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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 […]

23. The Margin of Existence and Society of the Spectacle

Yesterday I questioned whether Charlie Kaufman was pulling a head fake on us by throwing in this bit about Guy Debord’s “Society of the Spectacle,” and sending people like me down a rabbit hole for his own amusement, and maybe that might have been his plan all along. Having reached the end of the treatise, […]

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 […]

Intermission

I’ve made it through roughly two-thirds of the film without take a day off from blogging it, but now we’ve entered the “Society of the Spectacle” discussion and, short as the scene is, I think it has a great deal of relevance for the film in general, especially the ending, so I’m going to call […]

21. Escaping Tulsey Town

It’s time now to at last free ourselves of the smothering atmosphere of Tulsey Town, with it’s all too obvious David Lynch allusions, reference to a novel I don’t really want to read, premonitions of dread that turn out to be vaguely correct but specifically off target. Other than changing the name from Dairy Queen […]

20. Sweet But Cold

But wait, there’s even more that I skipped past in my hurry to get to Tulsey Town. After sharing a humorous reverie about what the fictional place called Tulsey Town might be, Jake declares that the queen of TT is sweet but cold, to which the young woman replied “like your mum.” Oops, joke taken […]

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