Musings and Ramblings
Anyone else out there old enough to remember “Jawbreakers”? - those big globe looking multi-layered candies you’d roll around in your mouth all Saturday afternoon, then MAYBE after a couple of hours it would finally start to dissolve and shrink? Did anyone actually ever even finish one of those? I don't think we ever did. Anyway, as we’re smack dab in the middle of awards season again, maybe roll this one around for a while, and see if any of it maybe dissolves, ... or just gets spit out halfway through upon discovering it isn't worth the read. As we've said before, none of this is brain surgery. And we won't take it personally. Oh, and let's be clear on one thing, ... we are absolutely not defending crappy movies, okay?
It may sound sick as hell, but (you know it and we know it) there’s something gleeful in certain forms of death, destruction, and that good ’ol all American fascination with “blowin’ shit the hell up”, … that is if you’re the executor of said destruction, and not on the receiving end. And, believe it or not, to a degree anyway, that sort of thing is healthy. Well, let's say there are at least two sides to it. Case in point …
JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)
Some years ago we had a friendly debate with someone about violence in film and media; and how, while we were never fans of violent video games (GRAND THEFT AUTO didn’t exists at the time; it does today, and we're still not fans) we did, and do, understand and enjoy the fact that there is something extremely cathartic about being able to unleash the darker side of human nature under controlled conditions. As such don't even get us started on how much we'll enjoy an auteured, choreographed ride of cinematic mayhem from a director like Hill, Peckinpah, Woo, Neveldine & Taylor and others.
Think abou it, you watch the news and become fed up with what seems to be an at times impotent legal system which favors the rights of the accused over victims. It’s an age old story. Most of us will watch say a DIRTY HARRY or Charles Bronson movie (yeah, we're showing our age - feel free to substitute Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or Jason Statham; we won't be offended); we'll cheer when the scumbags get their grisly comeuppance, then the next day we'll return to the real world, go to our voting booths, do jury duty, sign petitions, march for justice and do those other things which we know are necessary and proper, and which we must do in a real world society as opposed to the "reel world" one. As much as a part of us WANTS to do the Harry Callahan / Paul Kersey DEATH WISH thing, it just isn’t realistic. We can therefore fantasize and get it out of our system. Now, with sex …
Got your attention there, huh? Somehow we knew it would. Heh, heh!
Oh, and by the way, those familiar with “Musing And Ramblings” (sounds less stodgy than “op-ed” piece) know we kind of favor the “Inductive” rather than “Deductive” mode of linking examples to conclusions. You remember from English class how “Deductive” will “bam!” come right out and state a topic, then list a number of examples below it (a, b, c, etc.) in order to support that topic's conclusion. While with “Inductive” you lay out a series of examples, all of which by the time you reach the end, with all of those examples strung together, paints the subject / topic under discussion into the corner of a (hopefully) inescapable, inevitable conclusion.
We just wanted to give any “Musings And Ramblings” newbies out there a heads-up as to how we do things around here, so you aren't thinking, “Why is this shit going all over the map?" and "What’s the effin' point?”. We promise that by the end it will all string together like an elegant necklace of pearls. Trust us. Anyway, ...
Ever wake up disturbed in the middle of the night because you had a dream where you were getting hot and heavy WITH SOMEONE YOU CAN’T STAND? Take heart, it doesn’t necessarily mean you secretly want to ditch your faithful and loving significant other for this lame-o, whom we’ll dub “the Ugly Naked Guy” - in honor of the unseen character from FRIENDS. Psychologists tell us it’s most likely a “simple” case of, while there are obviously attributes to this person which you despise, there may be others which you admire, or which you yourself subconsciously wished you possessed.
FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)
For example, every day at the office or restaurant or car dealership or wherever you work, you consciously recognize this person as the loud mouth know-it-all bastard (or bitch, hey - equal time to the ladies too) which they truly are. Stevie Wonder can see that fact. But subconsciously you maybe also recognize within their bluntness an honest down-to-earth quality which customers also obviously recognize. And this is why this jerk / jerk-ess pulls down so many more sales, or gets the promotion, or things along those lines. The reason (some headshrinkers tell us) this “admiration” (so to speak) is expressed sexually during the dream state is because our psyches tend to view intercourse as the most psychological, and not just physical, connection a person can make with another. It’s a bit of mental / emotional transference, ... or as Freud put it “Sublimation”.
Ummm, yeah, ... let's go there!