The trailer is introduced on the official Lara Croft Facebook page as showing her becoming ‘the ultimate survivor’, but the main issue that seems to have been raised in social conversations and blogs on the issue are “why does a female character have to be broken down to become strong?” Why does Lara Croft (or female characters in general) need a reason to be strong? There might not actually be a rape in the same as we see in Kill Bill , or read in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but the implication of this origin storyline is damning – we can only have kick ass Lara when she’s had her ass kicked (or groped).
Not surprisingly the trailer, that was first shown at E3, has flown around the web, and has currently been viewed on YouTube over 1 million times.
Ultimately this was a story line developed by male writers and producers for male gamers. Many male commentors and gamers have indicated that this is just ‘realistic’ and nothing to worry about. It is as clear an indication as as any as to why we need to stop talking about ‘women in tech’ and get on with having more ‘women in tech’.
This story line should put people off buying the new Tomb Raider, and cost the producers in their pocket for their crass decision.
How the social web responded to the new Tomb Raider game | The Wall UK
(Full disclosure - a tweet of mine on the subject is quoted in the article, but let’s be honest: this is a trope that needs to laid to rest with extreme prejudice.)
When the level of suffering in any individual reaches a certain point and he can’t deal with his own discomfort, then he is going to look for some kind of solution. I don’t think any religious quest is begun with a sense of luxury. I don’t think any serious study is undertaken unless the being is broken with some kind of suffering, either physical or psychic. I don’t think anybody undertakes a serious religious examination unless they’ve been creamed somehow by the world. And once that happens, once the heart is broken and once you recognize that the heart is broken, then various paths open to individuals. And there are very many different paths. That’s why we should never take a position from one path or another on the other paths, because the broken heart illuminates a path and it is a different path for each broken heart. I understand that when you say the words “broken heart,” lots of people just turn off. But the truth is, this is the beginning of wisdom, to understand that you are deeply uncomfortable here. That discomfort illuminates its own solution and it is often years before you take that solution. So you poke around at the different solutions that are available. Maybe you come to the ones that are most familiarly articulated, your own religion. Most of the religions around are pretty good for that. It may be a political solution. It may be an ascetic solution. It may be a hedonistic solution. None of us has the right to judge other people’s solutions to suffering.
Leonard Cohen’s comments from a 1988 CBC broadcast “Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person” narrated by Moses Znaimer.
I think what I find deeply moving about the film, and maybe hopeful is too strong a word, is that she got what she wanted. They got what they wanted. They finally acknowledge their love for each other. That’s something that doesn’t happen in most people’s lives, even if they live to be 100. They also behave with tremendous dignity, I think. They behave very very well, as decent human beings. They’re not after material goods or power. They just want to acknowledge each other’s love, stay bonded in their friendship. Ruth wants to redress a terrible mistake she made and succeed somewhat in doing that. Seek some sort of redemption. What I find most moving is this graceful place of acceptance that Kathy comes to at the end of the film. We all have to figure out what our relationship to our own mortality is going to be. We can either fight against it, or try to figure out a way around it like Tommy does…
In doing my research on concepts in Japanese art and aesthetics, I came across this notion called yugen, and it’s this exactly that. It is the joyful acceptance of the inherent sadness of life. Which is a really beautiful idea and I feel like that’s where Kathy is at the end of the film. I find that very inspiring and I aspire to have that sort of relationship with things.
…I had someone write me an email that said “I saw your film and it made me cry and I haven’t reacted to a film emotionally like that in years. And I called my father, cause I realized I hadn’t spoken to him in 3 weeks and I told him how much I love him and how much I appreciated what a good father he’s been.” It’s just one of those reminders of what’s important, maybe, and a gentle reminder, I hope, that life is brief. I hope it’s more complex and nuanced than a simple carpe diem. It’s just that reminder about what’s really important. Friendship, love, behaving well… Those are the important things. The rest is a lot of nonsense and it’s ephemeral.
”—Interview: Director Mark Romanek Talks ‘Never Let Me Go’ - News in Film
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art - Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors - No - yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever - or else swoon in death.
Terry Gross:Did you learn anything working with Bernstein and watching him work?
Stephen Sondheim:Oh, sure. A great deal. Yes. Mainly I learned something about courage. I learned – Lenny was never afraid to make big mistakes. He was never afraid to fall off the top rung of the ladder and I learned by implication that the worst thing you can do is fall off a low rung. If you're going to make a mistake, make a huge one.
“To manifest your dreams before you manifest your fears. To navigate beyond the treachery of self despair. To find the balance between all you sense and all you see. To find the patience and the strength it takes to let it be. To stand amongst the crowd and have the strength to hold your own. To throw away the pen and pad and simply be the poem.”—Saul Williams, ‘raised to be lowered’ (via ninestories)