Under the cut - SPOILERS APLENTY!
This is an essay I decided to share with you all, that I wrote about the opening scene of Fight Club (after the title sequence), which I wrote in Film Studies. I got a B for it, so enjoy!
Garden State (2004, Dir. Zach Braff)
With Garden State, Zach Braff proved he was a triple threat - actor, director and writer. It’s a shame he hasn’t done anything else since. While watching the behind the scenes documentary, there’s a lot more to a story about falling in love. If you have heard, the film was nearly called Large’s Ark, a reference to Andrew “Large” Largeman, and if you watch the movie, you’ll understand the Ark. With great supporting performances from Natalie Portman, Peter Saarsgard and a scene-stealing (and pre-double Emmy winner) Jim Parsons in an unusual outfit, Garden State is a must see.
Wanted (2008, Dir. Timur Bekmambetov)
As I have seen on tumblr, this movie has recently gotten a high buzz from star James McAvoy’s recent role in X Men: First Class, and quite rightly so. Not for the faint hearted, Wanted has a unique twist on the action genre. Sure, it has the seen a billions times character who’s normal life is changed, but like you haven’t seen it before. Great plot, great action, and Angelina Jolie - what more could you want? The epic voice of Morgan Freeman? You got it!
I Love You, Man (2009, Dir. John Hamburg)
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel have been known for comedies, so it wasn’t a surprise to see them in this indie comedy, about a guy who looks for his first best friend. What is a surprise, though, is the rest of the cast. Andy Samberg! JK Simmons! Rashida Jones! Jon Favreau! And so much more! Impressive cast for an indie, especially as Favreau had at the time recently released Iron Man, making half a billion dollars.
Half Nelson (2007, Dir. Ryan Fleck)
On Ryan Gosling’s 31st Birthday, IMDb asked its followers their favourite Gosling role. Surprisingly nobody said Dan Dunne, the drug addicted teacher who bonds with one of his students. This is an Academy nominated role, people. Gosling’s performance alone is enough to see this film, but the handheld filming, the unique soundtrack (by Canadian band Broken Social Scene) and other performances by Shareeka Epps (as the student) and upcoming talent Anthony Mackie are plenty of other reasons. Definitely a must-see film.
Josie and the Pussycats ( 2001, Dirs. Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan)
This may be a curveball, but this is my guilty pleasure. Pretty women playing catchy (but cheesy) music while wearing cat ears? Awesome! Aside from the distinctive soundtrack, it’s actually pretty funny, especially Melody (Tara Reid) and the Pussycats manager (played by Paulo Costanzo). With cameos from Seth Green, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison, it also gives us morals that we should be ourselves and be proud of it. All together now: awww!
Why? I have a soft spot for Jason Sudeikis. Plus this lives everyones dreams of killing their boss, so we don’t to it for real. Released 22nd July (UK).
Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows
Why? Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favourite actors, and the previous installment of this series was pretty amazing. The bromance of RDJude will be interesting to see, and Noomi Rapace looks like a promising Rachel McAdams replacement. Released 16th Decebmer.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Why? This is the 4th part of a great action franchise, which made Tom Cruise a star. How could he say no to another installment? Judging by the trailer, Benji Dunn (played by Simon Pegg) has a bigger role outside the office, and as a Pegg fan I am excited to see what lays in store for Ethan Hunt and his team. Also released 16th December.
Let’s see if any of these films actually live up to their reputations…
I loved it!
I’m hoping to watch this - two screen icons in the same film is a must see!