So, I'm giving a class on Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola this semester, but after much agonizing I'm not screening The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited, although I will be showing clips [plus stuff from Tout Va Bien for the former, re cross-sections, natch, and stuff from the extras doc from the latter to illustrate tracking shots], and kids can write on either or both, and and and. So agonizing, but I really wanted Harold and Maude[and, yes, yes, Bud Cort],A Little Romance, and Rumble Fish to be part of our conversation [yes, more than Bowie in Portguese]. More anon from life on Mars, in any language.
Yeah, so. I've let this place silt up and become overrun with feral cats like some sort of Texas motel hosting programmers and new agers in 1980. But January promises opportunities to see all the films I've been reading about on year-end best-of lists for the past seven weeks. Not to mention write a little about the films I enjoyed most in 2013.
Bullying is at the core of Carrie. How do you update that aspect so that it resonates today?
You go inside of it and look at how it really is. How would these girls act in the locker room nowadays? Would they throw tampons? Would they yell? Would they use their cell phones? I interviewed lots of girls that age, and I read lots of stories. The young people you cast will tell you whether what you’re doing is true or not. And Chloë is a truth barometer. Does it feel authentic to her?
Cyberbullying is such a big part of bullying now. The girls videotape Carrie while they yell “Plug it up!” and that ends up being a big part of the story. What do you do with a video? You upload it. People see it.
Bullying, let’s say it’s fun and delicious because there’s a conflict there. We have a girl that we love, who is a misfit, gets made fun of. Well, there’s something interesting about that bullying scene that we watch. I try to do that in all my movies. You don’t celebrate the violence, but you’re engaged by it.
It’s part of that icky feeling of implication …
You’re implicated because you think Carrie kind of deserves it because she’s annoying. Because she’s a weakling and sometimes there’s a part of us that likes the strong to prey on the weak because we’re angry that the weak are weak. I want you to identify with Carrie, but I also want you to identify with the girls. I try to put you on the side of Carrie, on the side of the girls, on the side the teacher. You’re constantly engaged as if you could be any of those people.
Let's just say there was a lot more period blood in the original 6,000-word transcription. Thanks for reading.
Once more to the barricades w. Something in the Air [ed., No idea]
why are they in underwear in bed
crickets and peepers sound design
testimony: eyes reading faces
drugs & cars & hip hop
Another slight experience. Mostly I remember the use of Azealia Banks' "212" and the way that Emma Watson's hair moved. My pal KTZ told me I should check out the reality show starring the girl Watson's character is based on. Maybe while I'm ironing.
At the Nugget Theatre in Hanover, NH, on what turned out to be the Friday of Darmouth's reunion weekend, June 14 [the day before I left for the Flaherty Seminar]. Oof.
[Discerned from writing over other writing] I had one in my bosom and one in my pocketbook.
2. There is a quote
Farther than that ye can see
French English Arabic
3. Contact sheets
Kids, I think I overprimed the pump. Sunset especially is tied to a very fraught moment in my life. This one, I felt distant. Would like to revisit. I still chuckle at Delpy's titty titty pussy snore routine-sex bit. The sort of nastiness that only comes from true intimacy.