it's so cold, -25*c
i watched 'the day after tomorrow' a while ago, didnt see the whole film tho, just the first 30 mins of the file.
it's not my kind of movie, i don't like hollywood films coz it's so easy to read.
anyway! i saw quite a bit of interesting hidden messages in this film.
first of all, this movie is catagorized as a 'melodrama genre'
the characteristic of 'melodrama' is 'good' versus 'evil' and good guy always win. good always conquer bad...ultimately! altho in reality things don't always work that way.
denis quaid enters his house, and we see heater right behide him. it's not only bcoz that's the way a house is constructed but the film is saying that we are surrounded by our invention that consume natural resource and destroy our planet.
that's just one example...there are a lot more to say or to interpret in this film...
anyway! what strikes me the most in the first 30 mins is a couple that are having sex got sucked up by the tornado while a hispanic cleaning guy who is standing just behind the door is safed.
the question that was raised is 'since when that hollywood films start saying that having sex is wrong?'
when looking back, we'll see patterns that there were times that films exposed all the chaos and disregarded religions, when there were too much of those, religion or beliefs were reissued onto the screen again. it's been going on like this.
this is the way media controls and manipulate its audience.
teh next question is, why hollywood films are very successful, despite the promotion, actor-actress and big production budget they have?
one quick answer here is that, most of them are melodrama films.
in melodrama, there's a gimmic that's used to create sublime. it's called 'catharsis'. it makes audience feel more satisfied when teh bad guy get punished or the good guy wins.
as the world goes round and round, we finally realized that in reality good guys not always win and bad guys are not always punushed. then, how do we maintain the society and our own behaviour in 'good' ways? how do we find a promise to our selves, based on what we have been taught for our entire lives, that do good deeds and it'll turn back to you and whoever that's bad to you, they will be punished?
that's right! hollywood films offer us this emotional release that we can access to it thru the screen.
you think about the rest, i've said enough (or too much) for today.