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The Graduate
1.8.2003 by Dan Beirne, every Wednesday.


Nathan Lane comes over every Wednesday to the house to watch a movie, or just chat with Dan. Dan found these little chats so interesting, he decided to tape-record them and tell the world all the neat things Nathan had to say about movies and stuff.


Wednesday November 13th, cloudy

The Graduate (1967) A young man just out of college doesn't know what to do with his life. But being involved with a young woman AND her mother probably wasn't it. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katherine Ross, and directed by Mike Nichols.

Me: Wow.

Nathan: Huh.

Me: I think that's the best acted movie ever.

Nathan: People call our generation cynical. This has real, savage stuff boiling under the surface.

(the eathquake starts)

Nathan: Woah, what's that?

Me: I think the house is shaking.

Nathan: It's an earthquake!

Me: Oh man, should we leave the house?

Nathan: No, you're supposed to get under a door frame.

Me: Okay, here, use mine.

(we both huddle under my doorway, so now our voices are really loud because they're right next to the mic)

Nathan: WHAT WAS I SAYING?

Me: UH, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE CYNICISM.

Nathan: OH YEAH, I MEAN, LOOK AT STUFF LIKE BRET EASTON ELLIS AND HOW CRITICS ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT THE CYNICISM OF IT--

Me: DO YOU WANT A CERT?

Nathan: NO. WHEN REALLY, THIS IS JUST AS CYNICAL, IF NOT MORESO, IT'S JUST NOT AS EXPLICIT.

Me: I DON'T KNOW, RULES OF ATTRACTION WAS PRETTY CYNICAL.

Nathan: YES, BUT IT HAS TO DO WITH A CERTAIN BRAND OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE. THERE'S NOTHING IN THERE THAT CLEARLY SHOWS "WE'RE ALL LIKE THIS".

Me: THAT'S TRUE.

Nathan: WHEREAS IN THE GRADUATE, IT'S QUITE OBVIOUS BENJAMIN IS JUST LIKE EVERY ONE OF US AFTER COLLEGE, AND WE SPEND THE WHOLE MOVIE IDENTIFYING WITH HIM--

Me: THIS IS A LONG ONE--

Nathan: AND THEN HE SETTLES FOR THE FIRST THING THAT COMES ALONG, AND WE REALLY START TO WONDER ABOUT OURSELVES.

Me: BUT SHE'S REALLY PRETTY.

Nathan: YES BUT WHAT IS THERE TO HER? THE PLAY VERSION OF THE STORY ENDS WITH THE TWO CHARACTERS TALKING ABOUT CEREAL. CEREAL, OF ALL THINGS, THE MOST TRIVIAL. IT'S REALLY SAD.

Me: YEAH, I GUESS..

Nathan: I MEAN, WHO'S THE SADDER AUTHOR? BRET EASTON ELLIS OR BUCK HENRY?

(the earthquake stops)

Me: OH, THERE we go.

Nathan: Ah, that's better.

Me: I can hear sirens.

(silence)

Nathan: I hope this doesn't affect my aunt.

Me: Yeah, or my parents.

Nathan: Well, let's hope. What did you think of the editing?

Me: Uh, it was good.

Nathan: Yeah, I especially liked the repeated action of stuff like Benjamin's reaction to Mrs. Robinson's nudity. And during the montage of their affair.

Me: Yeah.

Nathan: Very German.

Me: Uh, yeah, I know.

(a car horn from outside)

Nathan: Oh good, she's here.

(Nathan got in the van and his aunt waved at me. But just after they pulled out of the driveway and drove away, my driveway split completely in two, exposing really dark red rock underneath. The house sank slightly, but my computer was okay.)

As always, you can e-mail Nathan at hakunamattata69@hotmail.com to talk about movies or just chat about whatever.

Notes:

The Rules of Attraction (2002) A satiric look at a sexual triangle between Sean Bateman, the bisexual Paul, and Lauren, his ex-girlfriend, at a New England liberal arts college. Starring James Van Der Beek and Shannon Sossamon, written and directed by Roger Avary. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.




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