Before I address the questions of law, here’s the plot of the film, which is, in fact, murkier: A typical American family is on vacation at Disney World, when the father, Jim, finds out that he has been fired. Jim begins to act strangely, and his perception of their day at the park becomes twisted and scary. Aided by the use of black-and-white film, the familiar Magic Kingdom is transformed into something abjectly terrifying, as friendly icons morph into monstrous forms. The father imagines that his son and a creepy man in a wheelchair want to kill him. He also becomes obsessed with a pair of sexy teen-age French girls, and he trails them around the park inappropriately. A nurse warns him that he may contract the cat flu. In the end, his fears are warranted: he is captured and tortured by secret agents, his son turns on him, and he dies a gruesome death that involves coughing up huge hairballs. The film drags and meanders at times, but its potential for cult status cannot be denied.
“Escape from Tomorrow” is, essentially, a commentary on a shared social phenomenon, namely the supposed bliss of an American family’s day at Disney World. In Moore’s version, the day is a frightening and surreal mess that destroys the family forever. The film isn’t so much a criticism of Disney World itself but of the unattainable family perfection promised by a day spent at the park.
A response to Variablast’s science study tag:
Had to include more than one study! Sorry Variablast — couldn’t help myself!
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To her husband and friends, she looks happy, slender and confident, in her size 12 jeans.
But when the same woman looks in the mirror, the picture she sees is distorted.
Just one in 17 women of a healthy weight actually considered themselves to be “slim”, a new survey has found.
The study, involving thousands of people, provides a disturbing insight into female self esteem. Volunteers were asked to look at themselves in the mirror and select from 12 adjectives to describe how they felt or how they considered they looked. Those taking part were also measured to determine whether they were overweight or of a healthy weight.
Among women who were the right weight for their height, just 13 per cent said they felt happy when they saw their reflection and only six per cent thought they were slim.
The great philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that nothing matters more to our existence than space. Every experience we have—from the thoughts in our heads to the stars we see wheeling through the sky—makes sense only if we can assign it a location. “We never can imagine or make a representation to ourselves of the non-existence of space,” he wrote in 1781.
The nonexistence of space may certainly be hard to imagine. But for some people it is part of everyday life. Strokes can rob us of space. So can brain injuries and tumors.
The right temporal parietal junction is one of the brain regions that are often damaged in people who lose part of their sense of space. By zeroing in on that region—and by continuing to deconstruct the overall operation of the space network—neuroscientists may finally explain not only Kant’s philosophy but the very foundations of how we perceive the world around us.
Israeli scientists discover that experience is an illusion - Time is the worst illusion of the lot. Merciless Time. | TechEye
A team of Israeli scientists has worked out that the human brains magical ability to slow time indicates that our present is an unreliable memory played nanoseconds too late .
Researcher David Eagleman worked out that when time seems to slow down in real life, our senses and cognition must somehow speed up. Either that, or time is an illusion and lunchtime doubly so.
Faced with lots of reports from people who claim that “time slowed down” Eagleman wondered if the experience of slow motion really happens or does it only seem to have happened in retrospect?
Talk about living in the past…