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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
I'm Just Staring At Less Than Zero Screencaps While Waiting For My Copy Of Imperial Bedrooms To Arrive
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis comes out today. Esquire.com has an excerpt of the first 2,513 words; I read 670 of them last night, and then realized I hate reading books on computer screens. And I want to read the rest of Imperial Bedrooms right now and I can't, so instead I'm staring at screencaps (mostly obtained from joyinthedance.tumblr.com) and listening to Elvis Costello and that's cool too.
Look, it's Blair and Julian in bed, from the beginning of the movie, which I saw for the first time when I was ten. I read the book for the first time when I was 12; my favorite parts were the italicized parts, the dreamy parts, Clay's memories of his dying grandmother and of being at the ocean with Blair. I remember hating Clay's littlest sister because she was my age and her life was so glamorous and my life was quite boring. I also remember underlining the words "It's something you must live with if you live in the hills," which is toward the end and has something to do with running over coyotes? I think? I can't fact-check 'cause once in ninth grade I had the book in my bag and my friends and I had a snowball fight on the way home and a snowball somehow ended up in my backpack and it melted all over the book and the cover and spine ended up getting torn off and now it's kind of hard to find in my stack of books.
Look, it's Blair and Clay in bed, from the middle/end of the movie. I was so jealous of Blair too, but mostly Movie Blair, 'cause she got to have Andrew McCarthy and I luvvvvvvvvvvved Andrew McCarthy. I still love him, but now I always typo his name as "Andrew McCartney." That's the big diff between me and my 10-year-old self.
Speaking of Andrew McCartney, here's Andrew McCartney, talking about Imperial Bedrooms and how he's narrating the audiobook. He looks good, yeah? I saw him play Tom in The Glass Menagerie in Boston about eight years ago and just swooned and swooned and swooned, and afterward my friend Laura and I stole a stick of Wrigley's gum that he'd dropped onstage during the play. I still have my half.
When Less Than Zero the movie came out everyone thought it was moralistic bullshit but now everyone's all "Awww...it's not so bad." Even Bret Easton Ellis kinda likes it. Do you think that change of heart has to do with how we're all so stupid in love with Robert Downey Jr. these days? I halfway do. And that's just fine by me.
But yeah, watch this trailer. Moralistic bullshit indeed! It looks like an afterschool special. The horror-movie font on the title is a particularly wacky touch. And what's with the creepy music? Less Than Zero had really good music. "Going Back To Cali"! God!
But this is such a sweet scene; semi-tragic love triangles amongst BFFs are always a hot and beautiful dynamic. That's one thing I'm so happy the movie fucked with. Bravo, Marek Kanievska, or whoevs.
And oh, James Spader! I had a terribly complicated relationship with James Spader when I was little; he was such a fox but always such an asshole to Andrew McCartney in every movie: Less Than Zero, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin. Especially Mannequin. Mannequin hurt the most. My mom still loves to tell the story of how I couldn't believe Mannequin wasn't nominated for Best Picture at the 1988 Oscars. It's a good story, I guess.
Anyway, I wish there were a YouTube clip of the party scene toward the end, where Rip smashes Clay's face into the TV. "Moonlight Drive" by the Doors is playing in the background, and that's what made me go out and buy my first-ever Doors record (Strange Days). And I also wish there were a filmstill of Blair and Clay doing it in the hallway during Christmas dinner. You know who sings that song, playing in that scene? Somone I love almost as much as I love Andrew McCartney.
And the Red Hot Chili Peppers are in the movie too, in one of the club scenes. And there's that cover song by the Bangles, who were the first famous people I ever met (backstage, when I was 11). Also it's set in Los Angeles, which is a place that's kinda important to me.
My whole life, all wrapped up in this movie. I so wish the cinematic adaptation of Imperial Bedrooms were coming out today too.
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