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Thursday, May 26, 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.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

garden state

andrew largeman is an actor in los angeles who goes back home because of the passing of his mother. during his stay he reconnects with old friends and his father with which he has had a complicated relationship with . while trying to deal with revisiting his past, he meets a quirky woman named sam and together they try to make sense of the world around them.
garden state is a settle, and yet beautiful film. sensitively written, smartly directed, & lovable characters. it's a light drama, but at the same time it really sticks with you after you watch it. the cinematography in this film is lovely. directed & written by zach braff.

cannes announces winners

Palme d’Or: (best picture) The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick
Grand Prix (tie): The Kid with the Bike, Luc and Jean Dardenne and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Jury Prize: Polisse, Maiween
Best Director: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
Best Screenplay: Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Best Short Film: Cross Country, Maryna Vroda
Camera d’Or: Las acacias, Pablo Giorgelli

Friday, May 20, 2011

midnight in paris

woody allen's midnight in paris is yet another film i'm dying to see. it's not playing in any theaters where i live yet, however i did manage to find some beautiful snapshots.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

the tree of life

i am so excited to see this. when you watch a preview for an upcoming film you usually have the jist of what it's about, but i didn't really get that from watching the trailer for the tree of life for the first time. all i knew was that it intrigued me. i have now read a little more into it, but i'm still very much anticipating it. i'm also hearing a lot of oscar buzz, so hopefully there won't be any disappointments.

Monday, May 9, 2011

the hurt locker

the rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.

this statement at the beginning of the hurt locker isn't applicable to all combat troops. i would imagine most would want to just get it over with so they can go home. for staff sgt. william james, however, the above statement could not be more true. it's like an exhilarating game to him every time he defuses a bomb under enemy fire.

jeremy renner plays the reckless & yet controlled staff sgt. james, and he does a phenomenal job. his character is nothing fancy, not a man of eloquent or inspiring words. he's a man who knows what he's doing, a man who courageously puts himself in harms way as if he has nothing to lose.

to the rest of his team, he is the reckless wild man who isn't a team player. he may seem that way at first, but once you see him at work, you see another side to him. as he defuses one bomb after another, it's as if you are watching a surgeon at work. calm, collected, & 100% focused. even when he can see the actual terrorist off in the distance, waiting for the bomb to go off. he keeps his cool, his eyes on the prize.

kathryn bigelow directed this film, and i feel she did a fantastic job. i usually like films that have quick shots & fancy camera angles, but in this case it wasn't necessary. in this film, it was all about the slow build-up, the long shots where you just can't keep your eyes off the screen because you don't know what's going to happen. another important factor would be the character development. you know it's going to be a good film when you get to know all the characters intimately. what they're all about, why they are here, and what purpose they have.

all in all, i loved this film. i have no idea why it took me this long to watch it. a must-see.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

lost in translation

charlotte: i just don't know what i'm supposed to be.
bob: you'll figure that out. the more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

oh the places i'll go

oh! the places you'll go!
you'll be on your way up!
you'll be seeing great sights!
you'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

every time i watch a film that was made in a place i've never been i add that to the places i want to travel to at some point in my life. needless to say i have a rapidly growing bucket list.


a room with a view


the ghost writer






the sound of music


before sunset


vicky cristina barcelona


lost in translation




the constant gardener

new zealand

lord of the rings trilogy


love & death






the departed

Thursday, May 5, 2011

the red shoes

LERMONTOV: the ballet of the red shoes is from a story by hans christian andersen. it is about a young girl who is devoured by an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of red shoes. she get’s the shoes and goes to the ball. for a time all goes well, and she is happy. but at the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home. but the red shoes are not tired. the red shoes are never tired. they dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the red shoes dance on.

CRASTER: what happens in the end?

LERMONTOV: oh, in the end she dies.

sound a little bit familiar? if you are a fan of old films, ballet, or aronofsky's black swan, you should consider watching this. great film.