blathering re: movies i rented this weekend instead of going out drinking and flirting in tight jeans, other activities many young women of my generation partake in:
I walked to Blockbuster Sat. night and rented "The Squid & The Whale," "Junebug", and "Capote." I was wearing a Champion sweatshirt and highwater jeans, so I may have walked to Blockbuster in some sort of 1992 time warp.
- "The Squid and The Whale" is pretty wonderful, probably would be even better if you are a child of Jewish Brooklyn bougie art-collector divorced parents, but I was raised in the VA suburbs with a family who loved "Doogie Howser" and a dad who you used secretly follow me to post-Homecoming parties in his minivan, so what do I know. Also, they've been married for 35 years. My parents, not Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels. The writer also worked on "Life Aquatic" (not surprising) and also Wes Anderson produced this, maybe? Also not surprisingly, Jeff Daniels is great as Every Professor. (But these are not really like any people I know.)
- "Junebug" was also good in a different way. I related more to it, because it is about people from the South and small towns who get knocked up in high school, and maybe a guy with Turretts. (These are definitely like people I know.) And Embeth Davidtz is freaking beautiful. Also, it stars the angtsty kid from Fox teen soaps as a guy who loves NASCAR, and also his place of employment in the movie is totally a real place!!!! Hi Replacements Ltd, how do I know about you?????? I can't remember.
- I still haven't watched "Capote."
Then the N. came in from his poker game and walked down the basement stairs and saw those movie boxes splayed all over the floor and said one small sentence, a sentence that nicely wraps up our marriage - "you and I rent very different movies" - but he sat down and watched the ending of the TS&TW with me anyways, even though it didn't have any of the following: vampires in latex, ship battles, sword fights. Or car crashes.
So, thanks, guy!
Oh, and speaking of movies.