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…
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…
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.
Titled after the film makers.
So there are pieces of memory from Oliver's life, a quirky girl, and a dog.
And the whole point is?..
The film falls into some familiar, existential indie film trappings, but succeeds thanks to its standout performances and underlying sweet nature
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
literally love all movies that end with "so what now??"
Terrific storytelling on every account. The plot is character-driven and with a phenomenal cast to actuate it. These qualities could carry it alone, but here you’ve also got a unique presentation of events misremembered, out of order, even potentially imagined—yet it all makes sense. That’s in part due to the editing, and in another, the narration that cuts in on occasion as a sort of glue: a poetic first-person account from the main character that has the feel of a documentary or novel, proving once again that voiceover is not necessarily a crutch.
The dad has a heartwrenchingly realistic coming-out story, and for a romance that centers mostly around a straight couple, the film demonstrates an incredible awareness of, and…
Al final, ¿quién sabe realmente como hacer funcionar las cosas? Cuando algo vale la pena, nunca está demás intentar.
"you rewrote jesus' death?"
okay okay okay this was nice and cute
Beginners was beautiful. With its poignant story, this was obviously a very personal film for Mike Mills, the writer-director, with it being based on his own father's coming out at 75 shortly before his death. The cast was great and I didn't mind the characters' typical quirky indie sensibilities as they still had depth beyond those traits. Some of the stylistic choices and storytelling was charming, the score was wonderful, and Arthur was the best. I feel like I'd appreciate it even more with a rewatch in a few years.
A beautiful film about finding new beginnings throughout life and cherishing and learning from the past. Probably in my top 10 romantic films ever. Is able to astonish with it's simplicity.
- 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
150, because 100 is too limiting.
Alphabetical order, because ranking favorites is fucking impossible.
Ever-changing, because some gems are discovered…