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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;…
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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…
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.
Before there was American Beauty there was The Ice Storm. While, I don't think it's necessary to compare the two films (I love American Beauty) I just want to say that between the two, this takes the cake (by a very small margin). What I like about The Ice Storm is how complex the characters are. There is a tendency, in a film with many characters, to exaggerate certain personality traits in each character so as to make each character easy to differentiate from another. That's stupid because 1) It gives the film a two-dimensional quality that usually does nothing for the movie, and 2) It's stupid. In The Ice Storm there is this feeling that the film is building…
Fantastic Four framed snapshot of two family households. A mother bringing her son to a key party is the type of underlying sexuality examined.
The Ice Storm is one of those "slice of life" movies that gives a small window into the lives of several families. The the best thing about the film is the juxtaposition between the adult and the adolescent characters, and how it is able to demonstrate that adults know just as little about existence as any of the children. Some of the film's main themes include frustration, infidelity and sex; a large amount of the film is about children exploring their sexuality.
The characters all have their own nuances and quirks, which helps the movie keep at a brisk pace. I never felt bored while watching this; every scene lingers just long enough, but never too long either; the tension…
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…
A film both precise and expressive, which plays to Ang Lee's strengths as both a dramatist and a stylist. A superb cast of established and emerging talents come together for a pitch perfect dissection of American sexual mores, which is underpinned by a genuine and heartfelt sadness.
I've seen this two or three times and really liked it. By the time parents got around to having us (the younger kids) they'd gotten their depressing shit together enough so that we totally missed out on that whole, lack of supervision, sure go wandering around the neighborhood at night nothing can happen to you out here in the suburbs thing. I feel so left out.
Just as powerful as when a saw it in 1997. Great cast and a great film from the underrated Ang Lee.
I remember the teenage years as the time in my life when I began to realize that my parents weren’t the mythical, perfect figures I had thought they were in my youth. Socially, it was the time when the misfortunes of other people in the world began to take on a particularly poignant place in my mind. Shocked at how the older generations were so accustomed to just accepting the “system” and going on their daily lives was something me, and many other young adults had a hard time living with. Ang Lee has a masterful eye for the relationship between generations and The Ice Storm is a reflection of that.
The focuses on two upper-class families in Connecticut in…
I don't remember being aware of this movie when it came out. I honestly didn't realize that Ang Lee directed English-language films before Brokeback Mountain, but it looks like he has predominantly directed English-language films. I picked this one up blindly because it was a Criterion disc for $5. How often do you see that when it's not Royal Tenenbaums or Armageddon? Not often.
There are a lot of interwoven conflicts in here, the most compelling of which belonged to Christina Ricci and Joan Allen's characters, I thought. There were some really good "pregnant silence" moments in here. And while I don't foresee a repeat viewing for myself, I enjoyed experiencing it. Some enjoyment was due in no small part…
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Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)