28 August 2017

The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of Disco 1998
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin, Matt Keeslar, Robert Sean Leonard
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Chloë Sevigny – Zodiac, Broken Flowers, Manderlay, Dogville, American Psycho, A Map of the World
    • Kate Beckinsale – Absolutely Anything, The Aviator, Serendipity, Shooting Fish, Cold Comfort Farm, Prince of Jutland, Much Ado About Nothing
    • Chris Eigeman – Fringe, Maid in Manhattan, Homicide Life on the Street
    • Robert Sean Leonard – The Painted House, Much Ado About Nothing, Swing Kids, Dead Poets Society
  • Why? Remember it being interesting
  • Seen: Once before. Now 26 August 2017      

       It must be confessed. I have never been to a disco. I have never tried to get into a disco. I have never wanted to go to a disco.
       Twenty minutes into the film, I still don’t want to. Yuppie angst, meaningless talk, bitchy friends, sexual pursuit… but ‘The Tide Is High’ is a good song.
       Next day at work. Lawyers, publishers, advertisers.
       Forty minutes into the film. Is this an allegory on how meaningless and absurd life is? Or just the American yuppie business world of the 80’s? Still, these pathetic young people are appealing in their way. Beckinsale is good as the bitchy friend/roommate/colleague but truthfully, Sevigny creeps me out.
       What it needs to be a really good film is a British cast, a British director and a London setting, but that would probably defeat the purpose and besides, it’s not without interest as it is.

3 * of 5 (Hal gave it 4)


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