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Movie review: “Elle,” Directed by Paul Verhoeven, 130 minutes


Disclaimer: I admit that I would probably buy a ticket to watch a movie about a a woman sitting on a couch watching TV, if the actress was Isabel Hupert. I’ve never seen her in anything I didn’t really enjoy.

In “Elle”Ms Hupert plays a middle-aged business woman who has always had to deal with monsters. Because she’s such a terrific actress, I was never quite certain whether she was one of the victims, one of the monsters, a bemused observer, or just somebody who really knows how to cope. Maybe all of it.

How Do You Cope?

In a large sense, we really are surrounded by monsters, just look at American politics for example, and we really do have to cope. How do you cope with monsters? Do you call the police? Do you buy a gun? Do you shrug it off? Do you join them? Perhaps you could start a pornographic video game company and make caricatures of them raping and murdering one another?

If I understood French, I’d probably be completely blown away by the nuances in this film. Even reading the subtitles, I was intrigued. Hupert is a mystery, and she reminds us that so are we all!

–Gene Lantz

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Most of America, excepting the Attorney General of Texas, is mourning the mass murders in Orlando. The motive for the killing, as of this writing, is the subject of speculation.

violencegunIf the murderer’s goal was to advance a military cause, he was certainly a poor strategist. Why shoot up nightclubs? If his goal was to oppose people’s sexual preferences, he didn’t make headway.

Gay pride parades this year will be the biggest ever. Mrs Clinton will blame Mr Trump for stirring up hatred and opposing gun control. Mr Trump will blame Mrs Clinton for being “soft on crime.” In terms of progress for Americans or for humanity, this event was a terrible setback. The only way that the murderer might have accomplished his goal would be if his goal was such a setback.

I’m betting he didn’t have any goal that makes any sense to anyone. I’m betting he was acting on his emotions. I’m betting his was guided by idealism rather than by materialism.  In other words, he was planning his actions based on some world that doesn’t actually exist except in his own mind. That’s no way to strategize.

–Gene Lantz