I talk all the time about making French Toast Sunday a more personal blog. There are features like Behind the Scenes and all of us have our own features and lists but I want to continue to expand on celebrating our individual voices here. I could start by using my personal Twitter handle instead of the site one but Twitter is hard (not really) and time consuming (no, not at all.) Instead I’d like to run a semi regular feature that just runs through some odds and ends I’d like to discuss including films I’m watching, links I like, stuff I’m into and oh yeah, coffee! Figure out the rest of what I’m babbling about after the break.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes. IMDB says: ”A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.”
We all love film. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be blogging or podcasting or reading film blogs or listening to their respective podcasts. We all love film, but not all of us love long movies. I enjoy long films, so this list is all about my favorite films that are 3 hours or longer. These are films that I believe find a way to keep the audience engaged without sacrificing an elaborate story or complex character development. These are films that don’t let you think “wow how much longer is this film? ..my legs are starting to fall asleep” or “man how much time is left? I don’t wear watches anymore and I’m a responsible and respectful theatre patron and I turned off my mobile device so as not to take away from anyone elses theatre-going experience. Yeah me and my boyfriend are arguing, but I’m enthralled by this film and have no need to show my friends in the middle of a dark theatre during a pivotal plot point a cryptic text message he sent me 39 minutes ago. I’m a good person.”
Since I became a movie blogger, I have paid more attention to the people that were making the movies that I was enjoying. There were a number of directors that I knew by name before I got into the game, some of them were essentially household names (like Quentin Tarantino) and others were personal favorites (like Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson), but the number of directors that I get excited about over their upcoming movies has grown exponentially. These are a few of the directors that are new to my favorites list, most of which are long time favorites of my fellow FTSers.
Maybe you’re looking to save a few bucks or the current theater choices just aren’t cutting it. Whatever the case may be, sometimes it’s just as nice to sit at home and watch a good flick. Take a look at this week’s picks for some At-Home Alternatives to the weekly cinema options.
Five weeks from today will be May the Fourth; Star Wars Day. We’ve already drank enough to forget about Jar-Jar Binks and the introduction of “Midi-chlorians”, so let’s take it one step further and drink to Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones. This film sees a romance emerge as we begin to discover the true nature of the Sith. We even see a LOT and I mean A LOT of foreshadowing not just for this film, but for the rest of the saga; can you spot it all? Even if you can’t, be prepared to get good and drunk as you play the Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones FTS Drinking Game! May the force be with you… as well as a hangover remedy.