Philosophy, Psychology, Nerdisms, Writing from the Trenches

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Breakdown…of a different variety

I wasn’t able to finish reading a book this week. I know. I’m disappointed in myself, too.

But, I’m not going to leave you hanging. See, every day, I have a lunch break, and I’ve started watching movies to take up that sweet hour of not staring at a computer.

Since I have no book to review this week, I offer you a different sort of breakdown.

Movie Breakdown

(like someone watches it for you)

Easy A

I saw this gem nestled in the depths of Netflix Instant Play. I thought I’d give it a whirl. I was mildly interested when it was released, but never got around to viewing it.

Olive (Emma Stone) lets it slip that she lost her V-card. The rumor travels around school, and she suddenly becomes known as the token slut. In order to help out her gay friend, she fakes having sex with him to boost his street cred and make him look straight. Soon, geeks and nerds are paying her to fake erotic entanglements.

It doesn’t work out the way Olive hoped, and she finds she can get hurt, after all.

This movie is solid.

The cast is fantastic.

The plot is clever and quick.

If you have :60, take a look at the second to opening scene.

First Ten:

Everyone knows that one page in the screenplay is one minute in the movie (if you didn’t, hey! you learned something new). That “Pocket Full of Sunshine” scene takes place within the first ten minutes of the movie.

Didn’t that get you hooked?

I mean, that moment when you get an addicting song stuck in your head and it’s…THERE ALL WEEKEND. That moment when you’re about to belt out the lyrics, and the CD skips? Argh! The worst.

There’s a tribute to John Hughes, an interesting family dynamic, teachers who are surprisingly human. Like I said: solid.

Watch this movie. It’s great.

Next week, I promise, I’ll have Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan ready for some breaking down. Unless you think you can beat me to it.

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