Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Nobody Baby But You And Me
The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
I'm currently writing this on my couch in the fetal position.
I think it's suffice to say, my day has been ruined.
I'm not normally a fan of films that make it big at Sundance, partly because it seems every film that is shown at Sundance gets undeserved hyperbolic buzz and partly because many of those films are of the irksome quirky comedy variety. Thankfully, Blue Valentine is far from a quirky comedy and it is the first Sundance film in a long time that I genuinely liked.
A lot of the publicity surrounding the film focused on the rawness of the subject matter, the two performances from Gosling and Williams and the narrative structure that flits back and forward in time. For once the structure is not just a novelty (well it sort of but it does genuinely add something to…
Explicit show of the basic reality in love and marriages. There is nothing wrong with both the people involved. Both are good. Women want men to try and achieve something in their life after marriage. Men get content with what they have got. Materialistic achievements don't mean a shit when you have already married the most beautiful girl in the world to you and have a daughter that looks like an angel.
The ending would re-install hope if taken in a positive way. It will weigh your heart and sink it if you think it's all over.
Blue Valentine is a film with two outstanding performances, ultimately failing to deliver its emotional punch to me because of its forced disjointed narrative.
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are absolutely amazing here. They give their characters much needed realism, so that we can connect to them, a connection established from the get go by being allowed a glimpse in their family life. It does not take long, however, to figure out that not all is well.
Throughout the film we delve into their relationship deeper, guided by a narrative that skips back and forth through time. It is done in such a way that it never becomes muddled and for the better part of the film it adds an…
Before Sunrise and Before Midnight meshed together. Kind of...
The film focuses on two periods of time, one showing how Cindy and Dean fall for each other and the other one showing their collapsing marriage several years later. Scenes from each period are juxtaposed and intermingled, contrasting the joyous and innocent beginning of their relationship with what might be the cheerless end of it, clouded by problems, loss of affection and worn-out spell of love.
The acting from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams is top notch, bringing gravitas to their characters and relationship. The direction from Derek Cianfrance is assured, using hand-held camera and long takes to provide an immediate and realistic look inside this story. It's a bit more dramatic than the Before films but the performances and direction keep it together with ease.
Derek Cianfrance brought two of the hottest young actors working today together for a dark, melancholic trip through the disintegration of a marriage. From love's first flush to the spiteful, hate-filled ending this could make you give up on love and that special someone you think is just for you.
Ryan Gosling is the "indie" darling that flits between the mainstream and the periphery of independent cinema. He manages to be just about the best thing in every movie he's ever been in and with Michelle Williams a class act that's willing to go that extra step and immerse herself in a role, this had two stunning performances that bristled with energy.
A film that flits between the present and…
Fucked Up Movie!
Cindy is a b****. Dean was right on the bus stating attractive women are crazy. Dean's entire life revolved around Cindy and it wasn't good enough.
An interesting film that has its moments but doesn't quite grip you and move you as much as it should. Gosling and Williams provide honest and raw performances as partners in an equally honest relationship; this isn't a rom-com where everything ends alright.
Not to be confused with 2013’s Blue Jasmine (a movie I did NOT like). What sounds like a gimmick (cross-cutting between scenes of a couple’s relationship beginning and that same relationship ending years later) is handled exceptionally well in this movie. A lot of the credit goes to Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling who drew me so much into their stories that the structure of the movie quickly became invisible.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
'Blue Valentine' Michelle Williams and 'Melancholia' Kristen Dunst should make a movie together. It would be the perfect movie to commit suicide.
Ryan Gosling deserved the Oscar nomination though.
Blue Valentine is a movie that people either hate or love. My mother hated it, and I loved it. It's abstract at some parts, especially when they're staying at the motel. But I think it's a great representation of how not every relationship is perfect/works out. Blue Valentine thoughtfully goes from flashbacks of the main characters being in love to them falling out of love. It is beautifully done. The acting is well done, the cinematography is great, the soundtrack fits perfectly (You And Me by Penny & The Quarters was an amazing song choice), and it's a falling out of love story done right. You may cry towards the end (I did), but I didn't find it depressing, only truthful. I would definitely recommend watching Blue Valentine.
Worst I've ever seen Ryan Gosling look, but best I've ever seen him act.
Die Darsteller gestikulieren wild, schreien, weinen, lachen und lieben. Ich stehe daneben und bin ungerührt.
Die zentrale Beziehung des Films weißt wenig bis keine Chemie auf, Ryan Gosling spielt so miserable wie eh und je. Michelle Williams hat große Momente, verliert sich aber zu oft in einfältiger Betroffenheit.
Eigentlich ist der Versuch, die Liebe in der Entstehung mit dem späteren Alltag zu kontrastieren sicher interessant, die Umsetzung ist leider misslungen. Von Anfang an hat man das Gefühl, hier gibt es nichts zu retten. Die Figuren besitzen keinerlei Eigenschaften und sind nur über die Beziehung definiert. Eure Liebe kommt nicht vom Herzen, sondern vom Drehbuch.
Man könnte jetzt versuch, das als ihren eigentlichen Fehler und Fallstrick zu deuten, als zentrale Aussage…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Tree of Life
- Under the Skin
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-630 are not ordered yet.