Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (2010) – Review

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Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright; based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Cast: Starring Michael Cera, Ellen Wong, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha, Bill Hader, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Mae Whitman, Keito Saito, Shota Seito, and Jason Schwartzman

Length: 1 hour and 52 minutes

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Description from IMDB:

“Scott Pilgrim must his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes to win her heart.”

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Music Monday – Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface

Album: A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra

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A Black Mile to the Surface

Released: July 29th, 2017

Band Info:

Manchester Orchestra is an indie-rock band that was formed in 2004 by rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull. It currently includes him, Robert McDowell on lead guitar, Andy Prince on bass, and Tim Very as their drummer. Known for their ability to go from jarring rock tunes to comforting acoustic ballads, Manchester Orchestra have developed with each of their five studio albums, and it was in the wake of 2014’s Cope that Hull and McDowell were asked to create the soundtrack for the film Swiss Army Man (2016). The duo took the lessons they learned by creating music with a cinematic scope and combined them with their mastery of dynamics to create their latest offering, A Black Mile to the Surface.

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Manchester Orchestra with producer Catherine Marks.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Review

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

First published in 1891; 2008 Penguin Classics edition

Pages: 213

Genre: Philosophical novel, English literature

“The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.”

High class intrigue and the virtues of vice are among many subjects covered in Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. A tragic tale of beauty, its merits, and corruption, the novel follows the life of eponymous character Dorian Gray. One day, the young man makes a Faustian request that entwines his fate with that of his portrait, and brings him into situations and deeds that make the loftier classes blush. Continue reading “The Picture of Dorian Gray – Review”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Review

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Written by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth

Cast: Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson

Length: 1 hour and 48 minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.”

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Published in 1999

Pages: 213

Genre: Young adult novel, coming of age story, epistolary

“August 25, 1991

Dear friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.”

It is statements like this that make Charlie, the protagonist and narrator of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a likable and identifiable character. His story is told through a series of letters to an unnamed recipient that describe Charlie’s life during his freshman year of high school. Comprised of difficult subjects and, at times, brutal honesty, Charlie’s letters reveal the difficulty of finding one’s place within the microcosm of high school. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Review”

In Bruges (2008) – Review

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Directed by Martin McDonagh

Written by Martin McDonagh

Cast: Starring Colin Ferrell, Brendan Gleeson, Clémence Poésy, and Ralph Fiennes

Length: 1 hour and 47 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.”

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The History of Love – Review

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Published in 2005

Pages: 254

Genre: Immigrant novel, lost literature, pastiche

“When they write my obituary.”

As befits a story of difficult subject matter, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss begins with thoughts on mortality. A winding tale of love, loss, death, and life, The History of Love is not for the faint of heart; through seemingly disparate stories, the narrative twists itself in intersecting trails to come together in the end and create a story whose sum is as beautiful as its parts. Concerning writers, books, tragedy, and humanity, The History of Love is a book that views interaction and life through a clear lens. Continue reading “The History of Love – Review”