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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Beautiful film and a wonderful performance by Heath Ledger
In my opinion, Heath Ledger deserved the Oscar for this movie. His role was deeply moving and makes the viewer experience emotions for it is what is - a love story. My not being homosexual did not prevent me from being moved in two of the most emotional scenes in the story - one where Heath and Jake fight in their last meeting and the very last scene.
This is my point of view as well as in response to a few claiming they did not understand as they could not see it from the point of view of a homosexual. You don't have to be a gay man to understand the love portrayed in this story and you don't need to be straight in order to understand love.
This movie was as much about love as it was about the main characters being males and being in love with each other. DO NOT make it a homosexual movie and see it for what it is - a love story and a brilliant and moving performance by one of the best actors that we are fortunate enough to have witnessed and whom the world lost oh-so- soon!
I could not get around to watching this movie all this while and when I finally did earlier today, I was thoroughly impressed. This is what happens when a wonderful story gets told by a brilliant director who brings the characters to life on screen with the help of talented actors, not just Heath and Jake but the supporting cast too did a brilliant job. Absolutely a must watch, the background score blends in wonderfully and accentuates the emotions on screen.
Simply put, brilliance on TV!!
Of late, I have realized that TV content is getting developed much better than movies and I find myself binge-watching many recent TV series than movies. This is happening all the more because of the gripping and taut story lines (TV shows, given their length, used to ramble on about the plot, but thankfully no more) and brilliant overall delivery.
Gotham stands out even amongst this new wave of brilliant TV shows. The first season of Gotham exuded brilliance. Tight direction, brilliant (overkilling this word no?) acting, fantastic casting and this amalgamation is truly one for the ages. Every cast member seems to be perfect for their role and they deliver and how!!
Without giving much away, Jada Pinkett Smith, you ma'am are as much of a powerhouse performer as your famous husband! What a performance by her! Every scene she is in, she totally steals the show. Robin Lord Taylor is mesmerizing in his role of Oswald Cobblepot. I found the entire cast to be perfect and the above two were mentioned for no particular reason but for their sheer brilliance on screen.
As a fellow reviewer, I too thought another 'Batman Begins' won't be much fun but I did expect some detailing seeing this is a TV show. But was I blown away! This was more of a Jim Gordon Begins or more correctly, Ascends kinda story. This storyline works perfect for this show as gradually the different villains are introduced in their own chilling manner (and man, the violence and mafia story lines are a delight) and gradually build up to why Gotham would end up needing a masked (and caped) crusader! Anyway, that's where I hope the future seasons are going. A lot to look forward to in Season 2 of Gotham and boy it sure looks promising!
True Detective (2014)
One word for this show - WOW
Very rarely does a show captivate you right from the beginning, take you higher and higher and when it eventually ends, as you know and dread its reaching that stage all too soon, you are still on a high. Then you start watching it a second time, just so you catch those parts that you missed the first time. Breaking bad was one such show, True Detective is as good or better. Matthew McConaughey delivers a powerhouse performance as Detective Rust Cohle. Now I am one of those people who watched McC in rom-com and adventure/comedy movies only earlier and thought it was impossible for him to deliver the performance he did in Dallas Buyers Club. I had recently watched that movie and was blown away by his acting. He brings that same intensity in this role and man, is he good!! Woody Harrelson gives McC awesome support both in character as his partner Detective Hart and as the co-actor. He is the anchor to McC's supposed freewheeling ideas and is his greatest supporter and as they say in the show his only pal. His portrayal of a man torn between family values and 'taking his release wherever he could find it' and his acting overall is brilliant. It is always delightful watching the lovely Michelle Monaghan and she does a good job in this show as Mrs Hart. The storyline, the way it slowly unravels, the edginess to it and the brilliant acting by the lead and supporting actors make it one of the best shows out there. When I reached the eventual end, I was left asking for more, much more. I read there is a second season in development now. I don't see how a new season can follow this brilliant first one but here's hoping it turns out as good as the first season.
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Love : Yes, Other drugs : Yes, Worth watching : hell yeah
Love and other drugs is yet another attempt at soft romance aka chick flick (don't we have a lot of them already?). However, with near stellar performance from the lead actors and a good, tight and sensitive story, this makes for a good entertaining Sunday night flick (well, I watched it on a Sunday night anyway).
It has its fun moments, the ambitious young salesman (Jake) who moonlights as a womanizer to meet his sales target, the (not so usually and at times super) sensitive girl and a sensitive subject. All ingredients for a classic boy-meet-girl-fall-in-love-with-a-twist tale, a classic chick flick, I know. But the film delivers.
The male protagonist's transformation from a womanizer to a true-to-one lover to a Parkinsons patient, brings about the sensitivity this movie required, to make it different from the hundreds of other romantic flicks. The sensitive nature of dealing with a partner who has a life- long affliction, staying committed to that one person despite their constant pushing you away in denial & realizing that they need you more than you need them and therefore you stick with them no matter what, really sets this story apart.
I am happy with the main characters' performances in the movie, yet I feel Gyllenhall could have put in some more emotion when convincing Hathaway that they need to be together come what may. Apart from this one small thing, the overall feel of this movie is good. A one-time watch for romantics, I know my fiancée will. :)
This rates high on my romantic movie list (not that difficult seeing it is not that long a list though :D).