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The Ice Storm
It was 1973, and the climate was changing.
In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. Young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.
Ang Lee is simply one of the greatest directors alive. Last year's Life Of Pi solidified that for me. I would compare him to Stanley Kubrick in the way he is able to adapt to many different genres, and master them. Examining any three of his films in a row, in this case 1997's The Ice Storm, an atmospheric, fatalist drama of 1970's New England suburbanite family dysfunction, sandwiched between 1995's Jane Austen period comedy Sense And Sensibility, and 1999's civil war drama Ride With The Devil, shows an artist unwilling to settle into a comfort zone.
When I first saw The Ice Storm, during its theatrical release in 1997, I knew it would become one of the best films…
Your family is the void you emerge from, and the place you return to when you die. And that's the paradox - the closer you're drawn back in, the deeper into the void you go.
Ang Lee is a director that I really need to see more of.
Well, to be more specific, I think Ang Lee needs to make more films like The Ice Storm.
I think as a director, Ang Lee possesses a very rare trait in that he finds an amazing balance between impressive visual prowess and immense human emotion. His latest, Life of Pi I'll admit made me groan at first, but I found the film to be one of the very best of last year;…
Suburbia has always been a fascinating subject to watch on film. Speaking for myself, the allure to the subject has always been the dark secrets that distinguish each household apart in an otherwise indistinguishable neighborhood.
The Ice Storm centers around two middle-class, suburban families, the Hoods (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, and a very young Tobey Maguire and Christina Ricci) and the Carvers (Jamey Sheridan, Sigourney Weaver, and a very young Elijah Wood and Adam Hann-Byrd, in the early 1970s as they deal with how the social and political events of the 60s begin to influence suburbia. Every character is looking for love, and it is through their experimentation with sex, drugs and alcohol that they expect to find it.
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Review In A Nutshell:
Thrice now, Ang Lee has struck me in places I never knew existed; first with Life of Pi, then with Brokeback Mountain, now with The Ice Storm. I am now going to provide in this entry a thorough review, as this is another one of those films that I need time and another viewing to fully appreciate its narrative and thematic intentions; everywhere I look during The Ice Storm's running time is filled with symbolism or metaphors and it is a lot to take in a single and initial sitting. Though I am still taking The Ice Storm in, I cannot deny that this film was marvellous. It featured…
The Ice Storm moved me on an emotional level, which is something that Ang Lee films rarely do to me. The cast is phenomenal, the direction is superb, and the writing is top notch. What makes this movie so good though is the characters and the story. Everything that happens actually has an effect on the overall story going on, making this a really strong film. I was deeply touched, and I have few problems with The Ice Storm. Highly recommended.
Ang Lee's brilliantly bleak exploration of 1970s surburban ennui, featuring a stellar ensemble led by Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Signourney Weaver, explores the devastating havoc that subtly escalating acts of social rebellion can wreak on the family unit as bored adults indulge base instincts in order to revive flagging appetites whilst impressionable children try and make sense of the swirling emotional displacement that surrounds them. Set in upwardly mobile Connecticut and against a backdrop of mounting social and political change, the depiction of marital infidelity, apparently fuelled by alcoholism and prescription drugs, is contrasted by awkward experiences of first sex, as confused teens stumble and fumble through the confusion of inflamed hormones and conflicted curiosity toward moments of fleeting…
Seriously though, what kind of name is Libbets Casey?
Ang Lee Film Festival: #5
"The Ice Storm" has some period-accurate costume design, three or four beautiful frames, one or two really fantastic moments, and two pretty good performances from Sigourney Weaver and Christina Ricci, so it is sad that literally every other aspect of this film is either complete garbage, or unintentionally funny. An almost universally horrendous shitfit with an awful and overly dwelling score, awful performances from every actor not aforementioned, lazily shot, and atrociously written on almost every level. For most of the film, I was cringing, either at the awful quality or moments that can only be described as hysterical. There were times I was in stitches, which is not good for a film that tries to be serious. Just one of the most overrated films ever made. 3/10.
Ang Lee's film of Rick Moody's novel has always been a favorite and it hit me pretty hard this last time. Kevin Kline, in perhaps a career best, plays an idyllic 70s family man whose clan is falling apart amidst a Thanksgiving weekend of revelations that leave him grateful for his screwed up life -- something I can certainly understand these days.
You know how there are those films that you just know that you're going to like after just the first few minutes? Those first few minutes don't even necessarily have to be something spectacular or dazzling, but it happens from time to time and watching The Ice Storm I definitely had one of those moments. I read somewhere here on Letterboxd that this would be a good film to watch after Thanksgiving, so I decided to give this film a shot knowing absolutely nothing about it. And whoever said that was on the money because this was a fantastic movie for this Thanksgiving-Christmas season dealing with family.
Now before you jump to conclusions, let me warn you that this is…
I didn't know it was a key party either.
Lee sure knows how to deliver an ending.
i love how i feel like these people are never going to talk about that night for the rest of their lives and i'm sitting on the floor and i can't talk about that movie
There was heavy rain outside while I was watching this film.
That's got to be one of the most awkward and sad endings.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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