Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
When it comes to relationships, we’re all beginners.
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
There is a really great heartbreaking and poignant story here of personal discovery yet it is buried under irksome and near film-destroying levels of quirk. This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise given it is from the director of Thumbsucker, a film suffocated by its indie credibility, yet with such a personal story I was hoping Mike Mills would have delivered a more restrained and truthful film this time around.
Instead we get a horribly self-aware film that constantly undoes the great work by Christopher Plummer and his fascinating character. Every embellishment seemed to rub me up the wrong way from the unnecessary voice over narration, the way McGregor talked to his father’s dog (and to make things immeasurably worse…
Last years Best Picture winner, The Artist, featured a little Jack Russell Terrier that everyone raved about called Uggie.
While Uggie warmed my heart, Cosmo, the little Jack Russell Terrier of Beginners, broke it.
Last year was a good year to be a Jack Russell Terrier.
Losing someone you love is a very devastating feeling. You go in a sad place of yours. You want to be left alone. But you still have to live a life.
Relationship, well everyone is still in the Beginners stage in this one.
Christopher Plummer who has given a performance that lives with a feeling to be lived. Hal Fields who has always been gay but was married to Georgia for 44 years and after her death he came out to his son. He got a boyfriend, he is enjoying life, reading, writing, planting but he is dying. Oliver, supportive of his father, feel lonely. Meets Anna who herself is lost but together they start something that they don’t feel…
Our good fortune allowed us to feel a sadness our parents never had time for.
That quote captures exactly what my problem with the film is. Oliver Fields, played by Ewan McGregor, has a pretty damn good life and yet he's obsessed with sadness to the point of nauseum.
To make matters worst, the bulk of the film is Oliver and Anna's (Mélanie Laurent) struggle to move their relationship forward, which is standard fair for a dramady, except the hurtles they have to face are nonexistent. It's a film that acts like characters are facing adversity when they really aren't. I almost didn't notice because I was distracted by all the quirkiness.
I actually didn't mind 99% of the…
If I can forgive Ewan McGregor doing an American accent in your film, you've probably done something right. Beginners is sweet but not cloying, quirky but not too precious, and subtly moving. McGregor, Plummer and the absurdly pretty Laurent are brilliant, as is the photography and score. And Arthur.
Stop what you're doing, pull the pin and drop the grenade. Blow up everything around you, walk away and start again.
That's what this film is really about, it's not about a 75-year old homosexual father but about him finally revealing his true self, to his son. He starts again, he clicks refresh on his browser but he's the same old man who has lived his life but now everyone else knows who he is and he has to lie no more.
It affects his son, of course. That's what this film is primarily about, it's about Ewan McGregor and his ever so quirky life. A little quirk here, a little montage here, Time Magazine here, Time Magazine there. Hitler…
My attachment to this film seems even to myself not entirely warranted. I'm not sure where my deep love for it comes from, but I saw the movie weeks ago and the feeling still hasn't fully gone away.
"Beginners" is most commonly known as the film that won Christopher Plummer his Oscar. Plummer, most known for starring in "The Sound of Music" opposite Julie Andrews, gives a magnificent performance here. "Beginners" is all about love, and how life can be seized at any time, and any age.
Plummer stars as the central character, Hal Fields, who came out as gay to his son, Oliver, (Ewan McGregor) after his wife died. The rest of the movie follows two timelines: a romance between Oliver and a French actress, Anna, (Melanie Laurent) and 75-year-old Hal embracing his sexuality and his life even as he receives the news he has cancer.
It's a film that could easily be Hallmark's Movie of the…
Yet another film which I heard many recommendations for but which, while in parts genuinely touching and very sweet, doesn't quite hold all the way. The story about the elderly father who after his wife's death finally lives out his homosexuality is very touching, thanks to Christopher Plummers pitch perfect acting, with a lot of tenderness and humor. The scenes between him and Ewan McGregor are often excellent.
However, the second main strand of the story, the hesitant love affair between Ewan McGregor and Melanie Leurent did not work at all for me, first of all the whole idea of the exotic and wild european woman is kind of off-puttting and hokey at best, and all their conflicts and fears of commitments feels extremely non-organic, and in addition told in layers of indie filmmaking tics that becomes more and more annoying as the film continues. Too bad, when there was so much to like …
Didn't notice this the first time but this is a very interesting take on Jørgen Leth's The Perfect Human. It wasn't until the middle montage sequence that I realized that some of these shots are exact shots from Leth's short film. It's like The Very Damaged Human or The Regular Human.
Brilliant exploration of sadness.
This movie hurt! In a good way. I was on an Ewan McGregor kick for a while and decided to give this one a go. I loved it, and even bought it. I'm still waiting for it to ship here so I can watch it again but it's worth the wait. This movie focuses a lot on coming to terms with loss and I really relate to this, as I'm sure many others can. It's entirely heartbreaking and has a soundtrack to only back that up. I recommend it to anyone really.
Why is it that whenever I'm sad and pick a random cute looking film to cheer me up it turns out to be the saddest ever..
Was recommended by friend. Never heard anything about this film until I met her. In the end she lent her copy for me to watch.
I wasn't expecting it to be such a personal film. It took me totally off guard. I found that it was interesting study of relationships over multiple generations.
From Oliver's parents being in a polite yet loveless marriage for 40+ years. Only in the later years Oliver's father being able to find happiness by constructing his own piece of reality to live out his life in peace.
And how this affected Oliver's own workings in relationships. The super awkwardness of meeting someone in this case Anna. Then the tentative steps to seeing if this relationship…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Elephant Man
- The Man from Nowhere
- Project Nim
- The Red Shoes
One of the most interesting things about films/art is the shared experience. I am always interested in what appeals to…
- 12 Angry Men
- (500) Days of Summer
- After Life
- American Beauty
- Annie Hall
150, because 100 is too limiting.
In alphabetical order, because ranking favorites is fucking impossible.
Ever-changing, because gems are discovered…