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20aliens:

David Alan Harvey

20aliens:

David Alan Harvey

acceber74:

helloiamjacob:

I know some people are critical of certain aspects of that movie and the fact that it was directed by a white director, and I can’t understand their qualms with it, but that movie is powerful as fuck. Such a good story/film.

For your edification…

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/opinion/williams-django-still-chained/

Shit. I meant to say “I CAN understand their qualms with it” in regards to that last post. I don’t know why it got changed, auto-correct or some shit. For the record, I loved Django Unchained, but I do see how people could be offended by certain aspects of it.

I read that editorial Jesse Williams wrote around the time the movie came out and I could understand where he was coming from. For example, I can see how some would interpret Dr. Schultz being the white mentor to Django as belittling and as another case of the “white savior” complex. However I don’t think that was the angle Tarantino was going for at all. Also, I can see how some people interpreted the lack of other assertive, rebellious black characters as offensively implying that most slaves were complacently submissive. However, I think that is more because of Tarantino’s theme in the film of the “one in ten thousand n*gga” or whatever (I don’t remember the exact phrase they used), which is used for dramatic purposes. It’s just supposed to accentuate Django’s personality, and demonstrate that Django is one in ten thousand; a unique, special character. I saw it as nothing more than adding mystique and bravado to the main protagonist. 

As a white director directing a slavery film, he is bound to receive criticism no matter what, understandably. However, I don’t believe Tarantino’s intention was to belittle blacks in this movie at all. I think he was trying to champion black people and create a strong, black hero who seeks justice and revenge against the horrors of slavery. In almost all of his movies, Tarantino has always had a diverse group of characters, and I think it’s because he wants to tell different narratives that don’t often get shown in mainstream movies. That’s why he has strong, intelligent characters who are black, female, Asian, Jewish, etc.

Now, is it his place to tell a narrative that is not his own? That’s debatable. But I think, regardless, he has made a movie that champions the oppressed in one of the most awful events in American history.

I know some people are critical of certain aspects of that movie and the fact that it was directed by a white director, and I can’t understand their qualms with it, but that movie is powerful as fuck. Such a good story/film.

Holy shit, the scene were Django and Brumhilda are trying to run away in Django Unchained is so emotional it makes me start to tear up.

The history of the Nazis is crazy. They were straight up on a path to take over the world.

I’m watching this Smithsonian documentary about how the S.S. were trying to establish a new religious identity based on Celtic roots. It’s also talking about Nazis were seizing all these huge cultural/religious artifacts as they conquered other European countries, which they believed would give them mystical power. Top Nazi leaders were inspired by mysticism from various world cultures. Himmler had a “spiritual advisor”/guru who was a schizophrenic. Himmler took over the Wewelsburg Castle in Germany and were planning to make it a cultural, religious epicenter for the Nazi empire. They were seeking to create not only a new, dominant political identity but also an Aryan racial identity and new religious identity. They were about to turn the world upside down.

jacobturmellephotography:

Jacob Turmelle. Pico & Western. Los Angeles, CA. July 2014.

jacobturmellephotography:

Portrait of Zack.
Jacob Turmelle. Torrey Pines State Park. San Diego, CA. August 2014.

jacobturmellephotography:

Portrait of Zack.

Jacob Turmelle. Torrey Pines State Park. San Diego, CA. August 2014.

My thoughts, ideas and expectations of people and life are so pure that I’m so often let down. There are those special people and life events that make it all worthwhile, but there is so much disappointment to wade through, including from myself. When I look at the bigger picture, it’s just overwhelming. I hope for those beautiful moments to come soon. I know there is so much amazing potential in life and in me, and I’m trying to make things happen, but I’m just feeling so lost right now.

Holy fuck I am lost in life right now.