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.
What a beautiful, heart-wrenching film with great performances from both Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, who have excellent chemistry together.
Who was it who said we get married because we want a witness to our lives? That may provide an insight into the troubled minds of the married couple in "Blue Valentine," which follows them during their first six years of mutual witness. Did Dean and Cindy get married because they wanted to be sure someone was watching? Or was that Dean's need, and did Cindy lose the thrill of the watch?
Here is a film that watches pretty well itself. Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. This film is alive in its details. Toward the end of the six years, when Cindy is hardly able to remember…
Derek Cianfrance took us where we don't belong, which is exactly where we need to be.
More than three years later, upon a second screening, I had no choice but to make some tweaks on my initial judgement of this painfully depressing work of art. Blue Valentine is much more evocative, much more melancholic, and is a much more authentic depiction of the birth and decay of a troubled relationship than my memory serves. I don't know, but I guess I may have changed slightly more than the movie itself in those three years.
I'm not so sure if I can address all my observations and reflections of this haunting dissection of one failed relationship that will remind you of the word 'brevity', so I'll just jot down a fraction of my feelings, which may or…
I should've just watched The Vow again.
The two performances within this film are simply insurmountable. I know I'm not in uncharted territory in bringing this to attention, however you just cant talk about this picture without focusing on the actors. They are the film - perpetually in focus - perpetually out of control.
Never has a scene hit me so hard as watching Dean fleetingly throw his wedding ring aside - only to immediately regret his decision and start desperately trying and locate its whereabouts. It just floored me - The words 'I want a divorce' have never been delivered with such resilience or seemed so real or so permanent.
The cinematography is also excellent, applying a grainy blue haze atop the screen, perfectly setting the…
Gosling's good; I guess.
A disintegrating love story about a couple who probably shouldn't have been together in the first place. This film is very well acted and directed but it's slow-moving and fails to engage at times. It wasn't the powerful experience that I expected it to be either, although I feel like this story will stick with me for a little while.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Dancer in the Dark
- The Piano Teacher
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
- Lilja 4-Ever
If you have any questions regarding which performance I'm referring to in each film selected, feel free to ask!
- The Big City
- Bigger Than Life
- Bad Boy Bubby
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…