Sunday! Obligatory Oscar Post Part 2.

Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Aaron David says:

    I saw Parasite last week or so with my son, when he was in town. Great movie. I am not sure I buy the class based critisims it supposedly offers, due to the coniving of the parasite(s) to get to the host. But, still, it was a great, well writen film, which kind of angered me. Not at this film, but at many of the other, desperately weak offerings being presented lately. Slightly irrational, but there you go. In any case, I too highly recomend this.

    Still reading Mishima, but my eternal fascination with all things Conrad is, once again raising its head. For a while I have had a mid-sixties book relating his stories to actual events and people, and in the process showing his point of view as a writer. So, I have finally dug into this, and have been comparing it to the last bio of him I read, The Dawn Watch. I feel that it is much better as it isn’t trying to fit him into conteperary politics, which in my view is a fools errand. Also, I found a French version of Almayers Folly on Youtube, which is now on my list to check out.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    The Irishman was absolutely brilliant and reminded me, weirdly enough, of The Joker. Not the “White Male Rage” bit on SNL take, but the one about nostalgia for a time that was also bad and arguably worse… but at least it made sense.

    The take on Marriage Story that stayed with me was the scene where they’re yelling at each other and the comment on the scene was “this is every high school drama class… the yelling == acting scene”. And, from there, I failed to see it. (The Adam Driver holding your favorite album twitter is pretty good though.)

    I very much want to see Parasite, but worry that it’ll stress me out in new ways, using new tropes, like The Ring or The Grudge, only with criticism of capitalism.Report

    • Rufus F. in reply to Jaybird says:

      With Marriage Story, i thought well, Laura Dern is great here, Alan Alda is great here, and Ray Liotta is great here, but I would not mind losing 45 minutes of legal proceedings.

      I don’t know that Parasite is about “capitalism” as much as a situation where very rich people and very poor people live off one another without being aware of each other. Is that ‘capitalism’ or just a huge gap? Certainly, it’s a situation that also existed under many types of feudalism.

      Okay, your comment on the Irishman makes me think of this passage I read in a George W.S. Trow book that has been with me all week. Trow is one of those writers who is so brilliant, but so totally indescribable that I await the biography that someone needs to write about him and get his damn books back in print!

      Anyway, Trow’s friend said to him something like “The issue with culture is it now refers only to itself and not to the people it is intended to protect.” Trow went on for three pages about what it meant for culture to “protect” people with his conclusion being that 99% of human endeavors fail, but a healthy culture is like a safety net that helps people make sense of their life after and makes it not so bad. He said he saw many people around him who had fallen off the tightrope and brushed themselves off and dealt with being crippled on their own.

      I keep thinking about that.Report