A Short Letter to Hollywood on The Female Character

I’m just going to jump right into this because I have a lot of content planned for the weeks to come.

Dear Hollywood, 

We need female characters of all colours and creeds who are grounded and relatable. Who can lose and get knocked down. Who can overcome adversity but still struggle to get up. We need female characters who can drastically impact story.  We need some weak female characters. Weak female characters, weak as in flawed, are strong female characters. Write woman who can be physically strong and intelligent but have them act and react in the world instead of following behind the footsteps of male leads. Too often do you create characters who are [X] and nothing else but that. Write female characters who are three-dimensional. Have them look like my mom and sister. Make them your leads. Make them protagonists.

Woman work just as hard, if not harder, in your male dominated industry. Pay female actors equally to the male co-stars.   

Despite the Ripleys, Furiosas and Diana Princes, women are still objectified and sidelined in a lot of your movies. As of right now you still have a lot of progress to do both on and off the screen. So please Hollywood, get to work. 

 

 

A Review of Her (2013): You Don’t Need A Body For Someone to Love You…

As someone who often condemns film and television for being too formulaic I cannot believe I have slept on Spike Jonze’s Her for this long. After about four days of sitting on this film I can safely say that Her is now alongside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as one of my favorite love stories ever. Following the separation of his wife, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) strikes an odd liking, well not so odd in this future setting, for his operating system Samantha (V.O. by Scarlett Johansson) that soon deepens to a committed relationship. Every scene shared between the them is as enticing as the last, and given that most of the film’s runtime primarily focuses on the two, Her does a great job at fully immersing viewers into their love story. Like Eternal Sunshine, Her is an extremely unconventional tale of love but effortlessly explores the feeling of falling for someone, being in love as well as the detriments of heartbreak.

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Blog Milestone! 3000+ Views

Today I realized that my blog has reached over  3000 views, 3 030 to be exact, in the (nearly) 2 years it has been running! This is so incredible and I’m extremely thankful to all of those who took the time to read my posts. WordPress is a community that I have a deep love for. In the real world, people may often neglect the opinion’s of others based on their status – be it social or financial. Some may refuse to hear the words of others simply because of their race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and  or nationality. But in this digital world, everyone has a chance to speak up and share their thoughts. There are no boundaries. There is no prejudice. WordPress is a place where truly everyone is equal. We are all bloggers. We all started with 0 followers, 0 views, 0 likes and 0 comments. I am so grateful to be part of a community that, unknowingly, is so open, kind and motivating to one another. Thank you all for the views and I can’t wait for the journey ahead here on 4therace!

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À Bout de Souffle [Song of the Week #3]

Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout De Souffle, or Breathless in English, was my introduction to him and the French New Wave. To my eyes at the time, the handheld camera work, unique editing, and stylistic dialogue of this era of cinema was so completely foreign to me. What really stuck with me after watching this film was the song heard above. It’s sad and pensive but somehow makes me a little happy. I was on the road for a long time last week and had time to think a lot. For some reason I couldn’t help but hum this  song the entire journey. To describe it best I can, this song makes me feel like it’s a Sunday morning, or it’s raining outside. It’s like the ringtone that corresponds with your mind when you just want to think to yourself. I just can’t get enough of it.

The Witch [Film of the Week #2]

What immediately captivated me about The Witch was its gorgeous cinematography. Wide shots of landscapes, accompanied with an eerie score, are scattered across the runtime establishing the film’s truly unsettling tone. Like the calm and unsettling nature of The Witch’s visuals, the horror elements of the film are subtle yet increasingly discomforting. Set in 1630 New England, the lives of a sequestered family quickly fall into a world of the wicked when their youngest member, Sam, goes missing.

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A Letter to My Anxiety

Dear Anxiety,

I hate you. A “Hello” is a “Hello”. Nothing more. Nothing less. But to you it has an underlying meaning. A meaning that you will not desist from unraveling until you have driven me to the point of insanity.

The world does not revolve around you but for some reason you believe that everyone is always watching. No one is, but you assure me that they are. Always. I feel their nonexistent glances everywhere I go.

Anxiety, because of you I cannot breathe. When I should feel safe, I instead feel the world crumbling down on top of me. I stay still but my heart races as if I just ran a mile. I might have friends but you think they all hate me. And if you think so, I think so. I loved myself but you told me I wasn’t worth anything. You hate me? Well, I hate you too.

People are everywhere but you won’t let me talk to them. The hardest part is that no one knows that I have to climb a mountain just to speak. Sometimes I summit, but you aren’t that generous. You start to control my body.  I become the puppet and you the puppeteer. I’m awkward enough but you have to let the world know don’t you? Do they see me? Do they notice? Do they hate me. Am I… and your vicious cycle continues.

Anxiety, you’re there almost all the time. Almost all the time. So when you loosen your grasp for that one instant and give me just a little air, life is wonderful. I feel love, and joy, and happy. Because of the lows I feel with you I humbly recognize all the beauty in life.

Anxiety, you destroy me, you eat me alive, you tear me apart but I must say you are a blessing not a burden. You teach me that life is often filled with pain and sadness so that I can hold on to the few, yet precious moments.

Anxiety, I used to hate you but now I love you. I wished you were gone but I want you to stay now. In the most awful way, you managed to teach me that life is a gift.

Yours Truly,

The Anxious Host

 

This post was heavily inspired by the rapper Logic’s song Anziety where he delivers a speech that ensures a hopeful future to fans/listeners who suffer of the disorder. 

If you suffer from an Anxiety, know that you are not alone…

 

What Anxiety Feels Like For Me [My Worst Attack]

If you read my previous post you’ve learned that I’m starting to open up more on the story of my anxiety here on 4therace. This is my first time opening up about it, so I hope I increasingly grow better at expressing myself over time. Perhaps I didn’t explain the history of my anxieties too well, or it isn’t clear how exactly I feel when I’m anxious.

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The Story of My Anxiety

In all honesty, 4therace was never going to include posts on films and television. Nor was it going to be riddled of short essays, stories, or the occasional screenplay excerpt. Originally 4therace was made to discuss two obstacles I have had to deal with in my life, the first is living in a single parent home and the second is my anxiety. I wanted to build a community of individuals who have endured the same struggles hoping that my blog could help them. Not only did I want to help others, but I thought that by writing and expressing my social situation to the world I could help myself. Unfortunately, when 4therace was officially completed I “chickened out” and grew increasingly scared about how people would receive my story.  I questioned if people would undermine my struggle or tell me it was blown way out of proportion. Fear stricken, I decided to scratch the personal side of my blog and write whatever was on my head at the time (I spawned The Pessimist’s Optimistic Way to Obtain World Peace). But this blog is called 4therace and I want to connect with all people of different colours, creeds and backgrounds. Humbly, I can say I’ve done quite well thus far but there is still room to expand and connect to more social groups. I think it’s time to come out of my shell, and finally write about what I originally intended to do in the summer of 2015. My anxiety.

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