Welcome to Film Fridays! Hopefully the first of many to come.
I know it may not be friday just yet but, I'm heading to Copenhagen tomorrow and I thought I'd give you it a little early. I hope you enjoy!
Here i'll be talking about all things film, both past & present, whats new & whats been and not forgetting the classics. I'm in no-way a film buff but I do like to think I have good taste in film choice... I'll let you be the judge on that one. So here goes... the first Film Friday!
As we have just passed into 2015, I thought I'd begin by looking back at one of my favourite films of 2014. So I introduce to you, unless you have already seen it, Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is based on a book of short stories, by the same name, all themed around teenagers and the struggles they face. Written back in 2010 by actor James Franco it grabbed the attention of Gia Coppola (sister of Sophia Coppola, talented family ehh). Palo Alto would serve as the Gia's film debut, although by watching it you would think she has been directing for decades, truly a stellar first film for Gia, I'm sure this will not be the last of her we see. It was during 2012 that Gia adapted the film into a screenplay and so the magic began and the pieces that would eventually form Palo Alto came together.
The film features a pretty young cast of fresh faces on the acting scene. Jack Kilmer gives a fantastic performance as troubled teen Teddy along side Nat Wolf and no strangers to the big screen James Franco & Emma Roberts (who may just have given a career changing performance, true scene stealer).
Whoever cast Palo Alto has done a great job, each actor fits their character perfectly. I almost felt as though I was watching an extra cool, indie reality TV show. Like Keeping Up With The Kardashians but if they were a bunch of hipsters and not rich or famous. It really gives an honest look at the reality of teenage life in current day America, without all the bullshit people “think” teenagers go though. Palo Alto is highly relatable.
Gia sights The Virgin Suicides, American Graffiti, Diner & The Last Picture Show as inspiration, so with company like that you know that Palo Alto is going to be a beautifully shot film. But enough of my opinions, go check out it out for yourself or go a step ahead and read the book first. Definitely my favourite film of 2014.
P.s KILLER SOUNDTRACK! Fits the film so well, they work seamlessly in tandem with one another.
If you want a deeper insight into how this film came to be check out the 30 min documentary hosted via Vice. I'll link it below.