Movie Reviews

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blue Valentine

      This is the first time I'm doing three posts in a day and I'm kind of proud of myself. What do you say? Are you proud of me? This is going to be yet another movie post. I don't know what it is about today but it just seems like a movie day to me. I'm telling you, it's movies like "Blue Valentine" that get me all twisted in the head. I don't even know what to say. I'm telling myself that I should leave give myself some room to have what I just saw just marinate in my head and do the entry tomorrow. But on the other hand, I may not even want to think about it tomorrow. So the sooner I do this, the sooner I move on. You see how this movie affects me, it's pathetic actually.
      "Blue Valentine", directed by Derek Cianfrance and released 2010, was a story about the complicated relationship between Dean and Cindy, who are played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. I think "complicated" is a very inadequate term for this because it implies that, although difficult, there is a way to get through it. I can't even seem to put a finger on it nor do I know where to pinpoint the problem. My mind is a complete question mark. Cianfrance just left me lonely, vulnerable, and furious all at the same time which certainly can't be legal can it?
      Just to make this clear. This is NOT a family movie. You shouldn't be watching this with your children. Just because Gosling is in the movie doesn't mean the story is going to be a fairy tale. He freaking blew me away with this one. He was born for this role and that's all I have to say about that. He should share some of that excess talent with the other guys sharing the red carpet. I'm pretty sure he'll have just enough left over to make me watch all his movies a hundred times over, like a slave. Anyway, I had my doubts about Gosling's "Drive" but after this movie, I'm sure he'll do just the same with me with that one. So, definitely, expect a review on his new movie soon.
      There was an inexplicable power to this movie which I believe stems from it's simplicity. To me simple movies allow for a different kind of feel. It's not straightforward anymore like action thrillers or horrors, here even in the silence, there is a full blown conversation going on. I'd rather watch a horror than to sit through something as deep as this and get mindF*&$ed. This was a very honest film and brilliant scenes scattered  perfectly throughout the whole movie. What I loved about this movie is that every scene mattered and added something to the story. Michelle Williams. You would turn a guy like me inside out. I would literally go crazy if I fell in love with someone like Cindy.
      I won't start talking about what I liked about the story because I fear that I'll put out too much information. Just know that I loved it and I want you guys to watch it to draw your own conclusions. There you go. Press the replay button? Heck yes. This movie had me thinking about how far I was willing to go to hold on to a promise, a commitment, that I will make with my future wife. You know what, I'll hold on with my dear life. This movie reminded me that simple love, although life changing, is the deadliest of all and should be pursued with a little bit of caution.


  1. You definitely have me curious! I like Gosling too. BTW, thanks for you kind comment and visit.

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  2. I've been meaning to see this one, but i cancelled my Netflix account b/c of the price increase (yeah, i'm that guy) so I've fallen behind on DVD releases. Leaves me some extra bucks to go to the local multiplex, though.

    I used to be a huge Michelle Williams fan when everyone else hated her, and now that she's miss indie queen and she weighs less than a feather everyone loves her. If she was going to play Marilyn, she should have done it a decade ago, lol.

    I'm getting off-topic here. But I do enjoy your movie reviews and recommendations. Your line about Gosling and fairly tales made me laugh out loud.'re saying this isn't "The Notebook II"?

  3. I actually just got access to my roommate's Netflix and I now understand how it's the bane of every student's education.
    It's been a while since the last time I went to watch a legitimate movie in the theater. That's probably because I'm dead-ass broke.
    Thank you Insomniac #4 for taking the time to read them and I do hope they lead you to movies you will enjoy more than just once. To tell you the truth, I haven't actually seen "The Notebook" to answer that question correctly, long boring story. But I guarantee that it won't be a complete waste of your time. How's that?

  4. Fair enough! "Blue Valentine" goes on the list then. And btw, I haven't seen "The Notebook" either. The Mrs. tried, but didn't try hard enough I guess. I dunno, I've watched sappy romantic dramas before. It probably wouldn't cost me my man card... would it? Judges?

  5. If you're going to watch it, watch it with your Mrs. I'm going to take my own advice and only going to watch it when there's a fine young lady sitting next to me. About your man card...It most likely won't cost you anything but watch it with the right person and magic is bound to happen.