summer’s over, but since school is only a week away and the number of emails from UW is starting to overtake the amount of my daily notifications like an obsessive stalker, I suppose it’s time to conclude that the days of sleeping in a dorm and studying tirelessly in the library are starting up once again. The resurgence of a meaningful routine is a healthy thing, but only having to worry about a summer job and doing whatever comes to mind on a daily basis is much more seductive than so-called responsibility.
Reality is setting in for most people in September anyway - I still hold the inexplicable belief that the year doesn’t really start until the month - and there’s nothing wrong with coming the presumption that reality can bite when you’d prefer it to be seasoned with a light peppering of relaxation. How fitting, too, to start realizing that reality bites just days after finishing the
Theme of the Month: Reality Bites
Star of the Month: Ethan Hawke
I’m not particularly fond of admitting to myself that
binging of the incredible Winona Ryder starring TV series Stranger Things, a piece of entertainment that was certainly one of the best things about this year.
So you can guess what the Theme of the Month is - just think of the title of a movie Ryder headlined in 1994 and you’ll be
set - but the Star of the Month is not the obvious choice. The girl Johnny Depp thought he’d be with forever was a temporary candidate, but after listening to a Marc Maron hosted interview with Ethan Hawke, who co-starred in Reality Bites, I changed my mind. A Ryder devoted month will undoubtedly be coming in the future, but Hawke, who’s long been among my favorite actors, made a sizable impression on me with his enviable enthusiasm for his work during that fateful chat with the perceptive Maron.
Ryder’s career has seen several ups-and-downs, inarguably at its
biggest “up” in the 1990s, and yet Hawke, by contrast, has continued to make waves since Dead Poet’s Society gave him notoriety back in the late ‘80s. The last few years have mostly consisted of largely interesting personal projects, along with some great commercial successes having to do with the horror genre (The Purge, Sinister), and so this month will be focused on Hawke’s long career and its most remarkable moments.
Come September, I’ll be toning down ever so slightly in publishing - I’ll be taking a day off every Sunday since I’m still not so sure just how busy this year’s going to be - but my zest for films is definitively at an all time high, especially in wake of an August that saw me reliving the period in film that made me love cinema so much in the first place. Hope you’re as ready for September as I am. Happy watching and happy reading!