Thursday, September 2, 2010

Boy of the Month - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Where you know him from:

1) He was that kid in "3rd Rock from the Sun"

2) He was the sad sack in "(500) Days of Summer"

3) He was that stylish and incredibly attractive gentleman in "Inception" that made Leonardo DiCaprio look like some homeless guy

Why I think he's dreamy:

It is with a great sense of shame (I know, I was as shocked as you are to find that I had some of that stuff) that I present to you Joseph Gordon-Levitt for this month's Cute Boy. I find him to be incredibly good looking and that is highly disturbing to me, since when I graduated high school he was 11 years old (icky.) And when I first noticed him in "3rd Rock from the Sun", he was 15 (squicky) and I was in my twenties (early twenties, but still). The point being, he makes me feel very much like a dirty old woman.

Still, look at the man now. He's apparently the darling of fashion photographers everywhere, as there are a million high-concept, black and white and/or artfully shot images of him on the internet. (THANK YOU, fashion photographers!) While I had been aware of him from other projects, "Inception" really cemented his place on the "would be on the Terry's Top Five List if he weren't SO FREAKING YOUNG" list. He's a wonderful actor who can say more with a slightly raised eyebrow than most of his contemporaries can say with pages of dialog. He also looks astoundingly good in a suit.

Recommended Viewing:

First of all, if you haven't seen Inception, please go see it. It's probably the best main-stream American film I've seen in years (but please keep in mind that I do tend to prefer indie and foreign flicks.) If you are a fan of JLG, it's a must-watch, and half of that is just for his wardrobe.

Next, check out "Brick". It's a "hard-boiled detective" story set in a modern-day high school, with all the accompanying Dashiell-Hammett-type touches. Once you figure out the slang, you'll enjoy it. I began watching it without knowing that was the premise of the film, and it took me a while to get into it. But, since Joseph Gordon-Levitt was wearing glasses, I persevered, and was rewarded with an interesting and unique film experience.

Also, if you haven't seen (500) Days of Summer, you should probably watch that. Make sure you have tissues nearby if you are of an emotional constitution, like myself. Even if you know where this movie is going, it still packs a bit of a wallop when it finally gets there.

On my to-watch list is "Mysterious Skin", in which Mr. Gordon-Levitt has what some people consider his break-out adult role, and "Manic", of which the same is said. Well, really, I pretty much want to see most of the more recent films JLG has appeared in, except for G.I. Joe. I apparently found my cute-boy/bad movie limit right there.

In Conclusion:

If you're watching a movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, you have about a 95% chance of it being a very good film. And if you are a fan of JGL, Claudia Schiffer, menswear or very light bondage, I highly recommend checking out this photo shoot, from which the below image was taken. Don't thank me, thank those blessed fashion photographers.


  1. He was also in Dark Shadows as the little boy.

  2. I watched "The Lookout" in which he starred and it is one of my favorite movies. It's well written, shot, and directed, and of course JGL doesn't hurt either.