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Three Movies You Should See, Marion Cotillard Bday Edition

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1.) Love Me If You Dare (2003) - this movie is French and ridiculous. like you really need to suspend disbelief to see this movie and enjoy it. but if you liked more Americanized French movies such as Amelie, this will just be a natural progression for you. Marion Cotillard met her longtime partner Guillaume Canet on the set of this film. Believable couple with good chemistry- it's whimsical, hilarious and heartbreaking. It's also very French. Happy birthday, Marion!



Days I do not miss. 

2.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)- I will forego the urge to leave a review of this film but WOW it was sublime. I mean- instant classic material. The book was captured to a T. the whole cast is brilliant and it captures adolescence so sincerely and naturally. My friend Jeremy (and occasional writer) left an awesome review of this film here. HE DOES NOT LIE. My favorite scene by far was the dance to "Come on Eileen." Hands down this has my vote for best of 2012. I wish I wasn't so predictable. Also:  solid cast. 

p.s. nice little homage to Western PA. 




later, to be played by James Franco. agh!

3.) Rebel Without a Cause (1955)- When I saw this movie a decade ago, it made a tremendous impact on me. I can only imagine what it would have been like to have seen this film in the 1950s. How groundbreaking it was! And how awesome were Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood and James Dean? One of the best casts ever, I would think. Sadly they all died under weird circumstances (the whole cast is dead too now- mostly, which is depressing). Seriously though, a moment:  this movie introduced teenage angst to the masses (I can't believe I just typed that).  And some argue the first gay character came out of this (Plato, played by Mineo, both Dean and him were alleged bisexuals- well Mineo def was but who currs) This movie inspired French New Wave. I will be forever impressed by this movie. You should see it once because it's an American treasure. And weirdly, I saw this again the same day as the aforementioned movie....and there are a lot of parallels between the two. 

what say you? 

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