All tagged Romance

The Lobster (2015)

Yorgos Lanthimos has been on my radar for quite some time. His films would always be mentioned in discussions made by cinephiles or having posts dedicated to his films on r/truefilm. His films looked interesting to me from the get go, but for some reason I never felt that “need” to want to watch them. It always felt like something that I will one day get to see. Especially with my busy schedule this past year, I haven’t had any time to watch movies. The thing that tempted me to watch The Lobster was a friend of mine, who watched it and kept insisted that I see it as well and discuss it with him. As my other friends started watching it as well, I could see completely polar reactions from some of them. Some of my friends absolutely despised a film and thought it was a waste of time, while the one who recommended it loved it. I love films that result in such a polarizing reaction, you either love it or hate it, no in between. Last year’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a great example of this type of polarizing film. You either think its genius or you think its trash. With Three Billboards, I fell on the “I hate it camp”. Well with The Lobster, I’m on the other side. I think this film is brilliant, and here’s why.

A Star is Born (2018)

A Star is Born has been garnering a lot of attention over the last couple of months. Aside from it being a remake of a film that has already been remade once or twice, it is a big step for both Cooper and Gaga. It is Cooper’s directorial debut and Lady Gaga’s major acting debut. Both are stepping into uncharted territory and it has brought all eyes on them. The overall result is a positive one to say the least. Critics have been raving about the film since its release. Positive reviews are seen everywhere and many speculate it is a front-runner for this year’s Oscars. Although the film has been getting amazing reviews, there are many people that see the exact opposite. The film has been polarizing to many, some seeing it as a masterpiece while others feeling like it is a waste of time. Personally I fall in the middle. I don’t think the film is a complete waste of time, and I don’t think it is a masterpiece. A Star is Born to me is a solid effort from both Gaga and Cooper, that had some great moments while still having some glaring missteps.

The Shape of Water (2017)

Another big film this year is of course The Shape of Water. An interesting film and marks a big point in the career of Guillermo del Toro. Finally after years and years of film making, it seems like he will finally be able to snag some Oscars this year. Although I feel like other people definitely deserve it more (PTA), but still, it seems like he will get it. As with most films I watch, I did not know anything about The Shape of Water before seeing it. Which was hard to do, especially with all the hype. Nevertheless, I watched the film on Wednesday in theaters which really helped. After the first 10 minutes of the film I knew what I was getting into, and sort of managed to predict where it was going instantly. Although predictable, The Shape of Water still manages to have something meaningful. Whether or not you connect with that something is another story. 

Chungking Express (1994)

Wong Kar-Wai's films are the type that you really need to look deep into to understand why they are effective. I remember watching In The Mood For Love, and focusing on all of the subtle details that made that movie great. It was a romance film where the romance was not directly shown. Rather, it was seen through subtle elements like body language, character's looks, or even the cinematography. Wong Kar-Wai looks at romance very differently than many other directors I have seen. His films focus on the subtlety of romance. Rather than having this grand story where the characters are pouring their hearts out and professing their love for one another, his films focus on the subtle nuances that show that they are in love. Watching Chungking Express, I didn't really know what to expect. What I got was another take on how Wong Kar-Wai sees romance and how it can be approached in a subtle way.