you know movies like avatar where they travel to another planet and colonise it and terrorise the natives
what if there was a movie where a bunch of explorers landed on another planet
but it was more advance and they instantly got dragged to an immigration office and shouted at in a language they didnt understand and made to fill out a bunch of forms for like 6 hours and had their ship impounded until they jumped through a bunch of legal loops
YOU THINK YOU OWN WHATEVER SCRIPT, YOU LAND ON. MOVIES ARE JUST A DEAD THING YOU CAN CLAIM. BUT I KNOW EVERY STORYLINE, AND SCRIPT, AND CHARACTER HAS A LIFE, HAS A SPIRIT, HAS A NAME.
YOU THINK THE ONLY MOVIES THAT ARE MOVIES, ARE MOVIES WRITTEN BY YOU BUT IF YOU WALK THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY CHILDHOOD, YOU’LL LEARN THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW, YOUR NEVER KNEW.
the ol’ save-a-Native story. the definition of same script, different cast. and sometimes not all that different.
but also, did john smith do any saving in pocahontas? i think he just liked futzed around and almost got himself executed, no? and then she had to save his ass, and he went back to england in the end? i haven’t seen that movie in a really long time.
my point isn’t to mount a defense of pocahontas here, because that movie is still mad racist, but to basically say that i think maybe avatar is even more racist??? JAMES CAMERON: MORE RACIST THAN DISNEY. that’s really something, you know?
[a three panel comic, arranged vertically. First panel is a screen shot of James Cameron’s Avatar. Second panel is a vintage photo of a man in ‘X-Ray Glasses’. third panel is a screen shot of Disney’s Pocahontas]
Back from movie night! My favourites:
Description: A still of two young women sitting on a couch holding videogame controllers, in the middle of a conversation.
“I’m still taking in. I’m still in sponge mode, you know, sort of finding out how all this works and getting my arms around it,” Cameron replied when asked for his initial thoughts of the oilsands on the second day in the area.
He was headed off to Fort Chipewyan Tuesday afternoon, where he is to meet with local First Nations and Metis chiefs before a community meeting.
He’s expected to return to Edmonton on Wednesday for a meeting with Premier Ed Stelmach.
“I’ve gotten a lot of information from a lot of different sources and all of those sources have their own specific agenda, so I want to just try to get a balanced view of what’s going on up here,” he said Tuesday.
He was joined by Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner and Greg Stringham, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, as well as Syncrude and Cenovus representatives.
Flying over the oilsands, Cameron said it’s easy to see how much of the natural landscape is being affected, so it’s important to understand what the short- and long-term impacts of that are in terms of health and environment for the First Nation communities.
You know who’s capable of having “a balanced view”? White people! People of color don’t have the “balanced view” faculty. We’re all magic, mystery, and emotionalism. That’s why you need white lead characters in all those movies about strange exotic lands and cultures. You need a rational person with a balanced view. Only such a person can be a saviour.
Perhaps Cameron will end up screaming “NOOOOO!!!” with one arm outstretched and the other arm cradling an aboriginal mother and child, while the petroleum extraction proceeds as before. He will then storm into the office of Greg Stringham, vice president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, slam his fist on the desk, and seethe, “We had an agreement with those people!! We gave them our word!!” Upon which Stringham will lean back in his executive chair with an icy stare, holding a fountain pen in both hands, and reply, “Oh grow up, Jim.”
Or maybe he’s planning a documentary on the subject. Who knows.
“Avatar Remix - A. V. A. T. A. R. (Anglos Valiantly Aiding Tragic Awe-inspiring Races)”
This is yet another video it’s very difficult to describe in detail. Basically, it’s clips from James Cameron’s Avatar, juxtaposed with many similar shots from movies like Australia, Dances With Wolves, Blood Diamond, The New World, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Last Samurai (which portray white people in foreign lands encountering The Other) and also movies like A Time To Kill, The Blind Side and Amistad (all about beneficient white people coming to the rescue of helpless black people).
Common scenes include the White Man (or Woman) gazing out over a beautiful but hostile landscape; the White Person amazing the natives with technology; the White Person surrounded by the Other’s happy, grateful children; the White Person gazing upon the Other people’s pain and suffering with great compassion; and White People coming to the rescue, usually with superior firepower.