There's no way I tip my hand about what film places where on my end of the year list, especially not as early as October, but it would have to be a spectacular, defining year of cinema for me not to find a place for "Before Midnight" somewhere on that list.
Richard Linklater's series about Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) is thrilling to me on several levels. First, I can't believe the films even exist. The first movie is such a smart, sweet, self-contained gem that it would have been very easy for everyone involved to decide that any sequel they attempted would ruin things. "Before Sunrise" is very slight, at least on the surface, and not the sort of thing that Hollywood falls all over itself to turn into a franchise. "Before Sunset" was amazing to me because it managed to beautifully update the first film without being an imitation of it. And now, with this latest film, Linklater, Hawke and Delpy all seem to be determined to capture these characters' lives in a constantly evolving and beautiful series of films that feel completely real.
One thing that really stands out this time is the way Linklater and cinematographer Christos Voudouris capture Greece as a location, and the best way for you to enjoy that work at home would be on the upcoming Blu-ray.
So how about we set one of you up with that Blu-ray as well as the soundtrack to the movie?
All you need to do is RT the embedded tweet you see here, and follow the official @HitFix account to enter. If you want to enter twice, then you just share the embedded Facebook post and "like" the HitFix Facebook page.
You have to have a private account to do this, and you have to share them in public, not behind a locked account. You also need to be 18 years old to enter and have a US mailing address that is not a PO box.
While you think it over, check out the exclusive clip from the film that we have at the top of this story.
Here's the Tweet you need to RT:
And here's the Facebook post:
See how easy that is? You've got until Friday of this week to enter, and I hope this one goes to as big a super-fan as possible.
"Before Midnight" arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week.