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June 12, 2007

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Anonymous

i love both HT and MD, and i for one loved M&Y&EWK, not really so much for the "central" characters and their "relationship" but because i felt that the film did not put quotation marks around everything else in the film -- in the way that just about any other film would have, had just about any other film chosen to showcase those peripheral characters and situations.

by which i mean to say: to me, the best line in that move from miranda july wasn't any of her incomplete sentences or crazytalk, it was: "We have a whole life to live together you fucker, but it can't start until you call."

pretty sure amelie would never have said *that*.

i say this with love!

xoxoxoxoxoxo!

Asad

vulnerability? grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

post-maturity. hahahahaha!

more mad

b/c i don't like to watch movies anymore; i think 1985 was about my cut-off, i thought for a long time that miranda july and carmen miranda were one and the same. i kinda dig drawing on fridges and stoves though...

Carson

Well, I'm a fan. Not because of her faun-like, sweet vulnerability, but because of her unwitting perversity. In her precious world-view, blow job contests are fun and cute.

Of course, there are dangers: Her mind is a warped engine that reduces everything into sweet anecdotes. Wholesale acceptance of everything as a representation of beauty and innocence (including internet hustling, scatophilia etc) requires a distant position from reality. After all, Mussolini, orchestrating battle and bloodshed from afar, declared: "War is beautiful."

ht

oh, carson. i miss you. thanks for encapsulating everything my quirk-addled brain failed to properly coalesce and articulate.

Michael

i agree with you about july and Y&M&EWK. we have a whole cinema of self-conscious, emotionally barren and contrived quirk these days, the egregious "little miss sunshine" being only the most obvious example. it all begins i think with that abomination "garden state". is zach braff the male equivalent? which is not to say that the slightly zany cannot be portrayed with real depth and sympathy (cf. the lovely "squid and the whale").

the problem, of course, with disliking a zooey deschanel is that she's such a cutie pie!

md

Just to "out" her, HT loves "little miss sunshine" which I loathed... I however LOVED Y&M&EWK. I hate to use this word but I think Y&M&EWK had an "authenticity" that "little miss" lacked.

ht

hey! i wasn't looking for authenticity with little miss sunshine. in fact, i saw it as a bizarro universe of caricatures that deeply amused me. and i laughed. a lot. that's not nothing. i feel like you/me/everyone was trying to portray 'the real' in a way that was neither amusing nor real. and if it was trying to represent some sort of ideal universe of communication and hope, then it's a universe i'd rather not be a part of.

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  • If Ayn Rand and Walter Benjamin got in a cage fight and then made up over foie gras, single malt scotch and indie pop, you'd have the delightful adventures of "That Was Probably Awkward." Plus or minus the single malt and foie gras, depending on the week's finances. But always the indie pop. Sad, stirring indie pop. And a decent happy hour.

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