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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.
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.
For my two cents, The Ice Storm remains Ang Lee's best work and is also one of the top films of the 90s. That being said, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes this film so brilliant. The cast is excellent and the performances are top-notch, but it is much more than simply a well-made production. Perhaps it's only the voyeuristic appeal of watching two families on the verge of collapse, being unable to look away while knowing full well that the worst is yet to come. Whatever the case, The Ice Storm invokes a sort of heaviness that lingers with you long after viewing.
Let's get the obvious out of the way about the Ice Storm, this is a stunningly beautiful film. Frederick Elmes, erstwhile collaborator with David Lynch beautifully photographs and lights this film. The Costume Design by Carol Oditz really captures the period perfectly. Mark Friedberg does a terrific job with the Production Design along with Bob Shaw and Stephanie Carol as the Art Director and Set Decorator. When I was watching this movie I thought some of the design screamed Mad Men-esque, so I was quite tickled when I saw that Bob Shaw did the Art Direction for the Pilot Episode of Mad Men. Finally I also have to say Mychael Danna's music perfectly sets the tone of this movie.
One of the many pieces in the kaleidoscopic career of Ang Lee, who seemingly has the goal to direct a film in every genre, The Ice Storm is another entry into the suburban family dramas that were so popular during the late 90's and early 2000's. This one takes place in a quiet Connecticut town in the 1970's, amidst a growing wave of cautious yet desperate liberation, and focuses on two families caught in the everchanging times. The cast here is stellar, including the likes of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, and a young Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci. They each have small parts to play in this intimate tapestry, but it all comes together to talk…
The titular ice storm featured in the film is very impressive. The special effects, for 1997, truly hold up today. And Sigourney Weaver truly uses her 'Alien' experience to her benefit as she heroically battles the elements. C+
An inferior drama would surely conclude the Paul / Libbets thread with some type of date rape, and it would probably harness Weaver’s aggression into some public, belittling speech. Suburban dysfunction films are rigged to clank you over the head with predictable aberrant behavior so the fact that this harbors Lee’s even-tempered approach, plus a sincere sadness - versus the sardonic fuck-off tone of something like American Beauty - is appreciable, but it’s also too sincere, comparing family to the Fantastic Four and then pausing the voice-over track so that that metaphor registers; having Libbets explain Dostoevsky so that we know why people do bad things to each other - stuff like that, which isn’t so bad, but it’s shorthand…
"Your family is the void you emerge from, and the place you return to when you die."
Such a sad, heartbreaking film. I don't really have too much to say about it, just the fact that I saw it when it came out at too young an age and just revisited it and that it's a well-acted, superbly directed little film.
I love Ang Lee's directing style. His camera moves beautifully and he captures amazing visuals all the way through this movie. The whole cast is perfect: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes. It's so weird and cool seeing the young kids in this movie at such a young age after watching them in…
Devastating, and beautiful.
Were 70's kids rly that fucked up God save us all. Also I spent the last half wandering whether Frodo or Spiderman was gonna die which I guess is fun or smth.
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- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 160/739
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…