The Nicky Larkin movie about the Israel-Palestine conflict sucks

OK – I apologize:  I publicized the screening of this thing.

I take it back.

I really really really looked forward to seeing it.  Unusually, even my hubby was interested in seeing it.

So, we went.

The movie place was packed.

There was an expectant hum in the audience!

Fred’s introduction only built up the excitement!!!

Then, the filmmaker – Nicky Larkin himself – told us he could not stand to watch the movie again and went out for a beer.

That should have been a hint…

But, we were excited and wanted to see this fresh new balanced view of the Israel-Palestine conflict!

The movie opened up well enough, but then the narration started.  The sound seemed muffled – sort of like listening to someone speak through a really poor-quality speaker at a drive-through place.  Honestly, I still don’t know what language that narration was in – and I do speak a few… Perhaps it was Hebrew or Arabic, in order to ‘set the tone’.

OK.

Still excited.

That lasted for I guess about 10 minutes.

Not the excitement – the impossible-to-understand narration.

Then the movie went seriously downhill.

I don’t know what kind of movies this Nicky Larkin has made in the past, but – do you know how some people try to ‘artsy-up’ really cheap porno movies by sticking in very tacky audio-visual effects?

Well, this movie is chock full of them…

…without the benefit of naked people.

Many people were walking out – and looking nauseous.

I understood less than 10 percent of what was actually said in the movie – well, up until the time we walked out, anyway.

Perhaps the ending makes up for it…I wouldn’t know.

On a lighter note: “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”

I don’t do movie theaters.

If you’ve ever been in one, you probably know why:  the uncomfortably big contrast in lighting between the dim movie theatre and the bright movie screen is enough to trigger seizures, even in people who don’t usuallyget them, the sound is so loud, it is bound to trigger a migrane and spending a few hours in uncomfortable seats with insufficient legroom, surrounded by tens or hundreds of other humans in close proximity, most of whom you don’t even know – I’d rather stick sharp bamboo sticks under my nails that subject myself to that.

The fact that so many people consider this ‘entertainment’ must indicate the surprisingly high number of members of our society who are so self loathing that they would not just permit themselves to be subjected to this demeaning ritual, they would actually pay money to do so…

And, then there are the movies themselves!

Again, one would have to have real self-esteem issues to voluntarily subject themselves to the level of emotional manipulation that most Hollywood-style movies throw at them.  And I find it difficult to believe that people would watch Hollywood-style movies for the intellectual stimulation…

Every now and then, however, there comes along a movie worth watching.

This weekend, we watched a movie as a family – it was a breath of fresh air!

OK – it was not your conventional movie.

And, there was music in it – it seems that one can’t get away from that in movies today – but it was not manipulative and, most of the time, it was in places where it belonged (like, when the band was playing…).  And it did have Zelda music – which is better than most.

Just for the record – the fact that they referred to Tetris is NOT the only reason I liked “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”.

The movie just flowed.

It made sense.

Whenever there was a moment that got too emotionally charged, it ‘switched modes’ and made it OK again.  (I can’t elaborate without giving too much away.)

Sure, the movie was not perfect.  We all agree on how the ending could have been seriously improved.

But overall, it was very fun.

My younger son liked it so much, he watched it 5 times – plus he watched a bunch of YouTube videos of it….

I still wouldn’t go see it in a movie theatre, but I would strongly recommend it as something to watch at home, alone or with family and/or friends.

The movie mocks vegans – for the right reasons.  Just like so many others…

And they pay homage to Rowan Atkinson‘s pronounciation of ‘Bob’.

You can almost hear echoes of Silent Bob…

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