Farewell to Claude Becker?

Richard Armitage as Claude Becker and Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger in Ocean’s 8.

Tonight’s the penultimate showing of Ocean’s 8 in my town (I think this is pretty good — it hung on seven weeks if I am not mistaken). There’s a matinee tomorrow but I don’t know that it’s really practical to make that showing.

Viewing the film so repeatedly and with so much attention has been an experience I’d forgotten — I hadn’t done this since Hobbit: AUJ. It’s true that there really is something to the whole ritual of going to the theater and socking in with a soda or a snack, and that on some level it’s relaxing.

But one thing that’s been really clear this month — that experience of losing myself has gotten a lot harder. I find myself wandering to dad, or something that happened. “Welcome to parenthood,” Obscura said to me recently. I guess that’s how it is.

Meanwhile — one more date with Claude Becker. That shmuck.

~ by Servetus on August 2, 2018.

22 Responses to “Farewell to Claude Becker?”

  1. So glad you were able to get out and see O8 again. Claude’s a mighty sexy schmuck!!!

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    • I’m mildly embarrassed by how often I did see it, but it was worth it.

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      • Gosh no I think it came along at just the right
        time for you and so what who cares anyway—a good movie is worth seeing repeatedly.
        I’m glad it did really really well as a
        female driven movie!

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      • 🙂 No problem, you are not alone! I think you have already read the last paragraph, in this article of The Atlantic: “Hollywood Doesn’t Make Movies Like The Fugitive Anymore”
        https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/08/the-fugitive-harrison-ford-25-years-later/566729/

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        • That is a wonderful article! Ford also hails
          from Chicago, IL. In his heyday Ford was a
          great box office king. He was my pre teen crush from Han Solo to Indy Jones. Thank you
          for a great trip down memory lane👏👍😀

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          • Thank you! Just the crush of a journalist who watch a movie 30 times. What about a poll involving the question how many times…?

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          • To improve my English language and to open my mind, I like reading article’s text in “The Atlantic” and in “The Last Word On Nothing” http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/. Hope you can find other good ones!

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            • That too was a fantastic article. I think a lot of really meaningful movies, books and songs among a host of social, economic and political articles suffer the same fate as the science writers describe in your referenced piece. On the one hand it is rather sad that all the time and attention and compassion put in these articles may never get seen but on the other these writers seem to have lasting memories of the subjects they wrote about. Really nice reference so thank you for that one too!! I wish I could discuss back in French with you except to say merci bien.

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              • 🙂 Sans problème, vous pouvez me répondre en français. Servetus a plusieurs fois écrit que cela ne la dérangeait absolument pas.
                Au contraire, je pense que les fans francophones pourraient s’y reconnaître.
                Je pense que je fais trop de fautes d’anglais, pour être parfaitement comprise quand j’écris (sans oublier mes fautes de français). D’autre part souvent, je comprends de travers ce qui est exposé en anglais. Mon destin est scellé, je resterai à vie un personnage étrange dans le fandom (avec les deux sens d’interprétation pour ce mot: odd, weird, strange and outlandish, foreign, alien, Extra-Terrestrial). Sans compter que j’ai une approche de scientifique, alors que sur les blogs consacrés à Richard Armitage interviennent principalement des personnes anglophiles férues dans l’art de l’écriture et la joute verbale.

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            • Sorry! “a journalist who watched”.
              Désolée mais je persiste à vouloir écrire dans cette langue que je ne maîtriserai jamais, car j’ai le vain espoir de m’améliorer en pratiquant. Je pense que je creuse ma propre tombe.
              Aparté: Dans LWON il y a une publication régulière de nombreux articles. Ci-dessus, je ne faisais pas spécialement référence à un article plus qu’à un autre. Souvent les sujets se télescopent avec ceux du fandom (cyberbulling, trolls, liberté d’expression…). D’autres sont plus amusants comme la fascination pour les dinosaures, les capacités d’adaptation des papillons, l’entomophagie volontaire ou non)
              Partant sur la côte en villégiature, vous risquez de moins me lire pendant quelques temps.
              Bon courage à tous ceux et celles qui n’ont pas de vacances.

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          • I was really into him until the Flockhart thing. Not really at the fan level but he was definitely someone I’d go to the cinema for.

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            • Yeah me too primarily in my teens not so much in my 20s and 30s. My brother and I were discussing him last weekend in conjunction w The Last Jedi that I admired Ford for doing his own thing not the Hollywood thing except maybe the pierced earring I think in the early 2000s. I liked Ally McBeal for the first 2 seasons then she became privy to scrutiny about her appearance and I think it detracted from the appeal of the show somewhat. I’ll give them this they’ve been together for 16 years and I read they apparently have a lot in common besides both hailing from Illinois.

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              • yeah — their lives are up to them. I also don’t know what his marriage was like before he left his wife. I just have serious issues around infidelity (has to do with the way I was raised, probably).

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                • No I’m with you I’ve been cheated on so yeah the infidelity thing is a huge deal. He’s a repeat offender bec he had the roll in the hay w Carrie Fisher when he was married to his first wife which Carrie revealed in her autobiography a year before she passed away.

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  2. I’ve seen the movie monday evening, and at last I can read all the pretty things you collected here. Ocean8 is lovely, but too short; I would have loved see more, and hear less second hand tales. And see Claude in jail, of course, cooking biscuits. The movie just seemed a ferrari with the handbrake on, but I liked it anyway.

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    • Glad you were able to see it! I definitely felt like we needed a scene with Claude in prison somehow. And I agree — the film could have been more. It often seemed to be pulling its punches.

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  3. Such a pity they didn’t make him nastier. I think Armitage would’ve relished being a really despicable baddie. But, except for framing Bullock, he really wasn’t any worse than the ladies. Certainly he’s not the despicable Andy Garcia or Al Pacino or the Frenchman characters.

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  4. Schmuck is a highly underused word. It was fun to see it here

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    • We use it a lot around here — maybe the Germanic inflence (although the German word for the same thing is “Schmock”).

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