Monday, August 23, 2010

60. THX 1138 (1971)


Let us be thankful we have commerce. Buy more. Buy more now. Buy. And be happy.

This movie will blow your mind. It is an awesome dystopian story in the same vein as "1984" or "Fahrenheit 451". It is also a beautiful piece of film art. "THX 1138" does not seek to simply entertain the viewer, but to generate thought, discussion, and true inner emotion. Also, like most powerful art, the film requires a commitment from the viewer to dissect it as they view. On first glance it may seem like a really cheap, boring movie about people who dress alike, watch too much holographic television, and take too many pills, but one has to go beyond the surface to truly appreciate the complexity of the messages.

It is also a little ironic that this movie launched the career of the director who would go on to completely change how movies are made, what types of movies are made, and how they are distributed. After 1977 (a movie I will talk about next week came out), studio execs were no longer as interested in financing directors to make the next "great" movie. The focus became making the next "tentpole" movie; a big blockbuster that would make an enormous amount of money and keep the studio afloat. So for anyone who blames George Lucas for destroying film as art in America I present evidence that he didn't really mean to, exhibit A: "THX 1138". Exhibit B will follow tomorrow.

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