10 January 2011

Blue Valentine

There is this movie that I really want to see. I first heard about it like a year ago, and over the last few months, they have finally released the movie trailer and started to talk about it via movie critics that is. How many of  you have heard of Blue Valentine starring Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling?

I don't think is is a movie you'd want to take your hubby or boyfriend with you to the movies. Indeed it is a love story, but a love story that ultimately doesn't end well so they say. As in, they fall out of love.


Blue Valentine (2010)

DETAILSRelease Date: Dec 31, 2010; With: Ryan Gosling andMichelle Williams

GIVE US A KISS Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play a couple in Blue Valentine
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GIVE US A KISS Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play a couple in Blue Valentine
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Blue Valentine is about a marriage that's slowly, if not quite surely, falling apart, yet the movie is every inch a love story. That's why it stings so exquisitely. Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) have been together for six years, with a daughter they're devoted to, but their lives are a mess. Dean, a softhearted, blustery screwup with a youthfully receding hairline, is a freelance house- painter who likes the work because he can enjoy a beer at eight in the morning. He says so with a boastful grin. In other words, he's trouble. Cindy, a kindly, beleaguered nurse who is looking to move up in the medical world, is sick of his slovenly pursuit of pleasure, his slipshod career options, and his refusal to be an adult. At the same time, we can see what she's drawn to: Dean is sexy, with a slightly saddened little-boy charm, and he's forever working his way back into her good graces. They've turned the addict/enabler two-step into an elegant rehearsed dance.
In one memorable sequence, they take a romantic night off and go to a tacky theme motel, where they're booked into a room with lunar wallpaper and a sci-fi spaceship motif. In this dingy kitsch palace, the two guzzle vodka and mess around (she asks him to get rough — less out of nastiness than nostalgia), fumbling toward the moment when they can feel those old feelings they used to have. Trying to set the mood, Dean puts on a scratchy old soul song. It's ''You and Me,'' a curio from the '70s by Penny & the Quarters, and all we have to hear is a few bars of its warbling sweet plea (''You and me/You and me/Nobody, baby, but you and me'') to know that it's their song and that it's a heartbreaker, because the two probably haven't felt that way in a very long time. As the tune goes on, it sounds more and more achingly beautiful. It becomes the wistful ''our song'' of everyone in the audience.
The young co-writer and director, Derek Cianfrance, works in leisurely long takes, letting the sweet nothings, the bitter battles, the dying embers of romance play out before our eyes. From the start, we may wonder: How did a gentle, sane woman like Cindy end up with a mate so ardently troubled? But Cianfrance has built that complication right into the movie. He cuts back in time to reveal how the two met, folding the past right into the present. Dean wasn't always so addled, and with his full hairline he was ruggedly attractive. Cianfrance stages each scene as another desperate piece in the puzzle of how a couple could find each other this innocently and then get this lost. At moments, watching Blue Valentineis like being at the scene of an accident, yet the power of the movie rests in how easy it is for almost anyone to glimpse them- selves in the elemental passions of these two.
Blue Valentine is lushly touching and gorgeously told. By the time the film is over, you may feel that you know every inch of these lives. That's because Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams act without a net. The two have moments that make you melt, like one where Gosling, on what is basically the couple's first date, stops at a storefront to do an awful/endearing Elvis impersonation, singing ''You Always Hurt the One You Love'' as he accompanies himself on the ukulele, while Williams dances a happy little jig. You can see them spontaneously locking hearts. And both actors have moments that tear you apart, like one set in the doctor's office where Cindy works, with Dean busting into the place to fight with her, and everyone looking at him like he's crazy, and us realizing that he's not crazy but that he may now be a prisoner of his rage, too far gone to stop hurting the one he loves. Gosling plays Dean as a snarky working-class hipster, but when his anger is unleashed, the performance turns powerful. It becomes a scary study in the woundedness of defensive manhood — Raging Bull meets COPS. Williams has the quieter role and maybe the trickier one: Her Cindy has to make choices about how much her feelings for Dean are seriously worth, and the choices keep changing. There are real demons here — in him, and in her, too. Yet Blue Valentine wrenches us with its painful and tender understanding of how people with even this tattered a connection can lunge for love as if it were air. A

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Not sure if many of you read through this whole thing, but if any of you love Michelle Willams and Ryan Gosling talent as I do, then hopefully you read it!

This movie had to have the rating changed from an NC-17 to a rated R because it supposedly has a LOT of sex sex sex sex in it. Woah. Um-- yeah, good call movie rating people. Don't know if I would want my 17 yr old HS student watching all that ( that is to say if I had a kid that age!)

Here is the trailer for the film. Looks all happy and fun right? bahhah. Yeah if you read about it, you'll find it isn't what it seems! :(

What do y'all (as the southern say) Think?


and PS!!!! Did you hear? Or read on yahoo rather LOL The Beckhams are Expecting again!!! Damn right? she's 35 expecting her fourth child!
you can read about it here

I heart Victoria. Love her as a brunette. LOVE her fashion. How a woman her age with 3 kids soon to be 4 has a body that looks so amazing as hers does only one can wonder and envy!!!!

Apparently David knows he has a good thing while he's got one! They have been married since 99' and no problems! Sigh.



  1. Oh now I want to see that movie so badly! Adding it to my list :), thanks!

  2. Ryan Gosling is soo sexy!! MMMM!!!! I want to see this now. Aren't they dating in real life now too? :D

  3. Love the movie. Love the Beckham's. Love this post!

  4. Dont worry, Ryan Gossling & Michelle Williams may have fallen out of love in the movie but they fell IN love in real life, or so the tabloids say. Also, I thought David Beckham cheated on posh a while back?? Maybe Im crazy. Celebrity (or anyone) pregnancies make me super excited!!

  5. Love the Beckhams :)

    That looks like an awesome girls night out movie. I think I might have to see it in theaters!

  6. I looove Ryan Gosling so I cannot wait for this movie to come out. I like Michelle Williams ok but she is a little toooo edgy for me haha. I LOVE Victoria Beckham (for fashion alone) but also because she is a GO-GETTER and a direct person!

  7. I want to see that movie so bad...and not for the mere fact that Ryan is in it...ok, maybe that is the reason:)

    And I did hear about the Beckhams expecting their 4th. Part of me hopes she gets a little girl, but then those 3 boys are adorable....

  8. I love Ryan Gosling -- I am undecided still on this movie. I will probably stay that way until after the movie is over haha.

    Yay for the Beckhams! I love that they seem so happy together =) and she is SMOKIN' -- I didn't realize she's had THREE kids already! sheesh! get it girl =)

  9. Okay, so I am totally undecided on if I want to see this movie or not! I think it'll break MY heart, too! Haha.

    I totally agree about Victoria! She looks amazing!!

  10. i can't figure out if i want to see blue valentine yet or not! i love ryan gosling, but i love happy endings more.

    and the beckhams. are. hot. their 4th will be gorge.

  11. Ughh! I want to see this movie so bad but it's apparently not playing in FL! :(

  12. I've heard of the movie and I want to see it too, but idk if i'll go to the theatre or wait to rent it.

  13. I'm not sure that Blue Valentine is playing near me! I'll have to check, I love Ryan Gosling!

    I was so excited to hear about the Beckams having another child too.

  14. I kinda wanna see that movie too, but I'm a little scared. I heard that it's very real and it kinda can make you doubt your relationship because you have probably had similar arguments/issues...

    Let me know what you think if you see it!


  15. I love Ryan Gossling!! I really want to see this movie too, but you're right, I may leave my guy at home ;)

    And om-gosh... I can't believe Victoria and David are having another baby, I hope its a girl!!

  16. I loved, loved, loved this movie and so did my hubby. I enjoyed it so much because it felt so real. The ending was sad, but the character development was great. Michelle Williams looked beautiful and Ryan Gosling was hot as always. I read somewhere that this film took 12 years to make! Talk about a passion project-wow!


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