Young & Free is our spotlight on coming-of-age movies, youth culture and all things that make being in the beginning stages of life great. Being in your teens, 20s, or never quite growing past that age where you hand over your vision, hope of possibilities or ignoring (knowingly or not) much else than the next night up around the corner. Sure, we were more complex than that. Most definitely, the youth of today are more complex than breezily moving from day to day without much of a care in the world, especially right now. However, there are only certain ages when the nights offer so much possibility, your voice is loud and can be heard, and you are truly young and free.
What's For Dinner?
Duh!!! Tacos at 9 P.M. and 3 A.M. Go double-dip at that taco truck - no, no, no, no, not THAT dounle-dip - tonight, then close it out again with another order and go stream one of these flicks.
Summer: anticipating every moment, the confrontations, loves, friendships and succumbing to the power of the heat - this is all of summer in its finest cinematic form.
Movies are not grouped by 1-10, but by the beginning of the season, the events like weddings, 4th of July, and mundane and simple day-to-day where time doesn't matter. Of course, as they all do, anything good ends with that bitter taste of melancholy and last grasp at a fleeting moment in time.
The Endless Summer Mix
In our series Then & Now, going back to the start vs. an artist's current work can lead to excitement, puzzlement, reflection and sheer joy at the evolution of the roles, movies, catalog. With the release of Da 5 Bloods and The King of Staten Island, in a weird time for movies with no box office buzz, these two movies released to streaming on the same day feels like another world where buzz built and built into a Friday frenzy. Having not seen either just yet, this is a prime opportunity to look back at two picks for the middle of June.
School Daze from Spike Lee and The 40 Year-Old Virgin represent the 'Then' with singular looks that seem to only be able to be delivered by Lee and Apatow. The double-feature opportunities are endless throughout these two's films, but going back to the beginning is sometimes where you need to go to remember what you first loved or the possibility of capturing that magic in a bottle one more time.
WHAT'S TO EAT?
Back to the spot where you went as a kid. Does the place hold up or were those rose-colored lenses as a kid clouding your vision? Pizza still as good? Eehhhhh. Sliders hold up? Then & Now your food too. Make it a great night.