Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blank generation

The best part of the Clash of the Titans "remake" is found near the end of the film, but had already been spoiled by the trailer.  The film's impact as a joke-mine is more significant than the totality of the film.  All of the Kraken jokes that have pervaded the cultural landscape since its release have provided more entertainment value than the creators of this film could have ever foreseen.  The film itself is more enjoyable than I had anticipated, but still pretty lame.

Date Night is almost painful to watch as joke after joke falls flat.  Too bad.  I'm at a loss to think of any recent comedies that I've loved.  A Serious Man?  Adventureland?  Drag Me to Hell?  Do any of these count as comedies?  Would they make it on an AFI Laughs list?  I guess I don't care.

Good Night and Good Luck is a solid message movie.  Whenever Strathairn is onscreen, the story is riveting.  Other times, not so much.  The side plots involving office romance and a suicidal news anchor fail to be as satisfying.

Kids are back to BU and WHRW is back to a full broadcast schedule.  I only mention this because I finally heard the song that you mentioned months ago: I was a teenage anarchist.  It's alright, but Richard Hell's older anthem "blank generation" is a better description of my teen feelings.  I didn't want to change the world.  I could take it or leave it each day.

1 comment:

Matt said...

I wondered if you were going to watch Titans. What a lame movie. After watching it, I felt like the movie has stolen something from me.

I saw your title 'Blank generation' and thought that was a perfect description of a generation that wants nothingness for a movie (as long as it has '300esque' appeal)