Stub Catalog: May 11, 1996 - Twister

Thoughts in hindsight…
  • '96 was a solid year for blockbuster movies. This was right around when I started going to movies with my friends instead of my father. Seismic shift. He gave me a good start. I'm not sure if my choices followed through on that promise. We'll see.
  • The scene with the cow killed me. You know the one. Also when Philip Seymour Hoffman shouts “We crave sustenance!” Random.
[Fiction]

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We climbed the back stairs, steep and untreated, past the old paint cans and up to the roof deck. She led and I followed closely behind, enjoying my view of her. After pushing the door open with my shoulder we stepped onto the tar paper roof, into the brisk air, a silhouetted skyline emerging in front of us. It was neither cold nor warm, but when the wind picked up we had to huddle, me in my jacket, she in her robe-like gray cardigan. The sun was setting. Half the sky burned a soft orange while the other half faded into shadow. Slowly the night enveloped us.

We liked being near each other but we were still unsure of our boundaries. We sat in adjacent chaise lounge chairs, formerly white but now distinctly weather beaten from being up on the roof all summer long. We alternately faced each other and then faced the city. We lit and smoked cigarettes, one after another. We were restless. We talked passionately, and covered what seemed like everything. The kind of conversation that bursts from the excitement of all the gaps yet to be filled. The kind of conversation we knew we could have only so many times before it became something different. Truths came out, sometimes to be realized only after being spoken out loud. We felt intimately close. We felt the pull of our undeniable attraction, but we didn’t yet fully understand why. We discovered a lot of it that night, and the many nights that followed.

But that night… that night her brown hair, long and wispy and straight, whirled around her brown eyes in the wind. In those eyes I saw sadness, I saw hope, I saw fear, I saw joy. I saw an infinity of possible futures sprawling out before us. I leaned back and took a picture.

Those infinite futures have narrowed themselves down to this one present, and that one picture. And that picture conjures these words. And that’s enough.

Tags | Fiction | Literature |

Stub Catalog: April 27, 1996 - Mulholland Falls

Thoughts in hindsight…
  • Nick Nolte was born grizzled.
  • Even if it’s only half-decent, I’m a total sucker for film noir.
Muse: Jessica Lange

Muse: Jessica Lange

Just Finished: Downhill Racer

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Why did I watch it?

Random IMDB Trivia:

  • This was going to be Roman Polanski's first American film. Robert Evans of Paramount needed someone to direct Rosemary’s Baby so Polanski was given that project due to the nature of some of his recent films. Robert Redford was also considered for the male lead in that film.
  • The movie’s poster was ranked #4 on “The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever” by Premiere. 

Netflix Rating: 3 out of 5

Very subdued performances, subdued material. I remember liking it OK, but thinking it could have been a lot better with the talent attached.

Just Finished: The Hunger Games

Why did I watch it?

  • The Lady is a big fan of the books and insisted.

Random IMDB Trivia:

  • The second movie in two years (after Winter’s Bone) in which Jennifer Lawrence plays a character who feeds her destitute family and herself partly by catching and killing squirrels. 

Netflix Rating: 3 out of 5

Thought it was perfectly adequate. Entertaining. Probably won’t go out of my way to watch any more of them.

Stub Catalog: April 14, 1996 - A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Thoughts in hindsight…
  • No idea why I would have seen this. Best guess - it was the mid-90’s and Martin-mania was sweeping the nation? Damn, Gina.
  • One thing from the movie actually did manage to stick in my brain. The opening scene is a rip-off of the opening scene from Sunset Boulevard. Predictably the only memorable thing about this movie came from an entirely different, far greater film (something I wouldn’t even realize until 16 years later).
Just Finished: Dead Ringers

Why did I watch it?

Random IMDB Trivia:

  • Robert De Niro turned down the Mantle twins roles because he felt uncomfortable playing a gynecologist.

Netflix Rating: 2 out of 5

I keep thinking David Cronenberg is one of my favorite directors, but here’s something I’m slowly realizing: for as many of his films that I love (Videodrome, The Fly, Scanners, Eastern Promises), there are a growing number I feel ambivalent about (A Dangerous Method, eXistenZ). We can throw Dead Ringers in the latter pile.

Stub Catalog: April 4, 1996 - Primal Fear


Thoughts in hindsight…
  • My introduction to Edward Norton. Maybe the world’s introduction? Anyway he was an absolute powerhouse in this movie. Major screen presence. Terrifying and fascinating.
  • I have a new found respect for Richard Gere’s career choices. It seems like he only goes after these small-scale passion projects, especially lately. Something admirable about that.
Muse: Elsa Hosk

Tags | Muse | Model | Elsa Hosk | Legs | Swedish |
Just Finished: The Rum Diary

Why did I watch it?

Random IMDB Trivia:

  • The final black and white still shot (also the cover photo of the book) at the very end of the movie is not in Puerto Rico (where the movie takes place) but in Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club (with a bottle of Amstel beer). In the background is the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the first resort hotel to be constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico. 

Netflix Rating: 4 out of 5

1 Thing I Liked About It: The club scene with Amber Heard. Great old surfer music, great dancing.

1 Thing I Didn’t Like About It: The moral message seemed a bit murky. Some departures from the book. Aaron Eckhart’s character was thin.

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