Monday, June 6, 2011

F This Movie! - 12 Monkeys

Patrick and JB have come from the future to let all the animals out of their cages.



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Also discussed this episode: Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011), Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)

1 comment:

  1. I just watched this movie this afternoon and thought it was wonderful, aside from Madeleine Stowe's performance, which seemed really lifeless and put-on.

    I think I disagree with you guys regarding the cartoons playing in the asylum; the cartoons seemed to me an integral part of making the audience question Willis' sanity, especially given the importance of Willis' childhood avatar in the film. When the cartoons came on, I found myself wondering if Willis was really just insane and was inspired to create this PTSD-delusion based on cartoons he had watched as a kid, piecing together a story involving time travel and monkeys to explain the events he witnessed in the airport, which caused a psychotic break.

    I side with JB on the war scene, too, I believe. I think it did a good job of emphasizing the false bill of goods in that this futuristic time-travel technology malfunctioned so wildly. I think the scene also makes a deep comment regarding the parallels of the 2035 post-viral apocalypse and the 1910s political apocalypse of WWI. This goes more to the thematic point that JB brought up regarding the rose-tinted glasses view of "going back;" sure, Willis' adult present is a nightmare, but it's not as if a French battleground during the War to End All Wars is much better. Thinking about it now, I am drawn to the 1918 flu pandemic, which took place in the midst of the world war, and killed off something like 5% of the world's population at the time- sort of a microcosm of the effects of the virus in the film's story line. I don't necessarily think Gilliam was considering that when he made the movie, but I think it's truly interesting.

    Great podcast! I listen to them all at least once and then go back to them after I've seen the film in question. This one worked out really well. Happy holidays!

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