September 24th, 2004

breaking bad

Code 46

A few weeks ago I was saying how I hated Science Fiction romance, in fact that the very concept was repulsive. I went to see Code 46 last night, and I thought the SF and the love story fitted together well. It's a low budget film, directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Tim Robbins (whom I adore) and Samantha Morton (who I also like). The story is a bleaker version of 'Lost in Translation' kinda. Slow in the same way that film is.

Oh, and there's a good joke in it. they are in a karaoke bar, and someone starts singing 'Should I Stay or Should I Go', which seems a bit heavy-handed. Then the camera pans over, and it's Mick Jones from The Clash singing! I laughed out loud, but alas no-one else in the cinema did, so I felt like a twit.

I think a good thing about non-realist fiction is that it can develop and concretise metaphor, and so deal more freely with subjects that are important to us. This was a good example of that. The film used SF devices to explore metaphors of sex and love.
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Just drawing friends attention to a new community called shortform which discusses short stories. A good feature is that many of the stories are available online (legally) so you can read them quickly at the same time as the review. The bias of the community is towards SF and fantasy, but its not exclusive.