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Weekend Film Recommendations

So the weekend has almost arrived. This time I will be sharing with you the films which give me this summer feeling every time that I watch them. Yes, I watched them over and over again. They are not films that make you feel confused or feel brain f*cked. The opposite. They make you feel like you are feeling the summer breeze on a hot summer afternoon. They make you feel like you are light as a feather and you just have no responsibilities in life. Probably you have heard of the name of these films but if you haven’t watched them yet, you know what to do this weekend.

1) Lost in Translation

Running Time: 102 Minutes

Lost in Translation is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray stars as Bob Harris, a fading American movie star who is having a midlife crisis when he travels to Tokyo to promote Suntory whiskey. There, he befriends another estranged American named Charlotte, a young woman and recent college graduate played by Scarlett Johansson. The film explores themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan. The film’s writer-director, Sofia Coppola, has described Lost in Translation as a story about “things being disconnected and looking for moments of connection”, a perspective that has been shared by critics and scholars.

 

2) Francis Ha

Running Time: 86 Minutes

As a festival movie, Frances Ha is a 2012 American black and white comedy-drama film, directed by Noah Baumbach and written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Gerwig also plays the title role, a struggling 27-year-old dancer, Frances.

Here is a comment from The New Yorker, that translated my unknown feelings about this movie:

“She (Francis) can’t bring herself to complain, to admit her troubles, or to take much action to remedy them. As closed-mouthedly as possible, she grabs at whatever rung she can lay hold of while in free fall. Her solitude is both her refuge and her treasure; her despair conceals her intimation of greatness, her sense of being destined for big things. “Frances Ha,” underneath its more or less familiar variety of New York indie-world story, is a complex construct, both in what the movie shows and in what it doesn’t, in its narrative construction and in its convergence with life offscreen.”

 

3) Vox Lux

Running Time: 110 Minutes

Vox Lux is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Brady Corbet from a story by Corbet and Mona Fastvold. It stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, and Jennifer Ehle. The movie follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom. The film spans 18 years and traces important cultural moments through her eyes, starting in 1999 and concluding in 2017. The storyline seems a bit depressed, but it gives you the feeling that I mentioned above intensively. Also it worths watching only to see Natalie Portman’s acting.

 

4) Silver Linings Playbook

Running Time: 122 Minutes

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell. It was based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel The Silver Linings Playbook. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro in supporting role. Cooper plays Patrizio “Pat” Solitano Jr., a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back in with his parents, played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Determined to win back his estranged wife, Pat meets a young widow, Tiffany Maxwell, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, who offers to help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. The two become closer as they train and Pat, his father, and Tiffany examine their relationships with each other as they cope with their problems.

 

5) Palo Alto

Running Time: 100 Minutes

Palo Alto is a 2013 American drama film written and directed by Gia Coppola, based on James Franco’s 2010 short story collection of the same name. The film stars Franco alongside Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, and Zoe Levin. Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

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