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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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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…
I haven't read the novel on which this film is based but will probably seek out for it as I haven't been this impressed and shaken by a (fairly) recent American drama in a long time. Ang Lee's look at suburban, middle-class life is quietly powerful and unfolds in a slow but riveting manner. The titular ice storm is beautifully shot and due to its nature increases the feeling of confinement in the film. It's a very down-to-earth, small-scale film chronicling a few days in the lives of two neighboring families, punctuated by key events that themselves don't immediately create drama but linger over the film in the same way the storm does. The result is atmospheric, cold and brooding,…
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.
Probably the second best Fantastic Four movie (the best is The Incredibles)
Wenn man durch Blicke andere Menschen einfrieren könnte, dann wären in diesem Film früher oder später alle Figuren zu Eisskulpturen erstarrt. So kalt und hart sind die menschlichen Regungen und Stimmungen, die durch die ebenso kühlen Häuser wabern. Der Titel des Films ist deshalb natürlich längst nicht nur die Beschreibung eines Wetterphänomens, das über eine schicke Vorortsiedlung hinwegzieht. „The Ice Storm“ ist ein psychologisches, metaphorisches und inszenatorisches Meisterwerk. schoener-denken.de/blog/der-eissturm-ang-lee/
Everything looks the same.
Rich white suburbanites try to stifle their cruelty, self-loathing, apathy, and impotence by leaning into trends of liberation as if that'll allow them to avoid facing their problems. Eventually someone slips. Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, and Christina Ricci are all great and Jamey Sheridan does a lot with a smaller role. Hadn't heard that non-Tin Machine version of "I Can't Read" that plays over the credits, floored me.
I too was once a desperately dorky 14 year old with a major Christina Ricci crush (stemming from a childhood spent repeatedly watching the live-action Casper). And yet, unlike Elijah Wood's character in this, I'm not certain I could ever have been desperate enough to dry-hump her while she was wearing a Nixon mask.
Hm, vielleicht hab ich den Film ja einfach nicht verstanden und das kann gut sein. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass ich das Buch nicht gelesen habe und auch das kann gut sein. Vielleicht liegt es aber auch daran, dass das die Art von Geschichte ist, die Martin Walser schreiben würde und ich konnte seine Bücher noch nie ausstehen, weil sie nie wirkliche Geschichten waren sondern einfach nur die deprimierenden und dabei schrecklich unspektakulären Lebensgeschichten seiner Protagonisten erzählen. Paradebeispiel dafür ist für mich immer noch EIN FLIEGENDES PFERD.
So ähnlich habe ich mich hier auch gefühlt, denn eine wirkliche Geschichte erzählt DER EISSTURM nicht, es sind eher kleine Ausschnitte aus den durch menschliche Beziehungen miteinander verwobenen Geschichten zweiter Familien. Es geht…
My personal favorite Ang Lee movie.
Human beings are a complicated bunch.
Ah the nineties suburban hyperlink "we're all secretly miserable and sexually frustrated" genre.
As a fan of the other films I'd seen of Ang Lee I had high hopes for this one. It's unfortunately a mixed affair, that suffers by comparison to other, similar works and from both over and under-ambition.
The film has some serious casting issues, with most of the troubles coming from the grown ups not having the proper emotional weight. Although Joan Allen does her best with scenes that generally underserve her, the rest of the parents don't feel like they acting with much urgency.
The kids fair a bit better. Elijah Wood plays a good weirdo though his poetic lines about geometry are a little…
never have sex kids, cause it'll fuck up your life!
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