During these current harsh times, people really need to start working together. Gone are the days of “every man for himself” and “I don’t care about anyone else as long as I get mine”. These types of selfish attitudes will get one nowhere. Huge corporations and other relentless beings are beating us down to a pulp, closing our businesses, enforcing lockdowns, and oppressing us with endless restrictions. Artists that have a purpose and an important message to tell, need to team up with other artists and technical people, and create awesome works together.
The Way Back (2010) is a long sad excruciating film about six men who escape a Soviet gulag and traverse the harsh Siberian wilderness for months on foot in their quest for freedom. It is based on a book written in 1956 by former Polish prisoner of war Sławomir Rawicz. Some say that it is not an entirely true story. But it is still an incredible story of survival displaying the perseverance of the human spirit, which is not easily subdued.
Rambo - Last Blood begins kind of slowly and gradually picks up quite a bit and drags your entire helpless body across the sharp pavement with the force of a military-spec Humvee; and I’m not even exaggerating here, this movie is really that fucking brutal! It’s an hour and thirty minutes long, and in that time you will feel the intensity and passion of a man who has nothing left to lose. A man who makes his last stand against evil-doers. Against people who exist above the law, who need someone like Rambo to come along and stick a razor-sharp hunting-knife deep between their good-for-nothing ribs…
Recently I watched both of the most recently made Kong films, and in this post I’m going to attempt to decipher their esoteric symbolism. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend watching either of these movies (in many ways they’re actually very painful for me to watch) but you know behind all the wild CGI effects and totally unbelievable action sequences there’s some messages there, I believe. Otherwise, some of Hollywood’s highest paid actors (like Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and many others) and directors wouldn’t have gotten involved with the project… They’re trying to tell us something - Let’s find out what it is!
We’ve seen those soft, delicate, subtle artforms that can move us with a few sweeps of a brush, or a soothing, melodic tune, producing tranquility, bringing us to a peaceful state of mind almost instantly... warm tones and gracious beauty... the arts that come to mind being painting, sculpture, poetry, music, dance, and so on… But what about those wild emotions that exist deep in our core? Should we suppress these feelings, and allow them to stay dormant in us for time immemorial? Or can we display power through our art, and simultaneously perform a type of releasing self-therapy?
Why do so many artists struggle to make progress and achieve their goals? In my opinion, it is because they are selfish. They are mainly concerned with promoting themselves and their brand. They may help someone at times, but only minimally, or they help out their fellow artist and he does not return the favor. Art is an extension of ourselves. It supersedes business and money because it can last longer than us. A movie, a song, an awe-inspiring structure, that stays with you for life. It’s bigger than you. It lives in our hearts and minds, can travel across continents and ages of time.
The human mind is the most sophisticated phenomenon in the world. We have created all manner of devices and accomplished countless feats far beyond the imagination of those past. Basically, we’re equipped with natural supercomputers in our heads that are more powerful than nature itself. BUT we must understand that from the time we are born there are an innumerable amount of stimuli, like television, internet, and our culture, that are fighting for our attention, attempting to motivate our behavior and shopping patterns.
The man stood in front of his easel, a brush held loosely in his right hand, staring at the blank canvas. Once, he indecisively brought his hand closer to the canvas, let it hover, and, a couple of seconds later, let his hand fall back. Setting the brush down, he picked up his cup of tea from the stool next to the easel and took a sip. The man was in his late sixties, had a lean build, and his head had a bald patch surrounded by greying hair.
As an artist/content producer, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is what message you want to share to the world? We should probably ask ourselves this question every day, for every piece we make, from the beginning of our careers up until the end, when we’re older and wiser. This way we can see how our priorities and internal vision changes throughout the years. Some people, no doubt, are less concerned with their message and more interested in fortune, fame, and stardom. They simply picture themselves up on the stage in front of thousands of screaming fans
Sometimes, I like to write short pieces based on a specific thought. This is a fun and interesting exercise, and a good way to express myself through the Stream of Consciousness style. Below are five examples I’ve been working on, enjoy! The Eagle and the Rat An eagle swoops down from above with great speed and agility, diving to the ground like a military jet. His eyes set. His form; a symbol of perfection. His target stands carefreely, munching on plant matter, as he always does. He takes his ultimate and final munch and swallows the life-giving nourishment through his tiny little throat...
Hello happy readers, lately I’ve been having a burning desire to read all of the classic texts, so I purchased The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. I’ll be honest with you all, I have read very little so far. It’s a very big book (over 1000 pages long!). I also bought about ten other books, plus I’ve been very busy with all of the end of the year mayhem that is still happening here in Colombia. I also published my two new series The Mad One and The Greatest Party!, nonetheless, I did manage to read Bells, which is a delightful poem, if I do say so myself. I love its flowing, rhythmic, rhyming prose and deep, thoughtful, mysterious message.
How many of us remember our grandparents, our great-grandparents, or those further back in our family’s history? In my family, I would say that the available knowledge on my ancestors, their roots, their personalities, their likes and dislikes, the mark they made in the world, is very slim. I wish I could learn more about them and know what they were really like, but time has washed over things and taken away most of the details, leaving behind only a vague memory of their existence.
Writing is just like one of those strange, elusive cats that stalk the outskirts of remote jungle villages in the heart of Papua New Guinea. While tribesmen munch on roots inside thatch huts and reminisce about hunting campaigns, smashing clubs on bamboo floors, and shaking shells ritualistically in harmony with the calls of nature that can be heard just outside their primitive homes, the cats growl from the thick bush, filling any listener with great wonder...
I sit in the cafe and see everyone looking down. I stand in the metro and see the same. I stroll down the city streets and watch as everyone walks around with devices in their hands. And I am currently writing to you from such a device, attempting to get you to put yours away for several hours a day… Instead of looking down - Look Up. Look at the amazing world you live in, not the digital world that exists in S-C-R-E-E-N-S.