Kind of lame to be entering this thread after it is so old and the comments I'm responding to are so old, but here goes anyway:
Originally Posted by Josh Z
Really, I'm referring to movies that are all about the characters, and only about the characters
. No mystery thrillers, no action or explosions, no (or minimal) attention-calling CGI, no shocking plot twists. Movies that serve to depict a "slice of life" or present a portrait of a person that really digs into their soul. Recently, films like Half Nelson or You Can Count on Me
I am so glad to see You Can Count on Me
mentioned at AVS. Thanks, Josh. It is one of my favorite films, but I haven't been able to get anyone close to me to sit though it or enjoy it. I especially like the scenes with just Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo (the first film in which I noticed him and his talent) in which they just talk, and sometimes the moments of silence shared between them more than the dialog can. It's a very smart, insightful film, and it's great that Matthew Broderick has a small, but very funny and understated role in it too. Unfortunately, this kind of thing doesn't appeal to a broad demographic. I'm very happy that some independent filmmakers get to do projects like this one. You can count on me to appreciate them when I get a chance to see films like this.
Originally Posted by MatteoMS
So many critics loved it and I wanted to claw off my face.
Wow. I was so captivated by Atonement
the first time I saw it, I watched it again every night for about a week after that. I've seen it about 12 times now, and I love it more each time. It's a masterpiece, and I consider James McAvoy's performance in it to be one of the finest examples of British understatement ever captured on film. His performance is pitch perfect.
Even if you do not enjoy the tragic story, Joe Wright put together what may be the single greatest tracking shot on film in the scene at Dunkirk. Also, from many of the shots and scenes, it's clear Wright is a fan of David Lean's style of cinematography, and I consider that high praise.
I'm sorry some people find brilliant, truly epic cinematic films boring. To me, this will always be a masterpiece of English film making at its finest.