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a number of things

This post could be about so many things. A viewing of the strange sister-movie to Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence’, ‘A History of Silence’, at the Vue Cinema in Bristol on Sunday (a strange experience wherein the audience sat through the first ten minutes of a movie without any sound being heard and all waited for someone in the projection booth to notice what was going on and do something about it. They didn’t, of course, and had to be advised that the sound was absent..).

Or it could be about the feelings of outrage and impassioned indignation upon viewing the trailer for The DaVinci Code at the second cinema of the day (now there’s a viewing that would have been better without sound). I mean, quite aside from what I might feel about Dan Brown’s multi-million selling opus, who is actually going to see this film? Who in the western world does not know what the ’secret’ of the book is, the ’secret’ that the trailer promises us portentously ‘will be uncovered’? Why make it in the first place, except to cash in on the popularity of the novel, which, I feel I ought to point out again, has been read by just about anyone who ever wanted to, and therefore any shock or surprise present in the story is pretty much null and void.

But instead I’ll talk about ‘Lunar Park‘. Which is a refreshing antidote to writing the name of Mr Brown’s novel and talking about it in anything but scathing terms. Bret Easton Ellis has written a book to be proud of, and if there was any justice, should be seen on tubes, buses and park benches in the same frequency as the other book I mentioned today. It’s clever, it’s interesting and is nicely post-modern in a similar manner as achieved by House of Leaves. A book about events that the author simultaneously claims to be both true and exaggerated. And I’m happy to remark that my concerns about Lunar Park being too close to HoL are unfounded, other than to say the two books are related. Cousins maybe. But not in an incestuous way. Which is good.


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