Last summer I saw my first Woody Allen movie ever. My cast at my theater camp watched Bullets Over Broadway for inspiration. I loved it. By the way, it's coming to Broadway next season! A while back I bought the DVD of Annie Hall at Amoeba and I finally watched it. I'm really glad I watched it and it was hilarious, but I wouldn't say it was my favorite movie ever. I like the filmmaking style and humor of Woody Allen a lot though. My dad has the said the "Jew eat yet? Not did you. Jew." joke for my entire life. It's engrained in my psyche and I had no idea it was from this. So that was fun.
I had always wanted to watch Brokeback Mountain, but I just never got around to it. I looked at the info and noticed it came out in 2005! That's EIGHT years ago. I don't know, that just baffles me. I really really liked this one. I thought Jake Gylenhaal and Heath Ledger were fantastic, but I was prepared for them. I totally did not know that Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, and Linda Cardellini were the wives/girlfriends. They were great also. It was fun to watch right now because I am in the middle of rehearsals for Oklahoma, the musical. I thought it was interesting the way they showed passing time. It often took me by surprise, like OH it's been four years since the last scene, okay. It was confusing for me at first, but I got into it. The affair itself was so interesting, how it turned from violent passion to tender love. Not that the violent passion ever dissipated though. It felt very honest.
I have mixed feelings about Place Beyond the Pines. I'm glad I saw it and I think it's one of those movies that just is what is. First of all, it felt too long. It's separated into 3 distinct acts and it was a lot. The first part was with Ryan Gosling and that was good, except I found Eva Mendes super annoying to watch and Ryan was a little too broody. Also he had a lot of fancy hipster clothes for being dirt poor... But I enjoyed watching it. I didn't care much for the second part with Bradley Cooper. The third part was a little ridiculous to believe, but I liked it a lot, mostly because I love Dane DeHaan. I think he's super talented. The cinematography was gorgeous though and I liked the way they tied in the "place beyond the pines" at the climax of each section. So yeah, good watch, but I wouldn't wholeheartedly recommend it.
I'm having a lot of fun with this! It's great to force myself to have the attention span for a movie. I definitely suffer from the ADD-media-overload of my generation. I try to fight it though. Here's to more movies!