So here’s a little reflection from someone you don’t know.
Life is hard. You’ve been told that before. What perhaps you haven’t been told is that the vast majority of people make it look easy. So, while you’re curled up in your favourite chair with the curtains closed, there are people outside having relationships, exercising, having successful careers.
Maybe you’re doing really well in school, university or in your chosen career path, but you can’t find time to eat well, or maybe to spend time with your friends or family. Or maybe you are the best friend on earth but you can’t seem to find a significant other. You could be putting your heart and soul and all your energy into your career and it’s not flourishing the way you would like.
But you don’t display those feelings of inadequacy. In general, we just pretend that everything is great. All the while someone else is envious of the things you have going for you. They have no idea that all you want is to feel less overwhelmed. The front you’re putting up makes it seem like you know what you’re doing, you’re content and it’s all a walk in the park for you.
But you’re lonely, because you have these feelings of inadequacy, frustration, insecurity and you assume you’re the only one.
Turns out you’re not.
The fact is that we are all struggling, but pretending. That is what’s dangerous in our world. We all wish someone could take us in their arms and tell us why we feel a certain way and how to change it. It’s a universal loneliness. So why do we pretend we’re all fine?
We are ALL struggling with life all the time and we all might feel a lot more secure if we felt it was normal to share our insecurities. That’s why Tumblr is so wonderful, because you can say something in one sentence that encapsulates the struggle you’re having right now, and you’ll see that 10,000 other people feel the same way. Or you might find that someone has put into words that which you have only felt.
I wonder if that is why we (I) identify with these superheroes. They are wonderful and unreal, they are the most capable people ever but they are each lonely because of their uniqueness. They carry their pasts heavily but keep fighting.
Hello film fans! I am the Movie Junkie and these are my thoughts on the films slated for summer release 2015!
*This post reflects the films coming out between May and August*
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers assemble for the second time with, a romance between Natasha Romanoff & Bruce Banner, the addition of twins Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch as well as a few other superhero cameos, and an invention of Tony Starks going rouge. I for one called the Hulk/Black Widow pairing after I first saw Avengers. I have all the faith on the planet in Joss Whedon, I just hope that my high expectations don’t lead to a big disappointment… Also, how perfect is James Spader as Ultron?!
Pitch Perfect 2
How exciting is it to have Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe and the rest of the Bellas back doing what they do best? Making us laugh while laying down some aca-mazing beats! This sequel is bigger in every sense of the word, with the addition of new characters, as well as clearing 58 songs for the film.The only problem I could see possibly coming from making 2 a bigger production than 1 is what most people like to call “losing heart.” All that we loved about the first movie could be lacking in the second… let’s hope that’s not the case.
Far From the Madding Crowd
Another English costume drama based on a beloved novel… I’ll be honest, I haven’t read the book and I know nothing of the work of the director, Thomas Vinterberg. Despite the fact that he was nominated for an Academy Award for his film, The Hunt. I am a big fan of Carey Mulligan, and her singing in the international trailer as well as the line “I don’t want a husband. If I ever were to marry I’d want someone to tame me, and you’d never be able to do it.” from the official trailer has me sold.
Another Disney movie based on a Disneyland attraction? That’s probably the last thing we need. Despite how good the first few Pirates of the Caribbean movies came out, The Haunted Mansion never seems to leave my memory. However, the trailer makes the film look pretty incredible and with writer/director of The Incredibles (he also directed Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) Brad Bird, I’d say with is a must see.
I love Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon can really rock a comedy, so I have high hopes for this comedy. Besides the trailer made me laugh.
Mad Max: Fury Road
First trailer was good, second was ehh. I haven’t seen any of the previous Mad Max movies or the television show, so I’m decidedly undecided on Mad Max.
Welcome to Me
Hopefully this movie is as weird and wonderful as Kristen Wiig seems in the trailers.
I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
I am a sucker for Sesame Street, and this trailer almost made me cry! It’s been a long time since I could say this about a documentary, but I am excited to see this movie.
Another unnecessary remake, that will probably not be as good as the original. The first trailer looked promising, the second looked like another “loud sound makes it scary” kind of movie. *barf*
A Cameron Crowe rom-com starring Oscar Nominated actors Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone?! I’m there!
As far as the rest of May…
MAYBE- Slow West, slow western? - 5 Flights Up & I’ll See You in My Dreams - Geared towards the Nora Ephron crowd -Maggie & Good Kill - Two completely different movies, yet - Maybe
NOT INTERESTED - The D Train, San Andreas
NO - Aloft, the trailer confused me I can’t imagine how confusing the movie might be!
The park is open for business! The Jurassic scientists are at it again, and this time they’ve created a new creature, and it kills for sport! A whole new cast in a whole new situation with a relatively green director at the helm. Let’s hope Colin Trevorrow can keep up!
A Pixar animation humanizing the little voices in your head, with the voices of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith & Lewis Black! An interesting, intricate idea, let’s just hope they can pull it off… but honestly when have they not?
I love the trailers so far, Melissa McCarthy is always good for a laugh, and director Paul Feig usually knows what he’s doing. I loved Bridesmaids, no one seems to love The Heat, hopefully Spy will at least fall somewhere in between.
Dope is the coming of age tale of Malcolm, a geek growing up in Inglewood, trying to juggle popularity, girls, friends and college applications in his senior year of high school. Boyz N the Hood in an alternate reality.
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
Another YA novel adaptation, with a screenplay written by the books author, Jesse Andrews. Looks like a promising coming of age story, even with the almost certain sad ending.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Maya Forbes real life story of a time she and her sister spent in the care, solely of their unstable father. Extra points for casting Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana as her parents. Extra-extra points for female writer/directors!
This film, based on the novel of the same name, was the French writers first. Madame Bovary will mark Mia Wasikowska’s 5th journey into the period piece genre, and the director, Sophie Barthes’ second feature film. Either way, female driven drama directed by a female, is a must see for me.
The rest of June…
MAYBE -Love & Mercy, not a Beach Boys biography, but a Brian Wilson biography. -Live From New York, a Saturday Night Live documentary. - Ted 2, I wasn’t that impressed with the first one, so there’s little chance that I will be racing to the theaters to see this one.
NO -Insidious: Chapter 3 - Why?
I wasn’t entirely sure about another Terminator movie, not after Rise of the Machines, and not after I heard Schwarzenegger would be reprising his role. (Not that I don’t love him, the whole “do robots age” thing threw me off) Then I saw the first trailer and was completely blown away, I was beyond excited! Then the second trailer came out, and they completely gave up a huge plot twist, and now I feel like the whole movie is ruined! I’m probably overreacting, I’m still waiting to see it, I’m just not as excited as I was a few months ago.
The idea of another prequel to a beloved children’s movie, seems like a complete drag. Lets ignore the unfortunate casting of a white Tiger Lily, and take solace in the fact that director Joe Wright is more accustomed to period drama than blockbusters. Pan could surprise us…
*UPDATE* Warner Brothers pushed Pan’s release date till October.
Judd Apatow directs an Amy Schumer pened rom-com (of sorts) starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader with LeBron James in a promising supporting role, what could go wrong? Pulling from her own personal fears and neuroses for inspiration, Trainwreck could bring a refreshing, modern take on the romantic-comedy genre.
If you were to ask me what Marvel Comics character I thought would get a solo movie, there is almost no chance I would have guessed Ant-Man. I also never would have guessed that the man who brought us Bring It On would be in the directors chair. Alas it’s happening and though dreams of an Edgar Wright Ant-Man still lingers, there is hope that, at this point Marvel Studios knows what it’s doing.
Also in July…
MAYBE - Pixel, 80’s video game characters on the big screen, we’ll see. - Mr. Holmes, the trailer is boring. - Southpaw, a lot of interesting names are involved. - Minions, I liked Despicable me… -Paper Towns, I wasn’t a fan of The Fault in Our Stars so I doubt I’ll rush out to see this one. - Magic Mike XXL, ditto.
No we don’t need another remake, however we do deserve to have a better version than the 2005 movie. (Even if Michael Chiklis was the perfect ‘Thing”). I like the cast and directo, Josh Trank’s previous film Chronicle. It would have been nice to see Dane DeHaan in a role, but I think the point of this remake is to stop the Marvel actors crossover.
Straight Outta Compton
A biography about rap group NWA, who back in the 80’s dealt with social/cultural issues that are, unfortunately still relevant today. The filmmakers boast that Straight Outta Compton is “authentic as possible,” hopefully their quest for authenticity doesn’t get in the way of good filmmaking.
An underdog has to rise to the occasion to defeat a bad guy that could destroy something he loves… nothing original there. Still, Underdogs has already won several awards in co-writer and director, Juan José Campanella’s native Argentina, hopefully American audiences can be won over as well.
A comedy based on a true story about a group of goobers who successfully rob and armored-car company of 17 million, starring Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis. The duo’s first film together as well as Jared Hess’s first time directing a film that he himself has not written. I’m not a huge fan of Hess’s, hopefully taking him out of the screenplay will save Masterminds for me.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
A Guy Ritchie film spy action/adventure comedy set in the 1960’s, in vain of early bond movies? What else is there to say?
Hitman: Agent 47
Who didn’t LOVE that trailer? I mean come on that was pretty bad ass! I’m excited to see Rupert Friend in a big action film, and it’s interesting to have a complete newcomer (Aleksander Bach) in the directors chair.
Ricki and the Flash
Yes, I am one of those people who believe that Meryl Streep can do no wrong, but lets be honest, when has she? I am also a fan of Diablo Cody, which leads me to believe that Ricki and the Flash is closer to Cody’s Young Adult then the more popular Juno. Hopefully this film has a more satisfying ending than Young Adult.
Another Gillian Flynn novel adaptation, being brought to the screen by little known writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key). Coming off the hype of Gone Girl, which I loved, I will try and keep my expectations in check, in the hopes that my high expectations won’t ruin the Dark Places for me.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
The debut film of writer/director Marielle Heller, who had originally adapted Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel into an off-broadway play that she also starred in. The Diary of a Teenage Girl tells the story of a teenage girl (Bel Powley) who loses her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård). The film debuted at Sundance with rave reviews, so I have high hopes… P.S. Kristen Wiig is everywhere!
Z for Zachariah
The novel had a huge impact on me as a young girl, as is for numerous young people who have read
Z for Zachariah
. Unfortunately this adaptations seems to be driving pretty far from the original story line. I am excited for Margot Robbie’s growing popularity and I am a fan of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Unfortunately that is where my excitement for this adaptation ends. I know that in any book-to-movie adaptation there needs to be changes and compromises, and usually I can get behind the filmmakers. However, to me, it seems that the filmmakers are trying to cash in on the “post-apocalyptic” trend, creating a love-triangle where there wasn’t one, and changing the story to the point that the feeling of the source novel gets lost. This could be a similar situation to the mess that the makers of
created last summer.
A few more August releases…
Maybe - Sleeping with Other People- “When Harry Met Sally for ass-holes,” could be funny, but is it worth the predictable ending?
NO - Sinister 2, I didn’t even like the first one.
Well there you have it movie junkies, my thoughts on the 2015 summer releases! Let me know which films you’re most excited for! For the love of film, I am the Movie Junkie!