Friday, February 4, 2011

SHALL SEE: Make that six

 Somewhere, Freakonimics, The Kids are All Right, Restless, Blue Valentine, Daydream Nation (improvised Daydream Nation poster; I couldn't find a vertical one... couldn't find one actually)

SOMEWHERE won the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival. From Academy Award-winning writer/director Sofia Coppola (LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, MARIE ANTOINETTE), SOMEWHERE is a witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff). (directly lifted from here)

FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years. (directly lifted from here)

We haven’t known too much about Daydream Nation, the indie named after a Sonic Youth record (YES!), which stars Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas(directly lifted from here)

Daydream Nation tells the story of a city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. (directly lifted from here)

Usually I dislike it when people say, “Oh that movie was weird.” I’m always inclined to think that they’re missing something. Or maybe I’m just a movie snob. Quite possible. However, halfway throughout this movie, I turned to a friend and said precisely those words to her. This movie is weird. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad – but it is strange... 
Daydream Nation is a very apt name for the movie because much of it takes on a very dreamlike quality. Most of those scenes are visually stunning, however sometimes, but some of the daydream sequences end up feeling somewhat like music videos interspersed throughout the actual movie...
More of Laura Holtebrink's column here

**Personally, I am quite thrilled to see this because (1) it stars Kat Dennings and (2) 'coz of the movie title. 

Blue Valentine is an intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage.

On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love—full of life and hope.

Moving fluidly between these two time periods, Blue Valentine unfolds like a cinematic duet whose refrain asks, where did their love go? Framing the film as a mystery whose answer lies scattered in time (and in character), filmmaker Derek Cianfrance constructs an elegant set of dualities: past and present, youth and adulthood, vitality and entropy. The rigor of his process is visible throughout the film. Eliminating artificial devices, he has only the truth of the characters to work with. Because Gosling and Williams bring amazing intensity and emotional honesty to their roles, the experience of connecting to these two souls becomes truly moving. (directly lifted from here)

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (directly lifted from here)
       **Looking forward to Mia Wasikowsa's wardrobe here. I intially thought (first few seconds) it's Carey Mulligan. 

The most talked-about movie at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is directed by Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART, LAUREL CANYON) from an original screenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg (KEEPING THE FAITH). The movie combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth in a funny, vibrant, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family. (directly lifted from here)
       **Umm, hello Lesbo love and yes, modern, unconventional family. Reminds me of the same titled TV show.

What else?

There's also this short fashion film (series of short movies) entitled "The Power Room" presented by Miu-Miu directed by Zoe Cassavetes.

The Powder Room by Zoe Cassavetes is the first of "The Miu Miu Women's Tales", a series of short movies by international female filmmakers that explore their fantasies about the brand. Set in London's Claridge's Hotel, the short film explores the feminine rituals in the powder room. Watch additional behind the scene footage and interview with Zoe Cassavetes herself on (directly lifted from the sneak peek video here


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