"I’ve had to draw a conclusion based on what I’ve glimpsed through the person suit that you wear. And the conclusion that I’ve draw is that you are dangerous."
The Master (2012)
If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you’d be the first person in the history of the world. 34/365
There is no one and only spiritual center of the brain. Any idea of God comes from many different areas of the mind working together in unison.
Oscar Wilde once wrote that life imitates art; the way in which people live their lives are often based on their expressions through the latter. Chef, through Favreau’s eyes in meta-fashion, is a lot about losing oneself through drudgery and then finding a way back. Whether as an artist, a creative, or a father, everyone loses themselves, but pursuing the energy found in creative expression can be the basis for finding themselves again.
It’s both perfectly fitting and a darkly wry punchline that the last word in Stanley Kubrick’s last film is “fuck,” utilized in its most literal definition. The word is spoken, in both direct and slightly imploring fashion, by Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) to her husband Bill (Tom Cruise) at the end of the still slightly underappreciated Eyes Wide Shut. Bill’s nocturnal journey into an unfamiliar world of group sex and general deviancy is one of missed opportunities and denied possibilities; he is surrounded by and beckoned into various couplings, and capitalizes on none of them. This weakness of the modern man is a recurrent theme in Kubrick’s filmography, from Paths of Glory to Eyes Wide Shut, released posthumously in the summer of 1999. Kubrick, who died 15 years ago today, was often categorized as a cold and distant filmmaker, always putting his characters at an emotional remove; this qualification is typically meant as a rebuke of his stylistic leanings. The chilly way with which he treated his protagonists, though, is less an obvious example of his auteuristic failings, and more an emblem of how the lead characters in his films are defined by literal or metaphorical impotence.
You can put the car battery away, we’ve got the newest episode here of Darkness Becomes You, our podcast dedicated to the HBO show True Detective. We have a larger panel this week, as hosts Ricky D and Deepayan Sengupta are joined by returning guest and Sound on Sight contributor Simon Howell, as well as Michael Waldman, a regular presence on numerous Sound on Sight podcasts, to discuss the seventh episode of the show, titled “After You’ve Gone”. Among the topics of discussion are our expectations for the season finale, how we feel the show has measured up as a whole to date, and the effectiveness of Rust Cohle as a character.