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Prompted a disorienting flashback to the ultra conservative, Evangelical run, regional West Texas haunted houses of my youth; i.e. 7 year-old children dipping their hands into bowls filled with a melange of stitched steer eyes, raw eggs and jello while an adult tells them abortion is a sin and abstinence is a virtue—a far more horrifying experience than this Stetson hat tip and do-si-doe-eyed curtesy to small town haunted house culture.
“We are all unreliable narrators...to say that someone is an unreliable narrator doesn’t mean that they don’t give you a way into the story. A way of seeing the story. Perhaps the more unreliable the narrator is, the more interesting and the greater insight you have into the story that’s being told. I believe a lot of what Joanna tells me...” —Errol Morris
I absolutely loved this but if you're not acquainted with the magical realism of brown-red people, have not devoured at least one of Jodorowsky's books nor appreciated at least one of his films, do not know what the Theosophical Society is, and/or reside outside of the esoteric art circles of Mexico, LA, and Paris you will not understand Psychomagic – it is rooted in the Indigenous shamanism of Mexico, hybridized with magical realism, and branded by AJ.
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I rewatch this every so often because Zizek is as close as I’ll get to having Hegel and Marx hang with me on the couch while sanding and waxing my raw notions about beloved films in a most entertaining psycho-cosmo-analytical manner.
I don’t mind that his peers find his arguments unsustainable and problem heavy without solutions - in fact, it’s nice to listen to thought provoking commentary without the stifling weight of omniscient dissections and definitive conclusions.