Becalmed

September 26, 2005 § 2 Comments

It was a delightfully sedate weekend. I slept. I took a bath. I played with my cats. I even cooked a proper meal. None of these are particularly noteworthy activities, I know, but I enjoyed them just the same.

Last night, James joined me for a night in at the movies, which turned out to be something of a mixed bag. First, we tried to watch a positively atrocious film called Maximum Overdrive, but aborted mission after about twenty minutes. The movie, which stars a painfully young Emilio Estevez, has the distinction of being the only Stephen King film that was also directed by Stephen King. It also features a soundtrack that is exclusively comprised of songs by AC/DC. Enough said.

Undaunted, we turned our attention to Larry Clark’s Bully, which was a considerably better choice, although far from pleasant viewing. Inspired, no doubt, by Estevez’s earlier appearance, I found myself wondering if any of the characters in The Breakfast Club ever gave or received an extra-diegetic blowjob. My money’s on Claire.

Finally, as a tribute to the recently departed news anchor, we watched an old episode of Peter Jennings Reporting about the DEA’s crackdown on Ecstasy. According to Jennings, both of the government-funded studies that “proved” that the drug had serious health risks were based on fatally flawed data and have since been retracted by the journals in which they originally appeared. Damn, I miss him.

Next time, I will have to subject James to Norman Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance, or, if it’s out, Frank Perry’s The Swimmer. Then, we’ll be even.

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§ 2 Responses to Becalmed

  • Anonymous says:

    Diegesis in film

    In film Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. The origin of the name comes from the fact that photographic film (also called filmstock) has historically been the primary medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist — motion pictures, the silver screen, photoplays, picture shows, flicks — and most commonly movies.
    ….. Click the link for more information. , diegesis is the narrative that includes all the parts of the story that are not actually shown on the screen, such as events that have led up to the present action; people who are being talked about; or events that are presumed to have happened elsewhere; in fact, all the frames, spaces and actions not focused on visually in the film’s main narrative.

    Claire- really- I can’t seem to remeber who played her? Must be all the E I’ve been doing this last decade…

    J

    and, please- let the spam comment bots live! I like the random underpinnings of the web dangling about like rotting fruit…etc etc- the world is a too controlled as is without word verifiers to test my humanity…

  • Vila H. says:

    J,

    Re: Diegesis — I would have used the term “off-screen,” but it’s not nearly pretentious enough.

    Re: Claire — She was the prissy redhead played by Molly Ringwald. You may recall that she possessed a special talent for applying lipstick with her cleavage, which gives her the speculative edge.

    Re: Spam comment bots — In certain cases, humanity tests can be useful. Dates, for example.

    Re: E — Um, you got any?

    V.

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