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Ghost World Movie Review & Film Summary (2001) | Roger Ebert

The late, great Roger Ebert’s review of one of my personal faves. Color me moved.

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“I like to watch”  - Chance, the gardener.


Being There  (Hal Ashby, 1979)

An illiterate gardener, who has never left the house where he was born, and who has learned everything he knows from watching television, is evicted and mistakenly held for a profound man by influential people - only because he speaks in platitudes, or maybe because he’s a white man wearing the right clothes. ‘Chance, the gardener,’ or 'Chauncey Gardiner', was Peter Sellers’ last role before his death, and although more introverted and awkward than the parts he is best known for, it is hard to think of a more perfect final exclamation mark to the extraordinary talent of a man who claimed to have ‘no personality’ of his own, “as far as I’m aware.” 
 
Sellers’ wonderfully strange chameleon character blends perfectly into Hal Ashby’s equally odd sense of what comedy is
(or rather, what it can be – think of Harold & Maude for instance). There are dark undertones here, a cynical political and societal verdict, but it’s all wrapped in a quietly hilarious, even heart-warming sincerity and strangeness. It makes Being There an exceptionally intriguing comedy: are we watching an idiot exposing the idiocy of those well-respected people around him? Does he show us the hollowness of social convention? Or the instability of preconceptions? That meaning is wherever we want it to be? Or is he really an oracle, albeit in his own peculiar way? The film’s great final shot only reinforces the ambiguity further.
 

- Thanks to a dear friend for the recommendation -

"I’m glad the portrait of Ben Franklin stayed the same on the new $100 bill. There’s something about his slight, tight frown, the paternal hint of disappointment in his eyes and those pursed, sealed lips that seem to say, ‘I don’t approve of what you’re doing, but I can’t stop you from rolling this banknote into a straw and ripping a fat rail of white lightning in the Buffalo Wild Wings handicapped bathroom stall, you goddamn beautiful disaster.’"

Someone who isn’t me wrote this and it made me chortle snort. 

We are seeking a happy, smiling professional”

… wait wait wait who said anything about smiling? muuuuust it be a qualification? truly u cannot be srs

"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, to not love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness."

— from “Love and Death” 1975

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I need terrible female engineers

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, stupid fabulous

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, stupid fabulous

excerpt from the diary of frida kahlo: an intimate self portrait

excerpt from the diary of frida kahlo: an intimate self portrait