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The two big-budget, big-expectation tentpoles, “Cloud Atlas” and “The Master” had audiences waiting for hours and industry speculating.
And like the best John Hughes films, Perks treats its characters appropriately. They are not annoyingly wise beyond their years, nor are they looked down upon. “I set out to respect what young people go through right at eye level,” Chbosky says. The subtle period setting was also deliberate. “I wanted the movie to feel as absolutely timeless as possible. One of my favorite movies is Dead Poets Society. It takes place in 1959, but it could have taken place last year.”
What is most surprising, however, is the treatment of Sam and Patrick, who under the control of any other auteur could have turned into stock Manic Pixie Dream Girl / Manic Pixie Dream Gay characters whose only role in the film is to guide young Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) into emotional maturity via their own quirks and precociousness. With Emma Watson and Ezra Miller in those roles, however, Sam and Patrick offer up more than the pretty looks of the actors portraying them. Watson’s Sam is glorious and tragic, already full of regret at eighteen and striving to overcome the mistakes of her very recent past. In Patrick, Miller delivers a surprising confidence and a recognizable vulnerability, a combination not seen in most gay male characters, much less those still in high school.
"Benjamin… We are meant to lose the people we love… How else would we know how important they are to us?"
“I am eye. I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, am showing you a world, the likes of which only I can see.”— Dziga Vertov (1896 - 1954)
Left to right, top to bottom:
Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid, 1943)
The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak, 1945)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)
Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)
Rubens (Roland Verhavert, 1977)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001)
Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, 2002)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
(via David Liu)
Sometimes when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies.
Stranger than Fiction (Marc Forster;2006)
I decided to stop pitying myself. Other than my eye, two things aren’t paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel;2007)
My Koro wished with all of his heart that I’d never been born. But he changed his mind.
The Winner Is - Mychael Danna and DeVotchKa
The morning light was trickling on the freckles of her elegant fair skin as I saw her smile. It wasn’t any normal smile as it wasn’t any normal morning. This morning was unlike any other because I was spending it with someone I wanted to spend the rest of my mornings with till the day I die.
I placed my fingers gently on the crook of her neck and whispered “You have showed me that real life is more beautiful than the stories we read.”
“You do what you love, and fuck the rest.”