After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…
Take This Waltz
Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet, TAKE THIS WALTZ deftly avoids romantic clichés and paints an unusually true and unsentimental portrait of adult relationships.
”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…
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…
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…
A happily married young woman finds her life turned upside down after she becomes enchanted by her new neighbour, One of the most powerful movies ive ever seen about falling for someone when your already involved with another, Michelle Williams gives a career best performance , How she didnt get a oscar nomination is a mystery, Your bascialy seeing a good woman being emotionaly pulled apart and its heartbreaking , Stunning adult drama
Not liking a movie is common for me. When I find one dull, or boring, or unoriginal, or mindless, or dumb, it's enough just to say I don't like it. But very rarely do I watch a movie and pronounce hatred for it. Take This Waltz is one of these rare occasions; it offended me in so many ways I wanted to puke. It's not a bad film. In fact, its off-beat and rather unexpected characteristic gave me the oomph to finish it and ultimately respect it. But every step of the way, I was cringing with a sad, weary disgust, whining to myself about the injustices this experience is putting me through.
I don't think Sarah Polly knew exactly…
A beautiful and understated movie that really hammers home how sad the song "Video Killed the Radio Star" is at its core.
"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. " (Geraldine to Margot)
There's no way I would call this a bad movie, but probably I wouldn't really call it a good movie either, though it does have some undeniable qualities. But it is ultimately just too boring. It is however another great proof that Michelle Williams is a terrific actress! It's owed to her wonderful performance that I never had to force myself to sit through the movie despite it being ultimately really boring.
"Frances Ha" comes to mind, which…
This was really insufferable. I like Michelle Williams and I don't fault her for the portions of this that don't work. A lot of it is in the dialogue and character development. She plays a dissatisfied wife, Margot) and she's supposed to be 28 (married for five years, which means that she married pretty young, by today's standards, and that could have something to do with this), but she's the most infantilized housewife I've seen in modern cinema. She's constantly saying things like, "I wuv you," uses "gay" as a synonym for "cheesy"/"sensitive," and thinks she's cuter/more endearing/adorable than she is. They guy she married, Lou (played by Seth Rogen), is similarly childish in some ways, so it's been working…
An interesting and funny relationship piece, gorgeously designed and shot. There are many possible interpretations of the film's events; my own is that much of the events are embellished into fantasy, giving the candy-coloured sheen to everything. Michelle Williams steals the show dramatically, while Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman bring both their regular characters and their regular humour in to liven up the proceedings. There is depth beneath the humour, but the meanings will be highly subjective.
this movie hurt my feelings
Hermosa historia de amor, inlcuso cuando está el insoportable de Seth.
A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. To make the list manageable, I'm adding 1…
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women