It seems the critics were not impressed with this film, and for certain reasons I understand why--there are a number of historical inaccuracies and flaws in the storytelling--but audiences will still love watching it and have a great time going to the cinema to see it, because the music is great and the two hours and twenty minutes of the film is filled with songs EVERYONE knows and loves and you never once feel the film is too long.
If you have not seen this movie yet, please go do yourself a favor and watch this movie. Also, please go support Asians, Asians in film, and Asian films in general. I promise you will not regret. This movie will give you all the feels, as it did me. I laughed so hard, and I also cried. I cried for a couple different reasons...
Watching Saturday Night Fever in 2018 is Like Watching a Horny Teenage Boy's Fantasy That is Really Every Woman's Nightmare in Real Life
It's always interesting going back to watch older movies or TV shows you used to love, and realizing how sexist and racist they really were. My husband and I decided to have a mini John Travolta marathon Sunday and watched Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Chris had never seen either, and I'm not sure if I had ever watched all of the latter. So, it was really fun and exciting for me to experience Chris watching these for the first time, because they're such American classics and musicals are so very American, in general.
I love French films. The French just have such a vivid way of telling stories in all art forms—whether it’s in film, music, or even fashion. A short film (35 minutes) I recommend you watch is “Le Ballon Rouge,” (The Red Balloon). Made in 1956, and a winner at the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival, “Le Ballon Rouge” is a simple story of a little boy and his red balloon, which he finds on his way to school. The balloon seems to have a mind of its own, as it follows the little boy around Paris. Just watching that kid run with his balloon is precious enough. He’s like a little flounder out of water—so cute! There is a musical score, but very little verbal speech throughout the movie. I love it. It’s a most darling film, and even emotional at the end. A seemingly insignificant story ends up leaving you with a great message about bullying. It’s magnificent. It’s simply magnificent.
When Titanic is on TV, I have to watch it. It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen it a million times. I still own it on VHS, although I don’t think I have a working VCR anymore. Some movies you just never get tired of. Some movies never lose their magic. Here’s a look back at some of the most iconic movies that shaped the bulk of my childhood.
Pierre Niney gave another brilliant performance in this biopic of French novelist and diplomat, Romain Gary, directed by Eric Barbier. The film is based on the Gary's novel of the same title, which was inspired by his own life. The story shows how his overbearing mother's love led to Gary's strength and destruction. The line between his mother's love and psychological and emotional abuse is a fine one.
Despite its title, this incredible film that was ten years in the making, takes place in a darker and colder Romania, set in 1988 towards the end of the communist regime. Jesus del Cerro, a Spanish director based in Romania, wrote and directed this beautiful, historical, and moving story. Although, don’t be fooled by the setting either—this is not a film about communism, it is the exact opposite. This is a film about freedom and hope.
Put on a fire, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and pop in your favorite Christmastime movie--'tis the season to be jolly. Did your favorites make the list?
My husband went out with the guys one night this week, and while I had a ton of things I needed to do, I decided to treat myself to a solo date night, and finally got to see "Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig's directorial debut and starring Saoirse Ronan. Greta also wrote the screenplay. I adore Saoirse, but I was worried it was going to be another long, drawn out, indie drama that required me to use my intellectual brain to find the deeper meaning and artistic vision, and ultimately leaving me depressed and uninspired--it's just what I've come to expect of many film festival selections. But, it was actually brilliant and I LOVED IT.
This was definitely one of my favorite films out of the festival this year. It is so fun, so witty, so heartwarming, at times heartbreaking, and so on point. This "little" Canadian film stole my heart away. I laughed out loud so much my face hurt afterwards.