Commercial Break #48

comic-con-2016-ticket-badge-info-picSo many news from Comic Con happened last week that I’m not sure were to start. And since I was at work, I of course missed most of these news and got to catch up today.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

the perks of being a wallflower

Before my long marathon of TOP 10 posts commences I discovered I ought to review The Perks of Being a Wallflower because as seen from the delicious picture of popcorn – it was my favorite! I was contemplating a lot on the fact if it deserves the best or not, but I finally thought to leave my negativity out the door. For good reason I might add, Chbosky’s book got to me when I read it, around that time I heard it was going to be a movie, and it was a joy to see it come to life in the hands of the author himself. Isn’t that the best way to translate a medium onto the screen in terms of truth, honor and integrity?

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Watched this movie a couple of days ago, not couple, a bit more than three I guess and the reason this fact is relevant in this post, is because I still think about it. Seriously, this movie has embedded itself into my brain and I constantly remind myself that every other person could be like Kevin – which, trust me when I say this, is not the best person to cross paths with. Though, I guess it would be best to be on his good side but I am not sure at all that he has a so called bright side to him and being friends to him is probably something only an imaginary person or a ghost can manage (cause he can’t be killed). Was Kevin’s creepy essence the best thing in the movie, for me personally it was a tide between him and his mom because no matter what, I think she was a bit weird as well: an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller give back to back great performances with their amazing bad chemistry. Meaning that, they played their hate for each other with a manner that it made it much more realistic than it could have been with a less disturbing actors. Being disturbing for an actor is like a gift that is handed to them when they are born, Swinton even looks disturbing! I mean nothing bad with that but the woman looks like an alien from a different planet and I’m glad that she does. She kind of rips the element of sexy from the characters and lets them evolve as they are supposed to be, in Hollywood it is rare to see a female role being not sexy because lets face it, sex sells. Swinton’s husband is portrayed by John C. Reilly and together they make a pretty believable couple. They don’t seem extremely happy and content with their lives but they make it work and I guess it makes sense considering they have a son that is scary as ****. Miller, unlike any other creepy child in every other horror movie, is possessed with traits that could be hidden in anybody. He has bad thoughts, he annoys people from an early age but especially his mom, keeping the dad, who clearly is less aware of his son’s dark side, in the shadows. Swinton and Miller share many moments of hate but the scenario is shaken up when they share a loving moment – the question is why? Still contemplating on that but I mostly think of it as one of many Kevin’s weird aspects.

Lynne Ramsay directs her own script with those elements of an indie film I am well aware. Gorgeous scenery, small details that tell a big story and also mixing up the stories narrative. From the beginning to end we get bits and pieces from the beginning, middle and end. It takes time to get used to this back and forth jumps but it helps to tell the story better. Mostly because the actual beginning is the end of it all, and it would be literally boring to see it in the end. That kind of montage also demands attention, you are forced to watch the movie and not multi-task like I am used to do with the so called typical Hollywoodies. Her directorial approach reminds me of her fellow British director Andrea Arnold. Although I haven’t seen her Ratcatcher (1999) and Morvern Callar (2002), I think they both write and direct with the same esthetics and now as Ramsay had great success with We Need to Talk About Kevin like Arnold had with Fish Tank (were Fassbender caught my eye) she’s moving up. A bit ironic that both of these (Kevin and Fish Tank) are focusing on adolescents with problems (one more than the other) and they tanked at the box office by not making back the budget. But that’s beyond the point I was trying to make which was that these British women are really talented in their craft.

I went a bit essay on this post so I’ll give you a present (if you reached the end of it by reading and without reading as well because I can’t really hide it from you guys) of introducing my new rating system. Again 5 “star” rating but in a different kind of way because giving stars is so difficult sometimes, I went with the short verbal explanations now. Probably have to improve them over time because for me, rating is like mission impossible but at least I am putting in the effort. So don’t take the “stars” too seriously and try to focus more on the words which in my mind, say everything that needs to be said.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower has released a trailer

Just going to put it out there into the universe so I wouldn’t forget (although I doubt I ever will forget but who knows what might happen) – I’m impatiently waiting to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower! Waited it before I even saw the trailer because I read the book after I found out they were making it into a movie and it feels like forever ago and I would read the book again but my friend has it and she lives in a town that doesn’t believe in bus traffic between my town. Oh, I got a bit side-tracked with this so I’m just getting it back on track (did you saw that clever word play I just used) – I loved the book! Took me a day to read it, that’s how much I loved it. Now the trailer is out and I can’t wait.. it is like waiting for my birthday, though much more surprising because I hardly ever get any surprises for my birthday. But that’s not what I wanted to say at all. All I wanted to say was – ou em gi, the premier is so close! Perks hit the screen-wall (and the wordplay just keeps on rolling off my fingertips) on September 14.

PS: I feel like it is necessary to mention that the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, is also the man behind the screenplay and he, as it seems, wants to do everything on his own therefore also sits on the director’s chair. One thing for sure, I am pretty sure the movie will do justice for the book because no author wants to ruin his work by actually making a bad movie of it. Oh and he’s an Aquarius, not that it plays an important role but I, as a fellow Aquarius, like all my water pouring sign-brothers and -sisters.