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2016 year of the monkey (Sun Wukong) by acidshadow
2016 year of the monkey (Sun Wukong)
Ah. Another year, another picture. I kind of feel I have a curse about these pictures. I always do them in hope the new year will be a better one and it usually isn't. Last 5 years have been very trying and featured family loss, endless job hopping/hunting an a ridiculous amount of moving. In the last 5 years me and my partner have lived in 4 different places all in the hunt for the elusive jobs we worked so hard to get degrees for. It's stupid.

And this year has started and it was very much looking to be a good one. But the same bloody pattern has emerged that has happened the last good 4 years over - The new year starts, we're 'settled' somewhere.  Then my boyfriend gets either unfairly dismissed/contract is terminated/he is made redundant form his job. And with me only ever seeming to have a low paying part-time retail/food/ass wiping job that can't support us, we are once again looking at jobs and the fact we may have to move.

It's so frustrating because every new year we promise that we'll simply do better. But frankly the system is broken. The job market is a world full of people who rather you'd work for nothing and if you want a full paying job, you must be a person in your 20's with something like 10 years experience already. Otherwise is just plain luck of the draw. I've met so many dodgy employers too. Especially in low-paying jobs. I'm lucky right now that my retail job has some of the best management ever. But it's still a part-time minimum wage job.

My boyfriend has been lucky to secure jobs related to his degree with more luck than me, but it's taken it's toll. Now his latest job have fired him under really suspicious circumstances. It's simply not fair for someone that dedicated to his degree and job. The company clearly was trying to downsize and blaming him was an easy option.

What makes this all worse is that it seems to be happening to EVERYONE. Which means we can't find a solution asides form keep rolling with the punches.

So here is to the Monkey year. You know, the monkey king never played by the rules and frankly we may have to take a leaf out of his book. What's the point of playing by the rules if they're rigged an broken? Frankly- we just want to have a god time. we're not immortal after all. Maybe we can channel our jaded feel sing into something else. But we wouldn't be artists otherwise would we? :B

BUT despite our misgivings, I hope you all have a great new year and a successful one at that.

if you want to see my previous years you can see them here:

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Artist and animator with a fist class honours in BA animation. I have a love for concept art and I really enjoy creature creation and characters. Traditional art is my main skill but I use a verity of materials and capable digital artist too.
Yesterday I saw Prometheus in Brighton with my badger. And holy Hannah, this is now one of my top films. If you love Ridley Scott (mastermind behind 'Alien' and 'Blade runner') or just the alien films in general (especially the first film 'Alien') you'll love this film.

I saw many bad reviews and it's down to a three things:

1) People expected the film 'Aliens' not 'Alien'. There is a difference. 'Alien' is the first one by Ridley Scott. It's slow, suspenseful and both dark and beautiful. The second film-'aliens' was by James Cameron and while a fantastic film, it's the almost opposite of alien. Faster pace, more aliens, lots of action and there is less of a feeling isolation and mystery the first film had. So a lot of people went in expecting an action sci-fi film, and while Prometheus does have a lot of action, it's slower than most action films. But honestly in comparison to the film 'aliens'? The action begins around the same mark in both films so I can't see what people are complaining about. Ridley Scott just combined both films.

2) People didn't like the amount of questions left unanswered. But frankly, this film is exploring an aspect not many people asked in the first film 'who is the space jockey'? Ridly Scott himself said when alien came out in 1979, no one in interview asked about the other alien in the film- the pace pilot with the massive hole in his chest. This guy:…

This film is not just about that guy, but questions of humanity in general. You'll be left with the questions you should have asked the first time you saw 'Alien' – who are they? What are they? What were they doing? The questions make you feel as lost and confused as the crew. In that extent it's a very clever film and people grumpy about the questions are the people who didn't take the opportunity to explore and discuss them, which is what this film is all about.

3) Some people also expected it to be a direct prequel for alien, however Scott said while the movie will take place in the same universe as Alien and greatly reference that movie, it will mostly be an original movie and not a direct prequel. And that's the way you should approach this movie. Related but not a direct prequel. Enjoy the masses of alien references and the once again use to H.R.Giger designs but keep an open mind. I'm a massive alien fan and I still loved this new spin.

I very much enjoyed 'Prometheus', the acting was sound, some people said wooden, but it's because people aren't used to subtle acting any more, and it works well. The visuals were stunning and the mystery and suspense was glorious. The gore and horror is turned down a notch to meet the 15 rating but I'm not surprised since the original alien was seen by many movie goers and its film was need to be seen by a wider audience. BUT it doesn't mean the unknowns and questions won't give you a creep factor.

If you are an alien fan go see this move you'll love every second of it. You'll spot the references and you clever clogs and obsessives like me will spot that Ridley even used some of the original concept art for the first film making it to the big screen. If you are a sci-fi fan, this is for you, it explores all the big questions sci-fi has along with the action sequences that satisfy. And if you like a film that makes you asks questions, you'll also love this film.

There are issues, but they are minor. The technology seems way too advanced when you compare it to the film 'Alien'. I felt the technology should have been more clunky and basic. And sometimes the story and acting felt a bit sporactic. This is a film that could have done with being either longer to break up the scenes focusing on the characters. In 'alien' you felt the isolation of the crew and you picked up on the personalities more. Prometheus could have spent more time leaning about the characters and focusing on their reactions to the rapidly decaying situations.

But even with that, it's still a stunning film, go see it you'll like it.

It is the queen's jubilee after all....god save the queen. >:)
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist
I really appreciate the most recent favorite! :)
acidshadow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional Filmographer
welcome! and thanks for the many faves too!
MilenaPazos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav!
CynicalSeidel Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Thank you for adding my forgotten toy photo to your collection. ^^
EarthenDivinity Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave! :)
SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the Faves in January! :) (Smile)
acidshadow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Filmographer
And thanks for the faves likewise!
SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Artisan Crafter
:) (Smile) Your very welcome!
Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student
Thank you for the watch! :la:
f0rtherec0rd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the fav! :) 
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