In primary school I do recall a boy named Jason who thought that he was head over heels in love with me in Grade Four, well, as head over heels as you can be at that age. He stole his mother's engagement ring and rode his bike across town to our house on Valentine's Day to ask my mum and dad if he could marry me, holding out the ring and pledging his undying love. I remember thinking that it was the best thing that had ever happened to me, mostly because I really had very little knowledge about Jason's undying love before this moment and because I had always thought that he resembled Mickey Mouse and therefore at ten years of age, he was adorable.
Anyway, mum quickly sent him home to return his mother's ring, and I went to school the next day expecting him to proclaim his love again to me in the school yard where I would of course, agree to marry him, and that would be that. Unfortunately, Jason didn't ever come near me again, making me extremely suspicious about what my mother had actually said to him, or if he had in fact just ridden around town all night with that ring trying to get any girl in town to marry him. I will never know, but I still remember the event with fondness because at the time it seemed hopelessly romantic to me and inconceivable that some boy would adore me so much that he would steal his mothers ring in an attempt to get me.
I still wonder what became of Jason, I wonder if he ever found his one true love, his perfect Valentine? He was, after all, the closest that I ever came to having real Valentine's Day experience, and for that reason I know that I will never forget him....I wonder if he still looks like Mickey Mouse?
Release Date: 2010
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 112 mins
Named after the Tom Waits album and written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine is an emotionally charged and deeply intimate look into the relationship milestones of a couple that are trying to navigate the pitfalls and dramatics of their rocky marriage. Michelle Williams was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her incredible performance and Derek Cianfrance won The Most Promising Film Makers Award at The Chicago Film Critics Association Awards in 2010.
Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) meet and fall in love at a young age. When Cindy discovers that she is pregnant to her ex-boyfriend, the hard decisions begin, setting them both up for years of turbulence and difficulty. Their relationship is explored through a series of past and present timelines that depict the high and the lows of their time together.
This is a heartbreaking love story, both the falling in love and the falling apart are really well depicted and at times it is just harrowing to watch. The performances are incredibly solid and deeply convincing, leaving you with the feeling that you have just witnessed something beautiful and completely tragic in every way.
FINAL SAY: Tell me how I should be, just tell me. I'll do it.
4 Chili Peppers