When was the last time we even talked about the pop cultural things and stuffs? According to my high tech tracking system (aka scrolling back) it looks like it was March. MARCH. For feck’s sake. I really need to get my act together.
What should we talk about? Movies? Even though, honestly, I can’t even remember all of the movies I have seen for the past three months? Whatevs- here are a few that come to mind.
A bittersweet story that doesn’t tip the scales into sappy-town. The premise comes out of the dabbawalla phenomenon in Mumbai, where an intricate system of messengers carries upwards of 200,000 lunches to office workers from their homes each day without any assistance from computers, mechanized sorting, or even complex notes. In the movie, an unhappily married woman who makes lunch for her husband each day mistakenly sends a lunch to an isolated widower. From this, they begin writing notes to each other and a friendship grows. It’s lovely and sad and heart-squeezy.
Grand Budapest Hotel
I think out of all the Wes Anderson movies I have seen (and I think I have pretty much seen them all), this one is the absolute most Wes Andersoniest of all. So if you are into the twee and the symmetry and the Anderson color palette and dollhouse sets and stylized fonts and such, you will be dipped in all of that like Augustus Gloop got dunked into the chocolate stream. I personally found it delightful, but I can see how it would bug the crap out of you if you didn’t want to go with it. Ralph Fiennes is super charming and thank goodness for that because I had forgotten he could be anything other than reptilian vein man with scary tendon arms Voldemort.
The Long Hot Summer
I adore young Paul Newman. Like, he is just so icy and so smoldery at the same time, and I cannot get enough of him. I have my go-to Paul Newman movies that I have seen a million times, but I hadn’t seen this one for some years so I gave it another look. Orson Welles is more than a little bit distracting with his slurry Foghorn Leghorn style southern gent he’s overplaying, so it’s not a great movie to me. But still, watching Newman and Joanne Woodward together, which would have been one year before they got hitched, is delicious. I am such a sucker for that.
That’s all I got for movies these days. Any movies you’ve seen that I should take a look at?