(500) DAYS OF SUMMER @ THE GRAND

486497_1020_AFellow Members & Movie Buffs:

Well, our 6th annual summer party is over, and somehow we all survived both the heat and the excitement. Thanks to all who assisted with the set up and tear down of the event. The dishes brought by folks were all scrumptious. A special thanks to Roger & Farishta for all the hard work they put into it. The last day of July is nearing, and yes we are in the midst of a heat wave that rivals any I can remember for the Northwest. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, our theatrical film for August, opens at the “air conditioned” Grand Theater this very Friday, July 31, 2009. Per usual, we need to get down there and view this film as soon as possible. Here’s hoping the film runs for several weeks, but do not count on it. It appears to be a fetching comedy, and who can’t use a smile, a giggle, or a laugh these days?

Director Marc Webb makes his directorial feature film debut with this movie. He had done some CGI games and a short film, SEASCAPE, prior to this. The review in FILM JUNK put it this way—“The term “romantic comedy” is not particularly well-regarded nowadays, thanks to years of formulaic and sappy love stories manufactured specifically as light entertainment for couples who are out on a date. But movies about relationships don’t always have to be cheesy and predictable. Take Marc Webb‘s directorial debut, (500) Days of Summer, for instance. It’s an amusing movie about falling in and out of love that certainly doesn’t play by the rules of your standard rom-com. The movie has a unique take on the life cycle of love, jumping back and forth through time to examine the various stages of a relationship removed from their chronological sequence. It’s a clever and intriguing concept, and one that is supported by two fantastic actors.”

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) Directed by Marc Webb @ 95 minutes.

The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, and Chloe Moretz. Synopsis: This is more than a love story, becoming a story about love. An offbeat comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe that true love even exists and the young man who falls for her—then pursues her valiantly like a modern day Don Quixote. He pursues her with all his wits and courage, for despite everything he still fervently believes that love still has the power to shock the heart, to stop the world.

“In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That’s the reason “500 Days of Summer” is so appealing. Tom is in love with Summer from the moment he sees her. Can he accept that she simply likes him for now, not for forever? The movie, which is a delightful comedy, alive with invention, is about Tom wrestling with that reality. The director Marc Webb seems to be casting about for templates from other movies to help him tell this story; that’s not desperation, but playfulness. There’s a little black and white, a little musical number, a little Fellini, which is always helpful in evoking a man in the act of yearning… Tom opens the film by announcing it will not be your typical love story. Are you like me, and when you realize a movie is on autopilot you get impatient with it? How long can the characters pretend they don’t know how the story will end? Here is a rare movie that begins by telling us how it will end and is about how the hero has no idea why.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This is movie magic most unexpected. — Tom Long, Detroit News

An engagingly breezy tale about a guy with a broken heart and the girl who broke it. — Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

So let’s all transport ourselves to the wonderfully air conditioned Grand Theater and enjoy this film. See you at the movies!

 Glenn

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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