Philosophy Dictates

Philosophy dictates that we must continue down the same path, always the same, down, wanting more, knowledge perhaps, consuming, further ensconced in our depravity. This dictum is written in our genetic core. So they say. IMAG1988When you think about it, you might realize that you aren’t supposed to think for yourself.

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When you think about it, you might want to remember what you have done.
IMAG3654When you think about it, you could remember who you are. And not be so trite.
IMG_3401What if I want to stay as I am. no further down, maybe even returning, clearer, more of what I was? When I think about it, I could do that.

Grief: Not News.

Conjecture on missing Malaysian Flight 370 might make for a good story, even if the cable channels bleed it dry.Flight 370 search routeThat said, relentlessly filming grieving relatives is not news. Nor will it ever be.

If these ambulance-chasers really want to get to the bottom of this kind of misery, all they have to do is read Agamemnon, indeed any Greek tragedy. Gérin_Clytemnestre_hésitant_avant_de_frapper_Agamemnon_endormi_Louvre_5185Failing that, they could kill each other – or go missing – and their relatives could be interviewed instead.Erin-Burnett_OutFront_022912_08-666x374The problem being that no one in their families would care, knowing the disingenuous and self-serving nature of these jabbering shits.

Exotic Shock in Cormac McCarthy’s “The Counselor”

Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott’s joint project The Counselor shocks to sell. cameroncarBrutal imagery and non-stop sex banter aside, a main selling angle is in the exotic cats. cheetah2Offered as colorful metaphors, the cheetahs – to say nothing of the film – quickly become blunt and unwieldy. Screenshot (1068)Meant to convey, as Cameron Diaz’s puerile character explains, examples of killing “a quarry with elegance”, they are realized only as gimmickry, much like Diaz’s cheetah tattoo. camerondiaz“It is our faintness of heart that has driven us to the edge of ruin. And the slaughter to come is probably beyond our imagining.” Hopefully not words for a sequel.

Shock to Sell

Lars von Trier’s cinematic mission to shock audiences continues with the release of Nymphomaniac.

Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac"

Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”

Using scandalous images to sell isn’t a unique plan.

Henry Miller's "Crazy Cock"

Henry Miller’s early work

Fat White Family perform at Pianos, New York

Fat White Family perform at Pianos in New York

But instead of shocking, this tack becomes more a source of amusement, the kind of thing that sells t-shirts. sex shirtWhich seems to be all they’re trying to do.

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