Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 17: Verbosity and Ferocity

| October 17, 2018

Here’s a bit of advice inspired by one of my favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. A lot of movies have tried my patience with overly gloatinous villains, but this one gets right down to the nitty gritty of why it pisses me off so much.

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 16: Edgar Allan Poe

| October 16, 2018

“One hundred and sixty-one years ago today, a light of dark genius was extinguished forever under bizarre circumstances that remain unclear to this day. At approximately 5:00 AM on Sunday, 7 October 1849, at the end of several days of delirium, Edgar Allan Poe regained complete consciousness only long enough to speak his last words […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 15: Danny Boy and the Fall of Icarus

| October 15, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment was directed by Marek Skrobecki, and was inspired by the song Danny Boy. Described by the director — “A seemingly ordinary city is inhabited by people suffering from a serious condition strangely enough, their headlessness does not seem to bother them much. Headless individuals walk in haste and chaos around the town, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 12: Blood Ties

| October 12, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment, Les Liens de Sang (Blood Ties) tells the tale of a family ruled by the deviant sexual demands of a domineering father, a young girl’s birthday, and the gaining of freedom through the efficacy of a wish made at the blowing out of candles. This animated short film released in 2014 won […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 11: Willie and the Bear

| October 11, 2018

“Tare” is the weight of an empty vessel. That should be all you need to know to understand the intent of its use here. Weighing Out the Tare By LFM As day begins, the Warrior doth lay his weapons out, Then, unaccoutred, stands he there, whilst cleansing soul of doubt. His code, his tools, he […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 10: Alleycats

| October 10, 2018

Much has been written about revenge, most of it absent understanding of its unfortunate offspring — what our ancestors knew as a blood feud. A thing to be avoided, at nearly — nearly — all costs. To avoid such a calamity is to find a way to at least somewhat peacefully absorb an offense of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 8: Baba Jaga

| October 8, 2018

Most of you will be familiar with the name “Baba Yaga” from the movie John Wick where it’s incorrectly offered as the Russian equivalent of “boogeyman”. As much as we enjoy Keanu Reeves in the title role, if John Wick is your only point of reference in navigating the realm of Slavic mythology, you’re missing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 7: Fallen Art

| October 7, 2018

While brilliant, tonight’s Dark Sentiment isn’t quite so uplifting as yesterday’s. In fact, one might say, quite the opposite for some of its characters. Written and directed by Polish animator, illustrator, and director  Tomasz “Tomek” Baginski, and released in 2005, Fallen Art is set against a backdrop of decrepitude. As described by production firm Platige, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 6: The Ravens

| October 6, 2018

“I have always felt a comradeship with Ravens and Crows, and fortunately for me, the feeling appears to be reciprocated.” ~ The Strange Case of the Caller at the Library Window You may recall that I feel compelled to write about Ravens and Crows periodically. For example, there’s A Choir of Crows, The Strange Case […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety

| October 4, 2018

Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of other ordinary human conditions and responses to the tides of Life, has been deemed in this age of ours “not wanted on voyage” and thus consigned to the lists of treatable pathologies. In the old days, by which term I have come to refer […]