HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY YA’LL!
I came across these flowers in my garden and visions of the USA automatically sprung to mind (red, white and blue….well kind of) Seeing as it’s also the 4th of July, I thought it would be the perfect time to write a post on my love for all things American.
Although I am not American (sadly), the USA has really shaped and influenced my life from a young age. From TV, films, books, music and pop culture, America has been an icon throughout my life, and I’m sure for many others it has too. It is the land of the free, the world of Hollywood, home of the American Dream and lets face it, a place that does things bigger and better than anywhere else in the world (I mean have you seen how they celebrate Christmas over there?!) America still continues to remain a place I romanticize a great deal (thanks to the movies!), and despite it’s flaws, I hope and strive to one day have the opportunity to live and work in the wonderful and strange place that is the United States of America.
SPOILERS AHEAD- The Shining. As I was watching The Shining for the second time with my new pair of eyes (see my last post about the documentary Room 237) I started to get some feminist ‘vibes’ from the film. And by that I don’t mean subliminal messaging telling me to go burn my bra, I mean I kind of got the feeling that this film was trying to say something about misogyny, gender conventions and Hollywood film stereotypes…even if not intentionally, I still picked up on it. Let me try and explain.
(I actually really like this carpet…I wonder if I can get it for my house?)
Room 237 directed by Rodney Ascher is a documentary film about The Shining. I dislike The Shining. So why did I watch this film?
Well, I love a good documentary for starters. And I’ll be honest, I’m a sucker for a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which this film has, 93% to be exact.) But mostly, I’ve always wanted to like The Shining. You know those certain things in life where on paper, it looks like you’re favorite film/book/shirt/place but in reality, it just falls flat? That’s what The Shining was for me. As a big Stephen King fan, (over half of my book shelf is filled with his books…), and psychological thrillers being my favorite genre, I just couldn’t see how it would fail…but it did. (Plus who doesn’t love a movie with Jack Nicholson?!)
(I wrote this review at the start of 2014 when American Hustle came out but was posted on my old blog- Re posting here.)
(“Why am I not Jennifer Lawrence or Amy Adams?!” I cry.)
American Hustle, directed by David O Russell, the same guy who directed Silver Linings Playbook (also my kinda film), stars a fabulous array of actors such as Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence…(there was also a sneak appearance from a certain Mr DeNiro…am I allowed to mention that?)
Overall the film was just what I was expecting, bold, funny, and oozing that 70’s style. What I wasn’t expecting was how clever the film turned out to be, where it turns out the con men characters actually end up conning not just the characters in the film, but the audience as well.
(I LOVE THIS MOVIE POSTER)
HER, a science fiction/dystopian future romantic comedy drama (yes, it really is all of those things and more) film written and directed by Spike Jonze (what a cool name) stars the handsome Joaquin Phoenix as a man who develops a romantic relationship with a computer operating system.
I really didn’t know what to expect with this film, if anything it almost sounded like a futuristic Lars and The Real Girl where the gorgeous Ryan Gosling plays a lonely delusional man who falls in love with a sex doll, believing she is real. And in a way, Her did share some similarities with this film, yet despite sharing the universal themes commonly used in films like loneliness and introvert characters with a life or a job they no longer find enjoyable, Jonze managed to create something highly innovative, different and overall I gotta say, really damn beautiful.