I was watching Less Than Zero, an old Robert Downey movie. Based on a Bret Easton Ellis book I used to like; though the Saved By The Bellesque film has little to do with the depraved novel, written in a style that culminated with American Psycho. One thing that struck me was how much time they spent driving around for what were essentially text messages. Where are you? Where is he? How are you doing? It’s striking in the first scene where Clay is like ‘why did you call?’, as if long distance from LA to NY was so absurd. It’s actually getting a bit funny watching ‘old’ movies and seeing how most of the action could now be phoned in.
If analyzing the movie, the last scene is also striking. The first is a phone call, and the last [SPOILER] is a story about how a 5-year old Julian wouldn’t believe his mother had died till he got a fake telegram from her. Again, I don’t think there’s too much point in analyzing a movie which departs so starkly from the novel, the latter a protest against the utter internal vacuity of LA wealth, making it a pretty standard anti-drug film.
If anyone’s renting stuff I watched a few movies. Oceans 13 is fucking lazy and an entire waste of Al Pacino. Tropic Thunder is OK, but funny as in ‘that would be funny’ more than actually making one laugh. There Will Be Blood is pretty good. Again, the guy rides on horseback for phone calls. There’s one scene where he’s like, ‘who do we know in San Francisco’ (as in, a doctor) and I was thinking ‘Google’.