• Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★½ Watched by Njabs Phungula 26 Jun, 2015 2

    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…


  • Mirthbound

    ★★★★½ Watched by Mirthbound 03 Jun, 2015

    Fantastic Four framed snapshot of two family households. A mother bringing her son to a key party is the type of underlying sexuality examined.


  • OmnipotentDog

    ★★★½ Watched by OmnipotentDog 27 May, 2015

    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…


  • Alec Price

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Alec Price 14 Mar, 2015 2

    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…


  • Edwin Davies

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Edwin Davies 03 May, 2015

    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.


  • Marna Larsen

    ★★★½ Added by Marna Larsen

    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.


  • Brett Leach

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Brett Leach 24 Apr, 2015

    Just as powerful as when a saw it in 1997. Great cast and a great film from the underrated Ang Lee.


  • Sumner Forbes

    ★★★★ Watched by Sumner Forbes 18 Apr, 2015

    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,…


  • Warren

    ★★★★ Watched by Warren 14 Apr, 2015

    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…


  • Jon_Kissel

    ★★★ Watched by Jon_Kissel 27 Feb, 2015

    Family ensemble drama The Ice Storm is all about fulfilling sexual needs, social restrictions be damned. While the sexual revolution is raging, teenagers too young for it are stretching their legs in anticipation of fully engaging with the changing times, and their middle aged parents have lost nearly all interest in sticking with the one they married. Taking place during a '73 or '74 winter, the upper-class characters are well-portrayed by a deep cast, though The Ice Storm is one…


  • Jordan Mackay

    ★★★½ Watched by Jordan Mackay 23 Mar, 2015

    I feel like Kevin Kline never quite had the career he deserved.


  • k-fresh

    ★★★½ Watched by k-fresh 12 Mar, 2015

    i... liked this movie? not really sure tbh but sigourney was rly hot