Kika (1993)

Kika (1993) Another preposterous plot twists around a group of people who are connected through serial killings by a novelist [Peter Coyote] whose successful fiction is actually a confession. Kika [Veronica Forqué] is a make-up artist called over to make a recently deceased young man [Alex Casanovas] look acceptable for burial, but the makeup causes him to sneeze due to his allergies. Impassioned, he proposes to Kika. Meanwhile, the psychiatric host of a humiliation reality show [Victoria Abril] shows up to expose the novelist with whom she had had an affair. This high-kamp telenovella romps through one surreal situation after another, but what stays with you is Andrea Caracortada’s invasion of privacy with which its writer-director Pedro Almodóvar so outrageously revels.

 

She wears a videocam on her head,

Spiked breasts, and a cheekbone scar that’s chrome red.

Soon news will have thousands of eyes, like flies

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Swarming over corpses downed drones baptize.

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Refrigerator surveillance tracks cuts

Of meat for calories from bones and guts.

Appliances study every move

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So citizens may daily improve.

Animals with chips in their brains lose stress,

As do children on playgrounds at recess.

 

Internet free speech is the holy ghost;

Community standards police each post.

Officers with body cams stream the dream,

For crime isn’t real unless it is seen.

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Privacy shelters in a tortoise shell.

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The price of power is all show and tell.

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Rogue hackers infiltrate cable grids and banks.

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War becomes more cyberterror than tanks.

 

[Disposable Poem February 28, 2019]

Dr. Mike

 

 


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