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March 2018



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Movie Update

It's been a while. I finished watching "The Science of Sleep", "I ♥ Huckabees", "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" and tonight was "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead".

The first two were part of a run I was getting from Netflix.

"The Science of Sleep" was foreign and unwatchable, slow and pointless. I got it because the dream sequences were very strange I usually like very strange visual effects. But the interaction between the characters were so painful that I just didn't want to watch.

"I ♥ Huckabees" was also strange but better than I expected, very philosophical. But not alienating. More surreal. Not real but not quite unreal. And funny to lighten the mood. When the two characters are sitting in the swamp hitting each other in the face with the red ball to achieve a state of transcendence it reminded me of S&M and also the Wiccan idea of ritual flagellation, deliberately accepting pain as a way of achieving an altered state of consciousness.

"Revenge of the Sith" was the only Star Wars film I had not yet seen. It was very good. The characters stayed with me after the movie was over. I watched it again with commentary (commentary tracts so rarely tell me what I want to know. I want to know things that enhance the story not how long it too you to do that effect.) One thing Lucas mentioned in the commentary is that he intended the entire series to be "The Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker". Which made me think of K's comment about "Gone in 60 Seconds" that we were cheering for a car thief. In Star Wars we are cheering for a man who murders children. That was a bit hard for me to take. You really have to gloss over that if you are going to find anything redeemable in Anakin Skywalker. A man who will kill a room full of innocent children to save his wife's life... ah... no. There is such a thing as going too far. On the other hand there is the scene in Sandman when the Devil is kicking everyone out of hell. In the grand scheme all atrocities are meaningless. Which sort of brings us back to "I ♥ Huckabees".

Then tonight was dinner and movie with B&K. K had ordered "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead". Which surprised me. I couldn't imagine her enjoying a movie where people discus philosophy very quickly in Elizabethan English. She didn't get past the opening scene without wanting to kill them. I had put that movie in my Netflix Queue because I thought it would be good for me to see it, not because I thought I would enjoy it. So I was pleasantly surprized. I enjoy cleverness and witty wordplay. In a recent discussion on LJ someone brought up not believing in a country and it being a "Conspiracy of Cartographers" I had not realized that was a quote form "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" so this was good for me. I really loved watching Gary Oldman act.


I've never been able to stand that Anakin character. It's not even funny. Even Palpatine is funnier than that one.