Those of you who know me, know that I have succeeded spectacularly and failed gloriously. But kept going forward. Each injury I did myself made me think that I had ended my life or career. But afforded no other elegant options, I stumbled forward. Someone said I was fearless. They were wrong. I was terrified most of the time. But mostly terrified of standing still and that the banal sameness of the days when I achieved nothing, would be a life sentence. I learned some things. That willing an event won’t make it happen. That we are inclined to self delusion, letting promises from others be happy substitutes for real action. That we think blaming others fixes problems. It doesn’t. Finally I have found some measure of peace. It came slow and late. So this I know : persevere. Only those who quit can be certain of failure. Take risks. When my imagination has been unfettered by fear, I have done my best work. And love and forgive. None of us are strong enough to survive the vagaries of life. Well we won’t anyway. But along the way we only need an audience of one to cheer us on, and even if they are utterly delusional, a word of kindness from them can get us through a day. Finally, forgive everyone. They are as frightened as the rest of us. They mistook you for the enemy. In fact you are their sister or brother. I am rooting for all of you. I know it hurts sometimes. Just keep going.
"Marie Antoinette" Celebrated Feelings Over Facts And Critics Just Didn't Get It 🍰🍒 “Lane isn’t the first to dismiss the inner lives and external interests of teenage girls as superficial and therefore unworthy.” Read the full article at link in bio❣️
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by Pauline Kael | Bantam, 1969
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Thanks to Richard Ayoade for writing a whole book about A View from the Top - a movie I have never seen before tonight but am so grateful to have experienced in all its 35mm glory now and can't wait to go way too deep into it. Basically the Crossroads of the sky - a perfect time capsule of awful early 2000s fashion, filled with Austin Powers references and a soundtrack that dares to play Time After Time twice even after Romy and Michele already claimed the song forever. Also @princecharlescinema is just the best for always putting on my favourite events. .
Another graphic nonfiction highlight for #NonfictionNovember 🎬
FILMISH: A Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross, 2015 by SelfMadeHero @selfmadehero
🎥 In this graphic form, Ross introduces film theory and history through seven different lenses (🤓), or graphic essays: The Eye, The Body, Sets and Architecture, Time, Voice and Language, Power and Ideology, and Technology and Technophobia. Each graphic essay is *full* of detail and film references, from every genre. Special focus on visual storytelling techniques, the use of time, space, visual markers, and thematic and comprehensive notes to "cue" the viewer what is happening in screen.
In this age of "Peak Television" where many of the best serial television and streaming shows have the same writers and budgets as films, there is a lot of crossover for the big and small screen.
The narration and style reminded me of another graphic history that I really enjoyed a few years back, *Out on the Wire: Uncovering the Secrets of Radio's New Masters of Story* by Jessica Abel, with the author/illustrator serving as guide through history or the process. So glad to see more offerings of this type - solid enough for a textbook, but very readable.
For the lit and film crit crowd, as well as those that are into graphic storytelling! 🔍 And you better believe I was LOVING the 20 pages of endnotes and bibliography at the end!
↪️ SWIPE to see some short video snippets and stills from this great book!
🚨The Farewell🚨is based on a true lie- written and directed by Lulu Wang who largely bases this film on her own family's experience.
Essentially, a Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark of her own condition by scheduling a wedding as an excuse to gather the whole family before she dies.
Here me out, this is very similar to a zombie movie in that this entire film is about a group of people, in this case a family, arguing over culture norms, moral, and ideals. And the entire film is just that; this family arguing amongst themselves over whether or not their grandmother should know of her deadly condition because, in China, it's tradition that a family hides deadly medical information from one another. This is because they believe that the stress of knowing you're about to die is the thing that kills you, not the disease or condition itself. So there is this terrific clash of opinion and what they should do about their elderly grandmother, Nai Nai. Hence the tagline of the film, "This film was based on a true lie." Awkwafina plays as Billi. She is the character you follow through this family drama. And her motivation for wanting to tell Nai Nai about her condition is from a loving place. Billi is from America, and obviously, in America, you can't hide medical information like they do in this film. So Billi comes from this very western perspective and there is a great commentary on that east/west ideology of the world.
This family is also well-sketched in that no family member feels one-dimensional and every member of this quirky little family feel like real people.
The thing this film also brings up is how rare families get together nowadays as a whole and the drama that can come from such event. It leads to much drama and comedy.
However, the comedy itself feels too quirky at times. That very indy sense of comedy felt over-stretched near the end at this facade of a wedding. There is definitely a good ten minutes to trim from this film.
Otherwise, this is a terrific family drama that has something to say and does not shy from emotion- something lacking from film today.
LET'S GET WEIRD-Course OutlineBelow🥓🥦🌶️🍅🍠🍌🍏🥦🍏😬🥥🧀🥩🍠😊🍈🥥🍌🍏
Week 1: We examine your closeted weirdness
Week 2: We eliminate blocks and self imposed restraints holding you back
Week 3: We make you draw. (YES DRAW)
Week 4: We make you write. 😬
Week 5: We make you show up.
Week 6: (SECRET)
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Week 9: (SECRET)
Weeks 10-12 (Additional Support)