Weekly Rochester Events #257: It Sucks Because It Blows
Thursday, December 11, 2003I got started watching the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries on the SciFi channel this week and I gotta say it's pretty good, even though it is just "yet-another-sci-fi-show." It incorporates an extension of the plotline from the original Battlestar Galactica without including any of the campiness of it by removing terms like "yarns" and "centons" and by using the pragmatic style of Babylon 5. It's got some seagoing ship-like motif but fails to suck as infinitely as Wing Commander did with the same idea.
The new human-like Cylon concept is marginally good. There's little explanation for why a creature will turn on its creator (the Frankenstein's monster motif) in as organized a manner as the Cylons do. The better part of the plot revolves around the tough decisions to make when all of humanity is on the brink of extinction. I kinda like it because I end up caring about the characters more than average. I'm about halfway through the second of the two parts and I'm hoping it doesn't end shitty. We'll see.
What else ... Oh, I got to see the movie version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which I thought was exceptionally good. Generally, I have reservations about seeing someone else's "cult favorite," and in the past I haven't really enjoyed transvestite-themed films (such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show or even The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.) But I have to ultimately disagree with the outward assessment, and claim that Hedwig is not a transvestite movie.
I think the film is entirely about love and love lost. It's foundation is in Aristophanes' speech about how humans originally had four arms, four legs, and dual genitals—from the sun came the male-male, the Earth, the female-female, and from the moon, the male-female. When the humans tried to attack the gods, the gods split them into the forms we see today with a single gender and a pair of arms and legs. From that point on, the concept of soul mates was born and these half-humans wandered the world seeking their other half. It's an interesting notion and a pretty good rationalization of the concept of soul mates.
Remarkably, Hedwig and the Angry Inch manages to spin that idea into a plausible reality. I think the most interesting thing is that if Hedwig (or any of the characters, for that matter) were solidly grounded in either gender, the film would be campy. By declaring the relationships to be gender-irrelevant, the film works. I guess I understand why people get the transvestite idea, but that tends to taint the description of the film: it's not about transvestites as much as it includes transvestites. Much like life, I guess, which isn't about transvestites as much as it includes transvestites. Get it?
Oh, and the music is pretty good too ... at least the rock/punk-rock style was right up my alley.
| Read | Sign |
Internet Movie Database
On this day ... December 11
Store at CafePress
Buy some JayceLand junk at sky high prices!
Rochester Music Coalition
Rochester Goes Out (D&C)
Rochester Punk Rock
WGMC Jazz Calendar
Kids Out and About
Copyright © 2004 Jason Olshefsky. All rights reserved.