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Angela Davis on Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex

Transcript sourced from the Electronic Intifada, Angela Davis in London. Video published Dec 20, 2013, still relevant:

Thank you to War on Want, SOAS School of Law and Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

Angela Davis: First of all, thank you for the wonderful welcome. And thank you Brenna for the great introduction. I see that I’m the professor this evening. And also thank you Rafeef and thank you Frank.

And thank you to everyone who came out this evening. This is an important meeting, in a sense, a major beginning. And I’m happy to see that so many people who are already involved in the campaign against G4S are present this evening as well. You inspire us to continue to work.

I was first asked to participate in this meeting, highlighting the importance of boycotting the transnational security corporation G4S. I could not have known that this meeting would coincide with the death and memorialization of Nelson Mandela. And as I reflect on the legacies of struggle we associate with Mandela, I cannot help but recall the struggles that helped to forge the victory of his freedom, and thus the arena on which South African apartheid was dismantled.

And as a result, I remember Ruth First and Joe Slovo, and I remember Walter and Albertina Sisulu, and Govan Mbeki, and Oliver Thambo and Chris Hani and so many others who are no longer with us. In keeping with Mandela’s insistence of always locating himself within a context of collective struggle, it is fitting, I think, to evoke the names of others who played such an important role in the destruction of apartheid.

And while it is moving to witness the unanimous and continued outpouring of praise for Nelson Mandela, I think we should also question the meaning of this sanctification.

I know that he himself would have insisted on not being elevated to a kind of secular sainthood, as a single individual, but would have always claimed space for his comrades in the struggle, and in this way would have seriously challenged the process of sanctification. He was indeed extraordinary, but as an individual he was especially remarkable because he railed against the individualism that would have singled him out at the expense of those who are always at his side.

And I think that his profound individuality resided precisely in his critical refusal to embrace the individualism that is such a central ideological component of neoliberalism. And so therefore I want to take the opportunity to thank the countless numbers of people here in the UK, including the many then-exiled members of the ANC and the South African communist party who built a really powerful and exemplary anti-apartheid movement in this country.

Having traveled here on numerous occasions during the 1970s and 1980s to participate in a whole number of anti-apartheid events, I thank the women and men who were as unwavering in their commitment to freedom as was Nelson Mandela. And I’d like to say that participation in these solidarity movements here in the UK was so central to my own political formation, perhaps even more central than the movements that saved my life.

And so as I mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, I offer my deep gratitude to all of those who kept the anti-apartheid struggle alive for so many decades, for all the decades that it took to finally rid the world of apartheid. And I would like to evoke the spirit of the South African constitution and its opposition to racism and anti-Semitism, as well as to sexism and homophobia.

This is the context within which I would like to join with you once more to intensify campaigns against another regime of apartheid, and in solidarity with the struggles of the Palestinian people. As Nelson Mandela said, we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.

Mandela’s political development took place within the context of an internationalism that always urged us to make connections among freedom struggles, between the black struggle in the southern United States and the African liberation movements, for example, conducted by of course the ANC in South Africa but also the MPLA in Angola, and Swapo in Namibia and Frelimo in Mozambique and PAIGC in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. And those solidarities were not only among people of African descent, but with Asian and Latin American struggles as well, ongoing solidarity with the Cuban revolution. And of course solidarity with the people who were struggling against US military aggression in Vietnam.

And so, almost a half century later, we have inherited the legacies of those solidarities, however well or badly specific struggles may have tuned out, the solidarities were what produced hope and inspiration. And helped to create real conditions to move forward.

So now we’re confronted with the task of assisting our sisters and brothers in Palestine, as they battle against Israeli apartheid. Their struggles have many similarities with those against South African apartheid. One of the most salient being the ideological condemnation of their freedom efforts under the rubrick of terrorism. And I understand that evidence is being made available that indicates that historical collaboration between the CIA — well, we knew the CIA collaborated with the South African apartheid regime — but it appears that it was a CIA agent who gave South African authorities the location of Nelson Mandela’s whereabouts in 1962, and that led directly to his capture and imprisonment.

And it wasn’t until the year 2008 — that’s like five years ago, right? — that his name was taken off of the “terrorist watch list.” When George W. Bush — maybe you remember him — signed a bill that finally removed him and other members of the ANC from the list … in other words, when Mandela visited the US on several occasions after his release in 1990, he was still on the terrorist list, and there had to be — the requirement that he was banned from the US had to be expressly waived.

The point that I’m making is that for a very long time, he and his comrades shared the same status as numerous Palestinians today. And as the US explicitly collaborated with the South African apartheid government, it supported and continues to support the Israeli occupation of Palestine, currently in the form of over $8.5 million a day in military aid. The occupation would not be possible without the collaboration of the US government. And that is one of the messages we need to send to Barack Obama.

It is an honor to participate in this meeting, especially as one of the members of the International Political Prisoners’ Committee that was just recently formed in Cape Town, and also as a member of the jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

And of course I’d like to thank War on Want for sponsoring this meeting. And SOAS, and particularly the progressive element here for making it possible for us to be here this evening.

This evening’s gathering specifically focuses on the importance on expanding the BDS movement — the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which has been crafted in accordance of the powerful movement of the anti-apartheid movement with respect to South Africa.

While there are numerous trans-national corporations which have been identified as targets of the boycott — Veolia, for example, and I know you know Veolia pretty well here — there’s SodaStream, and and Ahava, and Caterpillar, and Boeing and Hewlett-Packard, and I could go on and on but I’ll stop there, and I will also say that G4S is especially important because it participates blatantly, directly, openly in the maintenance and reproduction of repressive apparatuses in Palestine. We’re talking about prisons and checkpoints and the apartheid wall.

G4S represents the growing insistence on what is called “security” under the neoliberal state. And of course Gina presented a critique of that notion of security by suggesting that feminist alternatives may be helpful as we attempt to re-conceptualize what security should mean. The ideologies of security represented by G4S bolster not only the privatization of security but the privatization of imprisonment, the privatization of warfare as well, the privatization of health care and the privatization of education.

G4S is responsible for the repressive treatment of political prisoners inside Israel, and through the organization Addameer, which is directed by Sahar Francis, who’s absolutely amazing, and some of you may have had the opportunity to hear her. But she travels all over the country and she and her organization, Addameer, provide us with information about what is happening both inside the prisons and outside.

We’ve learned about the terrifying universe of torture and imprisonment that is faced by so many Palestinians, but we’ve also learned about their spirit of resistance, we’ve learned about their hunger strikes and other forms of resistance that continue to take place behind the walls.

I think that Rafeef may have pointed out that G4S is the third-largest private corporation in the world. What is the first? What is the largest private corporation in the world? It’s Wal-Mart. And the number two is FoxConn, which produces devices like iPads, et cetera, et cetera. So I was looking at the website of G4S. It’s really interesting to look at their self-representation. And they point out all of the things they protect. And among all of the objects of their protection are rock stars and sports stars, and people and property. I’m reading directly from their website: “from insuring that travelers have a safe and pleasant experience at ports and airports around the world … to secure detention and escorting of people who are not lawfully entitled to remain in a country.”

They tell you exactly what they’re doing. And again I’m quoting: “in more ways than you might realize … G4S is securing your world.” And we might add: in more ways that we might realize, G4S has insinuated itself into our lives under the guise of security and the security state, from the ways that Palestinians experience political incarceration and torture to racist technologies of separation and apartheid, from the wall in Israel to prison-like schools and the wall along the US-Mexico border.

G4S-Israel has brought sophisticated technologies of control to HaSharon prison, which includes children among its detainees, and Dimona prison, which incarcerates women as well, but let’s look for a moment at the extent to which G4S is also involved in the what we might call the larger prison industrial complex. And I’m not referring to its involvement in prisons — it runs and owns and operates private prisons all over the world, and if I still have time later I’ll talk about that, but I’m actually talking about schools.

In the US, schools, particularly in poor communities, in poor communities of color, are so thoroughly entangled in this prison industrial complex that sometimes we have a hard time distinguishing between schools and jails. Schools look like jails, and they use the same technologies of detection and they use oftentimes the same law enforcement officials. We have elementary schools in the US whose halls are actually patrolled by armed officers.

And as a matter of fact, a recent trend has been to arm the teachers. Particularly by school districts that cannot afford G4S. So if they cannot afford private security, then they teach their teachers how to shoot and give them guns. I kid you not.

If you look at a website that is entitled “great schools,” and you look up a school in Florida that’s called the Central Pasco Girls’ Academy in Land-o-Lakes, Florida, you will only learn that it’s a small alternative public school. But if you look at the “facilities” page of the G4S website, you will discover this entry: Central Pasco Girls’ Academy serves moderate risk females aged 13-18 who have been assessed as needing intensive mental health services. And they go on to write about the way in which they use “gender-responsive services.” And that they address sexual abuse and substance abuse, et cetera.

Now, the reach of the prison industrial complex is far beyond the prison itself. And in that context, we might also think about other ways in which a firm like G4S is complicit with other aspects of Israel’s system of apartheid. And the fact that it provides equipment and services to the checkpoints. And it provides services that refer to part of the route of the illegal wall, and so forth and so on. And it’s interesting that we see G4S along the wall in Israel, but we also see G4S providing transportation for deportees — and I’ll talk about the UK in a moment — but I’m referring now to the transportation services that are used to usher undocumented immigrants from the US to Mexico, thus colluding with the repressive immigration legislation and the practices inside the US.

But of course, it was here, in the UK, where one of the most egregious acts of repression took place in the course of the transportation of an undocumented person. The last time I was in London, which actually wasn’t that long ago, it was in October, and I had the opportunity to meet with Deborah Coles, who is a director at Inquest, and she told me about the case of Jimmy Mubenga, the inquest that happened last summer. And she explained how he had died, and this technique that was used by G4S employees to prevent his voice from being heard as he was being deported on a British Airways plane. And apparently he was handcuffed behind his back, he had his seatbelt on, and he was pushed by G4S people against the seat in front of him in what they called a “karaoke carpet,” that is to say he would have to sing into the carpet of the seat in front of him.

It’s incredible, isn’t it, that they have this term for this form — apparently it was not supposed to be legal, but they were using it anyway — and he was restrained in that way for something like 40 minutes, and no one intervened. And of course by the time there was an attempt to give him first aid, he was dead.

And I think this egregious treatment of undocumented immigrants from the US to the UK compels us to make connections with Palestinians who are transformed into immigrants, into undocumented immigrants, on their own land. On their own land. And companies like G4S provide the technical means of carrying out this process.

And then of course G4S is involved in the operation of prisons all over the world, including South Africa. And the Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATU, recently spoke out against G4S which runs a correctional center in the free state. Apparently, the occasion was the firing of something like 300 members of the police union because they went on strike. And let me read a brief passage from the COSATU statement: “G4S’ modus operandi is indicative of two of the most worrying aspects of neoliberal capitalism and Israeli apartheid — the ideology of ‘security’ and the increasing privatization of what have been traditionally state-run sectors. Security in this context does not imply security for everyone. But rather, when one looks at the major clients of G4S security, banks, governments, corporations, et cetera, it becomes evident that when G4S says it is ‘securing your world,’ as the company’s slogan goes, it is referring to a world of exploitation, repression, occupation and racism.”

When I traveled to Palestine two years ago, and Gina pointed out that it was with a delegation of indigenous and women of color scholar-activists, it was actually the first trip, the first visit to Palestine for all of us. And most of us had been involved for many years in Palestine solidarity work. But we were all totally shocked by the blatant nature of the repression associated with settler-colonialism. The Israeli military made no attempt to conceal or even mitigate the character of the violence they were charged with inflicting on Palestinian people.

Gun-carrying military men and women were everywhere. And some of them looked like they were only 13 years old. I know, when you get older, they look younger. But these were really young people walking around with huge guns. It was — I experienced it as a kind of nightmare. How can this be possible? The wall, the concrete and the razor wire everywhere conveyed the impression that we were in prison. We were already in prison. And of course, as far as Palestinians were concerned, one mis-step and that person could be arrested and hauled off to prison. From an open-air prison to a closed prison.

G4S, it seems to me, represents these carceral trajectories that are so obvious in Palestine, but that increasingly characterize the profit-driven moves of transnational corporations associated with the rise of mass incarceration in the US and in the world.

In the US, there are some 2.5 million people in our country’s jails and prisons and military prisons, and jails in Indian country, and immigrant detention centers — on any given day, that is to say, there are 2.5 million people, approximately. It’s a daily census, so it doesn’t reflect the numbers of people who go through the system every week, or every month, or every year.

The majority of those people are people of color. The fastest-growing sector consists of women, women of color. Many prisoners are queer, and trans — as a matter of fact, trans people of color are the group most likely to be arrested and imprisoned. Racism provides the fuel for the maintenance, reproduction and expansion of the prison industrial complex. And so, if we say, as we do, abolish the prison industrial complex, we should also say abolish apartheid. And end the occupation of Palestine.

When we have, in the States, described the segregation in occupied Palestine, that so clearly mirrors the historical apartheid of racism in the southern United States of America, especially when we talk about this to black people, the response is often “why hasn’t anyone told us about this before? Why hasn’t anyone told us about the signs in occupied Palestine? And about the segregated express auto-highways? Why hasn’t anyone told us this before?”

And so, just as we say “never again” with the respect to the fascism that produced the Holocaust, we should also say “never again” with respect to apartheid, in the southern US. But that means, first and foremost, that we will have to expand and deepen our solidarities with the people of Palestine. People of all genders and sexualities. People inside and outside prison walls. Inside and outside the apartheid wall.

Boycott G4S, support BDS, and finally, Palestine will be free. Thank you.

End transcript.

Emphasis mine.

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doriansennui:

think-progress:

Debra Harrell, mom who let her 9-year-old play in the park alone, has been fired from her job at McDonald’s.

This country is sick. Criminalizing WoC no matter what they do.

TERRIBLE
is there a go fund me for her?

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/support-debra-harrell/204837

Why are we defending her? She left a NINE YEAR OLD in a park by herself? Idc if she has a cell phone, that won’t protect her from predators. She should have been a responsible adult and have her child wait in the mcdonalds (like my dad used to do with me when he had to work long shifts at a fast food restaurant) until her shift was over. I’m not giving her money because the law caught up with her. Ridiculous.

The park was right behind her place of work and she gave her child a cell phone. When I was growing up, we were allowed to play outside without our parents being nearby when we were that age. My mom worked and my dad worked out of town, so there were many week nights when my brothers and I walked home from school and played outside without adult supervision. 
You can agree or disagree with her parenting decision. But it is very problematic in this country how we criminalize poverty. Instead of arresting this woman, and other mothers like her who have made the news, for making tough decisions while trying to work or gain employment to provide for their children, we should be funding out-of-school time programs and childcare programs so that parents who cannot otherwise afford it or who lack the family support or friend networks to provide free or cheap childcare have access to those resources. We need to support parents and families—support all people—rather than criminalizing poverty. 
How do the government’s actions here help this mother and her child? So far, they have only caused them harm. The mother was arrested, had to scrounge to post bail, her child was taken into protective custody (a scary and jarring experience) and the mother lost the low-paying job that helped support her family. 
This woman is not a criminal. She is a parent trying her best to take care of her child. She just happens to be a parent trying to do so without being able to afford childcare.

takemetomy:

yalegirl03:

dynastylnoire:

doriansennui:

think-progress:

Debra Harrell, mom who let her 9-year-old play in the park alone, has been fired from her job at McDonald’s.

This country is sick. Criminalizing WoC no matter what they do.

TERRIBLE

is there a go fund me for her?

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/support-debra-harrell/204837

Why are we defending her? She left a NINE YEAR OLD in a park by herself? Idc if she has a cell phone, that won’t protect her from predators. She should have been a responsible adult and have her child wait in the mcdonalds (like my dad used to do with me when he had to work long shifts at a fast food restaurant) until her shift was over. I’m not giving her money because the law caught up with her. Ridiculous.

The park was right behind her place of work and she gave her child a cell phone. When I was growing up, we were allowed to play outside without our parents being nearby when we were that age. My mom worked and my dad worked out of town, so there were many week nights when my brothers and I walked home from school and played outside without adult supervision. 

You can agree or disagree with her parenting decision. But it is very problematic in this country how we criminalize poverty. Instead of arresting this woman, and other mothers like her who have made the news, for making tough decisions while trying to work or gain employment to provide for their children, we should be funding out-of-school time programs and childcare programs so that parents who cannot otherwise afford it or who lack the family support or friend networks to provide free or cheap childcare have access to those resources. We need to support parents and families—support all people—rather than criminalizing poverty. 

How do the government’s actions here help this mother and her child? So far, they have only caused them harm. The mother was arrested, had to scrounge to post bail, her child was taken into protective custody (a scary and jarring experience) and the mother lost the low-paying job that helped support her family. 

This woman is not a criminal. She is a parent trying her best to take care of her child. She just happens to be a parent trying to do so without being able to afford childcare.

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With all these get-to-know-me posts flying about I was thinking about movies people like and what that says about them. So, without further adieu …

List your top 5 favorite movies and why - also name your favorite genre of movies. (Movies that have our fantasy actors - you know who they are -…

O Brother Where Art Thou- I just love this movie.

Django Unchained- come on. It’s friggin Tarantino. Awesome soundtrack, awesome cast.

Batman- the 1989 Tim Burton film. I watched the tape to the point it turned clear.

Long Kiss Goodnight- Funny as fuck and awesome action.

Shutter Island- the first movie I wasn’t able to figure out the ending.

Favorite Genre- actiony. I love the humor and characters.

Anyone and EVERYONE please play along!!!

This list will probably age me:

"Ran" directed by Akria Kurosawa - Not only do I enjoy a good samurai movie, but the vivid colors in this are absolutely phenomenal!

"Jaws" directed by Stephen Spielberg - A "monster" movie that not only slowly weaves a tale, but makes the monster an old-fashioned, unseen danger.

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard, and with a young Gary Oldman and Tim Roth as the lead characters - This is one of those brain-warping movies that I enjoy watching over and over again, about what happens to two characters in Hamlet (characters, not actors) between the scenes.

"Star Wars: A New Hope" directed by George Lucas - This is story-telling without the heavy duty use of special effects, and with a spunky female lead character, no less!  This is the movie that got me into science fiction as a kid, and yes, I saw it in 1978 in the drive-in, when they re-released the film due to its popularity.

"Spirited Away" directed by Hayao Miyazaki  - This is Japanese animation and storytelling in mastery.  I’d been watching Miyazaki films since "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" was first released to the U.S. in the early 80’s, and loved not only the craftsmenship put into the films, but the wonderful female leads.

Yes, I like my animation, but I also like my action/adventure.  I’ll take “Avengers” over “Steel Magnolias” any day.

Awesome list!!!!

I wanna play.

Hum, Top 5

1) The Crow- Above everything, the movie is about true love and how it never dies. Death, the thing least associated with Love but the closest to it, comes back at avenge love ended too soon. It’s my dream love story.

2) The Addams Family- Because I have always sworn I wasn’t a stolen princess but that my parents stole me from the Addams. I still kinda believe it.

3) Teeth- A modern scary fairy tale. The lessons: Never undervalue yourself. Never give yourself to someone who doesn’t deserve me, your subconscious or genitalia might fight back.

4) Heathers- Cause high school sucks and we ALL know it.

5) Carrie- Never mess with the strange girl. Mean girls reap what they sow. Some people take good things to a fanatical state. The people I went to high school with should thank every and anything any one finds holy because if I was blessed with telekinesis, I would have been the only one in the whole awful redneck smallminded high school who made it out alive. And I wasn’t as sweet as Carrie White. 

You’d guess Horror was my favorite genre but it’s not. 

My favorite is actually Documentaries. I like to learn about everything.

I even fall asleep to one on Netflix most nights.

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hello @jag-me-baby and nwadadnama

top 5 favorite movies is hard because it tends to change, but for now…

The Princess Bride - I can watch it over and over and it’s funny and sad and beautiful and romantic every time. I can almost quote the entire film

Amelie - beautiful film that makes me feel hopeful and not so alone

The Shawshank Redemption - no explanation needed

The Empire Strikes Back - again, no need to explain

Wall-E - one of my favorite love stories ever

as for a genre - i enjoy most except horror. i love sci-fi and action movies. but i also love angsty dramas and period films and documentaries and silly romantic comedies.

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In no particular order

1. Empire Records - Infinitely quotable and lighthearted with some great actors before they hit it big.  Also ties with Breakfast Club and 10 Things I Hate About You as my top teen angst films ever.

2. Coraline - I can watch it 1000 times and never get tired of it.  Actually it’s strangely comforting….like I enjoy falling asleep with it in the background when I’m having a rough day.

3. The Fall - It’s visually stunning and heartrendingly written.  Every second of that movie makes me think and feel and lose myself

4. Love Actually - ummm British, Romance, Humor, Feels, Great Quotes, Adorable guys, and even my fiance enjoy watching it.  Win all the way around.

5. Son of Rambow - It is impossible to explain how adorable this film is.  Take 2 completely mental British kids in the 1980s who couldn’t be more different from each other and have them make a home movie based off of Rambo:First Blood.  Hilarity ensues.

Multiple movies listed previously would have been on my top five including Princess Bride and Addams Family, but I went with some of my other faves to keep it fresh. Only Lovers Left Alive narrowly missed the list because I haven’t been able to watch it obsessively, but I’m sure it will move up in August.

Genre - Even though there’s none on the list, I love fantasy.  Basically if you write it well and shoot it well I’ll go see it, don’t care if it’s a subtitled indie flick or a massive action adventure blockbuster.  I’m a cinephile.

Lets mix this up with a few of my regular chatters and a few of you I see on my activity all the time but don’t get to actually chat much……Your turn roxanestark, lokilockedcougar, cherrie-mandarin, elfpunk, phedrebelle, jossisgod, sarabeth72, theflowerwithoutfragrance, ravenwitch, hiddlesherethereeverywhere, bingotangos, wine-and-roses, angelus80, hohumhamster, you-are-made-to-be-ruled

Come on now….give me some new titles for my queue

Woo hoo!!! Second go!!! Love it!!!

1. Fight Club- just awesome sauce.

2. Dracula 2000- look, tbh that was my first fangirl experience. I fell hard for Gerard Butler. His voice can still send shivers up my spine.

3. The Big Lebowski- Oh come on. The Dude. Buscemi. Goodman. Moore. Torturro. Fuckin A man. And such a kick ass soundtrack.

4. Bad Boys- This one’s just sentimental. I watched it with my dad a lot. We still quote it.

5. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Kickin my own ass for not putting this on my first list. Do I really need to explain? I cannot read the words anticipation or abundance without think of Frank.

1. The Neverending Story - This movie was so important to me as a child. Like, I would watch it and then cry for hours. It’s super nostalgic for me to this day, and is the first movie I ever wrote fanfiction on lol.

2. Ghostbusters - This was the first movie that made me realize I wanted to be an actor. I saw Bill Murray fighting the stay-puft marshmallow man, and I realized that was his job and he was really my hero as a kid, and I wanted to grow up and be that to someone else.

3. Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail This movie makes me literally die laughing (every Monty Python movie does, but I picked this as it’s the first one I saw) every time I watch it. The amount of times I quote this movie, and how much of my humor I can attribute to it, it would be shameful for me not to put this on the list.

4. Jurassic Park - Jurassic Park is one of those movies (Ghostbusters is, too) that I know for a fact that when I have a kid - or kids - I will have to sit them down and watch this with them, just like my dad and I did. Because I think if I didn’t I would feel like a failure as a parent lol. But, yeah, I have great memories of this movie.

5. Princess Bride/Robin Hood: Men In Tights - Okay, you’re probably wondering why I put these together: when I was a kid, I used to sit down, and watch these two movies back to back to back, sometimes all day long. I was basically thirsting hard or Carey Elwes. Also, they made me laugh so hard I cried, and I just…again, very, very find memories of both of them.

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Hmmm… I don’t think I have 5 movies that are my all-time favorites, but these are some movies that come to mind!

Life Is Beautiful - One of the most moving films I’ve ever seen and it’s all in Italian. It’s about the Holocaust, so you know it’s gonna be sad, but the story is just so loving, starting with a flirty romance that evolves into a deep love for family. If you can handle reading subtitles, it’s really a can’t miss.

Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father - This isn’t a “movie” exactly, but it’s a documentary and a damn good (read: depressing) movie. It will make you angry and hurt and upset and even though documentaries aren’t everyone’s thing, this isn’t exactly “educational.” You would think it was actually a movie based on the string of events, but sadly, it is a very true story.

The Departed - I am a sucker for thriller movies, and this one takes the cake. You don’t know anyone’s intentions and it keeps you guessing until the end. Great actors, great music, great vibe.

It’s A Wonderful Life - Might be a lame one, but this is totally a classic. I have to watch it every December, otherwise it never really feels like Christmas to me. The ending always makes me tear up (I really like movies that make me emotional, apparently). A movie with a lovely message and great spirit.

Shawshank Redemption - You really can’t help but love this movie. The ending is just lovely and the acting is superb. A movie I can watch again and again.

Thanks for tagging me, nwadadnama, triplefuckingnope, and leagueofextraordinaryhiddles! I’ll try and tag a few people who might not have been tagged yet: hibritneymonae, lokis-ice-queenhiddlestung, hiddleshoneybunny, justjaybaby, keelimefrapp

  1. The Wizard of Oz — I have loved this movie since I was a child. I can even remember the first time I saw it. My mom had it on VHS and I remember gasping when the movie turn from that sepia tone to all the brilliant and vibrant technicolor awesomeness (I grew up on old school movies b/c of my mom and I knew that that was rare for movies during that era). It was like a vibrant dream that I was being pulled into and I never wanted to leave. Everything about that movie is just amazing. The costumes, the songs, the acting. The Scarecrow is my absolutely fave character. I also love The Wiz (although Diana Ross should have NEVER played Dorothy but that’s none of my business…).
  2. Singin’ in the Rain — Two words: Gene. Kelly. That man danced into my heart with this movie.The songs are great, the numbers are amazing (I just love that grand “Gotta Dance” number it’s so much fun; and don’t get me start on “Make ‘Em Laugh!”—fave!). I’m a musical lover can ya tell?
  3. The Shining — I LOVE horror movies, okay? What makes this one so great for me is that it’s not the fact that the hotel is haunted but rather that Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is haunted. And watching him slowly go insane is so thematically gratifying. When she tells his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) that he wasn’t gonna hurt her; he was just gonna bash her little head in you knew that shit was gonna go down. Everything about this movie is iconic: “Redrum! Redrum”; “All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy”; “Heeeeere’s Johnny!”;that flood of blood rushing down the hallway…I could go on and on. This film is the reason why I’m terrified of Jack Nicholson to this day. Yep.
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird — I love this book and this is a really great adaptation of it. I absolutely cannot think of a better Atticus Finch than Gregory Peck. The acting is phenomenal (Peck duh!) and I really don’t know what else to add to this other than WATCH IT! You will not be disappointed. Trust.
  5. The Bad Seed — I was gonna add Grease for #5 but I think I might have filled my musical quota lol. Patty McCormack is simply brilliant as young sociopath Rhoda whose kind and gentle disposition constantly fools everyone around her. That is until a local boy is drowned at the school picnic and suspicions arise that Rhoda might have had something to do with it. At first, no one believes the accusations but then Rhoda’s mom Christine (wonderfully played by Nancy Kelly) begins to suspect that her little girl might not be so angelic after all. (LMAO @ my description. Sounds like the back of a DVD cover, don’t it?). I watch this movie almost every time it comes on TV (I still don’t have it on DVD for some odd ass reason). It’s so good.

My favorite genre is horror. Sometimes I might not be in the mood for a drama or a comedy or action (my second fave genre) but I am always in the mood for a good scare. As much as I LOVE musicals (ya’ll should see my iTunes; soundtracks out the ass) horror will always be my one true love.

IDK who I’m gonna tag. gallifreyglo yalegirl03 jackburtonsays adorableblerd theblasphemouscontessa that’s all I can think of right now. But I guess if there’s anyone who wanna jump in feel free, na’mean?

These aren’t in any particular order and my reasons are not profound. These are the movies I enjoy watching again and again:

1) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): I just loved Carey’s performance in this and I really liked the sort of disjointed telling of the story. I like so much about it: the music, the scenes on Mantauk beach, the familiarity of the Metro-North scenes, the color.

2) The Fall (2006): I love the surreal aspects of the movie, the cinematography, the cast and costumes. The film was shot on location all over the world. It is just a very lush film with a very engaging story. I love everything about it. Lee Pace is wonderful in it and the child lead of the movie, Cantica Untaru, deserved an Academy Award. The film features a very diverse cast as well.

3) The Princess Bride (1987): Full of the fantasy tropes that I love but spiked with a lot of humor. The film is also insanely quotable. 

4) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: I love epic stories. I saw the first two films before I ever read the novels. I had never heard of the books before the film—I didn’t grow up having my parents read them to me like a lot of my friends. I just love fantasy and adventure and these movies had it all: a good story, a large interesting cast of characters, an epic quest, a battle of good vs evil, romance, friendship and magic. Also, the films are full of great eye candy. My mom, the only other person in my family who loves these films, is in love with Legolas/Orlando Bloom. She goes into raptures about his long blond hair whipping in the wind.  I myself am more of an Aragorn/Viggo Mortensen girl. I love the dark hair, soft voice, swaggering confidence paired with humility and leadership abilities. (I think I see a pattern in the movie white boys my mom and I thrist after. I go for Spock while she likes Chris Pine’s Kirk. I like Loki while she is more into Thor. But, we both can agree on Colin Firth in anything.)

5) Bringing Up Baby (1983): This movie is so hilarious and fun. Lots of fast moving witty dialogue, physical comedy and ridiculous scenarios.  It was the first classic Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant movie that I ever saw. After this film, I just gobbled up more classics starring Grant or Hepburn. Also, young Cary Grant was fine as hell—especially in glasses. My word.

Other films that could easily be in my top 5: Amelie, Star Trek (2009) (I have seen this movie probably 100 times now), Once (Don’t judge me), Corrina, Corrina, Circle of Friends, The Whiz (although I fast-forward through the slow screamy songs), The Triplets of Bellville

Favorite Genre: This is a hard one. I guess fantasy-adventure?

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sarahandtheinternetcats:

noctstiel:

dancingwiththefallenangels:

prpldragon:

idkiloveyou:

sallyandjackforever:

sequin-veins:

voxamberlynn:

I would fucking die.

Oh my god I’d be locked in the bathroom crying.

I would just move, fuck that

everybody get their lighters out, the house is going up in flames

NOPE NOPE NOPE

Welcome to Australia

this shit is scarier than paranormal activity

WHAT.THE.FUCK

Hell no. I would move. Just leave everything in my house but my purse and ipad and leave. HE could just have the damn house!

sarahandtheinternetcats:

noctstiel:

dancingwiththefallenangels:

prpldragon:

idkiloveyou:

sallyandjackforever:

sequin-veins:

voxamberlynn:

I would fucking die.

Oh my god I’d be locked in the bathroom crying.

I would just move, fuck that

everybody get their lighters out, the house is going up in flames

NOPE NOPE NOPE

Welcome to Australia

this shit is scarier than paranormal activity

WHAT.THE.FUCK

Hell no. I would move. Just leave everything in my house but my purse and ipad and leave. HE could just have the damn house!