Film: “A Good Marriage”

Today I watched “A Good Marriage,” a movie based on a short story by Stephen King. I liked it. A pretty simple film about a marriage that looks perfect to onlookers, up until the wife finds out what crimes her husband has been up to. Then she had to decide how to respond to the situation.

Only problem with it for me is how her husband never was truly brought to justice. His crimes involved sadism and torture, yet he was granted a fairly quick death. Plus everyone except one man was kept in the dark about it all. That’s not satisfying enough for someone like me, but I can understand why a person might opt to go that way, if only for their own convenience. And I suppose what’s done is already done and it’s more important to ensure the carnage stops from there on out.

Hmm…  Not a scary movie. Not terribly emotion-provoking either. Didn’t develop any of the characters in much real depth. Just a tale, a glimpse at one potential slice of this life.  I considered it worth viewing.

“My Dinner with André” (film)

This is a film I watched a few years back and still like to re-view from time to time, this week it having come back across my radar once again.

Very interesting and thought-provoking conversation they had there. Provides a lot for one to ponder on.

One of the best movies ever made: “The Big Lebowski”

Had enough seriousness for one day, so time to roll out some clips from one of my favorite movies of all time, “The Big Lebowski”:

I adore John Goodman (most especially) and Jeff Bridges. Steve Buscemi’s entertaining too.

Also own the soundtrack and love it, though it only includes about half the songs from the movie.

One song I particularly love but don’t believe I’d heard prior to picking up the soundtrack is Captain Beefheart’s “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles”:

That song is touching and pulls at my heart strings for some unknown reason. Maybe because I tend to attract blue-eyed love interests and friends. Every time I listen to it a feeling washes over me of great appreciation for beauty and dedicated love, tinged with sadness.

Here’s an interesting one I know I’d never heard before:

That was “Ataypura” by Yma Sumac.

Even Mozart made a debut in the film (though not on the soundtrack unfortunately) with portions of his last work “Requiem in D Minor,” this part titled “Lacrimosa” (performed by The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir):

Amazing what you learn by becoming a fan of the Dude.

One of my favorite movies: “Fiddler On the Roof”

Full video available:

My parents had this in their film collection while I was growing up, and I remember watching it repeatedly between about age 8-12. I think my mother took me once to see the play even. Aided in coloring my imagination, for sure. Then my mother gave me the soundtrack while I was a teen.  Ha  All of these songs stuck with me and regularly continue to run through my mind at random.

As a kid I didn’t understand much about it all so far as what had really happened to Russian Jews — to me it was just a deeply interesting story framed nicely as a musical. Was a film I liked to pull out from time to time, but it’s been a few years since I last watched it. Can’t personally claim today to know a great deal about Jews in general other than what I’ve read, most of that told by Holocaust survivors, which obviously is a separate reality than Russian Jews faced. (And you’d think I’d have looked more into that by now.) Met a few Jews over time and found them pleasant. Am aware of all the “conspiracy theories” out there about select Jews in power, and of course there’s the Israel/Palestine concern that I’ve grown familiar on as well. But none of that has anything to do with this movie, so it’s best to dump that out of your brain before watching it.

It’s a story framed from a relatively poor family’s perspective, specifically the father Tevye’s, set in Tsarist Russia right at the beginning of the 20th century. It tells of his eldest daughters and how he goes through this mind-bender in watching the traditions he wished to hold so fast to slip away, culminating in the Tsar attacking their village and forcing them to leave their homes. It’s actually a very touching and sad film despite the comedic first half (that most people I figure don’t watch past, ha), and it’s the kind of film that does deserve attention and consideration. Why? Because the story is so very well-told and the acting is truly amazing. Really allows you to completely submerse yourself and ‘feel’ the story as it unfolds. The characters are all well-developed and the chemistry between the actors and actresses is very convincing. Especially Tevye — he’s my favorite character in the whole story.

True, of course true.

Rewatching this again tonight, I truly do love and enjoy this film.  Soul food.  And I genuinely appreciate each and every song in it.

I wonder if I ever would have been open to this film had it not been ’til adulthood when I fest saw it. Somehow I doubt it. So thankfully it had a chance to make an impression of its own on me before my mind was filled with so much else.

Halfway through it again now…

This is exactly what I needed tonight. It both cracks me up and at other times is a tear-jerker, to be frank. lol  Judge if you must. I’m the sentimental sort. ha  It’s the kind of story that when I sink it into it, the characters very much come alive and it ceases to be just a film. It’s a wonderful story that illustrates very radical change incrementally confronting simple people (and simple here is certainly not intended in the pejorative sense), and it turns out quite humbling.

At the “sunrise, sunset” scene where Tzeitel marries Motel is where I paused. Back to viewing…

Now at the end. It’s truly amazing the power films have to penetrate the psyche.

One of the best movies ever created: “Blazing Saddles”

Hahaha! Love that song! Probably one of the earlier influences to help corrupt me.  biggrin  Considering how young I was when first coming across it in my mother’s VHS collection. Mel Brooks is the man!  Such a funny and creative individual.

I’m tired. Sick and tired of love. I’ve had my fill of love. From below and above. Tired. Tired of being admired. Tired of love uninspired. Let’s face it, I’m tired!

I’ve been with thousands of men, again and again. They promise the moon. They’re always coming and going, and going and coming — and always too soon.

I’m tired. Tired of playing the game. Ain’t it a crying shame. I’m so tired. Goddamn it, I’m exhausted!

One of the best tidbits in cinema history!

Haha!

Best conversation in cinema!

That was a clip from the movie “My Dinner With Andre,” which I haven’t watched in a few years. Very interesting yet simple film, this point in the dinner conversation between these two men being the best part.

It is available on Netflix.

Couldn’t express how much I understand where the character of Andre is coming from here.

We humans have embarked on a new era. I really like how Andre ponders whether the 1960s was likely the last major display of natural humanness, all decades since pushing toward a weird, robotic, and what I consider highly domesticated, all-new way of life, worldwide. With everything in me, I too wanted to run, but where to? There turned out to be nowhere to go.

We can’t hide from the future. We can only engage it in one way, shape, or form. Actively or passively. We might escape through death, but even that isn’t guaranteed. Might be reincarnated. Might find out that life truly is eternal in that sense. *shrugs* Who knows? The thought unsettles me too, as I’ve grown quite fond of the idea of someday winding up as inert worm food. There’s peace in the belief that one’s life cannot go on indefinitely. Bullshit for all eternity sounds tiring and pathetic. And perhaps if we don’t shape up our acts that’s what we wind up with.

But jokes aside, the “pantheistic” expression of consciousness that the Andre character discusses here is age-old wisdom that we humans seem to have a hard time grasping. And even when we comprehend it on some intellectual level, that says nothing about our individual ability to walk down that path.

Friday night movie: “Citizen Ruth”

On the menu for tonight was the quasi-comedy “Citizen Ruth”:

Available for instant viewing on Netflix.

All in all, it was worth viewing and humorously sums up the reality of the abortion debate situation, which is that many have lost sight of the actual people involved due to being blinded by political and/or religious agendas. Some people are better off not bringing (more) kids into existence, and pro-life sentiments do nothing to assure the well-being of fetuses in utero. That much we know to be true.