Favorites are the topic of choice for this week’s Monday Movie Meme as The Bumbles says to share on your blog a favorite year to date movie, as suggested by Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This. After reviewing my Netflix streaming history, DVD rentals and trying to remember very movie that I watched in a movie theater since New Year’s, here is my favorite movie of 2011.....so far.
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
I waited in excitement while anticipating the release of “Blue Valentine” on New Year’s Eve and then found out that it wasn’t going to be showing in my city until early January. This movie was well worth the wait.....it is sweet, funny and emotionally gripping because the characters and story seems so real. The relationship between Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams) is fun and carefree until some unexpected news changes the direction of their lives in a way that causes both to re-evaluate their priorities and also compromise on their long-term romantic and professional goals.
“Blue Valentine” is made in a non-linear fashion, showing how their relationship started and progressed while simutaneously chronicling the ups and downs of their marriage. I plan to buy “Blue Valentine” on DVD and add it to my movie collection because it is a film that I would not mind watching again.
While I love “Blue Valentine,” my favorite year to date movie may change by the end of 2011 since there are 5 more months left during which I plan to watch dozens of more films. I still do not like the fact that Ryan Gosling got snubbed out of an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in “Blue Valentine” so if I find a later movie to be more of a favorite, he’ll be “Best Actor” in my book for 2011!
Gofita's Pages calls 'Blue Valentine' "A very well done but depressing unlove story" and no one could have described this movie any better.
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