Archive for the 'movie' Category

Contract with the (Pervert) Other

June 22, 2009

What Žižek tells us about the anxiety of the Other in his Welcome to the Desert of the Real seems to be working in the staggering Milos Forman movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. What is this about?

In his seminar on Anxiety, Lacan designated the true aim of the masochist: it is not to provoke jouissance in the Other but to generate anxiety. That is to say, if the subject acknowledges/admits his submissive position in the game, he also wants to make the rules and precisely this rule-making act is what makes the Other anxious: just think of the “innocent” rape fantasies.

For example in the movie, Choke a woman gets her desire fulfilled by meeting up strangers telling them the script (i.e how she wants to be “raped”) in great details- she admits her submission, but it is exactly which gives her the upper hand during the “play”. The Other might find the situation hard to control, that is why, for example in this movie, Victor leaves the room, being perplexed by the exact wishes from her.

In another recet reading of mine, The Collector, we can also recognize this pattern: the castrated character Frederick willingly admits his inability to cope with his dream having come true- hence the Lacanian “curse”:  we should be aware what we wish for, it might come true.

In the Forman movie, these mechanisms of setting the rules by the lunatics shows the growing tension and anxiety within the staff, precisely because their professional reaction to subversive elements such as McMurphy only involves ECT ( abbr. for electroconvulsive therapy). The method might mute the deliquent to a braindead state, but this is exactly what impotent person does: they annihiliate the weaker to prove his potency, no matter what. This is the most-inner fear of the staff: the ECT-machine embodies their inability to cope with the ‘lunatics’. Instead of curing therapy (think of how Billy’s stuttering stopped after a night spent with a hooker), the choose a pervert method of humiliating attitude towards the inmates.

Within this heterotopia (Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, Pendleton, US-OR), we can see the weakness of the medical Other: the  the able body is the image of the Other, here, are the ‘lunatics’ and ‘perverts’ different from Nurse Ratched – whose name refers to ‘wretched’?


Sinthome 23

May 18, 2009

Sometimes I just can’t help noticing phenomena that could be mere coincidences. For instance, if a mediocre movie called Number 23 makes me realize that it is a manifestation of  a Lacanian-Joycean interpretation of le sinthome. As soon as I realized that the Baader Meinhof phenomenon is present when I talk about the movie and the sinthome (FYI it was Lacan’s 23rd Seminar, where he dealt with this Order), it suddenly struck me: isn’t it just the same proble Joyce was involved in, or what the notebooks connote for Paul Auster?

The movie may uncounsciously play with the breakdown of the external self-representing/defining mediums that constitute and guarantee the subject’s coherence. With Joyce, these mediums are veiled so psychoses was to be avoided, but the more interesting part in the movie is that they’re not hidden anymore: as our hero realizes his trauma that actually haunted him in the form of nightmares or in a certain number; so this trauma is revealed and the Symbolic veiling is shattered.

On the other hand, the character,played by Jim Carrey wants to identify himself with the main hero from the book, entitled “Number 23”, which is the opposite case as in the example of Joyce.

Family Guy Online

December 9, 2008

Finally, we can enjoy Family Guy episodes online! Beside South Park Studios, is up-to-date with all the latest episodes! However, I found it relatively hard (I used Firefox)  to get access to all the episodes, it’s comforting to know, we have alternative sites.

One of them is the WatchFamilyGuyOnline blog, which provides us two sources of FG videos, in case one is broken. Enjoy and stay tuned!

Under the shade of the Douglas pines…

July 19, 2008

…there lay Twin Peaks.

(more to be added in a week’s time)

Cool Whip & Over

June 13, 2008


‘We ain’t got no phone in this town’ – SPOILER

April 30, 2008

In the new South Park Episode, I found two interesting notions. One is that – of course -that the village of 1864, where Garrison takes his(not hers,anymore) class represents a  classic example of Gated Communities(more later) that has relevance not only to the issue of city-within-the-city but also to its cultural imprtance. As a dozen of science-fiction writers have been (yes, Dick was also inoculated with this idea) inspired by the idea of ‘what if there are prop-like objects around us.’

The other notion was -again- inspired by the people of the Village of 1864, who never break character. It reminds me of the Althusserian Ideological Interpellation, as a form of interpellation that -if I am not mistaken- comes after the Lacanian Mirror Stage. According to Althusser, if the ideology ‘interpellates’ us (i.e the ideological apparatus addresses you as a subject) and we react, our answer will bear our acceptance to that certain ideology. In our case, the villagers mustn’t break from their roles, no matter what. This gets even funnier, when the terrorists arrive, and the villagers do not stop being villagers. They don’t destroy the ideological system around them,they accept it as they have already been adressed.

Needless to say, as the terrorist attack is over (with some lethal results) and their shift is over, they do break character and go to eat out.

Intertextuality á la South Park

April 19, 2008

In a hilarious short clip the creators of South Park managed to collect the stars of YouTube, including :

Numa Numa, Tron Guy, Laughing Baby, Cute Sneezing Panda, Leave Britney Alone, The Star Wars Kid, Afro Ninja, Dramatic Look Gopher and Chocolate Rain

If this is NOT the Intertextuality of the Digital Age, then what is that?


Möbius Corp. in Time Out of Joint

April 5, 2008

Throughout my literary investigations, there are – at least – three permanent novels that i am ‘liable’ to deal with. One of the is the above mentioned ‘Time Out of Joint’ by Philip K. Dick.

The relatively widely-used visual tool, The Möbius-strip, that has been metaphorised and used as a graphical representation for Dick-novels serves as a fair example here, as well. Moreover, I would like to superimpose the Möbius-strip with Lacan’s four discourses.

Let me illustrate my theory. If you are familiar with the novel, or at least with the movie (the very idea was adapted into a film, the ‘Truman Show‘ with Jim Carrey),you probably know that there is a shift between two worlds. Here, the Strip is a useful illustration as each side of it works as a possible world. One side is where Amerca is ‘shown’ in the 1950s,and the other side is America shown in the future-(or in the ‘present’?)

The question is how we should superimpose these ideas? In my special interpretation behind the world-constructing idea of TOOJ there is an ideology. An ideology that makes the fake,the simulacra-world coherent and comprehensive. These laws or forces are there to make sure nothing would go wrong or if something does, this problem should be banned as soon as possible.

Lacan argues that cultural or ideological phenomenons,such as regimes can be analyzed through the lenses of The discourse of the University.I would make a small detour here to construct an analogy with its original meaning. The properties of Discours de l’Université are the following: it essentally regulates BOTH the students and the Master and it tells you it must not waste time (therefore it monopolizes the spaces of speech-i.e. the professors hold lectures, not the students who have millions of questions about the topic).

In the novel we can acknowledge that the ideology- whatever it is about -is lingering in the air making everyone act according to its own rules, just think of a reality show. Thus it does not waste time, it acts as ordered in any field of the constructed and fake world. Each subject is thus LIABLE to act accordingly, so each of them is within the Discourse of the University. What if the main hero, Ragle Gumm- when revealing the ‘true’ means of the surrounding world became the subject entrapped by the Discourse of the Hysteric, which questions subjectivity and realizes that the field (world)-governing laws are not irrelevant but part of its problem? He becomes what Discourse de l’Hystérique is about: a subject with badly-adapted habituses, who knows too much and thus he becomes the obsessive questioner.(For the more advanced readers: don’t you think it is another connection with Hamlet?)

LOST in transition[ sic! ]

April 1, 2008

With my basic knowledge of the chiasmus (i.e. no knowing at all) I’ve already summarized the three main pillars on which the series ’Lost’ is based. After reading Donald Kunze’s summary on labyrinths, (’the labyrinth and its sorrows’) I found the term chiasmus, which is:

…nearly ubiquitous wherever surprises and suspense are required.’

The three main parts – concerning ’Time’ or Time structures – are the following:

Theory                                                                                  in ’Lost’

1, the venatic (main action line)                                        happenings on the island, involving the marks of Uncanniness and                                                                                                    mysteries

2, forensic (the sub-plot’s backwards form of time)     the pasts of the characters

3, festal (action and/or chase scenes)                              all the adventurous elements


Lost Season 1 – Done!

March 30, 2008

I did not follow the Hungarian airing of ‘Lost’ on purpose. And i tell you why not. The episodes- which were, of course, designed individually to have their climax at their endings- are intersected by ads of cars, dehydrated powders and other health-concerned products, which , I believe, kills the show. So what can one do? One should wait for the DVD release to catch the ‘Lost’-experience, a craze that aggressively advertised itself a few months ago.

Needless to say, these shipwrecked people must have something to hide. Nobody wants to see Mrs.Smiths and John Does wandering about an island, so clever producers, writers and whoevers built us a fairly constructed story, which, I believe lays on three main components(so far).

1, There is the secrecy of the individuals- app. 14 stories- that show the past of the people.Other minor characters may be added to serve as a kind of refreshment to the main storyline.(Let me refer to Rousseau, a french woman who has been living on that island for 16 years- ‘Back to Nature, huh?’ Veeeery funny!)

2, There is the sphere of the ‘uncannies’ of the island: You wouldn’t expect a freakin’ polar bear comin’ right at you, would you. Not to mention, the Black Rock or the Smoke that caught Locke, who couldn’t contemplate about the situation for too long.

3, And of course the major issue, the pack of obvious questions: Where are they? What is this island? And why did they not show more of Evangeline, like she having a real shower, not just in swimsuit?

These all constitute to the ‘Lost’ experience of the 1st season, which I entitle as ‘clean series’, because every sweat patch is meticulously designed and no curse words leave the mouths of the people, which,I strongly believe again, would be impossible.