. . . Well, stole the art off of a Jittlov fansite, changed the background, and saved it as a JPEG. But anyway.
So, yeah, we did The Wizard of Speed and Time
for Movie Night. It's part of the in-language of this particular social group, northwall
hadn't seen it yet and she'll be out of town for Movie Nights after this week, and the Spouse kind of needed something that was full of hope, humor, and optimism. (I had jokingly suggested Fog of War
previously, which didn't so much go over well.) It's a bit dated - in particular, the politics of the film come across as oddly pro-corporate for a story about a guy trying to work outside of the corporate structure, in that the ( mild spoiler if you haven't seen the film )
, but I suspect that's largely because the film is really anti-bureaucracy in any form, and the government just comes in for comparatively more
bashing than the corporate world. I'm a little surprised that the Libertarians haven't seized on the film as a favorite, honestly - it's not explicitly Libertarian, of course (else I wouldn't love it so), but its ethics are superficially aligned, at least. Similarly, the film is full of the most egregious ethnic stereotypes ever, but it is clearly fully aware that it is using them, and is doing so ironically. (For example, along with a stereotypical East-LA Hispanic gang member, we are introduced to another illegal immigrant - who says "eh" every third word.)
Then there's the line "I wonder how many other people are out there? Writing stories and scripts that nobody else may ever read, making movies that nobody may ever see... discovering secrets, important things that could help everybody." Well, now we all can see their stories on LiveJournal, their scripts on their blogs, and their movies on You Tube, and honestly, most of them aren't all that interesting. Still, it is
enlightening to find those odd gems of humor or erotica (rarely drama or tragedy, but I suppose we have real life for that) out of other people's experiences and lives, made by amateurs or low-level professionals and set free into the datastream. Sturgeon's Law applies, as it does to anything, and that other 10% is often worth the search.
And the available version of the film is more or less incomplete; Jittlov has pointed out that he considers it a work print. For all that it's a flawed work, though, its heart is consistently in the right place.