I love Woody Allen films! His films have such original ideas and has a great way of telling a story The way he directs have such a natural feel to it as if your sitting there observing real people, you don’t have the feeling of being in a cinema. One way I think he does this is by the dialogue, it doesn’t come off as scripted but as normal people would converse. Midnight in Paris is exactly this! Even though the storyline is unrealistic having Owen Wilson being magically transported back to Paris into the 1920’s and conversing with the brilliant artistic minds of that time, you don’t doubt for a second that it couldn’t actual happen. The message behind this film is so original, it’s simple but brilliant! Owen Wilson’s character longs to live in Paris in the 1920’s and has this romanticized ideal that the 20’s was such a simpler time and a golden age for the arts. When he’s there he meets Marion Cotillard (Picasso’s lover) which also fantasizes of the past and how she believes it would have been a better time to live. It’s the whole ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’. The other thing I love about Woody Allen films is how he portrays his characters. A great director has the ability to give depth and background to a character without to much explanation and with only a few scenes. This film ticked all my boxes, flowed well, good cast, wonderful backdrop, original storyline and a nice message behind it. All and all I give this film 4 stars.
Crazy Heart has been one film I’ve been meaning to watch because Jeff Bridges finally wins an Oscar! The movie I feel is good but not great and not neccesarily a Best Picture nomination. Don’t get me wrong I liked it but felt it didn’t move me like I thought It would. The relationship between Bad Blake and Jane seems to develop very quickly for one that you don’t seem to see the passion behind. Gyllenhall gives us a performance worth a nomination but know there will be better ones to come. Bridges not a stranger to playing the eccentric, quirky, intoxicated character, envolopes the role and becomes the part. You believe that if you ever met Jeff Bridges that he would be the Character of whatever film you last saw him in. Though I feel this was not one of his groundbreaking performances. In my opinion one of his 2 best performances was in the Big Lebowski as ‘The Dude’ and in True Grit as John Waynes character Rooster Cogburn. I Give this film
The Social Network was one of The films I didn’t get to see before the Oscars and I regret that now having seen it! I completely understand all the nominations and actual would have chosen it to be Best Film. It moved so well back and forth from past to the present time. The movie held so many qualities you see in a Best Film. There was great character development, editing, score, acting, screen play and directing. It made a wonderful depiction on a cultural, technological and social phenomenon that has changed not just my generation, but the entire world and the way we think and live. Having seen Jesse Eisenberg in other films, (such as ‘Zombieland’) I would not have expected a performance like that to come from him. I believe he did deserve the nomination but not the win. This film helps give us a better understanding into the world of Facebook and how it started, but also how much it has really affected our worlds and connected us.
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Rabbit Hole is a good depiction of 2 parents struggle with the pain of losing their son. The story line is realistic and flows well, with good character development and great performances from all cast. Nicole Kidman gives a moving performance but I feel is not her best and will not win over Natalie Portman. All in all it was a great movie but not groundbreaking. I give it