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Written byJosh Raynham

A look into some film fiction picked out this week to expand your mind and heart.

This weeks writers picks are two movies which I have been infatuated with ever since I first saw them. The first, The Peanut Butter Falcon directed by Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson, starring Shia Labeouf, Zak Gottsagen, and Dakota Johnson. The second, The Beach Bum, directed by Harmony Korine, and starring Matthew McConaughey.

Both these movies never fail to bring a smile to my face and always allow my mind space to feel every line. I like them and I really hope you will find yourself in them as well.

  1. The Peanut Butter Falcon

Shia LeBeouf is joined by Zack Gottesagen, and Dakota Fanning to deliver this feel-good niche indie film. The plot follows Zak, a young man with down syndrome, who escapes from an assisted living facility to follow his dream of being a professional wrestler and befriends a wayward Fisherman (LeBeouf) on the run. Shot in North Carolina and Georgia the film brings with it a sense of warmth felt only in true American fiction. Delivered in raw form by both Shia and Zak the film brings to life their characters by creating a bond with the viewer. A film which I feel I will never not get my heartstrings pulled. For those that like adventure with an air of comedy yet deep connection this film ticks all the boxes.

2. The Beach Bum

As a poet I appreciate movies which delve into the minds of writers and the way they choose their paths through life. Matthew McConaughey delivers us a character who is more of a verb than an actual figure. Moondog (McConaughey) shows us a sensualist poet who lives as someone dancing through life’s pleasures, admitting his optimism as the world transpires to make him happy. Reading from poets such as Richard Brautigan and D.H. Lawrence, McConaughey’s character feeds a desire to live life to the fullest and to write about what one feels makes the world beautiful. A comedy that, whilst outrageous and often quite lewd, brings with it moments which feed ones innermost child. I feel the message behind it is quite a clear one; to live as if for the second and to play every note in the tune of life.

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