Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Bright Star (2009)

Fanny: I still don't know how to work out a poem. 
John: A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out, it is a experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept a mystery.
Fanny: I love mystery.

There are four movies of some note celebrating their tenth anniversaries today. There's this film here by Jane Campion. Then there's Karyn Kusama's horror flick Jennifer's Body, which seems to have finally started getting the respect it deserves now that everybody's hate for Megan Fox has cooled. 

Then there is Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! which I really and truly adore -- mostly for Melanie Lynskey, but I think it's one of his best and I'm a fan. And then finally there is Vicenzo Natali's much maligned Splice, which damn the haters I really enjoyed. I will admit I haven't seen it in ten years, but I think it's one of those movies that got an "F" from audiences that was just too freaking weird for them to get. 

But I digress! I polled y'all on Twitter earlier this week and Bright Star won the poll, just by the smallest of smidges over Jennifer's Body. So Bright Star gets today's post. I am fine with this, as Bright Star is a masterpiece and Ben Whishaw in Bright Star is also a masterpiece. Tell us which of these movies you love the most, or about how much you fell in love with Ben Whishaw here, in the comments!


AxFromMN said...

I hate that the only awards he's won are for the campy performance in that Hugh Grant show from Amazon. Ben is such a better actor than that, and I'm worried that he'll be forced to do crap from now on.

Adrian C said...

I loved Jennifer's body when I saw it in theaters, and watched it later that year or the next when it was out on dvd (rented it at BLUCKBUSTER that's how old the movie is). it might be time to revisit it again, just cause it feels like it aged well.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen Jennifer's Body or Splice so I'll go with The Informant! As much as I wanted to love Bright Star it left me cold and it's one of the few times I haven't loved Ben.