Orion Reads
a diary of books etc.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Incident at Loch Ness

Even tho i knew Incident At Loch Ness would be good, i was unexpectedly extra happy with it. I laughed a lot. Werner Herzog is a german art-house film maker who's productions are notably esoteric and bizarre. The only Herzog film i've seen is Heart Of Glass, in which Werner, who happens to be a master hypnotist, literally hypnotizes the entire cast before each scene. The movie is acted by the hypnotized, and largely written by them as well, as Werner lets most of the story follow the hypnotized hallucinations of the cast. It's also one of the most visually gorgeous films i've ever seen. So there's that. Apparently he made another film about some people moving a large boat over a mountain with very primitive uh equipment. Logs and horses and such. To make the movie, they actually moved a large boat over a mountain with very primitive equipment. Heart of Glass also features a scene where a medieval glass foundry burns down, for which they actually built a full-scale, working medieval glass foundry and then burnt it down.

So that's Werner Herzog. Art-house.

Incident at Loch Ness presents itself as a documentary crew following Werner Herzog around as he begins a documentary on the Loch Ness Monster. Werner of course, does not believe in the monster, but is interested in the psychological genesis and maintenance of such beasts. For some reason the producer of his film is a big-hollywood movie guy (Zak Penn, writer for X-Men, Elektra, Last Action Hero, etc) who has his own ideas of what film they're making, and high-brow hilarity ensues. I don't want to give stuff away, but it's really, really funny.

Read some more Dylan Thomas, and that's enough of That.

Getting back in to Le Guinn's The Dispossessed.
One example of language sans possessives: they refer to a mother or father figure not as "my mother" but as "the mother". Mykle reports that possessives are not entirely eliminated from the language, which is a bit disappointing, but we'll see.


Post a Comment

<< Home