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Got the hell out of Porpoise Spit

Happy belated birthday, biorhythm, and happy birthday, ctr022501!

I just finished reading Five Quarts, a nonfiction book about the history about blood, although it's definitely not a boring history book. The author is a gay man living in San Francisco whose partner is HIV positive. Thus he's much more aware of blood in every day life than the average person. He does write about his partner and AIDS, but he also writes about Greek myths, Gothic literature, and his sisters.

I really enjoyed it, although it gets squicky in many parts, and I like blood. Bloodletting was a popular medical treatment in the past, and it gets pretty graphically described at several points. *shudder*

Interesting trivia I learned from the book: barbers used to perform other services besides shaves and haircuts, and one of these services was bloodletting; the red, white and blue diagonal stripes on the barber shop pole represent blood, bandages and veins, respectively.

So Comcast has a bunch of free movies available and I watched Muriel's Wedding and Starship Troopers, both of which are really good movies, although very different. I suppose both are satires? That's about the only thing they have in common.

Muriel's Wedding struck a little too close to home for me, with the dad constantly going on about how his children were worthless. Blah. But that's just one small part of it, it was funny and awful and outrageous and devastating and everything mixed up nicely.

Starship Troopers really impressed me! I thought that it was just another action movie with some satirical elements, but it's a satire with action movie elements. The sad thing is, the alien bugs are so hideous and awful (they kill by dismemberment--if you hate gore, skip this one) that I think most people would be able to sit through it and go, "Yeah! Let's kill some bugs!" just like the characters and not doubt the righteousness of escalating a war that's leading to an increasingly horrific death toll for both sides for no discernible purpose other than to keep fighting.

In the movie, just like in the real world, the enemy is so different that no attention is paid to why they are doing what they are doing, that perhaps they are simply reacting/responding.

And umm, I really loved the coed shower scene and how all the women in it had real boobs. It totally wouldn't have worked if they'd put the Denise Richards character there.

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Thank you!! :)

I think I read somewhere that the striped pole originally came when the barbers would hang their bloody bandages out to dry on the white pole, and the wind would wrap them around to make the red-and-white pattern. I'm not sure on the validity of that, though.

I hated Starship Troopers when it came out :-P It just annoyed me. Probably because everyone who saw it in the theatres at the time didn't get the satire, like you said, and also my husband was much more interested in Denise Richards than anything else.

I don't like Denise Richards' face. She has what resembles caterpillars above each eye, and the tip of her nose points up.

Her bad acting was totally perfect for the movie, though. Brilliant!

That retro feel, excessive gore, cheerful fascism, good/evil dichotomy, etc really appeals to me. I've seen it before in games and music so it was instantly familiar to me.

The most obvious comparison is to Nazi Germany, but bugs = native Americans is an interesting one too. The throwaway line about how the bugs only attacked when the humans invaded their galaxy made me think of that. And now, of course, bugs = Muslims.

Re: Barbers -- I knew that! But only because many, many years ago (I think I may have been in high school, or maybe college), I caught a new "Twilight Zone" or maybe "Tales from the Crypt" episode starring grown-up!Wil Wheaton and a pre-"Friends" Matt LeBlanc starring as kids investigating their local barbers because they suspected they were vampires. The stuff about barbers being bloodletters was part of why they thought that. :)

Re: Starship Troppers - I loved the cheezy tongue-in-cheekness camp of the movie, but the original novella really *is* political satire. I recommend it.

Ahh dude, I absolutely loved that incarnation of "Twilight Zone". There was always some kind of moral or philosophical issue. And that sounds like a cool episode. :)

Dude, I went to look at Amazon reviews and all the people who'd read and loved the book hated the movie, saying that the original movie was not a satire at all, and basically was a good treatment/description of military life, and that the director subverted the message to make it an anti-war/anti-fascist message.

Of course, they could have just missed it. :P

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