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  1. Candice Frederick
    December 31, 2010

    man i so want to see this now!


  2. Black Sheep
    December 31, 2010

    I’m glad I could inspire such a reaction. You’ve been warned though. It ain’t easy.


  3. CS
    December 31, 2010

    I agree with you about Cianfrance being a brave man for going to as many places of despair as he did. The film would not have succeed as well otherwise. Really loved Blue Valentine, it was my second favourite film of the year.


  4. Black Sheep
    December 31, 2010

    Number 2 film of the year is impressive. It made my Top 25 somewhere and I will remember it most for its performances.


  5. 5plitreel
    January 2, 2011

    AArggghh when is this coming to Europe, I adore Ryan Gosling. I hope he gets the Oscar nod so it will speed things up in this end ..


  6. Black Sheep
    January 2, 2011

    First off, thanks for reading out in Europe. Secondly, if Gosling doesn’t get a nod, Williams certainly will, I feel. In fact, I feel she has a better chance than he does.


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    January 4, 2011


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  8. Zilbs
    January 7, 2011

    I kinda hated the movie. Yes I think Ryan and Michelle gave incredible performances down to little details like Michelle stroking his beard as she kisses Ryan on their wedding day. The characters were brilliant as well. So complex, dark, and hopeful. However, the structure of the film was a little bit cliche. And I’m all for cliche when it’s embraced not when it pretends to be something other than cliche. I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened. Nothing caught me off guard. I also thought he could have cut about 25-30 minutes off the film because I had made all my conclusions long before the credits started to roll. Frankly I didn’t care to see their wedding intertwined with their separation. It didn’t build any more tension. It just repeated the tension that was already there. I think if you’re going to make a film about failing love, then try and tell a story we haven’t all heard before. Shame. I wanted to like it.


  9. Black Sheep
    January 7, 2011

    Zilbs, huh? Cute. Anyway, thanks for the insight. I would tend to agree with you mostly. I clearly don’t hate this movie. I do find it to be a particular challenge that not everyone responds to well, including myself. The performances and characters make the film, and even then I thought Gosling tried a little too hard. The structure though is the film’s downfall because it was manipulative to show us where they came from so we would feel worse about where they ended up. And the director did definitely try to pass that off as innovation instead of cliche.

    And is it a film about falling in love? They say it is but I get the impression that they only say it is to make a dark indie point about how love sucks. This film is about two people who are no longer in love. I did think that element is rarely told so honestly on film but the inserts of where they once were took away from it.

    I might see it again. It is certainly a conversation starter.


  10. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011

    Saw this yesterday and was very
    unmoved. Two wonderful actors,
    making their way around a mess
    of a script. They sound as if
    they are making it up as they
    go along – and this is NO
    compliment. This is poor man’s
    Cassavetes all the way.


  11. Black Sheep
    February 2, 2011

    Thanks for that last perspective. They were making a lot of it up as they went along, I believe. It was meant to feel improvised and natural. That said, I do agree with you that the worst thing about this film is the script. It isn’t dreadful but it is manipulative and pretends like it is genuine.

    Thanks for reading.


  12. Jesse_01
    February 5, 2011

    I thought the acting was good. The movie story line ended up being a white trash story that’s so typical.

    Their marriage was falling part. So what does he suggest, have another kid..


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