November 14, 2005

Gratuitous Inadvertent Netflix Review

I recently was notified by Netflix that it was sending me Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. However, when the package arrived, it turned out that for some inexplicable reason, they had sent Inside Deep Throat instead.

The flick purports to be a "documentary" about the making of D.T., coupled with an expanded discussion of the yearning of America to achieve its sexual freedom and the efforts of Dick Nixon and his Stormtroopers to saltpeter the lot of us.

Well, what the hell - I watched it. I've only a couple of observations to make:

1. I am continually amazed by the certainty of the Boomer Generation that they invented the wheel all by themselves.

2. Camille Paglia makes a very short appearance at the beginning (as a commentator, you fool!). I thought this might promise an interesting discussion of sex and art. No such luck - the film hangs its intellectual hat primarily on such giants as Norman Mailer, Erica Jong and Gore Vidal. 'Nuff said.

3. I never actually saw the original, but there are a fair number of clips here. Whatever the appeal may have been at the time (and it was enormous), the whole thing was so.....Seventies, that it simply gave me the creeps. How did we make it through that decade?

YIPS from Steve, 70s Department: I have pictures of Robbo in polyester that are going to go on sale.....

Also, Rod Stewart goes all Grandpa Simpson.

Posted by Robert at November 14, 2005 01:12 PM | TrackBack

And you were reading the liner notes for the articles.


But then again, I've had to explain our recent "Melissa Theuriau nekkid" fetishising as a post-modern ironic commentary on the Foucaultian notion of societal repression, with a Jungian collective unconsciousness twist. Needless to say, this was met with a frying pan upside my head.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at November 14, 2005 01:43 PM

The 70s? Not sexy. The 80s? Sexy.

Posted by: The Colossus at November 14, 2005 02:02 PM

Simply irresistable!

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 14, 2005 02:52 PM

Yeah yeah, a Netflix mistake. That will work. Amazingly, a copy of Showgirls showed up in your Wiggles' Safari rental too...

Posted by: LB buddy at November 14, 2005 03:56 PM

Crikey! Dayn-jah, dayn-jah, dayn-jah!

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 14, 2005 04:02 PM

Showgirls + Wiggles = Innuendo Hilarity.

Posted by: jen at November 14, 2005 04:03 PM

If you haven't seen it yet, get netflix to send you House of Smoke and Sand.

Posted by: babs at November 15, 2005 01:35 PM