“Are you happy that you influenced a lot of people?” The answer is, I am a human being, what do you want me to say? Yeah I’m happy, sure! I’m happy because nothing I did was a mistake. I was fighting against the system all the time. They put me in jail, it was a war. I believe in art. We can’t have truth, because truth is so difficult. But we can have beauty. My obsession is to give to you something different. When civilization ends, Greece, Egypt, India—the only thing that endures is art. A country that does not have art despairs. War is not beautiful. Banks are not beautiful. Architecture used to have a lot of style, not anymore. Religion is not beautiful. Politics is not beautiful. What is beautiful now? Tell me. What is beautiful now?”
— Alejandro Jodorowsky
stay tuned next for the background hum of the universe — amplified, and with live color commentary - welcome to night vale, episode 31
typical mail conversation.
1. The End of Evangelion: 1997
2. Adventure Time: 2014
Artist & Illustrator:
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Scanned from “A Complete Guide to Special Effects Makeup”.
It’s no coincidence that the central survivors at the end of the film aren’t tough white male patriarchs like Wilford or Curtis, but are Yona and Timmy: the polar opposites of the ruling classes who took charge of the train 17 years ago. Curtis is simultaneously a messianic cliche and a takedown of white saviour heroes, because the most important thing he does in the end is kill himself in order to save future generations from more of the same old bullshit.
He is a product of the train — in fact, the film makes sure to point out that Curtis can’t remember life before he was onboard — and as a result, he’s an asshole. He’s a brutal killer, and he has no qualms about meting out petty punishments like making Mason eat a cockroach bar while everyone else has sushi. The difference is that unlike Wilford and Gilliam, he recognises that he’s been corrupted by his surroundings. His drive for vengeance and power is the tool that frees people who otherwise might never have escaped: Yona and Timmy, the two great innocents of the movie. But if he’d survived as well, he probably would have turned into another Wilford.