22 - they/he/she
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The thing about some of the MGM musicals I’ve seen this past year (and mainly last month) is that a number of the male love interests were such vile, emotionally abusive guys who treated the female protagonist like absolute garbage. But in those films of the 40s and 50s, I always feel the man is never framed as being awful, or at least only to an extent sometimes as he gets some, usually undeserved, redemption. There’s always some excuse for…
Nine watches of this now, and this time i noticed, and loved, the way sound is utilized in this. In particular one of my favorite scenes, the scene in the Roadhouse, Julee Cruise’s ever so beautiful Questions in a World of Blue plays as Laura enters, staring and crying. That song is the last piece of bliss, of beauty, that Laura will truly feel. Things even start to slip as the song goes on when Donna tries to understand Laura by…
Feel no guilt in your desire
While the AIDS advertisements were loaded with imagery of death and filling everyone with fear regarding sex, Isaac Julien’s This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement flips them on their head. celebrating joy, the beauty of the world, and making sure that no one feels shame in desire. Bright colors, lovers holding flowers, dancing, upbeat music…this isn’t an AIDS advertisement, it’s an advertisement for desire, for a shame-free life, for a breather from death’s presence…the very things all the other advertisements forget about.