Went and saw “The Dreamers,” with my famous friend AW. (It’s really annoying to get stopped by fans and stalked by the paparazzi.)
OK. I highly recommend this film. There is some non-Hollywood nudity, non-Hollywood sex, and non-Hollywood masturbation. What do I mean by non-Hollywood? Most American films when portraying the human body (and the way we have sex, or masturbate) do things with lighting, with cutting, with camera angle, that keeps us from getting all the details, or all of the information. Think the “Top Gun” sex scene. It is probably a symptom of the ‘coding’ they had to do to get things by the censors and I’m sure the censors are still very uncomfortable with certain kinds of nudity and sex (blow someone’s head off they don’t care, but do NOT show someone fucking.) Now because of this, American audiences (for the most part) are uncomfortable with non-Hollywood sex scenes. It all just seems too real. If you’ve seen “Swimming Pool,” you’ll sort of begin to know what I’m talking about. I just thought I’d warn you.
Anyway, the film is ‘pure Bertolucci’ (W and I were laughing about the poster, which has that as the top critical quote). It’s beautifully shot, giving it the look that we’re actually watching a 70’s film. The story kind of sweeps you away and you stop worrying about plot, planting, set-up and pay-off (though there definitely are those things going on.) W contends the acting was a little un-even, but I got no sense of that. The fort was Waller’s favorite part (it’s a pretty great fort).
So that’s my recommendation for “The Dreamers.” See it if it’s at a theater near you (it might still be in limited release).
Also, last night, we were sitting around drinking wine and we had a mix tape on. 50 Cent’s song, P.I.M.P came on. We (all of us being white kids who grew up in predominantly white neighborhoods) were wondering what the lyric “no perms you can’t see” means. (Here’s the whole lyric in case you can’t place it.)
I don’t know what you heard about me
but a bitch can’t get a dolla outta me
no cadillacs no perms you can’t see.
that I’m a mother fuckin P I M P
Then I went home and listened more closely. We misheard the phrasing. It should be: I don’t know what you heard about me/ but a bitch can’t get a dolla outta me/ no cadillacs no perms/ you can’t see that I’m a mother fuckin’ P I M P.
So it really has nothing to do with perms you can’t see. We just can’t see that he’s a mother fucking P I M P.
I have to go wash my mouth out with soap and water. Damn you 50!