THX 1138: The Christian Hipster’s Guide to the Movies

THX 1138     1971

with Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, and Maggie McOmie.

Directed by George Lucas.  Based on his story and short film of the same name. Produced by American Zoetrope Studios (Coppola’s company) and released by Warner Brothers Pictures.

Why Hipsters would like this movie:

  • It’s from Lucas’s “not suck” period.
  • Three words: dystopian underground society.
  • Robert Duvall plays the lead. If he doesn’t already have a Hipster cult following he will as soon as he’s been out of the press long enough to need to be rediscovered.
  • THX 1138 is the movie that fanboys don’t really get into because it’s too cerebral.  So Star Wars leaning hipsters can like it.

    THX falls in love with SEN (McOmie) after both stop taking their sedation pills. Forbidden emotion. Human passion. Shaved heads.

What Hipsters might think is insightful or witty :

  • The blending of Christ/Buddah in an automated prayer booth.
  • Art direction that is, well, wicked hip. IKEA eat your heart out.

    Faceless police terrorize prisoners who do are not sedate happy citizens. But the prison is white walls and mod Swedish-type furniture. Is that bench a Bjursta or an Odensvik?

Things for Hipsters to note:

  • THX 1138 is Lucas’s first full-length formalization of a futurescape blended with the Joseph Campbell Monomyth.  The arc of the character is a literal descent into the machine (special world) and escape with an elixer (personal autonomy) to the sunlight above the world of machines.
  • The story is part Brave New World and 1984, and part 2001: A Space Oddessy, with all their social commentary blended into a theme of organic humanity vs. cold plastic technology.
  • It looks really cool.

    Minimalism. Purity. Depth. Mmmmm…

Quotes Hipsters should try to work into everyday conversation (in a low, monotone, unnervingly calm and HAL-like voice):

  • “For more enjoyment and greater efficiency, consumption is being standardized.”
  • “Remember, thrifty thinkers are always under budget.”
  • “Everything will be all right; we are here to help you. Stay calm.” [Best said in response to anyone being overemotional.]
  • “Blessings of the state. Blessings of the masses.” [To be said in response to anyone being mainstream religious.]

    THX (Duvall) tells OMM (a religious machine) about his problems and gets and automated opiated response.


About jenletherer

BA, Theater and Speech Communication; English:Creative Writing. Siena Heights University, 2002. MFA, Film Production. Boston University, 2005
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2 Responses to THX 1138: The Christian Hipster’s Guide to the Movies

  1. I saw this one in the theater with a great Christian Hipster. What a thrill that was! Here’s a green tea toast to her.

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