SD Alternative

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Points of Semi-Interest

1. Some recs to [info]fanthology for last month’s theme Trained Killer here.

2. Saw Saving Face, a lesbian romantic comedy, with [info]emblem and her boyfriend on Friday. (Also [info]sesame_seed‘s cousin, and her friend, who brought birthday cake.) It’s a really good movie. The main character is a Chinese-American doctor in residency in Flushing, who falls in love with a Chinese-American ballerina/modern dancer, but their relationship falters because the main character is afraid to act affectionately in public.

Receiving equal screentime is a subplot about the main character’s mother, who moves in with MC after she becomes pregnant (at 48!) and refuses to say who the father is. I’d say that the movie has something for everyone, but despite hilarious diversions like the succession of eligible Chinese bachelors set up on blind dates with the mother, I really think it’s better if you’re at least sympathetic toward lesbian couples. I would not, for instance, show this movie to my parents as a prelude to “I want to marry him.” (But I would show it as a prelude to “I want to marry her.”)

I told [info]emblem that the movie was spot-on on a number of points, and she assumed I meant the Asian Parent parts, but I actually meant the relationship dynamics. XD; In both cases, the writer reaches straight for obvious cliches — but hey, they’re cliches because they’re true. *g* The movie is a little bit like My Big Fat Greek Wedding in that sense, though it’s more moving, and the actors are more attractive.