Saturday, July 02, 2005

I've been drinking, and here's what I think

Joe says: "Oh good" (in his Carl voice from Aqua Teen Hunger Force- a really stupid show that is hillarious)



Here are some random thoughts:

Musically OK Computer is one of the greatest albums of the century. But lyrically I will always prefer The Bends. Especially the song The Bends.

It is my intention to read the play "Uncle Vanya" soon. I have a quote from it that I rather like.

Do you think Brenda Lee was being ironic in the song "I'm Sorry"? I hope she was.

I think one of the best Simpsons' quotes ever is "The noble spirit embiggens even the smallest man". Not because it's the funniest. Just because.

Bonobos rock. “Instead of fighting as chimpanzees or humans would, bonobos engage in group sex to resolve conflicts.”

I'm actually starting to dislike the movie Closer. I don't usually move from liking something to not liking something. I'm just starting to see what my boyfriend hates about it.

1 comment:

elan_sleazebaggano said...

I'm actually starting to dislike the movie Closer. I don't usually move from liking something to not liking something. I'm just starting to see what my boyfriend hates about it.

The salon.com review put it nicely, imho:

"The big selling point, if there is one, of Mike Nichols' version of the Patrick Marber play 'Closer' is seeing big-name star Julia Roberts use words like 'fuck.' In Nichols' world that, as well as casting Natalie Portman as a stripper, Jude Law as a shallow philanderer and Clive Owen as a horn-dog dermatologist, supposedly represents some kind of revolutionary sexual frankness, the sort of thing anyone interested in honest art should be flocking to.

"But 'Closer' is so bloodless that it feels like an act of arty dishonesty. Nichols and Marber seem to think they're serving up the raw goods of modern romance, but they're really just arranging its pickled innards on a pristine, chilly porcelain plate. It's a marvel of modern filmmaking in the way it so immediately renders universal human experience almost unrecognizable."

I guess I have to say that I don't see 'modern romance' (has it changed? maybe) through that lens. When I watched that movie, it struck me how amazingly awful these people were - no compassion, no real passion beyond lust, & no sense of perspective or rational thinking. I just couldn't enjoy watching their misery (and this is someone who enjoys watching "The Deliverance").

Maybe I'm just optimistic, but if relationships were that backstabby and suspicion-laden I'd probably chose a life of quiet celibacy. Or at least increase my porn intake.

Not to say the movie was all bad, I just hated it. I could see that it was shot well, the dialogue (while disturbing to me) seemed well-written and entertaining at times, and obviously the actors were talented.

Not the movie for Elan_Sleazebaggano, though. :-P