Early Mel Gibson: “The Road Warrior”, “The Year of Living Dangerously”

It is another beautiful day.  Last night, for no good reason, self found herself watching two early Mel Gibson movies:  “The Road Warrior” and “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

Mel was sooo handsome.  Though of late she has heard him described as a “Hollywood pariah,” she finds it comforting that he has never stooped to anything like plastic surgery (unlike Dennis Quaid and Steve Martin, both of whom have what self refers to as “cat-eye-syndrome”).

Anyhoo, “The Road Warrior” put her in mind of “The Book of Eli,” which led her to look up the latter’s Rotten Tomatoes rating.  40!! (As of today, moved up somewhat, to 47%) Shocking!!  What is up with that??

Self watched most of “The Road Warrior” and saw definite parallels between the character (and even the actors who played the characters) of the helicopter pilot (“the man who came from the sky” in “The Road Warrior”) and the Engineer (played by Tom Waits in “The Book of Eli”).  There was also all that post-apocalyptic Biblical costume thing going on, though dialogue of “The Road Warrior” was so much more delicious: “You can run, but you can’t hide!” quoth masked character aptly named Humongous.  Self also loved the Feral Kid, who was the exact opposite of cuddly/deserving-to-be-saved-by-Sigourney-Weaver Newt in James Cameron “Aliens.”  George Miller was genius.  What is he up to now, and why hasn’t he made any movies recently?

“The Road Warrior” was followed immediately by “The Year of Living Dangerously.” Whoa!  This movie featured Max, er, Mel at probably his most gorgeous.  Garbed all the time in khaki pants and shirts tastefully dappled with perspiration (as setting for the movie was supposedly Indonesia, though self heard background characters speaking unmistakably in Tagalog), he was one gorgeous brute.  Even Channing Tatum today cannot compare.

There was also Linda Hunt playing an idealistic dwarf —  no, not really a dwarf, just a short guy —  named Billy Kwan.  And self had completely forgotten that Sigourney Weaver was in this movie as well.  As were two of Manila’s biggest stars (of the 1980s), Bembol Roco (playing a secretive side-kick, all knowing looks and surreptitious inuendo) and Kuh Ledesma (whose very Asian features were really lovely).  And —  heat, heat, heat, everyone was simply bathed in sweat. Self had to turn away from the shots of the omnipresent beggars.  There was even a prostitutes-in-a-cemetery scene, filmed in what self was sure was Paco Cemetery.

As for today, self’s viewing pleasure featured Denzel in a movie called “The Fallen,” which was apparently all about possession, and showed how an evil spirit jumps from character to character along a busy (New York?) street, simply by grazing hands or elbows or what-have-you.  Creepy!

But the point of this whole post was to say what a beautiful day it was (again) in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how self was almost able to finish digging a deep hole for a new rose, but how sometimes she just gets so discouraged, thinking about how irrelevant writing is to her daily life (as it doesn’t even pay the bills, not one tiny bill, my God), and the house needs paint and the lawn needs tilling and the kitchen sink sprang a leak, and son needs to pay off his student loan, and hubby’s car has a weird knocking sound, and the dogs’ food and shots are so expensive, and when will this ever end.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. icyexhale said,

    January 30, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I feel your pain. Writing never pays for itself, it’s like a bad date who forgot his wallet. But he’s so cute, and he’s got such a great body, and he has that Barry White voice, and he gives massages, so for these things you keep him around. Go look at One-Story, it’s a cool short story literary magazine I just subscribed/submitted to. Good luck. XOXOXO

  2. January 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I am very whine-y lately. Go, icyexhale! Love One-Story, I have a subscription, too.

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