Drinking Buddies (2013) with Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Sam Livingston (x)
I think a film that doesn’t meet my expectations of a Hollywood narrative is saying a lot. Perfect drinking buddies do not necessarily make perfect partners. Drinking buddies Jake and Kate discover this over a two day period during which he helps her move and neither of them drink. He finds she lacks empathy when he injures himself bordering on a trip to the ER ..and she does nothing to help. Then she insists on drinking with the boys afterwards instead of dinner because he’s been kind of a drag that day. On the other hand she finds him manipulative and bullying when he tries to make her feel guilty about the whole thing. I found this just as dramatic as a happy Hollywood ending. I am left with one question however: what’s more intimate .. kissing in the woods or skinny dipping (without touching) ?
Personal Best (1982) Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly (x)
I saw this movie when it first came out. I was on a date. I had no idea. I was impressed but not for the reason my date thought ("I liked it" "Yeah, you would"). First, it’s a story about Olympic competition. It addresses the issue: what happens when two athletes competing in the same event are romantically involved? Since men and women don’t compete in the same events ..it focuses on a gay couple from the women’s team. Will their feelings interfere with competition ? Will competition betray their trust? It handles these issues skillfully. Secondly, it was set in San Luis Obispo CA, which has a reputation for sending women track athletes to the Olympic trials. It was also filmed on the track in Eugene Oregon during the 1980 Olympic trials ..with actual Olympians. An incredible feat of realism. Mariel Hemingway’s peformance was powerful and convincing. Olympic athlete Patrice Donnelly was a natural. Their relationship was just a part of the story. Made in the early 80’s ..the film was 20 years ahead of it’s time.
Happy Endings (2004)
Maps to the Stars new trailer
Maps to the Stars hits U.K. theaters in September 26th and is without a U.S. release date
"You saved my life. You’re my sister. Helena, I thought…I thought I killed you. I couldn’t tell anybody what I lost. You came back. Please, put down the gun. Please."
The Poker House (2007) a film by Lori Petty with Jennifer Lawrence in her first starring role.
The Keeping Room (2014) with Hailee Steinfeld and Brit Marling