The sixties really began 50 years ago… first James Bond movie and Love Me Do, the first Beatles single.
How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people?
Now that you know who you are,
What do you want to be?
And have you travelled very far?
Far as the eye can see.
I miss many things and many people.
The Mamas & The Papas- California Dreamin’
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A California Dreamin' on such a winter's day
Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run …but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant …
My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder’s jacket …booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) … but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that …
There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda …. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning ….
And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave ….
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
— Fear and Loathing in as Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
I saw the new X-Men recently. It was ok, but too unrealistic. It’s a comic book story, so they shouldn’t set it in the real world. If I know my history, there was no mutant involvement in the Cuban missile crisis. Also at one point they mention how the young Professor X is hitting on co-ed’s at Oxford. There were no women at Oxford University in the early 60’s. I was interested to see what it would be like set in the early 60’s, I heard it was going to be like a Mad Men version of X-Men (even though I don’t actually watch Mad Men) but it’s anachronistic, a couple characters say “groovy”. I wasn’t around in the early 60’s, but I don’t think that word was really around until later in the in the decade, nor were mini-skirts. This was a time before even early “60’s” stuff. before Bob Dylan or the Beatles got big, before the first James Bond movie.
I was probably more disappointed because I heard it was good. I liked the first and second X-Men. But X-Men has a lot to answer for. That was the movie (over a decade ago) that really started off this whole comic book movie craze. I’ve definitely liked some of them. I loved Spiderman. It came out when I still hadn’t been in the country a year yet, barely spoke to any intimidating Americans at school and was a huge Peter Parker style loser. There have been others I’ve liked, but at this point I’m really fucking sick of comic book movies. People make such a big deal out of them, like comic books are some incredibly important, profound literature. Some of them have been kind of that way, ‘V for Vendetta’ was amazing, but can’t Hollywood take a break? Just like a year or two? I can’t help but feel like they’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point. Thor? I always thought Thor was a Norse God. The Green Lantern? I thought the Green Lantern was a… green lantern.
BUT all this unnecessary hating might go back (like many things) to my not having grown up in America. Maybe if I had lived here before I was 14 I would have read Batman, Spiderman, The Fantastic 4 etc. and would be a lot more excited to see who they made a movie out of next. Because I did used to read Tintin comic books asa kid and I’m incredibly excited they’re making a Tintin movie. Tintin is right up there with the World Cup for making me feel European. So I guess I can kind of understand why people who grew up reading Marvel or DC get so excited about these movies when they come out. But I still think Tintin is superior, from when I’ve seen of American superhero comics, they’ve always looked both homo-erotic (all the male characters are incredibly ripped) and sexist (the occasional female characters always have unrealistically amazing bodies and really revealing clothing). To be fair, I never liked the character of Tintin himself all that much and the comic strip started in the 20’s in an incredibly Conservative, Catholic newspaper in Belgium. One of the first books (which is hard to find these days) was a straight up racist celebration of Belgian colonialism in Africa.
But just look who’s involved with Tintin! Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’, both amazing movies), Daniel Craig (007), the guy who was Gollum in ‘Lord of the Rings’ etc. And it’s motion capture, I was always ambivalent about making a movie of Tintin because it’s too realistic to just be a cartoon, but too cartoonish to be real. Motion Capture is ideal. I <3 the future.