Artist Spotlight: B. Andrew Kelly
My name is B. Andrew Kelly and I am a 24-year-old senior, originally from Philadelphia, PA. I am a psychology major aspiring to become a counselor for adolescents who struggle with addiction and other mental health and behavioral issues. In my spare time I am a writer. I also like to hike, drink copious amounts of coffee, read manga and collect records. I hope you all enjoy my work. You can find more of my poetry on my website at bandrewkelly.com. I hope everyone reading is having a wonderful day.
To Prime a Generation 1959, Rio Bravo. Spittoons, saloons, saddle up and ride into town. Blow some dynamite and get the girl. A happy ending for all. 1975, Jaws. A bloodthirsty beast, a money hungry man in a tacky anchor patterned suit Who is the real enemy? I guess all that matters is the heroes swim to shore. 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indie is a whip thrashing, wise cracking archaeologist wet dream. He punches Nazis. Clear cut, no ifs or buts. Goosestepping bad, no Ubermensch today bucko. 1993, The Super Mario Bros Movie. Dennis Hopper plays King Koopa, who lives in a tower, has a ridiculous haircut, displays predatory behavior towards women. A clear cut antagonist. I am sure that this isn’t based off of anyone in particular. 1991-1994, Jim Henson’s Dinosaurs. Earl is a working man making ends meet, working for B.P. Richfield CEO of “WeSaySo” under Richfield’s behest Earl poisons all plant life, and brings extinction to his species. Weird, B.P. likes to say “You’re fired” and hates regulation on corporations. I'm sure this isn’t about someone in particular. 2012. The movie and the year. The world is ending. It's a cinematic shitshow. Water levels rising, wildfires and earthquakes everywhere. If only this could have been prevented somehow. 2015. Mockingjay Part 2. Dystopian films are all the rage these days, Old white man named Snow bad, his rival President Coin is less bad. But she still likes the Hunger Games. She dislikes the young revolutionary that wants real change. We have been primed from a young age to desire change, but to also relish in the fetishization of the world ending. Too late for anything to change until the damage is done. Well with things the way they are, can we even do anything? Yes, our lives are not movies. Tear apart the script and take action.