Mikadzuki lives in beautiful Sweden and, appropriately enough, mentions Ingmar Bergmanas creating his favorite movie ever, Fanny and Alexander. He writes:
The set designs and Nykvist's cinematography are among the most vibrant and beautiful I have seen, and the film itself manages to capture childlike wonder (sometimes magical, and often creepy) so perfectly it felt as though I was re-experienceing my own childhood. Five hours in the company of Bergman might seem like a daunting task, but believe me - they FLY by (and this is coming from someone who thought the 90 minute Through A Glass Darkly was a total bore). If your Netflix queue is ever empty...Oh the shame, readers: this brings me to a terrible confession... I still haven't seen this movie and it's been on my DVD player twice! I ended up returning it to Netflix in a frenzy of whatever deadline I had. Back on the queue!
Corey loves himself The Hours. Always the hours... He loves it so much it's as if he's loving it in a parallel way in the distant past, recent past and right here and now. He calls it
...an embarrassment of riches. Kidman, Moore, Streep, Collette, Harris, Richardson, Daniels, Janney, Danes, Reiley. Just a splendid cast. It's so refreshing to watch a movie, that doesn't rely on cheap camera cuts, or zooms to convey emotion. it's purely task of the actors to drive the movie forward, and I love that.Corey also seconds my outrage that Maria Bello didn't get nominated for A History of Violence. Funny how we movie lovers have trouble letting those things go. That snub still drives me to puking in hospital bathrooms and angry rutting on staircases.
And speaking of Oscar snubs...
Mark is a longtime reader who gets passionate about one particular Oscar omission. With his donation, he wanted to scream from this blog rooftops that Sigourney Weaver is amazing in practically everything and that she's eternally robbed by the Academy. Those snubs for Death and the Maiden and The Ice Storm and no Oscar ever?!? I'll agree with Mark that Sigourney is "a class act"
Beau chooses Before Sunset as a favorite and since he speaks about it so lovingly I'll just show you his words
The film itself is little more than just two people talking, yet it's provided me with a different outlook on life in terms of the way I think, speak, observe and act. Hard to imagine that when I sat down to watch it in November of 2004, only seventeen years old, I'd no idea of the profound impact it would have on me. Hard to define and categorize my love for it, it's one of those wholly unique, singular moments that you yearn for that only get bestowed upon you once in a great moon. To me, it's a treasure. And no woman has ever done what Julie Delpy did in this film. Utterly transcendent.I love that film too (top ten from 2004) and it ages so well --tremendously well written and incisively performed. To my way of thinking nobody involved has ever gotten enough credit. I listen to "Waltz for a Night", Julie's closing guitar number a lot on my iPod, I do.
Edward writing from the Bay Area got especially attached during the Brokeback Mountain phase of this site/blog. Brokeback fever got us all good. When do y'all suppose we'll experience another phenomenon like that one?
What do you think commenters:
Will we ever see such a mass appeal gay film again? [sniffle]
Will Julie Delpy ever move us as much again? [sob]
Will Sigourney Weaver ever win that Oscar? [grrr]