Scars & The Real Girl
Heartbreak & ache never felt so painful, and perhaps never looked so good, as it does in Derek Cianfrance‘s Blue Valentine. We saw this over 2 months ago, and it is STILL tearing our insides out. We dare you to not walk away feeling the same. TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!! Flick begins with Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams‘ (both handing in their bestestest performances to date!!!!) marriage in freefall. The death of the family dog doesn’t help matters, and neither does that ominous, haunting yet fantastic Grizzly Bear-led soundtrack. A ill-fated, drunken trip to a seedy motel with a future-space themed room (see below) aint the cure neither (for the couple, and apparently for them basterds over at the MPAA). Where did their love go so wrong? Luckily we’re treated to the happier, more tender moments of their union in flashback, but when we’re brought back to the unpleasant present, that shiny happy people shiz only makes for more blue on the Blue. The Notebook can eat Blue Valentine‘s a$$, and so should you!
Heartmake Hotels: haven’t been able to figure out if B Val‘s theme motel hactually eggsists, but does it really matter when the Madonna Inn and its 110 themed rooms does???
but they don’t have a future-space room!!!
Valentine plays the Blues in NY & LA only this Wednesday, and expands to more cities January 7th
+ no time for a belated review of a movie that was released 6 months ago, but The Agony & Ecstasy of Phil Spector [trailer] is a great wall of sound AND sight!! to know him is to love him!!! and he hates Tony Bennett & loves Ben Wallace’s afro!!!
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…