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Monday, August 22, 2005
A couple of interesting film facts

As my grey matter slowly transforms back into a solid state, now working on days, I caught some interesting banter on Jack FM, about a movie made (at least in part) by a UBC student, entitled The Corporation. The basic gist of the film was this. Since a corporation is legally treated the same as an individual, a pyschologist decided to profile characteristic of all these legal people, determining what typical character traits exist within the beast of the corporation.

The film's conclusions? Corporations, typically, are PSYCOPATHS. Insert looks of horror here. And when I say horror, I really mean...

TOLD YOU SO!

Not a big surprise to this satirical mind. Hell, 1/2 the corporations in America (and could be Canada too) take out life insurance on their own employees. They call it dead peasants insurance. Essentially, if you work for one of these companies, and die, the companies make money on the insurance, and none of you family sees a penny.

Makes this man

not look quite so bad.

Then it reminded me of something I wanted to post a while ago, though never had any kind of referring articles, but here's the basic idea.

There are lobby groups, south of our border, who are trying to stop (or at least slow down) the amount of smoking characters do in films.

The main argument is that Hollywood glamourizes the sickly habit by having many lead characters smoke.

The right wing establishment presented the argument that in the top ten grossing films, it is primarily the villains who smoke, and as such, is more of a deterrent as opposed to glamourization. Let us look at the facts, shall we...

TOP TEN GROSSING FILMS OF ALL TIME (US DOMESTIC)
1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. Shrek 2 (2004) $436,471,036
4. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459
5. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444
6. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375
7. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) $378,977,117
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $377,019,252
9. Spider-Man 2 (2004) $373,377,893
10. The Passion of the Christ (2004) $370,270,943

Let us see here. In Star Wars, Shrek 2, Star Wars: Episode I, Spider-Man, Star Wars: Episode III, Return of the King, Spider-Man 2, and the Passion of the Christ, only one character smokes. J. Jonah Jamieson. And he is neither a villain nor a hero, merely a nuisance. As for Titanic, many characters smoke, so I call that one a draw. 1-1. And E.T., well the only one I remember smoking was the little alien himself, while drunk. Let's see, that's 2-1 against the right wing.

Then again, it might be worldwide.

TOP TEN GROSSING FILMS OF ALL TIME (WORLDWIDE)
1. Titanic (1997) $1,835,300,000
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $1,129,219,252
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) $968,600,000
4. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $922,379,000
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $921,600,000
6. Jurassic Park (1993) $919,700,000
7. Shrek 2 (2004) $880,871,036
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) $866,300,000
9. Finding Nemo (2003) $865,000,000
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $860,700,000

Well, the conservatives win this round. We lose ET, and they gain Jurassic Park, whose lawyer smoked. Not that it's focused on past the carnivourous rampage. But still, very few of these films have smokers, which leads me to believe, what do the idiots in power want to hide?

It's simple. All this glamourization doesn't encourage people to smoke. We start smoking as kids (well, typically), because of peer pressure. The fact that only adults can legally do it, and peer pressure, keeps the tobacco industry alive. What the advertising and glamourization does is simple. It keeps us from quitting. I had many failed attempts at quitting before being truly successful this past January (now 7 1/2 months tobacco free). But I remember watching Reservoir Dogs, who, by Dubya standards are all bad guys, smoking, and it ignited the urge to smoke when I had quit, or at least started down the path, and another attempt to stop was squashed.

The solution is simple. Keep people from even starting. The tobacco industry is the most pyschotic of all. They make money legally by killing people.
neolithic pondered at 23:34
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