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17 August 2007 @ 07:45 pm
I am in love with Jeff Goldblum  
I have a weird relationship with movies.


Back before the advent of DVDs and Netflix, I saw about three movies a year.  It would be even less, now, because I never want to let my pager out of hearing range, and I wouldn't be so crass as to take it into a theatre.
But anyway, now that I can get movies in the mail, overnight, and watch them at home, things have changed.  Oh - not my weird relationship, mind you.  But I've definitely upped the number of movies per year.

Not too long ago I saw some movie I'm forgetting ... Oh yes: Casino Royale. 
I didn't like it.
It wasn't that the movie was particularly bad.  The problem was that it twined its little scenes and scenarios and vignettes in through the pathways in my brain.  And twisted and squeezed here and there.  I probably had strange dreams, and I know I didn't sleep well that night.
Movies do that to me.  They get inside, past my defenses, and wrench at my reality in a way that books don't.  It takes me several hours to recover.  I don't much like the sensation.

I also watched a Disney animation.  Despite the recommendation of a friend, I didn't like it, either. 

I watched "The Celluloid Closet."  That was easier on me: documentaries have shorter bits, perhaps - or maybe it's that they're based on reality and don't (usually) warp it the way fiction does.  Or maybe it's something else.  And besides, who would not die for Marlene Dietrich in that stunning outfit??

I watched the first three episodes of the current BBC Robin Hood.  Shouldn't that do something for me?  Swashbuckling and all?  I thought most of the characters were children, frankly.  The lead reminds me very much of a young cousin of mine that barely keeps his head above water.  I didn't mind Little John.... am I getting old, perhaps?  Too old for most of Hollywood, anyway.  Oh - wait.  That was BBC.  Well, too old for the standard cast of characters on TV, of whatever nationality.

But anyway.  Just now, I watched "Earth Girls Are Easy," which I hadn't seen before.  I undoubtedly put it on my list (currently at 190 movies - I've got a lot of catching up to do) because Goldblum is in it.  He somehow managed to stun me in Buckaroo many years back, while the lead left me cold; I've been meaning to look for more of his work. 

I haven't had a crush on anyone in many months.  Perhaps years.  (Is that healthy?  I think not.)  I guess I can have one of those shallow things on the public image of a star who doesn't know I exist, can't I?  It's certainly safe; perhaps that's the draw.  The crush is lighthearted, and the movie was lighthearted.  At least... I know, logically, that it was lighthearted.  (Hm.)  So much safer - the crush on the star, and the movie, both - than those harsh bits that squirm their way in between the synapses and wrench and warp.

Somehow, though, neither the movie nor the crush seem all that shallow.  Perhaps it's just Goldblum's way?  He seems to be able to get across an entire lifetime of feeling in a split-second wry twist.  He tricks me into believing that I actually know him, and can empathize with his feelings.  It's an impressive ability.

So, I'll guess I'll keep my regular life, with the pager that calls me to rush out and save other people's lives, coupled with my shallow imaginary life that is so entertaining.... especially if the crushes can be encouraged to show up more than once in a blue moon.

Here's the vital question for y'all: what movie should I put next on the queue?
 
 
 
ex_serenejo on August 18th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
I've loved Goldblum in everything I've seen him in, even if I hated the movie itself.

You might like "Paper Clips" -- it's a documentary. It's sweet and sad and hopeful and surprising.

betonicabetonica on August 18th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Is he in that? Netflix doesn't say so. I've put it on my list - it looks good.
ex_serenejo on August 18th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
No, he's not. Sorry. Separate thoughts (movies you might like because they're not icky fiction that messes up the brain. :-)
betonicabetonica on August 20th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
I don't think it's fiction that's at fault. But I'm not sure what is (as may be apparent by my unclear ramblings in the first post). Some fiction is terrific, I think when it's obviously fiction - or clear that I'm suspending disbelief for the duration, anyway. Some fiction (e.g., that Bond movie) isn't. Some documentaries would send me running for the hills, and some I really like. I haven't quite sorted it out.

The nice thing about having a crush on a movie actor is that whatever the movie, I'm not likely to have one of those negative experiences. Still not sure why, but I'm not going to complain. Goldblum fest, coming up.
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betonicabetonica on August 18th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
he's mine! back off!

Maybe we should mud-wrestle for him?

oh, wait, i'm poly. hmmm... ;)

Oh, well then. He can join us.
Cryscrystlyte on August 18th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Ah. Jeff Goldblum. What's not to like?

I loved him in "Independence Day". I also loved him in his television series that ran briefly last year called "Raines". He gets to be quirky in it and I think that's such a large part of his charm in many of his movies. I don't think it will be back on tv, but if it made it to DVD it would be worth a watch.

A movie recommendation from out of left field - "Second Hand Lions". Another one - "Empire Falls".

A few movies that I've seen over the past few years and watched multiple times (pretty eclectic and not universal picks) "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back", "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Little Miss Sunshine". Don't know if they'll work for you but there you go.
betonicabetonica on August 18th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Ah. Jeff Goldblum. What's not to like?

*dreamy sigh*

I loved him in "Independence Day".

I saw that, but it was quite some time ago. I've put it on my list. There are bonus materials on a separate DVD - I wonder if it has anything good with him on it - anyone know?


I also loved him in his television series that ran briefly last year called "Raines". He gets to be quirky in it and I think that's such a large part of his charm in many of his movies.

Hah! Netflix has that, too!

I think whenever I first saw Goldblum, I thought to myself something along the lines of "What a funny looking fellow. I wonder why I like him?" and then tried to distract myself with whatever stunner was playing a more leading role. Didn't work. I had this idea when I was younger that I only liked "attractive" people (whatever that means). Now I think Goldblum is stunning, so I must have been way off base back then, right? Or perhaps I was right, but just hadn't figured out what was attractive, yet.


[...] "Second Hand Lions" [...] "Empire Falls" [...] "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" [...] "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" [...] "Little Miss Sunshine".

I've seen Jay and Wedding (they were both good. Anmar introduced me to the latter - it was terrif). What did you like about the other three?


Selkiselki on August 18th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Just now, I watched "Earth Girls Are Easy," which I hadn't seen before. I undoubtedly put it on my list (currently at 190 movies - I've got a lot of catching up to do) because Goldblum is in it. He somehow managed to stun me in Buckaroo many years back

Those are two fine movies. Do you think you have a fondness for goofy science fictional adventures? Or is it just the Goldblum factor?
betonicabetonica on August 18th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Do you think you have a fondness for goofy science fictional adventures? Or is it just the Goldblum factor?

Oh, it's definitely Goldblum. The goofy sci fi helps in that (1) all kinds of technical/magical stuff can happen, so his character can have extra appealing characteristics or talents, and (2) I don't have to take it deadly seriously. But that's only about 1% of the draw. The rest is him.

I just can't get over how well he manages to express things - mostly with facial expression, I think, but definitely with other body language, too. And there's something about his quirky voice that adds to it.

Why is that, do you suppose? Do most (/some, /other, ...) male actors hide their expressions behind stoic solid deadpan maleness, and he just stands out because of that? Or is it something else?
Selkiselki on August 20th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
I think his stage experience might have something to do with it, but I'm not sure.
betonicabetonica on August 20th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's a likely concept. Stage requires more expression, more movement, more life. And he definitely seems to me to be more alive than many other actors.

But, ya know, my crush has to point out that it might just be him, not some particular training or venue or whatever;)
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Jeff Goldblum
No one who's written is truly loves Jeff Goldblum. Research is required of the truly smitten. Here are recommendations: For quirky Goldblum, in addition to The Fly and Jurassic Park/The Lost World, watch: The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish; Mr. Frost; The Tall Guy; and more lately, Deep Cover and Holy Man. He is never more sexy than in Mad Dog Time although Hideaway features a brief, but stunning sex scene. My five personal favorites, great stories and fine acting are Spinning Boris, Fathers and Sons, Beyond Suspicion, War Stories and Dallas 362. In all of these, Mr. Goldblum lets loose his considerable warmth and passion. He has only small, bad guy parts in Man of the Year, The Life Aquatic, Mimi's First Time, and Igby Goes Down. He is sinister in the first, and hilariously pompous in the last four. I have heard complaints that he has no range, but it's simply ignorant to think that. He makes an impression as a corrupt gambler in Silverado. His latest is Fay Grim, wherein he is beautiful. Pittsburgh will be premiered on Starz next week or the next. Adam Resurrected, with the lead role the director says Goldblum was "born to play" should be out soon. So there. I LOVE JEFF GOLDBLUM, and if he had any sense at all, he'd love me back.
betonicabetonica on August 19th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Jeff Goldblum
Hello, Anonymous. Thanks for the information and list of movies I should watch - very greatly appreciated. (I challenge your statement that none of us are truly smitten, however. Such a personal thing, being smitten.) Do you have a name you'd like to be known by? Do I know you, by any chance?
velochicdunordvelochicdunord on August 19th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I've been a fan since _The Big Chill_. You can drag me out to see any movie he's in.
betonicabetonica on August 19th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
TBC might be where I saw him first; he was memorable, although I admit I was smitten with Bill Hurt in that one. (So fickle of me... I claim to have been too young to know any better at the time; that's my story &c). I'm doing my own Goldblum mini filmfest, and might put TBC on the list, after many that I haven't seen yet.
lorreslorres on August 20th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'll put in the second vote for "The Tall Guy" because he really holds his own with Emma Thompson and they both have that wonderful comic talent.

I think most of what gets me about him is his eyes.
Selkiselki on August 20th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Eyes and hands, face and body :-)
betonicabetonica on August 20th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Everything. Yes:)
I'll be getting three dvds tomorrow!
Ah - little indulgences.