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Water Shortages

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2012 at 3:15 am

In LA we had water shortages.

I would be watching the news and they would announce the condition of the water shortage with some “scientist” on the TV giving his “expert advise” which was to…take shorter showers. Yup. That’s all we got. Can’t figure out how to solve that problem.

And it was followed by the weather segment which was just joke. Because there’s no real reason to have a weather segment of the news. So, no joke, the two anchors would say something like, “Coming up next, four dead and three injured in a car chase, but first we have Lightning Ron to tell us what kind of weather we’re gonna be having this week.”

And then it would cut to a guy in a suit in front of a green screen that read 75 and sunny Monday through Sunday. You never heard the meteorologist speak EVER. All he who do was dance. Sometimes he wouldn’t even gesture to the screen! That’s all a weatherman essentially is! He didn’t even bother to do the core element of being a weatherman.

And it was surreal because they would cut back to the anchors and they wouldn’t even react! It was as if he did an official weather report – with gesturing and the like. They cut back and it’s “Thanks Ron.” That’s it.

90% of the planet Earth is water. There’s so much water we haven’t even explored all of the water there is. There are depths of the oceans that are completely uncharted – there could be mutant lizards swimming around down there with Oprah’s head and mighty talons swallowing up sunken ships and submarines. Too much water to explore – who knows?

And the other thing that gets me about water shortages is that every so often, water, literally, falls from the sky. How have we not harnessed this in some way?

 

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Ceci n’est pas un piège

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

Jake Chudnow showed me this.

this is not a trap

Ceci n'est pas un piège

My Cat Planking

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2012 at 2:40 am

My cat, Godiva, planking.

A Dangerous Method…of Filmmaking

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

A review of David Cronenberg’s latest film “A Dangerous Method”

 

{Oops! I just spoiled myself. Please, do not read if you do not want to get spoiled as well.}

 

3 out of 5 stars, and here’s why….

 

I walked out of the theatre confused by my own psyche. There were elements of A Dangerous Method that I found extremely compelling. The premise is that Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) has taken on a new patient, Sabina (Keira Knightley), who suffers from psychological torments so extreme they have left her near madness.

 

Carl Jung seeks the consult of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortenson) and the two develop a relationship. Conflict arises when Jung begins a sexual relationship (putting it lightly) with Sabina.

 

The moment I knew this was a David Cronenberg film was when Sabina confessed her sadomasochistic and erotic humiliation desires. My girlfriend and I saw this movie together and at this moment I whispered into her ear, “there it is…that’s Cronenberg.”

 

But after that moment, the Cronenberg I knew from Crash and Videodrome faded in and out of the film. I dare say…he abandoned it.

 

What carried things along was the phenomenal acting. All three stars gave performances worthy of awards – especially Knightley who uglified herself simply by twitching and contorting. Without the help of makeup she was able to go from model beauty to utterly grotesque just by how she moved her body.

 

Still, the screen failed to utilize the full potential of the fact that it was a movie. It was taken from a play (The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton), but an adaptation to film has to be for a reason. After an hour and a half of talking heads, all I could think was, “I really wish I was watching a play right now.”

 

And the script also introduced major ideas that were never explained. I hate that! SPOILER ALERT: Carl Jung has…um…some kind of super power.

 

I know…I was confused, too.

 

Jung introduces it in the film as one of the key differences in the methods of his and Freud’s. But then he proves it! Carl Jung, in a fit of frustration, shows how he can predict when a random sound in Freud’s office is going to occur.

 

“Wow,” I thought. “I wonder how Cronenberg is going to tie this very unusual detail into the rest of the film.”

 

Just then, David Cronenberg turned to me and said, “Oh you’ll see…wait until the VERY end of the film.”

 

So, I waited…and finally, I saw a very distraught Carl Jung sitting by a lake. He was explaining to Sabina about his vision of the impending Holocaust.

 

Blackness. The credits roll.

 

What?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I don’t know…maybe if you’re going to write a movie that for the most part takes place in the realm of man, don’t abruptly give one of your characters magical powers without any explanation.

 

All in all it was an OK movie. Go see it if you’re really into historical fiction and S&M, but otherwise I wouldn’t bother.