Volume 93, Issue 26

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Weekend Pass

Go, go Gadjit guys

Mr. T Experience pities nobody but themselves

Movies can be meant to just entertain

Sevendust hammer out Home run


Movies can be meant to just entertain

Brad Pitt has a reputation for being a difficult interview, repelling personal questions with his rapier-like wit.

For his latest effort, Fight Club, he refused to do any interviews without filmmate Edward Norton. From the media regurgitation of their latest press conference, it is clear he has chosen wisely.

When asked how he became involved in the project, Norton said Fight Club was the first script he has read which grasps the energy of his generation. He went on to count Reality Bites among other "slacker" movies for not capturing the real despair and paralysis which has been created by the world of advertising. He added we have been reduced to a generation of spectators.

It is interesting that Norton would publicize his movie by slandering the medium, but sometimes one must cut off the foot to save the leg. Let's use Norton's line of thinking and say that a movie where men beat the crap out of each other and then hug, combats the dangerous emasculation of modern culture. It would help explain some of the trends apparent within the entertainment industry.

How can someone who does not understand themselves function in a society? Our generation is constantly "informed" by movies, television, music and the internet about how we are to conduct our lives. Many people take these models for what they are, representations of an unattainable idealized existence. When was the last time you saw a sitcom character stop a conversation to go take a whizz?

The problem is, some people have difficulty thinking for themselves and decide these sources are correct in determining what they should be. When they do not attain these goals they feel frustrated and emasculated. By extension, people who try to fill themselves with these advertised illusions of happiness become desperately lonely and frustrated, like Norton's character in Fight Club. They feel the need to lash out with increasing regularity and violence.

Due to the nature of this problem, films cannot be a solution since they do not involve any kind of serious commitment. The key is to enjoy them, even relate to them, but then try to find something that can continue the experience into something productive.

Go out and make your own club, make a slap, kick, pinch or poke club if that's what you need. It is true there is a lot of art and entertainment which promotes violence, but it is people who do not understand how to be serious and positive who fill their empty vessels with frustration and feel the need to break out.

Mark Lewandowski can be reached at mlewando@julian.uwo.ca

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