Holy Motors

I listened to part of the A’s game in Kansas City.  The A’s were ahead, 11-0, and would go on to win, 14-5.  I don’t know what got into them during these last four games.  I gave an exam to my students and returned home to watch “Holy Motors,” which certainly was an unusual movie.  It showed a day in the life of Monsieur Oscar, who goes across Paris by limousine for what he calls “appointments.”  He has nine appointments for the day, and he plays different parts in disguises.  We see a lot of wigs being removed.  It was rather fun to see Oscar in a Tron situation.  One really wacky episode was like The Beauty and the Beast, except the Beast didn’t behave as expected.  I wonder what happened with Jamie, the photographer’s assistant who made a reference to Diane Arbus.  Another sequence was reminiscent of one of those Stanley Donen musicals with Gene Kelly.  It doesn’t end the way a Stanley Donen musical would, however.  There were some funny moments.  We see talking cars at the end, and I wondered how they fixed the lights.  On the cover of the DVD, this movie is described as “Mulholland Dr.” meets “The Matrix.”  It won all sorts of awards, although I didn’t see it as some sort of masterwork.  I kept thinking about Oscar’s money situation, and what he ate.  He actually ate some money in one scene.  It looked like American money, and not real.  Oscar reminded me of John Malkovich at times.  Kate Moss and Juliette Binoche were considered for this movie, according to IMDB.  OK, I guess everyone but me liked this movie a lot.  I just didn’t think it added up to very much.  There are a lot of references to movies, but ones that people here haven’t seen.  I wanted to see something more than weird actions.  Some of the people who died on September 16 include Marc Bolan (1977), Maria Callas (1977), Willie Mosconi (1993), Gene Nelson (1996), James Gregory (2002), and Mary Travers (2009).  Today is a birthday for Amy Poehler (45), David Copperfield (60), and Mickey Rourke (64).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 16, Marc Bolan of T. Rex was killed in a car accident at age 29 in 1977.  Also in 1977, “Sanford Arms” premiered on NBC without either Redd Foxx or Demond Wilson, and it would last for only four weeks.  In 1994, “Timecop” with Jean-Claude Van Damme was released.  In 2009, Mary Travers died at age 72 from complications related to medical treatments for leukemia.

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