The Black Fly Song / by Wade Hemsworth (animation by the National Film Board of Canada)
All this talk about flies reminds me of that frightening sci-fi movie The Fly directed by David Cronenberg starring the always exceptional Jeff Goldblum. It's about a science experiment gone wrong where Goldblum's genes get mixed up with those of a housefly when it inadvertently enters his teleportation machine during a test run.
This shot where Goldblum is starting to notice his gradual transformation is one of the less disgusting pictures I could have shown you. Of course this was a remake of the original movie starring horror movie great Vincent Price. The original version is a classic, but only true film buffs would really enjoy it. Modern audiences are used to much better special effects than were available when it was made in 1958.
Cronenberg's version is a compelling story, which is well acted and riveting from beginning to end. The special effects (those of Goldblum's transformation from human to fly/human) are very believable. Perhaps too much so, for those without a strong stomach!
|actor Sharlto Copley in District 9|
Recently, my son introduced me to a newer film with a "bug" theme. It was not a film I would have chosen otherwise, but I'll watch almost anything with company. I found District 9 to be a very disturbing but insightful vision of the way human society treats those who are different from themselves. The story is that an alien spaceship was stranded right above the city of Johannesburg, South Africa and the rescued aliens (bug-like creatures called "Prawns") were collected in a cordoned off area of the city. The treatment of the Prawns reminds us of apartheid which is still a very recent memory and also the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. Eventually, as the population of aliens has grown over time, the company that manages them (like prison guards) decides the population must be moved. The leader of this group, is a very unlikeable person and we cannot admire how he treats the Prawns. His character changes radically, when he is infected by a fluid the aliens have been developing to fix their spaceship. This infection begins to change him from a human into a Prawn. Once again, the special effects are very good (and gross!), but the real star of this movie is the story itself. It leaves much to think about long after the film is over.
1. Fans of The Hobbit will be interested to know that in Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) -- the musical score was composed by Howard Shore who also composed music for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and is now working on the music for The Hobbit.
2. Peter Jackson was the producer for the movie District 9 (2009).
I shouldn't say I hate all flies. There are a few types that have the Phylly's Faves stamp of approval. I love Dragonflies, for instance. Indeed, they seem to like me too. I'll never forget one time I was fishing on the lake and a dragonfly zoomed in front of my face and hovered there for several seconds. We stared at each other in startled surprise, me at it's bug eyes and who knows what so fascinated it about me. I finally brushed it away, but it came back to hover again just millimeters from my nose to the hilarity of my boat mates! Perhaps we knew each other in a past life? Heaven knows! But since then I've felt more spiritually connected to these insectile creatures. Then there was the summer (not long ago) when very few bugs were around. We sat on the deck after a long leisurely supper, savouring a glass of wine and awaiting a glorious sunset. When it occurred to me that at this time of day, we would usually be inundated with hordes of flying, biting nuisances and we were not, I took a look around and noticed instead there were quite a few dragonflies buzzing past the deck. Then I stood up and there in the grass, as far as I could see, were legions of dragonflies, awaiting the signal for takeoff or perhaps dozing, their fairy wings twinkling in the rays of the late afternoon sun. It was simply magical! It was a summer to remember -- the summer of the dragonflies!
Here is another summer insect that doesn't "bug" me
Fireflies / by Owlcity
Here is Rick Ocasek of The Cars being a bug in the music video for their song "You Might Think".
Other than that one scene this video isn't really about insects, but the singer's stalkerish behavior in this video is more than merely annoying. However, at the time it was made, this was just a light-hearted musical romp!
You Might Think / The Cars
I can only hope that Richard Armitage's army of fans don't start to "bug" him. A fellow blogger Bccmee brilliantly captured this sound byte from his movie Frozen, I really hope he doesn't want to say this to us:Get a life audio only by bccmee
What a nice way of saying -- BUG OFF!
I would hope that his fans would be more like dragonflies to keep the real pests at bay, or fireflies who might shed light in the darkest night. But perhaps I am a real pest for showing you one last image. Because I do like heros and also dragonflies and Mr. Armitage, this can't help but appeal to me!