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.
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.
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…
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…
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Strong Performances - Christopher Plummer
Review In A Nutshell:
Life is only beautiful if we are happy, and there are many contributing factors that lead to happiness, but none possess the large gratifying impact that love has. Love comes in all sorts of forms; it does not have to be limited by the standards of pre-existing or contemporary society. Ideas like sexual preference, monogamy, racial and cultural identity, should not matter; what does matter is that something wonderful is felt when in the presence of that certain person or group of people.
Beginners does not push its ideas down the audience's throat, it certainly is there and the film does spend quite a number of times deviating…
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…
Touching but depressing. I'm just not a fan of following 3 timelines through flashbacks.
Not as much a comedy as Netflix describes....
I wish I wasn't so drawn to romance and melancholy
Creative use of non-linear narrative.
Creative use of archival material and narrative asides.
Kind of too sad mopey film.
Stereotypical MPDG, though I like how the relationship progressed towards the end--mainly i thought the breakup/freakout was realistic, and then by that point i was glad that they got back together.
A delightful surprise. The characters are not only charming but damaged that it makes their pains and happiness feel genuine and sincere as they deal with each other and themselves. A worthy watch.
"Our good fortune allowed us to feel a sadness our parents never had time for."
Mike Mills' film Beginners is one of the most emotionally satisfying and powerful films I've seen in a long time. It's a film that deals with happiness, sadness, the endless pursuit we find ourselves on to find love, and what it means to truly be us. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer give incredible performances as a father and son duo who are both trying to find themselves. The film is told in a nonlinear form that makes every action play so interestingly, because we're not sure exactly how everything will come together, much like life is.
The film has a beautifully eye opening look at…
Beginners tells a story of a lost and lonely male character that falls in love with an equally lost but free-spirited girl. Their relationship, while never explicitly confirmed in the first place, ultimately comes to a seemingly ambiguous end...it was reminiscent of other critically acclaimed quirky, vague and ambiguous romantic indie movies, not unlike Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 500 Days of Summer, and Her.
Well developed, engaging, full of challenging thoughts... and that what were just my first thoughts of a movie about a guy who had an interesting childhood with a free spirited mother and an ordinary father who comes out as gay after his mother's death and finds a lover when he's in his late seventies... other thoughts about life, relationship, love and what those words represent will pop up during the movie following an unusually written screenplay which jumps in time giving us partial answers to main characters dilemmas...
Beginners premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where the Los Angeles Times heralded it as a "heady, heartfelt film" with a cast who has "a strong sense of responsibility to…
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150, because 100 is too limiting.
Alphabetical order, because ranking favorites is fucking impossible.
Ever-changing, because some gems are discovered…