Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stranger Than Fiction



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I love this move.  I mean, I really love this movie.  Like, I have in-a-tree-kissing-and-marrying-it kind of love for this movie.  It has everything: a tax man, a baker, a literature professor who lifeguards, a writer, and Buster (from Arrested Development) as a best friend who wants to attend space camp.  It has writer's block, death research, flours, Fenders, narrative, a sterile filing room, cubicles, psychiatrists, tragedy, music aspiration, comedy, clever dialog, apartment demolition, honesty, teeth-brushing, cookies, apples, sacrifice, and an awkward bus ride with awkward small talk.  It references Greek literature, seven fairy tales, ten Chinese fables, King Hamlet, Scout Finch, Miss Marple, Frankenstein's Monster, an a golem.  It has watches, dry humor, Animal Planet, calculations, romance, integers, Wreckless Eric, Spoon, and another ketchy, tear-jerker from Vangelis ('member Chariots of Fire?)

And finally, it has this gem:
"Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives."

It's written by Zach Helm.  Who is this genius?



4 comments:

megan said...

So glad you listed the "tax" first...that's why you REALLY love...the taxman roped you in...

tom lindsey said...

Riding a bike can sure cause a lot of trouble-- if riding one won't kill you looking out for those that do will :)

rabidrunner said...

Tom! Isn't that the truth. In fact just the other day, I heard an ambulance and remembered your assistance on that fine day... it occurred to me that perhaps we have not thanked you sufficiently enough.

tom lindsey said...

Thanks enough? Be serious-- I neither need nor desire any, for thinking of me I am grateful. Besides, it is not everyday that I get to see a garden hose sticking out of someone's chest; how cool was that?