A Spike Jonze Joint
Warning: This post is not intended to scare you, but it is pretty down-right frightening how slowly my mind works sometimes.
Ok, so I’m sure you are all aware that the children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are is now a movie, yes? Well as an avid reader of that book when I was a kid (actually, my mom read it to me all the time- shout out to “crazy lady”!!) and I lovvveedd it. It was right up there with Cat in the Hat and Brave Irene, which should also be turned into a movie. Here is a picture of the greatness in its original form:
So being a fan, I was thrilled/curious when it came out. Especially when all the hype started about how Spike Jonze was going to be directing the film. I even chimmed in on multiple occasions saying, “Oh my God! I can’t believe Spike Jonze is directing this! It will be so weird to see what he does with it!” THINKING in my head that I knew damn well who Spike Jonze was.
Now, as someone who sits on msn celebrity gossip all day and reads the Red Eye (heehee, shameless plug if you haven’t heard I got another one-liner in today!) I’d like to think I’m fairly on top of celeb news. This wasn’t always the case. When I was in my pre-teen stage I specifically remember my best friend Turk driving around with my mom and I, and somehow the topic of Madonna having a baby was brought up. Apparently the Virgin herself was in her 8th month and I hadn’t heard. You would have thought I didn’t know who the President of the United States was the way my mom and Turk went on and on, mocking my lack of topical knowledge. So ever since then I try to keep up on latest celeb news, at least enough to know more than my mom.
But when the name Spike Jonze came into my mind, I immediately thought I knew who it was. Spike Jonze! Oh he made that basketball movie! He’s like that crazy director that makes movies I never watch, right? And in my head I imagined a black man with glasses and a goatee, somewhat sharing the image of a restaurant chef named Paige I used to work with.
But that’s not him.
APPARENTLY there are two Hollywood directors in the world both named Spike. Spike JONZE is a white guy, which I found out by seeing a picture of him in an article that someone was reading on the train. I thought, “Hey, why is there a picture of a white dude when it says Spike Jonze? Then it hit.
SPIKE JONZE AND SPIKE LEE ARE TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE!
So in case anyone else in the world was/is as confused as I am by these Spikes, let me clarify, if not only for my own benefit:
Spike Lee- Director of such movies as Malcom X, Get on the Bus, Love & Basketball, etc.
And Spike JONZE has directed various cinematic wonders such as Jackass 1 and 2, some music artist documentaries, and now WTWTA.
So there you have it, Spike and Spike. I swear its a wonder I make it to work on my own every day.
(Next time on How Connie’s mind works, learn how Connie has been holding a bowling ball the wrong way her entire life! Stay tuned…)