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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Weird Sundays

Not that the 80s weren't at least as embarrassing as the 60s, and moreso. (I resent any attempt to dismiss or to glorify either decade.) I just saw Weird Science (on TV) for the first time, and the main thing that occurred to me was the resemblance between trite, puerile, chaotic 80s celluloid pseudo-hipness (as seen in this and a dozen other teen movies of the era, including certain scenes in the great John Hughes tetralogy) and trite, puerile, chaotic 60s celluloid pseudo-hipness (i.e. Blake Edwards's The Party, certain scenes in Two for the Road, the finale of Zazie dans le Metro... and many more). On the other hand I was briefly charmed by how the Unconscious manifests itself in the boys' goofy science in different ways. Just like how another embarrassing, trite and mediocre 80s-inspired fantasy about the dangers of geeky middle schoolers playing god, The Indian in the Cupboard, which I also caught on Polish TV of a Sunday (probably on the same channel, "tvn" or "tey-fau-en"), a month or so ago, charmed me in spite of itself just by positing the idea that things have an independent and unknown life of their own.

1 Comments:

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous plunderer said...

could be a reference to the infant deity of sci-fi lore (Solaris, e.g.)? Is the uncontrolled animation of things, let loose when the power falls into untrained hands, peculiar to any time, or is it universal? The Pompidou had a great exhibit recently called Sons et lumieres, about modernist cinematic, painterly, keyboard and other synesthesia-esque mingling the moving media projects, including the original Nazi-persecuted LA exile, Oskar Fischinger that inspired the Sorcerer's Apprentice part (or maybe all?) of Fantasia.

 

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