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  • Mar 30, 1989
  • Brazil
  • Deviant for 10 years
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My Bio

I'm Gustavo, from Rio de Janeiro. I enjoy taking pictures while wandering around my city like a dirty old hobo. I also do some mediocre drawings: not that it's relevant or anything.

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Favourite Visual Artist
Candido Portinari
Favourite Movies
Akira, Alien, Apocalypse Now, Babe, Brazil, Chariots of Fire, Das Boot, Gandhi, Ghostbusters, Hanna and Her Sisters, Lawrence of Arabia, Metropolis, Midnight Cowboy, The Shining, The Sound of Music, Spirited Away, Talk to Her, Taxi Driver
Favourite TV Shows
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Generation Kill, Invader Zim, Moonlighting, Oz, Seinfeld, Will & Grace
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
George Benson, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Church, The Cure, The Doors, Kraftwerk, Led Zeppelin, Pat Metheny, Charles Mingus, Pink Floyd, The Police, Queen, Rush, Tupac Shakur, Tears for Fears, Thin Lizzy, Vangelis, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa
Favourite Books
Animal Farm, Fight Club, The Little Prince, The Lord of the Rings, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Favourite Writers
Machado de Assis, Agatha Christie, Anton Chekhov, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Nelson Rodrigues, J.R.R. Tolkien
Favourite Games
Banjo-Tooie, Beetle Adventure Racing, Dead Space, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, Team Fortress 2
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC and Nintendo 64
Tools of the Trade
When we talk about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it almost feels like we're talking about this cartoon that happened a long time ago, many years in the past. Granted: the show has been over for quite some time now... but from the time of this writing, it's been only about three years, as the cartoon wrapped up in 2019. But still, it feels like it ended before that, that it ended almost six or seven years ago. We remember it like a hurricane that came, obliterated everything in its path, and then vanished in a heartbeat. And there's a reason for that. Friendship is Magic was this cartoon with a heavy penchant for moralistic stories, as every episode seemed to conclude with our main characters learning a powerful lesson. But the history behind the production of the show is itself a cautionary tale about what happens when commerce comes before artists, when greedy corporations take over, and the impact it can have on fanbases and appreciators in general. We don't live in a vacuum,
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Some of you reading the title from above may have immediately thought: "this guy is actually talking about New Atheism in 2022, what a slowpoke! It's so 2010". But that's part of my point entirely: New Atheism feels, ironically enough, old. It feels like yesterday's news, like something gone. Some might say that it's because it was a cultural fad, and perhaps it was. But I think the real killer of the movement was itself, as it mutated into something beyond the matters of religion and (dis)belief. It turned into something so awful that atheists started abandoning it altogether. And today, the memories it brings us are much more related to bigotry and harassment than to science and enlightenment - supposedly the core pillars of the movement. So how did this happen? How did this movement end up taking a turn so drastic? Okay, before we start unravelling this story, I need to make one thing explicitly clear, before I get called an Atheophobe or something to this effect: there's a huge
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Peter Jackson, in these last years, became a real-life example of rags-to-riches. A man that went from a place of struggle - and I know it's weird to say that about a Caucasian, well-to-do New Zealander - to a position of power in Hollywood. In fact, I'm willing to guess that many of you who read the title from above must have thought: "he had no fall, you dumbass". But the "fall" I refer to is not talent-wise, and certainly not financial. It's rather the term I'm using to describe a fall from a position of ultra notoriety. Peter Jackson started off in the not-so-expressive cinema of New Zealand, and not everybody has a James Bobin to help launching overseas. There was no Harvey Keitel to handle Jackson a stellar cast on his debut film neither, like it was in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. So since the beginning, he was a fighter. Many popular directors started their careers by making cheap horror films, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, James Cameron and Oliver
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