THX 1138

Posted: October 8, 2011 in Art Book, Entertainment, Movie Poster, Movies, Robot, Science, Sex

THX 1138 is a 1971 science fiction film directed by George Lucas in his directorial debut. The film is based on a screenplay by Lucas and Walter Murch. It stars Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence and depicts a dystopian future in which the populace is controlled through android police officers and mandatory use of drugs that suppress emotion, including sexual desire.

THX 1138 was the first feature-length film directed by Lucas, developed from his 1967 student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which he made in 1967 while attending the University of Southern California. This short film was itself based on a one and a quarter page treatment of an idea by Matthew Robbins. The feature film was produced in a joint venture between Warner Brothers and Francis Ford Coppola’s new production company, American Zoetrope. A novelization by Ben Bova was published in 1971.

In an underground city of the future, sexual intercourse is outlawed and use of mind-altering drugs is mandatory. Narcotics are critical both in maintaining compliance among the city’s residents and also for ensuring their ability to conduct dangerous and demanding tasks for long periods of time. The inhabitants worship a godlike being known as “OMM 0910”, with whom they commune in telephone booth-like areas known as “Unichapels”. At their jobs, SEN 5241 (Donald Pleasence) and LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie) keep surveillance on the city and field questions (mostly about proper drug intake).

THX 1138 (Robert Duvall) works in a factory producing androids that function as police officers. The work is hazardous as it requires handling explosive and radioactive material. THX’s female roommate, LUH, becomes disillusioned and makes a conscious decision to break the law and stop taking her drugs. She subsequently secretly substitutes inactive pills for THX’s medications. As the drug’s effects wear off, THX finds himself experiencing authentic emotions and sexual desire for the first time.

At first conflicted and nauseated, he eventually connects with LUH. Knowing that their relationship is illegal, THX must decide whether to return to using the prescribed drugs, or escape with LUH. He knows that he will not be able to function without his drugs while at his demanding job, but he does not want to lose what he has created with LUH. They consider an escape to the “superstructure,” where they hope to be able to live in freedom.

THX is confronted by SEN. Using his position as LUH’s superior, he changes her shift. SEN admits that he wants THX as his new roommate. THX files a complaint against SEN for the illegal shift change. Without drugs in his system, THX falters during critical and hazardous phases of his job. The city’s authorities discover THX’s and LUH’s crimes of sexual intercourse and drug evasion (Because of a bureaucratic error, THX is briefly “mind-locked” while at a critical juncture of android construction—this almost leads to disaster.) THX and LUH are arrested.

THX is imprisoned in a white limbo world. He enjoys a brief reunion with LUH—one disrupted by the enforcer robots. THX is consigned to another region of limbo, this one populated by a collection of other prisoners, including SEN. Knowing that THX filed the complaint against him, SEN nevertheless rallies him to join his undescribed cause (some of SEN’s dialogue is taken from speeches by Richard Nixon.).

Most of the prisoners seem uninterested in escape, but eventually THX and SEN decide to find an exit. They encounter SRT (Don Pedro Colley), who starred in the holograms broadcast citywide. SRT has become disenchanted with his role in the society and is making an attempt to escape.

Exiting their prison, THX and SRT are separated from SEN. Controllers in the city learn of the escape and allot a strict budget (14,000 credits) for their recapture. Chased by the robots, THX and SRT find a computer center, from which THX learns that LUH has been “consumed”, possibly for organ reclamation (since bodies were discovered earlier, of which, as SRT put it “the insides are gone”) and her name reassigned to fetus 66691 in a growth chamber. This suggests that she has been declared “incurable” and killed.

Alone and hunted, SEN makes a tentative exploration of the limits of the city’s underground network. Cowed by what he sees, he finds his way to an area reserved for the monks of OMM. Alone, SEN prays directly to OMM before being confronted by a lone monk who notices that SEN has no identification badge. SEN attacks before the monk can report him. Returning to the city, SEN strikes up a conversation with children before police androids apprehend him.

THX and SRT steal two cars, but SRT crashes into a concrete pillar, disabling it (it is uncertain whether SRT survives the impact, although the film’s script indicates he does not). Pursued by two police androids on motorcycles, THX flees to the limits of the city’s underground road network.

Eventually THX locates a route to the surface. The police pursue THX up an escape ladder, but are ordered by central command to cease pursuit, mere steps away from capturing him, as the expense of his capture exceeds their pre-determined budget. THX stands before a large setting sun in a red sky, while birds intermittently fly overhead, indicating that life is possible on the surface.

Duma Key

Posted: October 8, 2011 in Book, Entertainment

Duma Key is a horror novel by American novelist Stephen King published in 2008. The book reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. It is King’s first novel to be set in Florida or Minnesota. The dust jacket features holographic lettering.

The story begins shortly after a Minneapolis construction company owner named Edgar Freemantle barely survives a horrific on-site accident where his truck was crushed by a crane. Though he survives, Freemantle’s right arm is amputated, and severe injuries to his head cause Edgar to have problems with speech, vision, and memory. As a result Edgar also has violent mood swings and thoughts of suicide.

On the advice of his psychologist, Dr. Kamen, Edgar takes “a geographical”- a year long vacation meant for rest and further recovery. He decides to rent a beach house on Duma Key, a (fictional) island off the west coast of Florida, after reading about it in a travel brochure. The beach house he is renting turns out to be a place named Salmon Point, though Edgar nicknames it “Big Pink,” because of its rich pink color. Also on the advice of Dr. Kamen, Edgar revives his old hobby of sketching after he settles in Big Pink. He settles into the house with the help of Jack Cantori, a local college student.

As Edgar becomes increasingly involved in his art, painting quickly becomes an obsession, with Edgar working with a furious energy and in a daze. Edgar’s missing right arm begins to itch in a phantom limb sensation and it forces him to bring up psychic images in his paintings; he learns that his younger daughter, Ilse, is engaged to a choir singer and that his ex-wife Pam is having an affair with his former accountant, Tom Riley, by painting the aforementioned situations. Soon after this, Ilse comes to visit him. During this trip he paints The End of the Game, which he gives to her. While exploring the island they drive past an extraordinarily old looking woman, Elizabeth Eastlake, and Ilse later becomes violently ill as they drive into the overgrown part of the island. Elizabeth later calls Edgar, warning him that Duma Key “has never been a lucky place for daughters”. Edgar initially disregards the message, since Eastlake has Alzheimer’s disease.

Edgar slowly recuperates helped in part by taking longer and longer walks along the beach. He slowly approaches and eventually meets and befriends a man whom Freemantle had seen sitting under an umbrella off in the distance. This character, Jerome Wireman, to whom Edgar becomes quite close, is a hired companion for Eastlake. Edgar learns that Miss Eastlake is very wealthy and owns the entire island.

The way Edgar paints becomes systematic: he gets a phantom-limb sensation and he paints a psychic image. He eventually compiles a large catalog of artwork and is convinced by his friends to try to sell it to an art gallery; he does and the gallery plans to exhibit his work. While the exhibition is being planned, Edgar gradually begins to understand that his paintings have a paranormal power that allow him to manipulate events, places and people. But nobody outside of Edgar’s close family and friends will ever know this. It is evidenced when one of his paintings removes a bullet that was lodged in Wireman’s brain from a previous suicide attempt, and another causes Candy Brown, a man accused of raping and murdering a young girl in a highly publicized case, to die suddenly in his prison cell. Elizabeth advises Edgar that due to the power they possess his paintings should be removed from the Island after the exhibition.

Elizabeth makes a surprise appearance at the exhibition, and after seeing the paintings herself for the first time becomes distressed and tells Edgar a number of things, including that the “table is leaking”. Elizabeth suffers a violent seizure as she is trying to tell Edgar this and dies in the hospital soon after. Edgar suspects that the entity, Perse, silenced Elizabeth. When Edgar returns to Duma the next day he discovers that Big Pink was broken into and finds a canvas with “Where our sister?” sprawled on it, left in the house along with the footprints of an adult and two children. He soon discovers that those in possession of his paintings either die, or become possessed by “Perse” and carry out her deeds, which mainly include killing people close to Edgar. Most notably, Mary Ire, who had purchased one of a series of “Girl and Ship” paintings, breaks into Ilse’s apartment and kills her by drowning her in her bathtub (just minutes after Ilse burns “The End of The Game” at Edgar’s request). Mary Ire commits suicide almost instantly thereafter.

Edgar begins to realize that his paintings are connected to tragic events in Miss Eastlake’s childhood. Edgar discovers, through both his paintings and the drawings done by a young Elizabeth after she had suffered a head injury and began drawing herself, that Elizabeth had inadvertently used her paintings to discover a figurine off of the coast of Duma Key. This figurine, of a red-cowled woman, used the young Elizabeth to begin changing the reality around her. Elizabeth tried to use her power to destroy the figurine by drawing it and then erasing it. This only enraged the entity Persephone, which then killed Elizabeth’s twin sisters by leading them into the surf and drowning them. A young Elizabeth, with the help of her Nanny, eventually discovered that the entity could be neutralized by drowning her in freshwater, and Elizabeth was able to do this by placing the figurine in a cask that is sealed in a cistern under the original house on Duma Key.

Intent on putting a stop to Perse following the death of his beloved daughter, Edgar, along with Wireman and Jack, travels to the house Elizabeth lived in as a child, which is now overgrown by thick, unnatural vegetation. They manage to find the figurine, and are able to contain it in freshwater inside one of their flashlights. Later, Edgar takes the flashlight back to Big Pink, where his daughter Ilse begins to form out of the sand and seashells under the house. The entity offers Edgar immortality and forgetfulness in exchange for the flashlight. Edgar, however, has a different flashlight and tricks the entity masquerading as his daughter to get close enough to him that he can destroy it. Later, Edgar drops the figurine into one of the freshwater lakes of Minnesota.

The book ends with Edgar starting his final painting; a storm destroying Duma Key.


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