This is a post about the film, if you are looking for the book its here, jerk.
I saw the Rules of Attraction in California in 2002 and I loved it immediately. I saw it with a friend who was very capable of actually being a character in that film. Smart, young, sexy university kid who was incidentally addicted to methamphetamine’s, carnes asada and cocks. After watching the film I took brief yet accurate (I think) mental stock and figured out that my somewhat deranged relationship with this little time bomb would likely make me something between the character of Rupert Guest, played by Cliffton Collins Jr., and my uncle who is doing time for having a passionate affair with a 15 year old. She was 17 and no, I didn’t know that when we got together as she kept it a secret. I suppose the bottom line is that we both loved this film. In addition to that we both still love carnes asada and I know I love my cock and I’m fairly certain, despite what she may or may not say, so does she.
I have had some conversations with “Movie buffs” and “intellectuals” or whatever, that have quickly disregarded this film as trite, shallow and lacking in anything worth mentioning.
You are all morons.
Roger Avary put on three awesome ‘How to…” workshops by making this film.
1. How to adapt a character based novel to the screen
Bret Easton Elliswas quoted as saying:
Although this film much more than any of the others has so much original content it somehow manages to capture the sensibilities that I wanted to impart when I wrote the book. American Pyscho was so detailed and followed the book so meticulously yet the overall message was somehow mutilated and basically forgotten.
This was all Roger Avary. Ellis had tried to adapt Rules himself for the Silver screen but eventually gave up. He claimed that he was too close to the material. In addition to that, the kaleidoscopic nature of the plot in Rules made it a real challenge, one that Roger Avary handles well.
2.How to Light and Film progressively without cheap tricks
Watching Rules can confuse some people initially. Roger Avary used a variety of camera techniques, equipment and styles to capture life on a small college campus and to give you the feeling that your on this artsy North Eastern Campus, maybe in New Hampshire. In reality the film was done at UC Redlands in California. The dorm scenes were filmed in an abandoned hospital that many of the young cast and crew came to feel was haunted and, all that snow…yeah…fake.
The thing of it is, it all feels very good. None of it is gimmicky or dumb and the use of progressive camera angles etc give it a young vibe which obviously is necessary for the film to work on any decent level. Road Trip this is not…and thank god for it.
3. How to edit a Film with no money
Many people have said it and it’s true. Movies are made in the editing room or, in this case, at Roger Avary‘s house on his Mac.
He used Final Cut Pro in order to cut costs for the film as the budget was, relatively speaking, peanuts. The film plays backwards in parts and jumps around and it seems like this is done in order to capture the books somewhat chaotic and constantly shifting focus. This also lets us, the viewer, get sort of entangled in the plot and the way its unfolding.
This movie initially received an NC-17 rating for sexual content, language and drugs which, I think, is fucking nonsense as nothing in this film is anything near as offensive as what one might have to suffer through if you watch any one of the tacky, ridiculous, shallow crap teenage comedy movies out there ala American Pie or whatever.
Just the rating controversy alone shows how shit the current American film industry is. Eventually 22 seconds of “racy” content was lopped off so the film could get an R rating.
If you liked The book then you’ll likely like this film. Its lots of fun yet its complex and easy to watch over and over.
In addition to all this, Jessica Biel….god almighty did you break the mold with this woman or what?
Look….watch this or die.
I’ll leave it at that.