–verb (used with object)
to impregnate with camphor.
–noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
1. a whitish, translucent, crystalline, pleasant-odored terpene ketone, C10H16O, obtained from the camphor tree, used chiefly in the manufacture of celluloid and in medicine as a counter-irritant for infections and in the treatment of pain and itching.
2. any substance having medicinal or aromatic characteristics similar to those of camphor.
"Brick," a low-budget movie shot in twenty days and edited on a home computer, has a rapturous sheen to it. Part of the movie’s aura will come from the people likely to watch it—an audience happily [stoned] on the sweetish, camphorated [redolence] of old movie gestures, loyalties, and modes of behavior.
The first-time director, Rian Johnson, spent six years raising money from family and friends to pull off his dream project, a Dashiell Hammett-style whodunnit. But in Johnson’s version of film noir the inexorable Sam Spade-type detective is a mop-headed high-school student wearing a sweatshirt and wire-framed glasses, and the setting is not the nighttime big city of Hollywood imagination—the usual claustrophobic noir precinct—but the preposterously sunny skies and wide-open spaces of San Clemente, California.
The hero, Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), receives a desperate phone call from an old girlfriend, Emily (Emilie de Ravin), who then disappears. Brendan finds her dead body at the mouth of a sewage tunnel, and, realizing that she had fallen into the hands of a student drug gang (led by an off-campus crime boss named the Pin), insinuates himself into the gang and turns the members of it against one another.
At the same time, he tells off the school’s assistant vice-principal, just the way Bogart used to sass the cops who cramped his style. The convolutions of the story are hard to follow in the manner of "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep," and the characters, lounging against the blank outside wall of the school, speak in cryptic jive patter ("Bulls would only gum it"; i.e., "Cops are dumb").
They say their words quickly, casually, and, if you don’t get half the burble, it doesn’t matter. The situations and the talk may be a joke, but the emotions are real—we’re in high school, where friendships and loyalty, and who’s tough and who’s cool, count for everything.
1. meaningless, rapid talk; mere chatter; gabble.
4. the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
[Intuiting] her loneliness, he sits down beside her, bestows a [nuzzle] and a [hug],
"Saved!" features the usual quarrels, flirtations, pranks, and [nuzzling] friendships.
the nasal [cavity]
and speaking in a soft, slightly nasal Long Island [accent]
with all of the hangups and self-pity, all the grandiosity and [sniffles], all the arrogance and fear, typical of his job.