The Singing Detective (2003) [prognosis: WTF?]

Before I even get to that (and I’m not too concerned about losing any part of my lengthy review… Robert’s films stick with me pretty well… even when they’re this twisted… again more on that later),
I gotta officially put up my “Hurt Locker” review

I saw it Sunday afternoon, but spent a lot of this entry on comments in between writing about “Dirty Mind”…
the day before I watched “Iron-Man” and saw it listed beforehand so… eh, why not…
Jeremy Renner is about to suck me into watching “The Bourne Legacy” (in a few days)… I might as well see him kick serious Middle-Eastern butt in the movie that won an Oscar… when I thought “Avatar” was gonna take everyone to the cleaners…

(here’s the funny thing, Robert… you thought “Avatar” was gonna sweep the Golden Globes but you’re forgetting that they didn’t have anyone nominated for best actor/actress… so obviously they couldn’t sweep anyways…
fingers crossed that in a couple years, Sherlock Holmes is the character who will win him that Oscar that he really deserves… he’s so talented that he deserves more than to be called “the greatest comeback in the history of Hollywood”… The Singing Detective is a case-in-point of this)

anyway…
I was planning on boycotting this film for… I dunno… forever… cuz I will still attest that “Avatar” should have won best picture…
it’s only the 2nd greatest miscue in my time watching The Oscars (therefore, I cannot put up Shakespeare in Love and Dances with Wolves in that conversation)… since Brokeback Mountain losing out to Crash…

in both cases, nobody’s even heard of the film that won Best Picture… I mean, what’s up with that?

they picked Crash because, god forbid, liberal Hollywood (if they really are as liberal as my folks claim it is) didn’t want a gay cowboy movie being the representative of that year in movies…
and interestingly, so-called liberal Hollywood lost out twice… and probably has been that way for a while…

“Slumdog Millionaire” is the only win in recent history that is liberal… they’re giving it up to promoting India’s good image… and that film is probably the closest thing Hollywood has generated as a film about India… the only thing that’s manufactured spontaneous Bollywood action that closes out the film

The King’s Speech and The Artist are very conservative-type films… didn’t want to give it up to The Social Network, which really speaks to our current generation (still haven’t seen the movie so I can’t be 100% on that)… and with The Artist, it really could have gone to anybody (except for maybe “War Horse” who got NOTHING it was nominated for… it was unfortunate enough to be up against “Hugo” for a lot of those awards)

but check this out…

if Hollywood is so liberal… how come “Avatar”… which some people say is an allegory on Bush invading Iraq to look for nuclear weapons (I never saw that because I really don’t go that far into reading between the lines, as I’ve said…. I saw it as Jamestown where we were looking for gold when there was none… taking land away from and killing off the native Americans… now that I think about it, “native American” is such a generic term… can’t call them Indians because we have Indians from India… can’t call them Redskins cuz its a slur… American Indians… is the best we got)…

anyway… if “Avatar” was truly about that (you’d have to ask James Cameron, but I think I heard he had this idea for YEARS… so it really has nothing to do with the Bush administration at all… (told ya so!)… how come it lost to “The Hurt Locker”… an unknown film… just because its more conservative and is in SUPPORT of the war in Iraq rather than against our invasion much the way the people were against Vietnam…

now that I think about it… it could be for similiar reasons to why they gave Iran the award for best foreign film… A Separation… because we didn’t want to poke the bear… hopefully giving the award TO the bear would help with relations… so far… not much on the relations front and they’re still working on a weapons’ program… so not entirely…
they gave it to this unknown pro-war film because a lot of people were against the war in Iraq… they needed some friendly faces to help make it accessible… much the way they’re doing now with “Stars Earn Stripes”


man, I was pissed… because “Avatar” felt like a revolution of film-making… of course nothing 3D would be able to compete, but my god, that was what the movie experience was all about… and kinda became for me… escapism…

that upset ranks among my highest upsets like ever…
up there with Clay Aiken not winning the rightful title of American Idol… Phillip Phillips being the wrong person TO win in his season…
if Adam Lambert won the show, that would have been up there too, although I saw that coming…

liberal… conservative… it’s all the same bull…

btw, I applaud Romney for picking Paul Ryan for a running mate… people were down on his plan to literally go through the budget line by line… taking out the stuff we don’t need and cutting spending, like MAJORLY… now it looks like we might actually get that… although Romney is supposedly keeping his distance from discussing that…
of course part of me is relieved it wasn’t Michelle Bachmann… who is so uber-conservative that she and Romney probably wouldn’t have gotten along…

then I saw my 2nd cousin post on Facebook a list of reasons why Paul Ryan is a disaster… I’m hearing this stuff for the first time… that he doesn’t support the LGBT crowd, doesn’t support abortion even in extreme cases (i.e. the fetus’s life is more important than the woman)…
that’s lifting red flags in my head… because I’d support abortions in extreme cases… at the same time, though, if I were in that situation, I dunno… I couldn’t call it immediately where I would stand on my own rights…

I thought everyone would like Paul Ryan so it unnerves me that this stuff is out there…
much the way I’m a little shaken that Kristen Stewart might have been taken off the Snow White/Hunstman sequel ticket… the sequel looks to be focusing on the Hunstman himself… which could make for a good film, I guess… maybe a prequel where his wife was still alive and before he started drinking like a fish…
I’d hate for that stupid affair to force a recast of Snow White… that’s like the only chance she has to really play a strong character that stretches her beyond her usual means…

speaking of stuff that I don’t know what I’d do unless I was in the situation…
and abortion…

my folks have been away so much that I’d been able to catch “Hollywood Exes” almost as they come out… which is great…
now the true colors of cattyness are starting to show…

Jessica Canseco… ex of the famous ball-player Jose…
here’s what’s strange about the show… all these women are either black or they married black guys… unless you’re Jessica who married Jose who looks Hispanic…

why is that these girls of ethnic background are so superficial and catty like this?
although all the Real Housewives in NY and NJ and Orange County are white and equally as catty as the ATL housewives (one of them being Nene Leakes who’s really making a name for herself since her stint on Celebrity Apprentice)…

Nicole, the ex of Eddie Murphy… I do like quite a bit… I mean, she’s gorgeous and seems closer to the ground than some of her buddies…
R. Kelly’s ex, its hard to say which way she bends in my book, but she’s a cut above Jessica and Will Smith’s ex, Sheree (I think I have that right)…

of course, Mayte is a cut above everybody because I’m always going to see her as an absolute angel… both inside and outside…

this past week has been pretty troublesome for her and at several points, I just wanted to bend laws of physics, go through the TV and hug her and not let go until everything was okay…

even worse is that the people online aren’t nearly as sympathetic… they say that she brought up the old topic back up just to start something… I don’t see that at all… nor do I see anything that’s going to make me sway towards Jessica in the situation

here’s what’s twisted…
Jessica has this thing about not killing animals or even eating them… a spider gets in, she lets it free… yet she had an abortion and kinda turned the other cheek… bringing it up very casually as if she had a… omg… cant believe I’m going here… as casually as getting a freaking wart removed… It was an unnecessary thing that she got rid of that and that was it…

the bitch should have at least been on birth control and we wouldn’t have this problem…
don’t know anything about her promoscuity… but if anyone is gonna be that free with their sexuality, they need to be smart about it…

makes me think about a bunch of those birth control ads where its a device you insert and later get removed like UvaRing and this one other I can’t remember the name of…
I saw it a couple times with the latter and said “umm…. how about you just don’t have sex and you wouldn’t need to worry about that stuff?”
my mom’s in the room and pretty much rolls her eyes at me with her response… don’t remember the exact words but it translates to “get real”

again, I won’t know unless I’m with a man I trust through and through what my policy on sex would be… how many times a week I’d feel up to doing it… part of me thinks that despite my mind, my libido might be too much for my own good… kinda in the way that if you get a hold of something irresistible the first time, you can’t stop and its all you think about…

man, this has gotten dirty… and actually, considering how much sex is in “The Singing Detective”… like there are 5 instances where, nobody’s completely nude, but the movement is clear as day… glaringly obvious…
that wasn’t what had me going WTF by the end of it…

where I was going with that…
Jessica’s abortion came to discussion at Palm Springs and sparks were flying…

after the fact, Mayte… man, its not like this complicated in how to put this, I forget the actual way it went down…
the more it came up, the more she got to thinking about her own situation…

the following show, she went to a fertility clinic to talk about freezing her eggs… and unfortunately, being that she’s 38, there isn’t enough research to know if its a viable option…
that was my first “awww” moment of the show… I felt her pain…

oddly learned that she miscarried because she was on a vegan diet… I didn’t think about it until afterwards that it was while she was still with Prince and he’d recently become vegan with his JW conversion…
didn’t know how important that was to that life process…

so sparks really started flying when Mayte tried to say how much the talk was rubbing her the wrong way because Jessica talks about discarding a life and she’s trying to have one, having a lot of trouble making things come together…

for the first time, I saw Mayte lose it… she were dropping f-bombs and you know for someone like her, that’s a huge deal… and she pretty much walked out of the situation… with a couple of the girls consoling her and holding her… I wanted to be one of them… and Jessica immediately went on my list of people who get under my skin…

nobody makes that angel feel bad and lives to tell about it… unless of course you’re Prince, but that’s an entirely different story πŸ˜• I should quit while I’m ahead there

I got to thinking, strangely enough… if that was a viable option for her, I felt that I would do anything… like before I wished I was a man because I’d know how to treat her right..
now my latest idea was that if she was up for it, I’d want to be her surrogate so she could have something she so desparately wants…

a pretty tall order coming from someone who doesn’t even know her… not even in the same time zone and I came up with this idea…
I saw her in such pain and wanted to do anything to make it go away… thinking it over, I’m not sure if I was thinking it completely through…
cuz its such a long-time commitment… 9 months is a long time for something like that… and what the hell would I do other than take up space at her ranch house? I certainly can’t ask her to give me the dirt on her time with Prince because she’s trying to forget about him…

I’m thinking that I’d put that option on the table if it was one of my best friends…

but the stipulation is… I don’t know if I’m physically geared for that committment… how do I know my body isn’t “a hostile environment”… the way the OBGYN described Monica in “Friends”… supposedly she and Chandler got a double-whammy where his “swimmers” were lacking in mobility and whichever ones reach their destination, they get “vaporized” by the “defense system”

not the exactly words, but that’s basically the point…
its even stronger that I’d think of this when I’m a virgin… my mind gets in strange places sometimes, but as they usually say, “my heart’s in the right place”…

let’s see…

The Hurt Locker…

I didn’t even know that Jeremy Renner had a lead role in this… I might have it confused with “The Town” where he was nominated for supporting actor…

he gets recruited 10 minutes in after the last bomb specialist got blown up…

[also, btw, from that day: I finally got around to rectifying one thing… I found a download of the full version of Colton doing “Piano Man”… ive got the performance also, but I really do prefer him polished in the studio for that song… but yeah, that makes me feel like a weight was taken off me and I can finally start to move on… that’ll tide me over until his album comes out…
I’ll predict that if not in stores, Colton Dixon’s debut album will be done and ready to go by this time next year]

one thing I will say about this movie… it had a lot of nail-bitters, really filled the room with tension… but it was invigorating…
first mission, he locates a bomb, figures how to disarm it and finds a whole network of them he has to disarm… meanwhile his buddies are keeping their eye out for anyone with a cell phone or remote control to detonate

the whole time I’m thinking… its gonna SUCK if this guy doesn’t survive to see the end of the movie… thankfully that moment never came

another moment, I just came back from taking the dog out… and he’s using a fire extinguisher to put out a car fire… there were a lot of bombs in the trunk, which I never even figured was a place to put them… (where else would they be? I dunno)… he was looking around for the central part of the bomb network, so focused in fact that he ripped off his headset…

haha, his higher-up was chewing him out!! by the end of that part, I thought he was gonna get beat, but he just got one punch and “don’t you dare turn off your headset again, soldier”… something like that…

I knew Jeremy Renner was cool, but I didn’t expect him to be such a maverick… usually he’s so stoic and business-like upfront… but he was insane in this, to his own degree of course… but wow…
the commander of the entire outfit, who I thought would give him hell… he looked him… apparently loves mavericks

there’s another scene where they get caught in an ambush in the middle of the freaking desert… wonderful… just wonderful… πŸ˜•
the only people that got killed were the Brits or Aussies that they recently joined forces with… that sucks….

I got to thinking after a while that definitely, Jeremy Renner would be the type of guy I’d like to have on the front line with me… he’s not only good at what he does, but he shows compassion and would be great for keeping morale sharp…
in that ambush scene, this one guy was trying to find a piece of equipment or reload a gun and was freaking out… he helped him get through it and told him he could do it…

there was a cute moment earlier where one of the soliders was talking to this kid… who I think was videotaping them and he said he’d better give him a better copy next time or he was gonna decapacite him… quickly taking it back… they have a good little relationship
but i get the feelings its not gonna end well for the kid

it was interesting seeing him on Jimmy Kimmel the other night… I dont see him being the comedic type but the stuff that came out of his mouth surprised the hell outta me… apparently he’s been so busy that he hasnt lived him his house a whole lot… maybe 2 weeks out of the year… he gets back and wakes up to someone callling out “lets stretch, bitches!”
apparently people were using his propetry as a place for their yoga classes :falloff: so instead of getting into a confrontation over it, he just decided to move, haha

wow… they actually use time stamps in this movie… 16 days left in the bravo company’s rotation

20 minutes later… here’re my comments as I originally wrote them cuz I’m sick of retyping things

awww… I knew the kid was gonna get killed, just found his body in a warehouse full of explosive materials… and it looks like one of the troops just got killed in another explosion in the streets…

now they’re checking about the kid who sells the DVD’s probably to see if he got mixed up in some stuff he shouldnt have…

man this dude’s got a death wish… just went into the city to find out about the kid and nearly got killed coming back to camp

the latest thing was that there was an explosion in a green zone and while looking for the trigger, he shot one of his own guys by accident… but c’mon, they were out there in the middle of the night and couldnt freaking see anything… I realize thats a chance you gotta take sometime, but geesh… he lived but his leg is shattered in 9 places

then we got a suicide bomber that was turned into a bomb… man, those guys were serious… they had it bolted to him so they couldnt cut it off in time… and it looked like he got caught in the blast a bit with the suit on… thats how the first guy died, but he wasn’t as close to it as he was… I’ll hold off on writing until the movie ends… yeah, he survived it!

the ending was a little anti-climatic… he goes home for what feels like a REALLY short time… and goes back, this time to the Delta Company… time stamp says he’s got another 365 days to go… movie was REALLY good, I’ll admit

I was so surprised by how much I liked this movie… probably one of my favorite Oscar winners because there wasn’t a dull moment… the tension was kept just right and he was a great character, for sure… nobody could have played the role better πŸ˜‰

and I guess I can also add “The Singing Detective” to my movie list πŸ˜‰ just crossed it off my “watch list”…
now I’ve officially seen every Downey film on my “watch list”…

and yeah I’m finally getting around to discussing the movie…

I’m quite surprised with myself that I managed to a) get up in time to watch it and b) get up at a somewhat regular time in the morning…
do I feel tired? yeah… but I’m not EXHAUSTED… which is kinda nice

it should also be noted… not there was ever a time (with the exception of the slower parts of “Chaplin” or even “Less than Zero” b4 I grasped the seriousness of the situation) any of his movies have put me to sleep because they were so boring, he is really good at not boring me to death… which comes in real handy with this film… which I was watching between the hours of 3 and 5 am…

not for a moment did I feel any drowsyness or lose interest in the film as a whole…
I did get the feeling though that I wanted to spend a little more time on the fantasy than the reality of it… which is either painfully depressing or just painful cuz he is in pain

oh shoot… I gotta make a note of it on my document where I have his resume listed just remembered

this movie has been on my radar since maybe 6 months in2 this time of 2011 when I was looking for/up all these movies he was in… I wasn’t interested at first because, well, the dude’s got really bad psorasis so I can’t really see him as well as I’d like

and I probably did make this decision long before I decided to watch “Fur”… in that one, really don’t see his face at all… just get his velvety tenor and those thoughtful eyes
it ran along the same lines of “Dirty Mind” in that it was an important part of his career… a turning point if you will… as I would find later, not THE turning point (that goes out to the next film where he met Susan)… not quite sure when he did the Charlie Rose interview about this movie, but he said “falling in love helps”… which tells me that I’d just started his relationship with Susan when he was selling soap for “The Singing Detective”

he was engaged to Susan, or rather, newly engaged… when he did the Frank Skinner interview promoting this film…
and to be fair, it was a while before this movie got finished so technically he could have known her for a while before the movie hit theaters

…what I read was that during the first scene where he’s approaching Halle Berry as a patient at the institution, rather than his partner… he wrestles her to the ground and actually broke her arm… so they had to stop shooting for a while so it could heal up…
and since movies aren’t often filmed in order anyway… he could have shot all the other scenes he was in, by the time he was done with his part of the shoot was when he popped the question…
supposedly just before midnight on her 30th birthday and seeing as she’s a Scorpio, she’s probably late October, early November (my sister’s a Scorpio, born Nov 7th)…

so to be fair, the chronology is probably a little off with a bunch of these… but I refuse to believe that Robert wasn’t completely clean by the time he talked with Charlie Rose… because the person he was there was insanely smart and grounded… there’s just no way…

onto the film, what I was originally gonna say is that I have been able to explain this movie for over a year before I saw any of it… mostly from hearing him talk about it…
back to that thing I said last entry where I’m such a brown noser in knowing his films’ premises backwards and forwards

whether its religious mythology or methodology… there was more to this film than just… a guy bed-ridden with a debilating disease has to get better… an author escapes into a novel he wrote to escape the pain of his situation…

the way he put it…
it’s about a writer who’s bed-ridden with psorasis in this hospital where he’s making everyone around him as miserable as he is… and while seeing this psychiatrist, he gets beyond the surface of his condition, in part escaping into the book he wrote to hide from his pain… until finally, he makes peace with himself and… as he puts it, “takes his bed and walks”

that’s the long-winded version…

what I was curious about was how the worlds were going to eventually blend together and how he finally “takes his bed and walks”

and I get the feeling I’ll have to stop halfway through to walk some dogs, so I better get on it…

I saw my first footage of the film maybe a couple months ago… I’d say about 3-5…
and was saying how it was hard for me to take seriously because it was so hokey and out there… even for me…
like there were a few spontaneous song/dance numbers that came out of nowhere… which got me thinking this guy is insane…

one of the two flipping hilarious…
Katie Holmes is his nurse giving him a rub-down and while he tries to keep his mind off things, a “Mr. Sand-man” fantasy… where there are chorus girls singing the song… and he gets a little too excited…
by the end of which, she asks “we don’t have to talk about it, do we?”

yep… they went there…
it was awkward, although not as insanely awkward as another scene where the psychiatrist is reading from the detective novel about a sex scene where the writing doesn’t synch up with the rest of it…
fantasy transcends reality where he sees himself in place of the man in the picture… that’s kind of an image I want to just excommunicate from my mind because to put it bluntly, it makes me blush way too much…

sure he has inspired some of the first sex scenes I wrote about, but I don’t want to fantasize about THAT… the last thing I need is imagery to stick with me
at least while watching the movie last night, I knew it was coming so I could avert my gaze for a couple seconds

…gotta go take care of the dogs, be back in a bit

okay, back…
had to get away from this shark week coverage…
not that I’m afraid of ’em or anything, but there’s only so much fake blood I can take… felt kinda light-headed a couple times…


I guess what I was saying in the last passages was that this time I got through the scenes without cracking up…
my initial reaction while watching the scenes on YouTube was… I know this is supposed to be serious and about serious issues, but some of it was too goofy to resist laughing at…

and actually, the good part of this film was that my mind was taken off the infatuation part of it and was focusing on what I thought of as really good acting…
but there’s never a time where I don’t think his acting is any good πŸ˜‰
there were a couple of times, though, while he was playing the detective that I allowed myself to get taken in by his handsomeness… not too much because I didn’t know how long those moments would last…

here’s a basic synopsis… I guess… and I’ll try to explain my way around a few things that don’t quite make sense

Dan Dark, this writer, has been in this hospital for 3 months with this illness. He’s fully aware of it, too much so to deny its there, but he refuses to allow himself to make any progress.
I think part of his moping came from the fact his book didn’t sell very well and it was his life’s work… supposedly…

a bunch of nurses go to see him, assess the situation and he’s trying to explain how sick he is… but its kinda obvious that the dude’s too arrogant to will himself to get any better… he’s using his illness as an excuse for his inactivity

πŸ˜‰ Mel Gibson spotted this project for him perfectly…

There are a few moments early on where he’s narrating scenes from this novel… until we get out of the fantasy and see its just his imagination…

I think the movie starts where two guys spot this guy walking into a club where he picks up a dame (as per the trailer, rule #1: there’s always a dame)… he takes her home, they have sex… the two guys come in, take the girl, drown her in the bathtub and make it look like an accident…

we have this musical sequence that comes out of nowhere where the nurses are standing over him…
the scene after is when one asks him about his beliefs (after he breaks down her greeting, “how are we doing today?” …his question… “who’s the other guy?” lol) and he lists all this stuff…
“insectide, cyanide, suicide, AIDS… I put my faith in cholesterol, caffeine, nicotine, President Bush…” a few other things… I nearly lost it when he listed “Reader’s Digest” before “properly labeling poisons”…

cuz that was just so out of left field :falloff:

by the end of it, she gets so offended by his cynicism that she storms off… before saying he won’t get better unless he gets control of himself…

it’s kinda sucky that the film has this name… but he doesn’t actually sing… the novel is set in the 50’s, so he’s lip-synching to all these old recordings (the first one was “How much is that doggie in the window?” which oddly gets repeated a couple times throughout the movie)…

there’s one that I’ve gotten pretty fond of… only cuz they’ve shown it in the Charlie Rose interview… he’s singing with a band in rehearsal and this guy shows up to hire him to find out who killed this dame…
which is kinda twisted cuz he knows who did it… what’s the point?

what’s REALLY good about the movie, though… the singing detective himself is a pretty cool character that can actually take charge… I mean, the dude wields a guy, kicks a lot of butt… and the best part: he isn’t getting his ass handed to him by anybody

that’s like a HALLEUJAH for me… cuz in almost every film, he gets his ass handed to him by someone stronger than him…
hilariously, he commented during Sherlock 2 that audiences seem to love seeing him get beat up quote “since Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”… I’m in the vast minority where I freaking hate it… I don’t care how hilarious it is at times, but I like when he plays stronger characters

although there is something endearing about Harry Lockhart despite the fact he doesn’t know how to defend himself

back to the movie…
they send him off the psychatrist played by Mel Gibson… he wasn’t kidding… the dude is virtually unrecognizable… between the large lens glasses, the bald cap and a different tone of voice…

he got a copy of the book and is asking him about it… different parts of it… saying that its full of clues that draw reference to his own struggles… of course he denies the connection and has utter disdain for him quoting his book…

after the first sex scene… there’s another one that gets played a couple times in the movie… where there’s this kid and his mom leaving this gas station in the middle of nowhere…
based on the theatrical trailer, I figured that this is his own flashback, nothing to do with the book…

supposedly when he was a kid, his mom had an affair with another man… which he actually witnesses (to which you gotta say: no wonder this guy is so fucked up)… not quite getting what’s going on… but he and his mom leave for LA, leaving his dad behind… which he doesn’t understand…
at LA, which they show later in the movie, his mom’s getting abused by the guy he left his dad for and he’s still kinda in the dark about it…

which is kinda why he moves back to be with his dad… and seems to harbor a disdain for sex in general because it ruined his family…

I’ll admit… around this point in the movie… like when the kid witnesses the two of them together…
I got pretty worked up, hot and bothered…
phew… even now, I’m still kinda dealing with it because it was so brutally portrayed… like the physicality of it… not so much that it was along the lines of rape…

geesh…
had this been a couple years earlier… before I went to college… before I saw “Black Swan”… even before listening to Prince… I wouldn’t have had the maturity level to deal with it and it probably would have bothered me pretty deep down…

then we introduce his wife, played by Robin Wright (when she was still with Sean Penn)… how he’s not too fond of and believes that since he’s been there for so long that she’s probably having an affair… if they’re talking (she’s more up for it than he is), he’s asking her about the screenplay he did for his book and that she should find it…
its revealed later that he threw it out years ago…

but there are scenes following where she’s with another man (who he sees in the detective scenes as the guy who hired him to investigate the murder), they’re having the affair and he tries to talk her into having him sign off on the screenplay so they can get rich off of it…

It took me until towards the end to figure out that its another illusion, something he thinks is going on, but really isn’t…
its not out of his novel…

surprisingly… I didn’t even see this coming… as the movie progresses, his psorasis gets better and better… so he’s actually getting better with all this time he’s spending with the psychatrist…
that was a nice twist on things…

there are a couple scenes where the two guys, who look like detectives themselves… one of them is Adrien Brody… exist in both worlds… which took me a while to figure out too…
in one, he’s performing at a club, looking for the killer… he sees the two guys and ducks out of the way when they try to shoot him…
there’s another where he sees them on the bus returning home when he’s a kid… so I don’t know if he actually saw them when he was a kid or that was an illusion crossing over

then there’s another where he sees them outside his hospital room, he’s paranoid, thinking they’re there when they really aren’t… the scene carries over where they’re leaving the hallway, the other nurses seem to see them and they run away until they end up in the middle of the freaking desert… so I’m like, “what the hell?”
and they say something about waiting around to see what’s gonna happen, as if they know of the guy’s condition and stuff…

the novel builds up to a climax where he confronts the guy who hired him and ends up killing himself…

I’m wondering if the detective novel has truth to it in that he was the detective and now he’s writing about his tales as a detective in the present…
I dismiss that by the last 20 minutes

the climax of the film itself is when the psychatrist convinces him to try to stand up out of his wheelchair… which he actually does… the biggest break-through yet…

he gets back to his room, insists on standing up to get to his bed… he just makes it and can’t seem to move on to lay down across it…

Katie Holmes shows up to check on him and they seem to be on good terms…
then the two guys show up, she disappears without explaination… and they take his hospital bed down the hallway…

we’re into the last 15 minutes here and my mind’s racing, trying to make sense of it… little by little, stuff gets piled on and I don’t know what to make of it…

then we get another room that looks like something out of a warehouse with chains and bottles of “properly labeled poisons”…

he’s wondering what the hell is going on… I’m wondering what the hell is going on…

then the detective shows up… he’s doing the narrating in his 1950’s sleuth tone of voice… talking as if he knows the guy in the bed…
there’s one line in the trailer where he says “this is one sick pup”… I didn’t think that he was talking about… well, himself…

the singing detective brings out a gun… he shoots one of the two guys… then he turns the gun on Dan Dark… who says to him… “you gotta be fucking kidding me”… and he actually does shoot him…

my mind literally lit up and said WTF… while hoping the movie didn’t end there and there’d be further explanation

soooo….
we return to the hospital room… his wife shows up to pick him up… he’s all dressed up like the detective… she hands him his hat… he’s perfectly well again and they walk down the hallway while this song “In my dreams” plays them out…

and we have the credits…
things change over and Robert’s singing the same song to go over the credits… so yeah, at least I get to hear his actual singing voice and its very old-timey sounding to go with this old song…

I get back into bed to lay down…
if there was a thought bubble over my head, it would have read: WTF

what threw me about the ending was that he and his wife looked completely different…
his wife looked like the version of herself where she was having the affair (also forgot to mention that there’s a scene where they’re almost doing it doggy-style while he’s giving her to the options of how to approach this matter of making money off Dan Dark’s novel)…

and he looks like he did in the novel…
its almost like Inception… which versions of these people were the real ones?
how much of the visuals in the movie were illusions from his head and what was actually happening…

I figured that the detective killing Dan Dark was a metaphor for him killing off the diseased part of him that held him back and now he can move on… eradicating it… much in the way an addict would find sobriety by… I guess you could say “hugging the cactus away”…
embracing the part of you that’s ugly and making peace with it so it can go away…

once I got to that last part, I was able to sleep… and I’m shocked that I’m perfectly aware at the moment

would I sit through the movie again?
if given the option, yes, but there’s no need for me to pull another “almost” all-nighter like this because I only did it to find out what the story was…

if I was given the option, would I buy the movie?
eh… that’d debatable…
curiosity might drive me to it, supposing I come across it… but I don’t really have to own it…

despite the fact its some of the best acting I’d seen of him maybe ever…
he should do more rules like that detective that carry that weight of authority

on the WTF scale…
this movie is only second to “A Scanner Darkly”… which was a trippy movie, but it was beyond trippy. You can’t really go beyond that…
even though there’s a lot that doesn’t make sense of this film… it made a lot more sense than the other one…

am I glad I got around to seeing it?
Absolutely!

would I recommend it?
depends on the individual… for Downey fans, I certainly would…
I wouldn’t for the squeamish, though…

would I watch the British series to get a comparison?
hell no, I had more than I could take with this version

interestingly a lot of people said that this film was a horrible interpretation of the British series…
probably more on the adaptation than the acting… at least I hope so, lol
another thing is that… I think at some point in the movie, the detective says “kiss kiss bang bang” to describe how fast something can lead to murder… I wonder if that’s where Shane Black got the idea for his movie title

I was kinda hoping some of the sites had more info on an explanation of the summary… but I’m pretty much stuck with what I’ve got

which I can do well… I can do the long verison and the short version…
and I have no regrets about anything…

Mr. Downey has talked me into so many strange films over the past 18 months and each has their own little something I take away from it…
seeing something new I think was the best part because every little bit makes a difference…

and yeah, I’m pretty much helplessly devoted, always will be πŸ˜‰

I’ll still keep an eye out for “Game 6” and “Good night and good luck” to air… just because he did them over the past 10 years, which is the best part of his career from every angle…

Frank Skinner was right to a point… with his statement that people might go see the movie and go “oh yeah, I forget this guy was an actor” :falloff:
it really does define that he still hasn’t lost his talent over all the stuff he put himself through… and take away all the negativity, he really deserves to be counted among the best, I think

and of course I’m rambling now, so I’ll go ahead and stop

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