The new Godzilla movie is being made by Americans.
I’ll just quietly remove it from the list of “things to live for” and try to swallow my disappointment.
I like how everyone forgets the American reporter in the pretty-well-received…
If we’re seriously judging how something socio-political from a trailer is-
"We" are. Not by the trailer. By the country of origin.
Lemme take off the snide hat here and try to explain.
Honestly. It matters. The film, the franchise, the genre, is deeply tied into fears of helplessness, of foreign domination, of mutation and radiation and of nuclear annihilation. To remake it as an American film undercuts the very reason it was filmed.
Narratives don’t spring into existence from Zeus’ brow, and they aren’t (usually- there are a few execrable exceptions) without meaning. Some narratives, Godzilla included, are freighted with meaning.
When you take the film and re-make it for a different audience with a different agenda, it will probably have new things to say. And that’s good! Remakes all too often end up being unnecessary shot-for-shot rehashes.
But when you remake it without the cultural context it depends upon for meaning, you’re stealing it. You’re whitewashing it. You’re, frankly, colonizing it. It’s not a pretty thing to see Western Imperialism in action and while film is a less harmful medium than, say, dropping several tons of explosives (much less something that detonates with kilotons of force), it is not without impact.
People will see this movie and eat their popcorn and cheer for the American lead and go home and, unless it’s very very well-made, probably forget about it. And it will add another layer of irrelevance to a time, and an act, and a culture that most Americans would like to forget.
I personally think they should not forget it, and that cultural imperialism is to be avoided. After all, you’d find it odd, at the least, if a foreign country were to re-make the Matrix and instead of themes of liberation and revolution, changed it to themes of familial obedience and the inevitable futility of resistance to power. That would suck, right? Now imagine that same country had invaded us, obliterated Pittsburgh and Jacksonville with atomic weapons.
Nothing exists in a vacuum- it’s trite but it’s appropriate here.
So yes, it matters, and I will absolutely judge the film sight-unseen not for its quality but for its very existence. For all I know it’ll be a rip-roaring good time. But it’s an act, however minor, of cultural violence, and I won’t be a party to it.
Now go away.
"americans will obviously insert some propaganda in here because I am an expert on every amerikan remake ever, and I can tell by my psychic powers from several release trailers. also american remakes by default obviously as bad as actually bombing nagasaki and hiroshima, because pop culture allegories can’t be universal, never mind american paranoia after the nuclear bombing, never mind hedorah being a metaphor that applies beyond japan, never mind mechagodzilla being a metaphor against militarization that goes beyond japan, never mind biollante being a metaphor for irresponsible, perverted science turned into weapons of mass destruction, never mind the inclusion of Americans in Final Wars (I don’t think they count because they’re white!!), never mind ‘a country that’s forgotten its wars and its dead and going on to make the same mistakes they’ve made in the past’ easily applying to America from the 2002 godzilla possessed by the WW2 dead killed in the pacific theater, never mind the blasted 1998 remake having France clean up its problem and helping a very unsoldiery scientist and a reporter unfuck a self-destructive military and US government being ‘amerikan propaganda’, hey never mind that a lot of godzilla sequels boiled down to ‘giant monsters fight’"
Thanks for assuming I’m white and that telling me an American remake is as bad as white dudes shooting up my home country through the 20th century and white dudes continuing to shoot up countries with, y’know, actual violence.
Hold me, Jack, Heaven is upon me.
I’m laUGHIGN HYSTERICALLY DON’T LET ME PLAY AS OOISHI IN CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
… how do you play as a character in Cards against Humanity?
A curious sketchy Ube checking out yo’ dash.
Might color this. :>
Some little ‘coloured’ doodle of Mayané, a poor dark elf girl.
Green women appreciation post.
Seriously, don’t you love’em too? :>
On the left is Ree's Bula, one of my favorite OCs by her
(haha, which one of them isn’t my favorite?), on the right is Demetra Yahschin (one of my favorite OCs by me). I figured they’d deserve to be side by side at least once~.
Err… oops. You can contract these…?
To discredit all rumors I would be held hostage by giant killer carrots I post a little ballpoint pen sketch of Remirias Buchhold, a Cardighnan knight and heir of House Buchhold of Schwarzhügle.
I always enjoy drawing his quiff and moustache.
Also I am atm working on another full-color picture. :> be looking forward to it.
i am giving y’all an excuse to do it, go do it
I don’t need an excuse but I will take any excuse, ho ho ho
YEAH OK WHICH ONE
Yeah which one they r all dumb babys ????
maybe ill do this~
Hold on, you want me to post EVERY Demetra picture ever drawn?
The list goes on.
Today’s sketch is one of my novel’s major characters (and his henchman Cheeta): Dyonix Rosso, Consultor Maioris Bellicus (=Minister of Defence).
He is known all over the kingdom as an ingenious diplomat who worked up his way from the lowest of lowborn people and won over the people of the Northern Reaches.
At court, however, many suspect he is aspiring to become the King’s right hand man - or even the new King.
Also, somehow the lower sketch of him turned out rather cartoony.