Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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…
In which that monotonous fog horn turns all sour, Julia Roberts isn't annoying, Jude Law embraces his inner twatness with great success and Natalie Portman outacts the lot of them.
It's bitter, bleak and cynical. In short, my idea of a perfect Valentine's Day film.
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.
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the meaning of love, joy, honesty, loyalty and faith has changed and the glorious holy love of the age of innocence has been replaced by the kind of love that is more carnal, selfish and the nature of our time doesn’t…
"Why isn't love enough?" ~ Alice
Here's a story as simple as boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy meets other girl. Boy falls for other girl but she initially dismisses him. Boy lures other boy to meet other girl. Other boy falls for other girl. Other girl marries other boy but keeps boy on the side. "Why isn't love enough?" asks girl. Other girl wants to leave other boy. Boy thinks he's home free with other girl and dumps girl. Other boy has some ideas of his own. "I'm a caveman," other boy admits. Girl meets other boy. Other girl decides to stay with other boy. Boy has a confrontation with other boy. Boy meets girl again. Boy,…
I'll admit I was really Closer to turning this film off.
This is a movie that's based on a play. You can tell it is from the way the dialogue is written. The whole thing is delivered like the actors are standing on stage. Unlike most film adaptations of plays, the writer made no effort to give a more natural sort of sense to the wordplay. And Mike Nichols didn't help the matter. The film is a series of set pieces ending in unnaturally close up shots. The four actors involved doing an amazing job is what kept me going.
This movie is about four horrible, gorgeous people. They cheat, they lie, the fuck. They have everything we want and…
With Closer, Mike Nichols is attempting to capture the violent verbiage of his Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf days. Based on Patrick Harber's stage play and also written by him for the screen, Closer takes an episodic look into the broken lives of a few truly despicable people. The broken elements of their existence is mostly caused by their own selfish and self centered downfalls but behind this voyeuristic lens into the lives of other's affairs, we see the more common in reality and less common on screen "ugly" side of love and relationships. The love part is debatable and perhaps may not even exist in this film despite how much the word is tossed about. For these reasons that…
Two couples become entwined in a series of dramatic connections as they pursue and deceive, all in the name of love (or lust, at least). "Closer" has fine performances and is a well-made film, but I found no empathy for the characters, so this was just almost two hours worth of watching people be unkind to each other for selfish reasons. The film also felt stagebound and suffocating, and I'm not quite sure what we're to take away from this story.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- You think love is simple. You think the heart is like a diagram.
- Have you ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist, wrapped in blood! Go fuck yourself! You writer! You liar!
'Go fuck yourself, you writer!'
As with most plays that become films, this feels like a play that became a film.
A film who's main plot device is infidelity.
"Damn, it's getting boring...Another affair! Quick, another."
It's a bit like Skins in that regards but less forgiveable.
Apart from that there are a few decent performances with Clive Owen putting in a decent turn.
JUST FUCK ME UP.
One star for Natalie Portman.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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