Sunday, January 30, 2011

Culture: Everyone should have Skeletons in their closet

Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
There's a reason I don't go to the thea-tah (movies) very often. Popular cinema has very little to offer anyone who likes to use their brain on a daily basis. It's the same with almost all popular music. More on that at another time, I'm sure.

Both are best summed up by a quick look-up on

Main Entry: unimaginative

Definition: dull, predictable

Synonyms: banal, barren, bromidic, common, commonplace, derivative, dime a dozen, dry, dull as dishwater, flat, hackneyed, ho hum, lifeless, matter-of-fact, ordinary, pabulum, pedestrian, prosaic, routine, square, tame, tedious, trite, uncreative, uninspired, unoriginal, unromantic, usual, vanilla, well-worn, zero.

As far as "popular" culture goes, lowest common denominator wins the day it seems. It's like they're all the moles in a whack-a-mole game. For heaven's sake, don't stick your head up above the crowd. I call it the "Simon Fuller Syndrome." Any creativity that may be present is summarily whacked out.

That's my position. So the result is you have to (most times) look further than your local cinema for something that challenges "ze little gray cells" (to quote Poirot). 

Recently I found a very charming, quirky movie that you may want to look up. It's British and has no "big names" actors. 

Skeletons (2010)

This is the story of the travails of two psychic auditors. Their job it is to clear the air in relationships by bringing to light any emotional debris. One particular family proves a challenge that affects the lives of all involved.  Its US release was March 2010 at the SXSW Festival.

A very nice little movie. Recommended highly.

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