Blue Valentine

2010 was the first time I’d ever been to the Sundance Film Festival and the first movie I saw there was Blue Valentine, a devastating parallel portrayal of both the blossoming and wilting of a modern relationship starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and directed by Derek Cianfrance. With those two stars, two powerful performances and a beautiful structure, I figured the film was destined to at least be seen by audiences for awards contention and that seemed to be its destiny when The Weinstein Company purchased the film at the festival. So now, with the film nearing its limited release date in December, a trailer has finally been released and – in even more surprising news -  the MPAA has given it an NC-17 rating. Hit the jump to read why and see the brand new trailer. Read More »

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Sundance Video Blog Review: Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance‘s directorial debut Blue Valentine premiered yesterday at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as one of 16 films selected from 1,058 submissions for the dramatic competition. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis, the screenplay won the 2006 Chrysler Film Project contest, which came with $1 million of funding.

The story is about “love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time.” Basically it’s (500) Days of Summer without the funny hipsterish style, instead replaced with depressing drama, and starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. I recorded a video blog review with Brandon Tenney from FirstShowing (and Frosty from Collider makes a cameo appearance, providing the perspective of someone who hasn’t seen the film).

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