Lost River a week, or two ago.
Lost River is about a single mother who is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
The critics savaged Lost River as a film, but I think it was a haunting, almost synchromystic work of art forecasting a post-apocalyptic housing market crash where the real control in the future was going to come from Bullies and Banksters trying to control the one thing that we all need to be able to live...water.
|The Banker who runs the "Eyes Wide Shut" type club in Lost River.|
|About to sing the Marty Robin's song 'Cool Water' at his club.|
The Big Short tells of four denizens in the world of high-finance that predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
While Mad Max: Fury Road is mainly about control of the oil in a post-apocalyptic world, it is also hinting at controlling a much more valuable resource, as well.
Lost River also harks to Mad Max themes with the main hero character saying that he is out of there as soon as he can get his car fixed.
The hero of Lost River makes his money from stripping copper out of abandoned houses.
Lost River also stars the gorgeous Saoirse Ronan, who was up for 'Best Actress' in the movie 'Brooklyn' at this year's Oscars.
The hero's mother is forced into working the banker's "Hell Fire/Eyes Wide Shut" type club to be able to pay her mortgage and keep her house.
If you look closer on the banker's desk you will see a magician pulling a rabbit from his hat and another figure that looks like an executioner.
|Does that house frame look like an unfinished pyramid?-)|
|Two geese (Gosling?) flying over the dammed/damned town?|
Kind of reminds me of Cat Woman from The Dark Night Batman movies.
|The Joker of Lost River?|
I also like the Jungian themes in the movie, especially about bringing a lost piece to the surface to break "The Spell" that the evil magicians have cast over the town of Lost River.
In this case it happens to be a dinosaur head the hero cuts off from the flooded theme park that sits on the bottom of the dam.
And to give it that realistic feeling on a low budget, Lost River was filmed in Detroit, Michigan, a city that really hit the skids with the subprime meltdown.
And the bizarre twist on the strip club theme in Lost River is that it is not like a real strip club where women take off their clothes, it is a macabre strip club where the women on stage perform realistic theatrical acts, like where the hero's mother looks like she is cutting her face off.
While I can see why this movie didn't do well at the Box Office, it is a great piece of art from Gosling, if looked at from the right angles.