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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,…
Ang Lee's devastating drama about awkward sexuality and suburban malaise in the early 1970s, THE ICE STORM has not aged a day, though the younger cast members certainly have! (More on that later).
Set in the days when the sexual revolution of the late '60s was creeping its way clumsily into the suburbs, the film concerns an intricate web of deceptions, awakenings, and tragedies (both minor and major) that occur over the Thanksgiving holiday for two neighboring families.
The ensemble cast is absolutely first-rate, without a single slack or uninteresting performance. Kevin Kline and Joan Allen star as Mr. and Mrs. Hood, whose relationship has stalled after 17 years of marriage. Mr. Hood is having an affair with icily sexy…
Full of tension, dread and satire, this novelistic drama by Ang Lee is one of the most overlooked films about family I've ever seen.
A solid, slow-paced drama about the two dysfunctional families living next to each other and slowly breaking apart. The fading bond between parents just deepens the disconnect with the kids, who are already confused with discovering their sexuality. There is not much really happening, but the performances are superb and the soundtrack really atmospheric. The event at the end just felt a bit out of place and like forcing more drama for the sake of drama.
A movie with Young Spiderman, Tom Crusie's Ex Wife, and Ellen ripley should have been more enjoyable, its good acting and a good script but really depressing
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie was pretty goddamn beautiful.
"May Day! May Day! Get this message back to base!"
The movie surprised me early on the theme. It is a profound drama about two families who have tenuous bonds. Marriages have appearances that are extended by a full indifference and booze. Ang Lee shows us the reality of suburban families living in 1973 with the bustle of marijuana, Watergate and "Deep Throat".
It is interesting that the scenario has created not only the function of causing nostalgia of the era, but also causes some weirdness (ice tray, water pad). The perception of cold is in almost everything: time, in things, in homes, in families, in relationships.
And a commendable thing is that with passage of time the film becomes increasingly deep and intense, with a decent and even better ending than the movie itself.
I keep thinking about this movie, which I saw during it's theatrical release, as we are currently living through an ice storm. And I have no desire to cope with that by throwing a key party and attempting to f**k my neighbors.
I rewatched parts of this before reviewing it. On the one hand, it's beautifully acted, and memorable after 20 years. On the other, it's one of the most pretentious, fatalistic and upsetting movies I've ever seen - filled to the brim with unlikable characters doing unpleasant things.
I think I just don't have a lot of tolerance for watching wealthy, white, privileged people destroy their lives because they can't be bothered to talk with one another - or even think clearly. This didn't give me any deeper insight into the human condition - it just made me sad.
So that's what birth control was like in the 70s
Most "Everyone is sad!" family dramas like these aren't so immensely rewatchable
The Ice Storm shares a quality with American Beauty of seeming to live in an entirely insular bubble in which everyone is hurt and broken. What makes The Ice Storm succeed more is a greater sense of the minds of the character, and a lesser sense of pretentiousness.
What is also remarkable is the ability for each character to have a unique and fortified screen presence making each moment count. The nuances of the film are a joy and the eerie atmosphere held my attention to the very end.
- 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.
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- The Big Lebowski
1. PULP FICTION (1994) by Quentin Tarantino
IMDb: 9.0 | RT: 94% || Points: 3405 | Peak: #1 (27x) |…