Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Moonwalkers (2015) - More Muddling of Kubrick?

I suppose it was only a matter of time before somebody took the whole notion of Stanley Kubrick and the Apollo Moon Hoax and made it into a "fictional film". In this case, it is a low budget UK "comedy" featuring Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman called "Moonwalkers" - released just a couple of weeks ago. I have no real opinion of the film (as I haven't seen it yet) other than to (as I usually do!) point out the role that the mainstream media (Hollywood, et al) now plays in muddling and distorting mass perceptions of reality. Anybody who still believes that they can switch on a TV and watch something that even remotely resembles reality really does need their head dipping in a deep fat fryer. Although most people accept that films are "make-believe" and should be treated as just that, all cinematic output plays a very generic role in perception management and social engineering. Those societal tropes, notions and fads that nebulously seem to miraculously appear overnight are regularly embedded into our collective psyche via films and the like. The medium also acts a clever diversion - often as a limited hangout or plausible deniability platform - where truths and falsehoods become so meshed and intertwined that you can barely tell where one begins and another ends.
I will hold off in my judgement as to whether or not "Moonwalker" is purposely serving such a role, but I will say this: think about those subjects that never receive a fair examination or analysis within the mainstream media and then think about how these very same subjects have simultaneously received a "fictional" film or TV representation. A skeptic may say that these subjects (if nothing else) do make good fictional subject matter. This may well be the case, but it also facilitates a remarkably convenient way to dismiss or avoid any serious discourse of these subjects. Until now the things that Kubrick knew, metaphorically alluded to, and may (or may not) have been involved with have been absent from this phenomenon. For whatever reason, it seems that things have now changed and I do wonder (given what I have come to know about Kubrick) why it took so long to happen...
Here are a few links to the basic details of "Moonwalkers":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonwalkers_(film)
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/15/moonwalkers-first-look-review-kubrick-myth-becomes-misfiring-comedy
And the link to a clip/trailer on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_iQxhf3QME



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