I won’t go into how I know because it might get me in trouble, potentially operatic trouble, but the lives of teenage girls are filled with drama. Reading their Facebook profiles makes daytime soaps superfluous. How often have you heard someone accused of being a “drama king?”
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Eva (Tilda Swinton) is working late at the travel agency when a coworker rushes into her office panicked. It seems that her son Kevin’s high school is on the news. Someone is on a rampage, killing students and faculty and the police have the school surrounded.
My wife often accuses me of being a pessimist. I prefer to think I just have something of a melancholic nature. I’m not a popular picker of movies in my house. A typical exchange on a Saturday night goes like this.
“Let’s watch a movie together.”
“How about The Last Picture Show?”
“Is it funny or all dreary and depressing?”
“Ummm, never mind.”
My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.
Critic Robin Wood, while discussing the history and meaning of teen movies, once let slip the following nugget: “…when I described [Dazed and Confused] in an article as a ‘horror’ movie, I received a message from its director Richard Linklater congratulating me on being the first to notice his intention!”
By Todd Ford
We humans have difficulty seeing beyond our current condition. Events only days ago become fuzzy and we can hardly see past that check to a creditor we agonized over ten minutes ago. The future becomes a question: Will I be able to write that check again next month?
Geographically, we’re fixated on our home town, patriotism, and property boundary lines. We live in our own little worlds and see everything and everyone beyond our white picket fences as ‘other.’ Continue reading
By Todd Ford
Baseball gets a bad rap for being dull. There’s no clock. A pitcher can take all the time he wants and can attempt a pick-off at first base 30 times in a row if he feels like it. And the seventh inning stretch Continue reading
By Todd Ford
The other day, I entered this on Facebook: “Had a great anniversary date today. Saw The Help. Made us both cry. Really good movie.” A friend pointed me to an article by online movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz. It decried how once again “Hollywood” was trivializing the history of racism in America.