Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Fun... My Favorite Movie

OK, so this isn't as frivolous a Friday Fun recommendation as I strive to, but one that won't let you down. Feeling contemplative? Feeling pensive? Feeling like watching Ryan Gosling be AMAZING?

Then go to Netflix or Amazon or wherever you buy your entertainment, and get The United States of Leland.

This is absolutely, hands down my very favorite movie (edging out Braveheart, The Crow, Star Wars 2.5 through 6, Aliens, The Terminator, and Terminator 2). And, unlike all of these films, The United States of Leland is in no way science fiction, or full of battles, etc. It is a straight up amazing story.

Premise (as per IMDB):

After stabbing an autistic boy, the sixteen year old troubled and pessimist Leland P. Fitzgerald is sent to a juvenile detention. His teacher and aspirant writer Pearl Madison gets close and tries to understand him, first with intention of writing a book, and later becoming his friend. Leland slowly discloses his sad vision of world.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey, Jenna Malone, Chris Klein, Lena Olin, Michele Williams, Sherlynn Fenn, and more...

I know it sounds sad, but the movie makes me feel infinite. The writing is flawless, the acting impeccable, and it is no where near as sad or dark as it sounds. Trust me-- this is one to watch.

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