Install Theme

Everybody Wants to be Us

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.

#Magic Mike

Movies for the 4th!

It’s an embarrassment of riches at the cineplex for July 4th weekends. With agonizing temparatures ahead, why not spend it in the blissfull air conditioning of the theater.  I still need to see “Brave” and possibly “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” but I will be seeing most of these films in the next week and a half. Since the holiday is in the middle of the week, you have two weekends of movies to enjoy. 

This Weekend 

"Your Sister’s Sister"

Love this film starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie Dewitt.  It’s funny with unexpected twists that both wrench and warm your heart.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" 

Charming, hilarious, and quite devastating at the end, “Seeking” showcases Steve Carell wonderful range (like in “Dan in Real Life) and also let Keira Knightly shine sans corset-period dress.  The soundtrack is also lovely. 

"Moonrise Kingdom"

A must see of the year.  Following two troubled kids on a journey to discover what they could be with someone who loves them. Music, performances, costumes, everything is beautiful. 

"Magic Mike"

Seeing this TONIGHT.  So excited.  It’s getting decent reviews as well.  In Soderbergh I trust. 

"The Invisible War"

A new documentary about sexual assault in the military.  The DOD figures that over 22,000 service women and men were raped last year.  The film as already had an effect, making it possible for survivors to report rape to superior officers.  Director Kirby Dick also made “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” and “Outrage”- two excellent films that dig into institutional secrecy, corruption, and hypocrisy.  

"To Rome With Love"

When I was in Rome with my fellow Ignatian Educators, I knew that Woody Allen would be there soon after to film his latest starring  Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Ellen Page.  It will be fun to go back to Rome with Woody Allen.

"Ted"

This film is like the really raunchy version of “The Velveteen Rabbit” and I can’t help wanting to check it out.  Also, Mark Walberg and Mila Kunis are two actors I enjoy.

July 6

"Beasts of Southern Wild"

Everyone is loving this film so I’m going to see if I love it too. 

"The Amazing Spider-Man"

Even though I wish this movie DID NOT EXIST, I may still see it. I’m a fan of almost every person in it and I adore the “Spider-Man” universe.  But I miss Raimi and Maguire intensely.  

"Savages"

Yeah. Oliver Stone.  Drug trade. Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek going sinister.  Totally seeing this. 

"Take This Waltz"

Directed by Sarah Polley and starring Michelle Williams, I have been very excited to see this drama about a woman struggling in her happy marriage with feelings for another man.  I think it’s available on VOD, but will be playing in Chicago on the 6th. 

What was my life before July 2012?
I very naively made a mid-year Best of the Year last month, but the game has been changed by July releases (and the one movie I waited until July to see).
The Dark Knight Rises- The best film of the year, hands down.  I cannot stop thinking about this film. Nolan raises the scale of storytelling and film making in every regard.  
Magic Mike- I thought this film would merely be a fun night out. Magic Mike exceeds expectations in terms of fun and in terms of the story.  The last half of this film is quite grim, reflecting the struggles of people on the fringes of the economy.  The scene in the bank where Mike’s charms, business plan, and stack of cash get him nowhere is quite provocative and unexpected in a summer fun flick. 
Beasts of the Southern Wild- THIS MOVIE! What can I say articulately about this movie except “I love, love, love, love it.” Newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis bursts through the screen right into your heart as she navigates the ecological and sociological threats to her well-being. 
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- I almost missed this gem of a film.  It’s funny, heart-warming, and surprising.  Every character’s story grabs you, especially with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. The canvas is so luscious and bright, while each story has a darkness that levels the film.   

What was my life before July 2012?

I very naively made a mid-year Best of the Year last month, but the game has been changed by July releases (and the one movie I waited until July to see).

The Dark Knight Rises- The best film of the year, hands down.  I cannot stop thinking about this film. Nolan raises the scale of storytelling and film making in every regard.  

Magic Mike- I thought this film would merely be a fun night out. Magic Mike exceeds expectations in terms of fun and in terms of the story.  The last half of this film is quite grim, reflecting the struggles of people on the fringes of the economy.  The scene in the bank where Mike’s charms, business plan, and stack of cash get him nowhere is quite provocative and unexpected in a summer fun flick. 

Beasts of the Southern Wild- THIS MOVIE! What can I say articulately about this movie except “I love, love, love, love it.” Newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis bursts through the screen right into your heart as she navigates the ecological and sociological threats to her well-being. 

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- I almost missed this gem of a film.  It’s funny, heart-warming, and surprising.  Every character’s story grabs you, especially with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. The canvas is so luscious and bright, while each story has a darkness that levels the film.   

Magic Mike BLu-Ray/ DVD combo is in my possession.

It includes extended and deleted dance scenes!

This and a bottle of wine.  PART-TAY!

© Everybody Wants to be Us

Theme by Dubious Radical