Michigan J. Frog
I always had an older father; now that I’m in my thirties, he is actually old. I find it hard to say or type that fact, even now, when it is inescapably true, because it points to a future, absolute loss.
In this interview, Zadie Smith talks about the twin terrors of having an older dad: in early childhood, when the first awareness of death alights on the parents you depend upon in every way; then, later in life, when that dread of loss is well-founded and inevitable, and you find yourself confronting (but unable to console) the parent’s fears as well as your own.
There’s not anything admirable about the relationship between Claire and Sam – the film describes the loneliness of obsession, how its dreams can feed without nourishing – but the lovers’ story also reflects the gloriousness of what an Other can elicit. Romance can be an anthropological excavation inward; but it is also the great voyage beyond the self.
“The History of the Future,” on Wim Wenders’ Until The End Of The World
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Erica Cantoni on Little Miss Sunshine
The History of the Future
Karina Wolf on Until the End of the World
A Connoisseur of Roads
Chad Perman on My Own Private Idaho
Hitchhiking Down the Highway of Love
Eisabeth Geier on It Happened One Night
Into the Great Wide Open
Letitia Trent on The Vanishing
A Frog Escaped
Stephen Sparks on The Muppet Movie
The Day After Yesterday
Michelle Said on Sideways
You’ll Never Make the Six
Taylor K. Long on Planes, Trains and Automobiles
I Hear Your Voice All The Time
Hillary Weston on Paris, Texas
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Trailer for Stanley Donen’s Charade (1963)