Empire Strikes Back Reviewed

Here we have Sickel & Ebert, teaming up against some guy with something cork-like shoved up his ass. Our mediator is Mr. Ted Koppel. Apparently we are past the Iran hostage crisis so Nightline can now chat about such bubblegum topics.

Mr. Butt cheek clencher was raised in an environment where the goal was to shed child-like behavior, and act like a grown-up, as quickly as possible. Siskel & Ebert both refused to lose the ability to play as they grew into adulthood.

Was there some grand lesson to be learned in Empire Strikes Back? Not really. It was meant to be playful and fun. If you lost the ability to play, the Star Wars movies would be lost on you.

Weather Bureau

Finished viewing “A Serious Man“. I will be giving this movie my lowest ranking, as far as Coen Brothers films are concerned. They routinely leave some unanswered questions at the end of a movie, but you feel they answered enough. But there were no answered questions at the end of this movie. Just a movie with idiots doing idiotic things making things worse… right to the bitter end.

But the number one beef? This movie takes place in 1967. The teacher said that the Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning.

{Pause for effect}

It’s United States Weather Bureau, you fucktards! Do some research!

Math as Plot Device

Saw the movie “Lost Highway” for the second time last night. This is the Möbius strip movie by David Lynch. If you take the end of the film, and suture it to the start of the film, you get the infinite highway that is this  movie. During the movie, you get to visit both sides of the strip that you just taped together. A really clever concept.

There are other things going on in this movie, but I am just not deep enough to analyze them. There are movie nerds out there that are more than happy to tackle this though. Take this smart fellow, for example.

I tried to think of another movie that used a math premise to frame a movie plot. The first one to pop into my mind was “Inception“. The dreams within dreams narrative is kind of cool. But with that movie, you kept zooming in on the plot. Like a fractal, each zoom level was just as detailed as the level above it. You can zoom in forever on a fractal, and it will never lose detail, but whole new worlds will open up.

Kind of like “Horton Hears a Who!“.


I just revisited the Crumb documentary that was released in 1995 (most of the footage shot in 1991,92). Yeah, they displayed much of R. Crumb’s art and illustrations. But the angle that was hit hardest was what mental processes were inside the Crumb mind. They found all sorts of mental dysfunction in R. Crumb, some quite disturbing. But he was very capable of taking care of himself.

Not the case for his brother Charles. Charles hit adulthood with a full stop. They showed Charles’ comics as he went through his late teens.  The most revealing was his last comic book. The characters were being filled in more and more with concentric circles (wrinkles). White space in the background was being filled in more and more. The text bubbles were getting bigger, to the extent by the end of the comic, it was all text. His head was being taken over by a power that he could not control. My guess is a flavor of schizophrenia.

Below is a video of a cat illustrator who was befallen by late onset schizophrenia. Same general pattern as Charles except with sharp edges instead wrinkles/circles. The latter images look more like fractal patterns, rather than cats. They also look quite abstract and wonderfully artistic.