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No, my friend, this isn't for you
He came into the room shortly after I started watching one of the interviews with Julie Taymor that came extra with the Frida DVD. He paused, focusing on the TV briefly, before he looked over at me quizzically.

"It's Julie Taymor," I said in answer to his unspoken question.

"Who is..."

"She does a number of things. She's a painter, a sculptor, and, most relevant here, a filmmaker. She did Frida and Titus, amongst other things."

"Ah, ok." He turned his attention back to the screen Taymor was talking about working with Salma Hayek when he decided to speak again. "Well, I actively disliked Titus."

"Really." It was all I could think to say.


Are you still here?

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canonfire From: canonfire Date: January 14th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Didn't like TITUS?! Death to the plebe!

*bzzzzkkkkk* Strike Team 389, we have a perpetrator located. Please exterminate with extreme prejudice.

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komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Didn't like TITUS?! Death to the plebe!

Aesthetics Commandos. The very idea could make one squeal with delight...

The crazy thing is that there was a time when I had a great deal of respect for his opinion. More and more I find myself not only disagreeing with him, but disliking the way that he presents himself.

Consider - the DVD player is a new addition to our household (it's used, gifted from c_m_i), and I celebrated connecting our three generations of A/V technology by inaugurating the player with Frida. J came home as the film was ending and expressed surprise that I had routed the sound through the stereo. On learning that the Taymor was the only DVD in the house, he said something to the effect of, "Well, we'll have to get a proper film to break the system in."

I don't expect others to enjoy the the things I do, but I do appreciate it if they make an effort not to demean them. Just me.
shutupbetsy From: shutupbetsy Date: January 14th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Didn't like TITUS?! Death to the plebe!

Anyone who doesn't like the Taco Buddha just doesn't know what's up. period.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Didn't like TITUS?! Death to the plebe!

I'll give him this - on his recent cleaning spate, he didn't remove Taco Buddha from the kitchen. Either it's growing on him or he's willing to afford me that much respect.
From: angelajenessa Date: January 14th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Actively disliked? Oh but it was so wonderfully theatrical and so so aesthetically pleasing. How could one not love at least those two aspects of it.

I think there were a few problems with it but overall I adored it. And I really liked Frida - so very true to what I feel about Frida Kahlo and her life. It made me feel like I was right in the room with the woman.

Yay for your opinion, once again.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, I don't fault him for his tastes so much as his presentation of them, and after he spent an hour making fun of puppetry the other night, my patience for the intolerance is wearing thin. I had already said to him that I wasn't sure that he'd like Frida even though I thought it a beautiful film.

On a deeper level, I think I'm recognizing more of our differences as I gain a better understanding of myself. Opening to my own experience has made me perhaps oversensitive to negative feedback about it.
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komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
There does seem to be a great deal more personal investment in taking up to that level. Thinking about it, I think the only film I've seen that inspired such ire was Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, etc., etc. I found it visually interesting and got that it was a film about victimization, but I thought that the true victims of the film were members of Greenaway's audience. I didn't appreciate the implications of that, and have held a rather low opinion of Greenaway since.

schmi From: schmi Date: January 14th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Titus was pretty good. I've only seen the latter half while flipping channels, but I thought it was well made. Haven't read the original Shakespearean play though.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think that it's a film for casual viewing. It was incredibly powerful, and its imagery stayed with me well after I saw it. It felt like art.
schmi From: schmi Date: January 14th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that's the impression I got too. :) Very stylistic and good performances.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: January 14th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I left a comment in Burke's LJ regarding the film. I'm baffled, baffled I say, by those who dislike the film 'Titus.'
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Trust me... I understand the feeling.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: January 14th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
you poor soul...
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