10 Great Animate Documentaries

Keith Maitland’s animated documentary TOWER [on Independent Lens Tuesday, February 14 at 10pm; check local listings] has left critics and awards-voting bodies alike flummoxed as to how best to categorize it. This is a visionary work, no doubt, that uses voice-actors and vintage audio to reconstruct what happened back in 1966 when a sniper shot dozens of people on the campus of University of Texas. The rotoscopic animation smoothes over the differences between the various source materials, creating a gripping—and ultimately moving—“you are there” effect. So was TOWER one of 2016’s best docs, or one of the best cartoons? Or was it something entirely new? Continue reading


Self Harm Anime

serial experiments lain – a mindfuck
paranoia agent – studying the psychology of different kinds of people

Aoi Bungaku Series (the first four episodes “No Longer Human”). It’s actually a book adaptation.

.hack//Sign’s main character Tsukasa is a loner and suffers from depression. The anime has a video game premise, but deals with escapism, interpersonal relationships, etc. It has more in common with Lain with it’s atmosphere. It’s best viewed as a character study in my opinion.

Onii-sama e… has themes/topics of suicide, depression, drug addiction, divorce, etc.

Haibane Renmei gets darker as it progresses with certain characters going through depression, guilt for past mistakes and so forth.

Narutaru has the character Akira Sakura who self-harms.

Welcome to the NHK.

Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Life by Keiko Suenobu
Confidential Confessions
Jisatsu Circle
Oyasumi Punpun
Kizu (Wounds)

Is there anything like the manga called “Life” if you read the beginning you’ll see what I mean.

Colorful is a very nice movie that deals with depression.

Even though these 3 series don’t exactly fit your criteria, they may be worth checking out aswell: Welcome to the NKHHaibane Renmei and Ano Hana.

If you’re also interested in manga, Oyasumi Punpun is exactly what you’re looking for.

now and then, here and there
sucide Island
There’s Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei although it’s a dark comedy that focuses on those topics

Welcome to NHK


Admittedly there is no self harm but it is very depressing a lot of the time and suicide does become a major theme later on in the anime.

Kokoro Connect


Might seem cheerful at first but it really isn’t and there isn’t a single arc where one of the characters is not depressed over something

Aesop Rock: As The World Crumbles

In roughly a decade as one of the biggest names on the New York underground hip-hop label Definitive Jux, Aesop Rock developed a distinctive style, as well as a solid support base to back it up. But after operations at Definitive Jux were put on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2010, he hung his hat at Minneapolis’ Rhymesayers label. Putting together his forthcoming album Skelethon on a new label five years after its predecessor would have been a daunting enough task, but Aesop Rock also decided to forgo the assistance of his go-to producer, Blockhead, making this his first fully self-produced effort. In light of all of these changes, “Zero Dark Thirty” finds him wisely deciding to tread familiar territory: dense, buzzing beats peppered with snippets of live instruments, coupled with his usual verbose wordplay. Continue reading

Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me blew up teen angst to literally biblical proportions, resonating like no emo band before or since to outcasts in Sunday school and high school.

At the turn of the century, emo had finally gone pop, but hadn’t felt like music for popular kids. On Clear Channel playlists, “The Middle” and “Screaming Infidelities” were boyish, bashful contrast to the goateed bullies of nu-grunge and rap-metal and the New Rock Revival’s trouser-stuffing sexuality. But while Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional were extensions of the church basement and DIY house scenes that fostered Christie Front Drive, the Get Up Kids, and the Promise Ring, they would soon be overtaken by the likes of Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and plenty of bands who were basically jocks in ringer T’s: they were loud, rude, and thought about little other than sex. The Long Island band’s 2001 debut Your Favorite Weapon helped establish the sound and the gender politics for a time when emo would draw in more fans of both sexes than ever before, but often cleared the room of people who expected punk rock to be a welcoming or progressive environment. To this day, “Emo Night” most likely means drunken 20-somethings yelling along with “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad.”

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Judi Dench’s 10 Best Films

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel made more than $135 million worldwide while offering a handful of finely seasoned veteran actors a chance to prove that Hollywood doesn’t always have to be youth-obsessed. This gives us the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to returning Exotic star Judi Dench, whose long list of well-received roles includes everything from Merchant Ivory period pieces to a long stint as M in the James Bond franchise. You won’t find any of her 007 movies on this list, because they missed the cut after we added up and averaged out their scores, but that’s just another testament to the strength of Dame Dench’s filmography. Continue reading

Guide: The idiot proof guide to downloading ebooks off IRC. With Pictures and everything!

I’m putting this together because I posted a while ago about using IRC to acquire ebooks on Reddit, and there was a metric shit ton of interest from others in learning how to do it. Much of this info is available on the net, but it can be difficult to track down if you don’t know exactly what to look for.

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for how you choose to use this knowledge. This method can and should only be used to download legally available ebooks, as an alternative source in case other services go down for whatever reason. You use this guide at your own discretion. Continue reading