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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 – #47

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
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“In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has widely been regarded as a bad move.”

    Before I get into talking about why this movie is a must-see, I have to warn you that it is WEIRD.  First of all, it is essentially the documented voyage of Zooey Deschanel, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, and Sam Rockwell into space, narrated by Stephen Fry.  If I proposed that movie idea to you, you would probably respond with, “That would be so dang weird.”  Correct.  It was pretty dang weird.

    It is a strange movie, primarily if you have not read the book.  The first time I saw it, I was significantly weirded out, especially when that one thing happens to Sam Rockwell’s character.  HOWEVER, it is also really interesting and clever.  The writing is genius, and if you put any weight on the involvement of talented people, I’ve already named some significant individuals, and there are others who fill up supporting roles as well.  If you can handle weird, odd and startling, you should definitely see this brilliantly written, brilliantly acted strange-fest of a movie.