Sunday, August 29, 2010

Movie Corner: Gattaca and Waking Life

Ok Alan, after an entire year of you saying: 'What? Scott! You have not seen Gattaca?!?" I finally watched it on Friday. Needless to say, just like your suggestion to watch Firefly, I should have watched this the first time you said something.

So to the rest of you: Gattaca is a futuristic exploration in to genetic prejudging. It takes place in a society where people born under natural events and circumstances are labeled "in-valid" and are place in the lower class under the supreme genetically modified "Valids." I would highly suggest this movie to anyone who liked The Island, or any other not-so-distant future Sci-Fi. Certainly a movie that makes you think, and appreciate what makes us unique and special. Also a decent action/suspense film.

Upon taking advice from my dear small group guys, I am thinking primarily from Danny, I watched Waking Life. This is a uniquely original and perception shattering exploration in to human existence. I know that sounds a little too big for one movie to contain, but it is amazing the amount of ideas that they seamlessly stitched together. The movie follows a guy who is stuck in a lucid dream, who is going around an having seemingly random conversations with intellectuals. They turn in to intense monologues ranging from free will, to the meaning of life, to conforming to society, to the connection of dreams to reality and what reality even is. They even discuss what Alan and I refer to as "the singularity." Not a movie that I would suggest to someone who is looking for a light comedy. Be ready to hear some intense and insightful ideas, some that are absurd, and some that pull on the heart strings. I can think of plenty of people who would see this and think nothing of it, who would be put off by the radical presentation along with the extreme view points. Yet, I think there are a lot of people who would love this movie. Great to watch if your mind is ready to exercise, and if you are fully committed to the show, don't be distracted, you will miss too much.

Here is one of the many fabulous ramblings:

If the world that we are forced to accept is false and nothing is true, then everything is possible.
On the way to discovering what we love, we will find everything we hate, everything that blocks our path of what we desire.
The comfort will never be comfortable for those who seek what is not on the market.
A systematic questioning of the idea of happiness.
We'll cut the vocal chords of every empowered speaker. We'll yank the social symbols through the looking glass We'll devalue society's currency.
To confront the familiar.
Society is a fraud so complete and venal that it demands to be destroyed beyond the power of memory to recall its existence.
Where there is fire, we will carry gasoline.
To interrupt the continuum of everyday experience and all the normal expectations that go with it.
To live as if something actually depended on one's actions.
To rupture the spell of the ideology of the commodified consumer society so that our repressed desires of a more authentic nature can come forward.
To demonstrate the contrast between what life presently is and what it could be.
To immerse ourselves in the oblivion of actions and know we're making it happen.
There will be an intensity never before known in everyday life to exchange love and hate, life and death, terror and redemption, repulsions and attractions.
An affirmation of freedom so reckless and unqualified, that it amounts to a total denial of every kind of restraint and limitation.


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