Archive for June 2014

Boycott the Blockbuster

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Action-packed plot lines, million dollar budgets, and industry icons by the bounty. These are the films currently populating the theaters as of late. Award season has long passed and the film festival circuit doesn’t begin to get going until the warmer days have begun to pass.  For some, the big flicks don’t strike a particularly resonate chord;  an hour and a half of air conditioned entertainment no longer seems a suitable swap for the blistering heat. Luckily, just off the heels of Cannes, there are some artsy + indie, foreign + fascinating films to suit your taste.

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Here are a few definitely worth checking out…

Boyhood; Richard Linklater (of the Before Sunrise franchise) spent 12 years making this epic film about a young boy growing up from the ages of 6 to 18. The cast (which includes Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) got together once a year to shoot–and as a result, you get to watch the characters/actors literally grow up on screen.

A Coffee in Berlin; Jan Ole Gerster’s wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something wanderincollege dropout going nowhere fast.

Happy Christmas; Anna Kendrick stars as a lost twenty-something who moves in with her older brother and his family…before getting involved with the local pot dealer. Lena Dunham plays her best friend, and the whole thing promises to be as funny and real as you’d expect from the director of last year’s stellar Drinking Buddies.

Begin Again;From the director of Once comes this story of a singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) and a down-on-his-luck record executive (Mark Ruffalo) who come together in New York City to make an album. Kiera Knighley singing + playing guitar are definitely worth the trip!

Wish I Was Here; Another Zach Braff creation from the mind that gave us Garden State.  This similarly artsy flick tells the story of an out-of-work actor struggling to keep him family afloat.

Mood Indigo; Michel Gondry (the writer/director behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep) teams up with actress Audrey Tautou for this dreamy, surreal movie about a woman with a flower growing inside her lungs.

Frank; Michael Fassbender plays the lead in this dark, quirky comedy about a slightly off rock star who wears a giant papier-mâché head at all times.

The Child Within

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One of the greatest pleasures of the season is the plethora of cherubic boys and girls finding freedom from the enslavement of school, eagerly exploring their new abundance of time with wide eyes, innocent intentions, and endless creativity.  Okay, that may be a bit much, but it is refreshing to see more of the neighborhood’s youth on a daily basis nonetheless.  And it’s certainly a reminder during the busy “adult” lives we live to slow down, lighten up, + just plain have more fun.  To do that, South By Sunset will feature a series of nostalgia-inspired pastimes straight from the days of the single-digit life. So go ahead and feed your inner adolescent.

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Image via theloversblog.

Bright White

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While generally not a huge fan of Urban Outfitters sans the occasional affordable find, the recently released lookbook from the brand was actually quite nice.  An homage to the tradition of summer whites, the clean looks of “Fade to White”are easily replicable and stylish in their simplicity.  Of course, the trends + inspirations aren’t anything particularly new, but the feel for the season is spot on.

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Images via UO.com.

…Thoughts?