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When it comes down to cases, a lot of the problems in our society are caused by a failure of the imagination. For example, my neighbor has likely never seen Oldboy, and thus probably goes through his daily routine never dreaming that a crazy person might cover his face with silver tape and pry all the teeth out of his head using a claw hammer. I, on the other hand, have seen this popular Korean pulp film, and so I know exactly what I'm going to do the next time he decides to have band practice at three o'clock in the morning.

Luckily, I live in Texas, a state that makes pursuing a life of violent mayhem as simple as eating peach cobbler. Recently, in aid of finding a more comfortable way of transporting the handgun I purchased some time ago with a ridiculous degree of ease, I attempted to covertly obtain an IWB holster -- only to learn that such things are not only not illegal here in the Republic of Texas, they are straight-up everywhere! Concealed carry is not a crime here; it's a right! It's like someone fashioned a wonderful fantasy kingdom to cater to the deepest needs of socipaths. (See also: lack of income tax.)

By the way, speaking of Oldboy, like a lot of other things I like (comic books, film noir), a lot of the criticism of it entails hauling out a broad brush and painting anyone who enjoyed it as an arrested adolescent retard who's still stuck in the puerile revenge dreams of the picked-on youth. Which, you know, fair enough to a certain degree at least; Quentin Tarantino's desire to be a cool black guy couldn't be more transparent, and I would be lying if I said that many comic books don't still retain that preadolescent wish fulfillment jive. I just want to know: what's the statute of limitations on this sort of thing? How long do we have to wait before our tastes in popular culture undergo a miraculous transformation from 'embarrassing juvenile fantasy of which we should be ashamed' to 'rich and vital element of the canon that reveals profound insights into the human condition'? Because, frankly, you'd have to look pretty hard to find a comic book as ridiculous, overblown and adolescent as The Odyssey, but I don't remember anyone calling Homer's devotees a bunch of stunted junior high schoolers when I was studying him in college. Is it age or unpopularity that keeps the sort of person (Manolah Dargis, for example) who looks down on Oldboy from using the same argument to condemn Jacobean revenge tragedies? And, as others have pointed out, you can't get much more juvenile, lame, "D&D bullshit" than the Pentateuch. And yet, far from condemning them as the whoozy, socially handicapped monster-from-the-id wish fulfillments that they are, respectable people go around saying that they form the very basis of our culture and civilization! When does the stuff I like get that stamp of approval, is all I wanna know.

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garbagedog
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Quentin Tarantino's desire to be a cool black guy couldn't be more transparent

lollzzz
archaica
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Man, wait a couple hundred years, and then see if anyone remembers it.
perich
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
a lot of the criticism of it entails hauling out a broad brush and painting anyone who enjoyed it as an arrested adolescent retard who's still stuck in the puerile revenge dreams of the picked-on youth

People enjoyed Oldboy? I mean, it's a fantastic movie, paced well and shot well and directed well and everything. But I'd hardly describe the emotion that it left me with when the credits rolled as "joy."
shekb
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Here is a movie, I thought to myself about half-way through, that I may buy and watch again and again. But then something mysterious happened...
goingferal
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
If you do get an IWB, when and where do you think you'll wear the gun?
ludickid
Jul. 24th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I already got one. Once I discovered they hand them out at the grocery store, I snatched one right up. As to where and when, "where" is I my WB in specific and whenever I'm away from home or work for long stretches in general. I guess that's also "when". I honestly won't have it that much, because I never go anywhere.
roseyv
Jul. 24th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Is Oldboy the same movie you referenced yesterday, where he finds out the girl is his daughter, but the end he has himself hypnotized so he won't know or something?

And also is there a scene in a restaurant in this movie that involves seafood in some odd way? Because seriously, I'm not being delicate here, I only remember that the movie I'm thinking about has a scene in it that involves a squid or a cuttlefish or something, although I have no conscious memory of what happens in that scene except that it exists.

Oh, and is the guy held hostage in a hotel room for a long period of time?

Basically, I'm just trying to remember if I've seen this movie, in case you couldn't figure that out. If I did, I think I had a mixed reaction to it.
mr_bix
Jul. 24th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
That's the one. I thought it had a great visual design and a decent story. The hammer scene is probably the best part.
ludickid
Jul. 24th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT IN THIS POST
It's an octopus. And it is eaten alive. The actor had to do four takes, and he's a devout Buddhist, so he said he had to pray for four different dead octopi. The director said he just had a good time making one of the country's most respected actors chomp down a live octopus.
roseyv
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT IN THIS POST
Okay. Yeah. No, I've definitely seen that one, then.

I went through this whole Tartan Asia phase about a year and a half ago, and it probably was probably around that time (although I realize that this was not necessarily a Tartan Asia release itself).
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