lucius_t (lucius_t) wrote in theinferior4,
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The Gloom

We here in the great northwest are officially in the midst of the Gloom. From October to April in Portland and environs, the weather leaves a drizzly, drippy stripe of time that seems to inch past like a centipede along an interminable gray branch. I gotta have breaks. First one comes next month in NYC, where it will also be gray; but New York has sufficient diversions to make it feel like a brighter experience. Where I live--Vancouver, WA--there are no diversions. Vancouver serves as a bedroom community for Portland; at least I can divine no other purpose for it. It's essentially a gigantic strip mall salted with a few neighborhoods, and is among the drabbest places I've ever seen...and I've seen Indianapolis. I lived in Detroit for the better part of a decade, for Christ's sake. But Vancouver...shitty place to live, dead boring, populated by unsightly proles, but a great place to write. I'm never tempted to look out the window. Yet I can't wait for November 19, when I fly out of here.

Somebody sent me this url

http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/the-top-50-dystopian-movies-of-all-time/

which has a list of the 50 best dystopian movies of all time. It's a pretty USA-centric, ignoring all foreign films that have not made a splash in our country. And, too, it seems confused on what a dystopian film is, including flicks like Pleasantville (?) and Starship Troopers and I, Robot; and post-apocalyptic flicks (which are different, I feel, from dystopian films) like a Boy and His Dog, and a number of just plain terrible flicks like Idiocracy and Rollerball and District 13 (a kung fu flick with a science fictional gloss) and etc. I'm not much of a Tarkovsky guy, but I can't respect a list that ignores Stalker and leaves movies like Code 46 and La Jetee unmentioned. That said, the list contains many of the best dystopian films. A Clockwork Orange, Radford's 1984, Escape From New York (now being remade by the horrid Bret Ratner who made X-Men 3), etc. What you think? Any additions?

Here's something that ought to give the women who read this a charge:

http://www.poormojo.org/pmjadaily/archives/018549.php
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