The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Take This Waltz
Twenty-eight-year-old Margot is happily married to Lou, a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel, a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable.
”I’m afraid of connections.”
This line of dialogue is spoken by the film’s protagonist, Margot, a pretty tomboyish journalist and the type of person who only ever exists within the world of films. She is in fact talking about the connections made at airports but the line is obviously smothered in laughably unsubtle subtext just in case the audience misses writer-director, Sarah Polley’s intent. Frustratingly it is representative of a film that is so on-the-nose and contrived that it is impossible to invest in this young woman’s dilemma. That dilemma comes in the form of a tentative affair with her neighbour whilst the romance in her marriage has long since subsided into passion-free contentment.
Polley’s debut feature, Away from Her,…
I have now been thinking about this film for a good 24 hours, and I can't decide what to write. I give up. Here's a few random thoughts:
1. Michelle Williams is amazing. Absolutely astonishing. Her character is both attractive and annoying as all get out. I don't know how she manages to give such a layered performance. She's wonderful.
2. The colors and use of light are stunning.
3. Sarah Silverman needs to do more dramatic work. She's terrific here. I tweeted her so, and thus I am sure we'll see some more drama soon. She always does what I tweet her. She trusts my judgment.
4. This movie is painful and beautiful. It's not what you expect from Hollywood -- it's about how things really work out.
5. There are flaws, but the overall emotional force and Williams's performance overshadow them.
See it. It's like, good, and stuff.
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might want to hug the guy for articulating exactly what music can really mean in a way that you’ve been trying to express yourself. I certainly didn’t always agree with Bangs, but I always identified with how insanely wonderful the experience…
Straight up, this movie looks absolutely gorgeous. Some dude named Luc Montpellier is the cinematographer and I think that the Canadian government should pay this guy a salary of fifty thousand dollars a year, for the rest of his life, just because of how gorgeous this movie looks. I guarantee that Toronto has never, and will never, look better in a film. All the colors are rich & vibrant, and the camera movement is out of sight. See this movie just to see how gorgeous it looks. Now, on to the film itself.
I see the film as the idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl put into a real world person and how terrible that idea actually is. The character…
Review In A Nutshell:
Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz is a frustrating experience, it provides audiences with a look at the difficulties of marriage, how there will be days where one would lost that sense of spark, and everyday becomes mundane and uneventful; protagonist Margot is finding herself slowly frustrated with her position, craving for something more, which an offer does arise with her across the street neighbour, Daniel.
Polley simply didn’t want the film to be your run of the mill take on marriage, friendships, and temptations; it attempts to become something much more, by attempting to flesh out the protagonist, provide her with complexities that make her feel like a real character, rather than a tool to push…
Part of A Film A Day
"You think everything can be worked out if you just make the right move? That must be thrilling... Life has a gap in it. It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic."
Take This Waltz is a film I wanted to love so much, but I just couldn't bring myself to ignoring all the flaws the film had. Personally, I watched this because of Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, whom I absolutely love; in this film, and out of it. Williams gives a magnificent performance as Margot, an insecure, middle aged woman who's married to Rogen's character, Lou.
Now, I had a teacher once who said that Seth…
This is the movie that Hateship Loveship wishes it was. Granted the main characters in this movie might be slightly younger, but it still tackles relationships better and more clearly then that Kristen Wigg picture. Apparently I'm doing a series on movies staring markee comedians that no one knows about. With Hateship Loveship and They Came Together this will be the third and can be found on HULU.
Michelle Williams continues to be incredible well realized in a film once again. She is secretly one of my favorite actresses, by continuing to be in great films with well developed characters.
This film has a small amount of nudity in is and it's well used. It never felt like it was…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I am in love every moment in this movie, except for the titular montage.
Margo infuriates me like 75% of the time but I also identify with her on a molecular level.
Also Daniel barely has any lines after Margo leaves Lou. (As it should be, in my opinion)
”New things get old.”
This is the lesson protagonist Margot, compellingly portrait by Michelle Williams, needs to learn. Unsure if she should be happy with what she has or pursuing her desire of more, she makes her choices and gets judged only by other characters, not the movie itself.
Sarah Polley tells a mature and gorgeously shot tale of a woman finding her way.
Either all the way banal (and too chatty about it) or all the way alien (as in, are these really humans interacting?), 'Take This Waltz' is saved in parts by some colourful mise en scène but ultimately can't get over its own lack of understanding for human relationships. Also, rarely has a film been so oblivious about its depiction of a stalker character.
I can't stop thinking about this movie. I can't stop thinking about how hard it got to me.
I think every married woman should watch this movie. It resonates with me still, and I'm pretty sure I saw this 3+ years ago. I find the characters really relatable. It's by far the most honest film about marriage I have ever seen.
A script that dances too much between twee and transcendent is the one blemish on an otherwise brilliant film. Bold direction, fantastic acting, vibrant cinematography.
kinda of weird but i liked the realism. also the colour palette in this was beautiful
Nice little drama.
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Here's the other list I published at the same time:
100 Highest Rated Entries on Letterboxd Directed by Women.