I went to the movies three times during my six days in LA. You could say we were caught up in the spirit of Hollywood. You could also say we were so exhausted from our daily adventures that we were just happy to sit down for an hour and 45 minutes. Regardless, two of those movies were indie/limited release and therefore I saw a bunch of fun indie trailers.
The first movie Eva and I watched was Pirates 4. It was better than I thought, but I won’t waste time writing about it. Next we saw Midnight in Paris at the Archlight Cinema on Sunset Blvd. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, and a frillion other revered actors, the Woody Allen film features a successful Hollywood screenplay writer who wants to write a proper novel. Each night he’s transported back to 1920s Paris to hang with Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the like. Quirky fun.
I also saw Hesher, starring 12ish-year-old Devin Brochu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman, who was also a producer. The movie follows the chaotic life of a boy who just lost his mother and is terrorized-yet-ultimately-healed by JGL’s rocker/anarchist Hesher. It was surprisingly (one could argue needlessly, but I won’t) violent and vulgar, but it was definitely entertaining. Natalie Portman’s character is pretty much Sam from Garden State 10 years later.
Now for my to-see list. First, Beginners starring protagonist Ewan McGregor, elderly-coming-out-of-the-closet-dad Christopher Plummer, and (protagonist’s) love interest Melanie Laurant, the badass French chick in Inglorious Basterds. Out June 3.
And of course there’s the much-talked-about Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Rashida Jones. I’ve been hearing about this one since Sundance, so I’ll be excited to see it when it’s finally released in August.