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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

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Last Friday I went to see the latest X-Files movie, I Want to Believe. It was a nice movie (I rarely manage to get into crappy movies lately because I always do my IMDb research in advance). I should mention that I am an X-Files fan, and I think that the X-Files series was one of the best TV series ever created, perhaps the best. I hear you ask, better than Prison Break, and Lost? Well, yeah, much better than those.

I think it was a very good decision for the movie to go for a weird, creepy, Frankenstein, body-snatcher, only — borderline — arguably — parapsychologic approach, rather than the grand alien conspiracy theory of the first movie. The science behind removing people’s heads and transplanting them onto different bodies (un?)fortunately does not exist yet, but that doesn’t matter, since parapsychology doesn’t exist and never will, either. It doesn’t matter, because the movie was good.

My problem (ah, of course I have a problem) is the need of the scriptwriters to shove into the plot a romantic relationship between Mulder and Scully. I would have no problem if that relation actually helped the plot development one tiny bit. But it doesn’t. You could just remove the scenes where Scully and Mulder are in bed, making jokes about the size of Mulder’s dick (yeah, you read it right, they do that), and discussing their relation and whatever. You could just skip them and the message of the movie would remain completely unchanged. All that sex part feels completely artificial and unnecessary. They probably just added it to satisfy some imagined need of the fan base. Well, reality check: the guys who form the core fanbase of X-Files are not really horny teenagers any more, so they won’t fall for this sort of thing. Most of them are already well into their 20s, like myself, and either have a life or else are still playing CounterStrike and pasting UFO posters in their mothers’ basement (I’ll let you guess which category I fit into). Mulder and Scully having sex won’t impress the first category, and won’t do the second too much good, either. I heard many a slap on the forehead and an annoyed whisper in the cinema audience when Mulder and Scully were at it (not sex, actually, there’s none, just relationship-boring-talk)… so I’m not the only one that thinks this way, I assure you.

Another minor problem is that the movie is a bit too long. They could have compressed it a good deal, and made a good episode-length — well, episode. Not one of the best episodes, but a good one. Of course, we’d probably have lost the drama about Scully and the dying kid that she is trying to save against the will of his parents, and that is contributing fairly significantly to the message of the movie. So it’s a fair call.

Still, I think the description that sums up this movie best is: A good X-Files episode with some drama and pointless sex added on top.

Oh, sorry, I forgot something: Warning, this post may contain spoilers! Well, what, stop whining! I didn’t even tell you that Mulder and Scully had a kid who died a few years before the time of the movie…

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18 August 2008 at 12:58 am

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The Dark Knight: It’s alright to spy on people

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw The Dark Knight, the latest Batman movie.

Good movie. Not really the masterpiece that everybody makes it out to be, but still good. Great, by comparison with the insipid junk routinely served by Hollywood nowadays. Doesn’t kiss the soles of Sin City, though. But I’m not writing to praise the movie, there’s enough of that already.

The one thing that really stuck with me was the story about why Fox, the geeky scientist working with Batman, creates a spy system that relied on cell phones to develop real-time sonar images of any place in the city. This technology doesn’t exist, of course, but that’s unimportant. I don’t remember the exact words, but here’s how the argument went:

Wayne: “I want you to create this technology.”
Fox: “No, I won’t, it’s unethical.”
Wayne: “But it’s needed for the safety of Gotham.”
Fox: “OK, but just this once. Then, turn it off.”

So, as I see it (and it was difficult not to, they shoved it down my throat), the message goes like this: “It’s alright to spy on people, as long as it’s temporary and for their safety.” And Morgan Freeman’s grandfatherly confidence-inspiring face says: “It’s alright to spy on people as long as you trust the person who has the plug.”

Well, BULLSHIT! It’s never alright to spy on people. The safety of the people from this largely fictitious monster-in-the-closet of the 21st century, the terrorist, is much less at risk than the governments are marketing it to be, so that they can push their slimy, Orwellian spying programs through. The safety of the people is much more at risk from the governments spying on the people and knowing everything about them. Repression of dissent is just one short step away. And you can never trust the person who has the plug, because that person is either just another lying, two-face political whore, or directly controlled by such a whore.

The following statement by Benjamin Franklin is quoted more and more often, but maybe it’s good to quote it one more time:

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Oh, and just before the Dark Knight, another choking bit of the Wise World Leaders’ [*] agenda was being pushed down my throat by a trailer to this idiotic braindead movie. The message of the trailer was “War is fun! Having people blown to bits and their heads chopped off is so great!” Yeah. Sure. I wish all the team that produced this movie serves in the military for a couple of months in a war. Then let’s see who’s still laughing. Morons.

[*] One of the three words in phrase “Wise World Leaders” is sarcastic. Let’s see you guess which.

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10 August 2008 at 5:03 pm

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