Friday, September 04, 2009

Adam Curtis & the Boomers: 'It Felt Like a Kiss'

Curse you, Auntie Beeb and your geo-locking ways. My favorite documentarian, Adam Curtis has his own blog. And a new documentary / media experience that charts the American Dream from the 60s thru the 80s.

But you don't get to even see "It Felt Like a Kiss" if you live in the country that is the show. Bollocks.

Well, at least the Charlie Brooker & the Guardian have a preview, and bright young things can find the film elsewhere.


You could call this 'A young person's primer to the inside of a Boomer mind.' You could... And I don't think the inclusion of the Dust Brothers' Fight Club OST was by accident.

If this is the inside of a Boomer's mind, no wonder most of 'em are all talk and no do.

I don't remember these things. Not my generation, too young.

But if I did I'd probably be traumatized. GenX'ers, even olds like me only really got the fuzzy edge of the Cold War. So say my parents as well.

Maybe this explains the broken record spiel of the Boomers, always out to save the world but never getting around to it. Scared of failure. Failing by inaction.

I don't know why the Boomers are all polar-ballistic against Truthers, Birthers an the like. They had the whole Kennedy[s] thing with the Warren Commission, one bullet theory, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, etal. How the hell else are folks supposed to wrap their arms around a national trauma?

Not by listening to Glenn Beck and his ilk, that's for sure.

'Narratives' are very fragile. Remember this 10 years from now. And 10 years after that.

Even though this is the most recent thing Adam Curtis has made, it really comes off as a prequel to The Power of Nightmares. --and is a lot more coarse / brusque to Americans.

Even so, I think every American should see The Power of Nightmares. So go get it. []

...along with most of his documentaries, at

For the lazy, here are all the documentary intros on Youtube.

Thank me later. And if you're a Y, for Ghod's sake teach your Boomer parents how to move a mouse.

-Mentok out.

"Fight Club: Original Motion Picture Score" (The Dust Brothers)

"Then He Kissed Me" (Crystals)

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