What I Watched:
The Descendants: So, I guess I’m the only one in the world who thinks this movie is overrated? I will have to say that I had less than zero interest in ever seeing this movie. I decided to possibly watch it if it won Best Picture at the Oscars this year (but luckily it lost to the very worthy The Artist). But I found myself on a long international flights this week with not much of a selection of films on my personal monitor, so… The Descendants. The movie wasn’t a bad one at all; I just found it nothing super special. Yes, it was a solidly good story of a man coming to grips with his wife infidelity when he doesn’t have the benefit of confronting her as she is in a coma. Additionally, he is dealing with a decision about his family land that will affect his future and those around him forever. We witness some really touching moments between him and his kids and the closer he needs with his wife. I just have the impression that if George Clooney wasn’t in this movie, if someone else was in the lead role, this movie would have flown under the radar. Or maybe I’m missing something?
Big Fish: Yeah, it’s true. I had never seen this until this week. Another movie I saw while on an international flight back to the States. As I continue my exploration of Ewan McGregor movies after he stole my heart in last year’s movie Beginners, I just had to watch this one which has been touted as one of his best performances. The story follows a write (Bill Crudup) as he relives the stories, myths and tall tales of his dying father. What an very very odd (not surprising since it is a Tim Burton film) but very very good film. I actually saw alot similarities between Beginners and Big Fish - a moving exploration of a father-son relationship where the son comes to fully understand his father as a person right before he dies. McGregor switches roles between the two movies (playing the son in Beginners and the father at a younger age in Big Fish) but he succeeds in providing much of the heart in both. I’m not ashamed to admit that this movie made me cry.
Film-Inspired Theme Song:
“Leaving on a Jet Plane“/Chantel Kreviazuk (originally written by John Denver) from the movie Amageddon
This week (and the one before it) has been really hectic for me as I’ve been trying to NYC and Europe so this sound is fitting to represent my state of mine for the week. I’m finally home for awhile and can relax so I’m excited about that. Traveling takes alot out of you!
Movie Trailer of the Week:
Gangster Squad: You don’t know this about me but I am currently boycotting any film that Anthony Mackie is in. Why? Well, because he kinda ignored me (twice) when I saw him at Sundance, lol. Well, Mr. Mackie is smart. He jumped in a film of one of the only actors whose movies I can’t deny - Ryan Gosling (I kinda love him). Very smart man, indeed. I love that Ryan Gosling is going gangster. He has the looks for it, the swagger. The trailer has it all - a (scary) sinister Sean Penn, a reunion of Emma Stone and Gosling post-Crazy, Stupid, Love, the romanticism of the gangster era. I’m getting more excited by the minute.
Pop Culture Randomness:
o In perfect casting news, Andre 3000 will be stepping in as Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic though apparently, as of right now, the film can’t use any original Hendrix music
o Apparently, Quentin Tarentino is having trouble keeping a cast together for his upcoming film, Django Unchained; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kurt Russell, and Sasha Baron Cohen have all dropped out of the project. Knowing QT though, he’ll pull it together
o Joss Whedon, the creator behind awesome TV shows like Buffy and Firefly and now the director of the record-breaking Avengers movie, lists his favorite Buffy episodes
Film-Inspired Fashion Moment:
A new photo for the upcoming film Ruby Sparks hit the internet this week and with it, we get to see more what will sure to be a very cute, sweet, and whimsical movie (can’t wait). I’m loving the bright orange dress with the auburn hair on Zoe Kazan; it comes off as very striking and something that I’m sure tells us alot of about Ruby’s character.