There are three films that we at StyleBlueprint have either seen or are earnestly trying to make time to see. For all the people you are going to see this fall, these three movies will make for great conversation. All can currently be seen at the Belcourt: http://www.belcourt.org/
(Excerpts all from Belcourt’s website)
Moonrise Kingdom (This has been out all summer at only has late night showing now. Grab some friends, hit dinner, then this movie.)
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father Wink in “The Bathtub,” a Southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares his daughter for the unraveling of the universe and a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD exists entirely in its own universe: mythological, anthropological, folkloric and apocalyptic. Benh Zeitlin’s first feature (a Sundance Institute Feature Film Program project) employs a cast of non-actors—reflecting its grassroots production—to fiercely portray the bond between father and daughter in a world where only the strong survive. Standing defiantly at the end of the world, Hushpuppy affirms the dignity of telling their story: that they were once there…. (Sundance Film Festival Program Guide)
The Queen of Versailles
With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES follows billionaires Jackie and David Siegel’s riches-to-rags story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. The film opens on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-sq. ft. mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming timeshare business built on the real estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. This riveting film follows the impact of this turn of fortune and is fraught with delusion, denial and self-effacing humor.