‘That’s the last time I take acid before using Google maps’
On my walk home from the train station the other day I passed through a nearby park, as I do every evening. It’s normally dark at the time I’m making this journey, and the park is so poorly lit that it’s practically pitch black, even just after 6pm.
Previously, I’ve seen a person urinating, I’ve seen a guy presumably passed out (but possibly dead) against a fence, and I’ve also seen teens making out on the play equipment. What these people have in common is the preference for darkness and the anonymity it creates, and I’m always fine to leave them to their activities, marching on and listening to music as I think about what’s for dinner, and why it’s not always tacos.
So you can imagine my surprise when I happened across what looked like the disembodied head of an Asian girl about 14 years old standing in the middle of the darkness. What the fuck was she doing other than being terrifying? Why was she unsupervised in an unlit park at night? Was she a ghost? Was she doing a Peter Dutton impersonation?
No. It turns out her face was lit up by her phone screen, as nearly all kids faces are these days, and she was wandering around, completely oblivious to me, looking for something. I let her be. Continue reading
You couldn’t expect me to do a Robin Williams edition with only 3 movies could you? The guy did more films than Whitney Houston did crack – so now it’s time for Part 2!
The Birdcage (1996)
My appreciation for Nathan Lane’s acting abilities came much later than my love of Williams, but I now enjoy his talents almost, if not just as much. Combining the two of them is a brilliant move to save a film that borders on the offensive (or at least, it would be these days).
In a way it’s ironic to see Williams play the ‘straight man’ of the duo as a gay couple. Instead of being the scene-stealing, flamboyant crazy man, that is left to Lane who delivers in spades while Williams remains quite reserved. Don’t get me wrong though there are scenes where you can almost sense the two of them just riffing off each other. It’s a great dynamic between the two.
What shits me is the story. I know it’s based on some old French screenplay or something but in today’s world it just seems incredibly out of touch. Williams’ son (through a drunken one-night stand with a friend), is recently engaged to a senator’s daughter – and wouldn’t you know it, he’s a conservative (surprise surprise). Continue reading