Day 24 – Silver Lining’s Ms. Pac-man
I finally got to see Silver Linings Playbook yesterday! It’s so good; I can definitely see why it got all those Academy Award nominations. What I was pleased with was how this movie did not go cliché about the effects of certain mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder. Having worked with people who have these conditions, I was glad that Silver Linings was able to show just how complex these disorders can be. In Tiffany’s (Jennifer Lawrence) case, depression hit her before her husband’s death. It messed with her sex drive, completely turning it off. After his death, she couldn’t help but have sex with everyone she met. It would be easy to simply label her as a nympho or just a slut going through nothing but guilt sex, but you would be technically wrong. What moved me was when Tiffany told Pat (Bradley Cooper) how her husband died:
We were married for three years and five days, and I loved him. But for the last couple months, I just wasn’t into sex at all. It just felt like we were so different and I was depressed. Some of that is just me, some of it was he wanted me to have kids and I have a hard enough time taking care of myself. I don’t think that makes me a criminal. Anyway one night after dinner, he drove to Victoria’s Secret at King of Prussia Mall and got some lingerie to get something going. And on the way back, he stopped on 76 to help a guy with a flat tire and he got hit by a car and killed. And the Victoria’s Secret box was still in the front seat.
She was talking about the feeling of emotion, something Pat claimed he couldn’t feel at the time. Yes she felt guilt, but guilt over the fact that her disability was what she thought ultimately led to her husband’s death. Then like a switch flipping on in her brain, she started to act out.
The rest of the cast was perfect. Such a perfect ensemble. Robert De Niro played such an endearing father to Bradley Cooper’s character. One is so used to seeing him as a ball-busting badass that you are literally taken aback when he plays such an emotional role like he does here. Then there’s Chris Tucker whom I never even knew was in the movie. Those Rush Hour movies really did him in as a overly loud, obnoxious black character. I was pleasantly surprised that he had a more toned down character. I actually loved him in this movie. [SPOILER?] He started out as this ambiguous person who may or may not be just a figment of Pat’s imagination, and that Pat is more crazy we viewers realize. I mean, he pops up at the weirdest times, out of nowhere. [SPOILER END]
Anyway, this is an insta-buy when it finally comes out on Blu-Ray.
Before going into the theater to watch Silver Linings, my friend Mike and I went into the arcade area to kill some time. There was this Terminator Salvation shooter that was just INTENSE. I knew it would be. I used to work projection at that theater. I was downstairs on break when they brought in the game. The managers quickly jumped on it. I watched them get pummeled in the first level. Those Terminators are frakking resilient.
When Mike and I started the game, even head shots weren’t very effective! Unless maybe if you had a shotgun and grenades. That 1-2 punch dropped them like minions. We made it as far as right after our helicopter crashed in a field of Terminators armed to the teeth with gatling guns.
Four dollars later, we finally moved on to this Ms. Pac-man/Galaga machine. I’m pretty sure the theater got this one right after The Avengers 🙂 I’m the gamer in this little duo, Mike not as much. However, he totally owned Ms. Pac-man with such skill and quickness that I couldn’t help but… yeah, let’s just say that I was in awe. “You gotta be gentle with the controls,” he told me after dying a few times.
“Gentle?” I replied, “Brother, there is nothing gentle about how I handle things.” A true assessment, I think. My feelings may be as delicate as tracing paper, but my approach to tasks are direct and straight to the point. If I want to murder you in the face, by the gods I will aim for the head. I guess that’s why I’m having so much more success as a berserker than when I was an assassin in D&D. Being an assassin takes so much more finesse than just charging through the field and knocking down a giant with your axe.