‘The Romantics’ (Spoiled)

Alright, so I’m a little shy to say I watched the film Something Borrowed and thoroughly liked it. Perhaps it’s John Krasinski’s presence that makes me flutter.

There’s something to be said about Krasinski’s role choices – rom coms, when he probably prefers to be lost in a David Foster Wallace book. Romantic roles work for him and he knows it.

There’s also something to be said about films about making the right decision. I couldn’t help but feel the similarities between The Romantics and Something Borrowed. Similar plot – Best friends that fall for the same guy. Infidelity and re-acquainted love.

I had some mixed feelings when I hopped into the film The Romantics. I hate to say it but I think it was the gorgeous soundtrack that made me like the film – very simple song selections. Mostly tunes by The Bird and the Bee, with a very sexy scene to the Bedouin Soundclash song “Brutal Hearts.” Closing the film off with the Zombies’ very optimistic tune “This Will Be Our Year.” I gotta say that this movie doesn’t really give much closure, but like Thelma and Louise, you kinda know what’s going to happen, it’s just a real moo point. By them choosing to end the film with “This Will Be Our Year” gives me so much optimism when it comes to the fate of the two characters.

I am almost certain that it was the good song selection that saved the movie for me!!!! Rotten Tomato completely chewed the film up.

Much like the film Rachel Getting Married, The Romantics uses a lot of handheld camera work. Something I never want to acknowledge after watching the film, but don’t typically notice while watching it.
AH, ANOTHER WEDDING FILM!

So some things I really enjoyed hearing:

1. The Bedouin Soundclash tune “Brutal Hearts” featuring Beatrice Martin (Coeur de pirate):

2. How similar it is to the Young Marble Giants’ tune “The Taxi” (which I heard on the super show Bored to Death):

2b. The tune “Salad Days” (because it’s awesome):

3. “This Will Be Our Year” by the Zombies

Elijah Wood has a supporting role in The Romantics, funny enough a week ago I read an interview with him in Spin magazine. The final question they ask him is what song he’d like to hear at his funeral. He responded: “Oh shit! I haven’t given that any thought. Maybe “This Will Be Our Year” by the Zombies. It’s incredibly uplifting. Or “Good ‚Ä®Vibrations,” but that might be a little too positive. ”

About a year or two ago Zooey Deschanel expressed similar sentiments for her passing when asked by Canadian monthly magazine Exclaim! what she’d like played at her funeral.

This was the closing tune for The Romantics:

‘The Future,’ Peggy Lee, Beach House

“Where and When” by Peggy Lee and The Benny Goodman Trio was used throughout the Miranda July film The Future.

So was the super haunting “Master of None” by Beach House. I just can’t shake this song out of my system. It kills me. It was used so well in the film, teased a bit without tossing in the lyrics until a breakthrough part.

Will Scheff

A music fan that doesn’t have it in them to find new music anymore is like absolute death to me. What are you even doing being alive if you’re not trying to constantly grow? And I don’t mean just in terms of music, but in terms in pushing yourself to try different foods and watch different kinds of movies. The world encourages you to lock into a particular routine. I fucking hate when I hear people in their 50s say, “I’m too old to change.” Fuck you, you’re lucky to be alive, asshole. Why don’t you try to grow? It’s a gift to get to be born and not suddenly die of cancer or get hit by a car. One day, you’re gonna be a rotting body in the ground and you’re gonna be like, “Wow, I kinda wish I listened to new music from ages 30 to 70.”

Jack Goes Boating, sights and songs

This film marks Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut.

Hoffman always plays some pretty dominant characters, this film is no exception. It’s not a funny film but there’s definitely a dynamic humour to it. I like how real the film is, there’s a lot of pain, love and humanity to this film.¬†A really significant reason why this film is so human is because it was originally written as a stage play that was later translated to film.

It’s kind of refreshing to go from stage as opposed to book. I feel like most films were a book and I assume in birthing an idea from a book the ideas brush off very differently than if they were drawn from a stage play.

I like the simplicity of this film. A simplicity that other P.S.H. films couldn’t even begin to dream about.

I also really like how the characters are not perfect, completely awkward. Wehn I first start seeing someone I feel like a complete clutz, never a smooth moment. I feel like Jack Goes Boating really captures the flaws and flops of meeting someone new. Similar to the way Garden State and Beginners captured the humanity in their characters.

I love the songs that were used in this film. Hip, current music like Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Cat Power. I really hate that I’m an “indie rock” girl, I’d really like to prize myself as being more musically out of the box, but in all truth, that’s really my niche.