What the hell is going on with Cars? There are no people – yet there are sidewalks. I never saw the first film so maybe I’m missing something but I’ve had a hard time wrapping my brain around the universe portrayed in it. Maybe I’m overanalyzing it, punching a dead horse, and whatever other cliché you can insert here but it’s wrong – on many levels. Finally I’ve concocted a theorem about Cars’ civilization:
A long time ago motor vehicles gained consciousness somehow and overtook humanity. Subdued, in a Matrix-like fashion, humans are now the fuel for the cars (one character mentions “fossil fuels” at some point). Very much like Motel Hell the humans are harvested, possibly living in a computer generated reality, and used as fuel. Why else would there be sidewalks in a civilization entirely populated by cars?
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Tagged Allinall, Augustus, Big Oil, Bruce Campbell, Cars 2, Disney, Eddie Izzard, Emily Mortimer, fossil fuels, Japan, Larry the Cable Guy, Lightning McQueen, Martin Heidegger, Mater, Michael Caine, Motel Hell, Orientalism, Owen Wilson, Pixar, post-apocalypse, post-apocalyptic, propaganda, Rome, sidewalks, Soylent Green, The Aeneid, The Matrix, The Question Concerning Technology, Virgil
Last week I was watching a copy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day I picked up on Blu-Ray (it looks great) and noticed this:
About a month or so ago when I watched Independence Day (a mistake I’ll never make again) I noticed the countdown clock on Jeff Goldblum’s computer also said 9:11. Now I’m not a conspiracy theory nut but I’ve noticed a great deal of September 11th imagery in films released prior to the attacks. Naturally, the numbers “9-1-1” have connotations in American society extending beyond these events from almost a decade ago (it’s the number we call in an emergency, which I’m assuming everybody knows) but I can’t help feeling those looking for surreptitious government plots are interesting, even if I don’t believe them. I’m sorry but I don’t believe in secret societies the same way some of these people online do and just because the internet is a free forum (for now) doesn’t mean your ideas hold any water. However, being the sick bastard I am sometimes, here are some of my favorite images from pre-9/11 films featuring allusions to September 11th.
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Tagged 9/11, Conspiracy theories, Conspiracy theory, Independence Day, Jean Baudrillard, Oliver Stone, Problem Child, September 11th 2001, Super Mario Brothers, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, terrorism, terrorist attacks, The Big Lebowski, The Matrix, The Running Man, United 93, World Trade Center, WTC