Thoughts on Mediocre Movies

by Frost on July 4, 2011

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1lettuce July 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

For current films, the only two I can think of right now would ‘True Grit’ and ‘The King’s Speech’. I’d say both are worth a watch.

Jokah Macpherson July 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Wait, you say this dude uses his high intelligence to get laid with abandon? What is wrong with this picture?

Frost July 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

Nothing. It’s actually the most realistic portrayal of what a man would do with the limitless drug. The protagonist’s flaw is that he abuses the drug, and believes he’s found a free lunch.

Jokah Macpherson July 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

My comment may have been poorly worded, but I was referring to the suggestion that being smart would help him get laid with abandon. To the extent this correlation has been studied, all the evidence indicates becoming really smart would make it more difficult to get laid. Put in simple terms, it would make you start losing points on Roissy’s dating value quiz past an IQ of 130.

Of course, it’s no more fantastical than intelligence allowing you to predict financial markets with near-perfect accuracy.

Rob July 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Get rid of your TV. I don’t have one and I haven’t read the news in months. I am nearly as ignorant as possible about the coming and goings of pop culture and world affairs. If it weren’t for being subjected to Top 40 crap while I lift at the gym, I’d know almost nothing. I also refuse to read new books and openly mock those who love the authors on the bestsellers list. But I’m also not very popular so beware of my practices.

The shows are awful but I find the commercials to be the most debasing. I also am troubled by how “smart” people dignify the Harry Potter books by reading them.

Frost July 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

I generally agree with you, as I’ve written before. But I also think that it’s possible to be overly hostile to pop culture.

Your attitude is a justified reaction against the mainstream trend of sitcom-watching from 7-11pm, but can’t we also be interested in the trainwreck of 21st century western culture, as students of anthropology? I try and watch a few episodes of whatever the latest hot reality show is when I have time.

I also don’t think it’s the end of the world to genuinely appreciate aspects of pop culture without irony. I try to keep a season or two of a TV show ready to go on my laptop, and throw on an episode while I eat dinner. I waste a few hours on my brothers playstation from time to time. And when I’m hungover, exhausted and sunburnt after a long day and night… I watch some movies.

It’s important to fight against the conformity of mainstream culture, but sometimes you have to question the tenets of the anti-MSM counterculture as well.

Rob July 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I agree. I enjoy Breaking Bad and Justified. And I used to do the anthropological thing you mentioned so I understand its appeal and value. There was a time, back in the glory days (9/11-through Bush’s re-election), when I watched The O’Reilly Factory and Hannity and Combs nearly every night. Then there was the last reincarnation of Cross Fire, a real classic.

Jack Dublin July 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

This post kinda points out the need for freedom 25 phd.
If the public at large can be this controlled on who to cheer and boo for in pop culture,with only a few cries of ‘bullshit!’, we are well and properly buggered.

Frost July 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Kind of fun, isn’t it? Albeit slowly, bloggers are creating an intellectual infrastructure to rival the mainstream.

b-nasty July 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I generally liked ‘Limitless’, finding it to be a tongue-in-cheek commercial for Adderall/ADD drugs. Slightly different take on the classic 6th grade ‘Flowers for Algernon’ novel. The alt ending, http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/06/alternate-ending-to-limitless-is-bradley-cooper-heading-for-the-ultimate-hangover/ seems to imply the drug will have long-term damage.

Spot on with ‘The Company Men’ analysis. Even the title itself is anachronistic; being a ‘company man’ is a concept that died at least 2-3 decades ago. Any idiot that considers their job stable or themselves irreplaceable is a moron. As you mentioned, all it would’ve taken is buying a reasonable car (not a Porche on 100k/yr) and no country club. Divert the payments on those to a savings account, and he should’ve had the recommended 1 year emergency fund. To be one payment away from the repo man making 100k+ a year is irresponsible and dangerous to your families’ well-being.

Frost July 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Yup. People need to understand that a job is a job. Your company has no obligation to pay you more than you add to the bottom line. If you want loyalty, get a dog.

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