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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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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…
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.
To me it seems like the inspiration for American beauty. A lot of the same character traits and themes line up. Both is about bored suburban families dealing with issues about love and sex.
I could write a 2-page analysis comparing the two, but I'm lazy.
I found a link to a very thorough comparison here:
(((SPOILER ALERT- do not reach the bottom half of the page)))
Also, it has Tobey Maguire, chick who played Wednesday Adams, and Elijah Wood in it so you know it's good.
This is a stunning film about the icy (see what I did there) relationships between husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and friends. I was so so impressed by Joan Allen - I remember being blown away by her performance in Pleasantville and this performance is just as good, if not better as a housewife dealing with the realisation that her husband is having an affair. Kevin Kline is incredible as the husband also. It's such a beautiful looking film too. The ice storm itself looks amazing. It looks so dangerous but it looks so still and serene at the same time. I'm not very good at articulating myself but I think it's clear that I loved this.
Inconsistent drama starring Sigourney Weaver. Starts and finishes well.
Watched The Ice Storm for the first time
I thought it was great!
Such a great cast in this thing. Sigourney Weaver, maybe my favourite non-Ripley performance of hers.
Kevin Kline I thought was VERY good as he tends to be. I wish he was in way more movies as good as this.
Ang Lee never ceases to amaze me, the variety of movies he makes.
I was shocked how funny it was in parts. It's a dark movie and it reminded me of Little Children a bit, with it being a drama about families and affairs.
And it reminded me a lot of the tone of Mad Men. That mix of tense drama and yet with a great sense of humour.
Well that was depressing.
"Libbets? What sort of a name is Libbets?"
Wow, what a movie. What it essentially does in the first hour is set up all its pieces, like a row of dominoes, and then for the second half just knocks it down, but that lasts an hour and just builds its tension through that. Also this easily has one of the best scenes I've seen in a film for awhile, which involves a certain character and a Richard Nixon mask that makes the film worth the watch just for that. But beyond that, everything it says about the emptiness of our desires, the coldness in how we treat each other, all through the lens of an America that is hardening like the ice that is ever present in the film, it's just a deeply layered beautiful film that I'm glad I finally got to watch.
Also it might be a better Fantastic Four film than the new Fantastic Four film.
Quintessential 90s with a wonderful ensemble cast. One of my very favorite films.
- 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: 183/760 (24%)
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game