[Marxism] Color Out of Space | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Sat Jan 25 14:38:40 MST 2020
Based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, “Color Out of Space” opened
yesterday at the IFC Center in Manhattan and the Alamo Drafthouse in
Brooklyn. It was directed and co-written by Richard Stanley, a relative
of the man who said, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” The film stars
Nicholas Cage as Nathan Gardner, the head of a household that goes off
its rocker after a small meteorite lands near their rural home.
Unlike the more typical space invasion movie that pits such a family
against little green men with ray guns, the only threat to their
well-being is the odd clouds of colored light that have begun appearing
nearby. They have the effect of making food taste weird and inducing
strange behavior in human beings, such as Mrs. Gardner slicing off her
fingers while dicing carrots. It also makes their pet dog, plants, and
mother nature in general go off-kilter as well.
Cage, who is—as you must know by now—America’s greatest actor turns in a
scenery-chewing performance as a husband who ignores his children’s
warnings that things are getting weird. Even as the family starts
behaving like the Texas chainsaw murderer’s worst nightmare and flowers
start growing that look like they were painted by Salvador Dali on LSD,
he soldiers on.
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