Léa’s Film Queue: Apr. 11th – Apr. 24th

A double-week, because I didn’t know I could combine stuff and I forgot when I watched things. I wrote my feelings about it all, and it’s messy and unorganized, but here we go:

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Did I remember this movie as a great romantic comedy? Not exactly. I had fond memories of the bar scenes between smooth-talker Ryan Gosling and a very overwhelmed Steve Carell. I thought they had great on-screen chemistry, but I absolutely forgot how good the comedic timing is! This one scene towards the end was reminiscent of Commedia Dell’arte with the coming together of all the characters in a very absurd and chaotic fight. The script was sharp and the delivery quick, proving again that timing is everything in comedy. I literally filmed the whole scene and sent it to my Snapchat best friends. That’s how good it was – and also yet more proof that I am very annoying.

Star Wars : The Force Awakens (2015)
Directed by J.J. Abrams

If you can sit next to me through a whole film, you deserve an award. If you can sit next to me through THIS film, then you deserve eternal glory and a perfect replica of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber.

I have lied to many people, saying I had watched the movie and that it was amazing, but all I had seen were the perfect trailers and some gifs on Tumblr. I don’t know why I waited so long. I guess my heart wasn’t ready. I still wasn’t ready but I was sitting down with my friend and a falafel wrap; there couldn’t be a better time.

From the first note of Binary Sunset, I started tearing up. J.J. Abrams fleshed out beautiful and complex characters. He introduced Poe, Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren in a way that made me clasp at a pillow, wanting to see more, and know more about their stories, hopes and dreams. He brought back the universe that we knew and loved with new weapons, new friendships, and more importantly, the love of my life, Han Solo. When Chewie and Han passed the door, I threw my arms up in the air and screamed in glee. I was home.

My friend didn’t complain too much about my over-dramatic commentary, not even when I started crying and yelling at Kylo Ren. I expected to love this film and I did. ”Adored” may fit better. I adored the 7th episode. All those unanswered questions are draining my soul away, so I shall not sleep until the 8th episode comes out.

Space Jam (1996)
Directed by Joe Pytka

Insomnia brought me back to this film. Michael Jordan’s beautiful face is simply a plus. My memories of Space Jam are always accompanied by the iconic lyrics of the theme song, which I hope you are singing right this moment. [Editor’s Note: COME ON AND SLAM, AND WELCOME TO THE JAM!]

This movie will always bring a smile to my face. If not for the Looney Tunes, then for the jokes, or even just for Bill Murray, whom I love absurdly.

I didn’t think I could laugh as hard as I did at two animated characters from my childhood insulting a hockey team, but I did. So here is the golden piece of dialogue which I hope will bring you some happiness, or that you at least enjoy the double burn (damn, Bugs Bunny, who knew?)

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Peace and love and basketball.

Working Girl (1986)
Directed by Mike Nichols

What’s better than towering haircuts and shirtless Harrison Ford? Not many things. I decided that night that I needed to watch this movie about female empowerment all over again. It has silly scenes, of course, and it’s the 80′,s so some cliché songs do appear once in a while, reminding us that there is nothing better in life than having fun. Mike Nichols really did a great job creating characters that we cared about and that we wanted to see succeed.

It’s a cheesy movie (it really is) but I liked it. Also, Harrison Ford is in it. I might mention this every three sentences.

I did cringe when two characters said ”I love you” to each other after a very short period of time, and also when someone was seen rocking a pastel-blue suit with greasy slicked-back hair. But it’s the 80’s, so I shall forgive. Also, Harrison Ford is in it.

Tout Va Bien (1972)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

It seems that Jean-Luc Godard can do no wrong. In this era (the 1970s), he made some very bold choices for his films that may be controversial (but isn’t that also true of his whole filmography?) The colours were bright, the haircuts were funky, and his very political point-of-view came through a dry script. Some scenes were unbelievably long and full of statistics, as if the camera was shooting a documentary more than an actual fiction.

This movie is about the revolution in post-1968 France, a tale about consumer capitalism that we follow in a sausage factory. The emotion was depicted really well through conscious choices, either in the passive acting of Jane Fonda, or through pan shots showing us different parts of the building as the strike is affecting their routine.

As usual, Godard uses nearly perfect cinematography to bring stories to life. His style is singular and not everyone will like the pacing of the movie, but it was extremely interesting and definitely something I would recommend watching.

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