Film Friday – American Splendor


June 19, 2020 – Day 95 of my quarantine

Happy Friday Blog Readers! We made it through another week! Time to party! I hope this post finds each of you doing and feeling well. I see on the news that COVID19 is on the rise and spreading fast in many states and … well … what can I say? I won’t say, “I told you so.” Because that’s too easy. What I do find both intriguing and amusing is that The Mighty Orange Turd seems to be killing-off his own voter base and that really is a head-scratcher, isn’t it?

Speaking of super creepy things – Amazon Prime Video has some amazing addictive series going on right now. After I got the new TV up and running I was watching them and WOW – they are all pretty good. Here’s what I’ve watched so far –

The Feed (excellently creepy but the crying baby can become tedious at times)

Homecoming (excellently creepy and riveting – Julia Roberts is stellar)

Upload (more mild comedy than creepy but it was pleasant & has a nice love story)

Tales from the Loop (extremely slow pacing dystopian not so creepy) 

The Vast of Night (excellent 1950’s Alien Invasion Sci-Fi throwback)

Well anyways – on to today’s film –

Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself, is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar’s day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself). As Pekar’s musings are brought to the screen in this unique and engaging production, the movie playfully incorporates comic book-like panels.

Harvey Pekar- a prickly poet of the mundane who knows that all the strategizing in the world can’t save a guy from picking the wrong supermarket checkout line.

While searching for old records at a yard sale, Harvey meets shy greeting card illustrator Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak). A friendship is formed over a shared love of jazz and comic books. Returning to 1975, a now-famous Crumb is back in Cleveland for a visit. What happens next is underground comic book history.

This is one of my all-time favorite films because it is so brilliantly and brutally honest about the life and struggles of the common man seen through the eyes of a chronically depressed, beat down creator.  I think it speaks to much of my life working in factories and to a small part of my psyche that feels exactly like this. You will ALWAYS pick the worst and most hell-inducing checkout line at every store you visit. HA! 

Sending you all my Love and Light. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Stay Sane. Stay Strong out there.

Until next time … Here’s P.M. Dawn Vs Spandau Ballet – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss (True F-mix)