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26 September 2005 @ 03:40 am
Collateral  
Talking about Tom Cruise and nocturnal cities in movies, this one also had both. Any of you seen it? I wrote a few lines about it in my own journal, but for you I have a quote that I find community-related:

Max:
First time in L.A.?

Vincent:
No. Tell you the truth, whenever I'm here I can't wait to leave. It's too sprawled out, disconnected. You know? That's me. You like it?

Max:
It's my home.

Vincent:
17 million people. This is got to be the fifth biggest economy in the world and nobody knows each other. I read about this guy who gets on the MTA here, dies.

Max:
Oh.

Vincent:
Six hours he's riding the subway before anybody notices his corpse doing laps around L.A., people on and off sitting next to him. Nobody notices.
 
 
 
Martinistylishbastard on September 26th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
That's a good quote. I might try and see the film at some point.
This community could be so pretentious and terrible, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I like what people have been writing so far.
Oh, I just checked your userinfo. Your english is very good! I was wandering around Karelia recently and saw lots of Finns enjoying a holiday.
Kapteenitoby_forrester on September 26th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
This kind of reminds me of this 'incident' in one of the suburbs of Helsinki some years ago. Some old man living alone had died in his apartment and it took six years before anyone realized he was dead. No one missed him and his body which had been mummified for six years was discovered by accident. At first it just seems plain weird, but when you think of it, it's quite sad what his life must have been like. Six years, and nobody bothered to find out what had happened to him. He knew no one that cared of him that much. His last years alive must have been quite lonely. Quite tragic I would say. I doubt this kind of stuff could happen in the countryside.
morgan miller, earl gay of lahti city: but i am an artiste!filed on September 26th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
ah yes, i remember that. didn't they run a big story on him in the monthly supplement of helsingin sanomat a year or two back? it was a fascinating story of alienation.
morgan miller, earl gay of lahti city: oh yeah?filed on September 26th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC)
oh yes! that's one of my favourite bits of dialogue from the film. though my favourite scene would have to be the one with the thugs in the alley where max sits, chained into his taxi. all the way from the chaining bit to vincent killing the thugs... something in it really appeals to me. the scene is very non-hollywood in my eyes. it's another one of those scenes that accentuates, for me, the movie's focus on the city. a bit of a smack on the face of the viewer.