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Blue Valentine (2010)
We don't need any more (sexist) movies like this one
7/10 It seems cool nowadays to "analyze" divorce, especially in such a way that women are defended. The movie does not avoid the clichés surrounding this "analysis." The man comes to be the bad guy, even though the beginnings of the story show clearly that he has a golden heart. The woman is selfish and immature throughout the whole movie (at one point we are toldt that she has slept with more than 25 men!!!), but she is the one who takes the decision for divorce. Why? Who gave her this right? The movie does not explain. The acting is amazing, that's why the movie takes a 7 from me. The editing is also very good and the story is realistic. But realistic in the sense of describing a possible state of affairs, not in the sense that it discloses the reality of broken marriage. I expected the director to give more emphasis on the oppressing, annoying and other-destructive character of the female protagonist. Why did the husband start behaving badly? What did she do to him? This, for me, is the great lacuna of the movie: it is not shown clearly that the woman is the real cause of the downfall of this marriage.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Very good movie, but sexist (CONTAINS SPOILER)
This was a very good movie, with excellent performances, especially from Paul Ruffalo and Annette Bening. It forces you to think while watching it about the structure of the family, gay marriage, love and whether gay people are really gay. The big problem with the movie is the message it aspires to pass on the audience. For most of the movie the sperm donor is presented as a very likable character, one who really cares about his children and even about the two mothers. At the same time one of the two lesbian mothers is being presented as a control freak, a rather malicious human being. The other woman falls for the sperm donor and has continuous passionate sex with him. The man falls in love with her and tells her so. But then the movie ends with the man's being labeled - by all the other protagonists and the writer/director - as "a bad human being", as the one who is to blame for what happened. It would have been much better if the film ended with Moore's character leaving the control freak and finally finding true love with the sperm donor.
1. Photography is excellent, dark atmosphere. The beauty of nature is breathtakingly depicted, as well as the miserable living conditions of the Burma people. 2. Great acting by Stallone, with no exaggerations. 3. Action is unparalleled. You will not want to move your eyes away from the screen from beginning to end. 4. Realism. What there is is what you get. 5. Sensitivity to a global issue: ethnic cleansing (reminiscent of the suffering of the Armenian people). 6. One of the best directions I have seen. Stallone has really surpassed himself with this movie. Outstanding. 7. The score is lovely and brings to the mind powerful memories from the previous Rambo films. 8. There is violence all over the place and continuously, but this is due to the intended realism and is quite justified by the story. Less violence would simply insult the viewer's intelligence.