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The September 2019 Movie Review
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
This film was justifiably nominated for the Oscar in several categories and won the Golden Globe. Melissa McCarthy, in a heartfelt and acerbic performance, plays Lee Isreal, a one-time best-selling biographer down on her luck who stumbles on how to earn income to keep her New York City apartment and treat her beloved sick cat after she loses her job. (BTW, I’ve seen the NYC apartments of successful employed people; in the film, Isreal has a nice apartment.)
But story starts out following her humiliation, all too real, as a failed writer.
She goes to a posh party held at her literary agent’s very fancy apartment, overhears a successful author pontificating to a crowd of admirers, helps herself to the deluxe food, and steals a coat from the cloakroom.
Later, she goes to the agent’s very fancy office and pleads for a $10,000 spec sale of a new biography she’s researching. She says in a strangled voice, “I mean, I was on the New York Times Bestseller list once. Doesn’t that count for something?”
The literary agent replies, “I can’t get ten dollars for you.”
Ouch. Meanwhile, she owes the veterinarian money, so he won’t see her sick cat, let alone prescribe needed medicine.
Melissa McCarthy isn’t afraid of appearing fat and ugly. And desperate.
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GROOT.8.23.19_NEWMeet Groot!
He was moved outside last night after I caught Athena the cat browsing on his leaves. The leaves already look better (less bitten) after one day in sunshine. Since he’s filled up the glass with roots, sprouted a stem and leaves, as the instructions advised, he’s ready for a planter of his own. I’ll go to the garden store in a few days to buy potting soil.
For those of you who haven’t seen the delightful Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot is my favorite character in the film, a tree-man who has one line and one line only, “I am Groot.” But he says his line with a variety of different inflections in a variety of different situations to hilarious effect. (I suppose you need to be in touch with your inner eight-year-old child to love this movie.) Unlike the DC and Marvel comix movies, GoG I has a coherent plot, not too many violent scenes (and the violent scenes don’t go on tediously), plenty of humor, inventive animation, and even some pathos at the end. GoG II isn’t quite as fresh, but still enjoyable.
The production of GoG III was stopped dead in its tracks when someone discovered the writer-director made some regrettable Tweets—fifteen years ago. He apologized, he hasn’t been accused of any criminal action, the cast and crew and other people in the industry leapt to his defense (“He’s one of the good guys”), but the movie studio fired him, anyway.
What do you think about that?
So we’ve got our own Groot. I love growing things (a kitten into a cat, the first story into forty stories, an avocado pit into a tree). I may be ashes when and if Groot ever becomes a proper tree, but I have the satisfaction of seeing him grow now. What could be better?
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