Just some chick.
There's a crazy ex in my husband's past, too. Their whole drama will fade; don't help keep it alive. Your new life can be about your new life, if you let it.
@thegardenhead hmm. Thank you for this thoughtful note. I liked your reading and wish I could have entered into it, but I can't. If it's part of "the current culture" of the film that people have completely lost the basic ability to connect, and are reduced instead to "cold, impersonal gestures"--more to the point, ersatz, false ones--then the movie is premised on an idea of what human beings are about that I can't buy, not even in the context of 'the fantastic' or however it is we should be characterizing near-term speculative fiction now.
Compare this movie to Jonze's masterpiece, Adaptation--which, not coincidentally, was written by a committed and passionate writer. Here, too, we have a persuasive hero/anti-hero: a flawed man, an Everyman, and like Twombly, also a writer. By the end the Kaufman of the film is living on a fuller, richer plane than the one we first found him on. But all his flaws are intact.
It appears that Twombly was meant to have been cut from the same cloth. He too is meant to represent a talented writer who achieves through pain an amplification of awareness. The argument that Twombly's ineptitude as a writer is meant to convey irony holds no water, because remember, he was the husband of another, now-famous writer whose career he helped bring about. His work is showered with praise, and a volume of his collected letters is eagerly accepted for publication. So. It seems to me that if you "focus on the story"--like I tried to do, seriously--it really falls apart. In fact, you can't focus on the story in order for it to work: you have to agree to stay on the superficial plane of its sentimentality, and ask no questions of it at all.
Will look forward to hearing more from you.
@Rebecca Schoenkopf ha gee was he really meant to be a nebbishy sadsack?! That reading seems available but I couldn't persuade myself that it was intended, when there is this general aura of admiration around Twombly's work (published book, the praise of Samantha, colleagues, success of job, comfort at home etc.) I mean obviously, nearly everyone else is seeing something I couldn't! Just as thegardenhead suggests above (hi there! that was a nice note, thank you.)
Regarding 'aliveness'--I don't think it would have worked at all if you weren't picturing the real Johansson (????)
@joshc I KNOW they don't tell you?@!?! It's incredible. What do you think, I can't even imagine not knowing?!
SUPER and ALL TRUE (except I can't vouch for parking lot car washes, which sound so decadent that civilization will collapse if you use them).
As for the Grove you must never ever park in the actual Grove parking lot!! Instead park in the north parking lot of the Farmers' Market (by Veggie Grill etc.) then buy some little thing at the Farmers' Market for the validation.
FIRST The Ruling Class THEN Lawrence of Arabia.
Give December a chance, it's not over yet! Only imagine if it vaults into the top spot, after all. Then where will you be.
Don't get mad, but my favorite one is by Chris Martin.
76% (better than I thought I would do, tbh.)