Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sorkin

First of all, thanks very much to Jessica for staying with the girls tonight so that Paul and I could go out for a movie and dinner. I originally wanted to see Juno, but we ended up seeing Charlie Wilson's War, and enjoying it very much.

I didn't think that I was interested in seeing a movie about US 1980s cold war politics in the middle east. But I like Aaron Sorkin's writing and there was a good cast, so we went.

I'd love to talk about it with any of you who've seen the movie, especially other feminists. Obviously, Wilson is a flawed character (and I liked the way that's obvious from the opening scene). But his politics were pretty sound, and he was good at working the system to accomplish things. How did you feel about the sexy female aides? How about the way he treated them in the film (flirtatiously, but with respect)? He relied upon them and trusted them to do the jobs that needed doing; they certainly weren't just eye candy. Except for the belly dancer and the Playmate.

A Few Good Men. The American President. Sports Night. The West Wing. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. If you write it, baby, I'll watch it. But (note that this is the tongue-in-cheek part) I wish he'd do an interview confession which projects he wrote while straight and which ones he wrote while high, so I can decide how I prefer his work. For example, Matthew Perry is often better looking while on pills (the emaciated look makes for a strong jawline) and he's got a haunted quality that is more serious actor and less class clown when he's fighting his monkey. And Stephen King admitted that he can't even remember writing Cujo. I'm as square as they come, but I do find it interesting to compare people's work while loaded versus sober.

3 comments:

  1. I had a blast with Miss Ellie so thank you for the opportunity to play with her.

    Your comments re: Matthew Perry cracked me up and then I abruptly stopped laughing to gasp, "OMG...that's SO true!"

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  2. I liked the film as well, and have been recommending the book non-stop to people who enjoyed the film--the characters are very similar, but the book goes into things a little more deeply. And it's probably not quite so forgiving of Wilson's flaws.

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  3. Jessica, I am a bad, bad person.

    Grace, hello! Thank you for commenting. (And now I just spend a couple hours catching up on your blog.) I will definitely add the book to my queu.

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