Love, Simon

 

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Love, Simon is a new film about a 17 year old and he hasn’t told anyone he is gay.

From wikipedia:

Love, Simon is an upcoming American romantic comedy-dramafilm directed by Greg Berlanti based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film stars Nick RobinsonJosh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner. It centers around Simon Spier, a closeted gay teenager in high school who is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen in love with online.

Love, Simon is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 16, 2018, by 20th Century Fox. It is historically significant as the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.

The last line is why I am posting about this.

“It is historically significant as the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.”

That means this movie will change lives, for the better.

Let’s all go see it, shall we!

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is an unexpected great film. Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Turner, it tells the story of real life film star Gloria Graham.

Jamie Bell stars as Peter Turner, and Annette Bening, giving one of the best performances of her career, stars as Gloria Graham.

Gloria Graham played Violet in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life. She also won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film, The Bad and the Beautiful.

It’s a bittersweet story. But also romantic, fun, and stirring.

Both actors have been nominated for the BAFTA awards. However, they are surprisingly missing from the Oscar nominations. If anyone has insight as to why that happened, please let me know.

It’s a noteworthy film with incredible performances.

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Paddington 2

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There is no good reason why Paddington 2 should be such an incredibly well made film. Apparently, someone high up at the studio decided that they would get A-List Talent, a stellar director, incredible costuming, props, and production team together to produce one of the best children’s films in years.

It currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. And for good reason, There is intrigue, heart, cleverness, strong performances, amazing score, etc.

It’s refreshing to discover a film that gets it all right. One that is there to tell a good story and entertain.

Think of it as an old-fashioned children’s book, come to wonderful, colorful life.

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The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

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Ok, so I posted about The Greatest Showman in June before the film came out. And while I enjoyed the film on the second viewing, it is really the music that has stayed with me.

The soundtrack is awesome and one can listen to from beginning to end. It currently sits at #1 on the iTunes Album chart, so clearly I am not the only one obsessed with the music.

Take a listen. Enjoy. It’s really good. In fact, “This is Me” was just nominated for Best Song at the Oscars.

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The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water is a film by acclaimed director Gillermo Del Toro. And it’s a dazzling, odd, unique, spell-binding fairytale.

It tells the story of a mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her encounter with a mysterious creature. From wikipedia: Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature.

The filmmaking is certainly some of the best of the year. Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg all give outstanding performances.

It really is an incredible, lovely, violent, romantic, and wonderous film.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

People have all sorts of expectations on what the film should be. As we often approach much of life with expectations.

However, if you just approach Star Wars: The Last Jedi without expectations, it has a lot to surprise, delight, move, and entertain.

We see A LOT of movies. Some are dreadful, some middle of the road, some better than average, and some amazing.

It’s always rare to find the amazing ones. And while I’m not saying The Last Jedi is amazing. I will say there are moments I have never seen before. Directions that are unexpected. Plotlines that are surprising. And parts that are, indeed, amazing.

And what do we go to the movies for? To be entertained, to be challenged, to enjoy ourselves.

I’m the Star Wars fan who looks to the light side. Finds the good, and fights against the dark. I’m thrilled by a saga that has lasted for generations, one that continues to provide a reason to run to the movie theatre to see what happens next.

And I’ll be seeing it again soon.

May the Force Be With You.

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Lady Bird

poster-largeLady Bird is sure to be up for Best Picture. It’s a quirky tale of an adolescent catholic high school girl finding her way in life. Comical and touching, it delves into relationships with parents, siblings, friends, and lovers. Looks at identity, friendship, sex, ambition, religion, loyalty, and love.

There are wonderful performances from Saorise Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges (who basically makes me cry in every film he is in), Lois Smith, Timothee Chalamet, and Tracy Letts.

I’m betting it gets better and better in repeat viewings.

Time to fly, the slogan says…

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