Friday, September 2, 2016

That Friday Feeling & Movie Recommendations

It's easy to take things for granted.  School, the mountains, Friday night movies . . . we can get so swept up in the anxiety of anticipated moments that we forget to be present and appreciate the here and now.  But that's sad because the here and now are only around for a moment, and if we miss them, they're gone forever.
We've been very busy this week with back to school, work (I've got a new internship...), trying not to get sick (elderberries are so wonderful for that), and helping my grandfather transition home from rehab after breaking his hip.  Today is Friday, though, and it's got that "Friday feeling" because it means that the alarm can be set for 7:30 AM tomorrow instead of 5:15 AM.  That means a full 135 extra minutes of sleep!  Ever since I was little and my mum worked 13-hour days with at-risk students (and then came home to do more work at night), my family has had this little tradition of Friday night movie nights. We've gone through a Miyazaki period and then a Star Wars period and even watched all the Before Sunset movies (my brother wasn't as excited about those, lol), and seeing movies together has always been a comfort.  With that in mind, if you get the chance tonight, try to watch a movie with a loved one.  That can be anyone from a sibling to a parent to a friend to a cat to a stuffed animal to a plant :).  And if you're looking for movie recommendations . . . .

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2015)
I saw this movie recently, and my mum, brother, and I loved it very much--even though it made us all cry.  It's truly an art piece.  There are so many little details--sketches hidden in wallpaper, wonderlands cut into the pages of books--that add a lot of depth to the film visually, but all the characters and scenes have a realistic quality to them that makes you feel like, yes, you could know them in the real world.  I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but the movie (which is based on a book that I now really want to read) is about Greg, a sometimes directionless high school senior, and his relationships with people like his foreign film-loving best friend ("coworker") Earl, his eccentric parents, and Rachel, the "dying girl."  I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but the movie is beautiful and heartfelt and tragic all at once.  It also has really good music.

Demolition (2015)
My brother has been listening to "Crazy On You" on repeat ever since we saw this movie.  Despite the title, it's not at all an action or fighting movie with good guys or bad guys (not that those aren't fun movies to watch).  Instead, it's about relationships and loss.  Davis has just lost his wife in a horrible car accident, and he's going through an identity crisis, questioning the meaning of the world and if he's even capable of love.  Things seem disheartening at times, but by the end of the movie, you'll feel better (and of course a bit melancholy).

Heart: "Crazy On You"

The Princess and the Warrior (2000) is an older movie, and it's in German, but if you're willing to deal with subtitles, you won't regret it.  Sissi, a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, is hit by a bus and rescued by Bodo, a troubled bank robber haunted by the loss of his wife.  Sissi sets out to find Bodo to thank him for saving her, and their relationship ends up helping them both overcome the nightmares of the past.  Like Demolition and Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, The Princess and the Warrior has a rawness to it that makes it seem very, very real.  It's not glossy or glamorous--it's life. And that, in its own way, is quite beautiful.

TGIF!  What are some movies you've seen recently (or not so recently) that gave you the "Friday feeling" we wait all week to get?

<3 Frances

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