In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad...Written by
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Rick Moody, the author of the novel was so pleased with the film he sobbed through the end credits. See more »
In the scene where Wendy Hood has a brief encounter in the middle of the crosswalk with Sandy Carver (at the 19:20 mark), the street corner's curb in the background (behind Sandy) is wheelchair accessible. Such ramps did not exist in 1973. See more »
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This train, originating from New York's Grand Central Station, is back in service. Next stop will be New Canaan, Connecticut. New Canaan, Connecticut next stop.
In issue 141 of the Fantastic Four, published in November, 1973, Reed Richards had to use his anti-matter weapon on his own son, who Aannihilus has turn into the Human Atom Bomb. It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren't like other superheroes. ...
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Light Up or Leave Me Alone
Written by Jim Capaldi
Used by permission of Island Music Company Ltd.
Performed by Traffic
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
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The first time I viewed this film I found it boring and pointless - actually falling asleep at one point. However, it left a sliver in my brain that just wouldn't go away.
A week later I watched it again, and realized what a brilliant film this is. Not boring but subtle.
Comparisons to American Beauty are quite valid, however the approach taken by Ang Lee is quite different and very effective. This is the 'American Dream' twisted and misguided. Beautifully showing what happens - what always happens - when we lose sight of the things that really matter in our lives for the sake of instant gratification and material desires.
Depressing as hell and worth every consideration.
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