With a little more than half the year behind us, I believe that it is time for an end of summer review. While I had a list of ten films that are top notch for 2013, you don’t have time for me to discuss 10 films. The following five are also a lot more interesting and four of them weren’t on my favorites list from quarter 1.
1) The Way, Way Back – While their couldn’t have been a better director duo for this film alongside an all-star indie comedy cast, Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths) steals the show. Every bit of advice he has is simplistic yet extremely meaningful to the youth of society and his comedy is cleverly crafted.
2) Star Trek into Darkness – JJ Abrams is the king of action with a heart (and lens flares of course). Therefore, when he crafted his followup to the best Star Trek movie ever made and pissed off die hard Trekkies even more, brilliance was struck again. We doesn’t want to see Sherlock Holmes play the baled Khan?
3) The World’s End – Maybe this is Simon Pegg’s year? I don’t know, but he sure did a great job in two of my favorite movies of the year. A pub-crawl in England with aliens capping off the Cornetto trilogy may have just been a nostalgic trip for me, but it was bloody clever.
4) Place Beyond the Pines – Cianfrance, Cooper, and Gosling, enough said.
5) This is the End – At the beginning of 2013 would you have thought that two end of the world comedies with almost identical names would be the two best comedies of the year? Did you think they would be two of the best overall films of the year? Me either, but a party at James Franco’s sure sounds fun.
Films to look out for in September and October:
1) Gravity – Directed by Alfonso Curan (Children of Men)
2) Don Jon – Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
3) 12 Years A Slave – Directed by Steve McQueen (Shame)
4) Rush – Directed by Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
5) Prisoners – Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)
By: Jonathan Havey | Editor-in-Chief
Life will throw a lot at you. We all know this, but we don’t always believe it. I am reminded by Mike Mills’s Beginners that we need to embrace everything thrown at us and realize that every ending is a new beginning.
Ewan McGregor’s (The Impossible) character (Oliver) is defined by the history of sadness he creates for a client’s album cover. His mother dies followed by his father coming out as being gay, causing Oliver to feel that the love he saw in the relationship of his parents to be a lie. To top things off, shortly after coming out, his father (Christopher Plummer, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is diagnosed with cancer and dies.
At a high level, director Mills is basically saying that people deal with a lot of shit. Life isn’t fair. That’s guaranteed, but that does not mean that life has to be miserable. Life is what you make it.
I sometimes joke with my friends about Oliver’s love life alining with mine. This may be because I would like to look at myself as Ewan McGregor, or its because I have similar beliefs with his character. Without being too transparent, one of my favorite moments of the film is when Oliver says, “Before Anna, I had four serious relationships… I let all of them fall apart.” This is said over a montage of Oliver’s creation of his own history of sadness.
Going along with the theme of re-birthing happiness through the pain and cynicism of life, Oliver’s girl friend (Anna) played by Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Bastards) says, “People like us…half of them think that things will never work out…the other half believe in magic.”
Every time I see this movie I love it more and more. It is definitely a movie that gets better with age and expresses the realism of life so well. At the end I always ask myself two questions: “What’s next?” and do I believe in magic? Most of the time the answers are: “idk”
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief