During rehearsals, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton found out that they both hated the new Volkswagen Beetle with a passion, and for the scene where Tyler and The Narrator are hitting cars with baseball bats, Pitt and Norton insisted that one of the cars be a Beetle.
As Norton explains on the DVD commentary, he hates the car because the Beetle was one of the primary symbols of 60s youth culture and freedom. However, the youth of the 60s had become the corporate bosses of the 90s, and had repackaged the symbol of their own youth, selling it to the youth of another generation as if it didn’t mean anything.
Both Norton and Pitt felt that this kind of corporate selling out was exactly what the film was railing against, hence the inclusion of the car; “It’s a perfect example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing its youth culture to us. As if our happiness is going to come by buying the symbol of their youth movement, even with the little flower holder in the plastic molding. It’s appalling to me. I hate it.”
You know how a bird
held captive for too long
approaches an open cage slowly
as if unsure of their freedom
before taking off without looking back?
Life seems so full of those moments.
- Pavana पवन
Politicians might not understand the finer points of net neutrality, but they have heard of Facebook, Google and Microsoft.
That’s why over 100 of the biggest tech companies in the world banded together on Wednesday to send a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The agency is currently debating net neutrality regulations, which many fear will allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to arbitrarily hike up their prices. Theoretically, these telecoms would be able to offer a tiered service to websites, charging them more money for faster service.
Barbara  - Set in 1980 of the country side of East Germany. Barbara is a doctor who was sent to the small country hospital after applying for the exit visa to leave the godforsaken communist state…
my favorite scene of this great movie involves the famous painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by the Dutch painter named Rembrandt
Andre- I’d like to go to The Hague. That’s where the Rembrandt is. Didn’t you notice anything? The painting. The man lying there is Aris Kindt. He’s just been hanged for theft. It’s Doctor Tulp giving the anatomy lesson.
Barbara- They should have cut open the abdomen first. But they dissected the left hand instead. There’s a mistake. The hand is wrong. It’s the opposite one. It’s the right hand and it’s too large.
Andre- I don’t think Rembrandt made a mistake. You see the atlas? It’s an anatomy atlas. They’re all staring at it. He is, he is, they all are. And the hand is painted like a depiction in the atlas. Rembrandt includes something that we can’t see, only they can: the depiction of the hand. Due to this mistake we no longer look through the doctor’s eyes. We see him, Aris Kindt. The victim. We are with him, not with them.
Just finished watching the documentary called Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry.
This man is another great example of how can a simple idea can spark a catalysis affect within people to demand change & justice against the machine.
That happens to be the biggest that to the Chinese communist party because their propaganda is useless to those who have awoken.
Also the Jasmine revolution/Arab spring have all started with the idea which then toppled several tyranny regimes by the people. That’s the power of idea and people.
Lastly I hope Liu Xiaobo will be freed from the prison. He’s the winner of Nobel peace prize of 2010.
A writer who demanded justice, freedom, and change for the corrupted Chinese official’s policies is currently imprisoned.
power to the people.
Yes, I am an American. The “gun culture” thing is greatly exaggerated by the foreign press. In Europe the aristocracy had guns ostensibly for hunting, a pastime reserved for the wealthy, while guns were kept out of the hands of the poorer classes. We have guns in the U.S. because no rich man has ever dared take them from us.
'Maybe it’s impossible for a man like you to understand. But having a respect for my life, a desire for freedom, and an unyielding love for that belief means I can see past any doubts I may have. Putting my life on the line is not just the only thing I can do, Dom. It’s the right thing.'
Such an amazing movie
Welcome to the land of freedom.