What Next? Marge Topless?
Two things strike E@L as having been of significance this weekend.
Firstly, The Simpsons Movie is in town. It may not be the greatest of the great as far as movies goes, but to quote major fan A.O.Scott in the NYT review, " 'The Simpsons Movie,' in the end, is as good as an average episode of 'The Simpsons.' In other words, I’d be willing to watch it only — excuse me while I crunch some numbers here — 20 or 30 more times."
In other words, because "... the entire history of American popular culture — maybe even of Western civilization — amounts to little more than a long prelude to 'The Simpsons'," this is a major moment in our shared cultural history, for really, thanks to the pervasive influence of US TV, we can all truly say "itchy bin ein scratchy Americaner". To deny that is to deny that which is undeniably un- you know, like -deniable.
While The Simpsons TV shows are mostly replete with a plethora of jokes that "work at so many levels" (as Bart says), they have flat spots too, sometimes lasting most of an episode. The Movie (mind if I capitalize that word?) would have to be 88 minutes of zip, zero, nada, not-a-one flat spots.
No Sideshow Bob walking onto a car-park full of rakes (step, whack, "ow" - step, whack, "ow" - etc...) for example. Just continual subversive stuff like (some of my favourites) the home pregnancy test-kit which "may cause birth defects", like the baby-talk translator which reveals that a tied-down toddler's "Goo-goo-ga-ga" is actually "This leash demeans us both."
OK, I have to admit that I have not been watching The Simpsons on TV for several years. I never know if StarWorld is running the current series or a continual rehash of reruns, plus I am never in town nor do I remember to check for when it is on. I don't even have more than the first four series on DVD (pirate, hey this is Asia!). Why? Because I have been waiting for The Movie!
Those little doses of subversive satire are not enough anymore! I want The Simpsons to be BIG, LONG and UNCUT! I want Cinemascope, I want a convoluted Who-Shot-Mr-Burns-like plot that doesn't treat me like I am an idiot, that makes me feel part of the joke! I want Homer to eat a donut and save the world! I want Bart to get in BIG trouble! Then, I want Marge to set it all right!
Funny thing is, the excitement this Movie generates in me is unreasonable and irrational, like the way the bland iPhone turns on Acquisition Mode in social-life-exempt gadget-geeks. I love The Simpsons yet I don't watch the TV show, but when it comes to wanting to see this Movie, I am ze Terminator: I can't be stopped, and I'll be back.
[There you go! Innovative stuff! A movie review for a movie I haven't even seen yet. Watch this space for book reviews of books I haven't read - oh sorry, no, already did that in high school!]
Secondly, Hilary Clinton Gets Her Tits Out For The Boys. Allegedly. Marginally. The universal cries of alarm at the thought that a potential President of the United States might be mammarily endowed (who woulda thunk? And hey, seen photos of Arnie topless recently - manboobs!) is really stirring things up in America. But then, so did the release of the iPhone.
We all know (some more experientially than others) that Bill has a dick, so what's the big fucking deal?
Hence the need for The Simpsons.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
And I thought I was a huge fan... Have you bought the DVD already or are you actually watching it on the big screen?
As an American, I should fly to Singapore and kick your ass! Except there is a major problem.......I agree with you...........
Have a nice day.
Knobster: might head there tonight... GV in Vivocity...
Skip: about what? The Simpsons, Hilary, iPhone?
Cheer up dude, in Australia, we are all (Sydneysiders anyway) being asked to buy emergency kits of toothpaste, bottled water and flashlights in case we get de-atomised by a major terrorist attack... I have a "Duck And Cover" post coming up about this... when I get round to writing it...
I must have been drunk when I typed that comment..........
The problem with the Simpsons is that so many of the jokes are topical and you really have to be a CNN junkie to get them.
Of course the idea of Marge topless scares me, to tell the truth. Good review.