a most unfortunate case of mistaken identity
Tracks (Sept 19, 2014 - Limited) with Mia Wasikowska
Laggies (October 17, 2014)
Father to grown woman: “Hey, did you hear the one about the grown woman who started hanging out with a bunch of adolescent kids ..?” "No, what ?" “No, I never heard of it before either.”
Drinking Buddies (2013) with Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Sam Livingston (x)
When a film doesn’t meet my expectations it doesn’t mean that nothing happened. It means something different happened. In this case, perfect drinking buddies do not necessarily make perfect partners. Drinking buddies Jake and Kate discover this over a two-day period during which he helps her move and neither of them drink. He finds she lacks empathy when he injures himself and requires stitches. She insists on drinking with the boys afterwards instead of dinner because she feels he’s been kind of a drag all day. On the other hand she finds him manipulative and bullying when he tries to make her feel guilty about it. I found this just as engaging as your typical Hollywood ending. I am left with one question however: what’s more intimate .. kissing in the woods or skinny dipping (without touching) ?
Personal Best (1982) Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly (x)
I saw this movie when it first came out. I was on a date. I had no idea. I was impressed but not for the reason my date thought ("I liked it" "Yeah, you would"). First, it’s a story about Olympic competition. It addresses the issue: what happens when two athletes competing in the same event are romantically involved? Since men and women don’t compete in the same events ..it focuses on a gay couple from the women’s team. Will their feelings interfere with competition ? Will competition betray their trust? It handles these issues skillfully. Secondly, it was set in San Luis Obispo CA, which has a reputation for sending women track athletes to the Olympic trials. It was also filmed on the track in Eugene Oregon during the 1980 Olympic trials ..with actual Olympians. An incredible feat of realism. Mariel Hemingway’s peformance was powerful and convincing. Olympic athlete Patrice Donnelly was a natural. Their relationship was just a part of the story. Made in the early 80’s ..the film was 20 years ahead of it’s time.
Happy Endings (2004)