Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I ♥ Huckabees

I love this film and I love this trailer too...

In case you haven't seen it, the film tackles, among other things, the problems related to urban sprawl, environmentalism, corporate culture, consumerism, existentialism, Nietzsche, Kafka, nihilism, Buddhism, Sartre, third world slave labor, advertising, objectification of women, oil crisis, post 9-11 world etc., and everything mixed with just the right amount of good humoured despair. Haven't seen it in a long time, I will try to see it again sometime.

Two articles in village voice and offscreen.


sushil yadav said...

In response to your post about the film and issues of consumerism and environmentalism I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of consumerism/ industrialization on our minds and environment.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow either of these links :




Alok said...

Hi Sushil,

I share your alarm even though I find your rather Cartesian approach to human consciousness and other conclusions philosophically dubious.

Thanks for commenting.

jyothsnay said...

Oh,I would love to watch this movie.thank you for making me salient about this.
caught in a mad rut,humans tend to lose selves n forget to live,but exist.a decision has been made and the run starts to achieve that n thus we cease to live...but I feel it's achievable to pull self out from the hectic whirlwindish lifestyle to experience what a human is through talking to a human like a human, caressing a few ponderable moments over the bark of the tree....You, he, she or I would taste the poignancy of life

I am ingredienting this in my list...