I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.
Find it and watch it.
Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.
Should have a HUGE fandom.
It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.
Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.
So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.
…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like. He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.
He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.
…And then he makes this.
I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.
Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.
And if you need more convincing??
Your faves are in it: Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).
Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…
Apologies ahead of time.
on a scale from 1 to 10, how obsessed are you with cats?
"This is my first cabbage! You know, a lot of times they’re kind of soft, but this one is sold! It’s going to be good eatin’!"
"What are you going to make with it?"
"Well, this one I’m giving to my parents. You have to give the first one away or you just spoil the whole spirit of gardening."
This is the most victorious photo of cabbage ever captured.
YESSSSSSSS MA’AMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M TRYNA GET LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!
I almost feel like I don’t belong though, because my Spanish isn’t what it should be at all. My dad never really spoke it around me and my sister when we were growing up so I’m not a native speaker, and the only Spanish I speak is from taking it in school for 6+ years and then practice in Mexico when I did an internship and visited family there. My dad says he doesn’t know why he never taught it to us but I think the real reason is the pressure of assimilation. He came to the US in 2nd grade and his family pretty much stopped speaking Spanish in order to become American. His younger brother can understand but not speak it because of that. I wish things could have been different. I feel so disconnected.
Starting with the minority students’ orientation was probably the best possible way to start med school. Everyone is so nice and there’s so much support and solidarity and people actually talk about racism/prejudice in medicine outside of healthcare inequality (which also gets talked about). It makes me feel like I can do this.
On a sidenote, there are only ~25 of us out of a class of 240 and that’s considered “excellent” diversity. Also my class has a way smaller female representation than most years. Ugh.