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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 find yourself in the negative zone, as the Fantastic Four often do, means all every day assumptions are inverted. Even the Invisible Girl herself becomes visible and so she loses the last semblance of her power. It seems to me that everyone exists partially on a negative zone level, some people more than others. In your life, it's kind of like you dip in and out of it, a place where things don't quite work out the way they should. But for some people, the negative zone tempts them. And they end up going in, going in all the way."
People needing people. But not the people that they're with. Searching for something that they've lost. Or never had. With new people. And finding it's not what they're looking for either. And the ice covers it all. And when the ice leaves, nothing is the same.
Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast Episode 17: www.canwestillbefriends.net/ep-17-ice-storm/
A Thanksgiving tradition.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ang Lee is someone who has progressively and unnoticeably impressed me as a versatile filmmaker throughout exploring his catalogue. So far I have seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (one of my favourites!), Hulk, Lust Caution, Taking Woodstock, Life of Pi and now his family drama The Ice Storm.
For the most part he's a pretty stellar filmmaker, I even like his experimental approach to Hulk. The only film of his I dislike really being his hippy comedy Taking Woodstock that never blended his usual approach to filmmaking; stunning visuals with a deep insight into human emotion. Both of which are qualities present in this movie, granted less so on the stunning visuals but much more raw emotional family drama.
So devastating and so beautiful.
Mad Men before Mad Men.
Ang Lee is a director that can pull off many different genres and he doesn't disappoint with this one. Set in the 70s in suburban Connecticut this family drama cuts between the lives of two neighbouring couples and their children, each searching for their own form of escape.
A darkly comic and brilliantly written - as well as acted - take on seventies American suburbia during and/or around the era of Nixon's downfall.
Ang Lee's The Ice Storm is a brilliant piece of work that is a expertly structured story revolving around the Thanksgiving holiday that always needs to be happy but so often really isn't.
The story, which really is more of a canvas for a wide range of emotions and actions to be displayed by all the richly developed characters in here, is about the Hood family's Thanksgiving in the closed (looking) community of New Canaan, Connecticut. The oldest son Paul (Tobey Maguire) is coming home from school for the occasion, the daughter Wendy (Christina Ricci)…
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
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Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…