Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Dystopia Tuesday!

Today marks the long-awaited DVD release of Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" a film which could be the companion piece to Alfonso Cuaron's incredible world-gone-infertile "Children of Men", another dystopian movie which you should have already seen by now.

"Idiocracy" stars Luke Wilson as an average-joe army grunt who is drafted for a year-long military cyrogenic experiment that lasts 499 years longer than he expected. He awakens to an America that has devolved into a nation of slang-spouting imbeciles and, by default, becomes the smartest person in the world.

After the success of "Office Space" and "King of the Hill", you'd think that Judge would have some clout, but his latest satire is infamous for being swept under the rug by 20th Century Fox's abysmal and virtually nonexistent marketing campaign. Only released in 125 theaters (amazingly, none of them in New York) "Idiocracy" was met with mixed reviews and only grossed a mere $438,653.

Was the advertising squashed because the studio was afraid of offending potential ticket-buyers? Or was it because the movie skewers corporatism (future Starbucks franchises offer lattes and handjobs), anti-intellectualism, and Fox News?

I haven't seen "Idiocracy" yet, so I can't vouch for the quality of the film, but I'm a huge fan of Judge's work. I would have skipped work to buy a copy as soon as the stores opened, but I have to earn money and shit.

Oh please please please I hope it's funny...


PS Oh, and there will be new and frequent toons coming, so calm down.