If there was such thing as a “Top Tier of Singer/Songwriters,” then Regina Spektor would definitely be sitting on that level. Her entire discography has been praised by both fans and critics alike, making her one of the more accessible and consistent artists out there today. Sure, she hasn’t gotten the notoriety she once had with her gentle hit “Fidelity” years ago, but her albums as a whole have more than held their own. And with movies and television shows now digging into her back catalog (like the excellent (500) Days Of Summer and Weeds), her music is becoming more and more a part of the every day culture – however subtle and quiet that might actually be. [Read more...]
Mark Webb delivers another unconventional and excellent rom-com for the calendar year, filing his film with originality, style, plenty of laughs, and a pair of great performances from his boy and girl leads.
The film on the surface is your classic boy meets girl story, but our narrator warns us early on that this is not a love story. With that said though, you can’t help but get swept up in the love tale being told on the screen as we watch Tom and Summer court each other. The funny thing is the film opens with the day right after their break up and Tom having to be talked off a ledge, figuratively, by his little sister over the loss. We are then thrown into the couple’s back story from Day 1 when they met up ending with the 500th day of their intertwined lives.
The film is filled with quirk, coolness, and style. Both of our leads are smart and hip people, but are in no way pretentious at the same time and Mark Webb and company do a fantastic job of creating something that feels real and genuine, even amongst some fantastical moments. Tom’s thought process is genuine and too rarely seen in films these days for a guy’s perspective. Insecure at times and a bit shy and awkward he is easy to identify with and his trials and tribulations are something we can all connect with. Summer on the other hand is written as the perfect type of girlfriend type but not the kind of girlfriend Hollywood tries to force down our throats. She is real and beautiful and fun and we can easily see why Tom falls head over heals for her. [Read more...]
In the beginning of (500) Days of Summer the narrator lets the audience in on a little secret by telling us not to get our hopes up with his “this is not a love story” jab to the heart. Not wanting to believe the worse, my internal monologue told me to ignore his bout of pessimism. But color me a hopeless romantic. As the days continue and the relationship unravels I realized that maybe he was on to something, but I still feel that when all is said and done his words were only partially true. I would argue that this is a love story, just not the one I was hoping for (which is not to mean that I left disappointed). Instead this was filled with the ups and downs of the cute but slipping romance of the characters, Summer Finn and Tom Hansen, played by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt respectively.
Watchmen is out, now these are the next big movies to get excited about!
Duplicity-Tony Gilroy’s follow up to Michael Clayton should be a winner, and it’s Clive
Hunger-acclaimed British film from last year
Wolverine-The trailers make this look an action flick to be dealt with
Star Trek-JJ Abrams has this non-Treckie excited
The Limits of Control-the movie you never heard of
Up-It’s Pixar, so it is instantly movie of the year potential
Terminator Salvation-Bale has been fairly infallible as of late
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen-More Robots! More Fun!
Public Enemies-Depp, Bale, and Micheal Mann greatness to soon hit our faces
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – Can’t wait!!!
500 Days of Summer-You heard it hear first, the movie that will sneak up on you
The Hangover-Has the talent to be good
Funny People-Apatow back in the directors chair
Inglourious Basterds-Tarantino, WWII, Pitt=Greatness?
Hope you find something new to look forward too!