Johnnymelodica embarks on a journey of enlightenment, exploring the archetype of the Zen Assassin Monk alongside the enigmatic Stranger of auteur Jim Jarmusch’s minimalist Spanish noir “The Limits of Control (2009),” finds himself in a strange city with Bill Murray’s semi-autobiographical character Bob Harris in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation (2003),” and ‘gets the friendship thing going’ with Bob Wiley (Murray) and Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) in Frank Oz’s hilarious and unsettling study of the doctor-patient relationship, “What About Bob (1991).”
In his weekly radio show Cinematalk (Sundays 4-5pm), Johnnymelodica waxes philosophical, tracing the rise and fall of ideas through music, literature, and film.
This week, he looks at modern ennui in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and the myth of Sisyphus, and examines various responses to it – the financial Darwinism of Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gecko in Wall Street (1987), the dystopian pessimism of George Lucas’s THX 1138 (1971), Huxley’s Brave New World, and Richard Matheson’s I am Legend, and finally the poetic optimism of Robin Williams’ John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society (1989). In the end, a certain hobbit has the last word.
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