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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Mendes’

‘Away We Go’ Is A Great Example of Insightful Indie Film

June 15, 2009

I have to admit that after seeing the trailer for Away We Go before a couple of recent movies, I wasn’t entirely sold. While the trailer wasn’t awful, it certainly didn’t seem like anything more than a here-we-go-again indie movie featuring a pregnant chick and cartoon inspired graphics. Checking out the Full Cast and Crew page on IMDb revealed much more: top notch director Sam Mendes and a couple of other Michel Gondry film alums worth noting (i.e. cinematographer Ellen Kuras). After seeing the movie on a delightfully pleasant Sunday afternoon, I have to say I think the trailer sells the film short.

That’s why you never trust the trailer. ‘Year One’ anyone? Keep reading!

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‘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…)