any good movies lately?
and recommend it.
Barry Egan has kind of a pathetic life. He's a partner in a small
business that sells bathroom novelty supplies — think dice-topped
toilet plungers aimed at the casino industry, for example— and
spends each day working out of a cavernous warehouse, monotonously
making phone calls, drinking coffee, making sure products ship out
properly. His personal life's not much better: he has no friends, no
girlfriend, no one save his seven sisters really, all of whom are
constantly badgering him and bossing him around, basically inflicting
emotional abuse upon him under the guise of normal sisterly teasing. For
the most part, Barry quietly, blandly goes through the motions of life,
except on the occasions when all that pent-up emotion that comes from
having no human connections and being walked all over like a doormat
explodes from seemingly out of nowhere, at which point Barry yells and
smashes everything in sight. The highlights of his life are snagging a
junky old harmonium that gets inexplicably dumped off the back of a
moving truck in front of his warehouse one morning, and discovering a
loophole in a food product promotion that will win him a trip to Hawaii,
if he can only amass enough fat-free pudding. But on the same day he
makes these exciting discoveries, something unexpected and wonderful
walks into his life, in the form of a pretty blonde Englishwoman named
Lena who, miracle of miracles, genuinely seems to like Barry.
My boy likes David Lynch, Jeunet and Caro
and pretty much any movie starring Adam Sandler.
His mysterious and unaccountable weakness for the not-exactly high-brow
actor/comedian means that I have seen an embarrassingly large proportion
of the Adam Sandler oeuvre thus far, which is not insubstantial, a
particularly amazing fact when you notice that just about every movie
features Sandler as the exact same character going through the exact
same plot. The weird thing is, despite the fact that I would sooner
gouge my eye out with a spoon than have to endure a repeat viewing of Little
Nicky, I've always kind of liked Adam Sandler. His movies might be
completely inane, but there's something interesting about the way his
(one) character is such a weird, unsettling blend of sweet and psycho.
What's great about Punch-Drunk Love is that it makes brilliant
use of Sandler's particular, peculiar talent for playing a (basically)
nice oddball of a guy who's also constantly on the verge of going
completely nuts, and quite possibly homicidal. Sandler's Barry Egan
isn't a huge departure from his usual moronic comedy character, but
there's one big difference: Barry Egan has real depth. The result is
something a little disturbing, a lot weird, not a small amount lovely,
and totally riveting to watch. Paul Thomas Anderson's use of sound in
the movie works beautifully to throw the viewer into Barry's world
long silences are occasionally punctuated by
sudden sharp, jarring blares and clatters that just as quickly as they
break the peace, disappear again, returning us to the placid sonic
terrain. And the look of the movie is a glorious Technicolor candy-hued
dream, so outrageously, heart-swellingly romantic that it makes you feel
Barry and Lena falling in love, even though the relationship defies all
logic (sadly, it's hard to completely ignore that it makes no sense).
"Quirky" doesn't begin to do justice to how unlike Punch-Drunk
Love is from any other love story you've ever seen before: totally
bizarre and utterly unpredictable, it's just plain neat to watch the
film alternately lurch and glide its way to a conclusion. —reviewed
by Yee-Fan Sun
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