OK but can we talk about Aladdin for a hot minute.
It’s the only mainstream+popular movie/theatre show that belongs to Arabs. Yet all the roles in the musicals everywhere - England, Australia, America - are going mostly to white actors, with some black/Asian actors. Not a single role in a film with exclusively Arab characters has gone to any Arab actors. There’s the actress who plays Jasmine in the Australian production, Hiba Elchikhe, who may or may not be Arab, I’m not sure. But that’s about it.
Now that they’re looking to cast people for the live-action remake (I’m fucking sick of all these Disney remakes, but that’s a rant for another time) - predictably, they’re struggling to find actors. But all the ones in the running, save for Jade from Little Mix who’s half-Arab, are either black, white, or South Asian.
You’re telling me that in this entire world, there’s not a single Middle Eastern actor/actress suitable for these iconic roles? That’s bullshit. I stayed silent when all the theatre roles went to actors of other ethnicities, but the movie will reach a much wider audience, so it’s arguably more important that they get the right actors. Arabs are possibly one of the least represented ethnic minorities in Hollywood - the only Arab actor I can think of is Rami Malek. Fine, whatever, there aren’t many roles in the entertainment industry for Arabs, I get it. But this is a movie, set in Agrabah, a fictional country loosely based on Baghdad, and it should have Arab actors.
aesthetic: old movies on the silver screen, the echo of high heels against marble, sequined gowns, crackling recordings of old ballads, laughter across the table, rolling thunder, whooshing stage curtains, flowery perfumes, light catching on diamond jewellery
can people please stop saying that Priyanka Chopra and Dev Patel or Avan Jogia should be cast as Jasmine and Aladdin… both the charcters are Middle Eastern and Priyanka, Dev and Avan are of South Asian descent!!!
a/n: first of all i am PISSED because i had this entire thing written and then my laptop shut down and i lost the entire thing and i am on the verge of tears okay. secondly, this was cute to write and i hope you like it. i like the concept! i may do more nonfamous!boy in the future :)
“Hey, (y/n), what do you think about all of these rumors?”
The paparazzi blinded your vision with the flashes of their cameras in your face as soon as the exit door from the nightclub opened. You were put right on the street– or into the eye of the paparazzi, you liked to call it. Questions were being yelled at you, along with others screaming your name in hopes to get a picture of you looking in their direction.
You held your head down, walking quickly through the mob of people. You glanced behind you, trying to find sight of your boyfriend, who walked with his hands shoved into the pockets of his black skinny jeans. His head was down, mirroring your actions in attempts to avoid his face being seen.
“We’re leaving in twenty five minutes, people!” Dean announces pulling his focus from the view of the private balcony in your hotel room. He pauses waiting for a response but is only met with silence.
“So glad they fucking listen to me.” As Dean huffs under his breath, he marches throughout the suite and ends with a burst through your bedroom door.
You meet his distracting jade eyes briefly before returning your attention back to the rack of dresses you’re agonizing over. Your stylist continues offering suggestions but you’re not thrilled with any of them.
“Y/N…why aren’t you dressed?! We need to leave asap so we can arrive before the crowd.”
Oh no! But there are so many! It really depends on what exactly you are analyzing so I’ll go by category and I’ll only include ones I have seen. I’ll try to keep it relatively short, so even though a film might fit well in 2 categories (Citizen Kane and No Country come to mind), I will only include them once. The starred films are my favorites in each category.
You want to analyze stories with dynamic characters and well-written plots that are classical, experimental, or somewhere in between? These are wonderful reads and watches:
Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cleo from 5 to 7)
You want to look at compelling cinema that gives a middle finger to classic hollywood storytelling? Look at these:
L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)**
F for Fake
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog)
Cinematography (and Production Design)
You want to look at how color, light, and symbolism are used visually to tell a story and convey emotion? Take in these beautiful films:
Children of Men
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Days of Heaven
Cinema is more than just a visual medium. Here are some films that have exceptional sound design, sound mixing, and soundtracks.
No Country for Old Men**
Saving Private Ryan
Do you want to see how animation in cinema goes beyond children’s stories and adult cartoons? These use animation to push the capabilities of cinema:
i was lost in a sea of fans that swarmed around me and my boyfriend. the two of us were trying our best to keep our hands linked together so we wouldn’t lose one another, but that clearly was not the case. in a matter of minutes, our hands were broken apart and the two of us were surrounded by our supporters.
jack, of course, had supporters because he is so talented in the musical field and was about to drop the band’s new EP, which everybody was excited for.
i, however was not about to drop an EP, but i had been featured on a few mainstream artists’ songs, which allowed me to gain followers left and right.
because of the unbelievable amount of people who decided i was worth their time, it was bound to happen that people would ask me to marry them. it had happened before at meet and greets or on the street or anything like that. i always said yes just to be nice and to not hurt anybody’s feelings, and it was always so fun to see the huge smile break out on their face.
little did i know, i would be experiencing something so so much better than that in the blink of an eye.
“will you marry me, y/n” someone asked over the noise of the crowd as i was signing something for another sweet girl.
“yes, of course i wi-” my breath got caught in my throat when i turned around, not allowing to to say another word. as soon as i turned around, the crowd split open into two. now there was an open aisle between the crowd and just barely five feet that separated me and the love of my life.
there jack was, on one knee in the middle of hollywood. he was kneeling on some star, but i didn’t have time to read that right now. all i could look at was the eyes of the gorgeous boy in front of me. i stared at him and he stared back at me before he repeated his question.
“will you marry me, y/n y/l/n?” he asked again, a bit more of both hope and fear across his face than there was the first time. i nodded profusely like an idiot for a second before being verbal and launching myself at the man of my dreams.
“oh my god, yes! of course i will!” i screeched, running towards him and throwing my arms around his neck just as he stood up. he hugged back even tighter (if that was even possible) and lifted me a few inches off of the ground before releasing his grip. he took my left hand in his and slipped the ring on my finger, causing the entire crowd to cheer.
we hugged again, and this time much tighter.
“holy shit,” i whispered into his ear, causing a giggle to escape his lips.
“thank god you said yes,” he replied, speaking softly into my hair. “i didn’t want to get turned down at all, let alone in front of all of these people.” a smile broke out on your face as you pulled your head back a bit so you two were face to face, literally.
“you proposed on the mickey mouse star,” you said in a monotone voice.
“when we were kids we would always watch mickey mouse together, remember?” he replied, not skipping a beat.
“i love you so fucking much,” you told him in a voice that only he could hear, the waterworks beginning to flow.
he saw the tears in your eyes and pulled you into yet another embrace before whispering, “i love you so fucking much more, baby.”