Monday, September 11, 2006

the Long Kiss Goodnight vs The Lord of the Rings

One is a fantasy, and one is emblematic of the post 9/11 world.

Which one we as a civilisation choose to be which may define whether we survive or not.

(Edit Note I originally used The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe instead of LOTR, but I think the latter is a more compelling example of the individual's responsibility to face the truth and to fight evil, and now you obviously know my view of the above comparrision.)

(Edit Note 2 After talking to two friends, it is apparent that my choice of 'the Long Kiss Goodnight' was more than a little arcane. The specific reason for using TLKG is the following exchange, between Samuel L Jackson's character, Mitch (supporting to Geena Davis's leading role) and the Director of the CIA, Leland Perkins.

Mitch: "Your telling me that you're gonna fake some terrorist thing just to scare some money out of Congress?"
Leland Perkins: "Well, unfortunately I have no idea how to fake killing 4,000 people - so we're just gonna have to do it for real. Blame it on the Muslims, naturally. Then I get my funding."

The premise behind the central conflict of the movie sounds so much like the wingnut conspiracy theories behind 9-11 that it could almost have been lifted whole-cloth and dumped onto Indymedia.)

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Blogger Kobayashi Maru said...

I like the LOTR analogy, especially its Christian origins and relationship to 1930's/40's Europe. I'm not familiar with TLKG. How about (Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet) instead? No matter how much we try to forget bad experiences (and as a species, we seem willing to do extraordinary, even insane things in order to do so), reality, history and arguably "fate" or "our path" will keep pulling us back to what we must confront.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Kobayashi Maru said...

Oops. Let's try that again:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2:46 PM  

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