Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.
Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.
This might actually be the most brutally honest and unapologetic film I have ever seen. The dialogues are sharp as knife and they just cut through you. It is true that the truth sometimes hurts. When the truth is bitter and something that we do not want to know, it hurts like fucking hell.
I must admit that this is not a film which everyone would like. Films everyone likes would be average, crowd pleasers. That is why everyone likes it. But there are love hate films like these, where the amount of liking that some have would almost dwindle the amount of liking that the entire audience has for a film which looks good to everybody.
I loved it…
There have been countless movies about the nature of human relationships but few of them has been as skeptic and cynical as Closer. Mike Nichol’s movie digs deep into the nature of attachment and closeness and tries to find an answer to a question which seems unanswerable: Why should we suffer so much when we love someone else? Aren’t we supposed to enjoy love?
Closer shows that in the 21st century the meaning of love, joy, honesty, loyalty and faith has changed and the glorious holy love of the age of innocence has been replaced by the kind of love that is more carnal, selfish and the nature of our time doesn’t…
This movie had me at that very first scene. Natalie gracefully sweeping through the London with her blue hair while Damien Rice sings "I can't take my eyes off of you". This movie is a tough blow to a romantic soul. Thankfully, I'm a realist and a somewhat depressive so it played out in the most delightfully gritty, raw, and painful way.
Very few romantic dramas touch Closer in terms of raw storytelling and integral humanity, Nichols choosing to create and collapse relationship with such a brutality whilst always remaining true to the loving which engrosses his characters throughout. Closer analyses the divide in those relationships, all of its four focal characters having an intimidate connection whether it may be through the conventional narrative of a relationship or a lesser recognisable portrayal such as Law’s teasing with Owen’s internet presence. It always remains strategic in displaying these tales and Nichols’ decision to rarely have sequences with more than two people presence allows the intimacy to blossom and the inevitable downfall to have significance. Simply put: Closer is a masterful tale of love…
Had another Snow Day today, which meant it was another day it was too fucking cold to go outside so that means another day to stay inside and watch films and tv shows (and get ready for season 7 premiere of Psych!!!).
But for now, I'll get a little closer with Closer (see what I did there?).
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The only thing that ever really bugged me about this film was how just before Anna told Larry she was sleeping with Dan, Larry came out and said she cheated on Anna one time while in New York. It's hard to sympathize with him and he was being a great husband after that and I wish the film stuck with…
I really didn't like this at first. It was so... I don't know. The characters were annoying - I didn't like any of them - and the ways they met were very unrealistic and almost silly. It felt written. It felt... constructed.
But then, around the big intercut set-piece, something happened. It suddenly used all the unrealistic things and pulled them down to the gritty realism of reality. From that point it was a joy (not sure if that's the right word, but it does fts) to watch these characters manipulate and trick each other, how they split apart and came back together, forever changed.
Mike Nichol's does a great job directing this, though…
Feels like watching a play, but works perfectly as a film. Brilliant writing.
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It's fitting that Mike Nichols, who brought us "Carnal Knowledge" three decades prior would bring what is essentially an updated portrayal of sexual dysfunction between four people. It's an intense drama worth an extra look. The four principals are either in love or obsessed with sex, and most of them confuse the two.
Alice (Portman) is in love with Daniel (Law), but Daniel is in love with Anna (Roberts). Anna meets Harry (Owen) and falls in love with him, but still sees Daniel on the side. And then it starts to get complicated.
Rather than addressing the "reasons" people cheat, it concentrates on the aftermath, on how it affects everyone. How sexual obsessiveness can get in the way of love,…
It starts with a look and the unforgettable song the "The Blowers Daughter" provided by Damien Rice. Walking the busy streets of London two people lock eyes and make an instant connection only to have it end in near tragedy. Dan, played by Jude Law, is eyeing Alice, played by Natalie Portman, only to have their flirting session end when Alice is hit by a car. With only a few cuts and scrapes, Dan waits with her in the E.R. and they get to know one another. Alice is a former stripper who just moved to London from New York after a break up, while Dan is a struggling writer and journalist who currently writes obituaries.
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The intertwined love story of four awful people who randomly fall in and out of love, and bed, with each other.
Now, I know Closer is, apparently, universally loved but for some reason it rubbed me up the wrong way.
The script, adapted by writer Patrick Marber from his own play retains its 'stagey' fell - I can't think of one sentence, spoken by any of the cast, that sounded natural.
Sure, the dialogue could be could smart and snappy but at the same time it sounded like how you might imagine a conversation going if you wrote it down in advance, rather than how people really speak to each other. At times I felt like I could almost see…
Haven't seen this since it first came out: I was only 16!
I remember being impressed by the performances, especially Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. However, I totally forgot a huge bulk of the film. Clearly, I didn't connect to the subject material at the time.
Now, 10 years later, I must say periodically giving this a re-watch would have been greatly beneficial and a welcomed reality check when it came to love and relationships.
It may have a few flaws for some, but what a ballsy movie.
Splendid performances by both leading and supporting, with a delicate narrative that produces the authentic spontaneity that it sets out to achieve.
It's refreshing to see a movie about love and relationships in which the actors actually speak and relate to one another as adults, using adult vocabulary and expressing adult ideas. That's not to say CLOSER is going for realism--while the underlying emotions always feel tangible and real, there's a deep sense of artificiality to the situations causing them, and the characters' patter is too fast and witty to be anything but extremely well-thought out beforehand.
CLOSER boasts an incredible cast up to the task of bringing this writerly film to life. Not surprising when you look at the names. Clive Owen especially tears it up as a character that is either the most brilliant or most sociopathic of the bunch (or maybe both.)
All in all, pretty damn fantastic, though, like a lot movies based upon plays or written by playwrights, on visual terms its cinematography is just competent and not much else.
Fim de semana todo em casa, assisto cinco filmes... Todos meia boca. Pqp hein... pegar um favorito agora pra começar a semana bem.
Closer, pq é perfeito!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- About Last Night...
- The Accidental Tourist
- Across the Universe
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
- The Last Word
- Ruby Sparks
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…