films i saw at the drive in

A year ago today my buddy Garrett Danz and I left our homes in Oklahoma with about $800 and the hopes of getting to Washington for a month and making a little film about it. That month turned into seven, and after 21,000 miles of driving and camping - all the way to the Arctic Circle in Alaska and back, leading to a complete lifestyle reevaluation and change. Thankful for all of the blessings I’ve been given in life, and for the family and friends who saw more in me than I knew was there. Always learning.

Some have expressed surprise that Colin Firth, a British citizen, would be involved in producing “Loving,” a quintessentially American story. Firth explains however, that “I was very fired up about this story. My father taught American history, and civil rights was his speciality so I’ve grown up in it, and I’ve always been interested in what happens outside of my own cultural borders.”

When he was 12, Firth lived for a year in the US whilst his father taught in Missouri, and he still vividly recalls some of the sights he saw on a family road trip from St. Louis, MO to Baton Rouge, LA. “The economic difference was shocking, particularly when we were driving through Mississippi. The big white mansions [were] next to shacks that barely looked livable.”

–  Colin Firth pictured at the LA premiere of “Loving” with the film’s writer/director Jeff Nichols,  associate producer Oge Egbuono, and Joel Edgerton

Moonlight (2016)
Movie Review by: Will Whalen

Moonlight is the story of a young black man who has a particularly troubled home life and deals with own struggles such as dealing with his sexuality and finding his place in life. This film takes place over three chapters of his life as a young boy, a teenager, and an adult. Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae and 3 separate actors that play our main character of Chiron or AKA Little and Black.

Before today, I literally had no idea what this movie was about. I haven’t seen a trailer or anything before I saw this and drove two hours away from where I live, to see this film by myself just based off hype. Because where I live, typically, we don’t get films like these. Let me just say, it was worth every bit of the drive and I don’t regret it a bit.

Like I said, I had no idea what I was going into before seeing this today and was floored upon watching this. This is a type of film that doesn’t really get a lot of light shown on the subject and when it does get done, it is almost never done with such emotion and such fantastically done filmmaking. Just a forewarning, this a heartbreaking and emotional gut punch of a film and to me, is a really important one, in many ways than just its subject matter. Although, that does have a lot to do with it because it really shows that hard truth and brutal truth of life and how it feels to be outcasted and alone and doesn’t hold back.

Moonlight comes from A24 which is a studio that has continuously delivered many great films and several favorites of mine this year alone. This is directed and written by Barry Jenkins and might I say, fantastically done in both categories of direction and writing. The directing however, is what I will praise most. With many long tracking shots and stand still frames that crafted and made a scene launch into a visually stunning and much more impacting film. You could tell that a lot of thought went into each frame such as themes to do with color or placement of someone in a frame. However the tracking shots were fantastic and one of my favorite things to be done in films and to see it done so often and so well, was great.. The lighting in this film was also done wonderfully and conveyed a lot of meaning. There was one scene in particular that reminded me of a scene that would be in a Nicolas Winding Refn film.

The performances in this film were fantastic across the board with a terrific child performance and probably one of the best of the year. Every actor that portrayed our main character, did a remarkable job maintaining this character across three different time periods of his life. If it weren’t for the fact that he is portrayed by three different actors, it would be on grounds for an Oscar nomination. A really great and grounded performance that is also given by Mahershala Ali that really hit deep for me. With three different parts, it always stays grounded and real, and never once strays away from the characters and always stays focused on what it’s trying to say and never feels preachy.

The first two acts of this are brilliant and are on a whole other level. With intense and heart pulling stuff but once it gets to its final act, it slows way down and that’s probably the biggest problem and maybe even the only problem with this film. That being said, it doesn’t ever get bad one bit. This third act is still fantastic but it seems to pull you out of the ride a bit and throw you off. After experiencing what was previously experienced, it just becomes a much slowly paced conclusion. I feel like maybe upon a second viewing, it would be less of a problem but if it weren’t for that, I’d say this is about as perfect of a movie as it can be. This is a gut punching and absolute heartbreaking film that is bound to make you feel angry, sad, make you cringe and even make you squeeze a tear or seven out and more often to watch, isn’t easy to watch.

That being said, it’s a fantastic, visually stunning, important, and among the most notable films of 2016 and one that should not be missed. Check this out if you can because it is masterful.

I’m going to give Moonlight...

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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‘’River was one of those people that had that strange magic glow around them; he could drive you crazy, or make you fall in love with him, sometimes in the same minute. I remember knowing he was special when in the first days of filming EXPLORERS - we were staying in a motel outside of San Francisco, and I saw him practicing his character’s walk in the parking lot one of the mornings before shooting began.

(…)

I looked out the window and there was this 13-year-old boy practicing his walk, he would walk one way and he would walk the other way, and I thought, ‘’Oh I bet that’s the kid who’s playing Wolfgang’’, you know. And I walked out to him and asked him what he was doing, and he said he was trying to figure out how Wolfgang walked, and from that moment forward he was always ahead of me. ‘’What do you mean how does he walk?’’,
‘‘Well he doesn’t have to walk like me, he could walk like someone else.’’ And I’d never had that thought.

(…)

He had a big, beautiful family, and was the first vegetarian I ever met.’’

- Ethan Hawke on River

The Story of How I Became Reylo Trash

How/when did it happen to you? Was it during the bridal carry scene? The moment he asks to be her teacher? When the camera is pulling back from him in his final scene and he looks like an injured puppy in the snow whose master is driving away? Was it two months after you saw the film as you’re lying in bed on a Thursday night, browsing the internet and youtube keeps recommending videos with thumbnails of naked Adam Driver?

Bonus:

Funny how most of us saw that spoiler of Beth driving a car out of the hospital parking lot/away from Atlanta, but any time it’s mentioned, “certain” people claim it never existed. Except I DISTINCTLY remember that spoiler. I also remember Emily being rushed in to that house that apparently was “cut” from an episode…but why would that even be filmed? If you forget about literally everything else that is weird or questionable, THIS is questionable enough all by itself.

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(I insisted on posing with this taxi just in case it happens to be THE taxi from Book Twelve. Ahem).

Anyway,  I was lucky enough to hang around the ASOUE set today and see it being filmed. Here’s some details I was able to pick up: 

They were filming a scene where Olaf, the Hook-Handed Man, the Character of Indeterminate Gender, the Bald Man and the two white-faced ladies get into a car and drive away from Mulctuary Management, presumably cackling. Can’t remember which book that was, but Olaf’s Troupe are all so distinctive, it was awesome to see.

It’s diverse. It’s really diverse. I wouldn’t worry. 

There’s a definite fifties mobster vibe in the design of the show. Plus a few things that reminded us of Pushing Daisies.

Basically LOTS of POC in fabulous suits and fifties dresses, plus fancy cars is most of what we saw.

They were filming inside of Mulctuary Management as well, so maybe that’s where the kids were? I’m not sure

The two white-faced old ladies were super cute.

Olaf- just holy hell guys. I’m sure you’ve seen the photos by now, but you’d never know it was NPH, or even that it was an actor playing him. It was just Olaf, right out of the illustrations (that silhouette though!) and it was actually kind of chilling to see in real life.

He’s definitely gross and creepy, they’re not toning those apsects down.

It was really cool that they went to all the trouble of making those newspapers and putting them up where people could see them. I was kind of touched actually.

Devoted fans of these books are thin on the ground, so I felt kind of like a spy explaining things to everyone.

They seem super-chill with photography, which is unusual for Vancouver, so they’ll be more to come from me!

​“We became friends because we had babies at the same time. There was no other connection; I was much older than her.
It was the beginning of June and I was driving home. I saw the ‘new couple’ who had just moved to the neighborhood. I noticed that she was also very pregnant. I said, Hey, when are you due?’ We were due within a couple of weeks of each other.
A year later, I drove by her house. There were all these cars there in the middle of the day. I texted her and said, “Is everything okay?’ She said, ‘It’s not.’
​When I was in high school, a friend of mine got cancer. It scared me and I didn’t know how to deal with it. So I kind of disappeared. I always felt bad about that, and I promised myself that if I ever had the chance again, I’d do it differently.
So when Leah said, ‘I have cancer,’ I thought, ‘I can do this.’ I remember texting her, ‘Listen, if you ever need someone to talk to, I’ll be there for you. I won’t hold back, I’ll ask questions, but I’ll stay emotionally detached. If I’m being too intrusive, tell me and I’ll step back.’
She said, ‘Okay.’
That was the beginning of the most intense friendship I’ve had. Sharing fear and hope, the stresses of marriage and family—all of it—became a deep well of emotion for us.
I still have that first text on my old phone, ‘Is everything okay?’ I’ve never deleted a text with her over three and a half years. The last one says, ‘I will miss you, my friend.’ There are thousands in between.
At her funeral, I told the story of how we met and that first text ‘Is everything okay?’ I mentioned the promise I gave her to stay emotionally detached. Everybody laughed. There were tears rolling down my face.”

Portsmouth, RI

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Rachel’s red acura being towed to Nashville, TN from Littleton, CO to be used on set for the filming of I’m Not Ashamed.

Little backstory on the car: On the drive to school on the morning of April 20th in this car, Rachel and her brother Craig unknowingly saw each other for the last time. Rachel was in a hurry to get to school on time and rushed Craig into the car. They fought on the way, Craig called her names, but the fight ended when Craig slammed the door on Rachel. That was their last interaction alive.

Also, to repay her parents for the car, Rachel took a job at Subway, not very far from the school. On April 21st, Rachel’s car became one of the many makeshift memorial sites found around the school since it was the last place she ever parked it, a reminder she’ll never drive it home. 

anonymous asked:

maybe its going to be a late night show? but its weird cause it says 'upcoming tv show' so maybe its a new segment at some show? omg this is driving me insane like they're gonna be in the US for like 10 days, even in between shows they can still film a ton of content. I saw people say that it could just be for vlive or something. I really hope its not another AHL thing

hahaha i doubt it will be for ahl

Okay I think the madness at the art café is done. Let me sum up:

The place where they were was 2 minutes away from the hairdresser TOP went to this noon (look his instagram update). There were the YG dance crew including the twins, their stylists, a few managers and security guards. Some cars were filled with filming equipment. Also, there were a lot of YG cars driving around. GD was definitely here since he passed by us in his car with his window opened. Taeyang was probably also there since his manager was walking around all the time and we saw his car several times. Then we also saw Seungri’s car but I can’t confirm that he was here. I have no idea if Daesung was there too since I haven’t seen anything of him. Same goes for TOP, even though he posted that he’s pretty close to that location? The dancers were going to some kind of basement all the time. At one point, they were blasting Bang Bang Bang 3 times at full volume so we could hear it. All of that took place within several hours.

I saw this in a film starring George Clooney; no, Natalie Wood. The last scene is her, the gamine self, kicking off her shoes as the house explodes behind her. Perpetrating, she doesn’t flinch. Sips tea. Keeps walking. I wanted to write that. Continuance. As it related to loss. The secret pleasure of refusing to live like a normal person in a dress/with a sex drive and fingers/dreamy yet stabilized in the café of languages.
—  From Handwritten Preface to Reverse the Book by Bhanu Kapil
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BRB, Joining A K-POP Band

All About This 1950s Korean Souvenir Jacket

So I’m basically Ryan Gosling in Drive right? Ever since I saw the movie I was kind of obsessed with that silk jacket with the embroidered scorpion print on it that he basically wears for 90% of the film. And although this jacket isn’t the same one, it’s still giving me all those sexy race car driver vibes which TBH, is a vibe I defintely wanna give off. After doing a litle research on this jacket (read: searches Google once) I found out that the jacket Ryan wears in the movie was actually inspried by vintage 1950s Korean Souvenir jackets. Fun fact about the jackets is that soldiers in Korea would send these jackets home to thier wives or girlfriends as souvenirs, hence the name. Typically the names of the soliders and the islands they were stationed at in Korea were stitched on the jacket along with a decorative motif. Although the actual jacket I’m wearing here is not from my soldier bae away at war, it’s a pretty damn good replica of one so it works! And besides, everyone’s spring outerwear game could use a little shimmer, am I right?

Wearing:

French Connection Bomber Jacket // Topman T-shirt // Chapter Pants // Kenneth Cole Sneakers

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But that [the Selma snub] doesn’t diminish the film. Nobody’s talking about motherfuckin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is. Nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherfuckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? Fuck ’em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.‘
—  Spike Lee whose Do the Right Thing was nominated for just Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay in 1990, losing both with Best Picture going to Driving Miss Daisy
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i saw those nine movie//aesthetics memes and i wanted to make a couple :) these don’t really cohere as an ‘aesthetic’ but they’re all important to me

A Woman Under the Influence, 1974
The Parent Trap, 1998
American Beauty, 1999
Black Swan, 2010
Desert Hearts,1985
Mulholland Drive, 2001
Carol, 2015
The Tree of Life, 2011
Gone Girl, 2014

i tag literally anyone who likes movies

When I was young I saw this trailer on the drive to my grandmas. It had a warning (no trespassing) sign on it, though my childhood mind m thought it said “warning explosives” which made my mind race. I told my parents about this “creepy trailer” and tried to show them where it was but It kept “disappearing”. I have had nightmares about this trailer for years. I was really happy to spot it again.