i know you might roll your eyes at this//but i’m so glad that you exist;

Elizabethtown: shmaltzy, sentimental, horrendously contrived, at least half an hour overlong, starring two of the most irritating actors of our generation… and thoroughly lovely. I guess any film with a soundtrack featuring Ryan Adams, Kathleen Edwards, Lindsay Buckingham and Tom Petty was going to get a thumbs-up from me at the end of the day.

It’s not only that though – I just love that type of story, the person-meets-person-who-in-a-matter-of-days-changes-their-life-forever relationship stories. I guess you could say I’m a fan of films where not very much happens, sort of the televisual equivalent of a telephone conversation until the bathwater grows cold or a long picnic in the summer sunshine. I like watching people interact even if they’re fictional ones (well, more so if they’re fictional ones, because you can put down the book or turn over the telly when they start to annoy you). I like the thought that there’s somebody out there who’s going to become this massively important part of your life, and you don’t even know they exist yet.

Back when I was younger I had this “Book of the Unexplained” that some well-meaning relative had picked up for the sci-fi nerd in the family, and it had a section on palmology… is that the word? It sounds suspiciously like a brand of shampoo… I’m meaning like fortune-telling anyway, and I do have a point to this anecdote somewhere. One of the things I discovered is that there are some little grooves between the base of your pinkie and whatever line it is that is the first one, and they’re supposed to relate to the life-changing people you are going to meet. The thing is though, the lines are supposed to appear at roughly the distance the relationships will occur in your life, and so if the two people who I would traditionally think such a description would apply to are it for me I’ll die… hmmm… next week. So I’m not giving up quite yet. And hey – two months ago I was barely aware of your existence. So what the hell do I know?

I got caught in the rain last night – after my comment about my missing umbrella – but I ran home in it with my head back and my tongue out, singing along to whatever was on the iPod.

I’m buying a new brolly on the way home right enough.

The last episode in the current series of Spooks is on tonight, 9pm on BBC1, with a rip-roaring Princess Diana conspiracy theory yarn and plenty of smouldering sexual tension. Lola and I will be sitting with our mobile phones poised, lamenting the end of our favourite Thursday night entertainment (though I suppose there’s always 30 Days, the Morgan Spurlock documentary series on More 4 that would have been worth a look before now if it wasn’t for my favourite spy trash-slash-drama show). The lawyer I have a massive crush on even says he might watch it. What’s your excuse?



  1. Lola
    November 10, 2005 / 3:16 pm

    Hmm, I think those kind of people exist. If only so all the movies/books/TV that provide my inner drama can be right and irritate me further.

    Wah! It’s the last one. I must get a freeview box.

  2. rob
    November 10, 2005 / 7:07 pm

    thank you for last november the 10th. i’ll never forget it.

  3. rob
    November 10, 2005 / 7:10 pm

    and for every one else, it wasn’t some scary sexual tryst we’ve kept secret for a year. oh the scandal.

  4. Heather
    November 11, 2005 / 4:31 pm

    i like Before Sunrise {and Sunset for that matter] for exactly those reasons. I like the idea that these two people meet totally randomly and have this amazing connection, even although all that happens is they walk around talking about stuff the entire film. I saw Elizabethtown on Wednesday too and liked it a lot. Although I actually like Kirsten Dunst! It did have a really good soundtrack though, I was sitting in the cinema wondering if there is a CD out yet given my apparent soundtrack compulsion.

  5. November 11, 2005 / 4:24 pm

    Top 5 films about… not much
    (in no particular order, other than the first to pop in my head)

    1. The Station Agent
    2. Beautiful Girls
    3. Lovely And Amazing
    4. Punch-Drunk Love
    5. Playing By Heart

    When it comes down to it, it’s all about what’s really important in life.
    People nowadays are too caught up in work, money and having the best of everything. They never take the time to get to know themselves, nevermind each other. It’s all about superficial things, when it really should be about discovering the human spirit. The belief in human kindness. (sploosh, sploosh… I must have something in my eye, excuse me… tissue anyone?)

    I discovered you blog last week. I like what you have to say.

    Nice to meet you.

  6. amber
    November 16, 2005 / 11:03 am

    Before Sunrise (1994)~ Before Sunset (2004) & The One

    If I had to recommend any film to someone I would always pick both of these films because obviously you can’t watch one without the other.

    Why these films, you wonder? For starters, they are very much a “romance for realists,” They capture the absolute joy and wonder of being young and in love, but grounds the romance in reality. Moreover, they examine the question of meeting or being with “the one” and the choices, promises, and sacrifices you must make to maintain such a relationship. As you watch the films closely you begin to see how much harder it is to make those choices in real life than say……the usual romantic films.

    There’s a certain bittersweet quality to the whole story of Celine and Jesse, but one that absolutely involves the viewer drawing you in to their lives. You can’t help but be touched by their relationship. What I enjoy most about the films is the intensity of the dialogue between the two characters, it’s intelligent, funny and completely compelling. Julie Delpy completely dominates the screen she is simply amazing.

    What makes the films so watchable especially Before Sunset, is that they concentrate on the universal story of love. But not just on the feelings of joy that love can bring, but that love is also feelings of pain. The regret of the paths not taken which could have brought us happiness. It shows the complexity and pure power of true love and how it can completely alter who you are as a person and your life, be it in a positive or negative way.

    They are such intelligent and beautiful films. You will find them haunting you long after you’ve watched them. I dare you not to be moved.

    And as for these “ little grooves between the base of your pinkie and whatever line” that are supposed to relate to the life-changing people you are going to meet; well I have several lines. Not wanting to seem like a pessimist but I have a bad feeling about this. Going from past experience I have a feeling I’m not meant to be somebody’s great love, I tend to be everybody’s fling but nothing lasting. Isn’t that the saddest thing ever? That is, unless I’m still waiting for my Neo.

    Oh yeah, my point was, I liked Elizabethtown too : )