“I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriosuly, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.“
Music, you know, true music - not just rock n roll - it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone listening to your headphones, you know, with the cast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It’s a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America.
Cameron Crowe’s new Hawaii-set rom-com “Aloha” doesn’t open until this weekend, but it is already garnering criticisms for its depiction of Hawaii, with an Asian American watchdog group lambasting the film for the lack of Native Hawaiians in the cast. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor sent to Hawaii, where he becomes torn between two women — an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) and his ex (Rachel McAdams) — and meets a bunch of other white people on the way (Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, etc). While we haven’t seen the film yet, it isn’t hard to believe the criticisms, given Hollywood’s widespread habit of co-opting Hawaii as as an “exotic” setting for white people to find and reinvent themselves.