It’s the weekend before Christmas. All my shopping is done (on Black Friday, I might add). My bags are packed to visit home (well, almost). All my travel arrangements are made. So what is left for me to do? Well, just relax and watch Love Actually. Love Actually is, by far, one of my favorite Christmas movies and is becoming somewhat of a tradition around this time. Apparently, many people also feel the same way because when I went to see Warm Bodies last week, the theater had current and planned showings for Love Actually all week long. It’s okay; all you guys are welcomed to share in my tradition. Are you up to anything special this weekend? Enjoy these film-related posts from around the web this week, and happy holidays!
James Franco hearts The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I do, too.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are BFFs.
Details on the next Wolfpack adventure.
2012 in quotes.
The guys of Girls.
Sad off! (Chirstmas movie edition) Samuel L. Jackson vs. Anne Hathaway.
Reese Witherspoon’s love letter to Naomi Watts’ performance in The Impossible.
Film fact vs. fiction.
There were many reasons I was looking so forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises that I purchased a ticket to a midnight showing for the opening of the film to the public and dared any rowdy teenager (as their were many of them there ‘cuz yeah, it’s unfortunately summertime and they don’t have anywhere to go in the morning) to ruin my movie watching experience. One, Chris Nolan - I’m a dedicated, hardcore fan of his (if you know me well enough, you know that Memento is my favorite movie of all time). Two me, he’s a very exciting, introspective, intriguing writer/filmmaker who often captivates me in one way or the other. I have been really enjoying he’s take on Batman and what he has brought to comic book film history. It’s Chris Nolan’s world and I’m just living in it, folks. Two, Joseph Gordon-Levitt - I love him, pure and simple. It may be corny but there is a sort of joy that he brings to his acting that always makes me care out his characters and connects with me as a viewer. Also, there was much speculation on his role in the movie, and I was excited to see how he was really going to fit into the Batman universe (John Blake, rookie cop, my ass). Three, the cast. Except for Anne Hathaway (really?), everyone just made sense in their supporting roles when the cast was announced. Ahem, and I would like to note that I may from here on in refer to this movie as the unofficial Inception reunion (five, count ‘em, five actors + director in common). Tom Hardy especially made sense as he has been so great in transformative roles that I couldn’t help be into him as Bane. Four, last but not least, the story. I was alittle sad to learn that this would be the last of Nolan’s Batman (I actually think he won’t do any more of them and move on, which I actually think he should), but I wanted to see how it would wrap up. I was interested to see how the symbol of Batman stands and survives in the post-Dent world. As I had shared with a friend of mine, Batman has always been my favorite comic book hero and resonated with me because he’s imperfect, moody, and valiant; he represents the best and worst of us much more than any other superhero. I’m glad to say that I really enjoyed and applaud The Dark Knight Rises in so many respects. I didn’t feel it was an amazing movie or even one of Nolan’s best, but what it does do was present another consistent and interesting layer to the Batman mythos and remind us of things we can strive for in our own lives. I clapped at the end of the movie; I teared up alittle. It is more than a movie, that is worthy of attending. My Grade: B+
And the list continues…
41. Some people go farther than I ever would in the name of friendship. [4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days]
42. Radio can be a great medium for social change. Plus, the 60s were a cooler decade than I thought, ya dig? [Talk To Me]
43. A person who does bad things may not be at his core a bad person. [The Woodsman]
44. Any person taking a job as a secretary should pack a whip with their lunch just in case. [Secretary]
45. Weddings are a great occasion for family secrets to come out. Also, no matter how hard you fight against it, your sister is going to find a way into your wedding. [Rachel Getting Married]
46. Compassion can be found in the most unlikely places. [Sin Nombre]
47. Sometime it becomes necessary for a guy to just keep his girlfriend away from his brother. [The Vicious Kind]
48. The most brilliant people lack basic common sense. [Smart People]
49. My fear of needles is justified. And its possible for a man in suspenders and no shirt to be sexy. [Puncture]
50. It is easier than you think to go from despair to rage to forgiveness. [Take]
I’m halfway done! Check back in a few weeks for more….
Les Miserables // I can’t say that I have ever seen Les Mis or really knew what is was about but I do know that is a much beloved staged production, hailed for its story and songs. If this teaser trailer for the upcoming movie starring Hugh Jackson (the king of broadway), Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried is any indication of the power of Les Mis, then I can see the appeal.
What do you think? Anyone out there with experiences with Les Mis and have an opinion?