Tuesday, February 12, 2013


 Yesterday, the future me just went back in time 25 years and showed me this movie. After the movie, I went to a diner with myself and we had a conversation. It was more of an argument I guess. I kept telling my older self that I was boring and uptight. And my future self kept telling me to shut up and quit being such a smart alec. The banter between me and myself was pretty clever, but I don't really have time to go into that because I want to blog about the film Looper.  It's been a month since I saw the movie, and I'm still thinking about it.

  I'd like to pose two questions. First, if you could go back in time and kill Hitler before he had the chance to orchestrate the Holocaust, would you do it? Could you do it? Probably, right? What about if you had to do it when he was a baby? Could you kill baby Hitler? I really don't know if I could. Even knowing all the things I know about Hitler, I don't know if I could do it. I keep thinking about it and I decided that at the end of the day, I could do it, but it would be tough to kill a baby. Especially if it were a baby with that hilarious mustache. I mean, come on.

 Second question, if I could talk to my younger self, what would I say? If, like in the movie, my 50 year old self  went back in time to talk to my 30 year old self, I don't know what sage words of wisdom I will want to impart. But if my 33 year old self could go back in time and talk to my, lets say, 20 year old self, I have a pretty good idea of what I would say. I've thought it should be something like; spend more time loving your children, or give people the benefit of the doubt. But then I though about Looper. The real heart break of the film, is that we are rooting for young Joe, to immediately learn the lessons that it took old Joe 25 years to learn. But it's impossible. There is no way that I can make my 23 year old self (who is sleep deprived and clinically depressed) understand the importance of doing a puzzle with my kids. Heck, I can't make my 33 year old self (who is well adjusted and happy) understand the importance of doing a stupid puzzle with my kids. So I would not give any big picture, live in the moment advice, instead I would be very specific.

1. After birthing every baby, buy yourself an entire box of chocolates, or an entire cheesecake, and eat it all without feeling sharing or feeling guilty.

2. Here is a list with three names on it. When you have the opportunity, let 'em have it. Tear their heads off, rip them a new one. They deserve it. You won't regret it and you won't feel guilty.

3. Don't read Twilight 10 times, 9 is enough. 9 is enough.

4. When you and Peter are talking marriage, and he asks, "What kind of a ring do you want?" Immediately say, "One with as big of a diamond as you can afford." But you have to say it right away, if you let more than 3 seconds pass, he'll jump in with, "You don't want one of those rings with a giant diamond do you? Those are so gaudy." And you will have only known him for 5 months so you won't have the guts to disagree.

5. Leave Andrea Roche alone.

6. Shrimp Pizza is always a mistake.

Oh, one more thing, I'm not sure why, but Looper evoked in me the same thoughts and questions I had when I saw the Japanese film After Life. It is a must see. The premise of the film is the idea that after you die, you choose only one memory of your life on earth to keep for eternity. It's a pretty cool show.

   Finally, does anyone else think that young Joe looks like my high school friend James Pearce? James doesn't look like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he doesn't look like Bruce Willis. But give Joseph Gordon-Levitt some Bruce Willis prosthetics, and you have James. It's uncanny!



Lydia said...

When else does this eat a whole box of chocolates rule apply?

alexandra said...

I personally did the whole box of chocolates thing for kids #2 through 4 and it was great. Of course, you then have to listen to every shift nurse tell you that eating that much chocolate is going to constipate you. So remember to tell your 23-year-old self to remind the nurses that's what the Colace is for.