Over two days, my "Movies To See" list is unspooling on The Dissolve. Here's your chance to check them off,…
Set in the 1980s and 1990s, a man tries to salvage his relationship with his fiancée after revealing to her his aspirations of becoming a woman. This is the story of a wild and unusual love.
"You guys like emotion? Good, cause HERE'S ALL THE FUCKING EMOTION IN THE WORLD! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"
In his early twenties, Dolan already had the directorial power to turn a simple hallway sequence into an incredible display of human emotion.
So many faces.
Throughout this whole film,
so many beautifully photographed faces.
I can see what he means when he says he's more inspired by photography than film; it shows in the way that he captures imagery as if he's trying to communicate moments to his audience, moments that build on top of one another into fragments of lives.
And then there's that second in the film where, if you know his appearance, you see little Xavier show up in an uncredited role and he looks, well... just that, little. So young, yet already so brilliant. I…
For a number of years I have had an interest in the Cannes film festival, but nothing more than a desire to read an article or two after all the films had be screened and the awards handed out, read up on a few highly regarded works (and the ones that are viciously booed, I tend to enjoy those as well) so I could mark my calendar of their eventual wide release date. 2014 was a new year and with it a far more intense passion for seeing as many films as possible, for discovering new auteurs and learning what made their particular styles unique and exciting, and for not limiting myself to the releases that are given massive marketing…
pretty stunningly big-hearted, not to mention gorgeous. i've been resistant to Dolan in the past but this is a real jump for him aesthetically, much more confident and very up front about wearing his influences (i particularly liked all the CLOCKWORK ORANGE-y wide-angle symmetry). and while i try very hard not to be an ignorant person this pierced my white straight male privilege in spots i hadn't previously considered, so not to sound glib but this was both entertaining and informative. really terrific.
Another one to file under #WhyImATalentlessShithead. Dude wrote and directed this at the age of 22. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT!?!? Excuse me as I flagellate myself.
Now, moving away from what a douche I am and what a wunderkind this Dolan character is...
First of all, Suzanne Clément.
I'll repeat that: Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément and oh yeah, did I mention Suzanne Clément?
A shattering performance. I will marry this woman.
Back to Dolan. Homeboy knows how to use a song. I've said this before, and I've just said it again.
Also: Suzanne Clément.
Back to Dolan. Cause he wasn't talented enough already, he had…
Damn! This turned out to be quite a surprise, I mean I've heard that Xavier Dolan was something of a wunderkind but I didn't think I would be this impressed. Now I have to watch all of Dolan's films.
I was hooked straight from the beginning when the camera slowly pulls away from a curtain dancing window while Fever Ray's If I Had A Heart blares from the speakers. Then again, anything set to sound of Karin Dreijer Andersson's voice will, more than likely, have me hooked. That entire opening sequence was outstanding with Laurence, stepping out as a woman and the camera tracking all the faces and glances he's receiving.
I loved all the magical, experimental visual flourishes that…
the epic lgbt love story we've always deserved. features a characteristically outstanding performance by suzanne clement
Some very beautiful scenes and moments in this film, but having seen Mommy before this I was a bit disappointed, since the latter was so so good. However a bad Xavier Dolan film is still a film worth seeing, especially because of his incredible sense for combining music and cinematography.
긴 감이 없지 않지만, 감정을 차곡차곡 쌓아올리기 적당한 시간.
그리곤 마지막에 펑..!
사랑이란 누구에게나 찬란하고도 아린 것.
What a journey. Amazing performances, this was the result of a lot of love involved, you can feel it in every frame.
Shallow, derivative and deeply transphobic, Laurence Anyways is one of the primary testaments to exactly why cisgender people should never be allowed to make films with a trans storyline.
A tremendously bold and evocative film from Xavier Dolan about the complex yet tumultuous relationship between a woman and a man who wants to become a woman as it features outstanding performances from Suzanne Clement and Melvil Poupaud.
Now this is what I was looking for after seeing Mommy.
Admirable and frustrating and eye-roll inducing and lovely and I-think-I-finally-get-it-but-wait-here-comes-another-slow-motion-montage-set-to-classical-music etc.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
1940-2014; not quite to 600 yet.