Posts Tagged ‘self destruction’

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Seems kind of important, huh? Not to the orange Hitlerite. What’s the worst that can happen? He’d get his totalitarian dictatorship.

 

Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction

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I read Kim Nicolini’s review, and I was intrigued by the metaphor of the film.  A shipping container takes out a lone sailor’s yacht.  The seas are now littered with them and small fish like Robert Redford can no longer sail along as they used to.  The balance of nature has been disrupted, but nature always wins in the end.

The global market has fouled every corner of the world.  Will it be Redford’s savior, as he drifts helplessly across the ocean and through the shipping lanes, seeking rescue?

Some metaphors tie the story together, as it is an extremely sparse and minimal project.  One actor, one struggle.  The idea that the system may be suicidal and self-destructive enters later on.  By the ending we have a stunning ambiguity.  Was what just happened real?

The film received high praise and nominations during award season.  The production was far more intricate and filled with effects than it appeared.  It’s a pretty desolate, engaging tale, but a shame that Life of Pi  just did the lone survivor story so much bigger and better.  With Pi we were dazzled and seduced into a kind of dream world.  Here, things are “naturalistic” and logical.  It left me longing for some of the anagogic mystery of Pi.

3.5/5

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I indulge some guilty pleasures, stuff from Showtime and HBO, as many do.  It’s usually more engrossing than the network TV universe, with naked people and bad behaviors.  I’ve gone in for the L-Word, The Tudors, Weeds and recently gave a shot to Californication, starring David Duchovny and Natascha McElhone.

This hyper-real often silly show spouts dialogue that is so over the top and accelerated that no one really talks that way.  Stuffed with sarcasm, allusions, metaphors and anger, the show combines the ridiculous with a deeply flawed and dramatic main character arc.   People like watching others self-destruct, and David Duchovny makes a sport of it.

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I had to keep watching because Hank Moody’s family struck a relevant chord with my own experiences.  Not the steady stream of sex and alcohol, unfortunately, but the female members of his on-screen family unit.  Moody’s situation is one of an exceptional and often estranged middle-aged father trying to keep his family together as their teenaged daughter matures and drifts away.  His relationship with his wife Karen is epically strained, and no woman in her right mind would ever return to Moody.

That’s one of the weaknesses of the show.  Karen is pulled around like a puppet, constantly.  She lacks the agency needed for this to be taken seriously.  They try to put Karen in the driver’s seat, but it’s always a response to Moody’s crass infidelities.  Duchovny’s voodoo hold over womankind is taken to laughable extremes.  He’s a philanderer, an arrogant loudmouth and a drunk.  His excesses push farther than viewers might expect.

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I think Californication is a bell-wether of our nihilistic, self-absorbed age.  As in Wolf of Wall Street it’s our culture, and it’s real enough.  We are the new Romans drowning mindlessly in our excess and depravity.  There isn’t much to redeem these characters.  Human, yes.  Heroes?  Not on your life.