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the meaning of love, joy, honesty, loyalty and faith has changed and the glorious holy love of the age of innocence has been replaced by the kind of love that is more carnal, selfish and the nature of our time doesn’t…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,…
Living in a world where every romantic film follows the same lifeless formula, it's actually impressive to see a film that tackles the essence of modern love in a way that few have tried because of conventionality. Contrary to what most romances would have you believe (and I'm not only talking about contemporary cinema), we don't live in a world where people fall in love for one's inner-self; sure, love is about that, but it's much more a carnal instinct than a simple spiritual feeling, it's especially about desire and physical attraction. The idea and meaning of 'love' has changed over the years; Closer is a film that approaches the modern perception of love in a much rawer way than…
Back when this came out, I almost saw it in the cinema. Then I almost rented it. Then I almost watched it when it was shown on tv. Finally I sat down today and watched it.
It is a film that is very difficult for me to rate. It is gloriously complex at the same time as being completely hollow. It is brilliant acting from actors portraying people who are flawed, but likable. It is a film that seems to be better now, half an hour after finishing watching it, than it did when the credits rolled. And I can't get that bloody song out of my head, tho strangely I am not sure I want to.
For now I will give it 3.5 stars, however that may, or may not change with time, regardless of if I have rewatched it.
:/ so fake deep
When a film starts with a David Gray song you know you're in for some trouble.
The film is like a David Gray song. Professionally produced and slick but totally hollow. Not a single line in the film rings true, the characters are all fake and every aspect of the relationships unlike that of any human encounter in real life imaginable.
It does have an interesting concept with the constant jumps in time that focus on crucial crossroads between the couples while ignoring all the developments that other films would otherwise focus on but overall this is a wasted opportunity.
Such a great movie.
contempt vs content
Can't have romance and love without depression and jealousy.
"We do everything that people who have sex do!"
One of the most fucked up movies about love out there. The dialogue is just so brutal it hurts, and the actors are all fantastic.
What I find most interesting is that, on a second viewing, I had a very different interpretation in regards to the film's meaning. It works on numerous levels, which I love.
Also, Julia Roberts is one of the most underrated screen presences in Hollywood. I admire the bravery in her role choices. You don't often have A-list stars who'd be willing to say some of these lines.
We're all lying scumbags.
Lessons learned from 'Closer':
Everyone you meet is a lying piece of shit and all of us lie to ourselves to feel better about the blunt fact that life never ends happily.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.