Things That Get Under Your Skin

“Christian Bale is so good at playing a sociopath, I’m tempted to think he is one.

This society is dystopian, but the society surrounding it isn’t fully aware of this. It is their way of life. For fucks sake the people medicate on a schedule to suppress their emotions. True, crime as we know it has been eliminated in their society. Instead the crime is for feeling.”

That was all I was able to write before I stopped. Last night, I started to watch Equilibruim (Kurt Wimmer 2002) to write a retrospective. I got about 45 minutes in and I had to shut it off. I couldn’t bring myself to go back to it either. In case you don’t know, there are some pet dogs being hidden and when the officers find them, the officers order execution. It got under my skin and I wasn’t able to get it out.

I understand what the film was trying to evoke and, in that respect, it did it. The result was my inability to continue. Animal cruelty is one thing that irritates and upsets me. For example, the other day I was retreading World War Z and I came to my favorite segment about the dog trainer. When he described how he heard the puppies barking stopped one by one as they ran out of water in their locked cages, I started bawling. 

I don’t even like Indiana Jones because they killed the monkey. He wasn’t even a good monkey and I was upset. At least I finished that film, but it left a sour taste in my mouth. Yes, the monkey’s death had a reason, but doesn’t mean it didn’t still affect me.

Hurting animals is my trigger, but everyone has different triggers. That one thing that will drive you up a wall and make you rant your frustrations. Creative folks know that such events are button pushers and they exploit that knowledge. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I still get torn up at a dead dog. Are there any things that happen in movies, books, tv, video games that just irritate you to the point that you can’t continue? Or if you do, it flavors your opinion negatively?

4 thoughts on “Things That Get Under Your Skin

  1. I’m with you there with cruelty to animals, although I might have blocked out the monkey in Indiana Jones because I don’t like them – they got out of their cage at a park one day when I was about 10 and chased me and jumped my cousins. But….

    I can’t even watch National Geographic documentaries.

    • If a monkey had chased me I’d probably be afraid too. Most people don’t realize that chimpanzees are bigger than some humans and much stronger. Even the small monkeys, true monkeys, are stronger than they look.

      When I was six a bird pooped on my head. They say its good luck, but it didn’t feel that way in front of my kindergarten class. I’m still terrified of birds.

      Yet, I can not watch people hurt animals. Even ones I’m not fond of. More than once I’ve stood up to people about their mistreatment of animals.

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