We were talking about this yesterday, the question was “Why do people no longer look like this?” Why is it that where ever you go you will never find anyone who is nearly as beautiful as Marion Davies. I believe our looks have evolved. If that is the case then what caused the evolution? She has such a perfect face. I’m not saying beautiful women don’t exist today, there are many out there, but none are the type of beautiful Marion was. It’s probably just the time periods, they really force us to change our ways.
Inspired by a late-night viewing of The Runaways, and partly an exercise to see if I could make star-spangled pants and Wonder Woman go together. The idea started with Wonder Woman (I briefly entertained using an Ian Curtis Batman) but the idea of an all-girl rock band with Black Canary, Zatanna and Batgirl seemed too good to pass up.
The original black and white art will be auctioned off at Heroescon this weekend, June 3-5, so please come visit one of the best comic conventions in the country. It’s a fantastic family show with great guests and excellent programming, and it’s one of my personal favorites. See you there!
I can’t say I’ve seen every single movie they have made, but I have seen enough to praise their geniuses. Every single one of the movies I’ve seen written and directed by them challenge what we assume to be logic and our expectations of the cause and effect of the story. The fact that they manage to do this in a comedic manner makes them all that better. Their humor and the way they use it as a tool of surrealism is definitely not something a lot of people are comfortable with, but as a film lover and as a fan of dark humor I have to say they are professionals at it in every sense of the word. In short, I love them.
I recently watched Robert Altman’s The Player and watching it made me realize a few things about the hollywood industry. To put things in perspective let me clarify that Altman’s goal is to mock and criticize the way in which business is held in the film industry. His main criticism is in the fact that creativity is killed by the studio executives and producers, most of which comes from the writers. Now this realization I had turns out to be a common thing, so in no way was my epiphany original, unfortunately. But I will proceed nonetheless, my observation was the constant “killing” of the writer in the movie. This idea of the writer being completely expelled of the filmmaking process is constantly illustrated in the movie, both literally and subliminally.
Subliminally in the sense that the protagonist of the film, Griffin Mill the studio executive, murders a writer, David Kahane, whom he believes is black mailing him. The murder of the writer is subliminal in the sense that Mill’s reasons for killing Kahane are presented merely due to rage towards him. The blackmailing had been going on for five months and the threats against Mill’s life were frustrating him. His acting out of impulse made the murder seem as though it was only used to create the story, the suspense. Therefore, in no way would this physical killing of the writer be perceived as Altman’s criticism of the industry. (At least not to me, the common movie watcher, yet again I am pretty slow at these things (I probably shouldn’t generalize then, but I did…))
The literal murder of the writer in the industry comes in when Larry Levy, an exec threatening Mill’s position (this is one of the subplots in the movie I won’t go into), suggests that they completely cut off buying writer’s pitches. He claims a story can be taken out of the daily news and made into a movie. Which also clearly kills off all creativity when it comes to making a film.
The way I see it is, the writer is treated as a disposable aspect of making a movie in the industry. Not enough authorship credit is given to writers especially because their ideas are taken and completely altered by the time the product is finished. This is the criticism Altman makes and it is the one that caught my attention, since he makes several throughout this movie. Making it big in Hollywood is what we as filmmakers aspire, but sometimes I think I’d rather make a movie with zero influence from the business machine that is the industry and simply rely on my camera and what I have at my disposal. Independent film is what I would like to focus on, not that I won’t ever work in Hollywood, but for now making experimental movies would be fun. :)