This Month In Media: December 2015

Two movie highlights this month: The Force Awakens and Begin Again.

First, the obvious: The Force Awakens was everything I was hoping for out of a new Star Wars movie, and may have just taken the spot as my favorite of the whole series. It exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Well written, great story, awesome new characters, and superb acting all around. Daisy Ridley & John Boyega were hands down the perfect casting choices. Even BB8 was a joy to watch. This is not only the Star Wars movie that fans wanted, it’s the Star Wars movie that fans needed.

And then there was Begin Again, the movie that has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Despite just discovering it, I’ve already watched it several times and shown it to a few of my friends. It’s a modern movie musical by John Carney (writer/director of Once.) Unlike a Broadway style musical where characters randomly burst into song, the songs in Begin Again come from the fact that the characters are musicians, and these are their songs. It has a beautiful story & music, and I absolutely love Keira Knightley in this role. Great performances all around, really. Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld… all pitch perfect. The characters feel real and have wonderful story arcs. My emotions were riding high while watching this, as it’s a cathartic, heartfelt story about moving on. Highly recommend.

Movies

  • Santa’s Little Helper (2015)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Begin Again (2014)
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
  • The Call (2013)
  • Seven Psychopaths (2012)
  • Four Brothers (2005)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
  • Trading Places (1983)

Books

Music

  • Adam Levine – “Lost Stars”
  • Begin Again Soundtrack
  • Butch Walker – “Santa’Self (F*ck Your Christmas Party)”
  • Keira Knightley – “Like A Fool”
  • The Maine – “Santa Stole My Girlfriend”
  • Relient K – “I Hate Christmas Parties”

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