…life from my perspective
I hate breakups. Goodbyes make me sad. In my opinion, losing out on the chance to make your relationship better and longer lasting is akin to failure. The “what ifs” and “could bes” will forever go unanswered. While some breakups are amicable and others are nasty and VERY necessary, I hate them nonetheless. Feelings of loss, sadness and bewilderment always seem to takeover forcing many of us to crawl into a shell of loneliness, fear, selfishness and mistrust. Aside from reading and watching happily ever after books and movies because I hate break-ups, they make me feel good and inspire me to believe in love again. But, the cold hard truth is a LOT of relationships DON’T end happily ever after. Most either end or the two people just live together – ever after. Because we live in the real world, I like watching movies that delve into real life issues and portray love situations as they happen – for real. I’m going to do something different with this blog post and share with you a few movies (and the novels they were adapted from) that deal with the painful and sometimes unbearable parts of life, relationships and love . How did I decide on THESE movies? Cause they made me cry. Bitches. But for real, I think these were a little better than your average romance flick because they bring everyday issues to the screen in a way that transplants you into the movie and allows you to feel the characters’ raw emotion as they pull apart this complex thing we call love rather brilliantly. When you get time check out the following movies and share your thoughts. Until tomorrow youngn’s.
THE OTHER WOMAN: I just love Natalie Portman. Whatever movie this chick is in, I’m watching it. I haven’t seen her give a bad performance yet. I’m not going to spoil the movie JUST in case you DO want to check it out, just know that she gets her man AND a LOT MORE than she bargained for.
CLOSER: This all-star cast gives an all-star performance – period. Once again Natalie Portman steals the show but you just CAN’T go wrong with Jude Law and Clive Owen. The storyline consists of cheating and stripping and the incessant questioning about the character’s sexual exploits are borderline pornographic. This is how that love shit go down for real.
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD: I always like books and movies that take me to a different place and time. I’m curious to see how well the director can recreate the places and events of a period to communicate the storyline. Revolutionary Road, set in the 1950s, tells the heart wrenching story of unrequited love. Pre-occupied with chasing a safe and quiet life in the comforts of surburbia, ambition, passion, inspiration and the love that brought this couple together is no longer strong enough to keep them from growing apart. The scene where the neighbor’s son John, played by Michael Shannon, gives a dark and brutally honest reflection of the happy couple’s disintegrating relationship is the best part of the film.
ELEGY: I’m not a fan of Penelope Cruz though I started paying her close attention after I saw her as Tom Cruise’s love interest in Vanilla Sky. And while most of her performances are forgettable, no other actress could’ve played the femme fatale character of Consuela better than Cruz whose on-screen display of beauty, grace, innocence and naivete makes you root for her and the relationship she wants with her older lover that he is too afraid to give.
MATCH POINT: I fell in love with her in this movie and have been watching her in films ever since. I’ve finally admitted to myself that she’s not that great of an actress but I SO WANTED TO BE Nola, Scarlett Johannson’s character in Match Point.This movie has it all: seduction, passion, betrayal, chance meetings, an ensuing love affair and MURDER. I don’t have the heart to carry on like this is real life so I imagine being pulled into the drama and pretend she is me. Rhys Meyers went HAM though, cause I sure didn’t see THAT ending coming. This film also introduced him to me as an actor and I began watching him in Showtime’s series The Tudors. I have been checking for him in feature films ever since. I loved them BOTH in this.
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS: This one made me cry cause I’m Maggie (Anne Hathaway) – SANS the multiple sclerosis and her free spirit. I’m too hard nosed and rigid to be as carefree as Maggie was. I was amazed at her performance too because I didn’t think she had it in her. I mean, The Devil Wears Prada was cool and that other movie, Rachael Getting Married, showcased Anne’s acting range but she nailed it with this one. And Jake Gyllenhall was sexy as hell though I been looking at him sideways ever since he gave Heath Ledger lip action and naked, skin on skin body contact in Broke Back Mountain. Either way, Jake and Anne’s chemistry in THIS movie is undeniable. Redbox this one and let me know what you think.