Once March arrives, I get the desire to watch State of Grace. This is partially because St. Patrick’s Day features prominently in it (being March, naturally I think about it), but also because it reminds me of being a teen in the early ’90s, minus being a member of Irish organized crime. There are some key factors that hit me:
Besides my life nostalgia bleedover, it’s a great little crime film despite being a glossy, fictional account about the end of the Westies1. The cast includes Oldman, Sean Penn, Ed Harris, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, and John C. Reilly. Scalped‘s Jason Aaron included the film in a recent essay included in the back of Criminal (vol. 2, #2) titled “My Favorite TV Cops and Movie Tough Guys, Flaws and All.” If you don’t want to watch The Quiet Man yet again around the holiday, check it out.
1 Like The Departed however, they kept in the fine Irish mobster tradition of using the severed hands of victims to lay prints down on used guns.
The sad thing about this movie is that even at the tender age of 13, I knew I would grow up and look like this guy.
This morning, I washed my hands in the bathroom, looked in the mirror and noticed that my hair is getting ridiculous. On top of that, I was wearing a plaid shirt which made me look like I escaped 1994. I looked like I watched Reality Bites way too much. Seriously, all I need is a weakass goatee and apathy. And maybe Wynonna Rider as my girlfriend.
Man, that would be awesome.
Anyway, I haven’t had a haircut since July in order to prepare my hair for my Magnum PI Halloween costume, and I still haven’t had it cut yet. I think I’m going to keep it this length (this is the longest my hair has ever been), but I got to get a trim at least; keep the mane under control.
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