A Single Man

  • Directors: Tom Ford
  • Producers: Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz
  • Writers: Tom Ford, David Scearce, Christopher Isherwood title A Single Man Book
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult

Set in Los Angeles on November 30, 1962, a month after the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a middle-aged English college professor who has struggled to find meaning in his life since the car accident that killed his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), eight months earlier. Jim’s family disapproved of his relationship with George and thus refused George permission to attend the funeral.

Throughout the single day depicted in the film, and narrated from his point of view, George dwells on his past, shown in flashbacks, and his seemingly empty future, as he prepares for his planned suicide that evening. He buys bullets for his revolver, empties his safety deposit box in the bank, prepares letters for some friends, and one with some money for his cleaning woman, and arranges his life insurance policy, other important things such as keys, and the clothes he wants to be dressed in by the undertaker neatly in sight. Everyday things and encounters become special for him, realizing that for each it is the last time, and he is extra nice to people, as he is secretly saying goodbye.

George makes an appointment to have dinner with his close female friend Charley (Julianne Moore). He gives a lecture, after which his student Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) starts a conversation with him, and becomes fixated on him as a kindred spirit. Later George has an unexpected encounter with Spanish male prostitute Carlos (Jon Kortajarena), whom he pays while declining his services. After his dinner with Charley he encounters Kenny again in a bar. They go skinny dipping and then return to George’s house and get very drunk. George passes out and wakes to find himself in bed, with Kenny on his couch. Kenny has discovered George’s planned suicide and taken away the gun. George finds it but decides not to kill himself. Having made peace with his grief, George suffers a heart attack and dies.

Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist

  • Directors: Peter Sollett
  • Producers: Kerry Kohansky, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Novel, David Levithan, Rachel Cohn, Screenplay, Lorene Scafaria
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings

Nick O’Leary (Michael Cera), a teenager from Hoboken, New Jersey, is heartbroken after his girlfriend, Tris (Alexis Dziena), breaks up with him. His friends and musical bandmates in the queercore band The Jerk-Offs (of which Nick is the only straight member), Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), finally convince him to leave the house to perform at a club later that night only because his favorite band “Where’s Fluffy?” would be playing somewhere in New York City that night. Norah Silverberg (Kat Dennings) and her best friend, Caroline, (Ari Graynor) attend the same high school as Tris. Norah and Tris dislike each other as Norah is smart and motivated, having been accepted into Brown University, while Tris is more of the typical self-interested brat. Tris shows Norah and Caroline a mix CD Nick has made for her and throws it away. Norah takes the mix CD out of the garbage and says that Tris doesn’t appreciate the artwork or the songs. She has been recovering the discarded mix CDs for some time now. That night, they all end up at Arlene’s Grocery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where The Jerk-Offs are playing. While performing, Nick sees Tris in the audience with another guy. Meanwhile, Norah eyes Nick on stage. Thom and Dev meet Lethario (Jonathan B. Wright). Norah asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes to prove to Tris that she is going out with someone. Norah kisses Nick, not knowing that Nick is Tris’ ex, and Tris is jealous. Caroline gets drunk and Norah wants to take her home, but Nick’s band-mates, who see Norah as a potential girlfriend for Nick, give Norah some clothes they know that Nick likes and then offer to take Caroline home so she can ride with Nick. They begin trying to find a rumored concert by the legendary publicity-shy indie band, “Where’s Fluffy?” Caroline wakes up in the back of the van and overhears Thom and Dev having a graphic sexual conversation. Fearing that they are talking about raping her, she decides to run away. Nick and Norah travel around, discovering they both love “Where’s Fluffy?”. Nick brings up Tris’ name, to Norah’s dismay, and they decide to call it a night after having an argument. Nick gets a call from his band-mates telling him that they lost Caroline. Nick tells Norah about Caroline and they meet with the band-mates to try to find her. After no luck finding Caroline, they assume that she is already at the “Where’s Fluffy?” concert. They all go to a club to see if the band and Caroline are there. Nick decides to show he is interested in Norah and starts dancing with her only to be interrupted by Norah’s ex, Tal (Jay Baruchel).

Nick calls Norah, apologizing for leaving, and she agrees to meet up with him again. They both decide to go somewhere no one they know will find them. Norah offers to drive, and turns out to be a reckless driver, who crashes his car into a fire hydrant. They arrive at Electric Lady Studios which is owned by her father. Nick is fascinated at the equipment and history of the studio. Norah asks to let Nick record something in the recording room. As he sings, Norah laughs and enters the room with him. They both stare at each other for a moment then, the sound equipment picks up Norah having an orgasm. She gets a text message from Caroline saying “Fournd Flufdy,” [sic] so they decide to go. They arrive at the concert to find Tal and Tris already there. Tris can’t understand why Nick won’t take her back and Tal wants the same answer from Norah. Tal pulls Norah away from Nick. Nick and Tal start shoving each other until Lethario decides to headbutt Tal and then cries. Nick and Norah share a smile, grab each others’ hands and leave. They reach Penn Station, but as they head for the train, Norah questions Nick about missing the concert. But he doesn’t care and she steps towards him and they share a kiss on the escalator while going down.