anthony edwards

Greene: Probably the best part of my job is that sometimes, working here, you can repair some of the violence. Some of the bad things that happen to people. Not always. We couldn’t do much for that guy who was paralyzed. Probably on a vent for the rest of his life. I guess we did save the kid that he was trying to help. So his sacrifice wasn’t for nothing. And yes, I was attacked myself right here in this very hospital. They haven’t been able to catch the guy who did it, or at least, they haven’t been able to charge anyone. The worst thing about it isn’t what it did to me. The worst thing is that it meant that some of the world’s violence has leaked into our own ER. This is meant to be a safe place for fixing people. Now it’s vulnerable. And as an ER doctor, that’s hard to accept.
Aggie: It sounds frightening. Are you scared?
Greene: Sure. Of, uh, losing control.
Aggie: Control of what’s outside?
Greene: And what’s in me. (long pause) Is that enough?
Aggie: Yeah.
Greene: Then turn it off!
 (Season 4, Episode 1 - Ambush)

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‘Zodiac’, David Fincher (2007)

I need to know who he is. I need to stand there, I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it’s him.

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“I’m generally skeptical of macho enterprises being called out as homoerotic; this happens all the time in reference to sports like football, and it often seems like another volley in the great nerd/jock war. But [Quentin] Tarantino is dead on about one detail: After Maverick succeeds in scoring a dinner date with Charlie at her home, he then mysteriously throws on the brakes when she tries to seduce him. It’s only when she appears in the elevator, dressed like a man, that she finally gets romantic attention from him. Nevertheless, if you don’t buy Top Gun as a subversive gay narrative, surely we can agree that the heat in this movie is entirely of the guy-on-guy variety.”

Our Movie Of The Week discussion of Top Gun wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of the (in)famous volleyball scene, and the film’s reputation for homoeroticism, which was goosed considerably by Quentin Tarantino’s rant about the movie in Sleep With Me. Our Top Gun forum discussion dissects this and more. [Read more…]