At some point, instead of having the same circular gatekeepers of hip-hop vs the hipster outsiders convo, we should talk about how hip-hop is a ongoing (and growing) ecosystem that can’t be fenced in. We should talk about how paranoia over how black people are perceived is the biggest harbringer of this debate. We should talk about how white society created those same trap kids and thugs they fetishize so much. We should talk about people who have aged out of a young person’s genre but refuse to accept it and insist the children are wrong and maybe we could also talk about how capitalism is killing rap because capitalism kills everything it touches eventually.
Chloe In The Afternoon
My favorite films revolve around themes that I think about the most, which is usually death, existence, faith, family and the idea behind endless love. “Chloe” revolves around that last bit. Eric Rohmer’s tale of a man in a happy marital stasis reconnecting with an old firebrand proves to be an interesting exercise of morality in the face of boredom and physical attraction.
You might remember aspects of this movie in Chris Rock’s well-meaning but ultimately lackluster homage, I Think I Love My Wife. The biggest problem with that version though is that it misses something key to Rohmer’s original; that something being subtlety.
What makes “Chloe” so great is that it’s a film about being complacent. It’s about what happens to a man, or any person really, when his marriage and family provide him comfort and any sort of danger or wildness that he once had deserts him forever, leaving nothing but boredom.
This is the sort of boredom that can lead a man to fantasizing about falling in love with every woman who walks past him on the street or reconnect with an old flame who represents all the danger that he once had in his own life.
Ultimately, Rock’s version was a very humdrum and predictable attitude towards marriage (it sucks and your wife is a killjoy) where Rohmer wanted to be sympathetic to the part of the brain that induces panic at the thought of having the rest of your life laid in front of you. Chloe In The Afternoon is a film about mid-life crisis and unearned panic at a life that has traded spontaneity in for stability. It’s a worthwhile treat for those who fear commitment or can’t help falling in love with every woman who walks by.
Beyoncé & Solange at 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
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Spoiler alert: someday we will die and the sun will go out and any sign of our existence will be wiped off the face of the earth.
Definitely a great Shyamalanian twist."
”I thinking of better shit to do with my time. Never smelled aroma of diploma, but I write the deep ass rhymes” - Andre 3000