movies, media, & human behavior. Cowrote The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs with Ryan Stevenson. www.twitter.com/lauren_wilford
Classically good visual storytelling, a strong command of tempo, and genuine compassion for the characters. My new favorite John Hughes, this one makes me wish he had spent more of his career making two-handers for adult comedians rather than teen or kid-focused movies. It whips up into a frenzy at the right moments, but never veers off the rails into the surreal or grotesque the way that similar comedies of the time often do.
The uptight cynic and the optimistic…
A warm tribute to a kind of relationship I feel like lots of us have stuffed way in the back of a mental drawer: the ill-advised crush turned briefly, oddly, achingly mutual, transmuted not into a romantic relationship but into an ambiguous, charged entanglement.
Alana's reluctant seduction by Gary in the first few scenes strikes me as incredibly psychologically realistic. She outlines a boundary upfront and continues verbally repeating it, but by her actions edges toward it out of curiosity.…
I shit you not, there’s a scene, underscored by strings, where Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler are lying supine with her shirt undone, and Affleck takes a couple of animal crackers and starts doing a David Attenborough narration as he walks the animal crackers “up north” to her bra and then “down south” to her panties
then Affleck says, “I wonder if there’s anyone else on this planet doing this exact thing at this exact time”
she says, “I hope so.”
then “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” starts playing