

Kon chooses instead, the everyday sights that people who actually inhabit that environment experience; the alley ways, the crevices, corners, the not so wondrous cityscapes and mundane, grey skylines punctuated by the cold, wet snow.  Instead of the Shibuya crossing for example, we get a small corner store, and a drunk asshole who can’t stand bums.  

The scenes are rendered in wonderment by their sure realism.  One of my favorite moments was a three shot master through an everyday, ordinary road safety mirror. This is detail; this is knowing the world in which you create.  Maybe I just haven’t seen enough anime, but I can’t recall many people making this type of choice.  It harkens too a moment in Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, in which Kiki stays in bed, stretching, pondering a thought.  I had the same feeling at that moment as well, although one was a shot selection, and the other a characterization.  But Kon does both here, and does it damn well.   

This was also one of a few anime films in which a live action remake could easily be achieved. However, this would be a grave mistake because you won’t get better performances or a more fantastic ambience then what was achieved here.  The characterization is totally alive.  The tone is spot on.  It goes every which way, and this is not hyperbole.

i could go on and on, but I’ll leave it here.  If you haven’t seen it, go find it.  Be ready to experience that sense of wonder that appears when form fits perfectly in its container.  But, I’m not a reviewer, and this is the farthest thing from that.  It’s just a personal recommendation. But if you didn’t like it after being influenced to see it based on this written journal, you just haven’t developed the goods yet.  Seriously.  Peace.  




August 31, 2014

King of the fro’s, king of the streets…

August 29, 2014

make love, not war (although they could be war’ing because I’m not an entomologist)

August 29, 2014
what is awake?

"out of insecurity"

"attached" 

"amazing" 

"that being said" 

"you don’t have to prove anything to anyone" 

"i got some black in me, I’ll fuck a bitch up" 

"she’s not stupid, and she works in finance" 

Those were the few phrases I heard late afternoon, while sitting in a downtown LA bar yesterday as two middle aged women raged on about relationships.  It seems one of them was in a revolving door situation, and she mostly remained quiet.  The married one, without any loss of words and an unsettling bravado.  A natural, one might say.

Much later that night, I watched Satoshi Kon’s 2006 anime masterwork PAPRIKA.  

Throughout the day, starting as early as my first coffee run, I was told that I looked like someone.  This happened a total of 9 times yesterday.  The people of said doppelgänger lineage, a bewildering and confusing range.

All these things coalesced into one hellish nightmare with a pedantic, but truthful message. Acoustically all those phrases above made entrances.  The rest is too personal and solipsistic to dictate here but I did wake up with a profound insight into my recent life.

We are all fragments of what happens to us, and in reverse, we are also the producers of such happenings.   No separation exists within the dream and the awake.  They are the same expression.  They are like the head and the body, a singular unit.


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the in the out….

August 27, 2014
ghost


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August 21, 2014

Amir discusses new MIRS release in under 30 seconds brah.

(Source: youtube.com)

August 12, 2014

Listen/purchase: Summer God Complex by MIRS

July 26, 2014
SUMMER GOD COMPLEX

Tuesday August 12th, 2014 comes the release of MIRS latest single, SUMMER GOD COMPLEX.  Ready to be consumed on all the usual channels, iTunes, Bandcamp, etc.

See you then friends.



 

July 16, 2014

#mirs SUMMER GOD COMPLEX nearing finish. Snippet before deletion. #moonrockwavvy

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July 1, 2014
Illuminati co-sign

Illuminati co-sign

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