Sunday, September 23, 2007

CARNICERIA

Are we blind or do you just close your eyes?

Slaughterhouse: The Task Of Blood is substantially more shocking than any horror film you'll see in a while. Quite topical as the country finds itself once more in the grip of another farm crisis: foot and mouth disease (again) and the disturbingly named bluetongue. This mad cow's mind boggles about that one.

A personal comment about this horrifying documentary: my own misanthropy isn't so much enflamed by the actions of any given individual, but rather our grubby human institutions and the way we organise our overbearing, arrogant, ugly selves together to carry out this and other dirty work.

8 comments:

flora_mundi said...

i've been trying to stick to a diet whereby i don't eat anything i wouldn't feel comfortable killing myself. things like this remind me why.

Thomas Transparent said...

William, this reminds me that I haven't heard your opinions on last year's film version of of 'Fast Food Nation' (and its attendant gruesome river-of-guts finale.) What with that scene, and the acting debut of Avril Lavigne, there's something to set off almost everyone's gag reflex.

William Bennett said...

I haven't seen it, Thomas; while I very much enjoyed the book, was discouraged by the online reviews and the film's attendant dramatised approach, would you say it's worth a viewing?

joseph said...

there is a whole litany of reasons i can offer when i'm asked why i don't eat meat; one of them, my refusal to put money into the pockets of the people who staff and own the industry, was certainly reinforced by watching this film. i would also strongly recommend the early '80s documentary 'the animals', which features a robert wyatt soundtrack and which has recently (finally!) been issued on dvd.

Thomas Transparent said...

In response to the above, yes, the dramatic rendering of the 'Fast Food Nation' book can get very very awkward at times; if you were discouraged by the reviews I'll probably just end up mirroring them if I start picking out all the myriad flaws. Seems like it would be a good shock for teens out for a Friday night at the theater- but if you've read two or three books on conspicuous consumption and 1st world apathy, then only the actual 'kill floor' scenes would be truly effective.

Sounds like the 'Slaughterhouse' doc you've mentioned is far and away the more convincing of the two- I'll get down to watching this when I'm in an absolutely unflappable mood, any mood lower on the scale than that will probably cause me to go ranting at everyone for days on end!

Fat said...

Dirty work eh? How are you all getting on with your synthetic footwear? I can remember "The Animals" film being shown on Channel Four in the UK when the channel launched and the turmoil it caused in this teenagers brain especially as I had spent the preceding years following Crass and their ilk which was funded by working after school in a local butchers shop. The next time Messrs. Bennett and Best put on a pop concert in your local town hall I hope you all walk to the show in your plastic boots, fueled on a diet of rabbit food and roadkill.... and make sure your rabbit food is cultivated on land which has not been raped.

joseph said...

quite right. far better to wallow than put forth any effort at all.

Jeff said...

Trying to find ones natural flow with everything, appreciating the allness of it, yet being or feeling unable to stop your participation in some aspect of its distastefulness, its agony. It's a tricky gnosis.