Some Advice on Choosing Movie Idols

A freewrite. 

Make up a list of people to like, and stick to it. Have class-  fall in love with the young version of aging or even dead actors. Insist that they are like gods. Bonus points if they died young, if they are legends now. James Dean. Paul Newman. Clint Eastwood. Even John Cusack – though he’s got a bit of a paunch now. Ask yourself when Christian Slater turned ugly, and watch Heathers mournfully. Movies were better back in the old days. Is it politically correct to conflate Italians with Mexicans, Indians? Fall in love with articles from costumes. Lust after a poncho, a red jacket, a certain colorized charm. Buy boxsets. Download anything made after 1990. Unless it is independent. If it is, order it from your specialty store – who cares if they bring it in from Amazon (their distributor) and jack up the price? Art has no price. Know that Quebec often collaborates with New Zealand to make movies. Force your friends to watch the same campy movie at least once a year, because it is “your favourite” and “a tradition.” Eat more greens – some day you will be old and perhaps not trendy too. The transitory present seems greater in the light of the past. There is no pinnacle like an old pinnacle.

 

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