January 17th, 2005

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Movie review, American Beauty (http://www.imdb.com/Title?0169547) wherein a man has a midlife crisis, channels a little bit of Tyler Durden, and hijinks ensue

Today's NetFlix was American Beauty. It's a middle-class middle-age man having a mid-life crisis story, but it's a decently good mid-life crisis story.

The final and the final final deal with the next-door neighbor father was heavily handedly telegraphed, Collapse ). The symbolism indicator of the rose pedals and bright red objects was also pretty obvious. I'm glad that Collapse ) but that's probably my moralistic upbringing.

There are lots of reviews about how it was really about how it really about how it "denounces the hypocrisy of a society obsessed with an outer appearance of success but is eaten away by frustration on the inside, thus destroying a certain American Dream. Here, Puritanism, patriotism, empowerment, and corporate America will not be spared" but that's all just self-important critic moonbat bullshit.

I wouldn't have paid to see it, but it was worth seeing, just for contemporary cultural literacy.

Due to some references it made, I do think I may add Re-Animator to my `flix queue.