I got a call from a friend of mine who's a big fan of Noah Baumbach. He hated Margot at the Wedding. What? You must be kidding, man. This movie's great.
Reviews say that the characters in Margot at the Wedding characters have acid tongues, and that everyone in it is a kook. I hadn't really noticed that. Do you ever watch a movie and like everyone in it and then find out afterwards that lots of people thought they were all despicable?
This movie's shot by Harris Savides, who shot Gus Van Sant's Young Death Trilogy and The Yards and Zodiac. He also shot another Nicole Kidman vehicle, Birth, an underrated gem.
Those movies would be unthinkable without him, especially the Van Sant ones, and he's probably the reason Margot at the Wedding is so good. There's a scene near the beginning of Margot where two characters are talking in a guest room and the light's dimmer than it usually is in supposedly dialogue-driven movies. Not expressionistically dim, just really dark. It's great. Which has me thinking, why who cares about dialogue?
JJL--you're the best.
Hey, know what movie I forgot about that JJL is in? And that Nicole Kidman was going to be in? And that also had people hemming and hawing when they should have been hooraying?
"Hey Meg, guess what? In 2007 I'll be in the movie of the year! I'm going to play Pauline."
Speaking of Pauline, when was the last time you watched Pauline at the Beach? Surprise, surprise, another great Rohmer movie from the Eighties.
Everybody's talking about Ellen Juno Page, who starred in Hard Candy and X-Men 3 when she was a teenager. Forget about her. Hard Candy's the worst. Amanda Pauline Langlet could have showed her a thing or two. Just ask Mariel. She'll tell you how it is. Man, Mariel loves Amanda Langlet.
Wowy zowy, have you seen Ellen Page's headshot on imdb? Bad hat alert!
Silent Movie Theatre is an out-of-sight movie theater in Los Angeles where I saw Antoine & Collette and Stolen Kisses. They also go by the name Cinefamily. Or they're run by Cinefamily? They have pillows on every seat, little side tables, and fancy leather couches up front.
This is a bookstore run by the same people, called Family. They have lots of nyrb books and comics. They call it a "curated bookstore."
I bought a Paperrad dvd there on the clerk's advice. I love the Muppet Babies parody on there. There are plenty of Garfield references, and some good fart jokes.
Maigret and the Madwoman is a book by Georges Simenon, who wrote a countless (really, nobody knows) amount of books. This one is about how his recurring character Inspector Maigret has never sat down on a park bench before.
A few years ago I read Arthur Bradford's Dogwalker:
It was hilarious. I loved it.
It was also unique, which was why when I was in the mood for something like it, I couldn't find anything.
Dogwalker is often compared to Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son:
So when I was in the mood for Dogwalker, but didn't want to reread Dogwalker, I reread Jesus' Son with the comparison in mind. It's a great book, but it didn't scratch the Dogwalker itch.
Unrelated to Denis Johnson, Jesus' Son, Arthur Bradford, or Dogwalker, I was reading this blog at work, which led me to that blogger's guest post at a different site where he recommended a story from Ann Beattie's Distortions:
I went to the library and checked out a copy of Distortions. It wasn't on the shelves. It was in the place where they keep books where the librarian has to go get them for you. The librarian was nice but tried to make me feel like he was doing me a favor.
I read the third story in Distortions, called "Fancy Flights." It was terrific. It reminded me of the stories in Dogwalker.
I was doing some Anne Beattie-related googling and found out that she wrote the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, which was the basis for the movie starring John Heard and the crush-worthy Mary Beth Hurt, which is a movie I like a lot.
Everything worked out regarding scratching the Dogwalker itch.