When you’re in love, especially at the beginning, I’m sure there’s some scientific proof that your chemical make-up, your brain and what it’s capable of is actually different. You can reach for stars and things formerly impossible. Your psyche is cracked open, more flexible, you’re able to evolve out of your traps, and maybe, finally, you eat what you haven’t eaten in life. You want to have it all and you can see ways in which maybe you can, maybe your old stuck self was just a story, maybe there are other better stories you can tell yourself. You can be braver, more insightful, more psychic, kinder and meaner, and truly out of your old boundaries.
Yes this wildness invites mistakes and delusions and tremendous fear, and this spell does go away. But the transience and the messiness of this state shouldn’t be some proof that it was all false. It’s easy to criticize love, especially new love, to look at it as silly or young or false consciousness - but I believe it can bring change to you, and after the new flood of love has naturally been absorbed into your life and body - the change still works on you, it keeps moving through your system though in a much more subterranean way.
I saw that in my dad and myself, and it’s part of what I wanted to document in Beginners, a big part actually.
Similarly, it’s easy to mock a song like Heroes for being too facile, too easily romantic, just pretty - but it reminds me of the wonderful heroic charge that love can give you. Like a little ritual or something - this song is for me a way to point at, and remember, and re-enact that empowering, weird, wild, sad and happy flood of new love."
Mike Mills, while making “Beginners”
I went to see The Book of Life on Friday with my nieces and I really enjoyed it. The animation was interesting and I liked the storyline, plus it was produced by Guillermo del Toro.
But the best was that they represented an aspect of Mexican culture that I hold very dear to my heart so respectfully. The Day of the Dead is a day I feel so close to the family members we’ve lost even if I haven’t met them.
Also the fact that the cast was mostly Hispanic. They had Kate del Castillo, Zoe Saldana, Gabriel Iglesias, Diego Luna, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Plácido Domingo, Danny Trejo, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Cheech Marin, Angélica María, and even the kids were voiced by Hispanic children. It was so satisfying to see so many Mexican household names appear on the credits of an American movie.
BASICALLY, this movie is very special to me and I really enjoyed it. Thank you Guillermo del Toro and Jorge R. Gutierrez.