HULK SAW MIRANDA JULY’S “THE FUTURE” FOR YOU

August 26, 2011

TONIGHT, HULK SAW THE LAST SCREENING OF MIRANDA JULY’S “THE FUTURE” AT HULK’S LOCAL CINEMA BEFORE IT DISAPPEARED FOR GOOD. HULK NO KNOW WHY HULK TOOK SO LONG. HULK MEANT SEE IT WHEN FIRST COME OUT, BUT TIME GOT AWAY FROM HULK (THIS ACTUALLY VERY PERTINENT TO THE THEMES OF MOVIES SO IT KIND OF FUNNY AND KIND OF TRAGIC ONCE YOU SEEN IT).  THE THEATER ACTUALLY FULL OF PEOPLE WHO DID SAME EXACT THING AND RECOGNIZED LAST CHANCE. SO WHAT HULK THINK?

HULK LOVED IT.

THERE THIS WEIRD THING ABOUT MIRANDA JULY AND HOW LOTS OF PEOPLE DISMISS HER WORK AS QUAINT HIPSTERDOM. FIRST OFF, REFERRING TO SOMETHING AS HIPSTER NOT ACTUALLY MEAN ANYTHING BUT THAT A WHOLE SEPARATE COLUMN HULK GONNA DO SOMEDAY. BUT THE INTENTION TO MEAN THERE NO SUBSTANCE OR VALUE TO THE FILM AND IT ALL ABOUT THE WHIMSY OR SOMETHING.

THAT ASSUMPTION COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG.

THE FUTURE ONE OF HULK’S FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE YEAR.

IT DEEPLY RESONANT. IT PRESENTS LARGE CONCEPTS, METAPHORS, SYMBOLS, ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY, AND THE HUMAN HEART. AT TIMES IT SHOWCASES PURE OBSERVATIONALISM, BOTH SKEWERING AND ADORING OUR MODERN TECHNOCRACY OR OUR TEPID CONNECTION TO THE EARTH. AND AT OTHER TIMES IT WILLING TO DIVE HEADLONG INTO GRAND GESTURES OF SURREALISM. EVEN IF IT SEEMS ALOOF, IT’S HONESTY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS CAN CUT TO BONE.

TO SOME, IT MAY NOT BE READILY APPARENT. IT MAY SEEM COMPLETELY RANDOM: AWKWARD SEXUAL DANCE ROUTINES. A LITTLE GIRL BURYING HERSELF. ZACH MORRIS-LIKE TIME STOPPAGES. A TALKING MOON. A CAT NARRATING ITS HOPES FOR ADOPTION AND THE TITULAR “FUTURE.”

BUT IN TRUTH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE MOMENTS HAVE DEEP-TISSUE MEANING. A MEANING THAT CONNECTS TO FAMILIAR REAL-LIFE PROBLEMS OR UNIVERSAL TROPES. LIKE THE GIRL BURYING HERSELF? SHE A YOUNG GIRL WITH FATHER DATING SOME NEW WOMAN. SHE DEMANDS SECRECY FROM THE NEW WOMAN ABOUT HER INTENTIONS WHILE DIGGING THE HOLE. SHE PLACES HERSELF IN IT UP TO HER NECK. THEN THE FATHER SMILES AND SAYS TO THE NEW WOMAN TO JUST LEAVE HER BE. WHAT THIS CRAZINESS MEAN? IT MEAN SHE A YOUNG GIRL WHO EMOTIONALLY “BURYING HERSELF” IN REBELLION AND THE PASSIVE FATHER. AND HE JUST LETTING HER AS HE GO BRINGS THE NEW WOMAN INSIDE THE HOUSE. IT SOMETHING WE SEE IN THE DIVORCED KID/NEW MOM RELATIONSHIP A THOUSAND TIMES OVER. HERE? IT JUST A TREMENDOUSLY FUNNY SYMBOL. THESE SORTS OF THINGS ALL THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE.

YEAH, TO SEE IT MAY TAKE A LITTLE WORK. IT MAY TAKE SOME APPRECIATION OF SEMIOTICS. AND THAT MAY NOT BE YOUR THING. BUT IF YOU MAYBE WANT IT TO BE YOUR THING, TO TRY AND GO A LITTLE FILM-SCHOOLY ON THIS SHIT, THEN HULK SAY THE FUTURE MIGHT BE GOOD PLACE TO START. WATCH IT AND THINK ABOUT THIS STUFF. IT COULD BE REALLY GREAT EXPERIENCE. AND IT NOT GOING TO BE SOME BORING INTELLECTUAL EXERCISE BECAUSE THE FILM OFTEN HILARIOUS.

THE PROBLEM THAT IT PROBABLY NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA. IT NO LONGER IN HULK’S AND HULK IN MAJOR MARKET (HULK SHOULD HAVE NOT LET TIME SLIP AWAY).

SO TRY THE SAME THING WITH MIRANDA JULY’S PREVIOUS FILM ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW. HULK LOVE THAT FILM TOO AND THERE MANY OF THE SAME KINDS OF DEVICES. READ HER BOOKS. READ HER POETRY (ALTHOUGH HONESTLY HULK LOVE HER MOVIES THE MOST).

MIRANDA JULY A REMARKABLE ARTIST.

HULK GET UP HERE AND TALK ABOUT SCREENWRITING 101 AND BLOCKBUSTERS AND STUFF ALL THE TIME, BUT IF YOU CARE ABOUT ART IN ANY FORM. IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT FILM. CHECK OUT THE WORK OF MIRANDA JULY.

IT THE REAL DEAL.

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11 Responses to “HULK SAW MIRANDA JULY’S “THE FUTURE” FOR YOU”

  1. Bevin said

    I haven’t heard of her before but I’ll add her to my list. Thanks for the recommendation, this sounds interesting.

  2. hulk you do realise that the ability to just drop guard, and speak openly and lucidly about any film shows a true, human spirit unassailed by things that most people create as walls (i hate my job, MY GIRLFRIEND, what if im gay?) that they will instantly think of when they watch a film that commands more than 5% of their attention. i have a housemate who just talks on the phone through every film we watch and i just dont get it. does he, maybe, when driving to work, stop to regard a cloud floating precariously, ephemerally against the backdrop of the sky and think: “damn, thats incredible. the fact that several base elements that pervade our universe have coalesced ’round a giant fucking space rock and in time given to emerge with my own consciousness, everything i’ve ever felt and known”?

    he so doesn’t think these things and nor do i but when a Film does Things about feelings and Time (like everyone hates lost in translation because “Nothing Happens” even though it is literally the most beautiful personification of Ennui and Longing and Self Discovery ever, a thing that again 99% of us experience on a daily basis (apart from self discovery because now we are just fleshy shells who like objects and trinkets). Like, I watched tarkovskys stalker with the old lady yesterday and yes it was slow but it that bit where stalker-dude is totally tripping out by the river and theres all this biblical allegory about a great sky of fire and the collapse of western civilisation and Artifacts Discarded In The Mud and all this shit but it makes the mind soar, soar, soar far past what, as animals, we should reserve ourselves away to.

    HULK i dont know what im saying. i’m really drunk but i just want you to know that I understand. I get what youre saying. i want a Film Dude to watch things with. good reviews. thanks

  3. Phillip said

    Me just trip over this review on Wonder World of Web. Hulk got style. Me like. Miranda got style too. Me like. Hulk carry on.

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