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…
I'm fairly certain that there was not a single POC in this movie, and for absolutely no reason. Aside from that, though, this was a very good piece.
"Baby, you made a promise to me, okay? You said, "for better or worse". You said that. You said it. It was a promise."
"Now this is my worst, okay? This is my worst. But I'm gonna get better. You just gotta give me a chance to get better."
I'm the type of person that can watch any excellent movie multiple times, even movies where most people would say "That was brutal. I loved it, but never again."
This is one of those movies.
However, make sure it's the NC-17/unrated version. There's only one scene that's cut up because of graphic sexual content, but it's not graphic just for show. The full scene is a roller-coaster of emotions…
It's been a good 24 hours and I still don't know how I feel about Blue Valentine.
Perhaps my biggest problem is the characters are so unlikable, I couldn't get into their space without feeling unhappy and uninspired. Both have made bad decisions, both are emotionally unstable and unable to vocalise anything without breaking down or up, both have no qualities that make me want them to remain together. Anyone can see that they were always doomed and they will continue to be. Bad choices were made and then for us to have to suffer through them...I suppose it's something but it's not something I want to spend my time doing.
I am not married, so perhaps I cannot understand.…
not bad at all
On a certain level this movie probably could be described as some sort of self-mutilation. Blue Valentine's take on relationships is depressing and sometimes very hard to endure. The contrast by inter-cutting the idealized memories of a happy couple with their present marriage in which he has given up on all his talents and she is left with only bitterness for him is harsh and painful. It's a displeasing lecture of life itself, so I can understand anybody who wants to avoid this movie by any means, but sometimes you need to fall and let go before you can stand up and walk again with a hopeful perspective. I can't put it any differently than stating that on…
Heartwrenchingly honest and brutal
you and me - the mills brothers
you always hurt the ones you love - ryan gosling
- 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 six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-652 are not ordered yet.