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After oh, two months of sitting in its sad little red envelope, I finally watched Savage Grace last night. Why didn’t anyone tell me that Julianne Moore is some kind of hysterical amalgam of Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce/Bette Davis in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?/Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?…except, you know, human. The tremendous thing about Moore’s performance here is how it often seems to wildly veer towards camp (the scene pictured almost rising to the glorious potty-mouthed breakdown heights of her pharmacy scene in Magnolia; there is no other person who makes the word “cunt” sound so transcendent) before being pulled back my some incredibly minute detail (following said scene is a static shot of Moore shakily but triumphantly walking out of frame, her face gradually fading from post-outburst pride to heartbroken terror).

If only the rest of the film was up to her standards instead of actually seeming to get in her way (or rather being frightened of being in her way). The string-laden score and gorgeous visuals reminded me of Contempt, and the laconic pace managed to convey the decadence of these aristocratic bohemians. Unfortunately for the film, the pace conjured by director Tom Kalin becomes a detriment to its success; the film throughout feels amorphous and undefined, should rightly be called “sloppy” if every shot wasn’t so meticulously framed, and when it needs to build towards the climax it instead feels as if the film has meandered enough and needs to finally end.

This is the first film in a while where I’ve been struck by the budgetary limitations of independent film. The film is certainly based on tremendously episodic source material, and screenwriter Howard A. Rodman wisely chooses appropriate vignettes in order to condense the story. Unfortunately when filmed, the condensation reveals severe narrative holes that, instead of imbuing the dramaturgy with purpose, empties it of its juice and flair. Throughout it seems that the filmmakers are constrained by their own limitations, and work to create a story as good as possible, which effectively seems to gut the meaningfulness of this story’s peculiar tragedy. Savage Grace, in the end, has an epic performance in search of an epic movie; instead it has Julianne Moore standing in a kiddie pool, bigger than every other one or thing in the film (except, oddly enough, child actor Barney Clark). I suppose that’s one comforting thing to take out of this movie: that after a few years of The Forgotten and Laws of Attraction and Next (wtf?!), Moore has proven that, for the first time since 2002, she still knows how to own a screen.

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Why didn’t I think of this

Wish I’d taken pictures, as Pansy Division once said haha a PANSY DIVISION REFERENCE YOU GUYS. Though I do have a Polaroid now…

I seriously never go to parties. I am too lazy and indolent and sometimes-agoraphobic and definitely antisocial/misanthropic to go to parties generally-speaking.

On Saturday I went to a party where everyone went to Bennington. I once dated someone who went to Bennington. Basically, I’ve met some Bennington folk and they are nice but unfortunately they went to Bennington (you can use any East Coast liberal arts school in this over-generalizing reductive Mad Lib) and still act like they do. Also one of them called me a darkie. To my face! There was also an Asian DJ there so I wasn’t alone, except why do people still play The Knife at parties? Playing The Knife at parties = I don’t want to go to there.

On Friday it was Beth’s Thirtieth Birthday Party so I went and it was much more enjoyable and fun and lovely but everyone was one in a pair of hearts and I was the joker ESPECIALLY when Stan and I were outside smoking and some cute boy comes up to bum a cigarette and asks me, “Do I know you from Harvard?” I was ready to laugh in his face but it was too cute a face to laugh at so I composed myself, but can you imagine me being in Harvard? Stan said it made sense because I look like I could be Indian, which I think is only due to the beard which means I’ve been called an Indian by a Korean and an Arab by a honkie teenage model from Western Massachusetts. Should I shave? It’s TOO MOTHERFUCKING COLD OUT so I will keep it until spring.

But apparently this cute Harvard boy newbie who had no idea what the hell DUMBO is was hitting on me and I wasn’t sure it was happening because GEE that shit never happens! Stan said I could have had sex with him and he would have left if he thought I was interested. He didn’t think I was because he didn’t think Harvard boy was cute and this is why Stan is not a homosexualist. Godfuckingdammit, we decided that we should come up with a sign the next time I’m like AMSCRAY I AM TRYING TO WORK SOME GAME HERE, like

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Some girl also hit on me but she was like “I have to go see my boyfriend” so whatever with that, I’m no homewrecker.