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@irwin posted:

Been watching Squid game.  I find it disturbing.  I think we’re half way through, and I suppose we’ll watch the rest but I am not sure I understand why it is so popular.
I am also watching “Guilt” which is a masterpiece theater thing on pbs.   I like that a lot.  

it's a more visual commentary about today's society, individualism and getting ahead. 

"Hey as long as I survive"  or "hey there's someone who gets killed everyday" kind of crowd.  The ending of the series is directly finger pointed at today's societal ideals.

@irwin posted:

I get it.  But, and this won’t spoil anything, why the repetitive use of The Blue Danube waltz music and the Haydn trumpet concerto?  

the blue danube is kubrick influence.  think beethoven's 9th in clockwork orange for instance.

The other pieces of bravado classical pieces were thrown in  to show a more classy affair vs say, K pop music.  Only rich people listen to classical music =)

@g-man posted:

the blue danube is kubrick influence.  think beethoven's 9th in clockwork orange for instance.

The other pieces of bravado classical pieces were thrown in  to show a more classy affair vs say, K pop music.  Only rich people listen to classical music =)

I figured it was because (I think) one needs not pay royalties for the music.

@irwin posted:

I get it.  But, and this won’t spoil anything, why the repetitive use of The Blue Danube waltz music...

I saw its use as a tip of the hat to "2001:  A Space Odyssey."   Much of 2001 takes place in a sterile environment which eventually becomes a killing field. In the same way the Escher-like stairway in Squid Game (I believe the only place that piece is played) also turns nto a place soiled by blood.

As for the series itself there has been for some time a movement in Korean cinema that mixes horror with social commentary. The height of that was of course "Parasite." Now this streamer tends to go further. I do warn certain people away from it. I definitely find it superior in its intention to American torture porn.

@The Old Man posted:

I saw its use as a tip of the hat to "2001:  A Space Odyssey."   Much of 2001 takes place in a sterile environment which eventually becomes a killing field. In the same way the Escher-like stairway in Squid Game (I believe the only place that piece is played) also turns nto a place soiled by blood.



interesting that you went with 2001, i def see kubrick but i figured it was more clockwork orange.  Take a game that is known, then adulterate it, and for what?  for the enjoyment of someone else.

For anyone who remembers and liked Connections with James Burke, there is a similar show on Discovery+.  It's called Six Degrees with Mike Rowe. While not quite as polished as Connections, it still creates interest thru humor and re-enactments, and of course you have Mike Rowe, who probably rivals Tom Hanks for most-likeable personality in entertainment.

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