Here are my recommendations for films to see this month. As always, check back here to catch of on my thoughts and commentary related to these movies as I watch them.
*Note: some of this theatrical release dates are for limited release before it opens in wide release; all are US dates
"12 Years a Slave"
British director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender are at it again with another collaboration following Hunger (2009) and Shame (2011), this time bringing to the screen the very true story and unbelievable story of Solomon Northrup, who, back in the 1860s, was kidnapped in the North and sold into slavery in the South though he was born a free man. Separated from his family, he spent 12 years as a slave until he regained his freedom and wrote about this time in a book.
"Kill Your Darlings"
It’s kinda the story of the start of what we know to be the Beat Generation and the writers of this 1950s period who inspired this moment. In the film we meet some of these famed writers - Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) - and the true circumstances that drew them together.
Slowly but surely, I’m still building on my previous list…
61. Someone can only hold you back from a better life if you let them [Smashed] 62. The group of outcasts is the group I want to be in [The Perks of Being a Wallflower] 63. The best men are the ones that stand up for their beliefs [Hunger] 64. Forget about coming up with a plan for anarchy, saying sentences with more than 5 “v” words, it difficult enough for me. Also, a shaved head can be hot. [V is for Vendetta]
Twice Born // I can’t say I follow alot of foreign independent films, especially those surrounding historical events, but there are certain actors that can bring my attention to them. One of those actors is Penelope Cruz. I was taken with the first photo from this film enough to include it on my top picks to see at the Toronto film festival. I wasn’t able to see it there, but I eagarly anticipate its release. Also starring Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), the film appears to be dramatic, riverting and romantic. All the things I look forward to in a movie.
And of course there is more from the list I have already started…
21. You never know what twisted things are going on in someone’s head. [Being John Malkovich] 22. Sometimes you have to live alittle. And if a quick tempered Spanish woman says she thinks about killing you, beware. [Vicky Cristina Barcelona] 23. Never. underestimate. anyone. [The Usual Suspects]
24. The quest for perfection can only lead to personal destruction. [Black Swan] 25. In every moment, there is a possibility that someone’s life will collide with yours. Plus, a dead body that drops seemingly out of nowhere onto your car has to have a rich backstory. [11:14] 26. Some teenage boys have too much time of their hands its scary. [Funny Games] 27. Family drama is oddly similar in any language. [2 Days in Paris]
28. Limber up; you never know when the ability to run long distances will come in handy. [Run, Lola, Run] 29. Love that goes unfulfilled, no matter the couple, can be heartbreaking. [Brokeback Mountain] 30. Sometimes a kid is wiser than the teacher. [Half Nelson]
Sorry, when I go on vacation (currently in Los Cabos.. yay, me!), I get movie trailer happy (that and I just don’t have time to write posts; too much relaxation going on). The trailer gods have bestowed on my some great ones to share with you from films that I have already discussed interest in seeing. Enjoy!
Take A Waltz (soon to premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival and one of my picks to see)
To Rome With Love (next film project from the sometimes brilliant, always neurotic Woody Allen)
To Rome With Love / First look photo from Woody Allen’s next feature film. Much as his last movie did in Paris and, the film will focus on a number of people in Italy, including residents and visitors and the romances and predicaments they get into. The film will be told in four vignettes and stars Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page and Penelope Cruz. Allen will also be stepping in front of the camera. To Rome With Love is scheduled to be released on June 22nd. To me, there are two types of Woody Allen fans - those who are fans of his earlier works and those who are more drawn to his later, more recent films. I would say I’m in the latter category since unfortunately I have never spent alot of time on his films in his Annie Hall, Manhattan era but have been catching alot of his more recent films that I have come to love (Midnight in Paris, Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona). I’m very much liking this Page-Eisenberg pairing in the photo and looking forward to Allen’s latest film project. I love that he does movies surrounding some of my favorite cities in the world.
Twice Born/First look photo from the upcoming romantic war drama. The movie follows a woman named Gemma (Penelope Cruz) who returns to Sarajevo with her teenage son in tow sixteen years after her escape and revisits the tumultuous past she shared with his late father, a photographer (Emile Hirsch), in hopes of trying to repair her difficult relationship with her son. Something tells me that this will be a beautiful story by this movie still. Looking forward to seeing Emile Hirsch in this as I always believed he is a great actor, and Penelope Cruz is always charming to watch.