September 21, 2005

"Despite being ostensibly about gambling and gangsters, Revolver is full of obscure references to Kabbalah..."

"... with strange mentions of numbers and bizarre references to 'ego versus the light' - both Kabbalah allusions."

Is Madonna to blame for the depletion of all value from the once-admired Guy Ritchie?

14 comments:

Troy said...

Yes. Madonna is to blame. She's a succubus (which I think besides the sexual connotation also sucks the life force out of someone.)

Sean Penn did much better post-Madonna.

I don't want them to divorce, but somehow Guy needs to separate his creative self from his un-talented (except in self promotion -- Ay Caramba is she ever talented there!)
partner.

Troy said...

Of course... Guy could try to make a different movie. He's done about 5 versions of Lock, Stock , and 2 Smoking Barrels. It takes a Scorsese to repeatedly mine the same subject matter for gold and make it work. Ritchie ain't Scorsese. Right now he's not even as good as Guy Ritchie

aidan maconachy said...

Without Madonna's late life esoteric interests to draw upon, Guy would probably think "Kabbalah" was a hot call girl from Tangiers.

Pat Patterson said...

Pretty good trick, Guy Ritchie, destroyed his career in 8 yrs., it took Altman, Stone, Allen, etc., considerably longer. Blaming it on Madonna, while trendy, ignores the already downward curve of the quality of Ritichie's films that was evident before the marriage. Besides Kabbalah was the dialect that Brad Pitt spoke in Snatch.

Scipio said...

Kabbalah is a dialect?

And here I thought it was just crappy pseudo-Jewish pseudo-mysticism.

Well, you learn something new every day.

aidan maconachy said...

I agree Ritchie is crap but if Kabbalah is a dialect then it must be magickal along the lines of ...

"Ateh ...malkuuuuth ...vaygaborrahhhh ... open de gates Gabriel!!"

Too Many Jims said...

She may be responsible for his interest in it, but I think it is odd that so much focus is paid to the infusion of this into art. It has been in lots of literature for a long time.

pst314 said...

Jim, the objection is not to Kabbalah but to her shallow and faddish embrace of it, and her association with a notoriously cranky and cultish leader.

Pat Patterson said...

I also found that Kaballah is the Arabic dialect the World Police spoke when undercover in Team America.

lindsey said...

Guy Ritchie's problem is that his two best films were British rip offs of Pulp Fiction. Now he's running on fumes, and, yes, she is an untalented succubus.

aidan maconachy said...

Frankly, if I was Jewish I would be affronted at the thought of the likes of Madonna making a rush one of the sacred inner traditions of my faith and basically expropriating it.

It's amazing how shallow, rich, blonde people seem to go racing up the Tree of Life, zipping through all the Sephira and achieving union with Ain Soph when Jewish mystics who have been laboring at it for years remain wide of the mark. Guess she's just gifted.

Hey there is also a wasp Kabbalah popularized by heavy magicians like Aleister Crowley - aka The Beast 666. They're always on the lookout for scarlet women ...
calling M A D O N N A !!

PatCA said...

Ritchie's position as First Husband only adds visibility to his own problems. Like a lot of "indie" filmmakers, he's all sizzle and no steak.

Story, story, story.

miklos rosza said...

Troy, good point."Right now he's not even as good as Guy Ritchie."

On Madonna: What, oh what, can the aging pop star do? (She's tried acting... and tried, and tried, and tried... and still can't do the most basic line-readings. And in "Swept Away" she looked -- sorry -- ugly and old.)

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