Film Sweat: The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

RECOMMENDED: Our summer — if not indeed our entire worldview — was in part revolutionized by both Mike Mills’ Beginners (saw it twice, it’s still at the Ritz, GO NOW) and this NYT Mag profile on Mills’ wife and You And Me And Everyone We Know director, Miranda July. That profile was written in anticipation of The Future, July’s first feature since You And Me, and something that seems like it may be a sort of companion piece to Beginners; like her husband’s movie, it centers on a pair of thirtysomethings, to borrow a phrase from Lawrence Ferlinghetti, waiting for a rebirth of wonder. The profile hinged on the too-easy/too-often-made/very possibly sexist accusation that July’s work was twee or affected. Here’s how she handled it:

I asked her what, if anything, she would like to say to those people. “I would just say I’m totally not kidding,” she said. “Life is too short. This is all too hard to do to actually be kidding about the whole thing.”

If I may step out of the Royal We for a moment: I cried when I read that. Maybe it was just the day I was having (it was a very happy-tears kind of day), maybe it was just a salve for my soul, maybe it just hit me as the simple yet profound statement about art-making that it was. Either way, I feel as though I’ve got July’s back for life. So fuck yes I’m going to see The Future. As soon as possible, and with someone I love. You should, too.

ALSO NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEK: 30 Minutes or Less, a fairly popcorn-worthy action comedy with Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari; Glee the 3D Concert Movie, thee very last word in gleetardedness; Life, Above All, a family drama set in present-day South Africa; The Guard, a crime-comedy starring Don Cheadle and a long-overdue showcase for the very great character actor Brendan Gleeson; and Final Destination 5, which you probably won’t understand if you didn’t see Final Destinations 1-4.

For more recommendations on films currently in theaters, visit Philebrity’s Film Sweat archive. And click here for movie times. Need repertory film? Try Cinedelphia.

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