Saturday, June 18, 2011

A good ride

The best movies challenge our assumptions.

Thanks to the English costume drama, for example, I’ve learned that, whatever their faults, the aristocracy in and around the Elizabethan period, most particularly if they bore a strong resemblance to Peter O’Toole, flourished in Britain’s halcyon, albeit brief, period of straight teeth and solid dental hygiene.

Strange how a country can start down one path and veer to another.

Just to digress a bit, I don’t know when the Brits decided to pull back from world domination and concentrate their best brains on dry wit. But it worked; in the latter they’ve reigned supreme for at least two centuries. And to that, I say god save the queen.

Here’s a couple of clips from the newly released The Trip.

Clip one

Clip two

It’s a road movie, with lots of good bits by two British comedians. I assumed the whole film would be a string of snappy impressions. But The Trip is actually a profound examination of communication, and the irritations and comfort we find in personal relationships. It makes an understated argument for companionship, accepting both the weaknesses and strengths of our friends.

There’s more to say, but I saw the movie with a guy who didn't like it. Missed the nuances, subtext; thought it dragged. Isn't that life? Just when you want to talk about about the subtleties of human interaction and tolerance, you're sitting with a fucking idiot who gets on your last nerve.

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  1. I tolerate you, from time to time.

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  2. I sense, ahem, that the films argument for accepting both the strengths & weaknesses of your friends may have been less than persuasive.

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  3. I go to the movies by myself for both of the obvious reasons.

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  4. I have been wanting to see this movie, and now I know that I will really like it. Thanks for the tip.

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  5. Wish you would all see it and tell me what you think.

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  6. Quit hanging around with fucking idiots,

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  7. ...and arseholes.

    wv woomlwon

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  8. Excuse me for peeling away from the squadron, but does anyone here have a baby duck that I could borrow for the city council meeting tomorrow evening?


    I know some people say it's a dead issue.

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  9. I'm glad I got to go the You Tube route on this one because I discovered QI as well as a brand new appreciation for sheep. Well, not personally, but for a nation, actually a Commonwealth. It seems they hold special meaning for Aussies as well.

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  10. Ms H, I want unredacted video at 5:00PM.

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  11. PI, we could dress Albert up in a duck suit. That would make them larf.

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  12. How many moons does Earth have?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1zuAQAhhMI

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  13. I think Albert is too clever to wear that duck suit!

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  14. I'll keep my eyes open for it.

    Wish I'd been there for your post-movie . . . conversation??? :)

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  15. We should all go see this together.

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  16. I hope he doesn't have your blog URL

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  17. Your last line made me howl with laughter! This is classic Hiker material.

    I can't wait to see the movie. Those clips cracked me up.

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  18. Funny. I wonder if they ad libbed it all.

    Take me to any movie and I will thoroughly enjoy it.

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  19. I was going to give this film a miss, but based on those two clips, I have to reconsider - thanks!

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  20. I'm partial to English costume dramas, but that was simply, well - bloody hilarious! Oh, and a pox on that effing idiot.

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  21. Oh yes, by all means go. This movie really sticks to the ribs, I keep thinking about it.

    (Paula, I see you went down another rabbit hole. I love Fry.)

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  22. ROFL!!! That last line was worth the price of admission, right there.

    Thanks for your movie recommendation...although, there's a lot of pressure to 'get it',now. Sure hope I don't think it drags....

    On movies in general, I've always found it interesting that characters all speak with a common English accent, whether they harken from Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, or Mars.

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  23. Carolynn -- so true! I was going to put something in here about Dr. Zhivago, were everyone speaks with a British accent EXCEPT the lead character, who without explanation has a middle eastern accent, and some Russian peasants who have a Russian or German accent.

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  24. rotflmao!

    Karin, avoid sitting with those fucking idiots and leave my sister out of this!

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  25. How to eat well and keep it simple.

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  26. Sounds like something I'll need to see. On DVD, of course. Theatres seem to be full of fucking idiots, whether you went with them or not.

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  27. Did I mention arseholes (I just finished one British and one Scottish murder mystery on CD and arseholes figure prominently.)?

    wv adverses

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  28. Pondering this one myself. I loathe pretty much everything about these islands, but the one thing I always miss when I go away is the national sense of humour; everyone in the UK wants to be a comedian, and lots are.

    Recommendation: a new(-ish), very quirky, very British comedienne called Sarah Millican. Some YouTube clips available. Very funny.

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  29. I like how she's low key. Don't necessarily connect, though.

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  30. Just back from The Trip with my cousin and she and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was prepared to possibly not like the guys and get annoyed at their banter, but I liked them both and the way they interacted with each other and it was deeper than just a simple comedy. They needled each other but were never cruel, and they played off each other perfectly. Plus the scenery was stunning and the food looked really good (although too many rich meals in a row like that would do me in). And of course all the impressions were very funny. Oh and the singing! Great flick.

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  31. Yay! Yes, I continue to toss some of the issues around in my mind. You and I had the same initial expectations, so it was quite a surprise.

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