The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (part 3 of 11)

Cut to Helen crouching in a bathroom stall, tearfully using her Contraband Bra Phone to talk to her bratty stepson. (So the phone thing exists solely to provide a beat in their dysfunctional relationship dynamic, and, possibly, to product-place LG.) She tells him they need scientists to help with a big storm that’s coming, but Jacob is dubious—there’s no storm on TV. He tries to get off the phone. She wants to talk longer, but Mrs. Kravitz is serving dinner and he tells her he has to go.

Helen: You know I love you very much.
Jacob: Okay. Bye, Helen.

I’m starting to get a subtle suggestion that Jacob’s relationship with Helen is a little distant. Are you getting that, too?

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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