In our first book vs. movie episode, we discuss Jane Campion’s 2003 film In The Cut and how it compares to Susanna Moore’s original erotic thriller, published in 1995.
Does Meg Ryan’s flat, brown hair obscure her image as America’s innocent sweetheart?
Is Jennifer Jason Leigh her sister or friend?
Why are all the men in the movie so obsessed with marriage?
Does it matter that we spoil the killer’s identity?
All will be revealed in Episode 6!
Literary publicist and all-around bibliophile David Archer joins Bonnie and Maude for the discussion and treats us with an impeccable Meg Ryan impersonation.
Eleanor and Kseniya were masochistic enough to let me join them to discuss Jane Campion’s 2003 adaptation of Susanna Moore’s IN THE CUT. Can you stand it?
A taste of Episode 6 to get you through the holiday season.
With the help of our special guest David Archer, we will be discussing Jane Campion’s 2003 film In The Cut (starring a mumble-y, brunette Meg Ryan in what was intended to be a gritty, sexual role for America’s Sweetheart) and how it compares to Susanna Moore’s original novel.
Read the book and check back in January to hear what we thought!
For better or worse.
Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen Rich and Famous (1981)
At first blush, Die Another Day is sensical enough but really, what day? Had one died yesterday the point would be moot and one can’t die tomorrow since, as we saw in 1997, tomorrow never dies. Admittedly, Die At Some Point In The Future, though true, lacks stickiness. Things really turned weird after Daniel Craig’s first film Casino Royale. Whatever Quantum of Solace, his dark follow up, means is well beyond the normal cognitive abilities of the layperson. Sure, we know what a small unit of comfort may be but just because one can decipher something doesn’t mean the thing itself makes sense. It’s like ordering a cup of C8H10N4O2, instead of a cup of coffee.
I am beyond (beyond!) over the complaint that Quantum of Solace is a nonsensical title. In the film, both Bond and Camille are on quests to avenge loved ones. In addition to the whole Confucian “before you embark on revenge, dig two graves” thing (used to great effect previously in For Your Eyes Only), vengeance is problematic because it doesn’t solve anything and it doesn’t bring your loved ones back. It merely offers (drum roll) a QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
Remember how the movie ends? Anyone? I DO. It ends with Bond and Camille feeling listlessly unfulfilled because they are left with only a QUANTUM of the SOLACE they hoped vengeance would bring them.
So, I’m pretty sure that the title makes perfect sense.
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VIBES is a movie starring Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum that I have seen, that I own, that I enjoy, and for which I have made a fake Criterion cover. Now I have said things about it on a website, which you can read by clicking this hyperlinked text. <End Transmittal>
Coming soon: our valentine to the women of Twin Peaks!
Was there ever a coterie of female talent as diverse as the one David Lynch assembled for Twin Peaks? Join host Tom Blunt and an army of performers, presenters and special guests as they obsess over the lives and careers of actresses whose paths intersected in this sleepy (yet over-caffeinated) town. Tickets and further info HERE.
Damn fine coffee will be available for all attendees!
*Reception to follow in the 92YTribeca cafe*
This is happening and it will be exactly as weird and rewarding as the graphic indicates.
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I promise I’m done.
Here we have Vibes, in which Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play psychics searching for the source of all the world’s psychic energy in Ecuador. (Spoiler Alert: they also fall for each other!) Julian Sands and Peter Falk costar.
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Another, because I only admire musicians who make weirdo movies which are later buried and can only be found piecemeal on YouTube.
Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr in Son of Dracula (1974), for Fake Criterions’s “Double Threats.”
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