Saturday, December 27, 2008

I've Loved You So Long - Movie Review

I've Loved You So Long (PG-13) 115 minutes C+
Less than Strangers

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Laurent Grévill, Elsa Zylberstein, and Frédéric Pierrot

I've Loved You So Long is a French film written and directed by Philippe Claudel. It has been nominated for two Golden Globes- Best Foreign Film and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama -Kristin Scott Thomas (speculation/industry buzz also has her earning an Oscar nomination as well).

Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) has spent the last 15 years in prison for an unthinkable crime, now she tries to reconnect with a long lost sister and make sense of a strange world that has no idea of the pain and heartache she has suffered for so long.

The film is formulaic and a little slow at times, but Claudel adds a lot of nice touches that makes the film feel very humanistic. I especially liked the dynamic of the two men who are romantically interested in Juliette, it's very subtle but there's a lot of longing in their eyes.
First Impression Music Review

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!!Lazarus Dig!!! A

This album is pure genius and I'm convinced that with this recording they are one of the seminal bands of all time. Perhaps that was established long ago, but it wasn't until I listened to this album that the light bulb popped on- "these guys are f*cking brilliant!"

There is something so perversely creepy, yet cool about Nick Cave... Whether he's rocking out and/or singing a piano ballad about god, either way he evokes passion in my soul.

This album sounds like the soundtrack to a life I could have had in another life, in another city, in another time.

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