Keith Haring’s mural for the former Collingwood Technical College. It’s one of only thirty surviving works by Haring, and one of only three that remains largely in its original state.
I pass this every day on my bus! sICK!
Anonymous said: After seeing SND last night, I am now convinced Gillian doesn't fully realize how brilliant of an actor she truly is. I mean, delivering those extended monologues, making it look like she is not putting in any extra effort is just unreal. It was like she was born to play this part. I would bet good money that every remake of this play in the future is going to be compared to her performance. It will be a crime if she doesn't receive every British award allocated to the stage.
I didn’t see the entire thing last night, but I did see a lot of the major Blanche scenes and I’ll say this … I expected it to be good, after reading all of the reviews, but I don’t think anything ever really blows me away. I can’t remember any performances that had a physical impact on me until I saw this. I was TREMBLING watching her answer the door to the people who will take her away. Hiding in the bathroom and saying “please, I don’t know you, get away from me…”
I said this before and other people have said the same thing, but there isn’t a hint of anyone recognizable in Gillian’s portrayal of Blanche. This actress, who a lot of us have seen over many years do many different things, is pretty easily recognizable to most of us. We know her face, her voice, her mannerisms. But then she gets on stage and gives a performance like this and it’s suddenly Gillian who? Scully who? Stella who? Bedelia who? There isn’t a GLIMPSE of any of them in this.
When I first heard Gillian really start to talk about this role, she said something along the lines of “Blanche is in my bones” and I distinctly remember reading that and rolling my eyes a bit at her because it sounded a little dramatic and it’s something that so many actors always say - that there is a role they were born to play - and it’s very rarely true. It feels true to them, but it doesn’t come through in their performances. But Gillian was spot on, this is something she was always meant to do, and it’s almost as if Blanche is written for her. She was made for this. You don’t even feel like you’re watching a production when you watch her.
I’m rambling, but I’m still reeling from the parts that I saw. Gillian’s comedic timing and delivery is ON POINT but the really magical thing about that is that once you find yourself laughing at Blanche, there’s a look on her face or a tremble in her voice and suddenly you feel bad for laughing because you’re reminded that she’s not intentionally funny. She’s a deluded mess and she’s falling apart and you shouldn’t be laughing at her even though the words and delivery are funny. It makes you feel like a voyeur, like you’re watching and hearing things you aren’t meant to see or hear and you want to get out of this apartment because it’s suffocating and you’re laughing and you shouldn’t be but what else is there to do? It’s uncomfortable and painful.
Gillian somehow makes it so that you realize that Blanche is fucking exhausting - a lying fantasist who is teetering on the edge of madness - and you feel sorry for everyone who has to deal with her bullshit BUT THEN … you also feel sorry for Blanche, you want to take her and protect her from herself and save her from the inevitability of her destruction but you can’t. She can’t be saved, can’t be helped, and there’s nothing you can do but watch her be carted away. She makes you feel so conflicted, so SAD for her, and she does it in a way that’s not even the least bit melodramatic. It’s hard to play genuinely insane because it’s so easy to be over the top about it. But Gillian’s portrayal of a slow descent into darkness is so subtle. She’s fidgety, she struggles to walk or stand properly sometimes, her eyes don’t focus, her nervous laughter makes you realize she’s so far gone.
Whoever called this performance a masterclass in acting is spot on. It’s exactly what it is. Performance of her career. There’s no topping this.
Okay, I’m sorry I just started ranting at you, but I think I’m going to talk about Streetcar until the day I die.
“I blocked it out until the last moment where all of a sudden it hit me, that this person that I was standing in front of as I know him and have known him for such a long time, that this aspect of our relationship was coming to a close. We embraced and I just burst into tears. We held our embrace for a really long time and I think it was just flooding over us, the importance of this agreement that we’ve had to be in each other’s lives in a very powerful way.”
“I think it was written that Scully gives Mulder a kiss on the forehead. Kim Manners was there [directing], and I was so confused at that point that I didn’t trust my feelings about it because I had so many personal feelings. It was eight years of my life. I didn’t know what would be an appropriate ending. I didn’t know. And when Kim and I read it as we were about to shoot it, he said, ‘We’ve done that 100 times, the whole hand holding and the kiss on the forehead. Let’s do a real kiss.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, that feels right.’”
“The last shot in the picture was Gillian handing David the baby in her bedroom. David leaned over and gave her a kiss, and the camera then pulled back out of the doorway and just kept going down the hall. We got the shot, and we cut it and printed it; the nurse came and took the baby away. And David put his arms around Gillian, and she put her arms around him, and they stood there for about ten minutes, and never said a word to each other. The tears were just rolling down their faces, and the whole crew stood there and watched this in silence. It was truly one of the most emotional experiences I’ve ever witnessed in my life.”
Kim Manners, director
Anonymous said: I really don't think abortion is a good excuse for the lack of care that someone had. Except in cases of rape. But aside from that, there are so many ways to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Why does a little soul must be punished for lack of oversight of its generators? If you don't want the baby, there's adoption, I think it causes far less suffering than abort, because there are people who really are willing to love this new being. Don't you think? Didn't mean to be rude before or now.
First off, you can be using three forms of protection, and still have an unplanned pregnancy. Birth control is not flawless. It helps, of course, but no matter how responsible someone is being, they can find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy.
"Well if you choose to have sex you have to be responsible for and accept the possibility you might get pregnant and have a baby. You shouldn’t have sex if you don’t want a child!"
Whether someone gets pregnant when theyre on three forms of birth control or gets pregnant from completely unprotected sex, repeat after me:
Children are not a punishment for sex.
Children are not a punishment for sex.
CHILDREN ARE NOT A PUNISHMENT FOR SEX.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting are not punishments for sex!!!
We don’t deny smokers cancer treatment because they accepted the risk by smoking, we don’t deny people who got in car accidents medical attention because they took the risk by driving, hell, we don’t even deny criminals who shoot others, and OD on drugs medical attention, so we sure as hell can’t deny a pregnant person medical attention because they took the risk by having sex.
Adoption is a great option, but it only solves the problem of not wanting/being able to parent a child. Not the problem of being pregnant.
Pro-lifers seem to forget that pregnancy and childbirth itself, even if adoption follows, can ruin a person’s life, and is extremely transformative, be it in a positive or negative way. You are never going to be the same once going through that. It changes your body, your hormones, your emotions. Many people experience crippling sickness and complications, causing them to lose their job, lose their home, have to drop out of school, etcetera. Prenatal care is not cheap. Mothers who fall pregnant may struggle to feed their already living breathing feeling children and lower their quality of life if forced to carry a fetus they don’t have the means to provide for or deal with.
And it all comes down to the fact that people cannot and should not be made to sacrifice their bodies for a pregnancy they do not want, for whatever reason they do not want or can not have it. We have an awesome thing called bodily autonomy. Meaning nobody can use our bodies without our consent. Even when we are DEAD. If you and I got in a car crash, and I died, and you desperately needed one of my organs to survive, you STILL couldn’t take that organ, even though it is of no use to me, to save your own life, unless I had consented when I was alive to be an organ donor. Therefore, claiming that a fetus has a right to use a pregnant person’s body for 9-10 months, has the right to take over all the pregnant person’s organs and body chemistry, has the right to change their body forever, not only does it give a fetus more rights than anyone else in the world, it also gives the pregnant person less rights than a dead body.
There is also a major flaw in your argument, which is “Except in cases of rape,” because in that statement, you are proving that it really isn’t about the fetus. If you truly believed that fetuses had rights, were sentient souls deserving of a chance at being born, it wouldn’t matter whether they were conceived through rape or not, would it? Fetuses that result from rape and fetuses that result from loving relationships are biologically the same, so why does one deserve rights in your opinion, and the other not? Perhaps you have internalized misogyny which causes you to believe that females deserve to be punished with unwanted pregnancies because they had sex.
I am pro-choice because I am pro-pregnant person. I am on the side of the living, breathing, loving, crying, feeling, struggling people who find themselves carrying a pregnancy when it is not convenient, and I am pro-giving them the option to protect themselves, their jobs, their goals, their bodies, and their pre-existing families, by supporting their access to a safe and legal abortion with no judgement.
Nymphs finding the Head of Orpheus, 1900 - John William Waterhouse
Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)
The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover
KEEP POSTING I NEED TO KNOW! DONT STOP POSTING ABOUT THIS. IT IS NOT OVER!
well.. that was a pleasant plot twist
I love my skin!
This is so important for children of color to see
I want to cry.
This is so awesome.
I could cry.
i love lupita so muchhhhhhhhhh she’s so amazing.
we’ve taught girls to romanticise nearly everything a boy does. when i was younger i thought it was cute that boys chased the girl even after she said no. i loved it when after a girl moved away from a kiss, the guy would pull her back and force it on. i thought a guy saying ‘i won’t take a no for an answer’ was passionate and romantic. we’re literally always teaching girls to romanticise abusive traits.