February 3, 2012 § 4 Comments
Alright. We’ve something to discuss here. Let me preface this by saying if you plan to see any of the movies discussed this evening (Another Earth, Beginners, 50/50, The Romantics, Door in the Floor) and do not wish to know how it ends, stop reading right now. But really. Because we’re talking about final scenes!
As I’m sure you are all aware, I love watching indie films. I’m all about the little, baby independent movies that no one has heard of. Sadly, I have a soft spot for the romancy ones. But I digress. Fortunately, I have watched a significant amount of movies in the past week or so. Yay, Redbox!! And I have been seeing a trend. Many indie movies end ambiguously. Like you need to figure out where the story was going once the credits roll. You hope for the best, but there is never a firm confirmation. You just assume. I was ok with this for my indie films. They’re artsy and interpretive and the directors want to make their audience “really think about the film”. Fine, I’ll think. I like to do that. But now, the mainstream producers/directors/writers are catching on to this artful technique and taking it out of control. Let’s take a look!
This is a semi-independent film. Little film, big stars. Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel to name a few (and a bunch of people you would recognize if you saw them). This follows a group of lifelong friends that got the name “the romantics” because they all had love affairs with each other. Long story short, Holmes is in her best friend’s wedding but is in love with the groom.
The Final Scene
Everyone is at the wedding, Holmes has had relations (yes, I’m 65) with the groom. The ceremony commences. It starts raining. Everyone runs inside. Holmes and Duhamel remain standing in the rain laughing. Is the wedding called off? Are Holmes and the bride still friends? Does Duhamel still love his fiancee? See? What do we do with that ending?
I loved this movie. It was beautiful and poetic and deep and sad. But I’m trying to make a point here. Rhoda, the heroine in our story, kills a family in a drunk driving accident leaving only the husband alive. She was distracted because a second Earth – Earth 2 – was discovered. Turns out, it’s a direct reflection of our Earth. The movie then poses many questions about what would you do if you could meet you? What would you talk about? The thought of traveling to Earth 2 becomes a hope of a second chance for Rhoda. A way to find herself.
The Final Scene
Rhoda wins a trip to Earth 2. To go meet herself. The last thing we see is a head shot of her face. Camera pans around and we find out she is standing in front of her Earth 2 self. Did she accept herself after the terrible thing she did? Did she forgive herself after all this time? Such a deep movie and all I want to see is a small smile on her face to put my heart at ease that she had reached forgiveness. Is this too much to ask?
The Door in the Floor
Jeff Bridges is a dysfunctional dad/writer/painter/squash player. The movie begins with Bridges and his wife deciding to separate. They had many marital problems after their two sons were killed in a severe car accident. He hires a young intern to drive him to his appointments and book signings and illustration meetings. Bridges is a real dirtball. Yadda, yadda, yadda his wife takes everything from him even the hundreds of photos of his sons hung around the house – the only thing keeping him grounded.
The Final Scene
Bridges finishes playing squash in the top floor of his shed. He sits down in complete exhaustion looking dejected. He opens a small hatch in the floor – the door in the floor (you see what they did there?) – and walk down the stairs. You’re left with an empty squash court. Granted, we find he wrote a children’s book about a mother wanting to protect her child from “the door in the floor” aka the scary world. So there’s some serious symbolism. Ok, this wasn’t a great example, but it’s still a little ambiguous right?
Here we go. We’re getting into mainstream. Beginners is up for a bunch of Oscar’s and Christopher Plummer has been sweeping up in previous award shows. Rightfully so, he did a nice job. So Plummer, as an old man, comes out of the closet to his son, Ewan McGregor. The movie then follows McGregor’s emotional journey through this and his father’s death. He runs into a French girl (the girl from Inglourious Bastards) and they have a little romance. She’s a hot mess, lives in hotel rooms, stays in town for a month and then runs off to another city. McGregor’s a wreck, lost his dad who was able to find true, he still hasn’t found that lucky lady. They’re quite a pair.
The Final Scene
After finding out French girl didn’t move back to New York like she said she would, McGregor professes his love. Turns out, she’s into him to. They’re sitting in her hotel room next to each other on the bed. She looks over at him and says “What’s next?” So I suppose they’re together? Yes. But she’s so fleeting! They’re going to run around the city and she’ll leave. So they’re not together. But I know she said she loves him. They’re together. Yes. Come on! Give me a little something!
This just came out. And I just watched it last night. Joe Gordon-Levitt is dreamy as ever and I want to marry him. He plays a guy, Adam, that gets cancer. It’s the story of friends and family coping with someone they love having a terminal illness. He’s got some issues of his own, well, because he’s dying. So he starts seeing a therapist, Kathryn (Anna Hendricks). Yadda, yadda, yadda he has a meltdown and realizes Kathryn should be in his life forever. (Side note: there is a moment where he comes out of his surgery, cancer free, and talks to Kathryn. He says “I’d like to make you pancakes.” Adorable.)
The Final Scene
Adam’s hair is grown back and his best friend (Seth Rogen) is applying his scar cream to the massive surgery scar down his spine. Doorbell rings, Kathryn is there for a date. Rogen leaves, Kathryn and Adam stand in the dining room smiling at each other. She says “Now what?”. He pauses. Smiles. Credits. Come on! You know what would’ve been perfect? What I would’ve accepted as a sufficient, sure ending? She says “Now what?” He says “I’ll make you some pancakes.” I should be a writer. All job offers can be sent to my assistant. But really, I need a little more assurance.
I need to let all my movie lovers – and literature lovers, too! – know that I love analyzing film, and I love symbolism and imagery. So many of these endings are indeed poetic and beautiful and meaningful. But sometimes I just need a kiss at the end of the movie that says, don’t worry, everything ended the way it should have. Maybe it’s commitment issues. Maybe I just want Joe Gordon-Levitt to be happy. Who’s with me?
January 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
One week left of break and I’ve barely posted. Yikes. Sorry about that. And this isn’t a real post either. So, sorry again. However! Things are looking up and I am absolutely, positively posting some exciting things these next few weeks:
Award season is quickly approaching (kinda snuck up on me this year) and I plan to leisurely enjoy them this year. I get to watch The Peoples’ Choice Awards AND The Golden Globes with my pops so I’m thrilled. Sadly, I have not had the opportunity to view many of the films nominated for this year’s prestigious awards. So instead of making the normal predictions, we’re doing something a little different.
To make up for never posting (too little, too late? I can only hope you find it endearing), prior to each award show I will review a best picture winner within the last decade or so. Time to give you guys a little culture! In addition to your cinematic history lesson – I swear it will be much more interesting than that – I will discuss the award show after viewing it. We’ll talk fashion, hosts, presenters, winners, etc. etc.
So please, please, please do me a favor: post a question, thoughts, comments you have on the awards and I will be sure to address each and every one.
That’s it for now, but I give you my sincerest promise that you won’t be able to keep up with the amount of posting I’ll be doing.
June 25, 2011 § 2 Comments
So the newest fad in moviedom seems to be this concept of “friends with benefits”. Classy, yes? My thoughts exactly. Over my browsing and movie watching I’ve come across some cinematic
gold crap and discovered that there’s a trashy friends with benefits experience for everyone!
For the those of you into awkward, profane scenes that you would hate to watch with the ‘rents pop in No Strings Attached. Nothing says class like ubiquitous sex scenes. Interested in something a little funnier? Maybe something a little edgier is your thing. Make some plans to see Friends with Benefits. It promises to be a swell time (disclaimer: haven’t seen this one yet – I’m making a generalization. Don’t heckle me, you all do it). Hey hipsters, don’t get upset! There’s a film for you, too! All of you not interested in big name stars or big budget movies this is just perfect – Friends (with benefits). Perfect combination of weird camera shots and ridiculously impractical story line. You’ll love it! Can’t stand thought of sitting through a 2 hour film? Follow the family favorite TV series – the never aired – Friends with Benefits. Man, these producers are just so creative when it comes to naming movies and TV, right?
Come on, world! This concept is not romantic – I’m not meeting the love of my life by hopping in bed with him “just ‘cuz”. Last time I checked that situation never ended well. It’s not endearing, it’s degrading. Don’t get me wrong, go ahead and make your movie. But three. different. movies. and a tv show about the exact same thing? Exact story? Exact ending? Get it together, kids.
April 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Just found out that about 75% of my hits are from my dear friend Krista. She locked herself out of Facebook for awhile and has desperately wanting an update from my blog. So I’d like to dedicate this post update to you, Krista.
If you know me, you know that I have a
mild large obsession with Audrey Hepburn. She’s been such an inspiration to my life as an independent woman, strong actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist. All you ladies are probably familiar with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I feel so cliche choosing this movie to spotlight because everyone knows about it. But do you know why it’s such a famous and influential film? Doubt it. I’ve been reading Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson which tells the story of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn. It reads like a novel so it’s a very interesting read – if you’re into this kind of topic I definitely recommend the book.
Audrey Hepburn plays a call girl, Holly Golightly, living in New York trying to find a place where she belongs. This character paved the way for women, fashion, and film. A woman living on her own, a call girl even, providing for herself was absolutely unheard of in the late fifties and early sixties. Women got married and catered to their husbands. That’s how it was. But when women saw Holly Golightly on the silver screen and strangely wanted to be like her, things changed. She blazed the way for the independent woman.
Everyone’s heard of the little black dress – fashion experts recommend every female closet to contain a little black dress. In the 1920s, women took the look of black from a meaning of mourning to a meaning of modernism. “It was hip to be square”. But as the decades went on the look of everyday black went out of style. It was more of a man’s look. This is where Audrey comes in. In the movie, Holly wears a little black dress most of the film. She made black look practical and classy again. Women working “in the man’s world” started to wearing black more often, putting off a stronger vibe. Thus, the little black dress is born.
Sex in movies? We see it everyday. It’s so normal these days. But during the time of Breakfast at Tiffany’s it was such a taboo topic. So having a hooker as the leading woman in a movie was completely unheard of. But they did it. And people loved her. The public responded so well to the movie it changed the way film makers produced movies. It opened an entirely new side of cinema.
I highly recommend you to pick up the book Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. if you want to know more about this. I’m sure you all will be reading plenty more on Audrey Hepburn from me, considering I’m in love with her. Check out some of her other films like Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and How to Steal a Million
March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Guilty pleasure movies. Come on now, we all have them. For me, it’s one of two things: 1) a movie I proudly proclaim to enjoy because the ridiculousness of liking it is humorous or 2) a movie I never claim to enjoy for fear of total and complete ridicule from my brother and father (both of which enjoy quality film). As I was coming up with this list, I found fairly difficult – it’s much more difficult for a girl to find guilty pleasures, than a guy. Guys are guilty for liking Titanic or Shakespeare in Love. Let me tell you right now, gentlemen, if it won an Oscar, there’s no shame. Embrace it.
1. Con Air
Can we please talk about what’s going on with Nicholas Cage’s hair? Yeah, I’m not sure either. But let’s be real, we all enjoy a little Con Air from time to time
When Liv Tyler talks to her dad, Bruce Willis, for the final time… tears. Everytime.
3. Center Stage
I don’t have much shame over this movie, I was a dancer for many, many years. You should have more guilt if you are a dancer and haven’t seen this. Nevertheless, this is such a terrible movie for so many reasons, but I can’t get enough.
4. Bring It On
“Oh, it’ll be brought.”
I will proudly say I love this movie. Certainly, makes my brother and I laugh consistently. “At the Derek Zoolander Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.”
Thanks to Split Reel for the inspiration!
March 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
I’ve been on a huge Jeff Bridges kick lately. I just watched Crazy Heart and The Big Lebowski. Bridges plays two very different characters in these movies, yet I am strangely attracted to the man – good lookin’ old man if i do say so myself.
In the movie Crazy Heart, Jeff plays an old washed up country singer struggling to get through his daily routine. A heroic story of overcoming struggle, his character is someone to be admired. Plus, he has an incredibly awesome voice. The Big Lebowski Jeff Bridges plays a character known as “The Dude” – a total burn out slacker. Throughout the movie he wears jelly sandals (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you didn’t grow up in the 90’s) – he wore them to set one day, the costume designer loved them for his character and he wore them the rest of the movie. That’s right, Jeff Bridges owns and wears Jellies.
Always humble during an interview with a great sense of humor – I’d love to hang out with this “dude” on a daily basis.