Monday, December 05, 2005

Two Notes

First, that one of my favourite poets, Craig Raine – who wrote A Martian Sends a Postcard Home – has a long piece in the last TLS, "I remember my mother dying". It is less opaque than much of his other work, and very moving.

Second, that The Squid and the Whale finally came to Pittsburgh, and it is an extraordinary film. It has something of the feel of Wes Anderson's movies – he was a producer of this one – and a similar line in feckless, self-involved, male protagonists. Jeff Daniels is the equal of Bill Murray in Rushmore and The Life Aquatic, or Gene Hackman in The Royals Tenenbaums. The child actors are magnetic. I can't remember when I last saw a film I so much wanted not to end.

3 Comments:

Blogger Clark Goble said...

The main kid is actually Kevin Kline's son.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

What did you think of Bottle Rocket?

12:52 AM  
Blogger Kieran Setiya said...

I liked Bottle Rocket, though not as much as the others. I only watched it once, and I don't remember it that well. But I don't think it has anyone in the Bill Murray/Gene Hackman/Jeff Daniels role.

1:19 PM  

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