Thursday, June 26, 2008
V's Closing Moments
I just caught the end of V for Vendetta again on HBO and was struck by how, seconds after reminding us that terrorism is a tactic not an ideology, the Wachowski Brothers back the credits with "Street Fighting Man." The juxtaposition is as chilling now as it was the first time I saw it in the theater, with the Stones' classic used to not only speak to revolution - it's done that before - but, by virtue of the Stones' revered place in rock 'n' roll history, to underscore the movie's rationalization of terrorism. That segues into Ethan Stoller's "BKAB," a world electronica track that asks the harder question: Who are you fighting? We are the world, remember?