I watched 8 Mile on 11.18.21 after sifting through HBO's selection of "movies with a beat". I love Eminem so I figured I'd give it a try, but the funny thing about me watching a movie like that is when I try to relate to the main character. I'm a happy-go-lucky suburban kid with an upper-middle-class family and I live in a pretty well off neighborhood with a big backyard and I go to a top school in the state, so I'm trying to see myself in this guy who is so much of his struggles, struggles with family and poverty and all this super common bullshit. I'm not hard like he is, I don't get into fights. I'm a nerd, for God's sake, the biggest competition I'm a part of right now is who has the most WPM according to Monkeytype. So needless to say it's a little silly having me staring at Marshal on the screen being like, wow, he's just like me, because he isn't. I thought the flick was pretty solid, though, and I would give it probably a 6 or so. Out of ten.
First off: The Notebook. I love Gosling and I really expected a lot more from this film. I couldn't even finish it. I would've like it a lot better if it didn't take place in the 50s or whenever. I really liked that line at the beginning of the movie, though. "I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I’m gonna be that for you." And Noah said that. I actually have a buddy named Noah. Oh, and (500) Days of Summer. It's not that I thought it was BAD or even necessarily MID, in fact, it was pretty good, it's just no Eternal Sunshine, so take that as you will.
HOLY WOW I FINALLY WATCHED Taxi Driver (1976). Yes, it was as good as I thought it would be, maybe even better, and I already had high expectations for it! Definitely a 10 out of 10 in my book. I really relate to Travis but only in the first 50 minutes of the movie where he's kind of a low-life loser. I hate to be that guy, but "Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man." He really is just like me. But anyways. Wow. I loved the soundtrack, too. And Robert DeNiro is a pretty awesome guy. This movie made me really interested in guns, too. When I was done watching it I felt like clapping. I'm pretty excited just thinking about it since it's probably my new #1 movie. I'll write a more intellectual, kino-film-appreciator review later, I'm not using my filmbro brain right now. This is my giddy middle schooler brain.
Update: HE IS LITERALLY ME.
Previously I put that my #1 was American Psycho, which it still is, and yes, I still haven't seen it, but I probably will soon, but also my new #1 could be Taxi Driver, which really just blew me away. I'm gonna watch it again with my dad soon. I'm not super into any shows right now but my guilty pleasure has been the Gossip Girl reboot, even if I hate the crazy woke-ness of the show. I'm just there for the drama, really. Something you have to know about me is that I'm a comedy nut. I love SNL, and I still watch it every week, even though I know the quality of the episodes for the past couple of weeks have been... less than cherry. I'm excited to watch their "Best of" Thanksgiving special, which I recorded over the break, because nothing goes better with the holidays than a nice Will Ferrel sketch. Some of my earliest memories are of watching Will Ferrel on Jimmy Fallon. I've always loved that kind of stuff, and late night TV in general, but I will NEVER watch Jimmy Kimmel, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, or Stephen Colbert's propaganda because I can't stand those pretentious woke bastards. Especially Jimmy K. because I know he made that full 180 just for cash. And I'm really happy about SNL's new feature of Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy. Those three guys really bring back the spirit of the SNL "Digital Short" and I can feel the influence of The Lonely Island and old CollegeHumor with every line and sketch. I think they have great things in their future -- and their past. That means my weekly recommendation is to check out some old Please Don't Destroy bits. They're on YouTube. Enjoy!
I'd like to preface this by saying it's not that I didn't LIKE it, I liked it just fine, but like the title of this column says, I didn't like it so much. The film under fire? My Own Private Idaho, with the late River Phoenix and the still-living Keanu Reeves. It was... not what I expected. It was a beautiful movie, artistically, but I found the plot kind of hard to follow. And I don't know if this is necessarily a bad thing but the lines were delivered like the actors were in a Shakespearean play. I guess I was just confused. I think I was also under the impression this was a love story. I'm not sure what kind of story it actually is. Coming of age? In their 20s? I don't know. But it was pretty okay, in its entirety.
Well, I watched Nightcrawler. Did I love it? Not really. I'd say it's just another movie about a freakish-evil guy with Aspergers. Just another dude on the spectrum interested in money, AV, and crime. He talks kind of like how I talk -- I mean the cadence -- but he's definitely way more of an asshole than I am. I was like that a couple of years ago but now I'm all about love or something. I orginally gave it a 1 star out of 5 on Letterboxd but that was harsh, it's not DOGSHIT, but it isn't great either. It's okay. I didn't like that Jake Gyllenhaal was ugly in it but that doesn't really matter. I had a ton of filmbros attack me for my one star review and after thinking about it I raised my verdict to a 3-star. One of the guys who said I didn't get it was my buddy Noah who I really look up to. He's kind of everything I want to be so I listen to what he says and take it in. He also really pisses me off sometimes. I get filled with a rage when I think of him but I really appreciate him in my life. Just make sure you know his name on this site because I really angle a lot of stuff that I do to align with how I think he'd live his life so most of the movies I'm watching lately are ones I know he's watched. Anyways, he said I didn't get the movie, which really rubbed me the wrong way. I hate when he says shit like that because I GET IT I just don't CARE. He said the point of the movie was that it's SUPPOSED to be boring but there's a difference between an artsy banal film and a boring two hour movie, you know? Maybe HE doesn't get it. You know a movie's bad when you have to SEARCH for a hidden meaning or else you can't enjoy it. But also, I know I take movies too literally, so maybe I am in the wrong here. Who knows.
Taxi Driver still holds its throne as my #1 movie. After thinking about it some more I realized I really am just like Travis. My life is constant and it's the same thing day in and day out, there is no end. Until suddenly, there is a change, and that cycle just repeats itself over and over again as maybe shown in the ambiguous ending to this neo-noir flick. I really do resonate with his character especially at this time in my life because I'm finally cutting my bullshit and getting everything together. I wake up and immediately I'm doing anything to get my heart rate going, I'm trying to get strong, physically AND mentally, and I'm really reshaping my life. I'm trying to be the real rain that comes to wash all the scum off the streets. I'm sick of being a loner, I'm gonna be a hero now. I'm becoming the change I want to see in the world -- more specifically America. It pains me to see all the losers, pussies, pathetic-ass-people around my. I look at my peers and I feel a sense of hopelessness that this is all there's ever going to be for us. I'm gonna grow up and the guy working at the cornerstore is gonna be a scum-sucking lowlife with no drive who lives in the bounds of his comfort. I hate that America. I need to make everything great again.
Well, here's what's on my list: American Psycho, Girl, Interrupted, Drive (2011), Fight Club, Revenge of the Nerds, the Godfather franchise, the Rocky movies, Goodfellas, and I'm sure there's other stuff I can't think of right now.
Didn't I already talk about Nightcrawler?