So D and I watched In the Company of Men last night. Now, I have not seen this film since opening night at the Inwood (not linking to things currently evil; it was perfect at the time) nine years ago. To be honest, about 80% of the film was still vividly etched in my mind. I forgot about the part when Aaron Eckhart's character makes one of the new guys drop trou and show him his balls. How could you forget that scene? Anyone asking that hasn't seen the rest of the film. How's that for a recommendation.
Can't really think of many other films that really stay with you. Ah, you say, how about Irréversible? You know what? All I remember about that fucking film is the literal ten minute raping with the goddawful woofing noise echoing throughout the tunnel. Oh, and the fire extinguisher scene, which to be honest was more Peter Jackson to me than anything else. All the other scenes were just filler to justify that shit actually being a movie. And I saw that one opening night at the Angelika a mere four years ago.
Moments like those may indeed be potent, but the actual story of In the Company of Men managed to really stay with me. And while that's a glowing recommendation that yes, everyone should see this little fucked up movie, I'm still not sure I like it. Ok, I like it. But I can't honestly say I enjoy it. I can't believe I watched it twice, even if the two viewings were nearly ten years apart. This one character is, as he himself would say, "A whole new strain of fucker." What can I say, it really made an impression. And it holds up.
On a much lighter side of the evening, I tried out the new Temple of Truth bubble bar (why did I bother linking to that, the description is downright lame) from Lush. First of all, I hate the reviews the stupid Americans always leave. It's like the conversation threads on imdb--I'm just uncontrollably drawn to it, however upsetting. Anyway, this one is new. Hot. Damn. Everyone needs one and anyone who is male and reading this and has a bath-lovin' woman, needs to get a couple for her. It was just the bubbliest, softest, most magical bubble bar in the whole wide world. A+. I'm crazy about their bombs (especially Romance In the Stone, as it's labelled in the actual store), but I have to say I'm compelled to try more bubble bars now if the rest are anything like this one. Must not drive to North Park. Must not drive to North Park.
And back to film, I watched Untergang, Der (Downfall), as per Cinemaslave's recommendation. Saw this one on my own, not really D's cup of tea. I admit I thought it was going to be a really long 2 1/2 hours, but it wasn't. The performances were indeed incredible--I didn't sympathize with Hitler's character as much as I expected I might. Still, it was an unusual movie simply for portraying him in the most neutral light I've ever seen. Obviously you still see the crazy, but it's not the same over-the-top caricature you always get. Instead it's a very top-notch performance in a film that also does a really decent job with the story. Going into the details of everyone's behavior would take too long, but it is their behavior that make the film very different from the rest. I don't think I've really seen a film like this before...one that portrayed the German people at that time in such a real light. It's very thought-provoking. It shows individuals and their motives for the way they act...it has no epic feel to it, nothing to really distance it from the audience. Instead, it's a very intimate look at what went on in the very last days of Hitler.
It may go without saying, but I think it's entirely key that this film isn't American. Although unlike the little film strips I saw in Vietnam, it's also not anti-American (now that was a whole new world to me).
Time to finish downloading the newest Cinemaslave and I'm trying out some (Cool) Shite on the Tube Podcast, as Mob is always going on about it. I must hear the bit about M. Night wanting the last Harry Potter?? I will hunt down the fucker and shoot him myself.