OK, we’ll run this one as damn stupid then

2022 is ‘Soylent Green’ year. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.
The classic Charlton Heston movie dystopia has some relevance to present crises — but actually makes our version of 2022 look pretty good by comparison.

Rilly? They’re only trying to persuade us to eat insects at the moment.

9 thoughts on “OK, we’ll run this one as damn stupid then”

  1. It was a damn stupid movie,with the exception of Edward G. Robinson’s last performance. I still vividly remember Harry Harrison, who wrote the book, trashing the film at the National Film Theatre.

  2. Dennis, The Pauline Kael of Central Ohio

    Any movie in which Charleton Heston has the male lead is, by definition, a bad movie.

    And yes, it was a really, really stupid movie.

    In fact, it’s bad enough that I’m surprised Hollywood hasn’t remade it yet. Evidently making something worse than the original (looking at you, Steven Spielberg) was, in this case, a bridge too far.

  3. They’re only trying to persuade us to eat insects at the moment.

    It’s an interesting question though. Is eating bugs better than eating processed cubes of “long pork”?

    I seem to recall that the Matrix (1999) movie, of which there was only ever one movie made, included a plot point where the bodies of the dead were liquidised and fed to the living.

  4. No, no, no.

    I will not hear of it.

    Chuck was one of the greatest over-actors Hollywood has produced and it is thanks to him that so many potentially terrible films are watchable.

  5. ymmv when it comes to Charlton Heston. Some people seem to like his acting, especially in the Fundie echelon.

    And Soylent Green is a disservice to the brilliance of Harry Harrison as a writer of speculative fiction. He was as much as much of a satirist as Pratchett, and his Stainless Steel Rat series is hilarious and on point for the age(s) it was written in.

  6. John Galt
    January 4, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I’d argue that pork, long or short, would certainly taste better than bugs.

  7. Andrew Orlowski recently wrote about the current fad for bug-eating in Sp¡ked. Apart from our natural aversion to eating (dirty, smelly) insects, they aren’t Kosher and probably not Halal either.

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