Thursday, September 10, 2009
Finally saw Two Lovers on dvd and enjoyed it, but completely understand why it probably didn't make much money. Too strange, too depressing, lots of mumbling by Joaquin Phoenix, a full blown crackpot and one of my favorite actors (the two go hand in hand, I'm afraid), and lots of moody dark shots of claustrophobic interiors, much like real life. The plot comes from a Dostoevsky story -- dufus guy is in love with two women, one nice, one nuts and guess which one he really loves. Yep, the nut. In this case, the nut is named Michelle played by Gwyneth Paltrow in one of her more interesting roles. She does a great job playing the damaged, beautiful girl, the one men want to rescue. Guess what? She's not that easy to rescue.
What is so attractive about damage? I'm not sure, but it's what men complain about when they say women never want a nice guy, the want a hooligan, a bad boy. This is what women complain about when they have guy friends who never think of them "in that way." Both genders occasionally dabble in the best friend who is in love with them and whom they abuse mightily or feel horribly guilty about or just pretend it isn't so. The stuff of longing, jukeboxes, cards, and late nights choked with longing.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic." Lorrie Moore
Drinking picture to come: I have received my first Halloween gift already, people! Yes, it's cool. No, it's not too early.
Benedictions and Maledictions