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…
Like Cianfrance's Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine features mesmerising performances and connects to the audience on an almost painful level. However, like Place, it struggles to tie these parts together with a strong narrative and is occasionally so self-important that it approaches parody.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams both give a stellar performance in this 2010 romance drama by director and writer Derek Cianfrance.
The story starts following a married couple and their young daughter, in their not so perfect married life. The story then jumps back and forth through time to show how they came to be.
The story is full of laughter and heartache from the get go, with Gosling once again proving that he is the king of cinematic flirting (and of course at least one topless shot).
Despite having a overlying romance theme to the movie it is no way a "cutesy" film, instead Cianfrance uses laughter and sex to give the characters more depth.
It is difficult to…
i lov e to b e s oooo sad all th e TIME
Haaaaa the guy literally has a tattoo of the giving tree good god
Read my DCist review.
Blue Valentine is one of my all time favourite films. It's one of the most raw, real, and heartbreaking films I have ever seen. I am on the journey with these characters. It's a great representation that life isn't always happy, and that you don't always get the hollywood ending. Sometimes things just don't work.
I would urge anyone to watch this film.
Seeing that I loved Place Beyond The Pines so much last year, its really no surprise I deeply enjoyed Cianfrance's first major release, also starring Gosling. Gosling and Williams stand out performances in a movie that gives us both the cheesy romance of a hollywood love story, and the grim reality of the modern marriage
- 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).