Abandoned Amusement Park in New Orleans
they say New orleans is haunted… this has proved the theory 100%
I was sending photos like this to everyone when I started writing Nightmare in Silver. There is something uniquely disturbing about abandoned Amusement Parks.
Ruby Rhod is one of my favorite characters in sci-fi ever because he is Luc Besson’s vision of the hetero sex symbol of the future: a flamboyant, emotionally labile man who wears skin-tight leopard print or decks himself in roses, a man who accessorizes with big jewelry and dabbles in cosmetics. And the ladies love him. Everything about him screams “gay” according to our stereotypes, but he’s portrayed as a 100% straight sexual dynamo.
Besson is one of the few directors I’ve seen who actually recognizes that our ideas of sexuality and gender performance might have changed drastically in the future.
He also has one of the most jarring entrances in a movie. Like the entire movie screeches to a halt because he bursts onto the scene well into the second act and it’s so strange and arresting and Bruce Willis is just like “what the fuck is even going on anymore?”
It’s p. great.
I’m going to have to watch 5th Element again with this analysis in mind. I’ve never even registered any of that on a conscious level. I honestly never even registered any of it as out of line with current cultural imagery. But, then, my idea of “current cultural imagery” isn’t necessarily current, and definitely not all-inclusive. There are large chunks of our culture that I’m blind to (for instance, I didn’t realize homophobia existed until I started getting bullied with homophobic terms; I also didn’t realize the hats I love to wear tend to be associated with MRAs until very recently), moreso when I first saw this movie. I tend to be surrounded by people who go ga-ga over men ranging from androgynous to effeminate, or at the very least are very fond of the sort of tight-fitting outfits that modern “manly men” tend to shun. I think the manliest sex icon widely appreciated by people I’ve spoken to is David Bowie, and he’s no stranger to tight-fitting outfits, nor to leopard-print pants.
But having read this insight into Ruby Rhod, I have to say I agree. And, as I said, I definitely need to watch the movie again with this notion in mind. I always liked Ruby, and this movie in general, and now I have even more to appreciate.
….I guess sticking to character descriptions wasn’t all that important to the show’s designers. It’s not like Daario’s appearance and looks have anything to do with his personality, right??
my apartment could use a floppy disk coffee table.
i’d keep a dildo in there
Think about how many people already don’t understand this table.
I need one of these.
(by Bagder of the Bank)
Source: Flickr / wastreluk
Warehouse 13 : Claudia Donovan
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