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Watch This: “Submarine”

So, I’d been wanting to watch this movie, Submarine for awhile. By awhile, I mean since it came out. Yeah it actually came to Tallahassee, but I missed it. (Don’t tell me that this is why we won’t get Before Midnight because when the good movies are here, I don’t go. I saw Moonrise Kingdom like I said I would, right?) My favorite FSU professor (Zeigler, DUH!) tweeted about it when he saw it teaching abroad in London. Then a friend last week was like, it’s good – you have to watch it. The lovely Netflix instant streaming has this title now, and I had quite a few days of open spare time, with lots of rain keeping me indoors quite a bit, so perfect timing. I finally watched it. Little Oliver Tate reminds me of Sam from the previously mentioned, Moonrise Kingdom, and there’s a definite Wes Anderson vibe to the film (directed by Richard Ayoade) if you’re a fan of his work. The soundtrack (music from Alex Turner) was incredible, and the story line? Oh, my heart. There were scenes where I genuinely laughed, and then of course the ones you cringe at because of the awkwardness, but it’s also in an endearing way. There’s a subtle art about the film. It’s all in the details. Like the paper crowns from British crackers worn by the entire table at an early Christmas dinner. Or the painting hanging above Oliver’s bed. Or the montage of “Two Weeks of Love Making” (which includes my favorite things: sparklers and bike rides, and isn’t what you think it is from the title.) I would give you an online film description, but I don’t think they really capture the essence of the film (not to say I think I can do it that well, either.) Just imagine a British school boy living in Whales, super awkward, with a crush on a kind of standoff-ish girl in class. Eventually she might become his girlfriend, they have all kinds of adventures, and he’s torn between his devotion to the relationship, and trying to repair his parent’s marriage that is falling apart at the seams in front of him. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, the torture of adolescence – love, lust, angst, despair – they’re all in there. But it’s not as heavy as it sounds because it’s pretty sardonic in parts. Maybe don’t go strictly by my off-tangent rambles, but just give the movie a shot:

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Watch This: The Darjeeling Limited

I guess you can consider this a Throwback Thursday post because the film was released in 2007. Regardless I was planning to share it with you all this week, anyway! My Wes Anderson obsession is not news here (if you read my tweets you’ve seen me ramble about wanting him to direct my life, or how I want to live inside Moonrise Kingdom.) I don’t know why it took me so long because I specifically remember seeing the trailer on this film years ago, and really wanting to see it (maybe because the drive from Inverness to see movies like this was pretty long,) but I finally watched The Darjeeling Limited (official site) this week. My word, it did not disappoint.

In this Anderson film three brothers – Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman), and Peter (Adrien Brody) have been estranged for a year following their father’s unexpected death. Francis, the oldest brother who is reeling from injuries sustained in a failed suicide attempt has planned a mysterious trip aboard a train through India, The Darjeeling Limited. Francis wants them to be real brothers again, “like before.” Jack and Peter have their own plans in mind for an escape if things don’t seem like they’re necessarily working out but go along for the ride anyway. Where are they headed? Why? What will happen along the way? Well, you’ll just have to watch it to find out. I always feel like you can’t describe Anderson films in too much detail because I like the plot lines and twists to be a surprise. I’ll just say there were of course humorous moments that had me laughing aloud, but also heartfelt scenes tugging on my emotional side. Wilson and Schwartzman are vets to Anderson’s work, but Brody was new on the scene, and I have to say he fit in perfectly. (And I may have had a movie crush on his fictional character.) I always feel like such a dweeb as the movie unfolds on the screen in front of me, and I realize that I have a smile slapped on my face but I just can’t help it. I know I’ll always feel a sentimental attachment to any project of Wes Anderson’s because of events that occurred in my teenage years, but bias aside I highly recommend watching this if you haven’t yet.

Also, I just have to share this image from the limited Criterion Collection edition of the film. If I had blu-ray I would totally want to own all of these because the artwork is just beautiful (especially on The Royal Tennenbaums!) Also, I am sure I’m not the only one wouldn’t mind owning that sweet Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs luggage collection that was designed for this film. There are the fun kind of artistic touches that add to the quirkiness, and just make all of his work even more lovable to me. Since I’m so late to the party I’m sure many¬† of you have already watched this one, what did you think? It’s definitely one of my favorites now.


Listen to This: “West Coast”

If you read my Mugs Life blog, then you probably noticed I mentioned Coconut Records song “West Coast” is one of my favorites. Ever. Really, the entire Nighttiming album is fantastic. It embodies everything that is summer. All the little details, the nooks and crannies. I dare you to find better lyrics, too. Okay maybe you’ll argue with me on that one, but really?

“For a second there i thought you disappeared
It rains a lot this time of year
And we both go together if one falls down
I talk out loud like you’re still around
No noo
And i miss you (ooooh’)
I’m goin back home to the west coast
I wish you woulda put yourself in my suitcase
I love you
Standin all alone in a black coat”

All the words. All of ’em. Jason Schwartzman (yeahhh that was him you saw in the wonderful Moonrise Kingdom) is awesome, and if you haven’t listened to this gem of music yet – I’m telling you, just do it. Happy happy tunes that give me that – I wanna make something, go somewhere, road trip it up, bask in the sunshine, sit on my bed staring at the ceiling listening to this on repeat feeling.

So, if your life hasn’t been graced by the wonderful presence of this song, here’s a video from the Young Baby Records youtube channel, give it a listen:

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Watch This: “Moonrise Kingdom”

This is going to be a tad bit different kind of “watch this” post than readers may be accustomed to seeing here. Why is that? Well, only because I can’t actually claim to have seen this (probably, especially according to rave reviews) brilliant film yet. Moonrise Kingdom written and directed by the ever wonderful Wes Anderson is currently playing in select theaters. Unfortunately it hasn’t made it anywhere near me yet, (or it seems, anywhere in a distance that could even garner excuse for a weekend road trip right now.) BUT if you’re lucky enough for it to be showing near you RUN GO SEE IT NOW! Anderson has created several other amazing projects in the past among them, my favorite being The Royal Tennenbaums. Others include The Darjeeling Unlimited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr.Fox, and Rushmore. With a stellar cast including Bill Murray (of course!), Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and the two young stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

Set in an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two young kids have fallen in love and run away to the woods…now the town has sent out a search party! Cue the awesome. I was excited before I even saw the trailer, then more so when it was finally released, and now incredibly excited as I probably saw it on tv a minimum of six times yesterday! If you’re lucky enough to go see it, let me know what you think!