Posts Tagged ‘psychopathy’

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America under Trump has become as completely insane as the Islamic State.

 

Trump’s New CDC Director: AIDS Is ‘God’s Judgment’ Against Gays

 

 

American Psycho 2

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After playing these games numerous times, the researchers found out that about 7% of people were consistent [Homo Economicus], never endowing their partners with any coin.

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This performance speaks for itself. The barrage of lies is as expected.

 

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Peruse this list from the 1800s of psychiatric offenses that could get you committed to the nut house.

Then have a look at how shrinks operate today…

 

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Mia Wasikowska is so versatile, I didn’t recognize her again.  I didn’t pick her out in Lawless or Jane Eyre either.

Stoker is a twisted, somewhat demented tale of murder and psychosis, which I tend to like.  I just wrote a short film script like that the other day.  This film works as a slowly burning WTF type plot, but not for everybody.

Early in the film, after the twisted uncle arrives at her house to stay, Stoker is sent down to the basement for ice cream – where the housekeeper’s body lies in the freezer. She, an eighteen year old girl, sees this corpse and then does nothing whatsoever about it.  I was, I admit, taken right out of the movie at this point.  With granny on ice in the cellar, you can’t just continue your life with this psychopathic house guest, not even if you’re not right in the head yourself.  It just doesn’t make sense.

Moving beyond that gaffe, Stoker does reveal herself to be genetically predisposed to side with uncle strangler.  The mother is a neurotic wreck, and Stoker clearly despises her throughout the film.  The family is so odd, reacting nonchalantly to the death of the father and swiftly moving on into a Hamlet like mother/uncle arrangement.  But there’s something magnetic about such fucked up characters.  We can’t look away because their behaviors may be culturally questionable but entirely understandable.  This glaring discord between what most everyone would do and what these people do is nearly enough to carry this plot.  Nearly.

 

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American Psycho was such an odd, disturbing black comedy / satire that a lot of people didn’t know what to think about it.  Reviews were pretty polarized at the time, and yet the film endures as a kind of popular meme, even parodied recently by Huey Lewis and Weird Al Yankovich.

Lewis’ 80’s pop music is cited in the film itself as an example of what American Psycho Patrick Bateman considers the quintessential music of the 1980s Reagan period.  Bateman has a lot of opinions about a lot of things, always trying to find the best of the best, or at least the most expensive, with a quirky Batemanesque appeal.

Case in point, he orders a “real blonde” prostitute from a call girl service.  Only, she’s not exactly what he ordered.  Things end badly.

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The film creates a milieu of Ivy League plutocratic decadence with Wall Street trading types loaded with cash and beyond the touch of what most people call the real world.  It’s not about Bateman exclusively, but about a sickening American aristocracy laid bare for one of their own to go off the deep end.  I’m not sure if the film succeeds at being coherent or consistent thematically.  It is a sort of slasher mind fuck question mark.  But damn, it’s difficult to forget.