I’ve been at home sick for the past two days, and I thought that I should take these days to cross some movies off my list. I never realized how much these movies would affect me, but I really wanted to share what I’ve been watching.
On Monday I watched Almost Famous, the story of a 15-year-old boy in the 70s who is an incredible journalist, so incredible, in fact, that Rolling Stone asks him to write for them. They send him on the road with a band as they tour the country, hitting crazy parties, getting drunk and high, meeting girls, fans and every other wild character you could imagine. This is one of those stories that will make you treasure ever second of your wild existence, and, as someone who is wildly in love with the idea of writing for a magazine like Rolling Stone, I could live vicariously through the main character, in his incredible experiences during an incredible era for rock and roll.
Today, I watched a movie called Liberal Arts, a love story between a 35-year-old college admissions officer and a 19-year-old girl who attends his alma mater. It is a story about coming of age, every age: becoming an adult, becoming old, retiring. And it is a story about love, and books, and culture, and people. It is one of those movies that you need to watch at every stage in your life to remind you that it is going to be okay. Also, the cast of this movie is incredible: Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother, Elizabeth Olsen, and even Zach Efron. (This was easily my favorite movie with Zach Efron. He was a phenomenal stoner.) HOWEVER, the only thing I would say negatively about this movie is I think they just ruined Infinite Jest for me. The novel is a minor part of the plot; however I think they gave away part of the storyline, which bothered me. I’m not entirely sure about that, since I haven’t read the book yet (which is why I’m so mad), but I think so. And that is a bummer.