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|Movies: The House of Yes||Sunday, 2005 April 24 - 1:18 am|
|This is an OLD movie, but I'm just getting around to seeing it.|
First, I just want to say, I lurve Parker Posey. So while I want to review "The House of Yes", I have to do it quickly, because "Party Girl" comes on at 1:30 a.m. and I'm going to stay up to watch it.
"The House of Yes" came out in 1997. I've been meaning to see it, because I need to complete the Trilogy of Leigh, and by that I mean three movies that my one-time-friend Leigh recommended that I see. (The other ones were "Barfly" and "Requiem for a Dream".)
It's based on a stage production. You can kind of tell, because it's talky, it has a quiet atmosphere, and sometimes it's a little bit melodramatic and over-the-top. It's the kind of thing you'd expect to see in an intimate little theater that seats fifty people.
It's a dark comedy; very dark. Parker Posey plays a character named Jackie-O, because of a weird obsession with the Kennedy assassination. Jackie-O, as it turns out, has an incestuous relationship with her twin brother. The fact that such a taboo subject is treated so lightly, is part of what makes this movie brilliant.
There are a few really funny bits of dialogue, like this:
Mother: That tape leaves GOO. It GOOS up the windows.
Jackie-O: GOO is what tape is all about. GOO is what makes it tape instead of paper.
Mother: Where did [that gun] come from?
But somehow, these funny bits of dialogue are out-of-place, and out-of-character. When you combine that with the over-the-top story, it really makes you feel like you're watching a play; it negates the suspension of disbelief, and disassociates you from the story. So you never really get drawn in.
It's still clever, and I still love Parker Posey. And I give props to Tori Spelling for giving an unusually good performance. I just wish I'd seen this on stage instead of on DVD.
Rating: 3 / 5
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|Comment #1 from Julie (Guest)|
2005 Apr 24 - 10:26 am : #
|i like to refer to any weirdly close sibling relationship as "house of yes". as in, "they're so house of yes." for instance, my ex and his sister: waaaaay too house of yes. recent picture of me & my brother: http://pics.livejournal.com/julieinmiami/pic/0004sq06/g16, captioned thusly: "we are SO house of yes in this picture." i'm glad you saw it. it is indeed brilliant.|
|Comment #2 from pinky (Guest)|
2005 Apr 24 - 11:23 am : #
|oooo....requiem for a dream - most harrowing movie, ever. |
i miss the parker posey of yore. i loved her in "the daytrippers" and of course, party girl. and many other things. henry fool, not so much.
|Comment #3 from Javi (Guest)|
2005 Apr 24 - 1:06 pm : #
|requiem for a dream -|
- how about i just beat you over the head with a hammer while screaming "drugs are bad!" for two hours.
i promise you will enjoy that more than watching requiem for a dream.
|Comment #4 from Ken (realkato)|
2005 Apr 24 - 1:30 pm : #
|Aww, I kind of liked "Requiem". I don't know that I'd watch it again, though.|
I liked Parker Posey in "Clockwatchers" too.
|Comment #5 from pinky (Guest)|
2005 Apr 25 - 2:12 pm : #
|I saw the episode of The Simpsons the other day, when Homer takes a bite of a Krusty Burger Ribwich, and has a very "Requiem" moment. Now that makes me laugh, whereas the movie haunted me for MONTHS. I still can't believe Julia Roberts won the Oscar over Ellen Burstyn that year.|
(and "clockwatchers" is too much like actual jobs I've had for me to not cringe most of the way through it - although I loved Toni Collette in it)