Back when I was in high school, nothing was more amusing and frustrating to me than when I got in a war of insults with one of my peers (the 80s teen equivalent of a "rap battle"), and whenever I came up with what I felt was a really witty slam, like this line from Time Bandits:
"You are mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence!"
... they usually came back with something juvenile like:
"You say you're a big fat ugly what?"
So I was working on a blog about the early exploitation films and how they seemed to favor depicting acts of violence against women.
While poring over YouTube's extensive video catalog for specific scenes from movies that illustrate my point, I came across Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs in its entirety, and decided to skim through to the more controversial scenes so that I might analyze them better for my blog.
I was nine years old when Straw Dogs was first released in 1972, and I remember a bit of controversy swirling around the film due to it's excessive violence. The moral outrage seems almost laughable now, especially considering the extreme nature of current exploitation films, which make Peckinpah's Straw Dogs look like a Disney movie.
Case in point--Hobo With a Shotgun.
Two years ago, I posted a video review of Hobo With a Shotgun that actually upset a small core of the film's half-witted fanboys. I was even the subject of a podcast segment which sought to diminish me as a critic and thinker rather than address the actual points I made about the film. Whatever the case, I still haven't gotten around to finishing the original blog about exploitation and violence against women, so while I wrap that one up, here my original video essay about Hobo With a Shotgun, complete with graphic screen captures from the film. Enjoy ... or don't enjoy. No skin off my teeth either way.
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The doctors have a name for it: confabulation. The filling in gaps in memory by unconstrained fabrication.
In the latter half of the 19th Century, there was this Russian psychiatrist named Sergei Sergeyevich Korsakov observed this behavior in chronic alcoholics. Most often, these patients resorted to imagination to compensate for irregular memory loss and impaired ability to acquire new information.
The phenomenon is called Korsakov's psychosis.
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