“Get your radar out!”

Since it’s Father’s Day tomorrow, here’s a clip of my all-time favourite TV dad Danny Tanner teaching DJ how to drive. (Side note: My dad wasn’t as fragile or patient as Danny Tanner when he taught me to drive. There were a lot more commands being yelled but in retrospect, that’s probably helped me to keep a more level head while driving in the city.)

HBO’s Girls: The Voice of My Generation

“I’m like Tinkerbell, Finn. I need applause to live.”

That’s from an early episode of Glee wherein scene-stealer Rachel Berry explains her love affair with fame. While I’m nowhere near deserving of the attention that Lea Michele’s character receives – mostly because I’m not that talented of a singer – I can partially relate.

Pay Attention

I love attention. I crave it. I thrive on it. Who doesn’t? I’ll be honest in admitting I love talking about myself. But like any love-hate chase, I only want attention when it’s not there. When it’s being freely awarded to me, I get weirdly uncomfortable with being in the spotlight. So maybe that’s why I’ve become so attached to the new HBO series Girls. The first season’s finale aired Sunday and let me tell you… it’s a gooder.

Girls Just Want…

Before the NYC-based series premiered, I’d been really excited, having read some of the praise Lena Dunham had received for her previous work. Of course, the idea of a show that focuses on my demographic – 20-something not-quite-grown women trying to deal with post-collegiate life – appealed to my narcissistic side. It’s nice though, y’know, being scrutinized and yet, not having to really deal with any criticism.

Deal With It

Here’s a show that puts me and my friends in the spotlight but without forcing me to own up to my own stupid decisions and mistakes of being in my 20s. Dunham’s show draws from the personal experience of her own life and those around her and yes, while she lives in New York and that is drastically different from my life here in Vancouver, the human experience is still very much the same.

I face paralysing self-doubt whenever my work or writing is put on display. I struggle with my body image, embracing my ‘real’ curves but also wondering what it would take to lose a few pounds. The idea of allowing ourselves the love we think we deserve is also a constant theme. While I’m busy yelling at Hannah for allowing Adam to treat her as horribly as he does, I’m ignoring my own advice by continually being hung up on my own past relationships.

Taking A Cue

The show isn’t about me but I can relate to Dunham’s quirky quartet of heroines. I understand how it might not be attractive to admit that and no, not everyone can connect with the show’s seemingly far-fetched storylines but there’s an element of reality that rings true.

Sure, it might just be the selfish, self-involved side of me that loves Girls, but maybe watching the show religiously – and reading Vulture’s commentary on it – will finally make me realize how many unresolved issues I’ve avoided in my own life. Maybe when Hannah finally sorts out her life, I’ll take my cue and be inspired enough to deal with mine.

I Can Relate

In honour of my obsession with Girls, here are some of my favourite moments from the show’s first season. Be prepared to get to know me a little bit better. (I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good or bad either either…)

1. “I invented him.”
Let me tell you, Hannah. I know what you mean. I have definitely been there. I am probably still there.

2. “You are just naturally interesting.”
I have to remind myself all the time that I’m probably not as boring as I think I am.

3. “I just had this crazy realization…”
I won’t elaborate but… Shosh, I feel you, girl.

4. “You’re wearing a white dress.”
While I’ve never been sent home to change, I have been told that I am very bad at dressing appropriately for work. Sigh.

5. “Are you punking me?”
I never really know how to deal with attention either – see above post, obviously.

Photo Credit: Google Images.

Feature: VIFF 2011

The Vancouver International Film Festival happens every fall, beginning in late September and running through mid October. This year, the festival kicks off September 29 and wraps up on October 14. Like any other film festival, the selection is vast and is a great chance to check out something other than the average box office Hollywood blockbuster.

First Outing

My first experience with VIFF happened in 2006 when the Pixies’ documentary loudQUIETloud was playing. I bought a ticket and remember standing in a line-up in the rain. outside the theatre on Granville Street. Not a lot of my friends at the time liked or knew who the Pixies were so I ended up going by myself. I don’t know what it was but maybe it was my inner desire to be an old soul that made me feel comfortable standing among the crowd of late twenty and thirty-something year olds. Whatever it was, I enjoyed it and decided VIFF needed to be a regular thing in my life.

Last Year

In 2010, I saw Xavier Dolan’s Les amours imaginaires. I arrived late and ended up taking a seat over to the side. The view itself wasn’t that bad but because I was late, I was stuck sitting behind someone — which obstructed my view of the subtitles. I speak French but it’s been awhile and I’m rusty so every scenes, I had to crane my neck to check and see if I had gotten the meaning right on a couple lines of dialogue. You can read my review of that film here.

Coming Up

This year, I’ll be seeing two films. The first is Happy, Happy, a Norwegian film directed by Anne Sewitzky and starring Agnes Kittelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens and Henrik Rafaelsen. It’s a comedy about two couples and what happens when they begin comparing their lives and wondering about the greener grass on the other side of the fence. The fact that the film takes place during Christmas doesn’t hurt either. If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for holiday films.

The second is Like Crazy, a film about a British student who falls in love while studying in America but is then sent back to the UK. The storyline sounded really cliche when I first heard of the film, which stars Anton Yelchin, but after I watched the trailer a couple times, I started to appreciate the conflict and the difficulties the characters are faced with. Who knows? Maybe I’ll watch and still be severely disappointed but I guess we’ll find out.

There’s a couple of other films I’m thinking of checking out but in the mean time, keep posted for my reviews of those two films later in October. I highly recommend you take a look through the film guide and see if anything catches your eye. There’s a film for everyone in pretty much any language you want, in any genre you’d like.