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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.

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Let’s Go Back To “Titanic”

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to experience “Titanic” remastered in 3D in all it’s epic glory.  If you are not like me, move along. “Titanic” was the first movie I remember being ready to defend to the death.  I recall some particularly murderous thoughts toward family members who insulted the film.  Anyway, as you prepare to go back to the “Titanic” with Jack and Rose, here are some fun things to look back on.

Bill Paxton is in this movie

I always forget the exposition and cool diving sequence in the beginning starring Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett.  Is he a explorer or grave robber? What are his true motives? Does it really matter?  His little mini story should be a lesson to all the haters: you have to let Titanic in your heart.

James Cameron met his current (fifth) wife on the “Titanic”

Yup, Rose’s kindly niece Lizzy, played by Suzy Amis, stole Cameron’s heart.  He divorced his “Terminator” leading lady Linda Hamilton and married Amis in 2000.

Strap yourself in for the whole 3 hours

When I watch “Titanic” at home, I usually take a breather at the well chosen DVD break when Captain Smith says, “I believe you will have your headlines Mr. Ismay.”  Not so for another round at the theater for the whole 3 hours and 15 minutes.  Of course with trailers and commercials, we’re looking at an almost 4 hour engagement.  I’m bringing snacks.

 Kate and Leo

Super stardom has never met two more deserving people.  Kate Winslet (one T away from EGOT) and Leonardo DiCaprio are the greatest actors of our time. Because of “Titanic,” these two extraordinarily talented people could bet on risky projects because they had already starred in the biggest movie of all time. Movies like “The Aviator” and “Gangs of New York” may not have happened without DiCaprio’s star power. Besides launching two brilliant careers, the film gave us the quintessential film pairing of our time.  “We need Kate, we need Leo, and we need them now” is a manifesto for fans. When they reunited for “Revolutionary Road” I was torn on who to focus on in each scene. Normally opposite other actors, Winslet and DiCaprio get my full attention, but together I had to see the film twice to bask in each performance. I would watch Kate and Leo read each other the phone book because I love them both so much. 

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