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…
What a beautiful story.
I adore Michelle Williams, she has such a realistic sense of being, she doesn't even have to try and get the audiences attention, she just is herself and she is easily lovable. Ryan Gosling is always such a beautiful watch, he carries himself so strongly and he really puts himself out there for the audience, to make you feel.
This story shows how a relationship, is absolutely care-free in the beginning, how everything is just...so easy, loving someone, getting to know someone, having fun with someone, is just so easy. But then you get older and you get married and everything starts to get complicated and things can just easily fall apart. People fall out of…
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.
Believe in your heart but not in love. This one goes away sometimes. And you know, it hurts.
So fucking depressing. So good, though
I bought Blue Valentine on Blu-ray as a blind buy just a couple of months after my wife and I separated. All I knew about it was that Michelle Williams had been nominated for an Oscar for her performance (it says so on the cover), and that it was on sale for $7.88. I only now got around to watching it, and as much a cop-out as it might be to anyone who bothers to look at my diary entries, I just can't bring myself to talk about it right now.
How Blue Valentine Entered My Flickchart
Blue Valentine > I Don't Know How She Does It --> #810
Blue Valentine > The World Is Not Enough --> #405
Blue Valentine > Acting…
The falling in love sequences are so exciting, fresh and interesting, they overbalance the sequences which portray the marriage breaking apart. Ryan Gosling's Dean is a romantic in love with the idea of love. How that ultimately gets crushed, how he turns into a workaday schlub who drinks and smokes too much and who doesn't grow up, needed more development. His wife, Cindy, says he lacks ambition, but Cindy herself is a prickly proposition to start with - her father an abusive husband, with a boyfriend who impregnates her and who is also a bit like her father. Her character tends to overwhelm her and Dean's relationship.The issue is partly with the performances as well as the script. Gosling is…
Apparently.. love, like anything else in life (sans Twinkies), has an expiration date.
My new favourite of 2010. Just a sucker-punch to the gut. Need to process. Am I the only one who found it kind of comforting? As well as being emotionally devastating, the way it mixed together the beginning of their relationship with the end, it had the effect of making me remember the beginning of my relationship with the love of my life. I usually try not to think about her at all cause it can be really painful, but this movie brought up those beginning stages of falling in love in the specific way I experienced it. I don’t know if I’m explaining myself properly.
About time, I know. Raw real performances, a broken relationship. Flashbacks of better times and flash forwards of life as it is now. It's simply a character driven film which happens to be great in all aspects, I loved it, so intense.
The leads are noticeably capable, if only because they are super-deft at crisis control, masking the silliness of a screenplay that's distractingly schematic, not solely because the film is structured as night and day - the pre-marriage scenes match-cut into present day, sign-posting each element of a relationship to reemphasize the change, viz. love-making as a skeezy hotel chore versus the animalistic rapture with which Dean goes down on Cindy - but also in its incorporation of a dead dog metaphor.
Good romantic drama with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, going back and forth in time to see the beginning and persumed end of a relationship. The chemistry between the two leads is good, Gosling should sing in more films. I never thought it reached any exceptional heights but a solid film regardless. Worth nothing that the great band Grizzly Bear scored the film.
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