Hope you dig Goin' Down the Road.
i miss the people, though they were kind of embarrassing. i recall this movie fondly and while with it i recoiled, so i feel about Goin' Down the Road similar to the traditional teenager's feelings about a parent.
i think it understands human emotions better than it understands cinema, and sometimes i held that against it but sometimes the emotions gushed. there felt like very little separation between the actors and their performances, and it felt like a realistic melodrama, which is impressive and happens under like cosmic frequencies with non-professional actors playing characters similar to themselves
i'm not sure one could shoot these type of emotions these days. i'm not sure we're talented at carrying our emotions anymore. it is perhaps that pop culture now means what human emotions met then, and it's a bit like Clerks means to our times what Goin' Down the Road meant to 1970.
1970. right there at the beginning of the decade. its themes and general aesthetics have a lot in common with 60s naturalism and earth beauty and things like that, but also this type of narrative comes into fruition during the 70s, as to say Cassavetes went from Shadows (59) to Faces (68) to Husbands and Minnie and Moskowitz and A Woman Under the Influence and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night (70-77, Gloria was 1980).
both Goin' Down the Road and Husbands were 1970. in Goin' Down the Road there's a dance club scene and the dancing is perhaps called the chicken dance. everyone is dead serious about dancing like chickens for fun. that's something. the two main characters at one point work reinstalling bowling pins and returning balls, and i hadn't before much thought about bowling alleys before machines.
basically it's a cinematic variation of Kmart realism, and i wouldn't want to live there but i appreciate the sharing of life emotions. i don't know much about the cultural history of Canada and i've never seen it this way. glad i watched the movie
I still gotta see that sequel.
yeah me too. one day, maybe.