I’ve always been interested in the history of things, where things came from, which ideas inspired them, the beginnings of a genre. I love to compare these things, but inside the mess of my own head they can get a bit confused. So I am just going to write my own feelings about each individual thing, and then maybe compare and bring them all together later.
At the moment I am listening to the audio book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. In this book a character called Art3mis (Artemis) has a blog. Here she writes a comparison essay about John Hughes and his “boyish” trilogy (including The Breakfast Club) and the “girlish” trilogy (including Sixteen Candles). I looked up John Hughes and he has actually directed many of my favourite films, including National Lampoons. So I decided I would look into this myself, try and watch as many of his (and other) films and write about them. (Forgive me if the book reference isn’t completely accurate, it’s a while since I heard that bit of the book.)
This is a labor of love, purely for my own enjoyment. If you guys like reading it too then that’s a bonus!
I have things I’ve already written, dating back to before Christmas. I was waiting to write them up properly and maybe compare them to others in their genre, but I was waiting forever, ideas didn’t surface or I just didn’t have the time. So I will slowly post the things I have already written and also start writing new things. As I said I will post them all individually, then I have a record of how I felt at those moments.
Let’s see how this goes!
So recently we started Mindhunter. Ever since seeing the trailer I’ve wanted to watch it. A friend of mine recently reached out to her friends to ask if the show was worth pursuing as the main character was awkward and jarring to watch.. this just made me want to watch it more! I do love a naturally awkward lead. I enjoy watching things with others might consider a struggle. I like to be challenged, to be faced with conflicting emotions and opinions. It forces me to feel, rather than just watching something totally uninteresting.
I have to say, and I know this is the point, but watching it as a woman is tough going. Deborah is a great character and when she is on the screen she imparts fair, strict knowledge and emotions. I connect with her feelings and statements but I was never as strong or confident as she is. But aside from this, there is a lot of sitting through men tearing down women. And, to reiterate, I know this is part of the point. Getting to know these men, you have to relate to them. Holdens struggle with this, with the fear of losing himself, is great to watch. I enjoy his character a lot (not to mention the fact that his name just reminds me of Holder from The Killing). But we don’t get to see nearly as much of this struggle as I would like. It peeks through the door every now and then, to remind us that they do not really feel what they express in the meetings with the killers. But it does not linger, and so doesn’t really feel like too much of a struggle. There isn’t much talk about how the women were used and abused.
I love David Fincher. Ever since Alien 3, which controversially I do like. I enjoy its dark, “I will piss on the fire of hope left after Aliens” attitude. It dingy, stark, cold, and I love it. Even if Fincher himself has renounced it. Then come two of my favourite films, Seven and Fight Club (I personally prefer Seven if I had to pick..). So I have been well aware of Fincher and his gritty works from a young age. I am keen to see what he can do with this.
I am up to about episode 6 or so.. I am looking forward to watching the rest. The characters are interesting, well thought out. The killers are deep and with interesting backstories. Watching some of them makes me nervous and I am not even in the room. I just want to see more of the struggle.. I do love being able to will on and support an ailing protagonist ❤