When professor Brian O’Blivian says, “television is reality and reality is less than television,” it was like he was quoting from Baudrillard’s “Precession of the Simulacra”… I realized that it was really fun to theorize about Cronenberg, and I did my final presentation for the consumer culture course on Videodrome. When I showed the ending sequence to the class, they had a what the fuck kind of look on their faces.
Oshima’s sexually explicit film was banned and/or censored in many countries upon its release. Although it’s a narrative art film geared towards normal audiences, it features unsimulated sex, including blow jays and the insertion of various objects into certain orifices, among other things.
We discovered that all of Catherine’s tires were flat. This was distressing. I started to think, oh shit, I’m not going to be able to get my French homework done…I consoled Catherine, but also told her that I was nervous about school work.
Gary Numan, the enigmatic, robotic man behind the hit single “Cars” (’79), might just have been a great visionary during the ’80s and inadvertently predicted things like the internet and Facebook – in the film world, the same might be said of David Cronenberg; his films Scanners (’81) and Videodrome (’83) surely have a special spot in media theory paradise.
Ed Holms is Tim Lippe, a naïve insurance seller from a small town in Wisconsin. He’s carrying on a torrid affair with Marcy, his former school teacher. When one of his colleagues kills himself in a freak auto-erotic asphyxiation accident, Tim’s world is shattered. Not only that, his boss asks him to go to a regional insurance conference in the city of Cedar Rapids in the stead of his late co-worker.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives could easily be the one of the best movies to come out in the past five years. Like Weerasethakul’s other films, it seems to deal with the supernatural, the character of the landscape and the natural world. Not having seen it, one can tell that it’s cerebral, beautiful, and haunting. The trailer alone makes a statement. Uncle Boonmee is the work of one of the leading figures in cinema today.
In the history of the rather broad genre of music often considered folk or “singer-songwriter,” whatever that actually means, Leonard Cohen probably has one of the most fascinating and curious careers. Generally speaking, he is one of the more interesting celebrity figures for his reclusive and elusive nature that turned into a larger-than-life personality…
On the road, I thought to myself, oh shit I’m way too tired. Oh shit. I turned up the radio, opened the window. I made it ok to the parking lot and retrieved my wallet. To get home faster I pulled onto the highway. I was doing ok, I guess. Then I woke up to a loud smash; I had rear-ended an SUV. Shit shit shit I thought.
For a while, they are able to function without their mother, but slowly over time their conditon deterioates. The film is fascinating for the way it patiently documents this slow decline. The children seem to accept the absence of their mother as if it’s nothing out of the ordinary, but eventually as they run out of money their condition worsens and tragedy creeps up.
Due Date is a bromantic comedy/road movie. I’m not sure of the origins of this particular variant on a genre that began with films like It Happened One Night, but Due Date is certainly not the first of its kind. It also might be called a screwball comedy, in that its characters are thrown into implausible, often absurd situations.