star obsessed | afomft

A few of my favorite things. AFOMFT. I do this once in a while on my other blog, with things that I obsess over. And if there’s anything that I’m obsessed with right now, it’s this.

On Tuesday, Sergio and I went to go see Begin Again. Sergio is big into all things Indie, and I’m generally not. We saw a preview for Begin Again… at some movie we recently saw. Idk. I forgot. But it was recently! Anyways, we saw the preview and we both said it looked interesting so he looked up movie times and off we went.

Begin Again stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine. Keira Knightley plays a singer/songwriter in New York. She came over with her boyfriend, Adam Levine’s character. They were a songwriting duo, until he ended up writing all the songs for a movie, which he did on his own. He ends up receiving all these perks and ends up cheating on her while she spends her time in the city with him. She leaves him and stays with a friend, who coerces her into singing at an open mic night. There, Mark Ruffalo, who’s a drunk, divorced, flailing record company exec, discovers her and they start a new partnership. The rest of the movie follows Mark and Keira’s relationship. Cee Lo Green also randomly appears with his awkwardly small hands.

Again, Indie Movies are a hard sell for me. It’s just a preference thing – same with chick flicks. I rarely find one that is unique enough to not feel overdone. Which is something that can be said of any genre really. I happen to just not prefer chick flicks, most indies, and horror films. And a lot of comedies. But Dramas? There. Period/History? There. Action/Adventure? Absolutely. I’m pretty particular about movies, but at the same time not at all. It’s hard to explain.

This movie though, was the perfect combination of charm, and a good story, and a phenomenal soundtrack, and was visually stunning. I think the soundtrack though, made it particularly special. The story is something that is pretty relatable – a new beginning after whatever experience is always something people can connect with. But the pairing of that story with the soundtrack was just so so good. It’s probably one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a long time (of the singer/songwriter variety).

Lost Stars is the headlining song of the soundtrack and I’m fairly sure that it’s in the preview. In the film there’s actually three versions of the song and all three of them are SO GOOD. The version above is one of the Adam Levine versions. In fact, they were so good that literally the second I got in the car after the movie ended, I downloaded the soundtrack and have just been playing it nonstop. Like A Fool, No One Else Like You, and A Step You Can’t Take Back are the three other songs that have become my favorites. They’re perfect songs for the summer, and sort of perfect for the past years worth of things that have happened to me. It’s the perfect movie and soundtrack to the whole “restoration” phase.

God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young
It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run
Searching for meaning
But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?

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