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Movie Bars: Fashionably Passionate

Movie Bars: Fashionably Passionate

If you’ve seen the movie The Devil Wears Prada you may be trying to remember when the bar scene happens in the film. It’s okay, you’re not going crazy, it’s super quick and Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) doesn’t even have a drink in it. Yet it’s that critical moment when she meets Christian Thompson (Simon Baker) at the St. Regis in NYC and chooses to accept the Harry Potter manuscript from him, placing herself firmly in his debt. The question of choice comes up a lot for Andy and her answer throughout the

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Movie Bars: Bloody Bateman

Movie Bars: Bloody Bateman

It is certainly a true statement to say that American Psycho, released in 2000 and directed by Mary Harron, is a bizarre and disturbing movie. It tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street investment banker impeccably played by Christian Bale, who has a penchant for expensive wine, fine dining, Valentino suits, and murdering people in the most bloody and violent ways possible. The film is set in 1987 when the hedonistic world of Wall Street was at its pinnacle. Although there are bar scenes

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Movie Bars: You’re My Exception

Movie Bars: You’re My Exception

I’m going to guess that the movie He’s Just Not That Into You doesn’t need much in the way of an introduction. It’s a fairly huge hit from 2009 that grossed $181 million at box offices worldwide. I know that when I happen to see it playing while channel surfing I cannot resist watching it, even if just for a few minutes. My favorite storyline is the one between Beth (Jennifer Aniston) and Neil (Ben Affleck) because who cannot love his marriage proposal at the end, but I confess to finding the absolute

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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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