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04 July 2005 @ 10:19 am
A pretty good Monday, but no crumpets.  
It's the Fourth of July and The Crumpet Shop isn't open. This reminds me of college, where my favorite café was always closed on holidays, just when I needed it most. Bah.

God, my last post was random. I'm just going to carry on in that vein.

1. You know how guys wander around with the waistband of their jeans down to their knees, their boxers showing? I've always wondered what the origin of that ridiculous fashion trend was. Now I know:
"He was jailing, jeans at low tide in that cool lockup look of six inches of pastel undershorts showing. The fashion statement got started in jail when inmates had their belts confiscated so they wouldn't hang themselves or someone else." -- Patricia Cornwell, "Hornet's Nest"

2. I watched Twister a few days ago. I apologize to anyone who loves it, but dude, it was not what I'd remembered. It sucked. The only good points were the special effects, and: "Cow."

3. I recently jotted down a list of het movies I've liked. I think I once made a shorter, similar list, but hey, I plagiarize myself with wild abandon. In looking at the movies below, I see a few trends. My things are apparently: unconventional relationships; hurt/comfort and caretaking; and snark. This seems to mirror what I like about m/m ships.

In the list below, I'm just summarizing characters, inexactly. So when I say something like "poor older woman", I don't mean to reduce a faceted character to simply that.
* A Fish Called Wanda - older man; younger woman
* White Palace - rich young man; older, working-class woman
* Twelve Monkeys - broken, rather nutso man, lost in time; sort of a caretaking woman
* Chances Are - young man; older woman
* The Fisher King (Jack/Anne) - broken, once powerful and arrogant man; caretaking, working-class woman
* Roxanne - this shouldn't need explaining
* Mumford** - man fleeing from his past; woman with mental unbalance
* Hannah and Her Sisters (Holly/Mickey) - lost people finding each other
* Once Around - young, unsettled woman; older man with excessive personality
* Zero Effect** - broken, nutso man; mysterious woman
* Eye of the Beholder - broken, caretaking man; serial-killer woman
* Benny & Joon - caretaking and eccentric man; woman with mental unbalance
* The Professional - well, I thought it was a romance; assassin; very young girl
* The Bodyguard - caretaking man; racial difference
* What's Eating Gilbert Grape - a broken kind of young man; a free-spirited woman
* Chasing Amy - straight guy; lesbian
* True Romance - lost people finding each other
* American Dreamer - nutty, amnesiac, and basically unhappy woman; adorable man
* Bull Durham - snark
* L. A. Confidential (Bud/Lynn) - caretaking, manful man; prostitute
* The Piano - mute needy woman; protective, manful man
* The Fabulous Baker Boys - lost people finding each other
* Pretty Woman - rich caretaking man; prostitute
* Groundhog Day - actually, I think I just like Bill Murray, which also explains The Razor's Edge
* Shallow Hal - the whole weight issue
* L. A. Story - no idea what to say about this one, really
* Star Wars (Han Solo/Princess Leia) - snark; scruffy man; princess
* In the Line of Fire - young, competent woman; older, somewhat broken man

** = You probably haven't seen these movies, but you should!

What are your favorite het movies, hmm?

4. I've been lonely the last several days, and tired, and apparently hyperventilating, though I don't feel panicky or anything. And, from overexercising, I've been too tired to write, which--given the fact of a three-day weekend--really kind of sucks. But oh well.

In odd moments, I've been trying to focus and capture moments where I realize I'm alive and that I should treasure my "once around" life. It's difficult. I need to be sitting on the edge of a marsh, or a quiet beach, breathing the salty air, watching the water comb the shore. I need to take a week off sometime rather soon (*waves to koimistress*).

For now, I am going to breathe and try to resist the siren call of the couch.
dancetomato on July 4th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
American Dreamer is one of my favorite movies. I totally fell in love with Tom Conti in it. I think I need to watch it this week.
Anna S.: rodney-mckayeliade on July 4th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
I love him in "Reuben, Reuben" too. I haven't seen that in years. I must put it on my list of movies to watch again. :)
the kid with the bullet soul: MR I will love youexsequar on July 4th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
My favorite Het movie of the moment (though there are many) is Moulin Rouge. It feels strange to totally be fangirling a het relationship, but there it is ^_^
Anna S.: cillian-spike21eliade on July 4th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ohhh--I liked that movie a lot too! I don't know that the romance made a significant impression on me, but the whole grand spectacle of it was really cool. Also cool was the way it used pop music and recontextualized it. I wish I had something more intelligent to say about it than that, but...yeah. *g*
the kid with the bullet soul: MR christian light effectsexsequar on July 4th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a very awesome movie :) Using popular music to relate the *feeling* of 1900 Paris in terms we can understand was a stroke of genius. Also, Ewan and Nicole sure can sing! I love all of the music. It's so well done, fantastic acting, production, everything! It's just such a good movie. And my focus isn't really the relationship (although I am powerfully affected by it) it's more Ewan and his character, along with the music. But, yeah... still het :) Lol.
Anna S.: boys-are-pretty-elijaheliade on July 4th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
Also, Ewan and Nicole sure can sing!

I know! I was really surprised. I bought the soundtrack. Ewan's voice especially just blows me away. I love the "Roxanne" number too.
the kid with the bullet soul: MR christian light effectsexsequar on July 4th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Roxanne (along with Ewan's song during it... I dont even know what song that is) is my favorite number in the whole movie. I have a clip from the movie on my computer of that, so I listen to the movie version over and over and over. Do you have the DVD? It has an excellent extended version of the Roxanne dance on there, so it doesnt cut to the Duke and you see the whole dance. It's really stunning. The whole scene is so powerful and moving, I tear up at the end every time (especially those shots of christian screaming in basically agony... rips my heart out).

And Ewan's voice... orgasmic. :D
daddy's not done talking: misc::corsetros_fod on July 4th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
Er...March of the Penguins?


Bull Durham. White Palace. YES. Also, In the Mood for Love. And I'm a sucker for Hugh Grant (although my fav. movie of his is About a Boy, which I don't counts as a het movie). So, Notting Hill. I have no shame.

Oh, The American President. A Patch of Blue, which is incredibly romantic and I insist it counts. The Sound of Music. The Cutting Edge.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on July 4th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
Zero Effect! I loved that movie. Should see it again.

:: Goes to Netflix queue ::
daddy's not done talking: xf::screwedros_fod on July 4th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
*blinks at your icon*


alittlebritonalittlebriton on July 4th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Jeee - woof! Where did you get *that* picture from? I may have to retire to my room for a while...
Pollyannaanglopollyanna on July 4th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
I think my favourite het movie is 'Enchanted April' which has the rather rare scenario of husbands and wives falling back in love with each other - also, it's pretty!
Dittostretfordditto on July 4th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
What about Blade Runner? Man - Robot! :p
alittlebritonalittlebriton on July 4th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Mmmm... still love When Harry Met Sally, purely for the snark and his last speech. Also The Lion in Winter - Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn sparring like only two people with amazing sexual passion can do.

Ooooooh, and Secretary. For obvious reasons. Can anyone make me an icon of James Spader? My lord, he's a dirty boy and should be chastised.
di0nnedi0nne on July 4th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
My two favourite het movies of all time: Moonstruck and Dangerous Liaisons. Both make great use of snark!
This Space Intentionally Left Blankbarkley on July 5th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
Het Movies I Like some of which are listed above:

The Bodyguard
Bull Durham
When Harry Met Sally
Moulin Rouge
Return to Me
An Officer and a Gentleman
Bridget Jones
Alizarin_NYC: Drama Angelalizarin_nyc on July 5th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
The Royal Tenenbaums

Don't ask me why this came to mind, but if I had to guess I'd say it was the idea of two lost, slightly nutso people coming together (the Luke Wilson character and the Gwyneth Paltrow character) - also it was slightly incestuous, taboo, etc.

Also loved Moulin Rouge - very good example of good het movie.

The End of the Affair. Sad, sure, but totally great, and the book is even better. And again, The Remains of the Day comes to mind... but that might not be what we're talking about.

I think I love the sad, unrequited/forbidden het love movie. Damn, I need to find some romantic comedies!
take to the sky: ceramic handjezebelz on July 5th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
I tend to like things that are doomed. The English Patient, Portrait of a Lady, City of Angels. One of my favorite movies is Bodies, Rest and Motion - I highly recommend it, if you haven't seen it. Not as doom-y as most of the things I like, but it's done like a play - very little action, lots of snappy dialog. Plus, Eric Stotz. I loves me some Eric Stoltz.
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on July 5th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
"He was jailing, jeans at low tide in that cool lockup look of six inches of pastel undershorts showing. The fashion statement got started in jail when inmates had their belts confiscated so they wouldn't hang themselves or someone else." -- Patricia Cornwell, "Hornet's Nest"

Ooh, it that good? It's by my bed, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Should I bother?
Anna S.: jack-davenporteliade on July 5th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Er...not sure. I realized it wasn't a Kay Scarpetta novel and returned it after reading a few pages. I have to admit, I actually find PC's writing rather wooden, but I was kind of desperate for something to read so I bought a few of her books this weekend.
Lady Agnewladyagnew on July 5th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
for me, I think it's all about the chem. If they have it, if either or both actors look passionate enough about each other, then I'm with them. People rave about Y Tu Mama Tambien, going on about how realistic the sex scenes are, but I could tell in the last threesome scene the actress was not comfortable naked in front of the camera as two young men acted sexually on her body. It made me uncomfortable, which is pretty much how I get thrown out of most sex scenes in movies: not that I'm goin' prudish with the nudity, but the actors' discomfort is not sexy. But some het that does do it for me:

Zhang Yimou makes fab het movies, about quick-spirited heroines who get lost in lust. Ju Dou is my favorite: Gong Li as a wife of an old, violent mill owner, who is shyly seduced by his nephew. There's this scene where he watches her bathe that's purely erotic.

Spirited Away, because of a love that's utterly inappropriate. She's a 12 year old girl with spunk; he's a river god turned into a twisty dog-dragon thing. It can never work! But the romantic longing in their final flight together, and her dogged determination to help him and cure the curse he's under: gah.

The Notebook: I have no excuse for loving this treacly movie, except that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have incendiary chemistry together. They're early scenes, with them as teens in love, flirting and fighting (they argue, she slaps him, he grabs her and kisses the hell out of her): I call it girl porn.

Batman Returns: Catwoman and Batman. Actually, this probably goes back to my childhood watching of the TV show, and fixating on Catwoman. I'm embarrassed to recall this, but I had a thing for her since I was 10. I can't explain how perfect is the scene of Bruce and Selina's mutual unmasking -- he wasn't interested in Selina until she died and came back with an unsettling dark sensuality; their alter egos are enemies, but they've been sort-of dating in their sunlight egos. They are both very fucked up & into latex costumes. She asks him, teary, what should they do now? Start fighting?

What do I like? Unsettling sexuality (I almost put The Last Seduction in here), conflict, but most importantly: we can't do this. This is wrong -- adultery, mortal enemies, teenagers from different sides of the tracks, uh, Spirited Away. We can't do this, but we have to.