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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

blue valentine

you always hurt the one you love
the one you shouldn't hurt at all
you always take the sweetest rose
and crush it till the petals fall

you always break the kindest heart
with a hasty word you can't recall, so
if i broke your heart last night
it's because i love you most of all

blue valentine is a film about a day in the life of a couple whose marriage is failing. it goes back and forth between this day and flashbacks of their past. these flashbacks show bits and pieces of their courtship and vital choices they made that led them to the inevitable failure of their love. why make a romance film that doesn't have a happy ending, you ask? i think it sends an important message of the reality that life doesn't always turn out as you hope, and sometimes it's not even a situation where one specific person is at fault. some things just aren't meant to be.

this was beautifully filmed. ryan gosling and michelle williams were phenomenal, and the story was heartbreaking but at the same time very touching. you feel for both the characters. in most break-up stories there is usually one person that is mainly at fault so your first reaction would be to feel angry, but you can't feel that emotion at any point in this film. just sadness, heartbreak, & helplessness. other than feeling those emotions you also understand why it happened the way it did. you understand that reality isn't always the prettiest thing and that sometimes you really don't have any control over a situation. and i really liked that about this film. it's the kind of story that really leaves an impression on people because it's something we can all somehow relate to.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

stanley kubrick

"a film is-or should be-more like music than like fiction. it should be a progression of moods and feelings. the theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later."
-stanley kubrick

my favorite thing about stanley kubrick's films would have to be the breath-taking cinematography.

2001: a space odyssey

a clockwork orange

because you're mine, i walk the line

june carter: we've got these people all revved up, john. now c'mon, let's sing jackson for 'em.
johnny cash: you've got me all revved up. now i've asked you forty different ways and it's time you come up with a fresh answer.
june carter: please sing.
johnny cash: i'm asking you to marry me. i love you, june. now i know i said and done a lotta things, that i hurt you, but i promise, i'll never do that again. i only want to take care of you. i will not leave you like that dutch boy with your finger in the dam.
june carter: [shakes head]
johnny cash: you're my best friend. marry me.
june carter: ...all right.
johnny cash: yeah?

walk the line has to be one of my favorite romance, because it is based on a true story, and two, johnny cash happens to be one of my favorite musicians. joaquin phoenix & reese witherspoon did a marvelous job in this film. both johnny & june have such distinct voices and mannerisms, i would imagine they were hard roles to play.

Friday, March 25, 2011

the purple rose of cairo

i've been watching a lot of woody allen films lately and the purple rose of cairo would have to be my favorite. the film is set in new jersey during the depression era. cecilia is a waitress who isn't happy with her life so she escapes to the movies as often as she can to raise her spirits. one day she gets fired from her job so she goes to the movies where she watches the purple rose of cairo for the the fifth time. tom baxter, an attractive archaeologist character in the film, literally walks off the screen and tries to woo cecilia. when the real actor and the rest of hollywood find out, they try to convince the character tom baxter to go back on screen where he belongs.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

all-time classics

the wizard of oz (1939)
directed by victor fleming
starring judy garland, frank morgan, ray bolger

dr. strangelove or: how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (1964)
directed by stanley kubrick
starring peter sellers, george c. scott, sterling hayden

annie hall (1977)
directed by woody allen
starring woody allen & diane keaton

e.t. the extra terrestrial (1982)
directed by steven spielberg
starring dee wallace stone, henry thomas, drew barrymore

the good, the bad & the ugly (1968)
directed by sergio leone
starring clint eastwood, eli wallach, lee van cleef

groundhog day (1993)
directed by harold ramis
starring bill murray & andie macdowell

casablanca (1942)
directed by michael curtiz
starring humphrey bogart & ingrid bergman

jaws (1975)
directed by steven spielberg
starring roy scheider, robert shaw, richard dreyfuss

lord of the rings trilogy (2001-2003)
directed by peter jackson
starring elijah wood, ian mckellen, viggo mortensen

chinatown (1974)
directed by roman polanski
starring jack nicholson, faye dunaway, & john huston

citizen kane (1941)
directed by orson welles
starring orson welles, joseph cotten, & dorothy comingore

fargo (1996)
directed by joel coen
starring william h macy, steven buscemi, frances mcdormand

monty python & the holy grail (1975)
directed by terry gilliam
starring graham chapman, john cleese, terry gilliam, eric idle, terry jones, michael palin

psycho (1960)
directed by alfred hitchcock
starring anthony perkins & janet leigh

it's a wonderful life (1946)
directed by frank capra
starring james stewart, donna reed, lionel barrymore

animal house (1978)
directed by john landis
starring john belushi & tim matheson

the shining
directed by stanley kubrick
starring jack nicholson

gone with the wind (1939)
directed by victor fleming
starring vivien leigh & clark gable

the godfather (1972)
directed by francis ford coppola
starring marlon brando, al pacino, james caan

goodfellas (1990)
directed by martin scorsese
starring robert de niro, ray liotta, joe pesci

bonnie & clyde (1967)
directed by arthur penn
starring warren beatty & faye dunaway

indiana jones series
directed by steven spielberg
starring harrison ford

pulp fiction (1994)
directed by quentin tarantino
starring samuel l jackson, john travolta, uma thurman, bruce willis

roman holiday (1953)
directed by william wyler
starring gregory peck & audrey hepburn

rocky (1976)
directed by john avildsen
starring sylvester stallone

silence of the lambs (1991)
directed by jonathan demme
starring anthony hopkins & jodie foster

shawshank redemption (1994)
directed by frank darabont
starring tim robbins & morgan freeman

titanic (1997)
directed by james cameron
starring leonardo dicaprio & kate winslet

vertigo (1958)
directed by alfred hitchcock
starring james stewart & kim novak