If you look at any of my films, or the name of this blog or my business cards or if you're around me long enough you'll know that my mom's name is Pam. It's really Pamela but no one calls her by that name. She only wants to be called Pamela when its official business because "that is my real name." Whatever. Anyway, my mom is a trip. We are one in the same in many ways. But one way we are not the same is the things we look at while watching a movie. So of course she knows Osvaldo's starts at 11:15pm. Why is she sleeping at 11:15 pm? The very first image of the piece is the big Pam's Son logo. She has no idea that is the case because she's sleeping. So she wakes up and starts watching it. The scene with Lemon and Gina outside of the barber shop is a pretty strong one. You know there is some kinda emotional thing going on. The only comment I get from Pam is "why are her earrings so big?" "Why did you make her wear those earrings? They're too big." Never mind the part about Gina or Ana Daisy's trepidations about going to an apartment where the spirit of a dead woman may be floating around or that there is a little girl ready to pounce at the first female stranger to walk through the door. No the earrings are too big. Okay, great. Thanks Pam. We shot the apartment scenes in Parkchester (Thank you Naim and Catherine for saving my life). I was born and raised in Parkchester. My mom lived there longer than I did obviously so she knows the apartments well. The first thing she says when she sees the apartment: "Parkchester has new cabinets! When did that happen?!" Me: "Naim put those cabinets in. Watch the damn movie." Pam: "Oh ok. I knew they didn't have no new cabinets." This is going well with Pam.
So the big scene of the movie is the dinner scene. This is where all hell breaks loose. As its building, Pam says: "What's going on with those eyelashes? "They're HUGE!" Now I understand you may be able to see the eyelashes a little better in that scene but really?! I didn't even know if she was paying attention until she laughed when Glenda said "she's like Jerry's age!" At least I know Pam is present now.
Credits are rolling. She's quiet. Then she sees her name in the Special Thanks. THEN Pam sees the logo at the end. Pam: "HAHAHA, the best part of the movie!"
My mom is Pam. Pam is my mom.
P.S. Yes, I'm living with the fam. Its called 5 years of expensive ass graduate film school. But it's also called HBO money to get your own place by the end of the year. Haha.