Posts Tagged ‘Moby Dick’

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She blows! “In the Heart of the Sea”

December 5, 2015

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Ron Howard’s new film In the Heart of the Sea is based on the non-fiction account of an actual incident that helped inform Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Now, as I’ve said before, I—like most human beings—have never read Moby Dick (is it even in print anymore?), but I have seen a lot of the movies that stole its’ themes, so I know the basic story: William Shatner kills the White Whale’s wife, so the White Whale spends the rest of the book trying to get his revenge before he’s killed by the Borg. And that’s pretty much what happens in this movie. With some starvation and cannibalism thrown in for good measure.
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The Land-Whale Rises! “2010: Moby Dick”

February 8, 2011

Now, I haven’t actually read Moby Dick—has anyone?—but I have seen Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan about a million times, so I know the general gist of it: boy meets whale; boy is maimed by whale; boy pursues whale in an obsessive quest for vengeance that is a direct refutation of the transcendentalist movement. And then Mr. Spock dies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is about all you need to know in order to—um, enjoy isn’t quite the right word here—watch 2010: Moby Dick I mean, bonus points if you recognize some of the book’s lines of dialogue that has repurposed and put in the mouth of an overacting Barry Bostwick, or the references to Melville’s life that indicate that someone involved in this production read his Wikipedia entry, but really, all that knowledge does is remind you that one of the seminal works of American literature is being treated like Justin Bieber at a NAMBLA convention.

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