Friday, June 25, 2010
mary & max
I loved this movie from Adam Elliot so much! It was adorable and sad and depressing and wonderful. I'm obsessed with writing obviously and I love writing letters and getting postcards and little packages in the mail. The premise of this movie is so strange and whimsical and I wish I had thought of it, because it could go in so many directions. Especially since I've been wanting to write more on the strange side, a la Flannery O'Connor, one of my most favorite of influential writers.
The movie centers around Mary, a lonely little girl who decides to find a friend by choosing a name and address at random and begins a penpal relationship with a lonely old man, Max J. Horovitz. I really like the weirdness of it, above all.
Voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette respectively.
It's all in claymation, and pressing questions like "Do you have a favorite-sounding word?" or "Have you ever been a communist?" and "Have you ever been attacked by a crow or similar large bird?" are answered. If you haven't already done so, rent, buy, just watch this movie.
And if anyone wants a penpal, I'm in. I just bought the cutest stationery set from Anthropologie. We can send little trinkets and pictures and if we go travel somewhere we can send each other postcards from our adventures. I collect postacards. Here are just a few of the more recent ones from my modest collection from friends who've travelled much more exciting places than I've been so far.
Just send me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)