"A Well Respected Man" by The Kinks
No one realizes the significance of this. The point of this movie is not that you will find another love, it’s that douches like tom will keep falling into the cycle of chasing a manic pixie dream girl and probably think that she’s the one, but guess what? Just because you listen to the same music or because she has a cute name #doesn’t mean that you’re meant for each other. 500 days of summer the most misunderstood hipster hit the world has ever seen.
And let’s talk about the fact that Joseph Gordon Levitt himself said the point of the movie is not so you’d feel bad for him and fall in love with him, it’s so you’d realize how selfish some people are. Actual quote from him from an interview: “The (500) Days of Summer attitude of ‘He wants you so bad’ seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person.”
My personal favourite part is when Summer says she names her cat after Bruce Springsteen and he asks what its name is and she goes “Bruce” and you think it makes HIM look stupid but anybody that ACTUALLY loves Bruce would name their cat like Rosalita or Bobby Jean or Wendy or Crazy Janie or Wild Billy or Mary or Johnny 99 ANY OTHER OF THE AWESOME CHARACTERS IN THE SPRINGSTEENIVERSE but NO she goes for the plainest most uncool homage and he COMPLETELY IGNORES THIS and still thinks she’s cool. But she’s the worst.
Nonsexual ways to be intimate with someone:
Link 1 <Personal & Body Care
Link 2 <Emotional & Psychological Closeness
Link 3 <Sleeping & Other Spacial Closeness
Link 4 <Life Arrangements
Link 5 <Urgent Situations
More examples include:
- Being asked to open someone else’s mail
- Having someone’s mail forwarded to your house
- Being listed as someone’s emergency contact
- Accompanying someone to the doctor/ therapist
- Helping someone apply makeup (You’re given permission to touch their face and neck, especially the delicate area around the eyes, and to alter their presented identity.)
- Reading to someone
- Drawing someone (long periods of intense scrutiny)
- Folding someone’s clothes
Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”
Parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert documented Tippi’s life and relationships with the African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies. Tippi of Africa, published in 1998, told Tippi’s story of she and her parents, and Tippi’s close bonds with wild animals made her quite famous. Her mother said, “She was in the mindset of these animals. She believed the animals were her size and her friends. She was using her imagination to live in these different conditions.”
Looking past some fairly obvious and natural parental worries, Tippi had the most amazing upbringing. Not many of us can say that we lived a real life adventure where we rode ostriches in our free time or that our best friend growing up was an African elephant, one of the largest animals to walk the earth! You can see a video of Tippi, below, with some of the animals as well as a trailer for the Bridging the Gap to Africa documentary. Learn more
Fun fact, The Wolf of Wall Street is the second movie in which Jonah Hill’s character has had to shove drugs up his ass on a plane.
#52 - Moneyball
I turned on Moneyball yesterday because I wanted to watch the nearest movie I could find with Philip Seymour Hoffman in it and damn, he looks exactly like a baseball manager.
I’d been wanting to watch this because my wife is a huge baseball fan and got me back into the sport after losing interest during the strike in the mid-90s, but I wasn’t quite prepared for a movie about the eternal struggle that is always brewing in my brain: the battle between emotion and cold hard truth.
We all like to think of ourselves as steely-eyed realists, it’s a pillar of our political debate, one party thinks they’re the bringers of the truth, but they’re really a bunch of emotional saps that get misty eyed over flag pins on their lapel. We believe we don’t let our emotions cloud our judgment, but our emotions are our judgment.
And thus, the story of of Moneyball. Is baseball, America’s pastime (hot dogs and fireworks also get the conservatives all weepy), something ingrained in our core as a culture, really just a math problem? The answer? Kinda, yeah. But even as the movie shows you how simple facts basically erase the idea of “gut” that baseball is all about, our humanity will always find a way to creep in.
You can take the human element out of anything, but it’s hard to not be romantic about baseball.
At least that’s what I took away from the film, maybe I’m just emotional.
Viewed on February 3, 2014
Director Spike Jonze actually has a cameo in Martin Scorsese’s tale of amoral Wall Street greed, popping up in the first act as a small-time broker who teaches Leonardo DiCaprio the ins and outs of penny stocks. “That happened because Ellen Lewis was the casting director for Her, and she also cast The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jonze explained to Vulture. “When we were auditioning people for our movie, I would often read with the people we were auditioning, and she called me up later and said, ‘Hey, you’re actually an okay actor! You want to come do this thing?’”