I remember the first time I saw Splendor in the Grass I cried hysterically. I saw it at a time in my life when the one relationship I thought I would be in forever had ended. I was at a crossroads and didn’t know who I was or what was going to happen. The uncertainty was torture, but that movie gave me hope despite how sad it was to watch.  All because of that one line:

Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass,

of glory in the flower;

We shall grieve not,

rather find strength in what remains behind.

We never know what might come our way, we don’t know the impact one moment in time can have on our lives. . . all we know is the uncertainty that will come. Here are few movies in our collection that illustrate just that principle.

Uncertainty begins with the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge, which in turn takes one couples’ lives in two different possible scenarios. Both Kate (Lynn Collins) and Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ask themselves what life they want to have. One choice takes us on a fast-paced thriller ride after finding a cell phone in the back of their taxi that everyone seems to want. The other is a family drama surrounding a visit to Kate’s family home on July 4th. The director uses color as a way to differentiate between the two scenarios and makes the transitions between scenes effortless.

What starts out as a game of truth-or-dare as young children leads to heart-breaking truths and life-altering dares as Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) enter into Continue reading “Uncertainty”

Dynamic Duo

“I just want to make sure
                      that a million years from now
                                        I can still see you up close and
                                                         we’ll still have amazing things to say.”

Two of my favorite unconventional stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are coming together for a second time in the movie titled (500) Days of Summer, which will be released in August of this year. Their first film together Manic is not in our collection, but these titles that they star in separately are among my favorites:

alltherealgirlsIn All the Real Girls we meet Paul, played by Paul Schneider, a small town womanizer who’s slept with practically every girl in town, which hasn’t made him too popular. When his best friend Tip’s little sister, Noel, played by Zooey Deschanel, comes back home from boarding school it’s going to take a lot more than his boyishly good looks to win the girl. Paul learns some of life’s hardest lessons when it comes to dating a best friend’s sister and falling in love.

 Winter Passing reminds us that going back to the beginning can start the rest of your life. When you’re the daughter of two amazing yet unstable novelists you’ll find winterpassingany way to carve out a life for yourself. Independent actress Reese Holden, played by Zooey Deschanel, has just been asked to secure the love letters written between her two parents after her mother’s recent death, but going back home to get them will be harder than she can imagine. With a sheltered wannabe rocker and an ex-graduate English Rose occupying her father’s house, while her father lives in the garage, she sets off a dialogue years upon years in the making.


 “Until then, all I can do is wake up,
take a shower, with soap, and try to forgive myself.
If I can do that, then maybe others will  forgive
me too. 
I don’t know if that will happen, but I
I’ll just have to work backwards
from there.”

 In the movie The Lookout Chris, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has a decision to make: to give in or to finally fight back. the_lookout_dvdChris Pratt had everything going for him…the girl, the social network, and he was the star of the high school hockey team, but after a tragic joy ride on a dark back road he is left with a brain injury that leaves all he has worked for behind. Now he works a menial job as a janitor at a local bank and goes to therapy to get his brain to process his memory until then he writes everything down in his notebook.  Coerced by an old school mate and the seductive Luvee Lemons, played by Isla Fisher, he gets sucked into a scheme to rob the bank of its fortunes.

brick1A modern day twist on film noir,  Brick tells the story of love, sex, drugs, and murder in the language the genre was original born in. Before finding his ex-girlfriend Emily dead, Brendan Frye, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is given four words that will lead him to the truth about her death and expose an underworld that Emily had found herself playing a part in: Brick, Tug, Frisco, and Pin.  Set in a high school setting Brendan must crawl through the social class system and discover how seedy high school can truly be.