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(Buzzfeed)   If you've watched Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho, you probably know that they're adapted from novels by Bret Easton Ellis. What you might not know is that the characters in those movies are interrelated   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 63
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2013-08-13 09:29:24 AM
Duh.
 
2013-08-13 10:03:30 AM
I thought that was obvious. Huh.
 
2013-08-13 10:19:02 AM
Wow, old news is so exzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2013-08-13 10:21:16 AM
MFW after reading that...
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Now I must read Less Than Zero and Glamorama
 
2013-08-13 10:45:01 AM
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Never read the books, disturbing movie.
 
2013-08-13 10:47:05 AM

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Never read the books, disturbing movie.


The book is far more disturbing. Clay isn't exactly the moral voice in the book that he is in the movie.
 
2013-08-13 11:00:41 AM

LlamaGirl: I thought that was obvious. Huh.


yeah, me too.  i read them though.  maybe it's not obvious in the movies...?
 
2013-08-13 11:13:44 AM
You also have horrible taste in movies
 
2013-08-13 11:19:14 AM
American psyco was great but rules of attraction is EASILY in the top 5 worst movies ever put to film.
 
2013-08-13 11:21:22 AM

NuttierThanEver: You also have horrible taste in movies


What are you talking about? I don't remember Rules of Attraction, but the other two....they stick with you. And Less Than Zero made Robert Downey, Jr.
 
2013-08-13 11:25:39 AM
This reminds me of my all-time favorite SNL Weekend Update quote, about James van der Beek in "Rules of Attraction."

FALLON: "Director Todd Solondz is complaining that the producers of his new movie made him edit out a scene in which James Van Der Beek is on the receiving end of anal sex. When asked for a comment, Van Der Beek said, 'They were filming that?'"
 
2013-08-13 11:28:11 AM
I think if you watched all three of those and didn't realize that you either have ADD and couldn't pay attention or are a little slow and should wear a helmet when you go out.
 
2013-08-13 11:28:20 AM
Can I haz infographic pleez?
 
2013-08-13 11:37:03 AM

shifty lookin bleeder: NuttierThanEver: You also have horrible taste in movies

What are you talking about? I don't remember Rules of Attraction, but the other two....they stick with you. And Less Than Zero made Robert Downey, Jr.


I thought it was cool!
 
2013-08-13 11:40:18 AM

shifty lookin bleeder: NuttierThanEver: You also have horrible taste in movies

What are you talking about? I don't remember Rules of Attraction, but the other two....they stick with you. And Less Than Zero made Robert Downey, Jr.


Less than Zero = 54% on Rotten tomatoes
Rules of attraction = 43%
American Psycho = 67%

Ok mediocre taste in movies
 
2013-08-13 11:44:13 AM

NuttierThanEver: shifty lookin bleeder: NuttierThanEver: You also have horrible taste in movies

What are you talking about? I don't remember Rules of Attraction, but the other two....they stick with you. And Less Than Zero made Robert Downey, Jr.

Less than Zero = 54% on Rotten tomatoes
Rules of attraction = 43%
American Psycho = 67%

Ok mediocre taste in movies


Something is only good when critics say it is.
 
2013-08-13 11:58:45 AM

enik: NuttierThanEver: shifty lookin bleeder: NuttierThanEver: You also have horrible taste in movies

What are you talking about? I don't remember Rules of Attraction, but the other two....they stick with you. And Less Than Zero made Robert Downey, Jr.

Less than Zero = 54% on Rotten tomatoes
Rules of attraction = 43%
American Psycho = 67%

Ok mediocre taste in movies

Something is only good when critics say it is.


The audience usually trends about 10% higher than the critics on most films, its interesting that they had a much more favorable reaction to all three of those films. I think it's because all three films combined a soupcon of controversy and wit with a farkton of stylish naked flesh. Kinda like all of Ellis' novels. Well played, hollywood.
 
2013-08-13 12:04:24 PM

Endive Wombat: MFW after reading that...


Now I must read Less Than Zero and Glamorama


Glamorama was terribad. Did not like it, and I read most of BEE's stuff in college. American Psycho was good.
 
2013-08-13 12:06:14 PM
I thought Rules of Attraction had one of the most painful on screen deaths that I've ever witnessed.
It was a gut punch that still stirs in me to this day.

Less than Zero was disturbing for other reasons, American Psycho was hilarious and thought provoking.
 
2013-08-13 12:06:53 PM
The characters in the novels - yes. In the movies - not so much. The only thing the film version of Less Than Zero had in common with the novel was the names of some of the characters.

/hint - Julian wasn't the only one getting some man-on-man action
 
2013-08-13 12:08:25 PM
Interrelated, and one of those characters gave birth to John Edwards' child.
 
2013-08-13 12:09:54 PM
 I've always agreed with DFW's view of American Pyscho...

I think it's a kind of black cynicism about today's world that Ellis and certain others depend on for their readership. Look, if the contemporary condition is hopelessly shiatty, insipid, materialistic, emotionally retarded, sadomasochistic, and stupid, then I (or any writer) can get away with slapping together stories with characters who are stupid, vapid, emotionally retarded, which is easy, because these sorts of characters require no development. With descriptions that are simply lists of brand-name consumer products. Where stupid people say insipid stuff to each other. If what's always distinguished bad writing-flat characters, a narrative world that's cliched and not recognizably human, etc.-is also a description of today's world, then bad writing becomes an ingenious mimesis of a bad world. If readers simply believe the world is stupid and shallow and mean, then Ellis can write a mean shallow stupid novel that becomes a mordant deadpan commentary on the badness of everything. Look man, we'd probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness.-- David Foster Wallace
 
2013-08-13 12:10:30 PM
Disappear Here
 
2013-08-13 12:14:08 PM
Don't just stare at it....eat it!
 
2013-08-13 12:18:02 PM
 
2013-08-13 12:22:47 PM

deadsanta: I think it's because all three films combined a soupcon

soup spoonof controversy and wit with a farkton of stylish naked flesh. Kinda like all of Ellis' novels. Well played, hollywood.
 
2013-08-13 12:31:58 PM

Carth: I think if you watched all three of those and didn't realize that you either have ADD and couldn't pay attention or are a little slow and should wear a helmet when you go out.


"All three of those"? You DNRTFA, did you? It goes much deeper than just the three in the headline, there's a metric shiat-ton of interconnections between short stories, a bunch of Ellis' work, and even another writer(As well as the 3 mentioned here).
 
2013-08-13 12:38:45 PM

BowtoMogul: I thought Rules of Attraction had one of the most painful on screen deaths that I've ever witnessed.
It was a gut punch that still stirs in me to this day.

Less than Zero was disturbing for other reasons, American Psycho was hilarious and thought provoking.


I made the mistake of watching Rules of Attraction followed immediately by Requiem for a Dream when I was coming down off a three-day booze and speed fueled bender. That must be what suicidal people feel like just before they end it all. Christ what a depressing 6 hours that was...
 
2013-08-13 12:40:54 PM
Wait - there are all self loathing bitter gays?

/oh wait - that's just Bret Easton Ellis
 
2013-08-13 12:51:04 PM
Less Than Zero is what I watch when I want to hate life for a little while.
 
2013-08-13 12:54:02 PM
I just found out Ellis wrote that new Lohan-softcore-porn-crap that just came out, "The Canyons."
 
2013-08-13 12:54:42 PM

ZeroCorpse: Less Than Zero is what I watch when I want to hate life for a little while.


But Honey Boo Boo airs every day on TLC!
 
2013-08-13 01:04:57 PM

InmanRoshi: I've always agreed with DFW's view of American Pyscho...

I think it's a kind of black cynicism about today's world that Ellis and certain others depend on for their readership. Look, if the contemporary condition is hopelessly shiatty, insipid, materialistic, emotionally retarded, sadomasochistic, and stupid, then I (or any writer) can get away with slapping together stories with characters who are stupid, vapid, emotionally retarded, which is easy, because these sorts of characters require no development. With descriptions that are simply lists of brand-name consumer products. Where stupid people say insipid stuff to each other. If what's always distinguished bad writing-flat characters, a narrative world that's cliched and not recognizably human, etc.-is also a description of today's world, then bad writing becomes an ingenious mimesis of a bad world. If readers simply believe the world is stupid and shallow and mean, then Ellis can write a mean shallow stupid novel that becomes a mordant deadpan commentary on the badness of everything. Look man, we'd probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness.-- David Foster Wallace


It is hilarious to see Ellis whine about DFW. Wallace is the writer Ellis wishes he could be and it eats him up inside.
 
2013-08-13 01:15:02 PM
The book is far more disturbing. Clay isn't exactly the moral voice in the book that he is in the movie.

Not to mention the sequel.  I suspect I am the only person on the planet who actually read Imperial Bedroom, though.
 
2013-08-13 01:16:26 PM

otherginger: The book is far more disturbing. Clay isn't exactly the moral voice in the book that he is in the movie.

Not to mention the sequel.  I suspect I am the only person on the planet who actually read Imperial Bedroom, though.



It's on my list.  I need to finish Les Mis and "Fear and Loathing" first though.
 
2013-08-13 01:19:47 PM

The Downfall: Do you like American Psycho?


Didn't watch it, but did Huey murder Al with his 14" dong?

Yeah, that's one of those funny Hollywood rumors.
 
2013-08-13 01:24:15 PM
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2013-08-13 01:26:06 PM

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She was great in that movie...on top of having a great ass.

/Whatever, I don't care, I didn't major in math
 
2013-08-13 01:35:18 PM

otherginger: The book is far more disturbing. Clay isn't exactly the moral voice in the book that he is in the movie.

Not to mention the sequel.  I suspect I am the only person on the planet who actually read Imperial Bedroom, though.


I read it and spent the whole time saying WTF? Especially at the end.
 
2013-08-13 01:42:26 PM

Carth: I think if you watched all three of those and didn't realize that you either have ADD and couldn't pay attention or are a little slow and should wear a helmet when you go out.


Well, I saw Rules of Attraction and American Psycho, but didn't realize there was these connections and wasn't made obvious enough to jog my memory. I liked Ruled of Attraction, thought it was a interesting quirky movie.
 
2013-08-13 01:47:58 PM

skinink: Carth: I think if you watched all three of those and didn't realize that you either have ADD and couldn't pay attention or are a little slow and should wear a helmet when you go out.

Well, I saw Rules of Attraction and American Psycho, but didn't realize there was these connections and wasn't made obvious enough to jog my memory. I liked Ruled of Attraction, thought it was a interesting quirky movie.


Yeah, there's little mention in the movies.  In A.P., Patrick goes to dinner with his brother, and he is tied in the Rules of Attraction book.  I have both on DVD, and watching them once, the girl that was watching them with me said during RoA "Oh hey, he's on the phone with a guy named Patrick, that guy in the other movie's name was Patrick too...funny."
 
2013-08-13 02:01:51 PM

BowtoMogul: I thought Rules of Attraction had one of the most painful on screen deaths that I've ever witnessed.
It was a gut punch that still stirs in me to this day.


Harry Nilsson playing Badfinger's "Without You".....

Yeah. Still messes me up.
 
2013-08-13 02:07:16 PM
A great scene from an otherwise mediocre movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4zV0U4wg8A
 
2013-08-13 02:11:11 PM

The Goddamn Batman: otherginger: The book is far more disturbing. Clay isn't exactly the moral voice in the book that he is in the movie.

Not to mention the sequel.  I suspect I am the only person on the planet who actually read Imperial Bedroom, though.

I read it and spent the whole time saying WTF? Especially at the end.


Same here.

Loved American Psycho. Read Less Than Zero and was pretty WTF for most of it, just seemed like nothing really happened other than vapid, pointless characters complaining to themselves and each other about vapid, pointless crap. Which, I am now to understand, was entirely the point. Not a point I can get into, really, but a point nonetheless. Then I read Imperial Bedrooms, figuring "he's batting 500 so far, maybe this one won't be bad." I didn't know when I started that it was related to LTZ. Pretty much gave up on B.E.E. after that.
 
2013-08-13 03:03:10 PM

the cake is a pie: Pretty much gave up on B.E.E. after that.


I read all of his books throughout college. I loved Less than Zero and American Psycho, liked The Informers and Rules of Attraction, was meh on Lunar Park (except the beginning - I liked that part), and hated Glamorama and Imperial Bedrooms. You can tell which ones he just phoned in or just tried to be as shocking as he could.
 
2013-08-13 03:20:40 PM

Trollin4Colon: American psyco was great but rules of attraction is EASILY in the top 5 worst movies ever put to film.


Shut up, i liked that movie enough to buy it on DVD for like $6.

The Informers... now THAT sucked. That sucked big floppy donkey dick.
 
2013-08-13 03:38:19 PM

mooseyfate: ZeroCorpse: Less Than Zero is what I watch when I want to hate life for a little while.

But Honey Boo Boo airs every day on TLC!


Thankfully, I don't subscribe to cable television.
 
2013-08-13 03:57:13 PM

Towermonkey: Endive Wombat: MFW after reading that...


Now I must read Less Than Zero and Glamorama

Glamorama was terribad. Did not like it, and I read most of BEE's stuff in college. American Psycho was good.

Un-farking readable except for the murder scenes.

FTFAccuracy
 
2013-08-13 04:29:39 PM
What I do know is I don't give a shiat.
 
2013-08-13 04:47:42 PM

Carth: InmanRoshi: I've always agreed with DFW's view of American Pyscho...

I think it's a kind of black cynicism about today's world that Ellis and certain others depend on for their readership. Look, if the contemporary condition is hopelessly shiatty, insipid, materialistic, emotionally retarded, sadomasochistic, and stupid, then I (or any writer) can get away with slapping together stories with characters who are stupid, vapid, emotionally retarded, which is easy, because these sorts of characters require no development. With descriptions that are simply lists of brand-name consumer products. Where stupid people say insipid stuff to each other. If what's always distinguished bad writing-flat characters, a narrative world that's cliched and not recognizably human, etc.-is also a description of today's world, then bad writing becomes an ingenious mimesis of a bad world. If readers simply believe the world is stupid and shallow and mean, then Ellis can write a mean shallow stupid novel that becomes a mordant deadpan commentary on the badness of everything. Look man, we'd probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness.-- David Foster Wallace

It is hilarious to see Ellis whine about DFW. Wallace is the writer Ellis wishes he could be and it eats him up inside.


Yeah, it's a bit like Ewe Boll talking shiat about Joel Cohen.
 
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