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When Life Starts Imitating Art: The Sep 2020 Movie Edition

September 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Since I am feeling a bit lazy today again.. here is a spur of the moment post that was in my draft folder for past few weeks. As some of you remember, about three months ago, I had published another post with a similar title that highlighted the similarities between ongoing riots and some interesting clips from movies in recent past. In it there was a clip from the 2005 movie adaptation of the Alana Moore graphic comic ‘V for Vendetta‘. Over the next couple of weeks I noticed yet another interesting similarity between that movie and the world of 2020.

So here is some background for understanding what I am going to talk about.. In the graphical comic book version of that story, the rise of the ulra-religious, right-wing and fascistic ‘Norsefire’ political party comes about in the aftermath of a limited nuclear war which devastated USA, USSR and a few other countries. The movie in contrast, traces the rise of that party to the aftermath of a deliberately engineered virus pandemic. To make a long story short, some rich members of that party fund the creation and release of a virus that kills almost 100k people in UK to create fear, chaos and panic among public which allows them to win the upcoming election.

After the election of that party, a company owned by some ‘Norsefire’ member suddenly finds a cure and within a few months they frame, arrest and execute a few people for allegedly doing what they themselves did to the people of their own country. If you think that all of this is a bit too similar to what we are seeing in 2020, you are not alone. Feel free to open to open the clips in another window and read recent YouTube to them. It is amazing how accurate the movie was at predicting how all the FUD created by pandemic would be used to curtail or eliminate civil liberties, while simultaneously increase the power of a clearly ineffectual government full of corrupt, sadistic and self-righteous control freaks.

Clip # 1

Clip #2

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When Life Starts Imitating Art: The June 2020 Movie Edition

June 5, 2020 10 comments

Since I am feeling a bit lazy today, thought it might be a good idea to finish a short post that was in my drafts folder for a couple of weeks. So.. there are a couple (or more) movies from the past few years which bear an interesting, and at times eerie, resemblance to what has been occurring in this country for the past two weeks. I am sure the more conspiracy-minded among you might see something else. In any case, here is the first relevant clip.

This one is from ‘V for Vendetta’ (2005). While not the best adaptation of original graphic novel, the material from this clip is particularly relevant to how seeming invulnerable institutions and systems of governance that are no longer connected with reality can be overwhelmed by the consequences of their own stupidity- in this case, reaction to civil unrest. The especially relevant bit is that the ‘fingermen’ in the novel (and movie) have a rather strong resemblance to police in this country. The graphic novel talks much more about general dissatisfaction with the system among most people. Long story short, ever increasing demonstrations of force create a cycle of more sympathetic victims and ever increasing levels of resistance among populace.

V for Vendetta: The Dominoes Fall

The second clip is from a more recent movie- ‘Joker’ (2019). As many of you know, the titular character in this movie is a withdrawn “loser” living in near-poverty who has nothing to lose. His actions (killing three bankers and that TV show host on live TV) ends up sparking large-scale civil unrest against the police and plutocrats in the fictional Gotham city. The key to understanding this clip is that, once again, most people in the city are already tired of the system and the Joker’s action just provide the perfect spark to ignite a large pre-existing collection of tinder. If either clip seems far fetched, let me remind you that WW1 was ignited by the actions of an incompetent assassin who got lucky and WW2 was started by the most unlikely rise of a certain failed landscape artist and drifter to power.

Joker: Anarchy in Gotham

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