thomassobien replied to your post: thomassobien replied to your link “holy shit d. w….Unfortunately that 1915 film is also probably one of the most racist movies ever made, and had a negative real-world impact (namely the re-emergence of the KKK)…really…
J’Accuse is on my list of movies to watch actually.
Seeing racism in film is so intriguing and horrifying at the same time. I love Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers films and my favorite of them is Swing Time. Of course in that movie the Bojangles of Harlem number is performed by Astaire in blackface to “pay tribute” to Bill Robinson (and by extension black tap dancers that inspired Astaire to begin with). It’s just - you know Astaire wanted to perform based on the work of black performers but then he was such a huge star at the time that it really ends up being cultural appropriation of the worst kind, because it teaches audiences that it is ok to appropriate different cultures if you are “paying tribute” officially.
And then Gone with the Wind! Portraying black slaves as happy with their lot and the northerners as evil (Sherman’s razing of the Georgia land was aggressive as hell during the Civil War, and then in the movie it is shown as a symbol of northern aggression when it was really an extreme case, imho). I mean I LOVE the film but the racism is there of course.
Propaganda of the best/worst kind (best because it is well made propaganda, and worst because it is evil of course) is Leni Riefenstahl’s work, particularly Triumph of the Will. When I saw it I had a giant surge of emotion at one particular point. It was a powerful moment in the film, with the Nazi flag and Hitler’s words and the hundreds of people in formation before him. It was terrifying and beautiful and such an amazing combination of editing and shot composition. It’s such an amazing film and so complex because of its praise of Nazism. Basically, it is the model of cinematic propaganda and a milestone in the field of documentary filmmaking.
I think the film industry needs to understand and realize the inherent racism that has existed in the medium since the early years, and understand that the only way to fix this is to have more people of color/LGBTQ individuals/women not only acting in the movies but active in the creative stages, most importantly in directing/producing/writing of the film. The visuals of the film are one aspect, and then there is how the visuals highlight the ideology of the film. We need a more diverse group in the film industry as a whole, but most especially in the development of film ideology and direction.
whew. i just have a lot of feelings about film and the inherent supremacy of the patriarchy in what i consider to be the most diverse artistic medium.
he directed 100 films in 1910 ALONE. and he had the same level of work in every other year from 1908-1913. JESUS
this is amazingggggggg
reminds me why i NEED to succeed in becoming a filmmaker. all the filmmakers i idolize are men, because just about 99 percent of directors ARE men. it isn’t just representation in media i am worried about, it is the perspective of women in media, the lens through which a story is told, that matters too. more women making media = more women IN media AND more presentation of female issues/life the way women see it and experience it.
the same goes for POC/LGBTQ representation as well.
I can’t even make a top FIFTY. It’s impossible. Finally managed it!
Favorite movie, though, is Sunset Blvd. The other 49 are not presented in any real order of preference. A * denotes absolute admiration.
how did hatchet 3 get better reviews than hatchet 2
hatchet 2 is one of the greatest contributions to cinema in the past few years and i am not even kidding about that ok
"It Happened One Night"..the full movie!!!
Watching this right now. One of the few PERFECT 4 star films. WATCH IT NOW.
watched “the women” with grandma, who was 18 years old when the movie came out
and the conclusion is “everything is better without men involved”
Also from Collider.com -
“Guillermo explains that he didn’t want one country saving the Earth. He wanted someone from every race, color and creed working together to save the planet. ‘And I felt that it was very important for the charismatic leader to be played by Idris Elba rather than the usual waspy, 40-ish, sergeant type.’”
REBLOGGING AGAIN BECAUSE THAT QUOTE IS THE REALEST SHIT
stompin’ all over your faves rn
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL AND MAKES ME SO FUCKING HAPPY
Who the fuck would want Tom Cruise anyway? He’s not even hot and a total jerk, meanwhile Idris Elba oozes sex appeal.
is this the only damn time we have a white male seriously considered but then go for a black actor? it’s usually the other way around and i am so happy that isn’t the case here.
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot.
There are not any.
You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one. There are not any. By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (at 891 theaters) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
Somebody asked me this morning what “the women” are going to do about this. I don’t know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.
It says a lot about the industry and the audiences in this country when the tracking shows that more people want to see GROWN UPS 2 over PACIFIC RIM. This summer’s been characterized by big-budgeted sequels, reboots, spinoffs, adaptations, and obscure indies that hit their target, but one of the few big-budget original projects to be released this summer might end up suffering the same fate as CLOUD ATLAS, where it’s not seen by enough people.
So, if on July 12th opening weekend you decide to watch a new movie, remember your ticket purchase is a vote (and also a gamble). And when you vote, the people who put movies out every summer are the ones listening. INCEPTION’s success shouldn’t be an anomaly, it should be a trend. So vote wisely.
yes to all of this. but for the record, there was a good number of people who avoided cloud atlas because of its unabashed usage of race-face. not because it was too ~original~ or ~indie~.
and that being said, pacific rim was directed by a moc and cast number of poc in main roles. which is awesome ok? PEOPLE OF COLOR IN SCI-FI!!! PLEASE SUPPORT THIS!
My body is so ready for this movie six months ago ^3^ ^3^ ^3^
I want to see this film!!!
Film Noir (from the French meaning Black Film) is a genre of cinema that emerged during the early 1940s and continued until the late 1950s. It is characterised by it’s distintive stylisation of cinematography and it’s focus on crime, mystery and sex. Taking many cues from early German expressionism, Film Noir offered an immersive thematic experience that was very different to that of other contemporary melodramas. Several techniques and plot devices came to define the genre, including voiceovers, the inventive use of light and shadow, the protagonist’s need to seek out some truth, and the famed ‘femme fatale’ figure.
Except that noir isn’t really a genre of film, in the true sense of the word. It is a style that was only defined after its time had passed. It was a style that permeated crime drama, romance, and even westerns.
In honor of the release of Fast and Furious 6, here is the best car chase scene in the history of cinema from 1971’s The French Connection.