I watched ‘The Savages’ with my wife this weekend. An obscure movie, set in Buffalo. I thought is sucked. In any event, I rantd to my wife about this and - of course - it pissed her off, but I absolutely believe it. Hollywood thinks that we (i.e. most of America) live in total shit.
As I was watching the movie I was searching ‘rottentomatoes.com’ for some of the movies that I am aware of as having been hailed as ‘gritty’ and ‘real’. “The Savages”, “Smart People”, “The Wonder Boys”, a few others. Reading the reviews, the critics hail them as ‘real’ and ‘true to life’. These films seemed have spawned a ‘style’ of filmmaking.
The one thing that strikes me is the pervasive theme that most of us live in shitty houses that are furnished by Goodwill. We dress in clothes that we picked up at a thrift store. We never clean our homes. We never exercise, but when we do…hilarity ensues. We drive shitty cars that barely run and break down all the time.
We eat shit like tuna melts and grilled cheese at every meal (or at depressing, shithole diners). We have depressing jobs in dimly lit buildings where everyone is miserable.
Anyone else notice this kind of thing? My wife thinks I’m nuts. Maybe I was just in a shitty mood. But watching this flick, it just clobbered me over the head and, next thing I knew, I was pissed-off.