26 October, 2005

Tuesday night filmfest

Last night I watched two films on DVD, the first was Todd Solondz's "Palindromes".

I love Todd Solondz. His films make me laugh so much that I cry. Perhaps that's the point?

Peter Travers from the Rolling Stone said: "Solondz likes to put the screws to moral hypocrisy. As always, he goes too far. As always, you don't want to look away."

"Palindromes" for me, was no exception. A few of my uncomfortable laughter moments follow:

1. Mother: "Am I terrible mother?"
Aviva: "Everybody makes mistakes."

2. Aviva: "Can you still get pregnant when it goes in there?"

3. Girl at Mama Sunshines': "... I don't remember any of this. But this is what I found out aftermy mother overdosed, choking on her own vomit."

4. Boy at Mama Sunshines' (said in a cheery, exciteable mood): "... I'm Carlito! I'm epileptic!" (others laugh heartily)

5. Mama Sunshines' singers (sung in a pop song stylee): "Nobody else could ever love you this way... Nobody eeeelse but Jesus!"

6. and another by the fabulous singing group (again sung in a Britney Spears stylee): "You gotta fight for the children, you know they would fight for you!"

I understand that decontextualised, these quotes are going to make me look like a complete weirdo. Oh well. Never mind.

The second movie I watched was "Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie". Again, pure genius. My very favourite scene was when Patrick Star the starfish was in fishnet tights and hooker boots towards the end.

I love Patrick. "Did I miss something? Did you see my butt?!"

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Anhoni Patel said...

Ziggy - I havent' seen Palindromes as yet but I have seen Tood S's other films like Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse and loved them!

A lot of people don't like him. They think he's "depressing". They are totally missing the point. His films point out the ironies of life and that obviously makes people uncomfortable. They can't deal.

David Dalley said...

Hey Ziggy

I think we must be on the same wavelength or something - I watched Palindromes a couple nights ago also and randomly decided to blog on it today. Weird eh?

I love Solondz, but I didn't think very much of this particular film. But I gotta agree with you on Spongebob - genius indeed.

ziggystardust73 said...

Do you know David, I haven't met many fans of Solondz who have liked this film?

But I really liked it... I agree it is more 'obvious' than his others, but he still made me squirm, which is rare these days.

Anhoni, let me know what you think when you've seen it.

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