Not really feeling my usual high energy self today so I’ll keep it brief. Haven’t been doing much this week except working my day job which was ok. Didn’t really get around to doing any Cur, so I’ll start friday and hopefully not have any excuses to avoid it.
Vampyr came on gamepass this week so I’ve been playing that. I bought a month of gamepass because it was on sale and I mostly feel ripped off because most of the games are pretty bleh. Only three really stuck out, but three games for two quid is ok I guess, but Vampyr is pretty good. I’ve been waiting for it come down in price, it was 85% off last week and I thought about getting it but it was still over a tenner so I thought I’d just wait and boy am I glad I did haha. So far it’s pretty good, not amazing but not generic either, it feels like it’s own thing instead of a clone of something else.
I tried to watch a Cronenberg movie I hadn’t seen before called ‘Naked Lunch’ and I got about halfway through before I decided I had better things to do than watch that utter nonsense.
It had no story really, and it was just gross, which is normal for Cronenberg movies but the grossness had no context or plot, it was just there. Which made it totally boring, the whole movie was just really boring and about nothing. It reminded me a lot of Brazil but not fun or interesting. It was surreal but not in a fun or interesting way either.
It was like if David Lynch had no sense of humor whatsoever and was just a pretentious douchnozzle. Which some probably think he is but it couldn’t be further from the truth and it’s why I love his movies and music, he’s like anti-pretentious. He’s the guy who isn’t afraid of being called an idiot, his movies couldn’t be less pretentious. They’re just fun and weird and any deeper meaning is left ambiguous.
But the reviews for naked lunch perfectly illustrate the nature of this sort of emperor’s new clothes mentality in media. All the reviews are either 10/10 praising it for being super artistic and having all this deep meaningful context about heroin addiction and the other half are people without their heads jammed up their asses giving it 1/10 because it was boring and nothing really happens. The movie has no inciting incident, there’s no structure or goal, and I see people calling it funny in the reviews, it’s not funny, not at all. Unless you think bugs with talking buttholes is funny, which I don’t.
It was just weird for the sake of being weird it had no relevance to the plot of which there wasn’t any. Brazil is funny and cartoony and weird and it works, it builds its world really nicely, this movie doesn’t even try to do that. It was written by a heroine addict writing about a self insert character failed writer drug addict and it’s only famous because he was friends with a bunch of other famous drug addicts.
It’s just one of those movies that’s obscene and is just trash but the right people have convinced themselves that it’s art and not a movie that should end up on the sci-fi channel. I dare someone to watch this movie and then compare it to silent night deadly night 2. At least that movie had a story and was kind of funny. Naked lunch isn’t even funny bad, and all the reviews are telling me to watch it over and over when I couldn’t get through it once.
It’s just two hours of total pretentious nonsense. It has some cool effects but they’re sort of contextless, they’re just there. It doesn’t really help that I guess it’s inspired heavily by Kafka and I also haven’t made it through a Kafka book. I just find them too dry and boring. Like 1984 is a really amazing and serious and vital book but it’s also really interesting and genuinely entertaining. It’s not just a boring book you need to read for whatever mind expanding experience. I enjoyed it thoroughly, it’s actually a good read.
This is like if Hunter S Thompson was just really boring and instead of going on a crazy drug binge road trip he just stayed in his hotel room and had weird sexual conversations with his bug type writer’s butthole. I honestly can’t for the life of me pull anything worthwhile out of this movie and any one that can is for lack of a better word a total moron high on the smell of their own farts.
I guess this can’t really be called a review since I didn’t watch it all the way through but I didn’t really hate it, it just did nothing for me and sort of repulsed me. It wasn’t funny or fun or entertaining like it could have been, like brazil or fear and loathing. It was just bleh and I decided it had wasted enough of my time, it hadn’t done anything or gone anywhere with the story for the first hour and I didn’t expect it to go anywhere in the second.
So anyway, starship troopers haha. That reminds me I couldn’t really get through the animated tv show either, I was watching it while I worked out for the last week or two an it’s not that it’s bad, it actually has a lot of good ideas, it’ just sort of substance less in terms of actual story. It’s basically a kids show it’s a lot like eating a big fast food burger, it’s like you’re eating real food but it’s just empty calories, you don’t really feel full because there’s not much to it.
But I was just watching it mainly for ideas and in that regard it’s been really good, it expands on the mythos really nicely borrowing from the book and the movie. But it’s just a kids show, an excuse for cheesy jokes and mindless action. It’s as shallow as a puddle.
Anyhoo, gotta get back to proofreading the final chapter of Loverman for thursday.
EXT. an open dance floor on a terrace garden. Night
Rico is walking back after getting some punch for Carmen and he finds her deep in discussion with another guy.
Dizzy sees this and intercepts him taking one of the drinks.
Hey, that was…
Karl walks over to join them.
; May I have this dance.
Wait in line, me and Rico are up next.
Is that right?
Carmen comes over smiling. Rico gives her his drink.
I was just talking to Steve, his sister made fleet, can you believe that?
Can you imagine what is must be like to fly one of those
You should try out for it.
Well that’s what I’ve been meaning to tell you.
sign up the day after my birthday.
That’s great, me and Rico were thinking of doing it ourselves. We’ll go with you.
You both wanna go fleet too? That’s amazing.
Me, be a space truck driver, no thanks, I’m going
R & D. Electronics.
Space truck driver? I hope they drop you off on Pluto and let you freeze.
And Johnny what were planning on doing?
I think I’ll buck for space pilot too.
That’s great! Maybe we’ll bump into
A collision course.
) Hey there’s Mr.
, I just wanted to go talk to him.
Dizzy watches him go and decides to go dance with Karl instead.
Rico greets Mr. Dubois.
, I just wanted to tell you that your class was the best I had all year.
That’s great to hear son, I just hope you learned something.
I did, I think I did, I just wanted to ask you.
What is it Rico?
I was thinking of joining up for federal service.
That’s great Rico.
My parents are against, but it’s my choice.
I just don’t know what I should do.
Part of growing up is learning to make your own decisions. That’s what it means to be a man.
Mr. DUBOIS (
I can’t tell you what’s best for you.
Mr. DUBOIS (
Only you can do that.
Rico nods and Mr. Dubois shakes his hand.
Mr. DUBOIS (
Maybe one day we’ll meet under better circumstances.
Rico goes back to dance with Carmen.