The story that the UK government is going to stop teenage boys (and girls) watching porn on the internet – from next year! – by asking them to prove their age made me hope that RRSA Cloud Cuckoo Land was in the Marconium…. Alas, it isn’t. And, as we’ve already done Futility, let’s focus instead on the same thing as those youngsters: Lust.
This series has reached its first anniversary and my amour and I have just reached our second, so its time for a party. Amy guru’d the RR music topic, so I’m hoping she will be joining in enthusiastically, but all are welcome, whatever turns them on….
Spike Lee’s last feature, Chi-Raq, was his almost successful take on the Lysistrata story of women withholding sex to stop their men fighting. They have to keep reminding the men what they are missing, of course, which is quite effective in parts (ooh er, missus!) and I guarantee you will find the campaign slogans very memorable.
What films would you recommend about/involving lust? You may wish to make your comments anonymous…..
The story that primary school children have lost marks in their Sats tests for misshapen commas is one bound to get Guardian readers arguing about punctuation standards, petty bureaucracy and, very likely, why should perpetually underpaid teachers have to deal with crap like this? The Daily Hell will, no doubt, get het up for other reasons.
So what about films that cause arguments? Have you ever watched something that you thought was profound/original/hilarious and you later discover that others disagree? Yes, you have, and you’ve also been the naysayer: What a load of pretentious crap/I could see the end coming a mile off/ I didn’t laugh once.
The most recent film that caused me to narrowly avoid an argument was Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman who reacts to being raped in an unexpected manner. I found it stunning, for many reasons; my friend thought it crossed a red line.
I’d be interested in others’ views of Elle (which I desperately hope is never re-made with a different actress), but I’m more interested in films about which you’ve had, or narrowly avoided, an argument. You may or may not be recommending them…..
As if we didn’t love and respect him enough already, now comes the news that Mike Ashley held regular senior management meetings during lock-ins at the pub and would challenge subordinates to extreme drinking competitions. What a guy!
Anyway, it gives me a topic: films about drinking. It doesn’t have to be booze, I suppose, but…. I’ll start with a classic: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which Taylor and Burton are a magnificent pair of drunken beasts.
What films about or featuring drinking would you recommend?
In an effort to keep the duck hobbling forward, those good(?) Christian ladies, Theresa and Arlene, have formed an unholy alliance. Lord help us!
But sometimes two people with different agendas or perspectives (or genders or personalities) can create something positive, or at least fun… So let’s hear about films starring odd couples (a Shoey-guru’d topic on the original RR).
I’ll go for Mary & Max, a bittersweet animation about a young girl from Australia and an old man from New York who strike up a curious long-distance connection. As actually happened.
What films about odd couples would you recommend?
Here in the UK we seem to be enjoying something of a heatwave (well, we’ll enjoy it until it gets too much after a couple of days). So let’s celebrate heat of the solar-generated kind or, if you prefer, heat of the legal, pressure or even sexy kind……
I’ll start off with Spike Lee’s great Do The Right Thing. It is dripping with heat of all kinds and eventually it must explode.
What films about heat would you recommend?
As they go, Theresa May’s decision to call an election rates as a mistake of Titanic proportions, sinking her reputation and putting her at the mercy of a bunch of homophobic, misogynist creationists. And the campaign itself was strewn with missteps and misjudgements that wouldn’t be out of place in a Coen Brothers film, all piling on top of one another to increase the certainty of disaster and the count of dead bodies, both innocent and guilty. And this one really is a true story…..
But I’ll pick a film where the mistake brings about something good – like Jezza confounding all his critics and opening the door on a possibly more equitable future – The Lunchbox, in which the wonderfully intricate Mumbai tiffin delivery service has a hiccup and the consequences bring love to an unlikely couple. Sometimes the wrong train can bring you to the right station is the film’s tagline; I have found this to be delightfully true.
What films about mistakes would you recommend?
My home town has remained in the news here for the past week, as the primordial slime is dredged for clues about our local mass murderer. Much has been written about how us Mancs have pulled together and rejected any message of hate or mistrust and – much as I would like to be cynical about it – I have found tears coming into my eyes on several occasions as stories of solidarity across cultural, religious and ethnic divides have been told. I cannot deny it: I am proud to be part of this community and this city.
So, let’s have your films about community this week. My choice is Pride, the true story of two communities – miners and gays – overcoming their mutual suspicion and prejudice to fight oppression and spread understanding.
What films about community would you recommend?
RR Films, like me, is taking a break for a week. I’m not sure where RR is going but I’m off to join my amour in the Dominican Republic 🙂