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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Realistic film about a married couple and themselves as individuals. Completly believable casting, acting and emotions.
"How do you supposed to trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?"
A heart-wrenching movie about the conception of a relationship and its subsequent disintegration years later. Aside from the fantastic works from both Gosling and Williams, I thought the movie was mostly effective. The juxtaposition between the past and present, albeit sometimes forceful and arguably manipulative, is put to good use here and is more than just a gimmick. It allows us room to reflect; makes us feel an array of emotions, from giddiness to resignation; and relating to these people without necessarily finding fault in one or the other to blame for when things go sour. Blue Valentine is not really a study on relationships nor does it provide any insight into this particular relationship. We don't know how things turn out the way they do, because no one does. That's just life.
Too much. Ryan Gosling had a best performance.
This film is as close to perfection as I've seen in a long time. It gives you everything and leaves you wanting more from this story and more from these characters. It has romance and tragedy in equal measure, its heartfelt and its raw.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give defining performances and work great together on screen.
Instantly it has become a favourite film of mine, I will definitely give this a rewatch soon.
It's the perfect juxtaposition: beautiful and oh so heartbreaking at the same time. See it.
Well made, but a lot of the content was to illogical to be that little explained. Good film all in all, good depth, and complex characters, although the characters took illogical choices. Not really my cup of tea though.
An example of illogical behaviour is Michelle's character taking Gosling's characters sometimes rude behaviour to herself more and more instead of responding directly and letting it destroy their relationship, as in the irrational behaviour at the motel. It's also irrational of Gosling to be rude and understanding it, but not doing anything about it till the end. It couldn't possibly be that hard to work something out way easier.
It's also illogical how Gosling's character hold up with Michelle's character…
Bittersweet & sobering. An emotionally-exhausting film that contrasts the highs of falling in love with the lows of falling out of it. Gosling & Williams are fantastic together. Director Derek Cianfrance brings excellent direction, ensuring that everything feels real. A debut whose level other directors can only hope to reach.
- 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.
Hardly in order after the top five.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)