It’s too early to say, since I have four movies to go, but I think Taxi Driver is my favourite Blindspot pick of this year. Better than 2001: A Space Odyssey, better than the Before trilogy, and yes, a little better than The Shining. With Taxi Driver I felt more at ease, and more pleased by the end of it. Because the focus matter, the topic, the themes – it all sort of clicked.
Every time I sit down to write about my Blindspot pick, I get this writer’s block thing. It’s like, I’m scared to speak my mind about these well loved movies without sounding like an idiot. Because most of these movies in my Blindspot list are very much adored by bloggers and regular movie lovers. This also applies to Goodfellas, a 1990 Martin Scorsese film based on real events.
Father of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and most importantly, The Holiday – these are just some of the movies Nancy Meyers has written that I adore and love. In other words, Meyers has always had a place in my heart. And though she still continues to have her own little modern office somewhere in the depths of my heart, I most likely won’t turn to The Intern on a rainy day like I would for The Holiday.
The moment I thought was going to happen took place after I finished watching Silver Linings Playbook. It was almost as if planned, it happened and I was most certain that it would because I had seen The Words just little while back. It had little to do with the award feedback but it could have slightly been influenced by it but I don’t actually care. The moment when I suddenly started to like an actor that I didn’t tolerate before surfaced as if it was the natural course of action, the moment of me liking Bradley Cooper has taken place and I couldn’t be happier about it. Because there’s no shame in liking a man who I thought to be an one trick pony bring to the screen a complicated character with all his subtle nuances and dynamic emotions.
I have been quite lazy with posting trailer posts because I have been lazy at watching them. Honestly, I have spent most of my days going through a White Collar marathon and the rest of today I was trying to detox from it. Can’t wait for season 4! There would be a lot of other things I would like to talk about but I am certain that it would make it a rather unfocused post and I do not appreciate those – would you?
I have a soft spot for movies that tell a story about a writer or writers. So I was especially thrilled when I saw this trailer and did some research – so excited now. Being Flynn is actually a movie based on a memoir written by Nick Flynn “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” – this would make an excellent movie title but they changed it, I wonder why. Robert De Niro plays the father figure, Julianne Moore the mother and Paul Dano represents Flynn himself. It seems like a serious tale of boy meets father but it gives an impression of sarcasm as well. One thing is sure, I’ll be watching this cause I always find myself somehow relating to the writer characters – Being Flynn premiers next year but I couldn’t find any specific dates.
PS: If somebody wants desperately to give me something for Christmas, the book featured in this post as a “movie poster” would be nice. It is available in Estonia, I already checked, and it will fit into my book-to-movie collection just perfectly.[youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZfQDgkqiM”]
Another one of those multi-love-story movies that started with Love Actually, continued with He’s Just Not That Into You followed by Katherine Fugate’s Valentine’s Day and now it seems another big holiday that represents love – New Year’s Eve (also Fugate). To be honest, I think these type of movies where so many stories come together and are acted out by the top names in Hollywood are rather awesome. Love Actually of course out of them all is #1 forever (and not just because it’s British but because it is the best) but I find it interesting to see how they keep trying to achieve the same in America.
New Year’s Eve is the next attempt with – now comes the long list of names that I just enjoy reading (underlined are the ones I’m excited to see): Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Alyssa Milano, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Sara Paxton, Sienna Miller, Julie Andrews, John Lithgow, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, Ludacris and etc. So it all comes to this: don’t care about the plots, just want to see the Hollywood movie-stars on the 9th of December!
It has been a while since I’ve shown any sign of life but I managed to get a mild head ache and a case of bad mood (which means I skipped my Italian class) so I needed to come here and write something. Last week I went to the movies again, not exactly knowing what I was getting myself into. Stone was a movie that I knew almost nothing about and I even had not seen the trailer! That my friends, is something that never happens (but every rule has an exception and Stone was/is mine).
The only thing I knew about this movie was the cast – Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich. And this is the first thing I want to talk about because the cast was absolutely superb! I think the reason is connected with the fact that the movie was quite static and didn’t have much action – the good acting stood out. Norton’s performance was brilliant, I really haven’t noticed that before – Fight Club was such a fast base movie – but he has really sad eyes (not that it has anything to do with this post). De Niro was De Niro – I don’t hate the guy but I’m not a fan either, I think I just appreciate his good work. Milla Jovovich for me is Resident Evil but Stone showed that she has more than that and honestly, how come she doesn’t have an accent? I was focused and listening very hard but couldn’t detect any kind of Russian in her speech, I guess she has learned the American accent and very well I might add. She was naked a couple of times because she is a model and has a great body but she also managed to but some very good acting on the table. I was rather surprised and it was a pleasant surprise, so all in all I was happy about the acting.
Like I already said, the movie was rather static and the main emphasis was on the dialog and it seemed people didn’t really understand it (the movie I mean, not the dialog). A woman who was leaving the cinema said that she didn’t understand anything about the movie and I started thinking. These kinds of movies that have a low amount of action and lots of talking require some braincells – luckily I have them (not like the woman who didn’t get anything!) The movie was mostly about faith (God) and the different kind of bad people. For me the idea was that people who aren’t in prison can be as bad as those who are – that the line between good and bad isn’t drawn between freedom and prison. The poster gives another way to get to the point of the movie “Some people tell lies. Others live them”. If you keep that in mind I think you’d be able to watch Stone with a fixed context that will make it more understanding.
Over all the movie is rather good for a thriller and has a quite deep point to it. I don’t think it is for the masses but for people who enjoy serious movies and have braincells to understand them too. Do not expect it to be fast, it has a slow climing storyline that you have to fallow itently – the dialog is the biggest character in this movie.