Blue Valentine - Whoa.

Last night I saw Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple during the disintegration of their relationship.  The story of how they first fell in love is told through flashbacks and is done so tenderly that you really care about the characters and hope they can work through their difficulties.   The movie is very realistic and as I was watching, I couldn't help but think of my own life and a particularly painful breakup that I experienced.  I dealt with, and got over, those emotions so long ago, yet last night as I left the theater, I felt like I was right back at that time.  That took me by surprise, and I think it's a testament to both the writing and the superb performances in the movie.  And can I just say that Ryan Gosling is becoming one of my favorite actors?  He reminds me of Robert DeNiro back in the day.  (LOOOONNNNNG before Meet the Fockers--ugh.)


In other news, I've had Charlie Chaplin's City Lights from Netflix for longer than I care to admit, and I finally watched it tonight.  What was I waiting for?  I absolutely loved it, especially the last ten minutes or so.  Such a lovely ending.  I put this in my queue as part of my effort to tackle AFI's Top 100 List.  Next up is Lawrence of Arabia, which I've also had for quite some time.


And last but not least, I've finally decided to give up on Brothers and Sisters.  When Tommy came back a couple weeks ago, I thought, oh lord...here we go.  I haven't really cared about the Walkers for a while and was just watching to watch, but now I'm finally over it.  Now it frees up my Sunday nights to watch Shameless when it's on.


Kerri said...

yes. whoa.
i also love ryan gosling. both he and michelle williams did such a good job w/ the acting, it seemed like i was eavesdropping into an unhappy couples life rather than watching a movie.
i also have to say he's grown quite attractive as he's gotten older. he was even in GQ this month!!
i also like the way he doesn't star in too many things and seems pretty selective.

Valerie said...

I agree with you about Mr. Gosling's looks...he's grown into them. I'll have to check out that GQ!

Do you know that I just realized he's not nominated for an Oscar for this movie. How can that be???