Posts Tagged ‘Kate Winslet’

Haiku Review: ‘The Reader’

March 24, 2009

With all the hours of community service I’ve been putting in, dedicated blogging time has been sparse. Affected most, it seems, has been my continually delayed review of The Reader. Most of you won’t even remember this movie existed, but I assure you it did. The pain it caused was very real.

The ReaderNazis, evil and…
She can’t read? Really? That’s it?
Best rom-com ever.

It’s a long running and mostly lame joke of Hollywood that all it takes for your movie to rack up Oscar nominations is some combination of the Holocaust, slavery, or mental retardation. (Preferably all three if you’re really shooting for the stars.) What’s disappointing is when that joke is actually proven true; the latest proof Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which garnered five nominations at the 81st Academy Awards. On paper – where it started as a 1995 novel – the story’s interesting enough: a young man falls into a sexual/literary (hot!) relationship with a mysterious woman, discovering years later that she was a Nazi and attempting to come to terms with the revelation. Translated into film? Umm…

In short: This movie sucks. Don’t see it. But read our review!

‘Revolutionary Road’ is an Emo Masterpiece

January 7, 2009

Revolutionary Road poster

I cried myself to sleep last night again. Only this time it wasn’t from watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show series finale on repeat (she was single, but god dammit she was loved!). Last night I had the unique opportunity of viewing Revolutionary Road, the new Sam Mendes emotional powerhouse starring the first onscreen reunion for the stars of the highest grossing film of all time. Call it a sign of the times, but this Road was more emo than the Black Parade.

No spoiler alerts here, I know it’s only been limited released in the few cities that actually still care about the difference between a ‘film’ and a ‘movie.’ The core of the film was undoubtedly the heart-wrenching performances of Winslet and DiCaprio. Warning: if you have ever been in a divorce or been the unfortunate secondhand victim of one between your parents, you may have trouble with this film. While being overtly talkie, the film was depicted with a realism seldom found in work other than Sam Mendes. That being said, I struggled with the ultimately unoriginal premise of their entire situation; two attractive white people in a fight for their originality and spontaneity in a suburban landscape. Sound familiar? But whereas American Beauty focused on the patriarch of the house’s demise, Revolutionary Road takes a step back and centers on the demise of a relationship between two people; a focal point that provides less comic relief but more Fox News fair and balancedness. (more…)