Take This Waltz (2011)

Take This Waltz
Director: Sarah Polley
Writer: Sarah Polley
Cast: Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman

Plot:
Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) have been married for a few years now and seem happy. But then Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip and then it turns out that they’re neighbors. Daniel and Margot flirt, but there’s more to it – both of them feel a very strong connection. And it’s up to Margot to decide what she wants.

I was really looking forward to this film. I adore Michelle Williams and I really loved Away From Her. But unfortunately this seems like the epitome of a hipster movie and that is just not something I can even pretend to actually be interested in.

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Splice (2009)

[A review of this film is also the first thing I wrote for SciFi.de, where I’ve just started my regular guest-blogging. You can find it here. (German)]

Splice is the newest movie by Vincenzo Natali, starring Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chanéac.

Plot:
Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are successful geneticist, currently working on animal splices to create new species that will help with medical discoveries etc. After their big breakthrough, they want to add human genes to the mix, but their company tells them not to because the public outrage would be to big. Clive and Elsa decide to go ahead with it anyway and create something entirely new: Dren (Delphine Chanéac), who is intelligent, cute and dangerous.

Splice is basically a modernised Frankenstein story. It is a decent horror movie, with very good performance and pretty awesome special effects. But where it starts off with a tight plot, in the end it doesn’t manage the same poignancy as the original Frankenstein, or much poignancy at all. It’s also the movie with the most gender problems and WTFery I’ve seen in a long time. [And yes, I’m including Eclipse in this.]

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pure beauty

Yesterday, I went to see Away From Her.  I think I did my crying for Febuary, now.

It was very beautiful, very touching, very calm and very well done. The casting was perfect. Julie Christie was amazing (and I hope that once in my life I look as beautiful as she does now), as well as Gordon Pinsent who left me wanting him as my grandfather, he’s so cute (some people may analyse now how never knowing my own grandfathers influenced me…). And of course, Olympia Dukakis.
I’m pretty sure that it’s a romanticised view of Alzheimer’s disease but I don’t think that it was meant to be an accurate description of it, which is fine. Sometimes escapism is a wonderful thing and if I really wanted to see Alzheimer’s in all its ugliness I could go to the next hospital or other institutions. (Which I never do because I’m scared shitless that I could get it and I’m really, really grateful for every movie which doesn’t make it seem so bad. Very sad, yes, but not so bad.)

My congratulations to Sarah Polley, I think she did a wonderful job.

Btw, Auden’s Letters from Iceland quoted throughout the movie sound like a beautiful read, this goes on my wishlist.