I’m just not sure that people of African descent ARE actually that under represented in the media?
I can point to plenty of celebrities, directors, talk show hosts etc.
No problem George. I do agree, we need to be the change we want to see, hence why I’m trying to make it in the film business and tell the stories of people who are often relegated to stereotypes. I have to say though, peoples of African descent are in my opinion far better represented than other minorities.
Thank you for your article. What's your take on the recent Chris Hemsworth movie 'Extraction'? It was a very interesting movie where Chris's character brutally kills dozens of local Indian and Bangladeshi police officers who all just happen to be evil. I wonder how it would be interpreted if Bollywood put out a movie with Aamir Khan gunning down dozens of LAPD or NYPD officers.
Also what was your take on criticially acclaimed films such as 'The Hurt Locker' or '300'? Would you consider these movies racist?
Would also be interested to hear what you think about the continued portrayal of Muslim Males as either abusers, terrorists or homosexuals who are afraid to come out of the closet because their abuser male fathers are terrorists and will beat them?
It's strange, I've seen hundreds of films with protagonists and heroes of African descent, but the only two films/series in recent memory where a male muslim character has been portrayed in a positive light were The Raid and Into the Night, both of which are foreign productions.
Are people of African descent REALLY that under-represented and poorly portrayed in films compared to Asian characters? What about Native Americans? When are they getting their due on film?
Question regarding shutter speed.
If your camera was set to use angles instead of fractions, would 180 degrees be the default for all fps or would you have to adjust that as well?
Glad I'm not the only one who saw the irony here...
I felt almost intellectually guilty in a sense after I saw 2049. Visually a masterpiece, the VFX and futuristic concepts were also amazing.
But tbh, I found the story so bloody boring.
I'd consider myself a pretty big sci-fi fan, but I found myself willing the director to just get on with it at times. Its a film that could have easily cut a lot of the fat. A lot of the ideas and questions being posed have already been done to death in various films, books and video games. Bioshock, for example, asks more interesting questions than this film (in my opinion). "A man choses, a slave obeys."
And the film's score just wasn't there. Hans Zimmer seems to be a bit hit and miss these days. I'm getting a bit tired of the blaring Inception horns.
But then I check out Meta critic and see people acting as though this film is the second coming of Christ.
And they really made a mistake advertising Harrison Ford as much as they did. Tbh, his role was more of an extended cameo at the end of the day.
In summary, it's the best looking boring as hell film that I've seen in a long time. A fantastic visual feast, that thinks it's smarter than it is.
That's just my opinion of course. In all fairness I guess I may just lack the taste required to appreciate a film like this.