I went and saw the movie Idiocracy last night. It’s written & directed by Mike Judge, the guy who made Bevis & Butthead and King of the Hill. This is a fugging amazing movie. The review I’ve linked to (click the title of this article or the word “link” below) is much better than I’m gonna be able to write. The basic plot is that the most average guy in America gets put to sleep for 500 years as part of an Army experiment. He wakes up to find that he is the smartest person in the world. It’s a great, dumb/funny movie. What’s a true shame is that the film seems to be deliberately being buried by Fox, the studio that made it. They’re almost going out of their way to ensure that no one even knows about it. The film was made 2 years ago and is only just now getting out. There is no advertising at all and it wasn’t even screened for critics. While the lack of screenings for critics is usually a sign that a film sucks, this is not the case here. In fact I’ve seen very few reviews that were not positive, even glowing. I can only assume the film’s burial must be due to pressure from the companies the film parodies. Judge must have secured their permission. But they must have been appalled at the results. Being unable to recind their permission, they instead put the screws to Fox to make sure as few people as possible saw the movie. That’s my theory anyway.
I enjoy dumb movies the way I enjoy dumb Zen. Maybe instead of Hardcore Zen, I ought to have made a book called Stupid Zen. But not Zen for Dummies (have they done one of those yet?). I studied under a teacher whose dharma name is “The Way of Stupidity” after all.
Remember Zazen tomorrow morning at the Hill Street Center in Santa Monica. Details are on the link to your right.