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Not Every Concession Is a Loss - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Not Every Concession Is a Loss
There is freedom without.
There is freedom within.

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Muse: Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House - Adventureland (Original Soundtrack)

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thedayiexploded From: thedayiexploded Date: April 13th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What did you think of this movie?! I tend to judge movies now using the techniques you taught us in 370, (The I'm Not There System), and I loved it. An entertaining, rewarding night at the theatre. It was good to see a movie break free from the rigid "high school, summer before college, and college comedy" genre. The writing was terrific. Finally, a movie where a character is old enough to grab a drink after work but still has difficulties finding a private place to make out with his girlfriend.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 13th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I totally agree. It managed to meet the requirements of the genre without getting defined by it. And the soundtrack was used very, very well. I love your point about how it's not an end-of-high-school story. The opening scene sets you up to think it will be, which reinforces the point.
flw From: flw Date: April 13th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That was the amusement park where I went every summer growing up. And the neighborhood where his parents lived was where I grew up. Adventureland has a special place in my life... It was the least funny movie that was advertised as a comedy that I've ever seen and still really liked.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 13th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I did laugh a lot at a few scenes, but thought it was a stretch to call it a comedy. What's that park called in real life? It reminded me of Allentown's Dorney Park, which, given my Lehigh Valley origins, was where I went to the amusement park as a kid.
flw From: flw Date: April 13th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The park in the movie was "Kennywood". The park had a character named "Kenny Kangaroo"... meaning some poor kid has to dress up as a kangaroo (in an Uncle Sam tophat) in the height of Pittsburgh's muggiest summers. It was a typical park built to lure people onto a long rail lines, probably just like Dorney Park. Pittsburgh used to have a dozen places like it. They've all been whittled away.

Actually, the closing of all the alternatives to Kennywood was one of my childhood clues that the economy was built on pure bullshit.
barca_k From: barca_k Date: April 14th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Do you teach classes about film-?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 14th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have in the past. Why?
barca_k From: barca_k Date: April 14th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I read this post, noticed someone responded by mentioning you'd apparently taught her/him.

I've never been taught or trained about film, but I do love it. I love talking about movies.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 14th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, döh! Of course. I had forgotten about the comment above! Actually, most of my times teaching film involved incorporating it into a class that had traditionally been confined to literature. But I did teach a big film survey once. And another class on post-Studio Era films featuring sex and violence. And one on New Media, too, in which film played a major role. I love film. And I love to teach film.
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