Friday, March 5, 2010

Shutter Island

This movie is like a creepy Truman Show. Still, I talked to the manager about getting $1 back for every advertisment I sat through and he agreed to throw me out or I could wait for the police to do it. I don't think I'll write a whole review. I will say that Dan suggested that it's possible our entire lives are directed movie sets and I said, "That would explain so much."

Scorcese's No Direction Home about Bob Dylan's first 4 years making music is worth watching. That boy did a lot in a short period of time. It's unusual for a creative thinker like that to actually stay with music for so long. Most people get bored with it but Bob found a way to reinvent it. I saw another movie with a quote like "If you change the way you look at things then the things you look at will never be the same." Is that what Bob was thinking? I don't think so because after watching him I decided he's a corporate shill, A colombia records whore. His music wasn't revolutionary, it was coopted by the revolution, which later was defeated by Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon et al. But Dylan is no more revolutionary than Motley Crue or Ratt. It's music... people buy it, fuck while listening to it, smoke pot, drink, drive, sleep. The shit Dylan wrote even he admits has no meaning, but we make it mean something and then give Dylan credit. Colombia laughed their asses off. The music is inspired nonsense and it changed the world like The Illiad changed the world. It's a mistake to lionize a folk singer because he's associated with an era of social change. That was a coincidence. Dylan was asked many times, "What does your music mean." and he always said, "It doesn't mean anything. I don't know. Does it mean something to you? Then that's what it means."
That's a bullshit answer...but the more I watched the show the more I believed him...the music didn't mean anything. He was just a dancing monkey on a chain and people threw nickles at him and Colombia counted the coins. Every generation needs their anthem and that one chose Dylan's songs. He modeled Woody Guthrie to a point and then stopped. I admire his honesty...he was in his element playing music so that's where he stayed. But the same is true of Steven Tyler and he's no saint either.


ed said...

who is dan? so did you like the movie? what ads are you talking about?

Oggy Bleacher said...

Dan's my imaginary friend.
The movie is ok.
The ads are what they show you before the movie starts.

ed said...

ohhh....those ads. don't get their early then.

say hi to dan.

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