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The Combination of Monday with Movies is What the Id is About

Monday Movies was hashing out the fine point of this debate in the in-laws’ hot tub Saturday night, and got pressed on whether there was a civil way to savage the stupid. While it remains our contention that the most vital abuse is not aimed at the dim but at the cruel, we did point out that “Groucho managed to run circles around Margaret Dumont without resorting to accusing her of an actual mental disability.”

In that spirit, and in deference to certain other well-known Weblogian tendencies, Slavoj Žižek explains the Marx Brothers:

You probably didn’t need Žižek to tell you that Harpo=id, but it never hurts to hear Groucho remark on Margaret Dumont’s square footage. Clearly, Monday Movies once again caught no flick this week and is trying to distract from that sorry state of affairs with this weird gossip-columnist affectation. How about you? Did you see anything?


May 9, 2011 - Posted by | Monday Movies | ,


  1. We rewatched A Serious Man and found it to be even better the second time.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 9, 2011

  2. I went and saw Thor and pretty much came to the conclusion that I’m through with the 3-D version of movies. It just doesn’t handle intense, high-speed motion very well and there is still a significant amount of blurring even when there isn’t a bunch of movement.

    The movie was pretty good. I think it suffered for having to jump between Asgaard and Earth, and I also thought they kind of ripped off Stargate to explain the Asgaardians. However, a Thor movie could have really tripped up Marvel’s momentum in working toward the Avengers and I don’t think this movie did that. Also, they did a very good job with The Destroyer.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | May 9, 2011

  3. I liked A Serious Man

    5/03/11 – Robot Carnival – Various 1987
    5/04/11 – Walkabout – Roeg
    5/05/11 – Ballad of Narayama – Kinoshita – 1958
    5/06/11 – Women of the Night – Mizoguchi 1948
    5/07/11 – Syndromes and a Century – Apichatpong Weerasethakul 2006

    Comment by bob mcmanus | May 9, 2011

  4. Syndromes and Century was a lovely little dream. I’m excited to see Uncle Boonmee at the New Beverly next Tuesday. God bless Quentin Tarantino — our little porn-house-turned-repertory was about to go under, and he bought it. Every few months he puts on another grindhouse festival.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | May 9, 2011

  5. I really approve of the use of “Monday Movies” as the name of the monday movie correspondent, all old-sk00l columnist stylee and like that.

    I didn’t watch anything, as per usual, but I did prevail on a third party to watch The Conversation.

    Comment by ben | May 9, 2011

  6. I mentioned Fast Five last week, but I forgot to say that it has a surprising amount of subtitles for a dumb action film. It’s set in Brazil, and pretty much all the scenes involving Brazilian characters are in Portuguese, with subtitles, rather than the usual convention of having them speak English. I wonder if this is the influence of the internet, with IMs and text-messages and stuff making reading, and hence reading subtitles, less of a turn-off that it’s traditionally been thought to be by studios.

    Comment by voyou | May 10, 2011

  7. Just watched Animal Kingdom last night, on Brad’s recommendation, and I’m not sure what I think of it. It was one of those strange movies that seems to be really slow paced, yet I had no desire to get up, etc. Basically, the first half seemed to be pure setup, while the second half complicated the situation in order to produce some really profound tension and uncertainty. In fact, looking back on the film, the plot and the characters’ motivations keep seeming more and more ambiguous the more I think about it.

    So it was good?

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 10, 2011

  8. I dreamed that I watched A Serious Man a second time, and it was awesome that time around; but the movie I dreamed didn’t especially resemble the one I actually saw, which as far as I remember had neither robots nor Maggie Gyllenhaal in it.

    Incidentally, last night I watched the original Robocop again. Now that is an awesome film. Needless to say, it has robots in it; moreover, I was especially delighted by the resemblance of the female cop lead (Nancy Allen) to Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    I did like the bit in A Serious Man where the Rabbi quoted Jefferson Airplane. And the bit at the start with the dybbuk. Which, if you think about it, is a sort of robot. Wait, no…that’s a golem…

    Comment by dominicfox | May 11, 2011

  9. I don’t know why people say A Serious Man is minor Coen bros. It’s fantastic, funny, and deep.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | May 11, 2011

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