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07/31/2005 Entry: "Technophobia and Green Apples"

Technophobia and green apples: Is there a connection?

Fifty percent due to necessity and the other half to morbid curiosity, I wound up seeing "Stealth" and "The Island" this weekend.

The neighbor's noisy party in the backyard drove me to a 10PM show of "Stealth" last night. "Stealth" was an amusing guy film exercise in technophobia, bikinis, macho, and green apples in bowls in the set design. A guy makes friends with a computer program . . . how novel. The damsel in distress does get rescued, but, hell, I think she could have made it on her own. Pretty good action, but, of course, I can't just enjoy these things, y'know?

As I said in my email to Jane last night:

Ginger: "I saw the guy techno-war film, "Stealth." Hollywood is trying to make us all feel better about getting our fine American ass kicked by a gaggle of zealots with box cutters and half a course in flying lessons. Sigh. The lessons we refuse to learn are the ones that truly define us. Why is my country so fucked up? Why, Jane? Why?"

Jane: "No, no. Calm down. You're just on a temporary wobble from your true destiny of wonderfulness. We had a great radio essay on this on BBC Radio 4 this morning. All is well."

Everyone should have a friend like Jane.

"The Island" was about technophobia and the triumph of set design (with green apples in bowls). I'm not sure what the Hollywood message is on this one. We all know other than that rampant techno-capitalism is bad, otherwise we'd have genetically engineered food and a useless FDA. Oh wait. . . we have those. I mean, what's worse: hypothetically cloning humans for spare parts in a hypothetical future or using American money and might to bomb real civilians with real bombs in Baghdad, thus killing and maiming them in the very real present?

I'm just asking, because it's a waste of time to be nervously entertained by malevolent technology and dodgy morality that might happen in the future when we can worry about those things (and more) now in real life, and maybe even do something about it (like vote Dem in 2006).

"The Island" actually went about 30 minutes past the 1970s ending it could have had. It was ridiculous in way too many places and had too many product placements. I might have to stick to period movies if product placements are going to distract me this much. Of course Hollywood isn't going to do anything about it, so it's all up to me.

The "Stealth" and "The Island" similarities were technophobia, silliness, and green apples. The difference was that no one in "The Island" ate any of the green apples.

Trailers: "The Great Raid" is Hollywood trying to make us feel okay about our Military by giving us noble warriors in World War 2, as if that does any good for the serious problems our Military faces now (morale, leadership, funding, etc) that our current administration couldn't care less about. If we can just all feel good about the problem, it will all go away (as long as we stay on our meds).

 

 

 

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