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Garden State (2004)

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (IMDb)

Should’ve ended with that great climactic exchange at the quarry (“Good luck exploring the infinite abyss” “You too”) or at least before that saccharine final scene at the airport, because everything previous is nearly perfect in its achingly poignant and tastefully quirky young adult character study that nails its depiction of depression, awkward homecoming, and early romance through thoughtful dialogue, strong performances, calm cinematography, and a fittingly melancholy soundtrack.

8.5/10 (Amazing)

The Playlist Movie is Older Than You Think

Films like Baby Driver and Guardians of the Galaxy may be drawing attention to them, but Playlist Movies have been a dominating force in Teen Films for decades. 2,227 more words

2017

Glories of the Garden Pasta

PENNE with HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, BASIL, GREEN BEANS and FETA

I haven’t posted a recipe in quite a while, but tonight’s dinner was so damn good, I really want to share it with you.   430 more words

We Called It Macaroni (Pasta Recipes)

Christie Makes 'Garden State' New Jersey's Official Slogan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has signed dozens of new bills into law, including one that makes “Garden State” New Jersey’s official slogan and another that eases possible penalties on violators of smoking bans. 126 more words

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Why I Love Movies.

Writing an essay about loving movies isn’t very original, I’m pretty sure there are hundreds of essays online with this exact same title. So consider this just one more leaf on the pile, one more essay talking about the joy and emotion that come out of the world of film. 1,456 more words

2017

Garden State *** (Out Of 4)

Consensus: “Garden State” is a quirky comedy that features some interesting performances and a great soundtrack. The story beats are fairly familiar here though.

Garden State