Who doesn’t love an indie film every once in a while? I sure do. Director Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel recently won 4 Oscars, including Best Achievement in Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Best Original Score. This movie tells of the adventures of a concierge and his lobby boy living in the fictional country of Zubrowka during the 1930s.
The film industry has long been infatuated with teenage rebellion, skate culture, and young peoples’ criminal involvement. These are a few of my recent favorite films on those subjects.
Paranoid Park (2007) – A young Portland-area skateboarder is victim to a “wrong place at the wrong time” scenario, becoming accidentally involved in a murder. Parts of the film were shot either with a wide-angle lens or Super 8 film–the same used for skate videos–resulting in an untainted and aesthetically pleasing picture of skate culture and boyhood. P.S. It’s based on a book.
Little Birds (2011) – Lily and Alison are two best friends, isolated in the California desert, who run away to Los Angeles on a whim. They follow a group of skateboarding boys they meet, living in an abandoned apartment, taking part in crime, and going a step too far in rejection of their upbringing. The film’s depth comes from the complicated, layered relationship between the girls and their actions in the moment of danger. P.S. This one is harder to find, but worth it.
Brick (2005) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a lonely high school student who keeps under the radar until he receives a cry for help–specifically a call from a pay phone–from his ex-girlfriend. He becomes involved with an intricate system of crime and drug dealership: who you’re eating lunch with signifies your current loyalties, and giving away your locker code is the end-all, be-all of trust. Even the principal is keeping alliances. It’s different, visually interesting, and veers from traditional chronology.
I adore Wes Anderson films. They are my comfort food with those recurring color palettes, the lovable quirkiness of every character, and Bill Murray’s acting. There are many beautiful movies out there, ones I love to watch simply for that reason. But they never compare to writer, director, and producer Anderson’s, because his story lines never fail to be compelling. The evidence is clear based on his previous constructions: a dapper fox arguing with his counterpart in a tube sock whilst outsmarting farmers (Fantastic Mr. Fox); two twelve-year-olds running away on an epic New England adventure, eventually proving themselves more mature than any of the film’s adults (Moonrise Kingdom); and the most charming high school student [probably ever] named Max Fischer, who saved Latin (Rushmore). There’s something about disappearing into another world through film, a world somewhat resembling reality yet not quite. It’s a vibrant creation where every word makes an impact and life moves to a soundtrack of Françoise Hardy and Elliott Smith. Anderson and his masterpieces are critically acclaimed and his talent is hardly breaking news. But in the words of Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic), “I’m not big on apologizing. So I’ll just skip it if it’s all the same to you.”
What would you do if a 70-mile wide long asteroid was headed for earth and you had a limited time to live before the world ended? Well, in this funny yet outlandish film you’ll find out what a group of people do on their last days. This film although unique with its plot (as you will find) is at the same time rather spontaneous in the sharp ups and downs and dramatic tone shifts.
The movie is centered on two characters who seemingly “find” each other in the most unlikely of circumstances. Dodge is now a divorced middle-age man who fears spending his last days alone after making the untimely discovery his wife has left him. Linda is one of his next door neighbors who he’s managed to see coming and going here and there. She’s a British woman who comes to him (crawled to his window crying actually) with the sad realization she may never see her family again. Dodge has likewise set his mind on an “end of the world goal”. His goal is to find his high school sweetheart in time to tell her how he truly feels.
The two eventually commit and team up to help each other reach their goals. Through Dodge and Linda’s ups and downs crazy things occur as the plans course for their goals go a bit haywire. The closer they come to their goals the closer the world comes to an end—literally in this unique film starring Steve Carell, (Dodge) Keira Knightley, (Linda) and Melanie Lynskey (Karen).
With the amazingly rare freedom lent by Winter (WINNER) Break, I decided upon a trip to the movies to see Hugo, a film based upon the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The book follows the story of a boy, Hugo Cabret, who lives alone in a 1930s train station fixing clocks. After spending the majority of his life lurking in shadows and observing the crowds, he meets a vendor in the train station with mysteries bigger than his own. Told through a myriad of sketches and orphan adventures, the novel examines the old-school life of filmmaker George Melies with a fresh lens. Continue reading →
Today I finally watched the movie Easy A after hearing from my friends how good it was. The movie had a good plot that I think wasn’t well executed because it was so predictable. You knew the movie ending halfway through the movie.
Easy A is about a girl named Olive who tells her friend that she had sex with a guy who’s a freshman in college. The truth is she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she didn’t have sex at all. This leads to rumors about her being a slut. The movie is funny and really light. I really liked how Olive kept a cool head about all the rumors and I would recommend this movie to girls who want a light comedy.