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…
This is a poignant and thoughtful work of art. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling gave magnificent performances in this intense and brilliantly directed drama that was made with a very strong sense of realism and given the subject matter, the nature of the story and the way the characters were portrayed, this was definitely the right way to do it.
The way the storyline was divided into two different phases of the characters’ relationship and the manner in which they complemented each other was brilliant. There was an unusual depth put into this movie, which easily could have been the subject for any silly TV film since dealing with disrupted marriages in that medium is nothing new, but co-writer/director Derek…
Powerful. Takes unborn life seriously, takes marriage vows seriously, takes the difficulties of marriage seriously. I'm sure there are people out there who sympathize more with the wife, but my sympathies are with the husband and his desire to keep the marriage intact.
wow... big surprise for me! Wonderful!
Cianfrance's distant yet extremely intimate direction allows deeply sincere emtions to resonate in this melancholic drama.
I loved how real and intimate this felt.
Williams and Gosling are mostly wonderful.
This intimate drama takes place on a refreshingly small scale: it's a portrait of a decaying relationship where the smallest gestures can take on big significance, and Gosling and Williams are more than up to the challenge, both of them hypnotically good. I just wish the script had been as subtle as the performances.
I have emotionally receive this movie. BLUE is a big hashtag for this movie.
The best, realist movie on relationships that I've ever seen. Heartbreaking and depressing but you wont come out of it the same.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- 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); 615-636 are not ordered yet.