Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Emo Porn

is the kind of post heading that's gonna get us lots of hits.

I watched Dead Man Walking again last week. It was probably the first time I've seen it in about four years, when it was the lone film studied in my high school English 'film studies' module (it's a wonder I can think at all). Anway, what we weren't taught to notice was how, when the movie reaches its emotional climax as Matthew (*warning, spoilers ahead*)(*though this movie is what, nine years old now? Really, if you haven't seen it by now you obviously have no intention of doing so, so quit whining*) admits to killing Walter Delacroix, the already intentionally obvious sexual tension stops being something you can pretend that you're smart for noticing and there's just this simultaneous orgasm of grief. C'mon people, look at Sarandon pressed against those prison bars, eyes closing in ecstatic tragic rapture, "oh Matthew how could you" etc etc and tell me that ain't hardcore. Oh, it's not just me. It's not. IT'S NOT, OKAY!

Interesting how the tablas and the sitars and the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khans are presumably meant to evoke a kind of pseudo-religious mysticism sans the oppressive Christian dogma that the film positions as the enemy of life - I imagine the resonances of cod-Middle Easternisms soundtracking a movie about death row would be somewhat different in the post Abu Graib era (but maybe that's a pretty facile observation. I told you not to expect all depth, all the time!)

4 Comments:

Blogger jermaine noble said...

that lady that won the noble prize for literature was on tv a couple days ago, pronouncing "facile" in a way that was new to me, and probably more authentically french or whatever. i say it like "f-ass i'll", she said "fah seal". then i started worrying that i've been saying it wrong all this time. have i?

12:31 AM  
Blogger Kaiser Gestalt said...

I have it on good authority that it's "fass I'll". That's how a very erudite Cambridge-educated professor described one of my essays.

2:49 PM  
Blogger CW said...

Now by 'facile' do you think said lecturer meant:

1.) Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy.
OR
2.)Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth.

Then again, I suppose the mark awarded would clear this up entirely...

2:26 AM  
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