...why the rest of the world seems to see the Dutch as stoners.
yesterday I went with my host-family to the amusement park/shopping area called 'Huis Ten Bosch'.
yep. you got that right. its supposed to be Dutch.
all in all it isnt too bad a park. they got the building styles right, they little overdid the windmills, and I sorely hate them for putting electro-motors in the mills and then opening them for the public to see in inside, but its pretty good nonethless. I could have sworn I was in holland a couple of times, apart from the fact that there were only Japanese people in the park.
I think I saw about 3 groups of westerners walking about, and 2 of them I positively identified as Americans.
but now we're getting to the point of this topic.
I am quite sure most of you have at least heard of M.C. Escher, or at least seen a couple of his works. (the never-ending waterfall, the stairs, etc, etc.)
and as I am sure a few of you know aswell, is that Escher was Dutch.
so offcourse there was an exzhibit (sp?) about Escher in the park.
I love Escher to death, so offcourse I had to go and check it out.
it consisted of a 3-D movie, wich offcourse, knowing Escher's works, is cool.
boy, was I ever wrong.
the movie started like this: (it was in Japanese, so I dont have a clue what was actually said)
it starts with some steriotypical Dutch girl trying to wake her dog, wich was quite obviously asleep, and didnt want to wake up.
the girl then gets frustrated, and starts praying. from that, an angel comes, and basically tells the girls to 'Stop bugging the poor beast, he's just sleeping, bitch.'
next, the girl is walking in the forest, when suddenly there appears a floating head of dhoom (DHOOM I TELL YOU!), wich chases her about a bit, causes her to trip, and pass out.
the girl then awakes in one of Eschers drawings, and then the rest of the movie is about her trying to find a way out of the world where Escher came alive, wich, because its an 3-D movie, consists of the nessesary 'things that fly towards you, but just miss you', and stuff like that.
eventually she finds a way out, being helped by her dog that magically comes barking out of somewhere, and a couple more angels.
now I am quite sure this movie was kickass for the 5-year olds in the audience, but the whole way the movie was put together, really made one question float around in my head: what the FUCK was that girl smoking!?
basically, the whole movie was made in such a way that it seemed the girl had a pretty bad trip.
I allmost expected a message at the end of the movie reading: 'a few weeks after the making of this movie, the girl got arrested on possessing and using every known spycho-active drug in excistence.'
as soon as the movie was done, I wanted to rant about it, but my host-family isnt that good in English, so I decided to let you guys in on the fun.
thanks for reading. the full report (in twofold no less!) will be up shortly on my site.
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