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Movie Bars: Wait Outside C-3PO

Movie Bars: Wait Outside C-3PO

Occasionally we’ve all found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being at a bar, or a party, or the dreaded wedding reception where we don’t know a soul. It’s the most awkward feeling in the world, right? We try to act cool, and casual, as if we totally belong in this completely foreign environment, but inside all we want to do is run out the door as fast as our feet can take us there. This happened to me not all that long ago, and the scene from the original Star Wars that takes place in the

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Movie Bars: Grace Under Pressure

Movie Bars: Grace Under Pressure

One of the best parts of doing these Movie Bar posts is that I get the opportunity to watch some of my favorite films again and see them in a totally new light. The subject of this week’s post, Midnight in Paris, is certainly no exception. Released to much critical acclaim in 2011, the movie was written and directed by Woody Allen, and actually won the Oscar that year for Best Original Screenplay. I watched it the first time around with my daughter Wendy in anticipation of our unforgettable trip to Paris in

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Movie Bars: I Had To Go See About a Girl

Movie Bars: I Had To Go See About a Girl

In 1994 Ben Affleck and Matt Damon finished writing a screenplay for a thriller that centered around the idea of a young “Southie” from Boston who is being recruited by the government because of his genius intelligence. After Miramax bought the rights to the film, president Rob Reiner encouraged Damon and Affleck to drop the thriller idea and focus instead on the relationship between the young man and his therapist, with an additional romantic twist thrown in. This became the film that we all know as Good Will Hunting that was nominated for nine Oscars and won two: Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Affleck and Damon. I can still remember watching the two of them up on stage at the Academy Awards that year. There are a number of bar scenes in the movie, the most analyzed being the one that occurs in the Bow and Arrow where Will puts a pompous Harvard student in his place and captures the heart of Skylar (Minnie Driver) in the process. This scene is certainly critical to the film because it reveals the extent of Will’s genius to the audience, while simultaneously establishing the instant attraction between him and Skylar. At the advice of my son Connor, who helps me so much in working through my ideas for these movie posts, I chose to look instead at the more understated bar scene that occurs between Will’s therapist, Sean Maguire, and his mentor, Gerard Lambeau, played by Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgård, respectively.

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Movie Bars: Au Revoir, Shosanna

Movie Bars: Au Revoir, Shosanna

Quentin Tarantino is known for placing pivotal scenes in his movies that create a great deal of tension both on the screen and in the audience, before they ultimately escalate to the point of shocking violence. In his 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds, there are several scenes that fall into this category. The movie opens with Mélanie Laurent’s character, Shosanna, narrowly escaping a French farmhouse after her whole family has been slaughtered right in front of her eyes, and it ends with a spectacularly

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Monday Movie Bars: We Don’t Serve Water Here

Monday Movie Bars: We Don’t Serve Water Here

Have you already guessed today’s movie?? If you’re going with Coyote Ugly, then you are exactly right! If you haven’t seen it, the first thing we need to discuss is how that’s even possible. Released in theaters back in August of 2000 with Maria Bello, Piper Perabo, and John Goodman in the lead roles, Coyote Ugly went on to gross over 100 million dollars worldwide. It’s a wild and fun romp that tells the story of Violet Stanford (Piper Perabo), a singer from New Jersey who wants to make it big in New York

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