Started by wilberfan, November 05, 2021, 08:30:50 PM
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QuoteGoes to considerable lengths to (mostly successfully*) distract from or suppress the profound sadness and immaturity, if not also potentially undiagnosed mental illness, of a floundering adult who plays house with a teenage boy while herself living at home with her parents well into her mid-to-late twenties. On some level, while there are a few legitimately great performances here in spite of the cringe factor(s) and a few scenes that gave me an honest giggle (i.e. the female casting agent with the quivering lip and the dangling cigarette), I would have been far more interested in am honest depiction of the same. In other words, to show someone who is genuinely wrangling with the combination horror and heartache of the proposed scenario. Instead of cutesy and saccharine, it would be dangerous, uncomfortable, and... probably wouldn't sell.
Quote from: wilberfan on January 02, 2022, 01:39:38 PMLet's talk about the theatre marquee. You can't convince me that Paul chose that film just to pinpoint the narrative at a specific time. Too many other things (eg, the needle drops) are working on multiple levels....So, does "Live and Let Die" describe the relationship? ("Live it and then let it run it's inevitable course.") Is Gary--in his white suit-a kind of Bond-ian character? (That feels like a stretch.) And what of "The Mechanic"?Thoughts?
QuoteThe takeaway is if all men are children, might as well choose the actual child if he's the one that genuinely loves you.
QuoteA warm tribute to a kind of relationship I feel like lots of us have stuffed way in the back of a mental drawer: the ill-advised crush turned briefly, oddly, achingly mutual, transmuted not into a romantic relationship but into an ambiguous, charged entanglement.