This Week In Cinema: July 15-21, 2012

I’m a one lover type of man myself!

Only one movie this week,

Two Lovers (2008, James Gray, United States Of America) ***1/2

If ever there was a film that belongs in another era, it is Two Lovers. James Gray’s version of New York is far removed from modern, it’s New York as it used to be. It’s not romanticized, but it does look beautiful. I couldn’t help the feeling as I watched Two Lovers that it is the type of movie that could have been released thirty years ago and carried just as much of an impact and felt just as at home. I loved how Mr. Gray let his actors do the heavy lifting. Joaquin Phoenix is superb in Two Lovers, providing yet another example of why he is one of the unsung acting greats of the present era. Gwyneth Paltrow is surprisingly adept at playing the damaged and complex Michelle. The supporting actors all feel their roles, as does the direction of Mr. Gray. Two Lovers is a film that simply feels like it belongs. In your life, on your screen, in your mind, and at the edges of your heart, Two Lovers belongs.

Wrap-Up:

Two Lovers takes home movie of the week honors. I really wish I had watched more movies this week simply so that Two Lovers had some competition. It probably still would have taken home the top prize, but I would have liked for it to have prevailed over some other films. Until next week, watch more movies!

Cheers,
Bill

2 responses to “This Week In Cinema: July 15-21, 2012

  1. I adore this movie. It really hit me when I saw it in cinemas. it’s so…melodramatic in some sense but that,s also why it works. The director really knows how to handle that sort of tone and make it actually feel important.

  2. It’s melodrama without the theatrics, that’s what I took away from it. Gray uses a very mannered approach to his melodrama, makes it more intimate and real I think.

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