jameswerty replied to your post “As another side note, I think Game of Thrones has officially…”
I totally had this! Apparently Lorelei (Samantha) wanted her character killed off as she didn’t want to film it anymore at one point. I couldn’t have coped with that.
Now see, a death request would probably be easily granted in Game of Thrones haha. I’m pretty sure their brilliant writers could write off anyone and make it believable and part of the meticulous plot.
I’m glad no one in the film died though. The film succeeds in being a film that to a relative extent reflects most middle class, North American, suburban family lives (though inevitably there are some American/White cultural undertones that I couldn’t relate to personally but could recognize from media/films/television). It meanders, though never monotonous, and there’s no apex full of tragedy, and conversely there’s not much of conclusion. I really believe it’s a film that could go on forever, because life (when written and edited so well) is so interesting observed from afar (and of course, living your own life is as well, or should be!).
As another side note, I think Game of Thrones has officially brainwashed my mind.
At some points of Boyhood I found myself sitting in fear that at any moment somebody was going to die. Like anybody. Somebody was definitely going to die. That bully is totally going to kick his face off; he is going to crash; somebody’s definitely going to die in ten seconds and I’m going to be devastated.
And as a side note about Boyhood, there was a moment when the daughter was watching the Telephone video (she was also listening to LoveGame in 2009!) and it was such a moment of… victory? Not victory, but for lack of a better word, it felt right in a film that was about moments in our lives and one that mirrored the culture of the 2000s. For better or for worse, Gaga changed the landscape of Pop in such drastic ways with her videos, her fashion, and her music, all of which were constantly statements. That video in particular was an event for many of her fans (which I’m guessing the actress was, since much of the film was an approximate reflection of the lives of the cast). And in regards to the video, her step-mom asks her if her mom allows her to watch these videos, and she proudly says that her mom does, and she likes them too. Cause they get it. And I’m assuming, as a parent, her mom gets it. Any perceived shock value or theatricality was never done in hopes that people would replicate it, but was an attempt to liberate people to do something just as bold in their own capacity and in their own passions. She is her own expression, and you can be your own. And above all, there’s always a bit of humour and light heartedness in her art, or an aspect that translates into something serious.
Anyway Boyhood was life changing and you should all see it if you have the chance to.
We speak of the Malaysian Airline with concerned speculation as an intentional attack from Ukraine or Russia. And the conflict between Israel and Palestine wages on; bombs destroying the country.
And then people just become numbers. Casualties of a war is what they are in the news.
People listening and reporting have forgotten that people, with lives connected to others, were on board that airplane; lived on those lands. And for the vindictive regimes that shoot from afar, those people are faceless, but more unfathomably, they are meaningless to them.
How terrifying is it to know that nothing in your entire being, not even an iota of your humanity, can dissuade a man from firing a bullet, or dropping a bomb, on you and the people you love? And how upsetting is it to realize that the tragedy of your death will merely become a debate of politics and contention between countries? And then how sad is it that it becomes the way of the world. Life just is. We can’t mourn for too long or the world would stop turning.
— George Orwell, 1984