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The Doors: When You’re Strange (2009)

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Oliver Stone’s The Doors hit pavement in 1991, about the time that Generation X were trying to figure out what to do with their post-teen adulthood. It made a huge impression, mainly because The Doors singer Jim Morrison never tried to endorse modern society, only shrugged at it and left it a burning ruin, sort of like Generation X were condemned to do.

This made him fascinating. Unlike the hippies of the 1960s, and like Black Sabbath and The Stooges to follow, Morrison preached apocalypse, albeit in his heavily personal way which bordered on the narcissistic. The tension between his transcendental vision and his narcissistic dependency on popularity was the topic of The Doors, but The Doors: When You’re Strange incorporates it only as a sub-theme to its main focus, which looks at how completely alienated Morrison was from a disintegrating society, and how that over time included his bandmates and intimates, leaving him ultimately bereft of any connection in the years leading up to his death.

Unlike most documentaries, this film eschews atmospheric and contemplative scenes for fast cuts, propelled by extensive short snippets of music and sound bites, telling the complex story of this band with as few moments as possible. Narration guides this development, which feels as a result more like a biography adapted to film, but the result is clear and efficient without leaving out any significant parts of the tale.

What makes this film most interesting is the video of the people who showed up at Doors concerts, protests and hippie events. The Doors — an Irish vocalist, Polish keyboardist with an Asian wife, Jewish guitarist and Irish Catholic drummer — were mostly performing for people like them, namely those of mostly-white heritage with something else mixed in. The crowds are mainly Italians, Puerto Ricans, Irish and Slavic, with relatively few WASP faces scattered in but many more among the police and legal system that ended up taking on Morrison after his behavior became increasingly bizarre and unstable.

It also reveals the perpetual tragedy of rock music which is that music which adapts to the simplistic demands of its audience will eventually in turn become simplistic because the audience is not there for the message, or the depth; they have come to see the spectacle, and to participate in the license which such a spectacle grants, namely the ability to indulge baser instincts and wage vandalism against the dominant culture. The concert shots alternate between the antics of the band and longer pauses on the reactions of the crowd.

In the present day, we inherit the results of the 1960s which really came to fruition in the 1990s. It makes sense for us to engage in a postmortem now, and nowhere can this be more easily done than through the astro-psychedelic antics of The Doors, which both made rock more realistic and also revealed how the audience could not handle any such thing. The Doors self-destructed in the disconnect between expectation and reality, and as our society prepares to do the same, there is much we can learn from this short shallow epic.

A Cancer Cell Just Has To Cancer

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

If Colin Kaepernick really still wanted a job as an NFL Quarterback, I’d never be able to even milk a sportsball post out of this. He’d bank his half-a-mil, keep the clipboard warm and dry and decide for himself whether he showered before or after the game. He’d have a really nice sportsball jersey to wear out to the club. But Kaepernick can’t just shut up and get himself paid.

Once somebody decides they are too personally important to abide by culture or convention, they can’t help but being destructive. A termite has to eat the foundation, a cancer cell has just gotta cancer. Kaepernick is just that guy. He is engineered to sabotage any system he is forced to be a part of. He thinks fate can fvck off and kismet can kiss his uniquely precious ass.

Former Baltimore Ravens stalwart defender Ray Lewis, had his own set of issues with the Po-Lease. So much so that he felt sorry for Colin and wanted to get him back in the league with his old club and make things work out happily ever after. But Team Kaepernick, the only squad Colin ever really seriously wanted to quarterback, had other ideas. Ray Lewis explains his utter frustration with trying to fix the stupid maliciousness that is Kaepernick.

Ray Lewis: “When me and Steve Bisciotti were talking, this is what we were talking about, Judy. We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. Look, this is what I wanted to share with people. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it. Then, his girl [Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend] goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?'” …

And the self-sabotage continues. Kaepernick could be in Wisconsin angling to start for one of the oldest and most storied franchises in professional football, The Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick has filed a grievance against every team in the league for colluding against him to keep his magnificent talent off the field. It’s time to gently explain to QBSJW how that Che Guvera T-Shirt he wears around exemplifies capitalism. You see, Che’s jersey still sells, while Colin’s gets burned in the grill for YouTube hits. You see, Che cultists, Jim Morrison and other commercially successful Lefty/SJW types figured out who their customers were and made a point out of protecting the brand and franchise.

Kaepernick? He’s just a termite. He burns down anything he gets invited to a be a part of. It could be because as an adopted, illegitimate child of miscegenation, he never truly can be a part of anything. Perhaps that would describe our most recent former president as well. And if such is truly the case, you wonder at the lack of wisdom that went into making ether one of them at all.

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