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25 August 2009 @ 07:23 pm
I continue to be predictable.  
Just One of the Guys was on this morning. I'd mostly forgotten that for maybe a month or two in middle school, I was in love with (and slightly scandalized by) this movie. (I think I was scandalized by the language more than anything else.) I hardly remember anything specific about it, and judging by the bit of it I saw this morning, I'd clearly invented a lot of not-quite homoeroticism* in my head that never actually happened in the movie, which amuses me because that's one of the things I love about Trevor Nunn's film of Twelfth Night. (And, you know, Twelfth Night in general; but I think Nunn does a good job of putting it on film, whereas I've seen quite a few productions that don't manage it at all.)

Still, I always forget how I was apparently primed to love Twelfth Night before I ever managed to read it. (See also: The Last Silk Dress, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The Outlaws of Sherwood, etc.)

Also--people dancing at proms in '80s movies are hilarious.


*What I referred to in another post under the "cross-dressing" tag as "conflicted supposedly same-sex longing from the male protagonist." Such things always make me happy.
 
 
 
Valancy: DevilishGrinvalancy_s on August 27th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of this movie but I know just the phenomenon you're talking about and I really enjoy it too! I don't quite know why, because actual homoeroticism doesn't do anything for me; I suppose it's the romance of the straight male character thinking he's breaking a tabboo, but not being able to resist? Whatever it is, that's totally my favorite part of Outlaws of Sherwood and the Twelfth Night movie. I even watched several episode of this really terrible teen TV show, Young Americans, because they had one of those plots. *blush*
tempestsarekind: posner and scrippstempestsarekind on August 27th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's the romance of the straight male character thinking he's breaking a tabboo, but not being able to resist?

Yes, I think that's it. I mean, I enjoy actual homoeroticism as a narrative device as well (you sort of have to, if you're going to love Shakespeare's sonnets), but there's a definite difference in tone, much of the time. Maybe it's just that they're conflicted in slightly different ways. :) Or maybe it's the difference between homoeroticism and androgyny, I don't know.

(Also, I vaguely remember Young Americans, now that you mention that! Wasn't it set in a boarding school or something? I think I only saw one episode of that show before it disappeared. However, I watched The American Embassy solely because it was set in London, so I have no right to judge. :) )

(argh, edited again for HTML fail.)

Edited at 2009-08-27 08:55 pm (UTC)
Valancy: Londonvalancy_s on August 28th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, Young Americans was set in a boarding school (and you could have blinked and missed it - I think there were only ten episodes or something). The girl's posing as a boy at ritzy all-boy prep school to get her mom's attention, and the dean's son (Boone from Lost) is drawn to her despite thinking she's a dude. They were the B-plot; the main plot was another rich boy who falls instantly & mutually in love with a townie girl, only to learn she might be his half-sister. This show was all about the tabbooed love!

And I fully support watching anything set in London :)
tempestsarekind: londontempestsarekind on August 28th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
the main plot was another rich boy who falls instantly & mutually in love with a townie girl, only to learn she might be his half-sister

OMG, I had totally forgotten about that part until just now! (You can see where my interest was, heh.) Eeee.

I feel like I haven't watched anything set in London in ages (this is probably not true, but it feels that way). Maybe it's time for another viewing of Sliding Doors...