Thursday, November 20, 2014

A retrospective: the master of BLOW OFF movies

I was very sad to wake up to the news this morning that Mike Nichols died at the age of 83. He was one of my favorite filmmakers and the master of movies about break-ups and heartbreak. In fact, we've referenced his films often on this blog. So here are a few of my favorites:

A BLOW OFF song of the day post from June 2010:
I'm ashamed to admit that I just watched the movie Heartburn for the FIRST time (written by Nora Ephron, directed by Mike Nichols, inspired by Ephron's crappy marriage with Carl Bernstein who couldn't keep it in his dishy.)

Anyway, in honor of the movie, today's BLOW OFF song of the day is Coming Around Again by Carly Simon which basically plays through the whole movie.
"I know nothing stays the same, but if you're willing to play the game, it will be coming around again."
-Carly Simon, 1987

The Graduate
A pop-culture BLOW OFF post from March 2010

Before there was The Breakfast Club or Garden State, there was The Graduate... quite possibly the best coming of age movie ever made. If you haven't seen it, stop reading, hit your head against the wall five times, and log onto Netflix asap.

The best part of the classic ending below *Spoiler Alert* (aside from the zooms and extreme close ups) is watching the expression on Elaine and Benjamin's faces go from "yay, I heart you" to "WTF did we just do?"  

Plus, there are so many BLOW OFFS here. Elaine blowing off her WASP-y groom, Benjamin blowing off Mrs. Robinson, Elaine blowing off her parents, the two of them blowing off the establishment.   But don't take my word for it, watch the link my bitches.
I know for a fact that I've blogged about the movie Closer before and I just can't seem to the find the post anywhere. Maybe I just imagined it? Anyway, this movie will make you never want to get married or be in a relationship again, but it's got some great fight scenes. This one's def NSFW.
Guys, I even managed to get a Silkwood reference into this Bachelor recap.

Anyway, I will be spending this weekend revisiting Working Girl and Postcards from the Edge, and watching Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Carnal Knowledge for the first time (my bestie Alison swears by this one).  RIP Mike Nichols :(

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