Excerpt: In a few days I’ll celebrate my one year wedding anniversary (ironically enough it’s May 1, the same day as the “birthday” to this site). As of this writing I’m 38 years old and I honestly didn’t see myself getting married any time before then. Of course, perceptions change when you meet the right person and a few years back…I did. Couple this with my younger brother who is three years younger and he’s been married going on fifteen years. To each his own, as they say.
Excerpt: Told in an innovative style that blends present moments in time with romantic past memories, "Blue Valentine" is the uncompromising portrait of Dean and Cindy, a young married couple who have grown apart, taking one night away from their daughter to try to save their relationship.
Excerpt: The Film Hollywood loves wrapping up its love stories into one big happy ending. The filmmakers of Blue Valentine do not. Blue Valentine is about two separate love stories. One is a little bit wild and impulsive, between two very young people. The other one is filled with anguish, boredom, and male pattern baldness. The problem is that both involve Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), and the two very different stories are the couple's past and present.
Summary: One note I certainly want to make is that I had considerable difficulty with the disc. Upon entering the main menu, pressing on any selection would cause the disc to lock up. Now, as many would suggest, I updated my firmware. It worked that day, so naturally I thought that was the trick. Upon the next night when I worked through the extras, the same menu lock up happened. Eventually I got it to work, but again with much difficulty and no rhyme or reason.
Conclusion: Blue Valentine is sure to leave many viewers speechless. Here is a film that bucks cinema convention and does it with a unique structural style; engrossing, realistic performances; and a dousing of despair that opens the film and never lets up. This is a fine film because of its superior craftsmanship, but more importantly because of its absolute adherence to real life.
Excerpt: You’ll often read movie scholars and critics discuss chemistry between actors, something that bonds them on scree and makes the whole project come together. It’s about more than a keen eye for casting, but something the actors just carry with them on set and on screen. The modern definition? Blue Valentine . Michelle Williams would be nominated for her role as Cindy, a middle class nurse living with her high school drop out husband and their daughter.
Conclusion: 'Blue Valentine' is a thought-provoking, provocative drama about the impossible intricacies of love. How does it work? How does it happen? And how does it go bad? 'Blue Valentine' doesn't directly answer these questions, but by watching Dean and Cindy, you can form your own conclusions. They are some of the most realistic characters you'll ever see. I just love this movie. The audio and video directly reflect what I saw when 'Blue Valentine' was at Sundance.
Excerpt: Nothing in the world has distorted our view of love more than the movies. Every two months we get a romantic comedy that features a couple falling in love, falling out of love, and then getting back together just as the credits are ready to roll. But reality doesn’t work like that. Real relationships involve pain, struggle and sacrifice; topics glazed over in the typical Hollywood perception of relationships.