Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stuff I Love-First Edition

I realized most of my posts so far have been about things I don't like, or can't stand, i.e Linkin Park, Train, or Facebook status updates. So, in an effort to be more positive, I'm starting a new weekly column-Stuff I Love. Every Tuesday, I'll be highlighting something I really enjoy, something with which I find no flaw. So. Without any further hemming and hawing, here is my first Stuff I Love column.


Rushmore (directed by Wes Anderson) has been one of my favorite movies since the first time I saw it when I was a sophomore in high school. If you haven't seen it, the movie tells the story of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a high school student at a rich private school called "Rushmore Academy" who makes the mistake of fallling for a kindergarten teacher (Olivia Williams). Things only get more complicated when Max's friend Herman (Bill Murray) falls for the same girl.

What makes Rushmore so great is that Max's emotions are so real, so fifteen, so frustrated, and so honest, that the first time I saw this movie, I didn't find it that funny. I just commiserated with him. Looking back, I watch it again now, and it's friggin' hilarious. But Schwartzman brings such honesty to the character that as a kid watching, all I could do was relate (let's just say I've always had a thing for older women).

It's interesting-the movie was advertised as being a battle for a woman between Schwartzman and Murry-but in reality, that only takes up about fifteen minutes of the movie. It's about growing up, about jumping into the deep end way too soon, and about finding your place. That's why Rushmore is something I love.


Jason Heat said...

I need to rewatch it - I love both Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman, but I just got a really weird feeling after watching this movie.

Miasma said...

I get a weird feeling after watching any Jason Schwartzman movie, though I have seen Slackers many times.

hmmmmm.... maybe that's the reason for it..