Scenes from Movies and TV I Think About A Lot
Remember when Comedy Central was rad? All they played was Jim Brewer and Richard Pryor stand up and cult movies. I was 8 years old watching John Waters, Cheech and Chong, and Mel Brooks movies and was as confused as I titillated. National Lampoon’s European Vacation was a movie that affected me deeply. The story is timeless (American knuckleheads haphazardly traipse through Europe, Dad is an asshole, Beverly D’Angelo is hot as hell) and yet it’s completely and utterly a relic of 1985. Young Rusty's dream sequence must have scarred me in some way. It was an early introduction to teenage sexuality but also a sexuality that could never make complete sense to me as it’s set in a disco to a Robert Palmer song. Accessible and yet so, so far away. An additional scene from this movie that lodged itself in my developing mind: the makeover montage. So much leather.
I often hear Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club saying "When you grow up your heart dies," but especially when I'm like, in line at the DMV or at the pool and I notice I'm the only person over the age of 12 who's jumping off the diving board or when I'm waking up at 6 a.m. to go to a full-time benefited job that I have somehow? And then I imagine Ally Sheedy's character as an adult and it's me and I'm like, "Damn is my heart dead?" How do you know if your heart is dead? Asking for a friend.
Why was Kylie Minoque in Bio-Dome? Why don’t more movies feature hyphens in their titles? I miss Pauly Shore. RIP.
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Someone once told me I was a baby, as in an infant, because I eat a lot and I sleep a lot. These things are true. I love to eat a lot. It’s a good time, and if I skip meals I get very faint and antsy and a little crabby. I really love to sleep. My natural circadian rhythm prefers to have me get about 9 hours every day. 7 is way too little, and 8 is just barely enough. When I get 9 I am fresh and bright and vivid, like a well-rested baby. A very sexy baby.