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The Spectacular Now

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A few weeks ago, I finally got to see a movie I had been waiting months to see. ‘The Spectacular Now’, a film starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, did not disappoint, even given my high expectations. I’m a sucker for a trailer with good music and a realistic storyline (mostly just the good music), so when I first saw the sneak-peek before the hour-and-a-half waste of my life known as ‘The Bling Ring’, I knew I would soon be venturing back out to the Downtown West–the only theater in Knoxville that shows independent or less widely released movies.

The movie was an incredibly acted, beautiful story that follows Sutter (Teller), a cool kid who prefers to live life in the moment, and his unlikely romance with a studious, naive girl (Woodley) after he gets his heart broken by his girlfriend, played by the up-and-coming Brie Larson (who was in ‘Hoot’ alongside Logan Lerman, star of ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’. Just wait–this post is about to come full circle!)

As cliche as my description sounds, this was the realest film I have seen in a long time. It sent me through all waves of emotion, and left me just feeling utterly content. The last movie that truly made me feel a part of it was ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’. (See, I told you!) The dialogue, settings, and happenings in both of these films are so believable, because they don’t try too hard to be what they’re not– specifically with ‘The Spectacular Now.’ The producers chose two somewhat unknown actors, and no characters wore any makeup throughout the filming process. This allowed the viewer to truly place themselves in the scene. It honestly felt like I, myself, was falling in love. This is where ‘Perks’ strayed a bit. Emma Watson and her “American accent” were distracting, and some of the dialogue was just the slightest bit kitschy. (However, these issue did’t affect the movie to an irrevocable degree, and are simply the only faults I can find in a movie I could watch countless times.)

Shailene Woodley has come a long way since her days of ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’. With an award-nominating role in ‘The Descendants’ and a turn as the heroine in the new ‘Divergent’ series, she has begun to make impressive decisions when it comes to what roles she chooses, and I’m looking forward to seeing her star rise. Miles Teller was equally impressive. Throughout the entire movie he reminded me of someone, but I could never place who. Now I’m beginning to think he just reminded me of every guy I’ve ever had a crush on, because his acting was so spot on. (I will say though, he looks a heck of a lot like Cory Matthews, of ‘Boy Meets World’ fame…)

With the exception of the final scene being unecessary–it kind of cheapened the beauty that was the scene before–‘The Spectacular Now’ is perfect. If I could recommend any film that I’ve seen in the last few months, (and there have been quite a few…), this would be the one.

Granted, I’m telling you this while watching ‘Something Borrowed’ on FX. So do with that what you will…

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10 Perks of Being A Breakfast Club: Movies That Define Their Generations

A few weeks ago, The Perks of Being A Wallflower came out on DVD.

Happy Valentine's Day to meee!

Happy Valentine’s Day to meee!

The day it came out I had some unexpected time off, so I decided to go pick up a copy because I was in the mood to watch a movie by myself (a rare feat), and I had loved it when I saw it in theaters. The movie, of course, is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky. I read the book my sophomore year of college, which is later than most, but it still struck a profound chord. It had been on my list of books to read for a while because I had heard it was similar to The Catcher in the Rye, which is far and away my favorite novel.

Often times when a book–especially one you love–becomes a movie, the visual version is a bit disappointing. (I’m looking at you, Harry Potter.) It’s hard to override what you’ve seen in your own imagination for so long with someone else’s interpretation. This movie though, was completely faithful to the novel, as the screenplay was written by Chbosky himself. It is a beautiful story full of well-rounded characters who are simply trying their best to maneuver their paths through the scary world that is high school. The actors, too, played the characters to a T (minus Emma Watson’s sometimes questionable accent..).

The story is honest and it is true.

Every generation has a high school movie that defines it.

In the 80’s there was The Breakfast Club (and pretty much every other John Hughes movie..).

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For the two of you who have never seen The Breakfast Club, it centers around a group of high schoolers who are all required to attend detention one Saturday for a collection of reasons. There is the jock, the basket case, the rebel, the nerd, and the popular rich girl (played by the John Hughes muse, Molly Ringwald). Throughout the story the characters begin to realize that perhaps that have a little more in common than they originally expected, and form a lasting bond. (Cliches on cliches on cliches).

While the movie is a classic, the characters are stereotypical characatures. People are more dynamic in reality than they’re given credit for in the movie. However, I’m not going to hate on a movie that people love so much.

Anyway, in the 90’s there was 10 Things I Hate About You.

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It was another movie about the outsiders in high school trying to fit in. There was the nerdy boy (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt!) who tried desperately to get the attention of the social climber, the Heath Ledger “bad boy” character, and the Julia Styles “I’m over high school” character.

In the 90’s there were actually about a million high school-centered movies that all dealt with similar themes (She’s All That, Never Been Kissed, etc.) but we’ll ignore those. Nothing beats 10 Things I Hate About You because nothing tops this poem.

With each new generation comes a new target to speak to. It is my true belief that The Perks of Being A Wallflower is that defining high school movie for Generation Y. And it should be.

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My Life: A Movie (but not a Lifetime movie)

Last night I was talking to a friend about who we thought would play us if (and when) we become famous. I told her I needed to think about it, as it’s a serious choice that one can’t take lightly. I’ve decided to look into it in the most scientific way possible, and therefore I am going to complete a March Madness-type bracket to decide. Today is March 3rd afterall.

Of course, there are the obvious choices like Blake Lively for my looks or Selena Gomez for my girl-next-door charm, but I want to dig deeper.

After some thorough research, I’ve compiled my bracket. Here it is, Sweet 16 style.

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First up we’ve got:

The “Z” Girls- Zosia Mamet  (1) vs. Zooey Deschanel (7)

I have gone from hating Zooey (circa 500 Days of Summer–how could you hurt JGL?!) to loving her on New Girl. Her character is awkward but loveable. Then we’ve got Zosia of GIRLS fame. Not only have I been told numerous times that I look exactly like her, but her character, Shoshanna, IS me. She talks in abbrevs, wears snuggies, and her favorite show is Baggage on GSN. Enough said. Landslide victory. I could never allow someone who is referred to as “adorkable” to play me in a movie. Pshhhh.

Winner- Zosia Mamet

The “Unlikeables”- Aimee Teegarden (12) vs. Lucy Hale (8)

Both of these girls play extremely unlikeable characters on their given tv shows (Friday Night Lights and Pretty Little Liars, respectively). However, both are around my age and well, one of them has my name. I’m going to have to go with Lucy Hale for that reason alone.

Winner- Lucy Hale

“Whatever Happened To…”-Amanda Bynes (11) vs. Ellen Page (6)

First up, we’ve got Amanda Bynes. Back in the day, she was my favorite. She was on All That, playing a prissy, sarcastic girl that gave terrible advice (“Ask Ashley”), then she starred in movies like She’s the Man (a classic) and Easy A. She’s never been afraid to look goofy and will do anything for a laugh. However, she has gone a little craycray of late as demonstrated by her Instagram. Then we’ve got Ellen Page. I loved her in Juno back when it first came out. I was in love with Michael Cera from Arrested Development and thought that the movie could do no wrong. Ellen (Juno) was just a saracastic girl who didn’t care what anyone thought of her. And she had an awesome hamburger phone! Well…I rewatched that movie recently and it was painful. I couldn’t even finish it. So, in an upset, Amanda Bynes comes out with the win. I’m rooting for her to get back on track.

Winner- Amanda Bynes

The “A” Team- Amber Tamblyn (5) vs. Anna Kendrick (2)

While I never saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I’ve been told that I would be the Amber Tamblyn character. I think I should be slightly offended by this because I’m pretty sure she’s just depressed and lonely for the entire summer while everyone else is off having fun in other places, but, like I said, I haven’t actually seen it so I’ll withold judgement. Amber is also married to Tobias Funke. So I could probably swing a guest spot on Arrested Development if she played me in my movie. So that’s a plus. Then we have Anna Kendrick who was unceremoniously thrown into this group to which she doesn’t belong. She is awesome in every movie I’ve seen her in. And she’s funny on Twitter. So she wins.

Winner: Anna Kendrick

Trilogy-ers(?)- Jennifer Lawrence (1) vs. Kristen Stewart (4)

Jennifer Lawrence is it. She just won an Oscar at 22, she was considered “Best Dressed” all throughout awards season, and she fell on her way up the stairs to receive her Oscar. Everyone loves her because she is a little awkward but she owns it. (If you haven’t seen her interview after she won the Oscar, watch it here. It’s hilarious.) If I could pick a best friend, it would totes be her. Then we’ve got Kristen Stewart. Also extremely awkward, but in a vastly different way. (Why was she all bruised and hobbly at the Oscars…?) I’m all down for not brushing my hair all the time but I mean, come on girl, once in a while. She better represents my unlikeable side though. Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t have an unlikeable side. However, never in the world will Kristen Stewart beat out Jennifer Lawrence at anything.

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence.

The Emmas- Emma Stone (1) vs. Emma Watson (9)

Well I’m not British and if anyone saw The Perks of Being A Wallflower, we know Emma Watson can’t do an American accent. So…

Winner: Emma Stone

The New Yorkers- Lena Dunham (2) vs. Leighton Meester (6)

If you know me or have read any of my previous posts, you know that Lena is my hero. She is smart, funny, and fearless. And both she and I only seem to Instagram pictures of our dogs. Leighton is cool too though, and I just recently rewatched the entire Gossip Girl series. (The series finale cannot be forgiven. But “I am Chuck Bass.” That is all.) Leighton played Blair who, was seemingly the biggest bi-atch on campus, but really she was just fiercely loyal to her friends. I can stand behind that. Toss-up.

Winner: Lena Dunham

Opposites- Emma Roberts (599) vs. Aubrey Plaza (1)

This doesn’t even deserve commentary.

Winner: Aubrey Plaza

So now we move on to the Elite 8!

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Zosia Mamet (1) vs. Lucy Hale (8)

No Cinderella story here, folks.

Winner: Zosia Mamet

Amanda Bynes (11) vs. Anna Kendrick (2)

Sorry, Amanda. I can’t afford to take a risk on your Lindsay Lohan ways.

Winner: Anna Kendrick

Jennifer Lawrence (1) vs. Emma Stone (1)

As much as I want to pick Jennifer Lawrence, I know that Emma Stone is the right choice. Easy A is my jam, Emma kind of has a lisp, and once when I was 16 I convinced myself that I had a lisp for an entire summer.

Winner: Emma Stone

Lena Dunham (2) vs. Aubrey Plaza (1)

This. is. me.

Also, Aubrey Plaza gives THE most awkward interviews ever

(see previous posts for comparison..)

Winner: Aubrey Plaza

On to the Final 4:

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Zosia Mamet (1) vs. Anna Kendrick (2)

These two are lesser-knowns in my repertoire, so this is a tough one. Zosia and I have both been through an unfortunate blonde phase and it would appear that she loves to wear jumpsuits which I am also a fan of. I think I’m going to have to go Anna Kendrick though. She has a little more snark.

Emma Stone (1) vs. Aubrey Plaza (1)

It’s Emma’s awkward goofiness vs. Aubrey’s sarcasm. It’s a tough choice, ladies and gents. I’m going to have to go with Emma on this one. She can be sarcastic too, plus she’s dating Spiderman.

Winner: Emma Stone

CHAMPIONSHIP

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Anna Kendrick (2) vs. Emma Stone (1)

It’s come down to one final, epic battle. Will it be Anna Kendrick, the sarcastic, Taco Bell-loving gal or Emma Stone, the goofy but loveable A-lister? I think there is only one option here. With a final buzzer-beating shot, Anna Kendrick comes through with the SWISHHHHHHHH.

Winner: Anna Kendrick

So now, if you’ve actually made it to the end of this, here’s the question. Who would play you in a movie?

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