american_beauty
Effingham Fish This is better. Not like my hair's going anywhere. 011030
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ilovepatsajak every shallow person i know has the same opinion about the movie. they say, "it was ok, but that part with the dad and his daughter's friend was gross." or something close to that. ricky says that you should never underestimate the power of denial 011030
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ilovepatsajak . 011030
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Aimee I have yet to fully watch this movie 011031
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ilovepatsajak a camera clicks. when you get the pictures developed you can't imagine what was really going on even if you try to scratch away the surface. you have to know the truth in the moment. 011203
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devalis red, white and blue, patriotism, the pledge of allegiance. no, this is all bullshit. freedom. that's american beauty. too bad it's fading. 020821
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jane i had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die.
first of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time...
for me, it was lying on my back at boy scout camp, watching falling stars...
and yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street...
or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper...
and the first time i saw my cousin tony's brand new firebird...
and janie...
and janie...
and... carolyn.
i guess i could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. sometimes i feel like i'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst...
...and then i remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and i can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life...
you have no idea what i'm talking about, i'm sure. but don't worry...
you will someday.
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eddie monster sometimes i feel like that
sometimes i imagine the feeling of stainless steel on my chin
holding the icy barrel firmly with both hands
tilting my head back a little so the birdshot evenly disperses threw my skull
sitting in the driveway, shivering becouse the cold is so depressing
my fat toe resting on the trigger
tears go threw my mind
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silentbob i fall inlove too easily with the beauties of the world 020823
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Aimee my grandma said this was the most pornographic movie she's even seen in her life... I guess she just doesn't understand or appreciate modern art. 020823
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heh heh heh show her a copies of 9 and 1/2 weeks, showgirls, the pillow book, 8 1/2 women, and basic instinct, then see if she still agrees 020823
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yup xxx 030722
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Aimee Well, I finally saw it all the way through like two weeks after my first blathe... and I've watched it at least once a month ever since... I guess I'm captivated by it.

The immediate reaction is to say that it's a sad ending... but in reality it's just a happy ending. Lester is finally happy and what better time to die than when all your dreams have been realized? Jane didn't have to answer to Angela anymore and had found love and contentment. Caroline was free to be with her "real-estate king" and the only thing she lost was control over lester. In the end everyone won though...

I just can't stay content saying it's happy though... there's something there that I think will change my decision... goddamn sam mendes messes with my head...
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nomatter I watched it with my dad, rather uncomfortable. By the end of the movie, it was so wonderful that we had both gotten over it.
I watched it again and couldn't stop talking about it.
I want to watch it now.
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magicforest At the beginning it says LOOK CLOSER on a piece of paper on the wall of Lester Burnham's cubicle.

I like that.

I love and hate how we all talk about American Beauty and then one person talks about the country...patriotism.

Love and hate.
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tortuous 4 years ago... when thinking about that time it seems so long ago... but when attributed to a number, it seems so insignificant. i saw that movie with you on the spur of a moment. amazing how unprepared i was when walked into that movie theatre. i came out a different person, not in the conventional 'every experience changes you' way... but in the way when you see a miracle, see something so amazing and profound that apon realization you are a completely different person. i still wonder how you did. i knew you were unhappy with the person you were with, but i also understand why you stayed with him. i got to see you in the parking lot that one night. unexpectedly, i turn and see who was walking across the pavement and i about choked. it had been so long since i'd see you. you seemed so much different (oh jesus, you were so much shorter! ;P ). i let my friend that knew you yell your name and give you a hug... i waited quitely while he said the typical 'hellos, how you doings, what have you been up tos'. he left like 30 seconds later to go inside (actually kinda funny, now that i know what kind of person he was... now). i didn't know what to say, so i just gave you a hug and said hi. it had been at least a year since i've even talked to you, let alone seen you. we spent the rest of the night talking. went to get coffee, sat on the pavement of the parking lot... just talking... for hours. finally, we said our goodbyes for the night. you said you'd come see the preformance and i'd talk to you there. i wasn't that surprised that you weren't there those two days later. you showed up several months later, at another preformance... i didn't go straight up to you, i wanted the crowd of people saying 'hellos and how have you beens' to dissipate first. i didn't want to have to be interrupted or hurried, plus he was there. you and i both know that he didn't want me talking to you in the first place. he never really liked anyone that you went to school with. so i went and took care of some things real quick. 5 mintues, thats all that past. in 5 mintues... you were gone. i still on occasion hear something about you. about how you had a child. about how you finally left that asshole. that you got out of the military, and even a rumor that you moved back in with your parents for a time. i drove by once, one random day, i didn't see your car there. i guess theres a part of me thats scared to find out if that rumor was true. a part of me that doesn't know what to say or where to begin. i know why you weren't there when i got back all those days ago. and i also know that it was my fault. but the more i think about it, the more i don't regret it. it was just something that needed to happen, that i'm sure of. sometimes i still think about you, about how you are and if your okay. its different though, because deep down inside i know that you are okay. i don't worry about if your son will have a good home. i don't worry about if you need anything. i know your a good mother and you'll take care of things. as for me seeing you again, i guess it might happen eventually... but in the mean time, i do know you'll be okay... i know you'll be happy... 031004
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celestias shadow Ricky is the most amazing character I think I have ever seen. I want to meet someone exactly like him. I want his philosophy. I want to know him.

I just saw this movie tonight. My dad saw it a few years ago, and naturally we have slightly different views on it. Being 50, he can sort of relate to Spacey's character, while me being 15, I relate much more to the girls. A little bit of both- more Jane than Angela, though. For the first half of the movie I was utterly creeped out by Lester's fascination with Angela, but then I started watching it for the piece of art it is.

It was interesting how the only people that end up truly happy (and alive) are the two real people in the movie. Jane and Ricky. Everyone else is hiding behind something, something they don't want the rest of the world to see. Lester finally begins to break out of this, and then he dies. Jane and Ricky are the only ones lucky enough to escape.

It's one of the most brilliant, moving, tragic, disturbing, enlightening, TRUE movies I have ever seen. I think I want to go watch it again.
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iNsEcUrE_GoTh_GiRl i saw it today, about 5 hours ago
its very powerful
i want to see it again
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shivers canadian monster

plastic bags float by
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magicforest first movie i ever saw that had soul 040416
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ugly inside good movie 040416
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Ter This movies soul was its music. 040720
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stork daddy my friend and I talked on the porch for a while. then we saw something out of the range of the porch lamps. it looked like a snake demon or a possum, or perhaps two animals mating. every now and then what was clearly a neck moved. normally I wouldíve never moved closer to it, I would have turned away and went to bed and never known. but I moved closer and so saw that it was a plastic bag. and this was on the same night I had made fun of that scene from American beauty. 041224
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