Thursday, February 28, 2013

pop culture BLOW OFF of the day: I don't think i want to be in between things.

Now that the Oscars are over and you're done with frantically trying to watch all the nominated movies (wait, what? Not everyone does that?)-- I highly recommend checking out the film Take This Waltz, written and directed by Sarah Polley. Guys, it's On Demand.

Even if you don't have a girl crush on Michelle Williams like I do, I still think you'll love this movie. The plot in a nutshell: Margot (Williams) is married to Lou (Seth Rogen). They have a normal happy marriage, but then she meets this guy Daniel (played by Luke Kirby) on an airplane, who ends up living across the street from her.

What follows is a heavy-duty emotional affair. The last time I saw this much sexual tension between two actors in a movie, it was Ralph Feinnes and Kristen Scott Thomas in The English Patient (that movie came out in 1996, y'all.) I'm not sure why we haven't seen Luke Kirby in more movies, but he's effing hot.

What I loved about the movie is how conflicted I was from beginning to end. Every time Daniel and Margot have a scene together, I wanted them to make out-- but every time it looked like they were about to finally go for it, I was like "Noooo, you're married! Don't do it!" I also found it unpredictable-- there's no way of really knowing whether Margot will end up with Lou or Daniel at the end (I won't give it away.)

I may have even liked this movie more than Blue Valentine-- which was great, but totally made me want to slit my wrists and bleed out slowly. This film at least has some really funny moments to add some levity and it felt like it had a stronger female sensibility. Also, I loved getting to see actors like Rogen and Sarah Silverman play against type.  Silverman who plays Rogen's alcoholic sister delivers some of the best lines in the movie: "Life has a gap in it. It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic."

Don't get me wrong, there are still a few hyper-hipster moments and a few pretentious lines of dialogue, but overall, I loved it. And the message it leaves you with: new things get old.

Here's one of my fave scenes from the movie:


  1. Love this post. I haven't seen the movie (now I will. I think it's streaming on Netflix too) but from the post it seems to perfectly nail the battle of my life. And mine happens to be different from Beyonce's. I always struggle with wanting the most out of everything and when I come up with less experience great depression and disappointment. Is it an admirable quality or my fatal flaw that I just can't be happy with normal? Maybe this movie will help shed some light for me. Or maybe I'm totally off but I'll still give it a watch anyway.

  2. Loved this movie. Loved the hot dude even more. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to find this Feist song. I was unsuccessful, thanks for reminding me.

  3. LOL, Sassypants! I did the exact same thing! It's a cover of a leonard cohen song, but the feist version is nowhere to be found. So annoying.