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#ArtsyTuesday: Ariana Richards – Jurassic Park Meets Botticelli

arianarichardsjurrasicparkTake a trip back in time to June of 1993 when Jurassic Park was released and the young girl eating green jello in the image above screams of terror were heard in movie theaters across the world.

She no longer caters to the big screen, she now creates beautiful landscape and figure paintings so realistic that you’d swear they were photographs.

Who knew?!

Ariana Richards is her name and she has a degree in Fine Arts and Drama and her genealogy can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance with Carlo Crivelli, a contemporary of Botticelli, so the gift is in her genes.

Ariana is an award-winning artist and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America, just to name a few!

Her website doesn’t say just how much the investment will cost, but you can request an original oil painting to be created to your specifications. I’m sure you’ll be out of a few thousand dollars in the process but it’ll be worth it.

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Looks like Kirsten Dunst, doesn’t it? Click to see more of Ariana Richard’s online gallery!

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That time I tried to write a script about skin color

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In 2006, I tried writing a script for the first time and the following is what I came up with:

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An original script
by Dangerous Lee

July 2006 Draft

1. BLACK SCREEN: Sound of baby crying.
2. INT: Hospital Delivery Room
A beautiful black baby is born and crying. The doctor and nurses are all in shock. We then see the mother and father who are white.

MOTHER
“What is it? What’s wrong?”

The child is then turned towards the mother and father. The father looks at his wife accusingly and begins to walk away. The mother looks at child and screams.

3. Int. Hospital Room in same hospital.
Black woman has given birth to a white child and she and her husband are trying to calmly discuss the situation.

MOTHER
“It may be albino!”

FATHER
“Albino babies do not have brown hair.”

MOTHER
“Baby, I did not cheat on you, so there is no need for a DNA test but if that is what you want then go ahead and pull a Maury Povich on me!”

FATHER
(raising voice)
“I am most definitely getting a DNA test! I really don’t need one! Two black people cannot create a white baby!”

The mother starts to cry. At the same time a nurse brings in the baby for a feeding.
4. Int. Zoom to television in room

Special News Report

REPORTER
“All across the country there are reports of families giving birth to children who do not share the same skin color, but after having numerous DNA tests it shows that these children do indeed belong to them…”


 

I wrote this before I knew anything about Sandra Laing, a woman who comes from at least three generations of White ancestors but appears Black (of African descent). She is an example of atavism. Her family was unaware of their African roots.

I have never seen it, but a movie about her life, also titled Skin, was released in 2008.

I find her true life story along with my fictional tale to be quite amazing. At the time I wrote it I had no idea that this could and had really happened. Nothing ever came of this script but a three-part essay series I wrote and published in 2010 called The Half Series – When Black People Look White also tackles the subject and my experiences with skin color and race.

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5 Reasons You Didn’t See Spike Lee’s Film – Oldboy

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  1. You’ve never heard of it. When I saw it there were only three other people in the theater!
  2. You didn’t know Spike Lee was the director or you did know and didn’t give a shit.
  3. You didn’t see Spike Lee’s interview with Oprah. Had you seen it there’s a possibility that you would of been interested. It’s what got me to the theater.
  4. You’re not a fan of Josh Brolin. I admit he was not the best choice for the lead, but he did well enough.
  5. You hate violence on the big screen. (sissy)

Oldboy is described as a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, but that description leaves out so many details. This movie has tons of twists and sick turns that will leave you mentally disturbed after watching. I describe it as a mindfuck!

Oldboy is also a remake of the 2003 South Korean film, Oldeuboi. I have not seen Oldeuboi, but since seeing Spike Lee’s version my interest in piqued. Spike’s version is catching hell from both critics and casual movie goers, but I loved it and I need to see it again to make sense of all the madness.

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Top Story: Walt Disney was a racist, sexist asshole?

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So, there’s this corny-looking movie about Walt Disney creating the Mary Poppins film called Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Disney coming out December 20th and I remember that there has been talk that Mr. Disney was racist among other not so nice things. I took to Google and found the video below featuring interviews with people who have worked with and for him sharing their stories, proving that he was a jerk and I also found this article that tries to debunk that he was an ass.

Of course he was a racist, sexist asshole. He was a White man living in a time when many if not most White men were racist, sexist assholes. Color me so not surprised. Disney, as a brand, has promoted many racist, sexist and asshole like themes over the years. We’ve all seen it and bought into it in one way or another. I guess you can say racism, sexism and assholism has brought us all together.

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The 5 Best Arthouse Films Of All Time

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From Kurosawa and Bergman to De Sica and Truffaut, arthouse cinema is laden with talented directors and meaningful storylines. Unlike many of their predecessors and contemporaries, these men presented an often-unvarnished version of life without the gloss that contemporary cinema gave the silver screen. Others like Cocteau wove fabulous fantasies, setting an otherworldly mood while showing audiences the darkness and light of human beings.

1. Rashomon
One of the most influential arthouse films of all time, Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece spectacularly reintroduced the unreliable narrator to cinema audiences. Released in 1950, the film masterly weaves together the contradictory stories of a rape and murder as seen by four different people. Each person believes that their version is the correct one. The film does not provide a tidy ending, but rather leaves the viewer to contemplate the subjective nature of truth and memory.

2. The Bicycle Thieves
“The Bicycle Thieves” (often erroneously translated from the original Italian title as the singular “The Bicycle Thief”) is a monument to the neorealistic movement. Set in post-World War II Italy, the film tells the story of a poverty-stricken man’s search for his stolen bicycle. The film is a commentary on the never-ending cycle of poverty, and the desperation that causes the compromising of men’s morals.

3. The 400 Blows
François Truffaut’s autobiographical “The 400 Blows” is the quintessential French New Wave film. The film tells the tale of a rebellious young boy who bunks school to find solace in the cinema hall. He eventually has to deal with the harsher aspects of life when his parents surrender him to his fate. The film is perhaps best known for its sparse dialogue and the dramatic freeze-frame ending. “The 400 Blows” was influenced by the work of Jean Renoir and Jean Vigo. It in turn became extremely influential, adding Truffaut to the long list of significant auteur directors whose personal visions and identities defined the films they made.

4. The Seventh Seal
Bergman’s allegory is markedly different from his typical neorealistic fare. The atmosphere of unavoidable doom that pervades the film is eerie and remarkable. The film narrates the tale of Swedish soldiers returning to their plague-ridden home country after the Crusades. Hoping to survive the disease, one of the soldiers challenges Death to a chess match. The resulting game unfolds, but it becomes obvious that Death cannot be avoided, and in the end will come for all the characters. “The Seventh Seal” became highly influential, inspiring such directors as Woody Allen and Philip Kaufman.

5. Beauty and the Beast
Jean Cocteau’s beautiful masterpiece is a thinly disguised commentary on the dual nature of man and desire. A retelling of the French fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”, it as prized for its dreamy art design as the mythical plot. The film’s iconic scene depicts Belle walking down a hallway dotted with windswept draperies and lighted by disembodied arms carrying candelabras. The film inspired many artists such as art director Hans Dreier and American filmmaker Kenneth Anger.

The best films of arthouse cinema not only provide technical and artistic enjoyment, but allow fans of film to see the origins of film devices that are in common use today.

Lucy James compares the best home movie streaming services in the UK, including Netflix and Lovefilm to see which streaming service offers the best value for money.

 

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3 Must Rent Flicks: Burt Wonderstone – Movie 43 – The Call

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Jim Carrey is in it so you know it’s funny. Steve Carell doesn’t always make me laugh, but the pairing of him with Steve Buscemi is ridiculous! PS: Jim Carrey’s parts are the best!

movie43posterThis one takes pushing the envelope to another level. Balls on Hugh Jackman’s neck is only the beginning and it’s all downhill crazy fun from there. I laughed out loud a lot!

The_Call_2Loved it! Didn’t expect it to be a good movie at all. I mean let’s face it, Halle Berry does not have the best track record. She totally redeemed herself with this one and the storyline wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. The ending was definitely unexpected and appreciated…I just wish they had kicked his ass a lil’ more!

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365 Days of Dangermas: Day 67

DANGERMASLOGODay 67 – March 8, 2013:

Saw Oz The Great and Powerful. I was almost bored to tears. It’s definitely for the kids and infantile adults. Our ticket stubs are in the Dangermas tree. Why? Because I’ve been slacking on putting items in the tree and it’s as good a place as any before they hit the recycle pile. Oh! And, parts of the movie were shot in Michigan! Have a Dangerous weekend 😉

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If you’d like to donate items to the Dangermas tree, please view our wishlist for ideas, or you can send ornaments or other light weight items to:

Dangerous Lee

PO Box 7317

Flint, MI 48507

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The Best Movie Soundtracks According to Dangerous Lee

In no particular order. Click images to buy from The Dangerous Lee Mall!

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