Mike Beversluis

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude was on TCM the other day, and it struck me as the film that Wes Anderson has been trying to make his whole career. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, etc) too. I never realized how derivative their work was. I like these sorts of movies, but I think they succeed in part by passing counterfeit currency; They tend to cast very charismatic actors into the role of a misfit and then flatter them further by surrounding them with overbearing caricatures. You get all of the moody introspection and none of the matted hair and trench coats (Not so much Rushmore).

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