GIRLS talk (the Lena Dunham thread)

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So it seemed like a few people on ILX did not like Tiny Furniture, but I did, I like Lena and I am really anticipating GIRLS. No doubt we'll talk about all this here as we anticipate the show and all try to look smart (I'm smart, btw).

killa amc (admrl), Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess we can talk about this too: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/lena-dunham-weight_n_1321414.html

Obviously that story itself is not interesting or special (jn fact it is idiotic), but it does raise some larger questions worth considering although goodness knows we should be more evolved than this by now

killa amc (admrl), Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Wanna be appalled? go to the criterion forum and read the Tiny Furniture thread. Total fanboy meltdown.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:46 (five years ago) Permalink

ok i just read a few pages of this^ and suddenly i want to become her biggest champion

althea and (donna rouge), Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

(i haven't seen anything she's done tho)

althea and (donna rouge), Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:26 (five years ago) Permalink

still haven't seen tiny furniture; need to get on that. read two paragraphs of that story about the complaint about her weight. couldn't read any further.

horseshoe, Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

criterion fandorks who complain about WHY ARE THEY RELEASING X FILM AND NOT Y?!?! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE = shut up shut up shut up you are the fucking worst

althea and (donna rouge), Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't really care for Tiny Furniture on the whole. Lena Dunham seemed like someone who's talented but (unsurprisingly) a little too solipsistic to adequately wield her talent. I'll give her show a shot in the hope that she's matured a bit.

Arnold Drummond, Process Server (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Tiny furniture is one of those movies with about zero sympathetic characters. And I really couldn't figure out if I was actually supposed to think that or not.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked Tiny Furniture and am looking forward to this show.

polyphonic, Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I agree completely, chinavision. And I think Dunham was at least canny enough for that to have been intentional. I just don't think she was canny enough to make the overall experience appealing or thought-provoking enough for me to like the film.

Arnold Drummond, Process Server (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I do want to give her props on a number of fronts. I just can't give her props for cohering those fronts into a particularly good movie.

Arnold Drummond, Process Server (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:40 (five years ago) Permalink

totally dug tiny furniture

max, Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:58 (five years ago) Permalink

i sympathized with most of the characters in tiny furniture? i mean they did a lot of stupid shit but no one was really hateful, besides i guess the two guys.

max, Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:58 (five years ago) Permalink

guardian interview - http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/mar/23/lena-dunham-tiny-furniture-emma-brockes

just sayin, Saturday, 24 March 2012 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm seriously hyped about this; she's way funnier and more clever than she has any right to be.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 April 2012 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

i also got a little crush on her y cuz she's smart

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 April 2012 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Watched Tiny Furniture on the weekend. It's the kind of thing i normally hate but she won me over by the end.

Number None, Thursday, 5 April 2012 15:53 (four years ago) Permalink

tiny furniture is pretty interesting. i thought it would be funny but kinda frothy, and instead i thought it said some pretty interesting things, way more than it was an amusing film. like (SPOILERS, I GUESS) the more it committed to refusing the sweet narrative arc you'd expect to unkink & take over - her remembering how lovely Frankie was, or arriving at some kind of agreeable romantic situation - the more it seemed like good, lacerating, self-loathing criticism of dumb, shortsighted early life blundering.

the nyer profile from a while back is good reading also

john-claude van donne (schlump), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:02 (four years ago) Permalink

just watched 'tiny furniture' and was surprised by how much i (and especially my gf) enjoyed it.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:07 (four years ago) Permalink

the pipe scene was the clincher

Number None, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:08 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, agreed.
the pat on the thigh from spent dude was just painfully real.

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:18 (four years ago) Permalink

i channel surfed through Tiny Furniture for a few minutes recently and could barely stand it, the direction/acting was like kevin smith-level bad

ferrante's inferranteno (some dude), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:21 (four years ago) Permalink

"In the street?"
"No, worse than that"

Number None, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Dunham is curating a mini-fest where i work called Hey, girlfriend. bummed i missed mulholland drive last night (one of her picks)

surm, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:23 (four years ago) Permalink

at least i have seen it on the big screen b4 tho

surm, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:24 (four years ago) Permalink

twice actually!

surm, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:25 (four years ago) Permalink

haven't seen any of her stuff, she's doing several days of film 'presenting' at BAM, tonight w/ Whit Stillman.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:26 (four years ago) Permalink

i sympathized with most of the characters in tiny furniture?

haha me too

i saw one of the episodes on the weekend it was... idk, im p excited to watch them properly but it was a bit of a mess. theres a lot of ambivalence in general i guess

Lamp, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Tiny Furniture was horrific but she might do okay in a TV format. As long as she's not directing.

Simon H., Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:30 (four years ago) Permalink

oops hey i missed surm's posts, sorry.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:34 (four years ago) Permalink

some dude OTM about Tiny Furniture's filmmaking, but I also can't find it in myself to give a shit about the problems of an educated rich kid in this hard hard world of moving back into the 'rents multimillion dollar loft.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:27 (four years ago) Permalink

still going to give Girls a shot, maybe there will be characters who aren't hateable

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I think she's more self-aware than people who offer that criticism realize

Number None, Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:30 (four years ago) Permalink

I think she is sorta cute and seems fun and smart

og (admrl), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:31 (four years ago) Permalink

"WKIW", as I believe you say

og (admrl), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Like the scene where she has the big argument with her mother and she's all "I'm 22 and i just graduated and i got my first job". I have to believe that was somewhat tongue in cheek

Number None, Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't think it was, or that the entire movie was one big self-aware joke at the expense of overprivileged twentysomethings... but I'm not sure that it would improve things had that been her intention.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:36 (four years ago) Permalink

i like how the friend from ohio felt like a protagonist that wandered in from some other (slightly more conventional) movie

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:38 (four years ago) Permalink

That's another thing. She tells her friend a day before she moves to New York that she's not going to move in with her, avoids all her calls, blows her off at the art thing cos that dude turns up etc. It has to be a joke, right?

Number None, Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

idk it's all part & parcel of being an actual horrible, spoiled 20-something

johnny crunch, Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:41 (four years ago) Permalink

the character, not lena i mean

johnny crunch, Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:42 (four years ago) Permalink

I think there was a degree of self-awareness on display in Tiny Furniture, but probably not the degree of self-awareness that she might've had if she'd waited a couple more years to make it.

1 of paper = 4 of coin (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Which is a lot of why I'm open to Girls being more "my thing".

1 of paper = 4 of coin (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:42 (four years ago) Permalink

its not a "joke" but it is "self-aware"

max, Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah but she didn't. She made it when she was like 23/24 and it's pretty much ABOUT being that age.

xxp

og (admrl), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:44 (four years ago) Permalink

I mean, she was self-aware enough to not portray her character as a completely sympathetic protagonist (see: the treatment of her friend from Ohio) but I don't know that she was as aware of her character's/her own level of privilege as I would've liked.

1 of paper = 4 of coin (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:45 (four years ago) Permalink

It's certainly no less self-aware than you might hope/expect given the age and status of the filmmaker.

og (admrl), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Why does she have to apologize to you for being rich

og (admrl), Thursday, 5 April 2012 17:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Show sort of got out of its depth with the darker episodes.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

But it took risks.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Which is good.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

and that's okay

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:17 (three months ago) Permalink

the last couple seasons have been really good tbh

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:33 (three months ago) Permalink

i think the show is fine. I think the comment is fine. who cares.

akm, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:47 (three months ago) Permalink

maybe she should've aborted that comment

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:52 (three months ago) Permalink

I like the graphic design/typeface on her book cover.

Treeship, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:12 (three months ago) Permalink

no matter how bad Girls has gotten or will get, it will always be worth it for this scene alone

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 03:57 (three months ago) Permalink

y'know, I actually think this is fair enough:

It was then, Dunham said, she realized "Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department."

She's admitting that, even though she's pro-abortion, she has internalised the shaming of abortion. I mean, she put it across in an ultimately clumsy manner, but what she's saying is ultimately self-deprecating and making a point about the cultural discourse surrounding abortion infecting even those who explicitly support abortion.

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets (stevie), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:15 (three months ago) Permalink

i don't think people had an issue with that part (though "unblemished" is kinda....eh...) it's the tone deaf faux bragging at the end.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:17 (three months ago) Permalink

hard to see any situation where it wouldn't come out well. advocating for the blind: "I'm not blind, but i wish i was".

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:20 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah, well, that is a little (a lot) clumsy. it doesn't invalidate her larger point though.

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets (stevie), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:23 (three months ago) Permalink

not to the extent that her point was mostly about realizing she's full of shit

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:31 (three months ago) Permalink

in general i think ppl who have actually had abortions might give a little more of a fuck about that idiotic statement than you internet bros

and that john waters thing is so clearly a different context and with different aims, i don't see how it's relevant.

circa1916, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Because I said so.

jane burkini (suzy), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Both before and after, she seems focused on herself rather than the issue. Before: I need to make sure people know I didn't have one even though I'm advocating it. After: Now that I'm woke, I wish I had had an abortion so I could have the cred.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:23 (three months ago) Permalink

just seems to be minimize the massive physical loss and pain experienced in the process

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:45 (three months ago) Permalink

tho i guess it is a statement of empathy? however badly worded

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:46 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah, well, that is a little (a lot) clumsy. it doesn't invalidate her larger point though.

― There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets (stevie), Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:23 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

not to the extent that her point was mostly about realizing she's full of shit

― AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:31 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Her apology is so ridiculous. She is the monster the liberals deserve in 2016.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 23:02 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

@people
.@LenaDunham says she's had her period for 13 days

@dick_nixon
I do in some rare cases favor the immediate and irrevocable loss of citizenship, if not imprisonment without trial.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 January 2017 17:25 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

lol desi

the klosterman weekend (s.clover), Sunday, 19 February 2017 06:07 (one month ago) Permalink

ok wow that episode was intense

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 26 February 2017 12:50 (one month ago) Permalink

ive laughed a lot @ this season

johnny crunch, Sunday, 26 February 2017 13:53 (one month ago) Permalink

really great episode of this show, but I imagine it's going to piss a lot of people off

akm, Monday, 27 February 2017 14:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I've given up on this show but my wife still watches it out of morbid curiosity.

surprised Dunham didn't just name the author character "Woody" if she was so intent on being keeping things "subtle" and "ambiguous".

this show went from amusing to awful really fast (ie by the end of season 3)

Οὖτις, Monday, 27 February 2017 17:13 (one month ago) Permalink

idk i think it's funnier now (last season and the first few eps of this season) than it's ever been.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 February 2017 17:16 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i think it's definitely been really funny.

feel like desi is just a pitch perfectly written douchebag. he literally can't do or say anything that isn't absolutely teeth-grindingly awful.

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Monday, 27 February 2017 17:22 (one month ago) Permalink

also glad it's coming to an end tho, and there hasn't been enough adam (for obvious reasons) in the first 2 episodes - haven't seen the latest ep

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Monday, 27 February 2017 17:23 (one month ago) Permalink

latest ep is literally Hannah and some dude for the entire ep

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 27 February 2017 18:42 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah and it's very good. as was the similar episode last season

akm, Monday, 27 February 2017 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

first three eps this season are supposed to be one off stories she's always wanted to tell, according to something i read in a not-entirely-reliable magazine I was working on the other day. the first two eps this season i have been RMDE the first couple of minutes and then really enjoying it. But she's run out of interesting things to do with the central friend group, and that's why every ep so far has felt like a Very Special Episode.

Dysphagia Nutrition Solutions (stevie), Monday, 27 February 2017 19:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Elijah has the odd good line but he doesn't work when give actual storylines, esp that one last year with the bald dude.

Dysphagia Nutrition Solutions (stevie), Monday, 27 February 2017 19:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I really didn't feel much abt this standalone ep other than it is a effective and well done piece of propaganda essentially. also that if I watched this w/o lena acting in it & knowing nothing abt it, I would 1000% know that she made it. & I mean none of that negatively

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 14:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

@NickPinkerton
What if Girls S6 ends with Kurt Raab rushing in and, Herr R.-style, dashing everyone's brains out with a candlestick?

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 15:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sounds ideal

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 16:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

my wife is still committed to this but I really do wish this series would end with ever character getting murdered. Preferably by Laird. All plot mechanics point to a standard Apatow domestic bliss ending which uggghhh

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 20:26 (one week ago) Permalink

honestly very little about the show has felt very Apatow-ish for a long time. Love (which sucks) feels much closer to his usual shtick.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 20 March 2017 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

you don't think this is all headed towards "Adam + Hannah + And Baby Makes Three" territory? Complete w "I know we're crazy and maybe it's a bad idea but we're gonna try cuz we love each other!" resolution?

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 20:40 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been enjoying it but yeah I have the sinking feeling that's where it's headed.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 20 March 2017 20:42 (one week ago) Permalink

two things I genuinely lol'd at this season: "he looks like someone from the pacific northwest knitted a man" and Rita Wilson's on-stage musical improvisations

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 20:46 (one week ago) Permalink

that's p much it tho

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 20:46 (one week ago) Permalink

i liked elijah's "law and order: uti. Dung Dung!"

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Monday, 20 March 2017 20:50 (one week ago) Permalink

i can't really pinpoint why but every time this show veers from the comedic to the dramatic I just never buy into it. Perhaps because the characters seems like bundles of neuroses a la Seinfeld rather than people.

ryan, Monday, 20 March 2017 21:44 (one week ago) Permalink

yup. every single one would be insufferable irl. treating them as characters that we're supposed to care about is misguided.

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 March 2017 21:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I'd be pals with Ray

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 20 March 2017 23:53 (one week ago) Permalink

when ray and shoshanna had their little breakfast conversation and ripped on krugman i found them both quite likable and relatable.

over all the characters are hard to care about tho for sure

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Monday, 20 March 2017 23:54 (one week ago) Permalink

although I'm planning on watching season 3 of transparent this weekend so girls' characters may seem benign by the time I'm done with that

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Monday, 20 March 2017 23:55 (one week ago) Permalink

season 3 of transparent is a landscape of dickholes but it's a great show

Dysphagia Nutrition Solutions (stevie), Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:35 (six days ago) Permalink


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