in regards to getting 'bummed' at work . . .no such luck! Unless I want a good bumming from my married lady colleagues, the three gay men on staff. There's Mike, the maintenance man, but he works nights, mostly, after everyone has gone.
My Zero of One stalker does hit other people, too, but it's hard not to think he's got it in for me specially when I read through 6 or 8 pages of commentary in the Potpourri thread and the only two posts dinged in all that are mine. Oh, well . . guess I've made an impression! In a forum like this negative attention is better than none.
I kind of liked Bitter Moon, actually, at least in parts. At the time I first saw it, I was an expatriate in a foreign country so in that sense I was like the main character played by Peter Coyote and I was also rather like our travelleing couple, stuck between destinations. I'm a sucker for Paris on film, and the early bits of BM made Paris look wonderful. Loved the buses, the cafes, Peter Coyote's apartment,the whole thing. Of course, as it wears on and the relationship turns dark it got harder to watch. Some of Polanski's humor is charming and adds to his narrative (a memorable scene of toast popping up in the kitchen at the precise moment that Peter Coyote pops one off himself was funny) . . . but the more serious it got, the more painfully self-conscious it got, until we get to the part where they are playing an alleged sex game with him in a pig mask. That was the nadir--if this is how really swingin' sexually-daring, pushing the envelope people behave . . we should be going "Wow" not laughing our ascots off. I had the same reaction during the orgy scene during Eyes Wide Shut. Not impressed or even grossed out so much as amused that this was supposed to be the pinnacle of unfettered human sexual experience.
That sex scene in D&TM is hardly worth mentioning because it's so brief, but Roman just had to stick something sexy in irrespective of whether it went with the tone of the rest of the piece. I guess as a depiction of the boredom of marital sex (hers), it was meant to show the emotional gulf between this couple in the calm right before the storm. I thought the whole movie sold the premise of a thrill it couldn't deliver. Sort of like Bitter Moon. On the whole, I prefer 'Frantic' to either. Roman was admirably restrained in that one. Harrison could have had any number of chances to boink Emmanuelle Seigner while she was offering comfort to a distraught man looking for his wife, but he didn't. Interestingly, the femme fatale, played by Ms. Seigner in both movies gets killed off. If I were her, I'd want my husband to tell me why he gets such a kick out of killing me off in every one of his movies I appear in.
Roman definitely has a type: his current wife is strongly reminiscent of his earlier leading lady, Nastassjia Kinski.
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