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08 May 2004 @ 04:39 am
I'll wrap my wall around your heart.  
Another thought I just had tonight about Talisman: Lex's words in the barn aren't an interpretation based on his own, inbred biases -- they're a statement of intent, and a kind of plea. It's him telling Clark, "All right, yes, in the future, I'll probably fight you, but I have to. You have to have me, have to have somebody to balance you out or you'd be a monster, and Clark, I need to know what it takes for me to do this. I need you to know that I have to be brave to do this."

Because Lex's bravery isn't in question -- he'll stand up to whomever he pleases, whenever, unless, of course, that person is someone whose opinion *matters* to him. Lionel and Clark are, of course, the ones I'm thinking of -- but beyond them have we ever seen him shrink back from confrontation? I feel like the answer is no. And that's not a question of bravery, no matter what the position of the person to whom he's standing up is, in relation to him.

So the Segeet thing was Lex saying, "They were like brothers, and he stood up to him, despite how much Segeet cared about Numan, because Numan could have become something awful. Isn't *that* brave?" Like I said -- statement of intent and plea all in one. I'm not articulating this clearly, but it's almost 4:30 and I've been living in the world of ridiculous litcrit all day.

Kill Bill is just such a meta-fantastic movie. Also, why are people not writing O-ren/Gogo or O-ren/Sofie. For me. Right now. Because you love the fact that I'm a retarded spider monkey on crack. But, at any rate, watching Vol. 1 tonight I was thinking about the ways in which it forces the audience to confront our attitudes toward violence -- in particular, why is it that the scene with Buck makes me cringe every time I see it, where as the scene with the crazy 88s doesn't?

The personalized violence and violation of Buck against The Bride -- that's something that makes everyone uncomfortable. She's helpless, and something about that makes us recoil on a visceral level. Meanwhile, during the big fight sequences, it's almost a meeting of equals. Also, of course, we've been manipulated into having sympathy for The Bride, and we can't care about the '88s.

I feel like Kill Bill is very good at making us care about certain deaths and not others and then later you go back and think about that, and you're like, "What? Why?" I love O-Ren, and I love Gogo, and their relationship for whatever reason pings as slashy to me. I just feel like Gogo has a sort of Mercy Graves thing for O-Ren. It's not about the money, it's about the mistress.

Also, PS, SHIT MAN, I so wish I could swordfight.

Another thing is that I think it's amazing how Tarantino makes cartoon violence (literally, the violence in the cartoons) more affecting than the cartoon*y* violence of the fight scene with the crazy 88s.

Love that movie. Love. It.

Status Report:

Cigarettes: A full pack. I...*hangs head*
Coffees: 3
Existential Freak Outs: 1, which lead to not working for the rest of the day
Pages Written: 4
Pages Read: 430(ish)
Days Left to do Work: 6
Panic: Fair to Middlin'
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Ava Adore - Smashing Pumpkins
happyminion on May 8th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I don't think I see that scene as a plea at all. A statement of intent, definitely. I think Lex has actually embraced the fact that Clark is going to lie to him (because that little telling gesture in Jeremiah's office when he drags his hand down his face like he has to do *something* or punch the boy in his Nose of Steel, pretty much convinced me that Lex is fed up with the lies but expects them as part of the package of Clark Kent) but that he's still putting the pieces together of *why* Clark continues to lie to him. If he suspects it's because Clark is still trying to figure out what to do with his powers (and we have to remember that Lex has seen Clark tricked out on RedK and not known he was high on anything--he just knows that periodically, Clark tends to be a complete asshole who likes power and wild living and does cruel and callous things to people), then I could see him saying no, you *do* have the occasional bad day and I'm *not* going to let you take that out on me and the rest of the world. I always wondered how Lex would react if he found Jor-El's message about ruling us with strength, because I knew Lex *would* accept that at face value because he's seen how tyrants use their power. Just the powers of *wealth and influence* in the form of his own father, have been responsible for some pretty nasty things. So I'm sure that a Lex who realizes that a super powered being could not only literally strongarm the world, but who could also attain wealth and influence *with* those powers and use a more subtle form of coercion--is a serious threat.

I don't believe that we need to paint Lex in a more sympathetic light in that scene than he's actually in. He can be incredibly heroic in stating just his intent to face down whatever Clark intends to open up on the world, someday. We now know not only the factors that shape Lex into being a villain in the future, but the actual motivation and spin that he uses to justify his actions himself. He *is* going to play a key role in balancing Clark in the future. We *do* need that balance in the world. That doesn't mean he won't use that same justification while he's doing things that are just as bad. *g*

I say this not to smack your theory down, but because I see a Lex who's beyond pleading with Clark. He's really come to accept that this is how things are, and if he's going to lie, I'm going to be very honest with him about how it's going to play out in the future, because liars cannot be trusted. Just my 11 cents!