Screaming, yelling, breaking furniture, soul-sucking jobs, mental illness, infidelity: Revolutionary Road is not your typical holiday season movie. Don't be fooled by the Kate-Winslet-and-Leonardo-Di-Caprio pairing -- this is not Titantic. Frank and April Wheeler are two bright young things in 1950s New York City who fall in love, get pregnant and move out to suburbia with stars in their eyes. But seven or so years later, the daily commute and absurd office nonsense is doing Frank in. Back home, April feels bored and stifled by domestic life, aching over both of their unmet potential. As she energizes Frank and they start to claw their way out, real life sets in and throws every single roadblock imaginable in their way. There's many Mad Men parallels in the analyses of post-war life, but ultimately, Revolutionary Road is just a portrait of a straining marriage: it's about the capacity that two people who are in love have to be cruel to each other.
The year may be coming to end, but the time to get closer to your partner is just beginning. The holidays are an opportunity for couples to introduce the traditions that have been passed from one generation to the next—but also to create new traditions that enhance a relationship for years to come. Here we've collected ten holiday traditions (some a little spicier than others) that you and your boyfriend or husband can make your own. Happy holidays! – Maureen Dempsey and Elizabeth Narins
Two fairytale love stories are wooing theatergoers this season. If you have but $12.50 (as ludicrous New York City rates go) to spend, skip Twilight, the teen vampire tale, and see Slumdog Millionaire instead. The Golden Globe Best Picture nominated film is about two destitute Indian orphans from Mumbai whose fates take them on two different, equally harrowing paths before reuniting, in part, thanks to the television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? While the chemistry between Twilight's main characters Bella and Edward has been praised, the box office hit failed to do what the book series did: use an original take on an old love story about destiny and soulmates to make even jaded hearts swoon.
Warning: this post kinda contains a spoiler about the movie, but chillax, you'll live! I saw the teen film Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist over the weekend. The first half of the film was everything I wanted: Kat Dennings' (Norah) amazing, amazing lips; schmoopy Michael Cera (Nick), who I just wanted to give big mama bear squeeze to; a great supporting role from a busted-ass car even worse than the '83 VW I used to drive; fun music. Then this weird sub-plot about Norah never having had an orgasm before appeared halfway through the film and I was, like, "Whaaaaaaaaat?"
If you're like me, you're counting down the days until Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, starring Juno's Michael Cera and Charlie Bartlett's Kat Dennings, hits theaters. Jessica Grose over at Jezebel is, too, but she's grown weary of the "earnest fumbling manchildren of film" so often portrayed as on-screen boyfriends. Cera seems to play the same role over and over: the "hypersensitive, passive, awkward semi-loser:" cute on-screen but too weak-willed, inexperienced and whiny to date or try to sleep with in real life.
Liz Tucillo's new novel, How To Be Single, a tale of a woman's search for what singlehood looks like across the globe, gets even better: There's a movie! Well, sort of: Tucillo documented her international travels, research, and interviews for the book on film, and the footage is available here.
Ok, is anyone shocked by this news? The NY Times is reporting that HBO is anxious to film a follow-up to the box office smash. Duh. While I loved the show when it was on I was wary about what the movie might hold. It wasn't the greatest film I'd ever seen, but it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. So much so that when I left I actually didn't mind the $10 I had paid for my ticket. Having said that, I'm really not up for a sequel. I don't want to watch any more awkward Miranda/Steve sex, and I was really happy with how all the ladies ended up. What more is there to tell us?
"Sex and the City" may be the splashiest example of a movie about the love and sex lives of women over 40, but it's not the only one. A little indie drama called "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" explores that theme as it tells the story of three generations of women in a Mexican-American family and the sexual awakening they experience during one hot summer in a dusty Arizona border town. The movie stars a pre-"Ugly Betty" America Ferrera as a teenager about to lose her virginity to the new boy in town and Elizabeth Peña as the woman in the middle, a lonely, divorced butcher shop owner whose passions are stoked by the local lothario. The heat—literal and figurative— is palpable, even in an air-conditioned theater. Here, Peña tells what drew her to the script immediately:"Women's sexuality no longer exists after 38, 39, 40. The only thing that might come close is Desperate Housewives, and that's a comedy. This movie allows a middle-aged woman, and a woman in her seventies to be sexual. We're allowed our sexuality back." She also dishes on her other movies and aging in Hollywood.