#00 Consume: Film Selection
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen
The thing with Closer is that it is a film where everyone continually makes choices that is, in retrospect, harmful and poor-intentioned. The film follows four characters, Alice the model/stripper/waiter and her boyfriend, Dan the writer; Anna the photographer and her boyfriend, Larry the doctor. The four characters indulge in consensual, almost voguish affairs with each other that end up in a slow, inevitable destruction of their lives. Everyone wants love, until they realize it’s not enough.
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Michael Pitt
You will wonder how such a small bathtub can fit three adults, that is, doe-eyed Matthew, the exchange student from America and the mysterious, blasé twins, Isabelle and Theo. Then you will wonder where their restlessness comes from, the political climate, or the films, the books, the music that they surround themselves with, or the continual consumption of each other’s flesh. Then you will wonder whether you should find a pair of well-of twins to break the record for running through the Louvre with. On second thought, you’re probably better off where you are.
Requiem for a Dream
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Ellen Burstyn
The moral of the story is, don’t fall in love with boys who ask you to sleep with your therapist so that he can buy heroin.