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…
Soul Crushing Masterpiece.
The style and rawness of this film is unmatched by others. Many scenes are off the cuff giving the result that feels like a documentary and elevates the story even further. Ryan Gosling is at all time high with his lifelike portrayal of Dean, a man whose desperately trying to love enough for two people.
The ukelele scene sticks in my mind as one of the most true moments in cinema. It's subtly and beauty can't be overlooked.
The nonlinear storyline is a very effective tool for this film. It not only gives insight as the story progresses in both timelines, but it shows this vast hole that seems to be all encompassing when one person changes in a relationship.
This film has hit me like very few before it. Vastly underrated.
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…
I was first shown this film three years ago by the girl I was dating at the time, and honestly I really didn't think much of it because I was more focused on her than the film. Now here I am three years later finally revisiting Blue Valentine. This was easily one of the most heartbreaking films I've ever seen, and has me thinking, who the fuck suggests watching this with your boyfriend? I mean goddamn this is practically the anti-date movie.
I saw some of myself and some of my past relationships in this film, both good and bad, and that is what really did it for me. Not since seeing Her for the first time at NYFF two…
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A careful pace and three-dimensional characters are what makes this film so realistic and hard not to relate to. What a wonderful story, bitter and painful, it is a perfectly sincere portrait of a relationship in collapse and how the weight of real life can irremediably damage the happy ending dream of a couple living together.
I was on one of these impulsive shopping trips having my period holding a dvd case in my hand reading "Blue Valentine" with Goslings strange, however, characteristic profile and some blond chick I often forget her name.
I was prepared for a Sundance. And I got what I did not expected, I got more and less at the same time.More then anything I like how these movies can be so rough and relatable, something so false that's true and common to most of us. There is a thruth within this story we run for but we can't escape.
Gosling delivers a staggering performance in Blue Valentine -- equal in its charm and tragedy. He cements himself as generational leader opposite Michelle Williams, who unsurprisingly makes a convincing argument of her own for leading thespian powerhouse.
Blue Valentine rarely strays from the expected, but the details are conveyed with such unfaltering honesty as to make this a wholly unique experience. In retrospect, this is a pretty obvious film, but as an in-the-moment experience, it's captivating and a film that draws you into the details of human action and inaction. I forgive Derek Cianfrance for his Dardenne aping because Blue Valentine is a rare film that actually earns its verite style. In some combination of direction, writing, and…
Blue Valentine's premise of observing a relationship at both its beginning and end is intriguing. However, this needed more (or any) of the middle parts of the relationship to really tie everything together. Without it, the film feels too calculated to be weighty and seriously lacks in nuance. There was also something off about Gosling's performance, though I can't quite put my finger on it. I didn't hate this, but it really is missing a lot. It sure looks great though.
Not really sure what to think. The best way I can describe this movie is, "raw emotion". The story was alright, the acting was really good, and overall the movie was just ok.
Blue Valentine has received much praise for its realistic portrayal of a clutchly formed long-term couple, but this is an angle I must admit I did not understand at all.
Perhaps its because so little of the relationship is shown - viewers get a taste of the crests and a heap of good trough to boot, but the small things, the neutral events, are simply neglected. Thus the film comes across as a pipe dream gone wrong, as opposed to a devastating examination of love.
Yet, one cannot fault the cast and crew for this; Blue Valentine simply isn't ambitious at all, and presents the simple, accessible answer to a very, very complex question.
That hurt. I have this fear that I'm going to end up like the couple in this movie, spitting acid at each other until one of us finally gives out and the whole thing collapses. I think this happens way too often, I see it around me all the time. It really hurts. Like the grandma says, I just have to see where the feeling takes me. I just don't want to end up like my parents. They didn't want to either, and in the end, they were. I can only hope and work towards building a relationship that works and try to avoid the pitfalls that so many couples have fallen in.
If you're one of those people who cries their eyes out at even the slightest hint of sadness, this probably isn't the film for you as it's absolutely heartbreaking. It follows the relationship between Dean and Cindy, scenes of their present day interspersed with flashes of their past. After reading some reviews I saw that some people found this distorted narrative irritating and would've preferred it if the story had been told more linearly or chronologically, like Boyhood was. However I found the technique of switching back and forth really effective as it showed how much their relationship changed - from being completely in love to not being able to be around each other without shouting, and that's what made…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Tree of Life
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- The Interrupters
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)