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V for Vendetta

Posted on 2006.08.12 at 00:01
Current Location: 63134
Current Mood: Vengeful
Current Music: V for Vendetta Soundtrack
I feel different now, changed, somehow, after viewing V for Vendetta.

Comments:


alyssa
dreamkatch at 2006-08-12 05:14 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, just replying to a comment you left in my journal, saying you don't know me from Adam....it's strange you should be commenting in my journal!

Anyway, I checked you out, and found that your Internet is registered to an Eric G Howton, and that you're in Dallas Texas, which is nowhere near where my internet arch-nemesis is located....so I've determined that you're probably safe!

So. Why DID you comment?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-08-12 05:17 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I knew.
alyssa
dreamkatch at 2006-08-12 05:23 (UTC) (Link)
Well then. Glad we got that sorted out.

I don't know you from Eve
Renegade
leonardii at 2006-08-13 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
Eric is my RL friend and former coworker. We have this habit of following the people links from each others blogs on LJ. Since you've left a comment on my site, he just followed your link and wandered over to say "Hi." We both like making new friends from friends - and I think this is a great way to jump right in on some conversation. There's plenty of weirdos and wackos that might find you, but hopefully friends of friends can be given the benefit of the doubt - at least at first. :)

And actually, Eric is a *great* LJ friend to have because he has loads of wit and creepily knows a helluva lot about - well, everything! He likes to comment and comment frequently, so if you have something interesting you want to share (that's why we're blogging), he usually will say something to generate some good thought. The plus side is, he also </i>brings friends</i> along that will further stimulate the crowd.

So - guys and girls - meet and greet and let's have some fun getting to know the world through LJ. :)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 18:15 (UTC) (Link)
hi. I don't know you from Adam either, but I have to say, that is one cute profile picture. Have a nice day.
drax0r
drax0r at 2006-08-12 06:19 (UTC) (Link)
I know dude. I just got it on DVD last night. Jess just left and I was about to put it on to watch for the first time since the theatre. Ok, that's a lie, I downloaded a bootleg 2 days after the second time I saw it on the big screen and I've watched that a few times.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-08-12 06:35 (UTC) (Link)
Dude!!! Where's my car????
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-08-12 14:15 (UTC) (Link)
Your BMW 330i sir, is in your garage.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-08-12 14:13 (UTC) (Link)
I've had it a week. Was waiting for galinda822 and Movie Night. Dude, I was excited, and I didn't even know why.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-08-12 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
I felt manipulated and invalidated by the hackjob message it seems to have. "Agree with our counterculture revolution - or you're Hitler"
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-08-12 14:18 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. Yes I saw the symbolism, but I'm sure a movie like this will mean very different things to different people. For me, all I saw was the signing of the Patriot Act after the events of 9/11.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2006-08-12 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
It's certainly a movie that is darned sure it has a message but can't even begin to figure out what it's supposed to be. It's one of those movies that idiots think is clever, like The Matrix. (As opposed to, say, Fight Club. Fight Club is a fairly smart movie ruined entirely by people, V is a fairly stupid movie treated the same way. I'd say there's still something to Fight Club; It's not the amazing meaning of life that every disaffected myspace user has been insisting for the past several years, but it does say something.)

V, though, is pretty far from subversive. Just the opposite, even -- it removes things from the comic to make it more appealing to general people... and all the stuff it adds are really really generic obvious modern jabs. The overwhelming sense you get from the comic is that it's just a 1984 pasthche - the overwhelming sense you get from the movie is that it's artistic cannibalism to remove points from the original plot to substitute whats popular to fight against in 2006.

"V.." was written as commentary against anti-gay politics in 1980s England. The movie still has all the stuff about the British government putting gays in concentration camps and the obvious message there -- but at the same time, V himself isn't gay in the movie, when he is a homosexual in the book.

I think the movie is dated a lot more than the comic is, though, because lots of it comes off as clear attempts to glob modern commentary to a story where it doesn't belong and makes no sense. The comic has a taken-from-Orwell radio voice of authority who reports all the news - And they're part of the evil British fascist government and responsible for the concentration camps and such.

But the movie turns that into a Bill O'Reilly angry news commentator character. So the incredibly subversive message is that if you disagree with {our subversive viewpoint}, you're not only wrong, you're also Hitler.

And this is what you people think passes for intelligence? Interesting storytelling? You think that this is important or valid? What was a fairly entertaining movie is undermined by some supremely vapid political points and subjective views deligated to people that automatic want to agree with them. You go to a magic show to see magic - you go to see V For Vendetta because you want to see someone with your "moral outrage" against 2006.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 18:14 (UTC) (Link)
why do i feel like you are full of shit and are mocking the revolution crowd upon reading these words?
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-08-13 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
I assure you, that is not my intention, though I can see how someone who knows my cynicism could draw that conclusion.

I feel...vindicated in what I believe to already be true.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-08-13 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
I thought you were writting from the heart, but I had to test the water to makes sure.
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