In the beginning of Summer, I had high hopes for The Leftovers being THE one for me but as it turns out, expecting things to turn out solely based on the promotional hype isn’t the way to go these days. Satisfaction on the other hand came into my life suddenly, out of the blue, and its entire first season was filled with great dramatic moments and gorgeous cinematography.
Last week Sofia over at Film Flare posted something similar to what I’ve been wanting to share with you guys for quite some time now but I wasn’t sure how exactly it was going to play out. Inspired and fueled by Sofia’s post, I set out to gather all my to watch movies from all possible lists that I’ve accumulated over the years: IMDb, Letterboxd, those twelve notebooks I have lying around and that bottomless corner of my brain where I collect useless information. Since there’s an endless amount of movies I still need to watch, I felt it was necessary to limit myself to 30 of my most prominent, stand out watchlist movies. This could also be classified as my shame list.
Ironically, being all grown up, I still think coming of age movies speak to me more than any other kind of stories being told on screen. Some of these teen dramas really resignate in me for weeks, months, years even (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fish Tank, The Breakfast Club), and others simply fall into the depth of all those 1000+ movies I’ve seen over the years. I have a feeling Palo Alto is one of those movies that has the potential, but might be gradually forgotten instead.
As I was catching up with my favorite movie blogs I stumbled upon Alex’s Coldwater review and something clicked right there and then. It felt like one of those movies that makes you wonder passed the movie, further from the plot after the credits roll and at that time, I was looking for something specifically like that. It also helped that the lead actor in Coldwater looks like the younger brother of Ryan Gosling, and as it turns out, his acting skills aren’t far from his doppleganger’s either.
Though the current season hasn’t technically merged into Fall yet, it’s cold and dark and rainy and I refuse to call this thing that is happening outside Summer. So, since I’ve accepted the fact that it’s Fall, this seems like the perfect time to look back at the Summer block busters and reflect on those good and really bad movies I saw. And that one specific movie that stole my heart.. forever.