Re: What was the last movie you watched?
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
If you have Netflix, set aside two hours of your time and watch this film. Riveting from start to finish, and the most emotionally involving historical drama that I've seen in some time. I was reminded of two inferior films while watching this - Michael Collins, with Liam Neeson, another film about the beginning days of the IRA. The other is Defiance, a film that also captures the conflict of two brothers drifting political ideologies. Michael Collins was a straight up bad movie that confused bombastic musical score and constant action sequences against a tyrannical government as emotionally compelling material. In "Wind", director Ken Loach really gets it right. For as intense and brutal as this movie sometimes is, it has real drama and emotion that is not instigated by lazy technique of simply using music, but rather actually having a grasp on the subject matter. It gets to the heart of the characters; their sacrifices, their arcs, their hypocrisies. It gets specific about the unjust that was being done in Ireland, and it never loses sight of why this conflict was so long, so complicated and ongoing to the point that it went on for far long after this particular story takes place. The drama actually comes from the acting and how the conflict interfered and divided people who were once close to one another. Watching this film, I felt like I actually learned something about this part of history, where I really didn't learn anything from watching Michael Collins. In that movie, it was basically "He's a bad guy, we're good, fight for freedom, cue score, and do your best to care", but there is no reason to care watching that. I had every reason to care in this one.
In relation to Defiance, while I thought that was a good film mostly due to the fact that Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber's performances really carry it through, the depiction of two conflicting brothers is so much more interesting in this because it didn't feel so Hollywood-manufactured. It doesn't reject the reality of the situation for the sake of convenient moral epiphanies that would keep the family bond intact despite political differences. The dynamic is so compelling because of what I mentioned above, about the hypocrisies and sacrifices these characters made that have made them what they become. Their changes aren't following a writing formula that feels forced in order to have a story, but rather come from an authentic, endearing place that makes these characters exist beyond the plot of the movie. They feel like real human beings with a shared bond that is constantly in danger of being broken that can't simply be mended with a trite speech or a romantic recollection of the way things were.
This was a fantastic movie that was not without its flaws - some things are told instead of shown, that really should have been shown and the ending feels a bit abrupt. But that aside, this is easily one of the best films that I have watched this year. 9.5/10
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Originally Posted by comerelaxnow
Just saw that you were 28. Didn't you mention that you were thinking about going back out but then your parents talked you out of it? Maybe you should work on THAT problem first, then find a girl who remembers VCR's