Random Factoid #388

20 08 2010

Today’s factoid serves as an entry to the Wet Blogathon over at “Encore Entertainment.” Andrew K asks us this:

Isn’t the rain lovely? And more lovely than actual rain….isn’t movie rain lovely? Gene Kelly devoted an entire number to it, after all. What’s your favourite moment of rain on screen? Don’t tell me…keep it to yourself and save it for the weekend. Nothing big, just a picture and a word, a line, a paragraph, an essay (if you’re loquacious) on why you like that particular moment of wetness.

I thought about my moment for a while, really just going through a list of my favorite movies and trying to remember if any of them had any scenes in the rain.  It took me a surprisingly long time to sift through all this information, and then the obvious answer hit me.  My favorite moment in the rain comes from one of my all-time favorite movies, “American Beauty.”

It’s not so much a scene that takes place in the rain, more like the entire climax of the movie.  Obviously, I can’t talk about it without ruining the entire movie, but I can make a list of adjectives that describe it.  Really, the end of “American Beauty” perfectly recaptures every emotion that runs through the entire movie.  There’s happiness and tragedy, grief and sorrow, tumult and calm, satisfaction and disappointment.

But most of all, there is beauty.  My school did away with senior yearbook quotes this year, much to my disappointment, but I definitely would have included this remark from Lester Burnham at the end of the movie as one of my three:

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.

I wouldn’t have used all of it simply due to length, but I just think that those words are some of the most truly profound things a movie has ever said to me.  To all of you reading, I hope that the quotation inspires you to seek out and appreciate some of the beauty lying all around your own life.

Random Factoid #208

21 02 2010

If you look up in the address bar of your Internet browser, you should notice a tiny little picture whose contents are virtually indistinguishable.

In case you were wondering, that is a picture of me underneath the “American Beauty” plaque outside of the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles where the Oscars are held.

I took pictures of a lot of my favorite winners, including “The Departed” and (I believe) “Annie Hall.”  Possibly “Slumdog Millionaire” too just for kicks.

What illustrious movie from 2009 will get its plaque right underneath that?  Just trying to add some suspense to a good old factoid…

Random Factoid #51

17 09 2009

If you haven’t noticed, when I love a movie, I will never stop talking about it.  If you go and look at some of the very first posts, I mentioned “(500) Days of Summer” in almost every post.  As I was thinking about my factoid for today, I had a friend remind me of all of the movies that she saw only because I was constantly raving about them, such as “American Beauty” and “The Dark Knight,” both of which are in my top 10 at the moment.

Random Factoid #46

12 09 2009

I have 25 movies in my iTunes library, and it takes up an obscene 30.5 gigabytes on my hard drive.  The sad thing is most of the movies really aren’t that great.  A lot of them I bought because I always wanted a movie on my computer that I had yet to see (this was before the dawn of iTunes movie rentals).  Thus, I have “The Longest Yard” on my iPod but not “American Beauty.”  I know it’s a problem; I’m working on it.

REVIEW: Away We Go

12 08 2009

At the request of a dedicated reader, I decided to bump up my review of “Away We Go.”  I drove 45 minutes away to a remote suburb of Houston back in April to be one of the first people to see the movie, and I was not disappointed.  Two months later, I was there to see it again on its first weekend playing at an art house theater in Houston.  So needless to say, I really enjoyed the movie.  It is well-acted, featuring star turns from John Krasinski (Jim from TV’s “The Office”) and Maya Rudolph (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), but it is really buoyed by its phenomenal supporting cast.  The film features a very heartfelt screenplay from Dave Eggers (author of “What is the What”) and his wife Vendela Vida.

Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) are a gentle, loving couple expecting a baby.  As all good parents do, they want their child to have a better life than they did.  So the two of them set out on a journey to find what they never really could: a home.  They visit old friends and family members, seeing broken relationships, marital tension, and lives that they don’t want to lead.  They discover that all they can do is love each other and hope that everything else works out. Read the rest of this entry »