Categories this film falls into:
arizona dream (1993)
When Axel meets Elaine and Grace at the Cadillac dealership,
he has no idea how immersed he will become in their lives.
Bizarre. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think about
Arizona Dream. To try and explain this film in a couple of sentences
just isn't going to happen. This is one of those films that, while you're
watching, you wonder how it ever got made. The cast is stellar - Lili
Taylor and Faye Dunaway as stepmother and daughter are fantastic. Jerry
Lewis, Johnny Depp and Vincent Gallo are perfect for their roles.
When I watch this film, I never get used to its surreal moments from
the Eskimos to the turtles on the table to the North by Northwest tributes
to the piņata to the ending. I love it all.
The pink Caddy
on the mirrored merry-go-round.
The flying machines.
doing movie dialogue and his general obsession with film. I think this
is one of my very favorite things about this film - Vincent Gallo is
terrific as Paul Leger (make sure you pronounce it correctly).
Music - terrific
accompaniment to the film.
about the fish - fabulous.
The cars on pedestals.
Pink Caddies on poles in the middle of the desert.
The first dinner
- turtle crawling on the table, cowardly lion, spaghetti, the pronunciation
of Papua New Guinea, games of footsy, the tablecloth - this all gives
you a great sense of how the movie will progress.
theory of male protein. You have to see the movie - I'm not going to
tell you what it is.
Mr. Sweetie talking
to Mrs. Stalker about cars with Paul and Axel fighting
in the background.
Axel as a chicken
in the bedroom.
- ceiling fan shadows, rain, shadows caused by the window shutters -
classic film noir touches.
Paul doing the plane/corn field scene from North by Northwest. This
is one of the most inspired scenes that I can remember.
and Paul's real-life enactment of the North by Northwest scene. The
party - going out to the piņata - panning across with the three (Paul,
in symmetrical positions on both sides of the tree. Fabulous and surreal.
- Paul and Elaine singing with the mariachi band.
Paul doing the
scene between Al Pacino and John Cazale from Godfather II.
monologue in the car dealership.
The final scene
with Axel and Leo talking about the fish.
But what is
the point of breathing if somebody already tells you the difference
between an apple and a bicycle. If I bite a bicycle and ride an apple,
then I'll know the difference. - Axel
My name is Axel
Blackmar and I work for the Department of Fish and Game. - Axel
Two beers and
two shots. - Paul
But my father
always said that work was like a hat you put on your head and even if
you didn't have pants you didn't have to walk down the street ashamed
of your ass as long as you had a hat. - Axel
Do you ever think
about suicide? - Grace
-Excuse me? - Axel
I think about it all the time. I want to come back as a turtle.
I've never built
a flying machine before, but how hard could it be? - Axel
have to crash and hit your head on a tree to know what to do. - Axel
go to the Bering Sea. We'll be in love and we'll never die. - Axel
Elaine, you can't
shoot me. I have a performance on Friday. - Paul
Never in my life
did I think I'd be an Eskimo in the middle of a desert knowing I had
to kill something - to put something out of it's misery. - Axel
If you're not
going to shoot me, sit down on the bed, Axel. - Grace
Shhhh. My mother's
sleeping. - Grace
I want you to
have the world. - Grace
How would I die
when I'm 35? How would I die? I'll tell
ya how I'd die. I'd take off all my clothes and I'd get into a bathtub
filled with ice cold vodka and I'd have a TV in the room with me and
I'd be watching North by Northwest and just when the scene comes with
the airplane, I'd pull the TV in the bathtub and shock myself. I hate
that film. - Paul
I'm not going
to die. I'm gonna live forever until one day I wake up and I'll be a
turtle. - Grace