Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Rachel Getting Married
The best picture of the year!
A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
This film was the decades biggest surprise for me. Just proves that the smallest of films can do the biggest of impacts. And much of it is thanks to Anne Hathaway, who delivers the role of a lifetime.
Rachel Getting Married takes a documentary style approach to a story of how drug addiction can affect a family and it features Anne Hathaway's best performance to date.
I was tweeting about this movie while watching it, and Starr said she was looking forward to my review, since it was clear I was enjoying the film.
Unfortunately, as I warned her, I have a hard time writing about movies that affect me deeply. It's a painful and beautiful movie, and Annie Hathaway acts it to pieces. She's astonishing. (And Dewitt is great, too.) I am not sure what else to say right now.
I am numb inside.
17 years prior, Jonathan Demme made his name in the film industry. The Silence of the Lambs was that film; one of the most terrifying and claustrophobic depictions of the human decay in all of cinema. The film which challenges the senses, and the stomach of its audience, is without a doubt one of the finest movies of all-time; a depressing, systematic masterpiece. Demme, the man behind it all, worked wonders with it. Jodie Foster, portraying Clarice Starling; the protagonist, was a woman of inner strength and knowledge and the work from Foster, for me, is one of the defining cinematic performances in all of horror.
I may be clutching at straws here, but the work from Anne Hathaway in…
I now have 2 staple "had a stressful day so I'm gonna drink 3 glasses of Malbec and watch a film that makes me cry" films: Erin Brockovich & now Jonathan Demme's 5-Star Journey of Family Issues: Rachel Getting Married
Everything about this movie clicked. The actors are undoubtedly convincing as a deeply wounded, tightly-knit family celebrating a major life-changing milestone. There’s nothing pretentious or fake or staged about this film at all; it’s the most electrifying, natural piece of cinema I have seen in many, many years. I know a sequel would be all wrong, a sin committed by the whores of Hollywood but, honestly, I’d kill to see any of these people again.
This is a very honest look at mental illness and addiction.
The style of the film will be off putting to some, but I really suggest giving this movie a chance as it can really open your eyes to what recovering addicts go through on a daily basis.
"The measure of a great life, is not how well loved you are, but how well you love others."
Beautiful film. One of my favourites and one of the first to inspire me to want to become a filmmaker. Could watch it again and again.
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Jonathan Demme directs this movie almost Dogma style (I do not remember all "rules" but I am pretty sure that there is only natural lighting and all music originates from within the frame - hm, is radio allowed?). Ann Hathaway (recently crowned one of the Top 5 Movie Narcisists for her role here) is great as the "lost" daughter returning from rehab just the day before her sister's wedding, dealing with the rations to her family, her overcome drug addiction and memories of a horrible event in the past.
Naturalistic, intense and real.
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The film is at its best when it just explores and lives in the world of this very interesting wedding. It does not work nearly as well for me when it foregrounds the melodrama - Hathaway is good, but I think it would have been more effective for me if her character didn't get so much of the spotlight.
Excessive talk of drug use & addiction
Yah, whatever. That was boring and forced and the characters are all 2-dimensional and I can't relate to anyone here. It's emotionally dishonest.
Also more honestly addicts piss me off and watching this movie feels like making a concession to people I know like this.
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