I don’t think I’ve ever pulled two separate quotes from the same interview, but this is really great stuff. He also talks a lot about how innovative television is today. Plus internet commenters, Taxi Driver, Dollhouse, Bob Dylan, Myspace, and Ireland.
Patton really is the closest thing we have to a 21st century zen master. Great interview.
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” —Poets’ Corner - William Butler Yeats - Selected Works
A.I. is such a solid movie borne from the venn diagram of Spielberg and Kubrick’s movie-making-minds. I even liked the alien ending this time which I remember simply abhorring previously because of the semi-supernatural pretty-bowtie-ending resurrection of robo-boy’s mother.
Now it has a surprising and somewhat sensible logic.
Robo-boy, who is as real as he is post-human, survives as the missing link between the humans and the aliens. Humans -> computers -> aliens. Evolutionary speaking, I can think of nothing more natural. (F Fermi)
Aliens to planet Earth, of course, and not to the universe as a whole. And, given their obvious superiority based on, if nothing else, their longevity, who am I to say that they can’t resurrect anything they want given some DNA and a memory bank.
I remember really wanting the movie to end as robo-boy falls into the sea, before he is even rescued by Gigaglo Joe. For some reason that seemed more poetic, a robo-suicide upon realizing that he’d never in fact be a real boy and that a cloned life wasn’t worth continuing. Now, the realization of their relationship, the distraught mother and her robo-son, seems just as satisfying and certainly more uplifting, although still a bit melancholy. And not just the relationship, but Robo-boy himself realizing that he is a real boy has meaning beyond the tragic doom I had previously sought. I must be growing up or something.
Anyway, I hope to at least see a super-toy-teddy-bear in my lifetime. That looks like it’d be fun to kick around.
Much like Tom Friedman’s “Suck. On. This.” I don’t believe I’ll ever forget this quote. For those in the older generations, I don’t think you understand how traumatic an experience it was to come of age in the age of George W. Bush.(via sexartandpolitics)
It is extremely unsettling to think that that Bush was president for pretty much my entire twenties. Although I suppose that this quote is similar to how many twenty-something people think and act. Myself included.