Thursday, September 19, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Break-Ups
For the 38th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of break-ups. Films that explore couples just calling it quits as it’s something that is seen very often as it play into relationships that just fizzled out. Here are my three picks:
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Michel Gondry’s strange romantic sci-fi comedy from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman is definitely one of the best films of the 2000s. It revolves around a man who had just broken up with his girlfriend as he learns she erased all of her memories of him as he decides to do the same but it eventually leads to problems. It’s a film that explore a relationship and how much that relationship meant to someone and some of the flaws of these individuals throughout the course of the film as they wondered if erasing memories of former spouses was the right thing to do.
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
From Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel is a great break-up comedy where a TV show music composer whose relationship with the star of that same TV show is shattered when she decides to leave him for a rock star and he wallows in his misery. Wanting to recover from the break-up, he goes to Hawaii only to find that his ex-girlfriend is there with her new rock star boyfriend and he gets more miserable only to get sympathy and a new lease on life from the lively hotel concierge and other hotel staff members including Paul Rudd as a stoner surf instructor.
3. (500) Days of Summer
A film that explores a relationship that lasted 500 days and how it all fell apart as it is told in non-linear narrative. It’s a unique take of the romantic-comedy as its opening sequence involves Chloe Grace Moretz riding her bike to the city to find her older brother breaking dishes as he had just broken up with his girlfriend. It’s a film that play into the many ups and downs of a relationship yet it explore how it can all fall apart and the harsh realities of love. Most notably the reality/expectations sequence of what a man is hoping to have but is also dealing with what is really happening as it is a real punch to the gut.
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