131. Chungking Express
Anthology storytelling done right gets me every time, and in this case it gets me and then some with all the breathtaking visuals and characters who stick and stay in me so long after the first viewing. This is one of those movies that I have bought for people who mean a lot to me with a “please watch this” sentiment deeply attached. I absolutely adore Faye Wong in this film.
Dream Person :: Faye Wong (cover of The Cranberries)
California Dreamin’ :: The Mamas and the Papas
132. Girl, Interrupted
Though my story was different, and the era was later, there is still so much to relate to within the characters tales and the time period of being a young girl in a rehabilitation type hospital. I knew a Lisa, though I knew her on the “outside”, and her loss took a part of me for a long, long time. The characters are so vivid, so amazingly brought to life, in this film – truly unforgettable roles.
at the Ice Cream Parlor
Downtown :: Petula Clark
Opening scene, featuring Bookends :: Simon and Garfunkel
133. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
I did not want to like this film, at first, because the title was a line that felt lifted right from the pages of my all-time favorite book God-Shaped Hole, and a huge part of me wanted it to be about Grace and Trixie, and knowing it was not had me ready for disappointment. No, it was not about Grace and Trixie, it was about Dodge, and Penny, and their friends and families, and eventually about Dodge and Penny, and about life, death, and deciding to live your life, no matter what the consequences (or the time you have left). The movie spoke to me in big ways, and I fell in love with their story, and the insights within their story, more than enough to forgive my initial let down (this is a story that fictional Grace and Trixie would love, too).
“What are you doing for the rest of your life?”
The Air that I Breathe :: The Hollies
featuring scenes from Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
134. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
It is a rare occasion where I love the film version of a book I also loved, but Perks was one of those such occasions. Amazing performances and characterizations, especially from Ezra Miller, who blew me away as Patrick, a character I liked in the book, but fell in love with on-screen. One of maybe 3 films that actually remind me of how I felt in adolescence.
Rocky Horror scene
“Charlie’s last letter“
Heroes :: David Bowie
featuring scenes from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A case could be made to my loving anything Cameron Crowe brings to the screen, though a case could also be made to me loving two more than all the others – and this is one of those two. It came around when I was not so much “single”, but very much at that age and living in this “world” (albeit in Southern California, and not Seattle). I felt this movie, I felt like I lived in this movie, in all the good and bad, and in-between ways.
Drown :: The Smashing Pumpkins
Dyslexic Heart :: Paul Westerberg
Breath :: Pearl Jam