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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Yabba Dabba Grok Grok Bang Bang Reply with quote

I've been noticing lately that with the development of post literate culture, we now have movies, that are sequels of literate era movies, but done in caveman speak.

For example, I recently saw The Watch, a reasonably funny story about 4 suburban guys who band together to fight what seems to be an alien presence invading their subdivision. During the film, it occurred to me. Four guys, dressed in matching overalls, using various technologies to thwart invasive sliming creatures. Ghostbusted!! Only, this was a watered down, base level type of ghostbusters. The tag line "He slimed me" now having devolved to a Jonah Hill (playing a dead on version of a young adult post literate) saying "alien came in my mouth".

Another recent example is Oxy-Morons about Boston projects gangs taking on Oxycontin as their latest product. Again, somewhere in the middle I had this strange feeling of similarity. However, it was hard to place, because the dialog consisted mainly of swearing, muttering and shouting and the action was a stream of shooting, sexing, and fighting. Oh yeah. The Wire! Another film about cops versus robbers, shown from both sides, the police organization and the dealers families. But while the Wire was famous for the literate,monied and clever Barksdale and Bell, the Oxy-Morons practically fought the police with wooden clubs.

Are these cavemen films for cavemen? Or just telling us about cavemen, or both.
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