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Giant apples and silver dogs. Keanu and his orb. Lake at the IMAX and lost in the Tate.

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by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: December, 2008
next to this is a weird dinosaur and a mobile made of silver dog-monsters
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: December, 2008
next to this is a weird dinosaur and a mobile made of silver dog-monsters

As research for what will hopefully be my next book project I have been rewatching a number of cold war era sci-fi movies like Earth vs The Flying Saucers, War of The Worlds and, of course, The Day The Earth Stood Still. My early research for projects starts in a wide circle before I focus on the main subject allowing me to make connections and contextualize and maybe cast some new illuminations from my vagaries. This is why my Rufus Wainwright book's index includes Morecambe and Wise, Donald Barthelme and Bramwell Bronte amongst many others. (By the way you can pre-order here but why would you when there are still 5 months before it's published).

All of this is almost an apology for having gone to the IMAX to watch the dire Keanu Reeves remake of TDTESS.
I am not the greenest man in the world. But I don't eat meat. I think that allows me to drive around a lot and probably take at least 6 transatlantic flights a year before my CO2 levels equal that of the average burger muncher. Probably. So, aside from the animatronic acting style of Keanu I was mostly annoyed by the new enviro-twist to the plot and the bizarre (I guess, alien) logic that suggested humans aren't actually part of the earth's eco-system. As far as I see it mankind is perfectly within its evolutionary right to wreck the planet without needing Keanu sticking his orb in.

Unforgivably bored by a sci-fi blockbuster and generally disgruntled by its total lack of flair compared to the movies I'd been watching all week I wandered into Tate Modern to check out the latest Turbine Hall installation. You reach the art by pushing through a curtain of red and green plastic strips that are surely intended to conjure up the fantastic world of 3D movies. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has brought a kind of post-apocalyptic dormitory feel to the space with row after row of iron bunk beds, the sound of dripping water and a huge screen flashing cut-up scenes from sci-fi movies. In front of the screen is a giant apple core (by Claes Oldenburg) which gives the impression that outside the halls the world has gone Food of the Gods crazy, next to this is a weird dinosaur and a mobile made of silver dog-monsters (by Maurizio Cattellan and Bruce Nauman respectively). It's like being inside a bunker at the end of time and is evocative and entertaining and many other things that The Day The Earth Stood Still 2008 is not.

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Lake
Editor, London

the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

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