8 Films that Seemed Good When We Were Young and Impressionable
(1999) dir. Sam Mendes
The Academy Award winner American Beauty is generally well-liked by many and obviously received stellar reviews upon its release. But the fact is, it hasn’t aged very well. The floating bag sequence seems a little ridiculous, and as I saw more and more films, I realized that suburban malaise and strife is a common theme that goes back as far as the technicolor melodramas of Douglas Sirk from the ’50s. Not to mention that compared to Todd Solondz’s films Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and especially Happiness (1998), American Beauty seems tame by comparison. It’s not that Mendes’ film is bad – it’s just that it’s not as great as we thought it was.
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Try something today. Count how many times someone brings up some sort of mental illness in normal conversation. Add that number up and tell me it doesn’t strike you as kind of weird how many normal people walk around with the belief that there is something wrong with them.
She assumed it was jewelry. Every year he gets her a charm for her gold chain or a pair of dangly earrings.
Fall if you will, but rise you must.
You may lose what would have been the joy of the experience had you not been so focused on some fabricated idea or unrealistic expectation you had of how it was going to turn out.