Then it was twenty minutes of reading some hipster music magazine I buy for the free mix-cd followed by "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead", one of the most emotionally brutal film noirs I've ever seen. Sidney Lumet, after wasting his time on **Vin Diesel mob comedies, returns to form with a noir that subtracts the existential and injects a very specific Greek tragedy and makes nauseous with grief at the end. And who knew how good Ethan Hawke could be? Besides Ethan Hawke, of course. After being completely drained by the Lumet film, I dragged myself over to the "I'm Not There" screen to try and forget how brutal dysfunctional families can be. And proceeded to blown away by the biggest cinematic ambition I've seen since Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia". Definite Oscar noms should go to Cate Blanchet and Marcus Carl Franklin, especially Blanchet who tops her own best work in a performance that can only be described (by me) as channeling Dylan. Some of it doesn't work (Gere and Peckinpah should never be used in the same cinematic sentence), but what does is so great, it's hard remember the bad. Except, seriously the Richard Gere/Sam Peckinpah section. What was Sam Elliot or L.Q. Jones not available?
Future and I share a bonding moment, which we do more and more these days as he discovers the joys of me and his mother and our "funny" character voices we do. Or maybe the picture is from our first late sixties folk album. I'm not sure which.
*"But when isn't it "me-time" for Mr. J?", Mrs. J might ask... smirking.
**To be fair, as Diesel was once a "name", his participation was probably the only way to get the thing made. Sigh.