Not mentioned in the review due to time and space constraints but worth noting: On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Glenn Close received an Oscar nomination for best actress while Janet McTeer received a best supporting actress nomination.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your take but disagree. I thought it was stunning and very effective. Fassbender and Mulligan were both cheated out of Oscar nominations--though that's a different issue entirely.
"Secondly, does this child running all over NYC also address the notion the parent is in fact absent? Another assertion the reviewer made without regard to that being an overly obvious interpretation of the boy being unsupervised for such lengths of time."
Speaking of predetermined...once you see the film (I'm presuming from this comment that you haven't) you'll realize why this particular critique is off-base and why, IMO, my original criticisms hold up. However, for the record, I truly didn't consider your screed a personal attack on me or my skill set.
Thank you, andersone, that ending comment is what got to me. Otherwise, though I have not seen the movie, I personally found your thoughts interesting to consider, particularly regarding the absent parent and the unsupervised child. Thanks for joining the conversation!
Ouch, my bad... I reread my original comment and guess the ending was not entirely polite! My sincere apologies for the slip. I felt the reviewer was being equally unfair in the criticism of creative talent of the creator and thus expressed so rather emotionally. My only defense, not being the professional.
Mea Culpa for the perceived personal attack. However, I do not believe my comments where any more personal than those of the reviewer. Honestly, I do not see how my criticism was considered a personal attack rather than a comment intended to question this professionals review by pointing out several very specific assertions they made which are not entirely accurate, but used to justify a rather negative review. This just seemed more than slightly predetermined or based more on their view of how things should be rather than on the merits or the work. My point being they were not being professionally objective.
andersone, it is possible to disagree with our reviewer's opinion without making personal attacks. Please try that next time. Thanks!
It's a shame when folks fixate on their own opinions regarding reality; oft forgetting that their own experiences and opinions are not the entirety of the real world. I point directly to this review author's assertion that no ten year old boy running around NYC is a believe tale. Yet, I did so myself and rarely found myself as alone as you might think. Yes, a lot of folks may tend to prefer to keep their kids locked away in NYC and for good reason. But, young people are not known for being overly cooperative and often do things they really should not, regardless of their parent’s attention. Secondly, does this child running all over NYC also address the notion the parent is in fact absent? Another assertion the reviewer made without regard to that being an overly obvious interpretation of the boy being unsupervised for such lengths of time. I suggest folks watch the movie and for the reviewer here to reconsider their own skill set as lacking.
For me the film was not at all about "mythologizing the mythical" - rather it was a portrait of our collective insecurities. Monroe's are well-known, disabling and inpenetrable. But everyone else's insecurities, from Olivier's to his wife's to the narrator's, get a moment in the spotlight making it clear to me how infected we all are and the only difference seems to be the degree to which we are hobbled.
Well done film all around. Clooney does a good job playing Hawaiian, and the tough crux moments of the film are well scripted, directed and acted. We get a good sense of Matt (Clooney) as a man who doesn't know what he will do with impossible questions until the moments come, and at each turn he follows the core of who he is and discovers a bit about himself. One is left with hope that through all the trials he may finally have discovered who he really is and be ready to be a real father to his daughters who previously were enigmas to him.
Really glad Meek's Cutoff got a mention! Reichardt is a burgeoning talent.
Tin Tin was probably the best animated movie in a long time
I think the bluntness and bombast in Melancholia becomes less simplistic when you consider that it's in the service of confronting nothingness.
I'm always up for a Lars von Trier film, but in general, I like my not-so-approachable filmmakers to be a little less pushy with their themes, along with their camerawork, editing and music choices.
There are certainly unforgettable images in Melancholia.
Yes, I did notice. He's not included in the BAH!
I admit it's not a terribly approachable movie, but then again neither is any Kiarostami movie I've ever seen.
Michael, my first excuse is that I hadn't seen it by deadline. But now that I have seen it, I'm still not sure I'm sold.
The person who saw it with me was *blown away*, though. And got the considerable humor in the film, too, which was mostly lost on me at the time.
I assume you noticed that Nathan Gelgud included Melancholia in his contribution to this article.
BAH to all of you who didn't put Melancholia your lists. I know it's overblown, and I know Lars von Trier made a total ass of himself in promoting it, but interleaving of emotional identification and the merger of (yes, overt and blatantly obvious) metaphorical depression with vivid depiction of actual mental illness has been resonating with me since I saw it.
find out more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..
i enjoyed it. it was light and de-lightful. which proves that your critique is nothing more than...your opinion.
just back from cucalorus... it was GREAT!
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