Jezreel Leung presents LaaF15...
The Psychology of the Action Hero
and its Fade via Sequelitis
The First Cut Is the Deepest
Sunday, July 26, 2009
ABSTRACT: Abstract: Summer's the time for popcorn flicks! You don't care what you watch; you just bought a movie ticket for the air conditioning! So what's playing? Mindless entertainment. Big spectacle and cheesy dialogue. Something advertised as the "#1 action-packed explosive nonstop thrill ride of the summer that will leave you breathless and hanging on the edge of your seat." Action movies are just dumb fun, right? Wrong. John Rambo, Martin Riggs, Alex Murphy, Paul Kersey, John McClane, Max Rockatansky, Rocky Balboa, Sarah Connor. These are the names of '70s and '80s action heroes who, along with others of their era, dealt with real psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal tendencies, alcoholism, paranoia, depression, insanity, and identity crisis. Against all odds, their initial movies found commercial success. But that only led to a boom of "bigger and better" sequels, of which many quickly did away with their heroes' flaws, instead giving audiences all-prevailing wisecrackers who handily solved all (psychological) problems with a gun. The July LaaF lecture will pay homage to the first films of major action series and reassert their excellence that has been tarnished by their successors. The lecture will be followed by a screening of the first Rambo film, First Blood, which is actually a lot better than you think.
SPEAKER BIO: Peering down over the depths of Jezreel's random movie knowledge is frightening to most, but LaaF has been richly blessed by the contributions of this humble, well-dressed scholar of depressing history, video games, WWI trench poetry and other odds and ends. Frequently found wearing some sort of hat or leading small group, Jez's renown has recently been extended to China.Â
Film: First Blood (1982)
Food: Loriel's home-cookin'
When: Sunday, July 26, 2009
JULIE'S LAST LaaF!
Where: Loriel's Apartment
(photo by the illustrious fashion photographer JonYip)