Daily Archives: 04/02/2012

Get your ass to Mars!

Total Recall

Total Recall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, it’s not a late April Fool’s joke.  They really have remade “Total Recall” with Colin Farrell in the lead role.  Here’s a trailer for you to have a gander at…

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And remarkably, friends and fellow nerds, it doesn’t look that bad.  In fact, it looks like a fairly pacy, well-designed slice of future frolics (albeit one where the industrial design appears to be taking notes from the choices made by BioWare with the “Mass Effect” series)

The advanced word on this remake is that it won’t, as my title alludes to, being visiting the Angry Red Planet and confines its action to a more Phillip K Dick-friendly Earth (I’m pretty sure that Dick’s original short story doesn’t have much room for the kind of martial arts, multiple-takedown whuppings handed out by Farrell’s confused everyman in this trailer, however).

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There’s lots of action, whizzy future cars, Kate Beckinsale being bad, Jessica Biel handing out smackdowns and enough gadgets to make Jason Bradbury go all funny.  Not quite as deliciously OTT as the classic Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger collaboration of 1990, but then what is?   Something tells me that director Len Wiseman doesn’t have it in him to go that all-out and transgressive (boy, the original film was absurdly violent…) but I’m a bit more interested in seeing this than I was.

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Echoes of Sophie Lancaster

Back in the day, whenever I would read reports of teenage rock fans being singled out in public for their mode of attire or long hair,  I confess that I used to roll my eyes and picture archetypal middle-class teens merely finding impediments to social inclusion and adopting tribal tropes which they would grow out of in good time.

Yep, still from that episode of "Skins". Cheers, E4...

Then, of course, I read about the case of Sophie Lancaster and I began to get very pissed off indeed.

It would appear that whilst reports of metalheads, goths and alternative kids being beaten up by gangs of teen peers purely on the basis of their dress/music preference are thankfully rare, they are by no means a thing of the past.

Take this story, brought to my attention by the splendid Femetalism blog – Teenage Metal fan beaten up by gang of 15 youths.  There’s no justification for that kind of thuggery, and I find it hard to believe that one teenage metalhead could present that much of a threat to a gang of similarly aged kids.  

Did I miss some act of Parliament or obscure by-law whereby it’s now perfectly acceptable to beat the crap out of people based on some spurious hatred of the music that they listen to?  It occurs to me that whenever I walk through my city centre on a Saturday afternoon and see black-clad, colourfully attired, metal/goth/alternative kids hanging together in groups, what I might once have seen as youthful camaraderie and conventional teenage social behaviour might have not a little to do with the idea of safety in numbers.

This wasn’t the case in my youth – you might get a cat-call or two of “Mosher!” or “Sweaty!” from the Ben Sherman/Ralph Lauren-shirted hive-mind who despoiled the Scarborough town centre of my teen years but there was never any sense of being attacked or facing physical assault from a gang.  Glibly, I’d attribute that to my being six foot two and wearing an Anthrax “Among the Living” shirt, but appearances deceive, of course – if somebody wanted to attack me, I’d be so nonplussed that the first punches would have landed before I was able to work up the gumption to run.

Let’s summarise this, shall we?  Metal is pretty harmless, in the grand scheme of things.  Dressing in band shirts, black boots and jeans or cyber-goth wear presents no threat to anybody other than self-appointed fashionistas (who can, frankly, get a real job).  

Thuggery is unacceptable, no matter how much mainstream pop culture might glamourize it.

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