As a left-handed bass player it is already hard to find a 4-string bass to your liking, yet alone if you want a six string bass guitar or even an guitar/bass hybrid like the Fender Bass VI.
Thank god for crowdfunding, because niche products can finally find its audience. Eastwood Guitars just happens to make a replica of the Shergold Marathon 6 string-bass A bass used by my favourite bass player of all time, Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order). AND they made a version for left-handed persons.
In short: I bought my first six-string bass guitar, of course I bought it in black.
In Season 6 episode 3 of Bojack Horseman a huge company (cleverly named Whitewhale) is buying up companies. In this episode Diane is reporting about the dark underbelly of America. The company is asking her and her partner to write more feel-good stories. Next episode Diane is interviewing two women with a starting company about dolls that are meant to empower young girls. When Diane is asking about the recycling process the women respond that they are just bought by Whitewhale and the production company is moving to a low-income country for cheaper labor and they don’t know how anything about the new recycling process.
After the ‘ feel-good episode’ the company that Diane is working for is being bought by Whitewhale. She is set on making Whitewhale pay and starts to investigate a case of a murder in a warehouse owned by Whitewhale. Soon she meets a female journalist with an eyepatch cleverily referencing Moby Dick. The White whale in the story of Moby Dick is uncatcheable just like this huge company.
Mister Whitewale wants to meet up with Diane and when she arrives he already knows what she has been up to. Diane confronts him with the murder in a warehouse, Mister Whitewale confesses that he killed him and he doesn’t even care if the camera is rolling, because he said that a bill has passed that billionaires are allowed to murder. Diane cleverely responds that it first has to be accepted by other parties and the president can revoke it. Mister Whitewall responds: ” If you want to do something about it, just make a billion dollars and murder me,”
Often I look for new dystopian movies to watch and this one piqued my interest a couple of weeks ago. On the back of the DVD cover, Jean-Luc Godard (the director of the movie) is quoted saying that a story only needs a girl and a gun. And that is the essence of the movie, because when you remove all the dystopia it’s really just a film-noir with a gorgeous femme fatale and a man in a trenchcoat waving his gun around.
Of course Alphaville is also a dystopian thriller at heart. In short, the main character Lemmy Caution is on a mission to destroy Alphaville and its controlling computer Alpha 60. Love, poetry and emotion are forbidden and considered illogical in the city. And get this, people acting illogically are being executed in a swimming pool by beautiful girls and this is all supervised by supposedly higher officials of Alphaville.
An amazing aspect of the film is that no fancy special effects or futuristic decors are being used to bring the dystopian world of Alphaville to life. That is quite an achievement and I think they really nailed the vibe.
I appreciate certain parts of Alphaville like the setting, vibe and the fact that is not a fancy sci-fi flick. Personally I think the story and the ending falls a bit flat and doesn’t leave an lasting impression on me. I haven’t seen any other Godard movies and haven’t read anything besides him dating the actress, but that could explain the rather lackluster ending.
This is not a review, because I think that Alphaville is a film that gets better every single time I will watch it. So, until next time!
I’m a big fan of dystopian/cyberpunk movies such as Blade Runner, Dark City, Akira and Ghost in The Shell. I’m on a quest to watch as much cyberpunk related stuff and I noticed that Japanese shows tend to dabble in the cyberpunk genre more often than western shows and a bit better as far as I am concerned. After a few clicks I stumbled on Serial Experiments: Lain and I bought the blu-ray and watched it within two days.
One quick remark after watching it
This 90’s anime series is more scary to watch in this day and age than it probably was twenty years ago. SE: Lain predicts and depicts the thin line between the real world and the internet (In SE: Lain it is called the Wired). The side characters including her classmates and her father are warning Lain not to see the fake world as the real world. The show has definitely a 90’s vibe in computer technology in the use of many wires and big computer systems, not really representative of this time, but the themes in the show hit way harder now.
Definitely an interesting watch and it feels like something that could grow with multiple viewings. Maybe I get back to some of the themes of the show in another blog. First I need to process of all it.