Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Double Feature: THE KING OF COMEDY and NETWORK | Past, Prescient and Future

THE KING OF COMEDY and NETWORK.  I know, not a super inspired pairing, but I owe this blog a post, so...  Let's get to it.

When you watch these films, think about the cliche things everyone thinks when they watch these movies now.  Specifically, how eerily prescient these pictures were.  Think about how quickly these movies went from illustrating where we might be going, and instead are about where we are...  And then think about what things will be like 20 years from now.




Then think about how great it is that we don't live that long.
So many lesser and greater horrors out there just itching to become the norm.


A lot of beauty and redemptions ahead, sure.  But the point still stands:  Getting old and dying isn't the worst thing.

Maybe it's not so bad that the U.S. ranks 35th in life expectancy.

Stay tuned, it feels like this unnecessarily bleak jag of posts is about to let up soon.



NETWORK
Released: 1976
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
Director: Sidney Lumet
Leads: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall
Plot summary and what not of NETWORK @ Wikipedia


THE KING OF COMEDY
Released: 1983
Writers: Paul D. Zimmerman
Director: Martin Scorsese
Leads: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard
Plot summary and what not of THE KING OF COMEDY @ Wikipdedia