MONDO EXTRAS

The '60s redux, again, some more

by Alex Richmond June 16, 2002
The '60s

The blip says Loyola University, 1964. The Byrds start up with their jangle-pop guitars, and a prof in a priest's collar and army jacket strides in and addresses the class. He's Father Dan, and he's a peaceful man (he registered voters in Mississippi, is against the "undeclared war" in Vietnam, and wants to "turn on" the minds of his students and help them "make a difference"). Michael sits up all, wow, man, my mind, she is blown.

After class, Michael walks up to Father Dan and asks about this "undeclared war" business, cause his brother's over there. Father Dan is all, we're getting involved in their civil war to fight the Cold War. You gotta go to this student meeting against the war! Wanna ride in my car? There's plenty of room, little boy! Michael is all stone-faced, but nods along.

Some footage of bombs blowing up, soldiers getting out of copters, and President Johnson follow, all set to the Byrds. We see footage of Mario Savio, a student at Berkeley, insisting that no one "can even passively take part" of the war in Vietnam. "You've got to make it stop!" More footage of activism follows -- one sign says "Don't Mourn, Organize." I can't believe this kind of activity and passion wasn't that long ago, and yet no one does this about the war we're in now. Hardly anyone is protesting this war. The world is weird now. Finally, we land in a SDS teach-in against the war demonstration in NYC, 1964. A man bangs a trashcan on a table to get the attention of the group -- hey, he was the hot cad in Clueless! How cool. He's Kenny Klein ["alias 'Creepy Jesus'" -- Sars], and he thanks everyone for coming to New York. He wants to bring the "machinery of the war to a grinding halt." People offer suggestions: More "meetings like this one," "targeting the media" (ha ha, what a joke that is now), and "letter-writing campaigns." Kenny yells about the U.S. government killing people in Vietnam right now. One guy yells out, "Blow up the troop trains!" Kenny thinks that's a fine idea -- but maybe they could just lie down in front of them. A pretty brunette stands up and says that's "way too dangerous." She's Sarah. Kenny mocks her conservatism. Michael stands up and says that "when you act like the enemy," it's bad, duh. Sarah makes goo-goo eyes at him. Kenny says this "was a fun tangent," but they "have business to get to." Whatever, Kenny.

Michael and Sarah walk the streets of NYC and talk about how their parents oppress them. Hers are "Upper East Side liberals." Aww! Poor thing. Michael says he studies history, but "[hasn't] made it." They both like Dylan. Go do it already, you two. Oh, right, he goes to Loyola.

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The '60s redux, again, some more

by Alex Richmond June 16, 2002
The ’60s Julie Stiles is sneaking out her bathroom window -- woo! "My Girl" starts up. She runs down the driveway, and her gal pal rolls up just in time to drive her away to something naughty. Ooh, they're playing spin-the-bottle! How fucking idyllic. For whatever reason, Julia Stiles's dad charges in and crashes the party. He opens the closet door, catching Julie mid-seven-minutes-in-heaven. She runs out of the house, and as she hurdles those little suburban hedges out front, he chases her and falls flat on his face. Ha ha ha! She tells him she'll never do anything like that again. Oh yeah you will, Miss Stiles. Her dad says the wrong thing again, some more, by saying he wishes he could believe her. She's all, Daaaad! Dude, what a wrong thing to say. We get some footage of the Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston fight. Oh, that Cassius. So glib and mouthy. You gotta love that. Charles shadowboxes around his dad, saying how "strong" and "pretty" he is. Charles Dutton is all, "Go do your homework!" Daa-aad! Charles Dutton is all, "You gotta take advantage of these opportunities now! They were paid for in blood!" He means the equal opportunities. Charles just listens and asks if he's "done." What an ingrate! Go do your homework, kid. Michael and his dad argue about college. His dad thinks he should get a job to help pay for it. Michael says he can't work, because of classes and homework. Woo, looks who's middle class! Michael says college "isn't a trade school -- it isn't about making a living, it's about the world!" Dad has some life advice for his son: "You don't work, you don't eat." Ha ha ha! That's rather simplistic, isn't it? He's totally forgetting about crime. Jerry O'Connell walks in, all uniformed out, and his fam goes nuts, yelling in joy and jumping up to hug him. Dad is happy to see Jerry made sergeant. Then, Jerry drops the "good news" -- he's going to Vietnam. Everyone says they're happy, except for Michael, and the viewing audience. The blip says Loyola University, 1964. The Byrds start up with their jangle-pop guitars, and a prof in a priest's collar and army jacket strides in and addresses the class. He's Father Dan, and he's a peaceful man (he registered voters in Mississippi, is against the "undeclared war" in Vietnam, and wants to "turn on" the minds of his students and help them "make a difference"). Michael sits up all, wow, man, my mind, she is blown. After class, Michael walks up to Father Dan and asks about this "undeclared war" business, cause his brother's over there. Father Dan is all, we're getting involved in their civil war to fight the Cold War. You gotta go to this student meeting against the war! Wanna ride in my car? There's plenty of room, little boy! Michael is all stone-faced, but nods along.

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