8/18/10: Weird Double Features

Mek and I used to come up with genres or themes commonly used in movies, write them down, throw them in a hat, and pick out one before going to the video store. We might each have to pick a Western, or a maybe a movie directed by John Carpenter, or a film where the central character has serious daddy issues. (Hint: there are a lot of those.) I haven’t watched Thelma and Louise yet, but I always thought that it and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would make a great double feature right before you went on a cross-country road trip with your buddy or maybe just threw yourself in your bathtub with a toaster.

Wednesday’s Recommendation: a double-feature of Manic and (500) Days of Summer. The link? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel’s love connection. Of course, most people have probably seen (500) Days of Summer by now or have at least heard of it, but Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel were also in this little indie movie Manic years before with Don Cheadle and Elden Hensen. The filming took me a little to get used to, but I think it’s worth a watch. Gordon-Levitt just, like, radiates intensity and rage; Deschanel plays someone vulnerable and withdrawn (that is, someone very different from who she usually plays) and I like how the movie ends. I think it ties up nicely.

The trailer for Manic is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_WqGCqjNAk

And the trailer for (500) Days of Summer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsD0NpFSADM

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