Last year, I delineated my favorite Junes, and was more successful at coming up with ideas than I am with Julys. I've never seen or read Born on the 4th of July (and I call myself a Tom Cruise fan!). So I will simply offer up Miranda July, the savior (?) of indie film. She did the cute, pithy, slightly profound Me and You and Everyone We Know. Take a look at her short film, Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody, directed by Miguel Arteta and co-starring Mike White (who collaborated on the masterful The Good Girl). Its premise is wafer-thin, but it works as a cute, pithy, slightly profound diversion (even though I don't much like John C. Reilly). I've read some of her new short story collection, No One Belongs Here More Than You, and it's sufficiently different than most anything else ever. Can you think of other movie-related Julys?
Addendum: I'm on vacation this week. Will be in Cape Cod. Are there any good Cape Cod movies? All I can think of is Michael Cunningham and his drippy nostalgia for Wellfleet in The Hours: I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn't the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.
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