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I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.

But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.

The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.

So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.

Paul Williams  (via albinwonderland)


Lost Girl Season 4 & the Issue of Feminism and Equality via a necklace:  A rant via episodic breakdown

Dyson and Bo.  

Lauren and Bo.

Passive and Active Character movement.  

Equal viability.  Equal treatment?  No.  

Where’s the priority in the writing?  What is being valued and validated on my TV? Why must I accept the flawless intentions of this show as pro-woman (lets put the non-straight relationship to the side for a second), when Bo is left standing outside of proactive decision making 90% of the time?

I’m not sure I can look this thing objectively, that’s a given.  I loved the promise of Lost Girl too much to not be affected by what it does.

Someone was talking about JF, the intentions of the show as being 100% altrustic in regards to equality to doccubus to dybo, in regards to active feminism.  Because of a big lesbian pendant = Bo and Lauren’s love.  A Labrys.

I am left sincerely scratching my head.  When I attempt to just look at the story.  I see a huge discrepancy in screen time, dialogue, and value.  Between Dyson/Bo and Lauren/Bo.  I even see it with Dyson/Bo and Kenzi/Bo taking Lauren completely OUT of it for these last 2 seasons.

What gets cut?  Time after time, we are made aware of Lauren scenes, lines of dialogue.  The Syfy versions that JF has stated he has complete editing choice over?  What goes?  Lauren scenes.  Every time.  Who’s motivations are on screened?  Dyson’s.  Who gets a two minute speech every other episode to tell Bo how deeply he feels and commits?  Dyson.    Who winds up telling us instead of showing us constantly for her backstory, her work, her feelings for Bo?  Lauren.

Even Bo feels more like a passenger this season.  Passive.  Sure she saves the human family, Dyson, Lauren and Rainer from his “train”.    But it’s because someone forces her to.  It’s reactive.  It’s never proactive.  

The proactive actions come from male individuals.  The relationship dialogue?  Belongs to Dyson.  Last season.  This season.  I really have to break it down.  The behaviors allowed seem to follow a pattern.  In the end, I have to offer this season up to the gods of inequality, because it was the very definition of it.

Episode 1—>Dyson decides Bo needs to be rescued.  

Episode 2—>Dyson prevents female characters from acting because he knows best.

Episode 3—> Bo does choose to save the human family, but again Dyson fumbles her choices, marries her to save her, and tells her that Lauren can fix her own flat tire.  Bo caves to his assurances of knowledge.  [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 4—>Bo listens to Dyson’s wise direction on not looking for Lauren.  She asks, he tells her what to do, she complies.  Bo whines about her amnesia, yells at Kenzi for her Dyson time, whines about how Lauren betrayed her, and callously has Massimo set himself on fire.   [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 5—> Bo whines about being dark, tells Lauren off about her “real” family, and is rather passive again because a man (Rainer) has made her choice for her.    

Episode 6—> Dudes fighting for control of a woman’s power.  Woman singer thwarts them both in the end, but her freedom is herself dying.  There’s no justice.  [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 7—>Dyson fest.  “You inside me for once”  “I think I’ll wait around to be rescued for once (since I do it all the time)”  Nuff said.  ZP played it magnificently, but lesbian character body boinked by male lead body FOR A LONG TIME in the shot = all around dick editor/writer move.  [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 8—>Dyson proclaims a truce with Lauren.  Yay.  Bo runs around and does… NOTHING.  Except realize she’s a scared little girl.

Episode 9—>Rainer is Bo’s one true love.  “Rescues him.”  He rescues her from decision making.  Bo is vapid and happy and apparently 100% herself in LOVE. (which is later recanted…somehow) [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 10—>FINALLY, Lauren interacts with the gang as more than a foil for Dyson’s undying Bo love.  (1st TIME ALL SEASON)  EPISODE 10.  Rainer tells Bo what to do.  Bo does it.  Less problematic because Lauren is a kickass scientist awesome pants. 

Episode 11—>Hale invites Kenzi’s family over.  (dudes know best).  Bo is about to fight?  Wait Dyson did it.  Bo has to catfight LH for the male gaze for 2 min.  WTF IS THAT?  Kenzi is beat up, no recourse to fight back,  Hale dies, Bo does NOTHING.  [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 12—> Rainer tells Bo what to do.  Bo does it.  Lauren tells Bo everything she’s done is for her (this scene lasts 40seconds, Bo doesn’t respond beyond an asshole jib)  [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]

Episode 13—> Rainer finally dies.  Bo finally chooses to go see what Lauren’s up to (thanks for the heads up Massimo otherwise she would never know where to look).  [Dyson gets to talk to Bo for 2 minutes about their relationship]  BUT, BUT!  Bo puts on a necklace.  A cylon raider necklace.  This is supposed to signify her choice.  But man, is it NOT talked about whatsoever beyond “hey you put it on,”  “hey I like it”.

ZERO DEPTH.  And that’s my problem.  With JF.  With the writing, with the message, with the visual agenda.   

I used to see tons of value with Bo, being a free sexual agent.  Choosing her fights, her reactions were hers and her actions were PROACTIVE.  Lauren and Dyson felt more viable as equals in the audience’s eyes.

Now?  Yes, this season was LG turned upside down.  And not the better for it.

Now give us back our Ladies and their impactful MOVEMENT.  Without it, Lost Girl stands still.

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