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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #52

500 Days of Summer
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“What happened? Why didn’t they work out?” “What always happens.  Life.”

 

    I get in very heated arguments over this movie, primarily over the character of Summer.

    The problem I have is with people who judge her; she was completely honest, and ten times more reasonable than Tom’s character.  He made her up to be something she wasn’t, and something she kept reminding him she could never be.  She thought they were on the same page and broke it off when their relationship had run its course.  There are so many problems with people who say Summer is a jerk, or people who say Tom is the perfect guy.  The point of the movie (as said by the people involved in the making of the movie) is to show the dysfunction of this relationship, and the dysfunction of living that way.  The ending isn’t a positive thing, it shows that he has not learned anything from his mistakes and isn’t going to change how he behaves in new relationships.  One of the most intelligent characters is Tom’s little sister who says, “Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate,” which sums up the entire premise of the film.

    All that being said, I really love this movie for what it is.  And it is not a love story.

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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #31

50/50
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“See, but… that’s bullshit. That’s what everyone has been telling me since the beginning. “Oh, you’re gonna be okay,” and “Oh, everything’s fine,” and like, it’s not… It makes it worse… that no one will just come out and say it. Like, “hey man, you’re gonna die.”

    Happy December, happy winter, happy cold, happy sad.  December is upon us, and we must brave the cold and fight it off with our hot chocolates, our decorations, and our blankets.  I know from personal experience that if you are feeling down or want to invest your time in some quality talent, Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Seth Rogen are a fantastic combination.  Despite today’s movie not being a classic pick-me-upper sort of film, it is really good, and it cuts to the heart of something real and ever-present: cancer.
    50/50 follows the story of ordinary, nice, regular-Joe Adam Lerner, who is diagnosed with spinal cancer.  He finds out his odds at living are 50/50, hence the title.  I felt that Adam’s reaction to being diagnosed with cancer, and Kyle’s reaction to his friend having cancer, were both really authentic and genuine.  I appreciated how realistic it was in the sense that Adam wasn’t all “daisies and roses and everything is fine and dandy” about getting cancer, and Kyle was legitimately confused and freaked out.  It was all very real, or at least as real as it could be.