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.
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.
Probably the most joyless, uncharismatic romance ever put to screen. Why were they even in love? Who cares.
BEGINNERS tells the tale of an old guy who comes out of the closet after 50 years of marriage and leads a happy gay lifestyle until he dies of cancer. Then his son falls in love with a French actress. That's it. Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent have zero chemistry (even though they are both super cute and are my one true loves) and Christopher Plummer gives a pretty good performance as the gay father but his story is ultimately meaningless and uninteresting.
Also, look at that poster. It pisses me off for some reason. I think it's the way that the…
If you're looking for true depth and a real insight into real human relationships then Beginners probably isn't that film. It's flighty, twee wish-fulfillment. I also found it very likable - perhaps I've become more expansive and romantic in my old age. This is a movie I would have found vomit-inducing at 24. At 34 though; I'm on board.
Beginners is told in flashback over three time frames.
Oliver (Ewan McGregor) spends time with his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) after the death of his mother, during which Hal reveals he has always been gay, and throws himself into gay life wholeheartedly t the age of 75. After Hal's death, a mourning and lonely Oliver meets Anna (Melanie Laurent), a French…
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…
Aw, little Arthur gives me life and joy.
This film could easily have been one of those 'wacky' indie romances that trades on being twee, but there's a level of emotional honesty here that stuff like 'Juno' can't match. MacGregor is absolutely brilliant as an introvert who can't maintain a relationship, and Plummer is wonderful as his father, who finally comes out as gay in his seventies, a few short years before his death. In a way it's a slight film --- its message could be summed up as 'Be Yourself' --- but that idea has rarely been stated as elegantly as it is here. I liked it a lot.
Narration in a film doesn't always work, but in this case it's used perfectly. I'd never heard of Mike Mills before but after seeing this film I have to accompany his work. His direction in this film is perfect.
This is what my blog looks like in 2011.
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The first two sentences of this blog is a reference to a narrative device used in Mike Mills Beginnings. The film opens on Ewan McGregor packing up things at his recently deceased fathers house. We find out quickly that his mother had died about 6 years earlier. We also find out that right after his mother died, his father announced that he has cancer AND that he is gay. He is also ready to start living his life as a gay man.
The father is played wonderfully by Christopher Plummer. He joins many "gay pride" organizations and…
I'mma watch it again someday.
Very sweet story, made me cry a few times.
Il protagonista scopre che il padre è gay e sta morendo di
Poi incontra una ragazza francese e se ne innamora.
La malinconia pervade l'intera pellicola e ti si appiccica addosso.
Per nottate inquiete o durante una giornata di pioggia.
Pure in California il sole non splende sempre.
Touching and heartfelt, Beginners gives a what could be a cliche story an honest and soulful spin.
The story of a habitually sad man confronted with a chance at happiness.
- 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…