The ‘Wallflower’s


My plans yesterday didn’t really pan out the way I anticipated so I ended up staying in with nothing but movies to keep me entertained. I finally got around to watching the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, many months after the film left theaters. I intended on seeing the movie when it was out but for whatever reason, I never got the chance to see it. Yesterday was my day to watch it and I loved it so much, I watched it twice … back to back. I have never, ever watched a movie twice before. Clearly, I enjoyed it.

I’m pretty sure the movie spoke to me so loudly because I was a kid who grew up in the 90s and many situations featured in the film really resonated with me (except for the fascination with The Rocky Horor Picture Show, I just never liked that movie). The story was so elegantly portrayed, honest and real … I loved everything about it. I think the movie successfully bore deep into my soul because I’m currently in a very emotionally raw place. I probably cried a bit too much but whadda ya gonna do? I have never watched a movie two times in a row before but when finished, I immediately started the movie over again and watched it all the way thru. I think I was trying to get lost in the emotion of the movie rather than focus on the emotional reality that I have to deal with when I’m not distracted.

To further distract me, I watched the movies Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2:

It has been many years since I’ve watched either film and I was reminded how excellent they are. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 blew me away the first time I saw it in the theater and rewatching the movie last night, I remembered why. I love how well the movies hold up and, man, have I forgotten how amazing an actress Uma Thurman is. Both Kill Bills did a great job of keeping my mind occupied … but when movie time was over, I was left with nothing but my thoughts.

Sigh. It’s been a rough week. I just need to get thru the next few days. As I get closer to the 17th, I can’t help but focus on memories from this time last year. It’s a struggle to keep it all together but, I just have to do my best to soldier on.

I have dinner plans with friends tonight so that should help. I’m really not looking forward to VDay tomorrow but, again, DISTRACTION is the name of the game. I sincerely hope you guys are having a great week and a great Wednesday. Enjoy it for me, please!

  • Megan

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I loved it too! I think Ezra Miller was the stand out performance in the film. He just GOT that character. When I was watching him I was like I know this character, I have met this person several times in my life. That character is so real and honest and Ezra Miller became it, he blew me away. I honestly think he deserved an Oscar nomination for the role!

    I have to say though, I wasn’t mad on Emma Watson as Sam. She wasn’t free spirited enough, I just didn’t believe her as that character. And her American accent is awful.

    But I still love that film. Logan Lerman was also very good in it. I might just sit down with a cup of tea and watch it tonight :)

    • Jill

      I couldn’t agree more with you about Sam. I though Emma Watson was excellent at points but she was definitely not as charismatic as the Sam the text described. Plus, as you mentioned, her American accent was horrible. On the other hand, I LOVED Logan Lerman as Charlie. I thought both he and Ezra Miller were phenomenal!

  • steph

    loved the book, loved the movie!

  • Angie

    Since tomorrow is a day of love, why not take the time to love yourself? Go for a run, watch the sunset, make yourself a delicious meal. And, know that your readers love you! xo

  • Cee

    V-Day is just another day on the calendar, my dear blogging friend. Focus on the good and what makes you, Trent, happy. Whether it’s going for a mammoth run, eating some wicked junk food (get those Dunkin’ Donuts you were craving!), spending time with your fabulous friends or simply bringing us joy on this very blog. You make thousands of people happy everyday on PITNB and have for a long time now – don’t forget how many people are thinking of you everyday x

  • smASH

    I’ve been waiting to own The Perks of Being a Wallflower since I saw the credits rolling! I’m glad you enjoyed it, it’s amazing the way it makes you cry, feel accepted, alone and free all at the same time. A glass of wine and that movie are in my future this evening :)

    Valentines day is a day of love, so spend it doing something you love or being with ones that you love and that love you. And then dominiate the shit outta some cupcakes (they are my kryptonite…..but they are so Delicious!)

  • Jill

    I’m so thrilled to hear you loved “Perks”! As someone who struggles with similar issues to the ones Charlie does, the film really resonated with me. I made sure to read the book beforehand and it was absolutely incredible as well. You want to talk about crying, I bawled my eyes out reading it. There are a few more situations in the book than are portrayed in the movie and really do a great job of describing Charlie as an adolescent. I also love that the movie was both written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the author of the book. It helped to keep the integrity of the text alive and was another great interpretation of an intriguing story. I truly hope you read the book soon, if you haven’t already. Please be sure to fill us in on what you think of it!

  • Lizzy

    Yes!! “Perks” is by far one of my favorite movies from 2012!! I just loved it. The acting was so great. Logan played Charlie so well. And what can I say about Ezra….he was just so wonderful. I really wish he would of could more nominations this award season. Now I need to go buy that movie!!!!

  • Caitlin

    Hi Trent. I know how hard Valentines day can be. My stepdad passed away this past weekend very suddenly and my mum has been a total wreck. Here in Australia it is Valentines day already, and the thought of facing it along brought her to tears. However, this morning I gave her a chocolate rose, just like he did every Valentines day and told her that she still has so much love around her, and that we should focus on the amazing memories they shared rather than the pain now. I hope you can spend some time with loved ones tomorrow who can show you how special you are, and that with support you can get through anything.

    • smASH

      I’m so sorry to hear about your families loss. My father passed away in November. I’ll be thinking about your family today (Valentines) and sending some mental love your way.

  • Jen

    Hang in there, Trent. Sending lots of love from the snowy midwest