Kids (1995)

KidsHere’s a tough movie to watch but at the same time, it’s a real eye-opener. I recently was reading about the film in several contexts but I naturally focused on Rosario Dawson (beautiful at any age). Chloë Sevigny was excellent also. I’m just reminded that one of the recent articles I read was selecting several of the most typical New York City types that are acting today … both Dawson and Sevigny were on the list.

Note that I couldn’t find Kids on any streaming service (Netflix, Amazon) but while watching the official trailer to this 1995 movie I realized that a complete (if not movie theater quality) copy of the film had been posted on YouTube.

Check it out.

Two things about Kids that I noticed: first, the boys are all chemically enhanced scum-bags, and second, the girls are not so innocent themselves.

Good movie, especially if you like raw and dangerous cinema verité.

Where Did June Go?

readingJune was a terrible month for reading around my house. First, I did become much too involved in television series on Netflix (especially the UK version of Shameless) and then I spent a week out of town visiting my little grand-daughter (she’s on the verge of taking those first few unassisted steps) and also spending some time with my daughter and her hard-working husband.

One thing productive we did while I was visiting was to sign-up for a new cell phone family plan that included me which (of course) instantly dragged the old man into the digital age with a new Smartphone. Up until this last weekend I was perfectly happy with my bullet-proof flip phone (especially since I tended to clock only four or five minutes a month) but my daughter started complaining that she couldn’t send me texts and as far a photos of the baby … forgiddaboutit. But when I discovered all the great things I could do with a Smartphone even if I didn’t need to make phone calls I began to see the future and it looked a lot like an iPhone.

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What Was Your English Class Like?

3418685_orig When I was studying literature, in High School and at the University, we had a very clear line between was constituted classic confirmed quality literature and what was, as one of my professors called it, entertainments (his quote was “Moby Dick is a novel, the rest are entertainments”). I recall my junior and senior High School English classes have a California State Board required ciriculum and at the same time extensive lists of more entertaining but still acceptable works.

So as a Junior I read Moby Dick, but I also read Lord of the Flies for extra-credit. As a Senior I read Hamlet and Oedipus and The Vicar of Wakefield, but also Battle Cry and Tom Jones and The Prize. It might be characteristic of the college English classes I selected but I never had time allotted by the teachers to read entertainments (those were for school breaks and summers on the beach).

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