April 11th, 2005

NewYorkNewYork

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I've been baffled lately by the movies people just don't seem to "get". Doom Generation is, according to the imdb people and anyone I've actually talk to about it, just a HORRIBLE movie with bad acting, a mean message, and pointless violence and torture. Do the Right Thing is a movie that wants you to sympathize with an angry mob and give big praise to the protagonist for bringing it all down. I can't wait to read the review that tells me that Ghost in the Shell is all about how much better robots are than humans.

I think the problem is the people with the strongest opinions (read: loudest) tend to be the most *off*.

People who don't get or don't like Doom Generation... okay... there could be a billion reasons for it. You don't get the billion layers of sarcasm, don't get that they aren't really "acting" for most of it, they're just being incredibly fake people, you just don't like the damned movie, cool. Whatever. Lots of reasons NOT to like it.

If you're an American watching Do the Right Thing and you somehow come out of it with the impression that Spike Lee is saying that racial violence is okay as long as you're black, you're well... you're probably the average fucking American. The only thing I've read about the movie so far that hasn't just made me mad at the people who didn't get it is a thing from Roger Ebert that was in with the Criterion Collection version of the movie.

If you haven't seen Do the Right Thing, you should. Really. On a personal level, I can't stand Spike Lee. I don't like most of his movies and I don't like him as a person. But this movie is incredibly good and heavy handed because we Americans are just.that.fucking.dumb.
NewYorkNewYork

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After looking around BrainyQuote for awhile at lots of different political quotes and about a lot of different subjects, I looked up Andrea Dworkin.
Mainly becuase subbes mentioned her the other day and Gates was the one person who said something negative about her. So I was curious. I knew who she was, but not being a fan of most feminist writings I'm not really familiar with her particular brand of writing.

"Women, for centuries not having access to pornography and now unable to bear looking at the muck on the supermarket shelves, are astonished. Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women. But they do. From the worst to the best of them, they do."

Now... this may just be taken horribly out of context. And I have as many issues with how women are portrayed in porn as I do with strippers, if not more. But to say that ALL men, every single one of them, believe that women really are whatever is said about them in porn is not just far too broad, but really derogatory. I realize that she got off on being controversial. I realize that the lack of a voice for so long caused many feminists to scream constantly, even when they had nothing to say. But how did this kind of shit "add to the dialog"?

"Only when manhood is dead - and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it - only then will we know what it is to be free."

"Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice."

"Men know everything - all of them - all the time - no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are."

"Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership."

Wow. Preach it, Martin Luther King... except not. Not at all.
It's nice that she wanted to prove that she could be equal to man in every way. Equally brainless, ignorant, arrogant, self righteous, and demeaning. Way to sink to the level of the thing you claim to despise.