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Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago. Check out the blog for what I'm currently obsessed with in film and culture. Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Daniel Radcliffe are regulars here.

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Day 38: Will You Be My Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day.  If I could and if these gentlemen were real, I would spend this Valentine’s Day with one of these fine leading men from my favorite films.

Paul Varjak (George Peppard)

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)

Bio: Published author and kept man of Patricia Neal.  He moves into the same building with the charming and erratic Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn).

Likes: With having time on his hands, he spends time entertaining and being entertained by Holly.  Enjoys parties, going to libraries, and writing.

Admirable qualities: Not being on the firmest side of moral himself, Paul is the only man who does not treat Holly like a joke or a call girl.  She can open up to him about her brother, her past, and dreams.  He even indulges her calling him Fred, her brother’s name.  Knowing Holly energizes Paul to write again and stand up for himself Neal’s character.  Paul finally gets fed up with Holly’s social climbing schemes and implores her to see they belong together.  She rejects him then for a suave Brazilian politician, but Paul never totally abandons her.  He runs to her aid when she hears of her brother’s death and helps her get of of jail.  Holly continues to think marrying rich is her ticket to happiness and Paul is frank in calling her out and thankfully gets through to her. 

Laurie (Christian Bale)

LITTLE WOMEN (1994)

Bio: Heir and grandson to Mr. Lawrence. Neighbor of the March sisters.

Likes: Accomplished piano player, reluctant student, enjoys seeing and preforming theater, ice skating, and hanging out with the March sisters.

Admirable Qualities: Laurie meets Jo (Winona Ryder) at a stuffy party and they become fast friends, almost siblings.  He helps all the sisters and their mother.  He saves Amy from drowning, helps Meg when she sprains her ankle, and assists the family when Beth falls ill.  He never makes the March girls feel poor or inferior, in fact he envies their close family relationships and warmth.  Yet, Laurie does not always act gallantly.  He embarrasses Meg at a fancy party and falls into drinking and partying in Paris after Jo refuses his proposal  Once he hears of trouble in the March family, he rights his ways and comes to Amy’s aid.  In the end, he gets his wish to be a part of the March family on his own merits by winning Amy’s heart.

Will Hunting (Matt Damon)

GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)

Bio: Orphan, Mathematical Genius, Janitor at MIT

Likes: Bars, Batting Cages, Red Sox, f-ing with smart kids

Admirable Qualities: Every girl really wants a guy who could, if needed, beat up a yuppie or punk who deserves it.  Will is capable of using his wits, but could settle the score outside too.  He is a fun, yet frustrating person to be around.  His crew of friends have hilarious stories and he can do your organic chemistry homework in less than an hour, but he refuses to live up to his potential or accept help from others.  Yet, Sean (Robin Williams) manages to get Will out of his head and learn to depend on others.  He leaves Boston for the first time in his life to “Go see about a girl.”

Joe Miller (Denzel Washington)

PHILADELPHIA  (1993)

Bio: Hard charging lawyer to Andrew Beckectt (Tom Hanks) in wrongful termination suit.

Likes: Justice, wife and family

Admirable Qualities: We meet Joe sparing against Andrew in a case.  Not coming from the powerful firm Andy does, Joe has to hustle for cases and approaches whoever he can.  Once Andy is fired for being gay and having AIDS, Joe refuses to take the case at first.  Seeing Andy mistreated in the law library stirs Joe to take on Andy’s case.  Joe represents Andy with integrity, care, and a lot of style.  He successfully agitates his opponents in the courtroom with questions starting with, ” Now, explain it to me like I’m a four-year-old” or asking them outright to admit to homophobia.  He also becomes friends and another person in Andy’s support system. 

Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes)

THE END OF THE AFFAIR (1999)

Bio: Novelist and lover to Sarah (Julianne Moore)

Likes: Writing, Making Obscure Literary References, Denying God

Admirable Qualities: Bendrix begins the story writing a “diary of hate” of his relationship with Sarah, her husband Henry (Stephen Rea), and the suspected Other that Sarah left him for during the Blitz.  With Sarah, Bendrix was a clever, passionate lover.  They fall in love discussing a film over a dish of onions.  Their bond is strong, but strained by his jealously.  No matter what Sarah says, Bendrix insists she will leave him eventually.  She does leave him inexplicably after a German bomb “almost” kills him.  Two years later, his love and memory of Sarah is so strong he can recognize the sound of her steps from rooms away.  He hires Parkis (Ian Hart) to follow Sarah and discover who she is seeing and is surprised by what he finds.  In pursuit he accidentally confronts a priest, reads her diary, and admits everything to her husband.  He gets another chance with Sarah, but her illness dooms them both.  Bendrix charitably moves into the house to care for Sarah and stays to care for Henry after she dies.  Through all this, he finds a peace living with Henry and accepting in some way Sarah’s religious beliefs. 

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The Golden Kinght: Oscar 2011

Christian Bale had one of the best lines of the night, promising not to drop the F-bomb like Melissa Leo. Either you picture him as the reserved and intense craftsman or a raging hothead, Bale was gracious and warm accepting his Oscar. He gave a nice and odd shout out to Dicky Ecklund, even i was tempted to click on his website.

Up next, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy joining Gotham City.

More on the Oscars

"Did you know that Whitney Houston’s debut LP, called simply Whitney Houston, had 4 number one singles on it? Did you know that, Christie?…It’s hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but "The Greatest Love of All" is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it’s not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it’s impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves. It’s an important message, crucial really. And it’s beautifully stated on the album."
- Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) “American Psycho”

"Did you know that Whitney Houston’s debut LP, called simply Whitney Houston, had 4 number one singles on it? Did you know that, Christie?…It’s hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but "The Greatest Love of All" is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it’s not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it’s impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves. It’s an important message, crucial really. And it’s beautifully stated on the album."

- Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) “American Psycho”

Cinema Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day. I would spend this Valentine’s Day with one of these fine leading men from my favorite films. If only they were real, sigh.

Paul Varjak (George Peppard)

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)

Bio: Published author and kept man of Patricia Neal.  He moves into the same building with the charming and erratic Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn).

Likes: With having time on his hands, he spends time entertaining and being entertained by Holly.  Enjoys parties, going to libraries, and writing.

Admirable qualities: Not being on the firmest side of moral himself, Paul is the only man who does not treat Holly like a joke or a call girl.  She can open up to him about her brother, her past, and dreams.  He even indulges her calling him Fred, her brother’s name.  Knowing Holly energizes Paul to write again and stand up for himself Neal’s character.  Paul finally gets fed up with Holly’s social climbing schemes and implores her to see they belong together.  She rejects him then for a suave Brazilian politician, but Paul never totally abandons her.  He runs to her aid when she hears of her brother’s death and helps her get of of jail.  Holly continues to think marrying rich is her ticket to happiness and Paul is frank in calling her out and thankfully gets through to her. 

Laurie (Christian Bale)

LITTLE WOMEN (1994)

Bio: Heir and grandson to Mr. Lawrence. Neighbor of the March sisters.

Likes: Accomplished piano player, reluctant student, enjoys seeing and preforming theater, ice skating, and hanging out with the March sisters.

Admirable Qualities: Laurie meets Jo (Winona Ryder) at a stuffy party and they become fast friends. He saves Amy from drowning, helps Meg when she sprains her ankle, and assists the family when Beth falls ill.  He never makes the March girls feel poor or inferior, in fact he envies their close relationships and warmth. In the end, he gets his wish to be a part of the March family on his own merits by winning Amy’s heart.

Will Hunting (Matt Damon)

GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)

Bio: Orphan, Mathematical Genius, Janitor at MIT

Likes: Math, Bars, Batting Cages, Red Sox, f-ing with smart kids

Admirable Qualities: Every girl really wants a guy who could, if needed, beat up a yuppie or punk who deserves it.  Will is capable of using his wits, but could settle the score outside too.  He is a fun, yet frustrating person to be around.   Sean (Robin Williams) manages to get Will out of his head and learn to depend on others.  He leaves Boston for the first time in his life to “Go see about a girl.”

Joe Miller (Denzel Washington)

PHILADELPHIA  (1993)

Bio: Hard charging lawyer to Andrew Beckectt (Tom Hanks) in wrongful termination suit.

Likes: Justice, wife and family

Admirable Qualities: Not coming from the powerful firm Andy does, Joe has to hustle for cases and approaches whoever he can. Joe represents Andy with integrity, care, and a lot of style.  He successfully agitates his opponents in the courtroom with starting questions with,  ”Now, explain it to me like I’m a four-year-old” or asking them outright to admit to homophobia.  He also becomes another person in Andy’s support system. 

Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes)

THE END OF THE AFFAIR (1999)

Bio: Novelist and lover to Sarah (Julianne Moore)

Likes: Writing, Making Obscure Literary References, Denying God

Admirable Qualities: Bendrix begins the story writing a “diary of hate” of his relationship with Sarah, her husband Henry (Stephen Rea), and the suspected Other that Sarah left him for during the Blitz.  With Sarah, Bendrix was a clever, passionate lover.  They fall in love discussing a film over a dish of onions.  Their bond is strong, but strained by his jealously. She does leave him inexplicably after a German bomb “almost” kills him.  Two years later, his love and memory of Sarah is so strong he can recognize the sound of her footsteps from rooms away.  He hires Parkis (Ian Hart) to follow Sarah and discover who she is seeing and is surprised by what he finds. He gets another chance with Sarah, but her illness dooms them both.  Bendrix charitably moves into the house to care for Sarah and stays to care for Henry after she dies.  


Do you like Lana Del Rey?  Her early work was a little too indie for my tastes, but when “Born to Die” came out in 2012, I think she really came into her own, both commercially and artistically.  The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost.   She’s been compared to St. Vincent, but I think Lana has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

Do you like Lana Del Rey?  Her early work was a little too indie for my tastes, but when “Born to Die” came out in 2012, I think she really came into her own, both commercially and artistically.  The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost.   She’s been compared to St. Vincent, but I think Lana has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

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Patrick Bateman: Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? 
Paul Allen: They’re OK. 
Patrick Bateman: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in ‘83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor. 
Paul Allen: Hey Halberstram. 
Patrick Bateman: Yes, Allen? 
Paul Allen: Why are their copies of the style section all over the place, d-do you have a dog? A little chow or something? 
Patrick Bateman: No, Allen. 
Paul Allen: Is that a rain coat? 
Patrick Bateman: Yes it is! In ‘87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is “Hip to be Square”, a song so catchy, most people probably don’t listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it’s not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it’s also a personal statement about the band itself. 
[raises axe above head
Patrick Bateman: Hey Paul! 
[he bashes Allen in the head with the axe, and blood splatters over him
Patrick Bateman: TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW YOU FUCKING STUPID BASTARD! YOU, FUCKING BASTARD! 

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