Pinhole Movie Reviews


The Ice Storm by Thomas
September 21, 2014, 11:50 am
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A disturbing family drama about sex and the limits of the suburban idyll; the darker cousin to American Beauty.  And yet it has no use for the stylized design, “titillating” teen nudity, or pretentious lyricism of that movie.  Maybe that’s because middle class values and sexual mores were already being called into question in the 1970’s setting…but also Ang Lee creates a good rhythm here, moving naturally between each set of characters (miserable adults vs. horny teenagers) so that we get a large amount of detail in each scene and yet the plot moves along just so.  Who needs pretty framing devices in this case?

The actors seem amazingly candid — the married couples have such scorn for each other, the teens are so pained with their burden of adolescence — plus the cinematography is impressive.  (Neatly composed silences, almost Ozu-esque, contrast with some truly wacky visuals — such as an extreme close-up of the very slim patch of rear end peaking over a girl’s waistline, followed by a cut back to the face of the boy behind her, transfixed. Yikes!) This is worth watching — though if you object to obscenity I imagine you’ll find it unwatchable.

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The Ice Storm

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I loved the concept of American Beauty. I’ll give this one a stab since I’ve loved Ang Lee’s other works. Good review!

Comment by vergeofexising

Your last line was spot on! I hated this movie, and would happily rate it as Unwatchable.

Comment by William

Bill, yeah I had you in mind when I wrote that! I think it was because of our differing opinions on “You and Me and Everyone We Know,” the Miranda July movie.

Comment by Thomas

You know me so well.

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