Friday, January 28, 2011

Silence of the Lambs (SPOILER ALERT!!!) and Talking Heads

Color my life with the chaos of trouble. Which happens to be a vibrant shade of magenta.

I just finished Silence of the Lambs about thirteen minutes ago. I thought the movie was totally brilliant--and one of the few Hollywood movies that has ever lived up to its reputation, in my opinion. Absolutely terrifying. I was disappointed when I found out that Anthony Hopkins was not in fact in Disturbia, but that didn't matter after I was about sixteen minutes into the movie because Hopkins is so impossibly good at his role.

Psychopaths have always been my greatest fear, (aside from insects and South Australians), but they're also profoundly interesting. I know right about know you may be suspecting that I myself am a psychopath, but I can assure you that I've never killed anyone. Well, anyone over the age of forty-one. Wait...make that anyone over the age of forty-one with red hair. Yeah, that would be a first for me.

Psychopaths are like comedians and Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still in the way that they have the ability to see the earth as it is from an almost non-human but still intellectual perspective. They have no emotion, but often they are total geniuses. Yeah, interesting, but also absolutely terrifying.

The movie was perfectly directed and conducted. I didn't spot Captain Stottlemeyer as Buffalo Bill until I was well into the movie--and boy was that character creepy. Creepier, in my opinion, than Hannibal Lector. Hannibal Lector seemed like a decent gentleman--a poet, artist, and great thinker who just happened to like eating people. Buffalo Bill, on the other hand, was definitely the worst kind of transvestite you'll ever run into. The fact that he played 80's music while doing his...sewing...made me feel all the more guilty for loving the 80's.

The only part of the film I couldn't stand were the last two minutes. One hour and fifty-seven minutes of solid and perfect terror and then it ends with total abolition of the chief antagonist and a bad pun. "I'm having an old friend for dinner." How did that line get in there?! I'm pretty sure the director was suffering from writer's block and found inspiration in a book of 1001 Half-Decent Cannibal Jokes. They could have made a much smoother segway into the sequel.

Jody Foster was nice, though. She's pretty. I like her hair. And her skin.

Today is finally the beginning of the weekend, and I have nothing whatsoever planned. I've also finished my first week of track practice, which included a lot of me struggling to touch my toes after the workout and also a lot of me getting detention for swinging around on the machines in the weight room, beating my chest, and telling everyone that I'm Tarzan.

I'm feeling thoroughly anti-America now because I'm reading The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and it's infuriating. Civil rights capitol of the world? We're no better off than the Neanderthals were in Eastern Europe so many thousands of years ago when they persecuted other Neanderthals for publishing Socialist literature.

I have a little hope for the world of the radio today. I heard both The Temper Trap and the Talking Heads playing in art class. (I see now we're getting back to the Psycho Killer theme of this post.)

Did you know that penguins can jump as high as six feet in the air?

Will you guys pray for me tonight?

Thanks. I love you all. Except for one of you whose name I'm not saying because it's a secret and you'd have to give me nine dollars for me to tell you. Or, also, if you were the President, I might also tell you.

That Blond Guy

16 people secretly have a crush on me:

Eeshie said...

As a response to your random penguin fact, did you know that it is impossible to kill yourself by holding your breath?

Also, did you know that it is impossible to hum with your nose closed?

Interesting penguin fact by the way...

Jillian said...

I've always found mental illness of any sort interesting.
The way that someone can appear to be perfectly normal, but have so many things wrong with them at the same time, is terrifying.

Did you make up the penguin thing?
My gosh.

Love ya too.

Furree Katt said...

i didn't see Silence of The Lambs! i'm a fool to ignore your spoiler alert.

@Eeshi, i tried humming with my nose closed haha! and yes, i couldn't.

Nicolas Lopez said...

My absolute favorite movie of all time. So good in fact that I didn't at all care about the terrible pun they made at the end. THATS how amazing it is.

Lula said...

heyyyyyyy, I ALWAYS read comments and yours are very much appreciated. For reals.
So glad you liked Silence of the Lambs. Holy shizzle, the end is like &#^&@%^#&@#@#%4.
I hate Keanu Reeves. His face and way of talking annoy me; it's like he's always " looking
into the horizon" with that dramatic look.
But I digress. Hannibal Lector was a "cool" psychopath, like you said, he was an intellectual.
Haha that Buffalo Bill. Worst than Candy Darling. But still, brilliant!
"I'm having an old friend for dinner" = this line was
hilarious! how can you not love it?! Just the right touch of morbidity.
Jody Foster, she's cool. Did you see her in Taxi Driver?
The Talking Headsssssssssss, love them. Psycho Killer is such a cool song. Oh and by the
way, about your poll, I voted Elvis. "All you need is love" is getting kind of cheesy, don't get
me wrong I LOVE the Beatles, "Something" is one of my favourite songs but I had to go with Elvis on this one.
And by the way, I saw you like Markus Zusak! Did you read the Book Thief? Glorious.

Cheers my friend!

That Blond Guy said...

Eeshie: Are you trying to out-interesting-fact me? worked. I'm beat.

Jillian: I concur. And no, I didn't make it up, I just got it from a reasonably unreliable source.

Furree Katt: See it!

Nicolas Lopez: Right on. Did you know that Jody Foster wasn't aware that she Silence of the Lambs was a horror movie until halfway through the film? She thought it was a Western--hence the Southern accent.

Lula: Hey, thanks for stopping by! Yes, Silence of the Lambs was awesome. But no, I didn't like the pun--I hate puns. They're never very punny. I haven't seen/heard of Taxi Driver. Is it any good?

I like Keanu Reeves. He's a hunk.

ELVIS OVER THE BEATLES?! Have you lost your marbles?

Zusak is a god. I loved the Book Thief--that's where I learned all of my German curse words. Have you read I Am the Messenger?

Kamila said...

When I was born? I don't know that movie and I can't relate to what you are saying.. sorry I'm just dumb..and even though I can't understand what you were trying to say,, I still tried to read each and every word...

haha... hmmm.. just visiting

erin :) said...

that is pretty crazy how you wrote about silence of the lambs and i def mentioned it in my blog post which we posted on the same day. hoho! but yes, love that movie!

i'm so glad to have met another human with an affinity for matthew broderick.

and i am no doubt following you too. we just might be blog lovers. also, i think it's highly impressive you have 70 followers when your posts just consist of writing--if that sounded offensive or insulting, i don't mean it in that way at all i promise! i dont think anyone actually reads my blog posts. they probably just drool over broderick. so i'm jealous.

and i'll pray for you tonight!

oh and taxi driver is a classic. you should see it if you get the chance.

LionessWithoutAPride said...

You misspelled Jodie Foster. It is, in fact, Jodie Foster. I liked her better in Flightplan.

That Blond Guy said...

Kamila: Nah, you're not dumb. You just need to be exposed to more 80's and early 90's pop culture. Thanks for visiting!

Erin: Yes, very strange. Hm...

Yeah, I used to post more pictures but I've just gotten really lazy in that area as of late. I really just prefer to write. Barely any of my followers actually read, though. I'll try to catch Taxi Cab!

LionessWithoutAPride: I'm sorry.

She was pretty brilliant in Flightplan. That movie was pretty intense.

Mandy Thomas said...

You're wonderful.

Smokey_Cat said...

I really liked the movie too, but if you liked it that much then don't watch the sequel... its :P

Sarcasmic Ross said...

I need no nine dollar charge; I know it's me.

Anonymous said...

i like you.

Kay said...

I did not know that.

And I like your reflection on the subject of psychopaths. It was like my brief reflection, only better. And you didn't use any euphemisms. Psychopaths, straight up.

Bookish.Spazz said...

You should definitely watch the prequel to Silence of the Lambs with Gaspard Ulliel in it.

Now that man is a hunk. Then again, I am partial to french men. They're so suave a chic and make me feel like Amelie.

Eh, but I digress Dexter is the KING of psychopaths.