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…
A film that documents the dissolution of a marriage while simultaneously showing us what brought these 2 people together in the first place. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling turn in a pair of real, raw, lived-in performances that invest us in the story of this volatile couple who we want to see stay together, but know need to be far apart.
Still manages to make me feel sick.
As a fan of super depressing romance films I have mixed feelings about this.
*SPOILER ALERT!!!*: I don't think it was necessary for their dog to die, especially so early in the movie, and to be honest, this was the most depressing part of the movie for me.
However, I liked how it jumped back and forth between past and present' I think it all tied together nicely.
Overall it was pretty good, although the ending made me want to punch somebody because seriously, I WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! The movie literally handed you detailed information the whole way through so I don't think it was fair to make you figure out what happened in the end. Is there some…
I'm wondering why, but this film fucking broke me.
I guess it's because I can sort of relate to both Cindy and Dean. I feel a load of sympathy to both sides and I'm glad that this focuses on the deterioration of love, rather than them being hopelessly in love and not caring about the world. This film is so much more reality based which I love.
Ryan Gosling played his character so well, a sort of simpleton with no real ambitions in life, and Michelle Williams managed to portray both in and out of love so well that it was both sad and a joy to watch.
I've seen families like this. Couples that got married because they had a kid on the way, couples that just lost the spark in there relationship. This film hit home
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.
- 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); 615-639 are not ordered yet.