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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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