20 February 2013

films i watched this week

This week has been a week of films. They were all so powerful and thoughtful, I'd feel wrong not sharing.


Another Earth shook something in me. I watched it under the premise that it was a sci-fi film, which it is in some ways, but the human story that did unfold was incredibly touching and caused many conversations about life and second chances over here. This movie is more like a visual poem than a romance or science fiction film. It's about a girl named Rhoda who ruins her life by a poor choice just as another planet, an identical planet begins to approach Earth. When Rhoda enters back into society four years later, the second planet is closer to our Earth than the moon and expeditions abroad are preparing to take place. Rhoda wanders around somewhat trying to repair her horrible mistake all while philosophical questions are asked in the background about life and the ideas of parallel universes.

I know this is a little vague, but I want you to be surprised if you ever get around to watching it. After Ben and I watched this, he fell asleep and I sent him an email about all my thoughts and he wrote back the next morning challenging my ideas with some really great ones of his own. There are also just some terrific lines in this movie. Watch it. It's an interesting one.


This trailer does not do the film justice. Not at all. This film broke my heart in the same way Blue Valentine did. The director Sarah Polley makes really detailed and thoughtful films and this one is no exception. This film is visually honest (no airbrushing-- the characters wear no makeup, sweat in the heat of the summer, and in one particularly beautiful scene you can see the hair on Michelle Williams' arm caught in the sunlight and it's incredibly sweet and real) as well as emotionally. It's about a woman, Margot, who is happily married, but meets a new neighbor who she has an instant attraction to. Though she has a good relationship with her husband and is very close to his family, she wants more out of her life.

The choices made in this film are real and painful. I'm sure anyone who watches this will be able to relate to any or all of the characters at some point or another. All the conversations and feelings expressed make you feel like you're sitting in the room with the characters. I felt very melancholy after watching this, but I had to appreciate the acting and the truth of this film. Sarah Silverman also gives a very touching performance as a recovering alcoholic.


Aaaaaaaand this one. Oh man. It's a classic of Robert Altman's and it's called 3 Women. It also has super young Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall which is great. It's about a girl named Pinky (Spacek) who moves in with her mundane coworker Millie (Duvall). Millie thinks she lives this really glamorous life, but it's actually pretty quiet and self-obsessed. The movie really seems like it's going to be about these two whimsical, enchanting women until innocent moments begin to become unsettling.

Stylistically, this movie is awesome. It is very eerie and quiet in that way seventies horror movies are and the music is just so perfect. Altman actually said that the idea of the film came to him during a dream and I can completely see that as the whole seems like something out of a strange imagination. It's really good, especially if you have the patience to sit through an art film.

10 comments:

  1. I really want to watch take this waltz but I am not sure I can handle it....
    Blue Valentine was heart breaking.

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  2. Yeah, it's a really heavy one. I can't stop thinking about.
    Michelle Williams, man...

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  3. I will need to watch this movie sometime! I am going through a lot of anxiety lately so I will probably have to wait a while before involving my senses in any 'heavy' material, but it looks really amazing and I'll take your word for it!

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    1. I'm sorry you're going through a tough time- I would definitely hold off on these because they stir a lot up... which can be good when you're in the mood for it! Maybe watch something up lifting and fun :) always cheers me up

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    2. I watch a lot of Star Trek The Next Generation. I had never seen it until a month ago and I'm in love! A lot of the actors are/were Shakespeare theater actors, so it's just great.

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    3. I'll have to check it out!

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  4. Molly B. - Los AngelesFebruary 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I just watched Take This Waltz on Netflix, and you're right, it totally broke my heart. It was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time, and the way it deals with that strange, hard-to-explain, melancholy sadness in life.... it was beautiful. Sarah Silverman's chat with Margot at the end of the film hit the nail on the head -- so honest, so painful.

    Thank you for suggesting! Have you guys seen Like Crazy? (directed by Drake Doremus)... It also broke my heart in a similar way, but focuses more on the couple rather than one person, and does a great job of showing how circumstantial happy-endings in life are not the same as emotional ones. I highly recommend!

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    1. I'm so glad you watched it! And enjoyed it! So thought provoking, yes? My favorite part was the Sarah Silverman chat at the end as well... "Life has a gap in it..." Oh man.

      I actually have seen "Like Crazy" and was not as impressed with it. I enjoyed the story and it did seem very promising, but I was always confused as to why they were even together. They didn't seem to even like each other... and the guy was just such a jerk...

      But that scene where that man proposes to her in front of her parents? That's really hard to watch, as well the scenes with Jennifer Lawrence. I also really loved the poem she wrote that she reads... "the gory bits of you/gory bits of me..."

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  5. Molly B. - Los AngelesFebruary 24, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I never thought I'd hear such profound words come from Sarah Silverman's mouth ;)

    I agree, they're relationship didn't have a super solid foundation. But I was so captivated by Felicity Jones' performance from the first minute, that I was swept away immediately. I used to think directing, or the writing, or some other aspect of a movie is what made it a "good" film... but no, it's the acting.... 100%, it's all in the performances ---- Yes the proposal scene was wrenching. Also all the times I thought, "just design furniture in London, already!" I have a few friends in cross-border relationships and oh, how frustrating the lukewarmness of distance can be.

    Thanks for the reviews! I want to check out After Earth as well. Is it anything like Melancholia? They sound like they have a similar premise/theme.

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    1. Yes, Felicity Jones. I wanted her whole style after watching it. Another Earth isn't really like Melancholia... Melancholia is really artistic and spiritual and disturbing in an other-worldly sense and Another Earth is a very human story told through the lens of the possibility of this second earth (if that makes any sense). It's good. Watch it when you have some free time and let me know what you think. I bet it will stir some deep thoughts in you.

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