April 28th, 2008

The O'Haras, The Wilkes And The Butlers

Today all the UK papers were filled with reviews and commentary on the new London musical "Gone With The Wind."

Some liked it, some hated it, some were like "What the fuck, we are British, we don't quite get this part of American history."

No one thought it was great, but there was a fair span of reviews.

Anyway, it got me thinking of a trend I've noticed with my friends involving the original movie.

They either seem to really, really love it or really, really hate it.

It's rare to see any middle ground on the film version of Gone With The Wind.

For the record, I love it and Rome Girl despises it so much that it's the only film she refuses to let me purchase - and this is a girl who let me buy Jason X - In Space.

Yeah, I get that it's a very problematic movie. A couple scenes are very racist. And there is one scene that makes me cringe in the way it seems to endorse marital rape.

But those scenes are not the entirety of the movie. And this movie was not made in 2008, it was made in the 1930s. It's a product of its time and ideas that seemed normal then should seem out of date today. In the same way that there are scenes in movies we love today that I'm sure will seem offensive to audiences 60 years from now.

Despite it's faults I love it for what it does well. It shows a beauty of a time gone past, but also shows the warts and flaws that made that time and era have to end. I love the dichotomy that is Scarlett O'Hara. You hate her because she is a flawed, vain and awful woman in many ways, but because she is, overall, very strong and true to her heart, you understand why Rhett loves her and puts up with her shit.

Yet, the movie never really lets her get away with anything does it? And it's not all "vain woman meets her downfall" either. Rhett himself has huge character flaws and his destiny ends in tragedy as well.

If anything Rhett and Scarlett serve as great metaphors for the time and place they live it. The era is outwardly beautiful and charming, but so rotten at the core that it has to suffer, collapse, die and be reborn.

Anyway, that's enough lit crit for me on a Sunday night. What do you guys think? Love it? Hate it? Could give a shit? Would rather be watching Uncensored Double Penetration 4?

From BabyBlooz and Sushis


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Syphilis


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Gonorrhea


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Necrotizing Fasciitis


65%

Malaria


55%

Influenza


40%

Cholera


40%

Common Cold


40%

Amoebic Dysentery


30%

Bubonic Plague


20%

Gangrene


20%


Good Doctor

The only thing I don't like about getting saner is that, by law, you are supposed to go to your regular medical doctor every 30 days to get a new prescription for your "don't go crazy pills."

It's generally a pain in the ass. You walk over, sit in the waiting room for a while and then go into the office.

The doctor says "So, still crazy?"

I say "Yeah."

We each smoke a cigarette so as to make the visit last long enough to be "official." Then he gives me a new prescription and I give him 20 euros.

What makes the process ridiculous is that legally if he wanted to take me off the medication he'd have to do so over a six month long period. So, it's not as though it's even possible for him to be like "Hey you are not crazy! No more pills!"

So, when I went in this morning he was like "Bart, I feel guilty taking your money every month. We drink in the same bar, buy our cigarettes at the same tabac and even have some of the same friends. And, I'm friends with your shrink. I know you need your meds - and will for quite a while."

Then, he wrote me post dated prescriptions for the next three months!

Yeah!

Babble

I have 10 empty coke cans stacked one on top of each other.

Squirt keeps looking at them.

I can't wait to see the expression on her face when she accidentally knocks them down.