Since the movie premiered, he's followed the hype with scholarly devotion. He's watched all the trailers (which, to my delight, he mistakenly calls "trailer trashes") and has scoured YouTube for all things Wild Things. On Sunday night he made me watch an instructional video demonstrating how to make an official Wild Things costume.
"Watch carefully so you can make this Max costume for me tomorrow," he said.
"I don't even have a sewing machine, Gus."
In a tone suggesting that I am a tedious person who always gets hung up on trivial details, he sighed and said, "You can buy a sewing machine, Mom. Now did you see how they sewed the tail on or do you need me to go back?"
He asked Larry to videotape him and Patrick performing their own interpretation of Where the Wild Things Are, which will be very different (and "much less scarier") than the movie. He says the idea for his Wild Things movie came to him in a dream.
Because we are always trying to encourage the boys' creative expression, Larry has been very gung-ho about Gus's movie-making talk--though we were both somewhat mystified when Gus announced that his next feature film will be called San Francisco Party Dance. In it, Gus says, he will play the role of "Larry", a guy who walks around San Francisco saying "All I got is this $1 bill!"
If you know what he means.