Coda: Oklahoma!

I should have known this already, but it was obviously a bad idea to write my way through this movie without ever seeing “Oklahoma!” So, I watched it for the first time with friends last night. It’s a strange experience. I’d argue that “Oklahoma!” is an even stranger film that “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” […]

The End

I’ve really put off — and therefore artificially built up — this final chapter of my little “I’m Thinking Of …” analysis. That’s never a good idea. I mean, Goethe put off Part II of Faust for something like 40 years, but he was fucking Goethe. I’m just spitballing some movie impressions, not trying to […]

26. The Ballet

The thing I like best about this film is Charlie Kaufman’s fearlessness. He doesn’t really care if fans of the book complain about the ways it deviates from the story. He shrugs at the thought that the movie is stuffed with intellectualism that will turn off most casual viewers of movies on Netflix. He lets […]

25. Abandoned

An interesting aspect of both the book and movie is that it sets up the young woman as the main character, but somewhat pulls her away from the audience at the end. The scenes that follow Jake rushing off into the high school actually constitute the conclusion of her story arc. This is confusing, because […]

24. Dumping the Brrrs

I dread this section of the film, because it’s so dark. Jake becomes a man possessed in this section and gets worse when he reaches his destination. The young woman is powerless as she watches him rant and — twice — suggest that the farmhouse is home. She regains the initiatives briefly while schooling him […]

22. Emotional Ambiguity

I’m deep into the muck of “Society of the Spectacle” and I’m starting to think that Kaufman threw it into the story as a practical joke. He could have used any one of hundreds of sociological tracts written in the last 100 years to illustrate his point that people have lost the ability to relate […]