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I don't mean to wanna be a buninski, but I wanted to ask you about Jeannie...
Buninski? Is somebody your butt chin.
I haven't heard the term.
I must be showing my age. It's just like a 60s soviet thing. Sputnik and uh, beatnix and neatnix and no-good-nix and...
Then everything was ruski, so... Butins... ah!
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Living Room Is Empty
Written by Nick Stumpf (as Nicholas Stumpf), Michael Joshua Wise, James Krents & Matthew Stinchcomb
Performed by French Kicks
Published by Songs Music Publishing (SESAC) & No Stupid Music (SESAC)
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Intelligent, very low key mumble-core comedy/ drama that I liked better on reflection than while I was first watching it.
While I was viewing, the lack of plot and forward motion seemed frustrating. But looking back I found all the little honest moments of human weirdness that Bujalski captured with his (apparently) semi-improvised style gave me more of a real look into the lives of these late 20 somethings than I would have gotten from a more plot driven narrative.
And there IS a plot about careers, about commitments, and about friendship. The tension over whether two friends who co-own a shop are actually going to sue each other over how the store is run is palpable, if not heart pounding. It's just the focus is more on details than on the big picture -- which is actually a lovely change from most films out there.
Kudos too for having a lead character in a wheelchair and a) not making that the most important thing about her, and b) allowing her to be sexy, sexual, funny, angry, grumpy all the things people with challenged lives rarely are in movies.
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