Monday, April 26, 2010

Guitar, the Movie



Directed by Amy Redford. Written by Amos Poe.

When belonging to NETFLIX or Blockbuster Video by mail, to get your money’s worth you find yourself watching many movies you wouldn’t otherwise see.
And that is why we watched the movie GUITAR yesterday. We are still trying to figure out what prompted us to put that on our list.

Never mind, it doesn’t matter. The fact is that we did watch it and found it strangely amusing, in a dark comedy kind of way.

The movie is apparently a low-budget movie.

It has some strange twists of faith in it. It starts out as the protagonist, Melody Wilder ( Saffron Burrows) gets some bad news from her doctor: She has four weeks to live. Then, she went back to work and was “downsized” with 4 weeks severance pay package. She left work; felt she needed to talk to somebody so she called her boyfriend but before she had a chance to tell him all her bad news he told her he wanted to breakup with her. It wasn’t her day.

She was distraught. She was in a daze. She went to her apartment and walked out with the door opened (this is New York City). I assume she only carried the clothes on her back and her pocketbook. She found a short-lease loft apartment in a huge new building. She moved in instantly.

She eliminated the clothes on her back. She stripped down butt naked and threw them out the window. She was naked and had no place to sleep or sit.

It reminds me of a double negative blues song I heard one time… “I an’t got nothing.” And in her case, not even time.

She ordered a lot of Chinese food and Pizzas and paid by credit card. It was interesting to see her pay nude at the door without being seen by the delivery person. Finally the mail carrier dropped a catalog in her mail slot. She paid for it all with her credit card of course.

In the catalog she ordered clothes and furniture. A delivery man made more than trip to her loft apartment to delivered the stuff she ordered. One time he brought her a bouquet of flowers and they made love. Melody also made love with the pizza delivery girl.

Then all three of them made love together.

I think Melody was doing things she either frowned upon or thought was unhealthy. She did not eat meat until she heard about her cancer, and definite not something like pizza.

In time the credit cards (4 weeks to be exact) maxed out, her two lovers went back to their real mates, and the manager of the apartment building evicted her, making her homeless. Another one of those bad days.

But more importantly, she was alive beyond what the doctor estimated. She went back to the doctor and the doctor called in a team of other doctors to study her and they could not figure out what happen to the cancer. It was gone.

I think one doctor had the best answer. He said that maybe the cancer did not recognize the body it made a home in because it took up another lifestyle and so it left.

It reminded of women who have tried in vain to have children, then adopt, then become pregnant.

I left out the name of the movie, Guitar. The Guitar played an important role of giving the movie a happy ending, but you will have to see that for yourself.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the movie, Julia (1977), in a scene with Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, Dashiell tells Hellman one of her novels "..is worse than bad, it's almost good." An almost good book or movie, you continue to the end. A bad one, you stop.

I watch a pretty wide variety of movies on satellite, and prefer bad to almost good. "Guitar" was almost good.

Mike

1:27 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Hiya Eddie.

I'm just trying to tell a story. Hope it's almost as good as that one.

Heheh.. hempi is my scramble word. :)

2:37 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Michael,
Hempi....which translates to Hemp I. which means Hemp Me! I don't know about you, but the only thing I know Hemp is good for is making ropes.

I have said it more than once, these scrambled words you have to type out to get your message through is just like tea-leaves. They know! Hemp huh?

2:58 PM  
Blogger El Postino said...

Is Amy Redford Robert Redford's daughter?

Amazingly, my word to get into your comments is olebob. The former Young Bob Redford now wears his age on his face.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

El,

I wondered if Amy and Bob are related too.... but that was only for a minute, then, my mind wandered elsewhere.

4:31 PM  

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