What did you think of Take Shelter? (disregard this if you plan on posting a review) :)
I thought it was brilliant but I didn’t really ENJOY watching it. It made me so nervous and scared me and I was uncomfortable. I mean, I hope that doesn’t dissuade anyone from watching it b/c it’s worthwhile but damn. That movie gets a score of 9328402948 on the tension meter. And everyone who said Michael Shannon should have gotten a nomination is correct. Broke my heart. It was fucking intense.
If there was ever a director out there who could bring the new cutting edge technologies of film to a tale, while keeping the classic touch in a magical tribute to cinema, its director Martin Scorsese. ”The movies are our special place,” says Hugo, the main character, and through Scorsese’s…
I'm sorry you didn't win the Oscar last night. Well, Martin Scorsese didn't win, but that's basically you so I'm offering my condolences.
hahahah SERIOUSLY? I LOVE MY FOLLOWERS. Who are you? Show yourself!!! Out of all the Oscar-related messages I got, this is the one I’m actually publishing. And yes, I’ve been wandering around town in an all black get up with a veil covering my face in mourning but it’s all good because who cares. I mean, he doesn’t. It’s Marty.
How do you feel about Lindsay Lohan being cast as Elizabeth Taylor? As a huge fan of Elizabeth's, i'm really upset and disappointed. I mean, KATE WINSLET wanted that role and they picked Lindsay over her? How is that possible?!
They didn’t choose Lindsay over Kate, although I agree that would be troubling. The movie Lindsay is doing is a Lifetime movie so who cares. I mean, I never would have picked Lindsay to play Elizabeth Taylor but I think she was great in every movie she did pre-I Know Who Killed Me (that’s honestly one of the worst films ever made) and I hope this is a good role for her that she revives her career. Drugs and surgery have made it so she has nowhere near the beauty required to play Elizabeth Taylor, but even the most stunning people can’t really match that Queen so idk it’s kind of an impossible task. That photoshoot that Kate Winslet did looked so much like her though. I’d love to see whatever project Kate’s in talks to do come to fruition.
unpopular opinion: Hugo was just okay, not great, and was REALLY predictable.
Hugo is brilliance in my opinion, and it’s fine that you didn’t feel that way, but how could you say it’s predictable? I somehow doubt that during the early stages of the movie you were sitting in the cinema saying to yourself, “I bet that guy is secretly a legendary filmmaker and that kid is going to help revive his passion for film and life in general!”
Just wanted to say I'm glad someone feels the same way as me about The Tree of Life. I've told people I didn't like it and their response is always something like "well you just didn't GET it." Actually, I did "get" it and I still did not like it. It was beautifully done, I'll agree with that but otherwise I was bored to tears. Anyway, keep doing what you're doing, I love your blog <3
One of the funniest things is when someone tells me I didn’t get a movie like that because I always challenge them to explain it to me so that I can fully grasp it in the way that they claim to and they NEVER CAN.
Do you think Teddy was actually insane in Shutter Island the whole time, or did they trick him into thinking he was insane and in the end he gives up and realises there is no escape, so in that end scene where he is sitting on the stairs he pretends he is still insane just so they kill him so he can be 'free' of it all in a way? I mean I know the lighthouse was empty when he stormed in but they show a shot of it right at the end where they're taking him to be killed/lobotomized?
I’m not 100% sure and I like that I don’t know. It’s hard because there are so many layers to this story. I think that after seeing it the first time my gut was that he wasn’t completely insane. I think he maybe faded in and out of it, but I do think that they fucked with him. In that last scene I think he knew exactly what was going on, but he’s in so much pain and has nothing to live for so it doesn’t even matter to him if he lives or dies. I think something like what he went through would be impossible to get past. What kind of quality of life can someone possibly have after having gone through that? That scene of him on the stairs is even more heartbreaking to me than the lake scene because you can just see it on his face. He may know up from down at the end but he’s gone anyway. I don’t know if that made sense, I haven’t watched the movie in awhile so I don’t remember every detail and it’s hard to explain, but that’s my main feeling on it.
Little Person by Jon Brion for Synecdoche, New York (2008)
I’m just a little person, one person in a sea of many little people who are not aware of me. I do my little job and live my little life, eat my little meals, miss my little kid and wife. And somewhere, maybe someday, maybe somewhere far away… I’ll meet a second little person who will look at me at say, “I know you. You’re the one I’ve waited for. Let’s have some fun.”
Another one from me :) Have you seen Mother and Child? I bawled like a baby, and I think this film should have gotten more recognition. I tell people I saw it, and no one has heard of it. In my opinion, Annette Bening was absolutely wonderful. Would love to hear your thoughts on it!
I did a mini review of that movie here. I didn’t enjoy a lot of that film but Annette Bening was ridiculously great in it. It’s one of the more outstanding performances in recent memory and if this world made sense she would have been nominated for an Oscar.
I disliked Shutter Island. Everyone I know felt it was clever but isn't it essentially an 'it was all just a dream' plot? The whole time you're meant to accept the poor plot devices and sequences and wait for an explanation, which in my mind makes the whole twist not worthwhile. It's as if anything that normally would be criticised is meant to be ignored because the it was all leading up to the twist. But I don't think a giant cliché can excuse the faults within the film. Does that make sense?
It doesn’t make sense to me, haha. I mean, I understand what you’re saying but I completely disagree. I actually find it to be very underrated. That film has so many layers and is just one of the most impeccably produced productions ever and I could go on and on about all the technical stuff, but you seem to be focusing on the story alone so let’s go with that. To me it’s SO MUCH MORE than a creepy thriller with a twist ending. It’s a journey deep into the psyche of someone who is so scarred and tortured that he has no idea what is real and what isn’t and that is beyond fascinating to me. I mean, I can not even imagine what state I would be in if anything remotely that horrible happened to me and I think the way Marty brought the book to the screen was genius (just like everything else he does) and it just really GOT me. It’s almost hard to watch for me because it evokes so many crazy emotions.
OK so unpopular opinions: I did not like "Inception" or "Atonement".
Inception is overrated but it’s still a completely worthwhile film. I’ve talked about it a lot in the past so I won’t get into it, but basically I found it to be on the edge of being one of the best movies ever but ultimately, they lost me.
I hated Atonement. The only thing I really enjoyed about it was Vanessa Redgrave’s amazing performance at the end. There were a few cool shots too that I remember, so well done on the direction, but overall that is not a movie I’ll ever watch again.
Judd Apatow is this generation's best comedic writer/director.
Ouuuuch. No. But then again, who is? It’s hard because today’s comedy is not MY comedy. I love 70’s-early 90’s crazy fun slapstick stuff like Airplane and anything starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, etc. The SNL crowd around that time are my people. I just wish there were more movies like that out these days.