Saturday, December 12, 2015

OpenMinds (Joe Sedelmaier, 2003)

A moment of zen from the "Where's The Beef?" guy!

At a time when form trumps content, when
euphemisms are euphemisms of euphemisms,
when words lose even the remotest connection
to reality, Open Minds seemed an apt title

It's also the one trait above all others that most
everyone claims to have—including Raymund, a
somewhat modern day 'Candide': Voltaire's joke
about man's capacity for denial.

As he (and we) bear witness to a bizarre mix of
indifference, corruption, and stupidity, Raymund,
unencumbered with any sense of irony, takes
comfort in an agglomeration of empty bromides
totally oblivious to the incongruity of what he's
saying and what we are seeing.

In fact, the only thoughtful words in the film are
in the form of a question to Raymund, "Don't you
ever have any doubts?"

Raymund is without a doubt—without a doubt.

—Joe Sedelmaier

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