One of the Best Films of 2012? Sleepwalk with Me.

Yeah…I know.  What?  Sleepwalk with Me?  Never heard of it–right? Honestly, I did know about it either until Joss Whedon made a hilarious video “boycotting” (wink,wink) this film.  And now I am (again) grateful to Mr. Whedon, because Mike Birbiglia’s true and hilarious story has easily become one of my favorites of the year.

JOSS WHEDON-Boycott Mike Birbiglia’s Film “Sleepwalk With Me” – YouTube

First, I will tell you other stuff I did not know.  Birbiglia wrote this and performed it as a one-man show that mixed stand-up and theater, back in 2009, at the Bleecker Street Theatre in New York City.  With that success he then wrote a book Sleepwalk With Me & Other Painfully True Stories, that went on to become a bestseller, which lead to his directorial début.  Wow!

Well, watching this small, independent film was a pure pleasure.  Birbiglia uses his real life and his real REM Sleep Behavior Disorder to tell a very raw, sometimes painful, honest tale.  It is hilarious and poignant.  The unique way that it is presented and structured helps to enhance your connection to the story.  It is a narrative, yet it is cut with Birbiglia making direct camera commentary (that adds a sense of intimacy) and parts of his stand up routines and strangely, it works .

I can go on and on.  I loved everything! Sometimes life is stranger than fiction and worth telling.  Bravo, Bribiglia!  Thanks for being a creative, new voice in cinema.  We need more of these kind of maverick endeavors.

So go find this and check it out!  I would love to hear what you all think.

Sleepwalk With Me Trailer (2012) HD – YouTube

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is wonderful.

A lime green wall with the words 'we are infinite', a boy stands beside a girl, she leans her head on the shoulder of another boy

It is refreshing to see a film about teenagers that has REAL teenagers in it.  That does not happen all the time.  It is a rare find, indeed.  And how awesome that a novelist, Stephen Chbosky in this case, gets the opportunity to not only adapt his own novel to the screen, but also direct it!  I think because Chbosky was given the task, Perks of Being a Wallflower ends up being an intimate, personal film that rings true.

I have not read Chbosky’s semi-autobiographical novel yet, so I can not compare the two.  I know that typically ALL novels are better than the screen adaptations (side note: they’re two wholly different mediums–and very seldom are the two ever equally awesome)–but I love how Chbosky decided present his story.  He does not rush the narrative and allows you to quietly connect with his characters.  It is a delicate approach and it works beautifully.

His casting choices are also excellent.  Logan Lerman has revealed his potential–having seen him in 3:10 Yuma (impressive) and then Percy Jackson, I liked him but here he shows that he is capable of becoming a star.  He plays Charlie with a natural charm and ease, that only helped to intensify his more serious issues.  Of course, Emma Watson is lovely.  I’ve always believed she grew the most as an actress during the Harry Potter saga and with this role she is able to shed her “Hermione” skin.  The most strange and great experience of watching a performance though, was Ezra Miller.  Why strange?  Because the only other role I saw him in was We Need to Talk about Kevin as the titular Kevin and whoa! that kid was CREEPY!  But here Miller is wonderfully fantastic–what an actor, indeed.

Again, I will not delve deeper into the film, so that it can be a discovery for you too.  Just know that the music is perfect–the cast is perfect–the story is truthful and you will end up feeling…well, infinite.

Trailer – The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Official Trailer – 1 HD (2012) – YouTube