Double Features: Harold & Maude + Garden State @ TOT Lot Double Features, Seattle [18 July]

Double Features: Harold & Maude + Garden State

19:30 - 00:01

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TOT Lot Double Features
5519 Airport Way S., Seattle, Washington 98108
The fantabulous TOT Lot returns from its summer vacation with two movies from Amanda. Says she: «These are two films found in Tyson's collection.»

More about the films in a minute, but if YOU want to choose the movies, use our handy-dandy form available


Wikipedia: «Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic black comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot that revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (Bud Cort) intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all.»

Turns out Roger Ebert didn't care for it: «And so what we get, finally, is a movie of attitudes. Harold is death, Maude life, and they manage to make the two seem so similar that life's hardly worth the extra bother. The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. Nothing more to report today.»


Wikipedia: «Garden State is a 2004 American romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ian Holm. The film centers on Andrew Largeman (Braff), a 26-year-old actor/waiter who returns to his hometown in New Jersey after his mother dies. Braff based the film on his real life experiences.»

Vulture: «Garden State was good enough to define the things that we come to hate in certain movies (and certain characters and people). It’s become a symbol for its blend of quirky, twee, morose, earnest, precious hipsterness, and it’s resented for it. We’ve confused its influence for cliché.

You might be thinking, Influence? Psssh. Braff stole everything he knew from Woody Allen and Hal Ashby. First, it should be pointed out that basically every young male screenwriter steals from them. Second, he happily acknowledges their influence. In an Indiewire interview from 2004, he directly states as much: “Hal Ashby in general I think is great, and Woody Allen, of course, especially films like Annie Hall and Manhattan.” (Considering Braff has acted in an Allen movie — Manhattan Murder Mystery — he should get at least a little bit of street cred here.) Third, Garden State feels like something different, even if slightly. It’s like Harold and Maude, if you definitely want to fuck Maude and kind of want to fuck Harold. For better or for worse (many say for worse), Braff pioneered a certain brand of attractive, young, sad bastard that we then saw over and over again for the last decade.»

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