Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that new adaptation of the Great Gatsby is coming out in theaters this weekend. Meg and I have been ready for this for awhile, seeing as how we did this Gatsby wedding post about 50 years ago. I have to admit that I’m still a little nervous because Baz Luhrmann is not my favorite director. He gets real Bazzy sometimes, which is a word that I think can most efficiently be described as feeling like you took drugs right before you started watching the movie. Romeo and Juliet? Loved. Moulin Rouge? Wanted to throw things I hate it so much (although I’m sure a lot of you loved it). Anywho, I am excited nonetheless, and all these trailers that show Carrie Mulligan looking like a goddess have gotten me to thinking about why it is that we dress so lame these days. We don’t wear sparkly dresses or ridiculously great headpieces unless it is our wedding, but Daisy got to wear them all the time. Here are some dresses I would definitely be wearing if I was going to one of Gatsby’s parties. Maybe I would even have a costume change situation. And that gold headpiece is absolutely a necessity.
Maybe it’s because of how much we love movies, but a pretty heavy percentage of our favorite songs seem to be from movie soundtracks. Whenever I hear a song from one of my favorite films, it always takes me back to how I was feeling when I was watching it – happy, sad, wistful, or content. I hear Tiny Dancer and I instantly visualize the band from Almost Famous singing on the bus. In Your Eyes, which is actually Corey and my song to which we danced our first dance, makes me thinking of John Cusack, ever the romantic, holding a boombox over his head. La Vie En Rose makes me remember how sweet Wall-E was with Ev-a, always trying to keep her out of harms way. To hopefully invoke a little nostalgia, we put together some of our favorite songs from films for you guys to listen to. Did we miss any really good ones?
Colleen and I definitely go to see plenty of movies throughout the year (her more than me due to Corey’s movie madness), but it seems like this time of year is when I always look forward to seeing movies the most. Since it has gotten cold outside, going out to a bar to socialize seems significantly less appealing. But wearing some cozy clothes and heading to the movie theater with our smuggled coffee and candy tucked precariously in our purses seems like just the ticket. Movie season for us came just in time this year to catch some movies that we are way excited about.
1. Skyfall 007- I can’t even pretend to know anything about this movie so I won’t. This is a movie Colleen (and probably Corey) want to see. I can only assume it is James Bond because of the 007. I have never really gotten into James Bond. Corey can leave a description in the comments section including why he is excited about it if he should so desire. I’m sure it will be good. Moving on. Editor’s note: Obviously I made the collage and poor Meg just had to talk about it. Skyfall is supposed to be awesome, potentially the best Bond ever, and certainly better than the last. I am crazy excited.
2. Lincoln- Between having Daniel Day Lewis (the best actor of our time in my humble opinion) and Joseph Gordon Levitt (a button pop) this movie seriously can’t lose. Furthermore it is about Lincoln (duh Meg) who is arguably the best president we have ever had. According to IMDB, it covers his struggle with abolishing slavery so I have a feeling it will also make me cry.
3. Anna Karenina- Two words. Eye. Candy. If any of you have seen the trailer, you know that this movie is going to be a knock out. The visual quality of the film evokes a sense of magic and you can bet the set design and costumes are going to be superb. Also, Keira Knightley is charming. Can’t wait. I started the book last night but due to the fact that it is 2,000 pages on my ipad I probably won’t be able to finish it and have a functional life before I see the movie which is a major bummer. Oh well.
4. Life of Pi- If any of you have not read this book already, go out and get it NOW. It is a fantastic story and when I say that I mean that it is not only great but that it definitely teeters on the brink of reality and fantasy. It is very unique and truly beautiful and I can only hope that the movie will be the same.
5. Cloud Atlas- Colleen has seen this and it surprised her how much she was touched by it. Apparently it is one of those super abstracty kinds of movies where there are lots of different characters and their lives are intertwined. I LOVE those movies because I like things that are abstract. I watched an interview with Tom Hanks about it and he said it is about how we are all connected. Warm and fuzzies and beautiful cinematography as well. Editor’s note: Now this movie is very polarizing. It is from the directors of the Matrix, so it is larger than life and maybe a little overwhelming. Some people thought it was excessive. I thought it was beautiful and inspirational.
6. Argo- This is another one that I don’t know so much about, but my parents said that it was wonderful and I have a tendency to go bananas for movies directed by Ben Affleck. Don’t even get me started on “The Town.” This one has been out for awhile so if you were planning to see it, you should probably get there soon. Editor’s note: Argo is potentially movie of the year, and is just an amazing story about the attempt to bring American diplomats to safety (particularly applicable right now.) I am dying to see it.
Have you guys seen any awesome movies lately? Any others that you are looking forward to?
My lovely husband who is quite the film aficionado wanted to make you guys a list of his top 10 horror films. My apologies for any nightmares you guys have as a result of these. Particularly the Descent, which makes me want to hide under the covers.
When I overheard Colleen and Megan discussing a top ten list for Halloween movies, I hijacked their idea and told them that I would handle this one. Anyone that knows me knows that I live for movies. Not only do I mark my upcoming calendar for when movies will be released in theater, but I also usually associate my memories with what movie I watched that day. For instance, the day I asked Colleen to be my girlfriend, we were watching Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. You would think that I would like this movie since it is associated with such a good memory, but no, that could not help it. Anyways, I love the horror genre and consider myself a bit of a scary movie snob, and am therefore quite knowledgable in this category. I had to take it upon myself to prevent Colleen and Megan from contaminating the list with happy and fun Halloween movies (i.e., Hocus Pocus). Editor’s note: Hocus Pocus is awesome. So if you are looking for a movie to terrify you, you are reading the right list. I present my top ten.
1. The Descent - I did not know what I was getting into when I first started watching this movie. This slow burner really speeds up in the 2nd half, if the 1st half does not already have you paranoid enough. Editor’s note: This is my favorite horror movie. I was shaking in the theater. I loved that it was a psychological thriller as well as a gory monster movie.
2. The Thing (1982) – This would be considered one of my favorite classic horror movies. if you haven’t seen it, SEE it; plus its got Keith David. Look him up.
3. 28 Days Later - A personal favorite of mine (on my all time top 10 movies list). An added bonus is that its got Cillian Murphy who is one of our favorite actors.
4. Alien - Your classic slasher flick put into a space setting with the monster being an alien. This movie does not go wrong.
5. Insidious - The newest movie that is on the list. I have only seen it once, but boy was it terrifying. Director James Wan really knows how to make original (not recycled) horror movies. Other movies by him include Saw and Dead Silence.
6. The Shining - Who hasn’t seen this? The setting alone is enough for me to say “no way.” I mean would you spend a winter with only two other people in a giant, old mountain resort in the middle of nowhere?
7. Session 9 - Remodeling a closed down/abandoned mental hospital, what could go wrong?
8. The Brood - First let me say this is a David Cronenberg film, so it may get a little weird, but if killer children freak you out, then get prepared.
9. Drag Me to Hell - Saw this with my sister in theaters and I think we were shielding ourselves from the screen a majority of the time.
10. The Ring (2002) – I have a feeling that most everyone has seen this one, so I don’t really need to say anything about it (dead body in the closet).