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Girl on film - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Girl on film
I've probably been to the cinema more times in the past two weeks than in the previous two years (which is not to say that I've been living in the Picturehouse like mobbsy and aardvark179, just that I normally don't go to the pictures much at all!), so I suppose I should say a few words about the films I've seen as part of the Film Festival.

Yôkai daisensô, as mentioned, was a lot of fun even though it didn't make much sense. Think "The Dark Crystal" with more irony and better monsters (all the yôkai, or spirits, were definitely more in the Henson mould than CGI creations), including a cute furry thing (sunekosuri -- a spirit that rubs against your shins. Only in Japan...) and a talking umbrella. I think you may have had to be there, to be honest.

Predictably, I enjoyed The Notorious Bettie Page, though it was far more eye-candy than exposition -- the most substantial things in the film were Gretchen Mol's breasts (to be fair, the film is probably worth watching for these assets alone). The plot was heavy on the flashbacks and flashforwards, and I thought it was a wee bit clumsy how the I-♥-the-1950s black-and-white gave way to Glorious! Technicolour! every time the action took place on or near a beach. Very watchable, but not much weight to it.

Finally, there was A Scanner Darkly: a bizarre hybrid of thriller, cautionary tale, stoner movie and nightmare (so, a pretty faithful rendering of the book). The animation was very effective -- as scratchy and constantly-shifting as the characters' hallucinated bugs and their increasingly shaky grip on reality (whose reality?). I confess I don't remember the book having the slightly heavy-handed THIS-IS-A-WARNING afterword, but it's at least 6 years since I read it so I'm happy to blame my memory for that. Very good overall.

I don't have a film icon -- suggestions welcome (yes, I am a shameless comments whore).
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nja From: nja Date: July 20th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
The book (which I read umpteen million times in my teens) has a paragraph at the end listing all Dick's friends killed or damaged by drugs, including himself (permanent pancreatic damage, if I remember correctly).
j4 From: j4 Date: July 20th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
That's the one. (Interestingly, drugs also wreck your memory.)

What I find more scary, to be honest, is the way drugs [are, in Dick's novels, shown to] keep pulling more and more layers of reality from underneath your feet. I clearly remember Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said leaving me really, viscerally uncertain about what you could take for granted about what was real, though again it's possible that that's the memory playing tricks, and I haven't dared re-read it since -- if it was really that disorientating I don't want to go there again, if it wasn't I'll be disappointed.

It's amazing (and instructive, in a kind of navel-gazing way) how much of "reality" you have to take on trust just to keep going, and how the bottom drops out of the universe when you can't take any of those things on trust. It's brain-eating turtles all the way down, I reckon.

Mind you, philosophy has the same effect on me, but without so much of the cool people-turning-into-lizards stuff.
juggzy From: juggzy Date: July 20th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
how the bottom drops out of the universe when you can't take any of those things on trust.

Amen to that.
aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: July 20th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure what badger related film icon you could do (though the badgers instead of elves thing from Lord of the Ring might work), but on the Jaffa orange front you could try for a cut in half orange containing a reel of film. I might even try photoshopping something like that together at the weekend.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 20th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That sounds really cool. My photoshop skills wouldn't stretch that far (nor would my tuits at the moment to be honest) but I'd love to see the results if you fancy having a go at it.

Badgers-instead-of-elves is a good idea too though. :-)
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