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Idol Idiocracy
by Jeff Lurie

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The Leader of the Future

The Leader of the Future
Too often some movies are in and out of the theatre in the blink of an eye. They do not get a lot of attention, they do not get a lot of play and they are all too soon forgotten.

IDIOCRACY is one those movies. I am not necessarily calling this the CITIZEN KANE of modern day cinema. I am not even saying it is that well put together. The fact is the premise of the movie is far better than the actual execution done by the filmmakers of that premise.

The creation of the movie is from the brain of Mike Judge of Beavis and Butt-Head fame. His idea is a "what if" scenario. What if you took a modern day man and put them in a time capsule and had them wake up 1,000 years in the future? What would life be like? The movie starts out by showing how intelligent human beings are not reproducing as much and as fast as far less intelligent human beings. Through the years the far less intelligent human beings begin to catch up and eventually far outnumber humans of any intelligence at all. When Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) wakes up in the future, he finds that everything is geared to and run by morons. Literally. People sit in front of their multiple screen televisions watching wrestling and violent shows, the chair they are sitting on is a plush toilet so they do not have to get up to use the bathroom and their vocabulary and grammar has almost diminished entirely.

When Bauers ventures out into the world he finds mountains of garbage, broken buildings and people
Modern T.V. is Just a Step Away From This

Modern T.V. is Just a Step Away From This
trying to make sense of simple tasks. He finds that almost everything is sponsored by the fast food chain Carl's Jr. In one scenario he comes across a patron trying to purchase a food item from a Carl's Jr. ATM. The machine welcomes the patron by asking "would you like to try an order of BIG ASS FRIES!?" Where upon the patron replies "yes." The ATM does not give the patron his food and says "your account is now depleted, please come back when you can afford to make a purchase." Then the ATM asks "would you like to try another order of BIG ASS FRIES?" Bauers tries to make sense of it all and finally realizes he is in the future and that this is what the world has become. The President is a pro-wrestler and the culture's biggest problem is that they cannot figure out how to grow crops. When Bauers tells them that they need to pour water on the crops to get them to grow, they do not believe him and laugh at him, but they try it anyway. Of course things start to look up for the crops, which in turn, brings promise to the culture.

IDIOCRACY is done in a very comical way and is portrayed as pure humor. I propose looking at this movie in a totally different light. What if this movie, with everything the same minus the comical soundtrack and one-liners, was done as a dramatic presentation? What if this was a futuristic movie showing what the future could become? I really don't think it is that far fetched. Already as a society there are changes that give
This Just In...We Have Become Morons!

This Just In...We Have Become Morons!
one pause. It seems as if any new improvements now are to make life easier and by easier I do not mean when the dishwasher was invented or refrigeration. I mean, for lack of a better term, 'improvements' that encourage one to lay around on their ass as much as possible. These are not improvements, however, they allow people to become just that much more lazy. We do not need this. We especially do not need this at a time when obesity, education and violence are at frighteningly record levels. We need improvements and inventions to get us off our asses and out into the world to try and make it a better place.

In one scene they show an audience watching a movie called "Ass" and that's just what it is. It is a bare naked ass on the movie screen that farts every once in a while. The audience is in stitches over it and we are told that the movie won the Academy Award that year. This rang a little too close to home for me. I cannot tell you how many times in recent years I have been at the movies and have seen some truly horrible films, where I and maybe a few others just sat there while a lot of people were cracking up. I mean literally busting a gut. This scares the hell out of me to tell you the truth. I am not saying each film released needs to be the next PULP FICTION, but does almost every other movie being released these days need to be geared towards the lowest side of human intelligence? It just doesn't make any sense.

As I have said IDIOCRACY
I Wonder What the Exchange Rate Will Be on This?

I Wonder What the Exchange Rate Will Be on This?
is by no means the crème de le crème of motion pictures. It is not actually that good of movie to tell the truth. What it does have is a premise that really makes one think. It is too bad the filmmakers didn't do the film justice, because there was a lot more that could have been done.

Recently, the film WALL*E had the same sort of story as IDIOCRACY, it is a future in which humans have truly wrecked their home and have gotten fat and lazy while letting contraptions and mechanisms do everything for them. Good movie. However, I am hoping someone takes the ideas from IDIOCRACY and employs them into a serious film. There is a lot to learn from a film like this, in fact I don't even think a lot of people that watched this movie truly understood what it was all about. It was just another flick, and maybe, ultimately, that is what Judge was trying to do: make the idiot watching the idiots act like idiots. If that was the goal: achieved.

Hopefully we can learn from films such as these and heed the warning signs from it. I am not running around being a naysayer or anything like that. I am merely pointing out that in 2008 you can truly start to see where the seeds are being planted for a future that is shown in this movie and if we can be careful of what seeds we are planting we will be smart enough now to pour water on the crops we want and keep it from the ones we don't.



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Jeff Lurie
Skye enjoys telling people that while he rarely wears underwear, when he does it is usually something rare and exotic. Inspired by scaring circus clowns and random 80's movies, Skye has always had a passion for writing and the world of entertainment. He hopes that through his writing he will in turn inspire others or at the very least propel them into a life of mopping adult coin operated booths.


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