|E. 70th St. Wed., Feb 25, 1998, on my way to meet John King
for pizza, coffee, and a
Ice Storm @ $3 theater on 49th b/t 7th & 8th. Catcher in the
Rye meets Dazed and Confused in this mordantly funny and visually exact film
directed by Ang Lee (no relation to Spike) based on a novel by (?) Moody.
Taking place over Thanksgiving weekend 1973 in New Canaan, CT--the town's
biblical name is no accident in this tale of a genteel suburban Sodom--sex
and substance abuse are the means by which two affluent families try to fill
the moral void created by Nixon, free love, and TV. The kids act like adults
and the adults act like kids, with neither group finding satisfaction. It
is by turns laugh-out-loud funny (a junior high oral report on molecules)
and squirm-in-your-seat uncomfortable (men and women face off across a glass
coffee table at a key party) with a redemptive ending which through death
and tears brings a modicum of meaning back into these otherwise empty lives.