Friday, July 22, 2005

The Ice Storm


Dir: Ang Lee

Michelle picked out and recommended and urged this movie.

Sexual frustration in the 1970's. And those two clauses shine out from this brilliant movie. The way that the early 70's are captured in both cultural references and social sensibilities is very fun. Check out the used book scene; this movie embodies a New England psychoanalyitc chic leftism that is dead on.

But the sexual themes dominate the movie going experience. Three different sets of characters are caught in the loosening of inhibitions indicative of that period to the point of going through sex because one is suppoed to, as a social statement, not from genuine feeling or even desire.

Brutal yet honest film. Christina Ricci gives the best performance I have seen from her (which is not saying much at all). All of the actors exhibit a cold detachment that does justice to the title and resonates with my own lived experience, and I would wager almost all others as well. Good script, but it is character development that drives this movie. Lee's direction is sparse and his score appropriatley Asian and detached.

BTW, I have only experienced one ice storm in my life. In Arizona. Go figure.



Blogger ronvon2 noted on 7/22/2005 01:25:00 AM that...

I see where all the time goes when in Saginaw.  

Blogger Damien noted on 7/22/2005 09:11:00 PM that...

No way...Saginaw rules! It's so close to Flint!  

Blogger paroske noted on 7/22/2005 10:03:00 PM that...

You got a better way to spend my time? This blog keeps me off the steets and away from gangs.  

Blogger ronvon2 noted on 7/24/2005 01:20:00 PM that...

Just as long as you are, Philly, that is a different story. It guess it means watching even more movies.