Anna S. (eliade) wrote,
Anna S.


Watched the first hour of "Pump Up the Volume" tonight. Still an amazing movie, I think, and not as dated as it should be. Lots of stuff to cry about in the first 60 minutes. It captures teenage angst--the agony and the dorkiness--so well. Love the bit when they cut from shot to shot of kids dancing in their rooms, and the bit where that one kid recounts his gay experience, and just the bone-deep absolute misery of the *other* kid as he talks to HHH, saying how alone he is, just before he kills himself.

Also, Seth Green has a tiny bit in the movie. If you get a chance, take a look at him. Because, dude. If he'd been the *true* age for his role when they cast him as a high school kid in BtVS, *that's* what he'd have looked like. Scary. Seriously. He's got a little seedlet of cuteness that will one day sprout into Oz, but he's also an utter dork.

Was thinking just now of how I see cool stuff in stories or movies and make mental notes to myself to use it someday, but I rarely jot it down. Like at the end of "Enemy of the State," Will Smith's character does this thing where he sets up a meeting between the Mafia and the NSA and orchestrates it to create a critical miscommunication--perfect strategizing. Or, in "Everwood" tonight, which I watched for the first time, there was this bit where the doc tries to help the nice stuttering boy and it made me think of the BtVS scene where Xander uses Willow to practice asking Buffy on a date and you'd have that whole triangular subtext going on, and you could twist it for fun and have someone else overhear just enough of the conversation to assume there's a relationship going on there.

Basically, plot tricks--elementary in some cases, cliched in other (you'd have to find a new twist), and occasionally just very neat. I want a big book of plot tricks and themes and tropes that I can browse through.

Clones, even. Clones are fun. Or variations on that--twins, robots, magically disguised substitutes, etc--where someone is removed and another person takes their place, and you've got all this double-play going on where your characters don't know what the audience knows. I want to play with clones.

I was disappointed with "Everwood." Sorry, fans. I came in on that scene mentioned above and briefly got interested by the possibility that they might actually play through a whole scripted, romantic dialogue between the gruff old doctor and the young hottie. But no. And then I got pissy, and my thoughts derailed and I dwelled on how fed up I am with most network TV, because Jesus fucking Christ, it's just so unrelentingly heterosexual it makes me want to kick puppies. So this was the frame of mind in which I watched the rest of the episode and as you can imagine, it only made me crankier. It was *all* centered on budding romances, and it was tedious. Also, I wasn't impressed by the writing. Not sure what the attraction is about the show, except the eye candy. But seriously: strip away genre and what do you have left? A hundred shows just like this. Slices of very ordinary life, as seen through the mainstream eyes of Hollywood. I just. Don't. Care.

Where's my fucking ten percent? Where's the queer? I want the scruffy doctor to harbor a secret, inappropriate crush on a pretty young guy and for the subtext to be amped up to 11 as they trade romantic lines, and then the boy gets all confused and blushes and leaves, and the doc swipes a hand down his face and feels like a monster, but in the end, as with Brian and Justin, Ben and Michael, true, sweet love will prevail.

Someone--someone on my friends list whose identity I don't remember right now, but undoubtedly a lovely person, I should preface by saying--someone wrote the other day, via the latest meme, the unpopular opinion that slash was no longer transgressive, and that in fact writing het was just as transgressive if not *more* so because of the prevailing slash climate. And you know what? There's a *reason* that's gonna be an unpopular opinion, because it's on *crack*. My TV shows me men and women smiling goopily at each other, playing each other love songs and scheming for romance. The other day I watched a cable montage with, I don't know, *seventeen* movie shots of people kissing as red roses tumbled over the screen. I'll just let you guess how many of those kisses were between men and women. Yes.

Wow, I'm working myself into a pisser. I started out so fresh and perky, I swear! *g* Ironically, I've been writing Spike/Buffy noir all day and am all kick-ass excited about it. Hee. I'm so transgressive.
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