06 May 2012

Movie Review: J. Edgar


The only thing that truly surprised me about this movie was that Clint Eastwood was the director. I don't know what I was expecting when I watched this movie. J. Edgar Hoover was gay and because of the time he was born into, the closest he ever got to being intimate with someone he cared about and loved was to hire him as a special assistant for life and to share vacations with him. This is a gay tragedy that I think even GLAAD can support. The tragedy as told in this movie comes not from the nature of the aberrant individual but from the mindless and meaningless pressures of a declining collective consciousness. J. Edgar hoover was an evil man and we can see that when the pathways to the greater expression of the soul are unavailable and are repressed, greatness in its evil forms emerges and that is a tragedy.

This could be a good date movie if you guys are into history/biopic movies. If you know nothing about modern U.S. history, well, it's still a good movie.

05 May 2012

Movie Review: Velvet Goldmine

I was never really into the glam rock scene. And although I did live with bleached and color-dyed hair (orange, then red, then blue), I wasn't really into the punk scene at all either. However, that shouldn't be taken to mean I wasn't aware of what was happening in those parts. 

However, this movie which for some reason I never saw (when it originally came out) took it to a whole new level, everything I ever knew, thought I knew or could think to know was exploded in this movie about the sexual ambiguity of the glam rock scene.

Did I mention that the main character makes out with Ewan McGregor  (on the right with long blonde hair)? Oh and did I mention that, in one scene, Ewan McGregor is rocking out on stage and strips for both back and frontal nudity? Haha.

I am very happy with the surprise ending because otherwise the movie might not have been worth it for me. I was disappointed that they didn't spend more time with Ewan McGregor's childhood flashbacks, but the movie flows when it flows. There was really a lot of randomness that interfered with being able to say something meaningful but at least the surprise ending kind of made watching to the end, not a complete waste.

04 May 2012

Movie Review: Beginners

I am very happy that Christopher Plummer was given an Oscar award for his work in this movie. I also thought Ewan McGregor did an excellent job too but it was almost as though two separate movies were going on. I have previously written about a news article about a grandfather who comes out of the closet. I think this is an extension of that and in a way where Plummer's character, if he has any moral failings, was waiting to lead his life after his life was mostly over. Sadly, Plummer's character tells us that he felt he was in a bind between having a family and becoming a father and being gay and so he chose the former to the detriment to living a full meaningful life and only tries to catch up when death is at his door. It was a touching story and makes a comment about the good life and our own mortality, perhaps not as intensely as The Iron Lady, but it does well. McGregor's story is sort of superfluous to that, but perhaps his relationship with his dog was needed to not make the story so tragic.

01 May 2012

Matryoshka, A Challenge



i twist and open
there inside do i find myself
i inhale, i exhale

i twist and open
there inside do i find myself
i pray, i murmur

i twist and open
there inside do i find my shadow
with passion and force

i twist and open
there inside do i find my shadow
with fear and trembling

i twist and open
there inside do i find
with darkness and space
being and nothingness
reaching back into the depths
of my soul, the world-soul
reaching back into the depths
of depths


Challenge I: Matroyshka Dolls