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four video stores later ...

Tonight's very important lessons: Metropolitan is not available on DVD. Depending on the video store, the videocassette will be filed under "romance" or "drama" or "comedy."

The good news is that my VCR, which I'd assumed to be non-functional, actually turns out to work after a bit of irrational effort.


Whit Stillman is my favorite. Though actually, I've never seen Metropolitan all the way through. Do you know I have a book of essays all about Stillman's movies? I'm a little obsessed. Barcelona is possibly the most perfect movie ever. I gave up recommending it to people, however, because most people find it inexpressibly boring.

But how could you find this boring?
- You're very perecptive.
- What?
- You're very perceptive.
- What?
- You-Are-Very-Preceptive.
- Oh, thank you.
- I don't really like perceptiveness of that kind.
Did you ever read that book of essays? The reviews on Amazon weren't great (I saw it when I was trying to remember the name of Metropolitan).

I don't know why, but I was just overcome with the need to see a Whit Stillman movie last night and since I hadn't seen Metropolitan it became my mission. I couldn't believe that it wasn't on DVD. It was also my first non-NetFlix rental in a really long time.

I liked most of it a lot, but wasn't crazy about the last few minutes (the adventure to the Hamptons).
Maybe it's funnier if you have more context for the Hamptons. I say this having never seen the movie.

I did read some of the essays in that book, they're quite good.
I don't know. I did watch the ABC miniseries The Hamptons and it was incredible.

And that part wasn't really meant to be funny. It's just the only part where the characters leave teh city and do something other than walking around, talking to each other in apartments, or going to dances.