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A Single Man, An Education

OMG work has been murder this week. I had time to watch movies when I'd come home, but I figured in the state of mind I was in, I wouldnt be able to give them a fair watching. Pulled what I call a Dawn Dawn Double Feature today. That just means I saw two movies today. This time, both at the Kendall Square Landmark Theater. First time I ever double there. Usually I get one there, then catch the second elsewhere.

Anyhoo, first up was A Single Man, which I thought was rather incredible. I absolutely adored Colin Firth's character, George, and he was played so expertly. You could practically feel the pain he was going thru, and sympathized with his character every step of the way. Fully support the inevitable Oscar nod Firth is poised for.

Guess we'll keep going down the line with the cast. Never particularly cared much for Julianne Moore, except for Magnolia, but I loved everyone in that. While she was good here, I dont see why she's also supposed to be a lock for an Oscar nod. I dunno, just wasnt as struck by her as I was by Firth and some of the others. The others would be Nicholas Hoult and Matthew Goode, neither of whom I was familiar with previously. Apparently Nicholas Hoult was the little kid in About A Boy, which I never saw. He annoyed me at first but I fell in love with him over the course of the movie. And Goode was (resisting the urge for the bad pun) quite go..um...great as the idealized lover.

While I definitely recommend this film, I warn you it is quite the downer. As if the story wasnt somber enough on its own, the feel was heightened by the lighting. During George's low points, the lighting would be very bleak and dull. It'd brighten momentarily along with his moods, but that didnt usually last too long. I found that detail to be extremely effective and was quite impressed by it. By the end, it was one of those that I just needed a minute to recover from. I wont go into spoilery detail but all along I'd expected the film to end a certain way, then it didnt, then it twisted again. I spent the last 5 minutes frozen, with my hand covering my mouth after I'd gasped with surprise along with the rest of the fairly sizable crowd. I didnt even get up until halfway through the credits, and I wasn't the only one who'd been affected that way it seemed.

I eventually made it outta there, and I had about half an hour until the next one. I'd actually planned ahead and brought a granola bar intead of pigging out at the snack bar like I typically do at my double features.

The whole placing was really jumping, mostly there for Crazy Heart I think. There's always a really strange vibe there, guess cause its not my usual crowd. There's just some sorta slightly superior attitude I tend to get from 'em. Makes me feel almost like a poser being at that small indie theater when I spend far more time watching the big coporate blockbuster type films. And then when the trailers play, Im sitting there thinking WTF during some of them, bored during others, but everyone around me is laughing hysterically or chattering away about how good those films look. Huh? Moving On.

An Education is another one of those that I didnt expect to like, based on the premise alone. Then A) it got really good buzz B)it was on the list of 25 movies to see before the Oscars C) Quentin Tarantino (the god of movie gods in my eyes) listed it as one of his faves for the year. So I went. As soon as the quirky music started playing over the opening credits, I knew I was in for something fun.

Turns out quirky is a pretty good way to describe a lot of the film. The spirit of the movie, especially embodied thru the main character Jenny, was very much like Juno--spunky young independant woman learns about life the hard way. Carey Mulligan was so adorable, but also capable of such depth. She's another assumed lock for an Oscar nod and I fully support that as well. I could also really relate to her character, having grown up in an environment of "school first", college is the number one goal. Granted, my 'rents weren't quite as harsh as hers, and I didnt have some big rebellion, harsh life lesson/epiphany, but I still totally get it. I guess for me it was more focus focus focus, done, now what?

Starting to ramble. Back to the film. Speaking of her parents, Alfred Molina played her dad. I hated him for half the movie, but I think that was just a sign of him doing a good job. Also, never quite realized Molina is actually British. Yeah, IMDB just told me that. Weird. Points for Peter Sarsgaard as well. Although I was kinda distracted for a lot of it cause I got his last name confused with Skarsgard, as in Alexander Skarsgard who plays the hottest vamp currently on tv--Eric on True Blood. I somehow got it into my head that they were bros, so that got in the way a bit.

Ultimately, yes I was very much entertained by this one. It was both very light at times and very intense at others. Yeah can't really think of much else, but again thoroughly enjoyable

A Single Man - \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/
An Education - \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/
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nyp09
Jan. 10th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
A Single Man hasn't come out here yet, but I saw An Education and loved it. Carey Mulligan is amazing in it. I really hoep she grabs the Oscar for it, but I think it is between her and Gabby for Precious.
expletivedleted
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
I wont really know where I stand on who should win until the nominees are out, but I think Im leaning more toward Meryl Streep. Mostly because she's overdue for Oscar number 3, and I wasn't particularly wowed by any of the front runners. Although I guess Mulligan did come close there.
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