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[04 Nov 2005|11:44pm]

dear friends


this is my new photo el jay so add it please


shaking like a revolution

[03 Nov 2005|04:59pm]
Michael Hansen November 3, 2005
Film Literacy Class

A Clockwork Orange: A Review

Produced in 1971, A Clockwork Orange is a harsh character study masquerading as a prophetic period piece. Directed by Stanley Kubrick (2001: A space Oddyssey, Dr. Strangelove), and starring Malcom McDowell(the Raging Moon), is the on-screen adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ celebrated novel of the same title.
The tagline for the movie exclaims, “being the adventures of a young man whose principle interests are: rape, ultra-violence, and Beethoven,” and is often referred to as the most controversial mainstream film of all time by AFI and other film institutes. The story revolves around fifteen year-old Alex in retro-future England. He and his “droogs” wade through culture ranging from 17th century classical music to flying cars. They speak a language Burgess called “Nadsat”, which is a mix of English, Russian, and slang. They hibernate for most of the day and only emerge at night for amusement at the exspense of the public. In uniforms they parade the derelict landscapes raping, killing, stealing, and roughing with rival gangs all to pass the time. Eventually, as most lifes of crime go, Alex finally got caught for murder and was immediately jailed. While in jail, after kissing the boots of his superiors, one officer mentions an experimental brain procedure that could have him out of his sentence in no time...
This is the only film in which my opinion has differed from that of my favorite reviewer, Roger Ebert. For, while Ebert makes valid points and takes the right procedures to attack what he believes is the films message, the actual message may have escaped him. The resonating final word that Ebert got from the film, along with most of the people who saw it, was ‘in a world of governmental madness, the citizens must use any means necessary to prevail.’
Certain technical aspects and camera styles probably lead Ebert to this conclusion. In the movie Kubrick uses a slight fish eye lens for long periods of time in the movie. Its almost sublinimal, but one typical goal of the fish eye lens is to make you see whats happening supposedly through the eyes of the character. This could lead to viewers sympathizing with the dangerous protagonist. Kubrick also makes Alex seem helpless and victimized by intentionally fumbling the continuity of the film in order to convey disorientation. Hand positions on clocks are changed between shots, wine glasses are filled to diferent heights in a seconds time, and when Alex attempts suicide by jumping, a camera was literally thrown out of a second story window to simulate the perspective. Having Alex like classical music among his violent hobbies seems like a rather hollow dimension to his character that Kubrick most likely just hoped his viewers wouldn’t look too far into.
I believe, however, that the sympathy the movie evokes is an entirely diferent form than pity. Viewers simply grow to love Alex. Kubrick intentionally left out adapting the last chapter of the book in which Alex regrets his past, and ends the story with Alex in the upper hand. The long close-up shots of Alex’s menacing grin seem to pull at the most primal strings in your body no matter how hard you’ve managed to bury them. Kubrick wants his audience to grin back at the television screen.
The only other character in the movie not there simply to progress Alex’s story is the minister in the jail who follows with Alex to the experiment. When Alex is given a pill that causes extreme physical discomfort, and is forced to watch videos of violence and sex simultaneous with the pain, it creates a link. Whenever he tries to commit an act of violence or sex his brain recreates the pain he felt during the treatment, and he is unable to continue. Everyone else is pleased blind, but the preist sulks in digust. “A man who cannot choose what is right and what is wrong ceases to be a man, Alex is only behaving out of self interest not to feel pain.” When everything seems gone to hell Kubrick introduces this character as a maestro to conduct the beeps on the ekg. A little bit of sanity is there for us to juxtapose with the other characters. Eventually they stop administiring the treatment and release Alex, who soon enough becomes immune to it and continues to trod the streets with his malicious interests.
You end the movie feeling like a dirty person dressed up in a clean suit. Alex’s demonic persona is juxtaposed with his slick fashion and soft poetic way of talking. The source material was written in response to Burgess’ wife being beaten and raped by four Americans during his stay in Malysaia. I think the message Burgess carves into Alex is that far too many of us indulge in our primal side and if we don’t look an exagurrated representation, such as Alex, we end up like the four men from Malasia. Kubricks extreme glamourization of Alex’s crimes sucks the viewer into befriending his character, learning to love him, and then hopefully being able to look in the mirror and feel ashamed for doing so. For the unmistakable originality, sharp production on a low budget, the millions of messages to extract, and unmatched controversy, I highly reccomend Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, though not for the faint of heart.
1 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[29 Oct 2005|11:27pm]
When I dip her I get scared.
The only hope left in this town is slowly being lowered to the ground.
I worry when we stand in groups
That this life I claim to lead,
Is just a video of my abortion being looped.
shaking like a revolution

[23 Oct 2005|10:15pm]

Is she into it? I could always stand in a way that lets the crystal ball show off my yellow teeth. The glowing dirt beneath my fingernails. Is she into it? The wires sticking out of your sleeves. Do you push them up, or keep them ready? How can we be the same, when your eyes show signs of wear and tear from places I have never seen? Hey. Baptized in a dunk tank. One moment were I the walking dead and then the next I exhude enough light to provoke ten more voodoo doll pin pokes from envious closet bound friends. But she! She is a flash grenade. A Smoke screen. A get out of jail free.


these pictures suggest that she is more or less everythingCollapse )

2 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[12 Oct 2005|09:00pm]
Torro! Imeninant domain! Defending her seat via love stains.
You don’t get the names of half the shit before you go and swallow it!
Rapture! Pronounced dead with a cash lisp!
Dragging your tongue from hardship to hardship!
1 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[02 Sep 2005|11:27pm]
this is a reminder to myself to catch the replay of tonites conan with bloc party on monday nite cuz im abot to fall asleep
shaking like a revolution

[31 Aug 2005|11:31pm]
[ mood | cold ]

my new school makes me want to seek indiscoverable recluse and not return till my hands are filled with writing that will grant me legitimacy

in lamens I am tired stiff

sex is not worth writing about
drugs are not worth writing about
girls are not worth writing about
a mix of the three is not something worth writing about
fitting in is not worth writing about
world-scale politics are not worth writing about
anything that does not twist stupid grins into battered gaping entryways is not worth writing about

high school education is a joke for the dreamers
the social turmoil develops us but the homework and force fed information
is redundant
and more importantly impossible to fight
two more years of discomfort await in doses of terrential downpour
I await with my mouth open
all things burlesque leave me unsatisfied again within a few hours

in more summarized lamens terms

sex and drugs arent filling my voids
school sucks and there is nothing I can do to fight it

2 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[23 Aug 2005|10:57pm]
the wishing well shivers
as it is knocked up by a change in the wind
if all the world is just math than I am scared stiff
a virginity she framed
ghosts made aparent in the rain
our skin gets heavy as it gets wet
boarderless just like a vignette
an escape from the frame walks with her under her dress
just like a child shy

she lost her womanhood mid-play
in the center of a thrust stage
when she looked concerned at whether the applause was fake
I clapped even harder than I did at her funeral wake

she's cocky like God's counting the hairs on her head
when he's just re-hanging the picture
and her balance is spent

miss bulletproof allibi
kiss your city goodnight and march off confidently
there will be a next time
4 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[18 Aug 2005|09:01pm]
"Hoppipola" and "Saeglopur" are making me cry rivers, and the boy who let me dl the rest of the new Sigur Ros album from him on soulseek is a fucking saint.
2 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[13 Aug 2005|10:19pm]
yadda yadda, ten things that make u happy then tag 5 friends. 1.)eternal sunshine of the spotless mind 2.)the lyrics of keith buckley (every time i die) 3.) seeing cynicism in young children 4.) bill murray 5.) song swappin fests with Pariso 6.) Charz and I's textbook-worthy relationship, we're like two peas in a pod 7.) disturbing utopia-induced phone calls from Rachael and Co. while at work 8.) language, especially speaking spanish with people 9.)my current highschool sweetheart 10.) gaydar five random fags i cant do the link thing cuz im on my ibook paris, charlotte, blake, rachael, hannah
5 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[12 Aug 2005|01:33am]
Doctor I think it's her I hear
It's always been
But if this pain can be arranged
In such a way to bring out beauty
Then, well, who am I to stop it?
shaking like a revolution

[09 Aug 2005|12:25am]
I am no uglier than the average person
I was blessed with a few talents
I was blessed with a few passions
My girlfriend is gorgeous and loving
My home is not abusive
I am no dumber than the average person
I am able to use stimulants in moderation
My girlfriend is gorgeous
My faith is rapping at my door still
I was blessed with ears to hear the rapping
I was blessed with the choice to ignore it

count your blessings, lovelies
1 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[06 Aug 2005|11:19pm]
4 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[05 Aug 2005|09:03pm]
[ mood | homosexual ]

cowardice is stuck in the curtains

and i wud rather honesty take its place as the understudy

or just call off the show alltogether



la, la, but, oh, mhmm

however satisfication personafies itself, my left your right, i will still wind up nostalgic at hooters

and etc

you wannabe window licker, intentionally crutching your growth behind your studded belt

hands raised, that would be me

the list of things that her and I take seriously are complete opposites

she cares too much of what her friends think to be a carnie

but nor is she two headed

no matter how much I, the ticket holder, would like her to be

shes just sorta that person that nudges you to smile at strangers on trains

so that someday you will be comfortable enough to embrace lust

and join your friends

love, Jude

my friend turned to me and said, well what he said is not important
but to paraphrase he asked what could be the possible physical fabrication of your wierdness
so i wrote this entry
because i was curious
and my head was heavy
and I hadnt written in a while
and I had somewhat of an optical bitchslap in return of me attempting to lift a burden

i am also beggining to hate the idea of being called nething but Jude

7 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[03 Aug 2005|11:31pm]





two neewsssesss


1.) I am no longer single ow ow rawr 325612

2.) This ad that was on me and neil's forum made me laugh so im sharing it with you, its behind the el jay cut


hello this is the el jay cutCollapse )

6 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

dont love what your eyes can doubt [31 Jul 2005|07:08pm]
What a shitty el jay-er Ive been, no updates for weeks'

im on my new ibook...its pretty sweet

im promanading through the intolerably annoying world of mixed signals
it is a relatively miserable dance but there is a possible outcome so favorable that I look down at my feet as little as possible
the show must go on

Might it crash and burn?
hell yes my lovelies

we are too young to not believe in love and that is a right we should fight ourselves for to keep

you see, our pens and inked feathers are smarter than we are, in that, they will not allow us to continue to write down anything worth reading until we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to have an experience worth writing.

I know baby, that at times last night you'd swear you were in hell but baby,
I was in hell to.
In fact,
last night I was in hell and had no intent of sharing it with you.
7 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

yeah new haircut works this time [14 Jul 2005|11:29pm]
7 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

newwwww haircuttt!!! [14 Jul 2005|02:27pm]
1 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[14 Jul 2005|12:08am]




now now now



4 are gonna make it all okay| shaking like a revolution

[18 Jun 2005|07:43pm]
got a myspace


add my if you've a myspace
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