Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Retrospective: Videodrome.

Videodrome poster.


Director: David Cronenberg
Release Date: 23rd November 1983
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky and Jack Creley.
Censorship may be the thing that plagues the world of media currently. The internet is the only exception to this but that’s under threat as well. Videodrome was made before the inception of the internet yet its relevance can be transferred to today and the struggle to keep the internet untainted. It fights against the censorship of the world with one of the monologues uttered from the funnily named Professor Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley), claiming that TV has now become more real than what we’d call reality: “The retina of the TV is the mind’s eye.” Only because television in the Videodrome universe is uncensored, perverse at times. We live in a sheltered reality considering we stop ourselves from being real by censoring ourselves, ignoring primal thoughts to strive to be civilised to stop all counter-productive measures – at least things that are deemed counter-productive, wrongly.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Retrospective: Scum.

Scum poster
The British borstal system was a poor attempt at rehabilitation. There was not even an attempt to help, in reality it was an excuse to be violent and let them be violent in a confined space for however long their sentence was. The place was barely ruled by the guards who would strike the inmates and abuse them, completely dehumanising them and making them more dangerous as they came to accept it as normality. The theory behind it is even more dreadful and it led to the violent becoming more violent and the weak and uneducated being punished for not being good enough. It completely shattered all confidence and morality that they might have had beforehand. It was awful and Scum depicts it so well that it can be hard to stomach and grim but enthralling. It’s almost horror.