I Am SO Going To Do This - But Not That (Watch Another Jodorowsky Movie)

William Gibson took photos of all the hotel beds on his last book tour...

You might have to have a "suitcase" lifestyle like mine to appreciate the art in this particular mundanity.


MercerMachine came around to play chess last night. I'll be generous (to myself ) and say that I was kind to him. We only played two games. Both games saw me in mid-game with a HUGE points and pieces advantage but still I managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, twice.

More an essential character flaw than a strategic deficit. E@L last seen curled up in fetal position on the couch, blubbering.

To quote him quoting someone else: "The winner is the person who makes the second last mistake."

I could only think of Beckett's Murphy, playing lunatics in the asylum in which he works who, after making his first move against Mr Endon, sighed, "Now the difficulties begin."


Speaking of mistakes, we then watched Jodorwsky's magnus opium El Topo with entirely not enough drugs and alcohol in our systems...

"You are 7 years old, you are now a man."

Wrong. You are a naked boy on the back of my horse. And I (Jodorowsky) am obviously a twisted fucker of a pedophile.

Luckily for MM, Smoot called him at about 2am to ask where the fuck he was and so, with a sigh of relief, he shuffled off and missed the last 25% of the movie, including the non-Jodorowsky Jodorowsky character (because Jodorowsky had already shaved his head before he realised his previous long-haired character was needed again in several scenes) and of course the infamous (not just famous, IN-famous) topless-dwarf orgy scene.

& People shave their heads a lot in these movies I note.

The only worse (well not bad, as in incompetent, just fucking uber-weird) movie I can think of to outdo his one for sicko/strangeness would have to be his other "masterpiece", The Holy Mountain, which I sat through this afternoon after an extremely boozy lunch (happy anniversary Singapore!) just to cross that particular personal cinematic Rubicon.

Fucking hell! What is going on in my mind that I was able to watch this movie (albiet mostly at 8-times FF advance and often with me snoozing.)

I doubt that I am going out on a limb here when I further doubt that the (R)SPCA validated either of these movies. Try to find a species that doesn't get ill treatment in Jodorowsky's flicks. Several dozen flayed dog carcasses on crufixes, combustible dead rabbits, exploding iguanas and toads, decapitated sheep and goats, shot ravens, plus non-destructive cameos of lions, tigers, a bactrian camel (two humps) and a baby hippopotamus... The animal attrition was atrocious.

How did I manage smuggle these "masterpieces" into Singapore (at least 20% of the cast are naked in any given scene) without attracting attention is almost a bigger mystery than why the rabbits caught fire in El Topo.

These movies make the last half of my still all-time favorite out-there flick Deadman seem as predictable as The DaVinci Code.



Posted by: expat@large on Aug 09, 07 | 11:37 pm | Profile


El Topo. If it's 'about' anything it's about the search for meaning. That's the best I can do anyway. And the abundance of illicit substances around at the time of course.

Posted by: Dick on Aug 10, 07 | 12:56 pm

Well that explains it. The husband came home and lay on the couch gloating, and I wondered why. Got the blow by blow account of the chess games while brushing my cavities in the bathroom. He says you need more time (about 7 days) to plan your moves.

Posted by: Hairydonut2 on Aug 10, 07 | 6:34 pm

Dick: God forbid I'd have to look at them again to really be on the ball, but to me The Holy Mountain is certainly about search for meaning, for someone with authority, for guidance. The Jesus metaphors are laid on with several dozen trowels... Gurus, guides, mystics, oracles all with free advice while acolytes apostles, followers are eager to listen and to follow... turning shit into gold in a giant glass alembic.

And Jodorowsky's ego is so fucking big, he thinks he's got all them answers...

El Topo I saw rather as a search for power, mainly through achieving tasks - defeating this opponent, then this one, more the Hercules or Jason and Argonauts myth. Not sure what the golden fleece is though. Not that there weren't less than a billion Christ metaphors here too.

Oh, and I forgot the chimpanzee they (he) made climb a snow covered mountain...

HD2: I had a rush of blood as I moved in for the kill, x 2.

Posted by: expat@large on Aug 10, 07 | 7:27 pm

OK I'll accept that interpretation of El Topo. Series of tasks, killing off masters etc. as steps towards enlightenment. Jesus and the Argonauts stuff.

Holy Mountain is supposed to be based on Rene Daumal's 'Mount Analogue' if that helps.

Posted by: Dick on Aug 10, 07 | 11:55 pm

Didn't get your text yesterday so I'll assume you did shed a tear at my song. You big softie you. *grin*

Posted by: VirginPornStar on Aug 11, 07 | 11:10 am

Dick: No it doesn't.

VPS: point was if I was ever to go maudlin and teary over some formulaic commercial pop song, it would be over a song of a different vintage; in my case maybe Romeo & Juliet by Dire Straits, over and over and over and over.

"When we made love you used to cry
'I will love like the stars above
I'll love you till I die,'
You bitch you tore my heart out and ruined my chances of ever being happy in life again..."

Or words to that effect.

Posted by: expat@large on Aug 11, 07 | 5:31 pm

silly me..i left the hotels on an earlier post...did you already book?

Posted by: savannah on Aug 14, 07 | 6:41 am


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