Thursday, June 30, 2005

Subtle, and complex

The sooner the film world accepts that Donnie Darko is a subtle ode to the joys of Scientology, the sooner the great mass of ill-informed and ignorant critics can sleep easy.

Also, in re-examining Jack the Bodice-Ripper flick From Hell the other evening, I was reminded of that film's complex message of the power of progress. In suggesting that late 19th century London was literally 'hell', the filmmakers are able to show us, the viewers, just how far we have come as a society in terms of medical efficiency. And while Harold Shipman may not have been everyone's cup of tea, at least his handiwork was a damn sight tidier than the messy surgical murderers of times past.




Blogger problematic said...

Please stay away from me.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Dugong, B.A. said...

That, sir, will not be a problem.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous P. Dante said...

There's no need to be shy. All the girls would love to chat with you. We're hot and waiting for your call.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey Dugong, B.A. said...

A reference to Spike Lee's seminal 'Girl 6', I presume. I take my hat off to you, sir.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Gianluca Di Milano said...

I was see semenal Girlies 5 and Girlies 7 but I'm never see Girl 6. I'm like porns to much. Are you review the porns?

12:59 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey Dugong, B.A. said...

Dear Mr Milano

Although many fine directors - I'm thinkig specifically of Ron Howard here - have made their first foray into the world filmmaking via pornogaphic efforts, I find this particular genre has simply too many mountins of dung, metaphorically speaking - and litterally, as well, at times - for me to unearth the real nuggets of gold hidden therein.
The film I was referring to was made by Spike Lee, an American, and deals with the rising cost of modern living through the metaphor of premium rate telephone services. Indeed, many of Lee's films address similar themes. Do The Right Thing, for instance, was motivated by the inner city hostilities brought on by a spate of littering, while his recent The 11th Hour was a ghost story of sorts, dealing with the paucity of time afforded us modern types, and employing the device of the title - ie, a watch with only 11 hours on it - to visualise our fractured existence.
His masterpiece, however, remains Mo' Better Blues, a study on the pointlessness of existence. Lee's point is amply demonstrated via the medium of jazz music, the most pointless thing known to man, and its utter tedium is used as a motif to hammer home the film's nihilistic message.
I hope I've inspired you, my Spanish friend, to seek out and watch some of these modern masterpieces for yourself.



2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have you seen The Aristocrats? What's your sense?

8:22 AM  
Blogger MovieDude said...

Hi Jeff! Ummmm will there ever be antoher Matrix movie beyond the trilogy? I feel like I have Donnie Darko knocking on the door of my subconscious

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9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, seems cool.


9:34 AM  
Blogger nerinossa said...

Also, in re-examining Jack the Bodice-Ripper flick From Hell the other evening, I was reminded of that film's complex message of the power of progress

11:40 PM  

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