30 Day Film Challenge: Day 15

The Film That Depicts Your Life

The number movies about twenty-something recent college graduates living with their parents in suburban New Jersey because the economy sucks is shockingly limited. (Yes, I am milking this stage in my life for all the fodder it is worth.)

Wait a second. Does that mean I am currently living in the Garden State version of The Graduate except instead of Zach Braff or Dustin Hoffman (now that’s an image) I am Alexis Bledel in Post Grad? Yes, my life right now is a weird combination of these three movies.

(Can someone with more editing skills than I have please merge these three movies into one super film for me? Thanks.)

What Should I Watch Tonight?

It is another night without cable for me. Fortunately, a solid selection of my DVDs have been transported to Boston so I finally have something to watch. But just what movie am I going to watch?

I’m having some issues deciding what movie I should watch tonight. I’ve narrowed it down to five and the best reason I can think of to watch it. Maybe you can help me out from here.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Why: Because once upon a time Abigail Breslin was adorable. (I also have not seen this, I think, since it was released.)

Stage Door (1937)

Why: It’s a great early Katharine Hepburn movie that also stars Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers.

Annie Hall (1977)

Why: I watched Whatever Works this morning and I could go for a really good Woody Allen movie now.

To Have or Have Not (1944)

Why: Lauren Bacall. Bogie. This scene. Need I show you anything more?

Garden State (2004)

Why: In honor of my upcoming return to New Jersey, I should rewatch a movie that filmed in my hometown.

There you have it. Have any other suggestions that might tip the scale in one movie’s favor?

Jim Parsons in Garden State

Knight Jim Parsons of Medieval Times

Hello there readers. I have returned from my week long adventure to Michigan and it was quite lovely.

In honor of my return to NJ, I sat down with my sister to watch Garden State. I first saw this movie when it was released in 2004 and since then it has become a favorite for my friends and me. What I was not expecting to see when I settled down to watch this movie however was Jim Parsons, who currently stars on The Big Bang Theory.

Parsons makes one brief appearance at the beginning of the film as a Medieval Times knight. And guess what TBBT fans; he speaks klingon. Enjoy this gem.

Parsons is nominated for an Emmy for his role as Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, a show which I highly recommend. Below is one of my favorite scenes from the show. Enjoy!

Oh, Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard in Shattered Glass

Every year of recent memory, Peter Sarsgaard has delivered a superb performance, role after role, movie after. From Shattered Glass to Garden State to Kinsey, Sarsgaard never fails.

He is just one of those actors. Well-liked, excellent at his craft, praised by critics, and rarely recognized beyond that point.

This year is no diiferent as Sarsgaard delivers once again with key performances in Jarhead and The Dying Gaul. An excerpt:

Has it downby Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

Today (Friday, 10.4) is Peter Sarsgaard Meditation Day, if you want to think like that. You know…thoughts of who he is and how sharp his mind is, what he’s got stewing inside, what that easy smile and those hooded eyes really indicate deep down, where’s he’s heading.

Sarsgaard, 34, has two new movies opening today — Jarhead, a Waiting-for-Godot- ish Gulf War drama in which he plays Troy, the hardest and truest Marine of them all…an intense embodiment of the modern deballed warrior…and The Dying Gaul, in which he plays a gay screenwriter involved in a sexual-ethical muddle with a big-studio executive (Campbell Scott) who wants to make a movie of his script, and the executive’s curiously frustrated wife (Patricia Clarkson).

Both of Sarsgaard’s characters are given to internal suffering, which he conveys with his usual particularity. A lot of actors are good at subtle conveyences, but Sarsgaard is always fascinating when most of the energy is being pushed down and there’s relatively little to do. He doesn’t ever seem to say, “Look at me”…but you can’t help doing that.

He can also be riveting when asked to go in the opposite direction. There’s a start- ling, almost-on-the-cusp-of-being-too-much sexual scene in Gaul that proves this and then some. It’s “honest” in a way that almost no other actor I can think of would be willing to touch.

I wouldn’t call either performance career-altering, but they’re a reminder of what everyone has come to realize about Sarsgaard over the least couple of years, which is that he’s an exceptional violin player, and that one day the right music and the right conductor are going to come along and…wham, out of the park.

Click here to read the entire article. Thoughts? What do you think about Mr. Sarsgaard? Hate spelling his last name. (Because I sure do.) Sound off below!