Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Feeling a sense of dread, loss, or confusion?


Finding your world meaningless and absurd? You've got lots of company. Six great songs about existential angst.



1) Jackson Browne"Doctor My Eyes"

"Doctor, my eyes have seen the years and the slow parade of fears without crying."

**Worth noting: The song as originally written was too depressing so Browne changed some of lyrics.




2) Waifs "Fisherman's Daughter"

"Lay down your burdens papa. Won't you come sit with me at home
We have got to spend some time together Before we just be bones"


3) The Temptations "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."

"I never got a chance to see him. Never heard nothing but bad things about him."


4) Peter, Paul, and Mary's version of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"

"Where have all the graveyards gone. Gone to flowers, every one."


5) Judy Collins version of "Both Sides Now"

"But now it's just another show, you leave 'em laughin' when you go."


6) Jimmy Buffet "He Want to Paris"

"Some of it's magic. And some of it's tragic. But I had a good life all the way"

(Buffet wrote a lot of pop crap but also some great folky stuff.)






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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

5 Movies that Make You Glad You're Single


  "Antichrist" voted the most shocking film at Cannes 


Obscure, indie, arthouse, and foreign films featuring dysfunction, perversion, and lots of red flags. Be glad you're not dating any of these people.


 1) "Greenberg" starring Ben Stiller. 

Red Flags: clueless men, confused women, and sick dogs.


Abstract: The best thing Ben Stiller ever did. Stiller's character has just gotten out of a hospital after a nervous breakdown. (Red Flag #1) He is staying at the home of his affluent, straight-laced brother who is going on vacation with his family and leaving Stiller alone at the house. Oh, and innocent Greta Gerwig is the family's personal assistant, whom Stiller invites out for a drink. Every scene you wonder, "Oh, no. What is Stiller going to do or say now?" And then there's the scene with the college-aged niece, who shows up unannounced and throws a party at the house, featuring plenty of drugs Stiller shouldn't be taking. Weird, weirder, skin-crawly. A great job! You'll give up dating for good.
 2) "Elling," a Norwegian film. 
Red Flags: mama's boys and simple-minded brutes with one thing on their minds.


Abstract (to the best of my recollection): Elling is a grown man who has lived with his mother his whole life. Following her death, authorities find him hiding in a closet of his boyhood home. Off to the nuthouse! Here he rooms a Gerard Depardieu look-alike who is obsessed with getting some action (I think the guy may have been over thirty years old and still a virgin.) Then the government decides to move the two guys into polite society, where they attempt to act normal, something many of us have always found challenging. Kooky, quirky, won't bum you out like "Greenberg" or others on this list.
3) "Betty Blue," a French film. 
Red Flags: impulsive women, arson, dangerous use of kitchen utensils, spineless men, and just a little psychotic behavior. Betty could teach Greenberg a few things.

Abstract: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl have great sex (remember that?). After a disagreement with landlord, she burns down the house. Boy writes a novel. Girl finds his rejection letters, and then slashes the face of one of the publishers. Things go downhill from there. Redeeming feature: one of the hottest love scenes ever.


4) "Ma Mère," another pervy one from, who else, the French. 

Red Flags: Women who love too much.

Abstract: Promiscuous mother, 17-year-old son. What could go wrong? Isabelle Huppert at her most depraved as the mother, who has, um, porous boundaries. Sex, drugs, and necrophilia.

5) "Antichrist" 
Red Flags: extreme mansplaining and know-it-all psychologists.


Abstract: From director Lars Von Trier, who specializes in psycho movies. Willem Dafoe (always a good psycho) and his equally psycho movie wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg. In the opening scene, the couple is having sex and their little boy finds an open window and falls to his death. The wife goes into therapy, which doesn't prevent her from becoming near catatonic. But good news: the husband (Dafoe) is a psychologist and decides to take her away to secluded cottage to cure her! Sadomasochism and insanity ensues. Betty Blue is a romantic comedy compared to this one.

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