A good year for women on film, as exemplified in new releases The Eyes of My Mother, Miss Sloane, and more
Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 9
So I'm back, diluting the pure, unadulterated Scott Marks goodness here at the Big Screen down to Federally approved levels of hilarity. And it turns out the Internet was just waiting to serve up some welcome-back awfulness, in the form of the trailer for Judd Apatow's This is Apatow, er, This is 40.
Ha, ha, middle age!
I could handle the solipsism right up until the end there, where we were treated to these two magnificent bits of marketing copy:
"This is everyone's story." What do you think, Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets?
And it's not like As Good As It Gets was a searing exploration of the underbelly. No, for that, let's turn to the newsbit I ran into right before I got to This is 40: a review of Meet the Fokkens. Take it away, A.V. Club:
"The original Dutch title of Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas’ documentary Meet The Fokkens is Ouwehoeren, a colloquial expression that roughly translates as “chitchat,” which befits a movie that largely consists of two 69-year-old Amsterdam twin sisters talking about their lives and experiences. But the term also derives from “old whores,” which is just as apt. Louise is a retired prostitute—she quit at age 67—while Martine still has a window in the Red Light District, and still gets customers. The sisters have a lot to say: about the 9-5 grind of a career in sex-work, about the ways the business has changed, and about what they’ve learned about men."
"Everybody's story," indeed. Good morning!