February 20, 2013
The Gingerbread Man, that disobedient, back-talking, confection, is out for blood – yours! And, why not? A trend in Hollywood these days is taking happily-ever-after fairy tales and turning them into turbo-charged revenge flicks.
Snow White doesn’t beg for her life, then run away to live with the dwarves. She trains with the huntsman to wage war against the evil queen.
Hansel and Gretel grow up to be bounty hunters, tracking and killing witches “all over the world.”
Jack doesn’t just steal the goose who lays the golden egg and live happily, and wealthily, ever after. Instead, he’s a “giant slayer” in a war between the human world and the giant world.
So, in my imagined movie, “Rambo the Gingerbread Man,” loosely based on the old Atari video game, Rambo must escape from the oven, then hunt down and kill all the people in the house who tried to make him into dessert. Rah, rah!
What’s your fairy tale revenge fantasy?
February 11, 2013
poster: Lisa Roth,Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) Offset, 2009; San Francisco, CA.
Simple budgetary numbers will tell you that funding for education gets cut every year, just as funding for prisons increases.
Drawing attention to this dismal fact, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPA) is touring poster art around California that brings attention to the large incarcerated population of the United States, and the drain on society by the for-profit Prison Industrial Complex.
Some facts from CSPA: “The United States has the largest prison population in the world–over 2.3 million people behind bars–quadrupling between 2008 and 2011. The U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population yet we have 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. Another sobering statistic is that black men are imprisoned four times more often than any other group: 1 out of 3 black men, 1 out of 6 Latino men, and 1 out of 17 white men will be imprisoned at some point in their lifetime.”
For more information on “Prison Nation: Posters On The Prison Industrial Complex,” click here.
This project is funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the California Arts Council.
poster: “America” by Cedomir Kostovic; Digital Print, 2004; Springfield, Missouri; 2004