Lots of discussion about children and movies. Among the highlights: Will can’t breath and goes to the emergency room, goodbye Sunshine the dog, Jesus heals, and holding hands with boys at recess. Plus Unforgiven, 25th Hour, Spike Lee and other directors.
In this episode we have an extended discussion about the film Hustle & Flow. We also talk about Valentine’s Day, The Station Agent, The Bachelor, Celebrity Mole. And a little about our kids.
This is a short and sweet one. We talk a bit about the preparation for Maly’s 6th birthday party, share some of the cute things the kids have said recently, and talk about a movie, Talk to Her, which I think is critically liked (if not adored) and that we didn’t care for much.
A long episode this week where we talk a bit about movies, some we’ve seen, and some we haven’t–still haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain. Mare sort of declares victory regarding the death penalty challenge, and yet it sort of continues. Blasts from the past include our Windows 98, looking for a god podcast, and DARE and indoctrination. And there’s a song.
The Challenges continues. Matt rambles on about the depressing state of the world. Mare shows some vacation slides from Minnesota. Then we talk movies.
“No more tag!” The Plainview’s “No soup for you!” originated right here on Plainview #29. This is a short show as apparently we’d done one of those shows where we thought we were recording and weren’t. We also talk about Onward Christian Soldiers, Will’s yellow belt, NBC, and Sunshine. And it’s short. So you have that going for you. Which is nice.
In this episode . . . MaryEllen is a classroom Perry Mason . . . little Will has roid RAGE! . . . Princess Bride — over rated? . . . Chicken Little . . . Junior High Quiz Bowl . . . little Will swears . . . and much, much, more!
I start off with my famous Jack Benny bit. Mare talks more about politics and the job of government. Then we discuss the introduction of the sperm and egg. Egg, sperm. Sperm, egg. Gay statutory rape? We threaten to get rid of netflix (10 years later it hasn’t happened). Run, Lola, Run. We finish with two famous stories. One about Mare teaching WWII to ignorant old men. The other, the epic story of boy vs. tooth.
This week (10 years ago) we reveal the dark side of Sunshine. The shine has worn off a bit. Also there some political discussion where I’m not sure we know what we’re talking about. And we talk about the movie Capturing the Friedmans. The highlight of the show is clearly the visit with Will at the end of the show.
Good films are about the things we all struggle with, those things that make us human. Good films help us to realize that we’re not so very different from each other, that we have more in common with each other than we have differences. Good films address this universal humanness in a very specific way; and in these specific stories we are able to find ourselves. I don’t have to be a heartbroken hobo, a gender confused child, or a struggling artist to find my own story in their stories. And of course a good film does all of these things well. It’s a great thing when an artist creates good art. But one person with a brush, paint, and canvass I can understand. It takes a lot of people to make a movie. It’s really a miracle that so many good movies are out there.
I think the movies in this batch run from good to great. I’m sure it says something about me that I think three of the four great ones are the ones about kids.
Other stats for this batch: 4 are about a struggling artist of sorts, 3 are (almost) 40 years old or older, 2 are foreign language films, and 1 is a documentary.
Tomboy. Oh to wrap our kids up and keep them safe. Best father daughter hug ever. Amazingly talented young actors. A lot good here. See it.
The Kid with a Bike. Heart breaking, heart warming quiet little good Samaritan story. Love looks like this: saying hold on, but not so hard.
The Croupier. A lot is cool about this movie’s plot and protagonist. Too cool maybe? And who zoomed who at the end? I didn’t quite follow.
The Hustler. Is it only possible to win by cutting all ties & standing alone? Does money ruin the purity of competition? Isn’t Paul dreamy?
The Conversation. Liked all the parts–sound, scenes, performances, music, the 1974ishness of it all. But altogether it didn’t click for me.
Mud. Huck and Jim, and can a boy believe in love, and family and friendship is hard but worth it, and great performances. Amazing movie.
Amadeus. My kids: That looks like the most boring movie ever. Me: I know, but it’s really good. The first adult movie I remember liking.
Taxi Driver. My theory: Travis Bickle is America of the 1960’s/70’s. We don’t know how to solve our problems here, so we use guns far away.
Surfwise. Crazy dad seems right about this: It’s easier to die when you’ve lived. So go out and make memories. That way you don’t die alone.