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Recently I saw The Place Beyond the Pines, an indie-ish film directed by Derek Cianfrances that you’ve probably never heard of (at least, I had never heard of until my boyfriend urged me to go with him). I’ll admit I wasn’t super excited to see the movie, but when I found out I got to watch Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper for two hours and twenty minutes, I didn’t complain.
I especially gawked at Ryan Gosling, despite his atypical character. This isn’t one of Gosling’s usual romantic, Noah Calhoun/The Notebook movies. His character, Luke, is covered in meaningless tattoos, including what looks like a fake tear drop next to his eye (#weird). He dons bleached blonde hair and wears a red leather jacket, tattered t-shirts and awkward harem-style pants with skulls on them. Not to mention, I don’t think there was a scene in his whole section of the movie where he wasn’t smoking a cigarette, except when he was driving his motorcycle and robbing banks. However, despite his horrible wardrobe and poor health habits, I still found him attractive. Typical Gos doing what he does best.
James Franco agrees! Maybe even a little more than me… In his recent review on the Huffington Post, Franco swoons over Gosling’s performance saying, “I loved the whole film and was engaged every moment of the way. But what I want to talk about is the first section, the Gosling section; I want to make love to this section.” Okay, Mr. Franco, no need to be modest. Franco continues to profess his love for Gosling throughout the review, barely mentioning Bradley Cooper’s stellar performance (and face). Buzzfeed captures Franco’s emotions best with a series of Ryan Gosling memes.
Although Franco and I may be gushing over Ryan Gosling, I will admit that the entire movie is fantastic. I laughed, cried, and despite the complex story’s positive ending, wanted to cry again. The lives of the characters were so realistic and full of emotion; I almost didn’t want it to end, even though my butt was asleep from sitting so long. I highly suggest seeing this movie.
P.S. Despite Franco’s apparent bias, all of the actors were amazing, not just the Gos.
Posted by Allie
Though I make no bones about my undying love for all things Harry Potter, I have yet to see the final installment in the film franchise. Why, you ask? Because none of my friends will humor me in a short, 130-minute visit to the local movie theater. Some gripe HP is lame (these people are dead to me), while others claim they won’t be able to follow the plot line (these people are liars). Well, it’s a good thing I just found an excuse-proof response to the folks who fall into the latter category. And, as is so often the case, the answer lies in a group of kittens. In just over a minute, the mini kitties rehash the basics of the seven-part series, complete with British accents and slightly off-color jokes (Hermione’s “I have boobs now” quip is particularly priceless).
So, now that we’re all up to speed, I fully expect a theater-going partner this weekend. Tickets and snacks on me!
Posted by Abby
For the last few weeks, my eyes and ears have been assaulted by trailers for the movie Soul Surfer. You know the one: Katy Perry’s “Firework” inspirationally swells in the background while Carrie Underwood cheers on a one-armed surfer chick.
I know it’s based on a true story of a girl who lost an arm after a shark attack, so I’m definitely going to hell for saying this, but I’m going for it anyway. I effing hate everything that has to do with this movie.
I hate the name; it reminds me of that awful “Soul Sister” song. I hate the audience reaction commercials where gangly tween after gangly tween says the movie is so “relatable.” Really? You live in Kansas and motor around town in a flipping Huffy. What could you possibly relate to about a champion surfer girl from Hawaii whose arm got eaten by a shark? Really. I also hate the fact that the real girl this happened to has written a grand total of FIVE non-fiction books since 2003. I can barely get through this blog, let alone an entire book! As if her persistence to become a professional surfer despite her one-armedness wasn’t enough, now this chick is the Jodi Picoult of inspirational surf tomes?! Kill me.
Go ahead, call me jealous. I’ll just flip you the bird…with both hands.
Posted by Amelia
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My infatuation with obscure photoblogs is nothing I try to hide. From celebs with cheese heads to vintage food photography, these blogs offer a humorous glimpse into psyches much more creative (read: twisted) than my own. And to that end, my latest discovery, Tom Hanks Is A Lot of Animals, does not disappoint. The premise of the blog is exactly as it sounds—photos of the esteemed actor’s head plastered onto wild animals’ bodies. Sure, it may seem sophomoric and pointless, but I defy you to peruse the photos without at least cracking a smile.
Posted by Abby
Oof, it’s been bad few weeks for my inner teenager. First, the man I swore I was going to marry announced the date of his impending nuptials and then I learned that a sequel to my fave coming-of-age movie is in the works. Doesn’t sound so bad to you, eh? Did I mention the movie is Mean Girls 2, sans Lilo, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and the other loveley, bitchy castmates? So NOT fetch.
A mere seven years after Mean Girls first graced the silver screen, some interchangeable Disney starlets attempt to fill the shoes left vacant by Cady, Regina, Gretchen and Karen, with seemingly lackluster results. Judging by the trailer, the filmmakers don’t have high expectations for the movie either; the first 20 seconds of the minute-and-a-half preview highlight classic clips from the original, as if to remind us of how much we loved it back in the day.
Oh, who am I kidding—I’ll probably be first in line when it drops on February 11.
Posted by Abby