The Ice Storm (1997)
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as Ben Hood
as Jane Carver
as Elena Hood
as Jim Carver
as Wendy Hood
as Mikey Carver
as Sandy Carver
as Paul Hood
as Libbets Casey
as George Clair
as Francis Davenport
as Philip Edwards
as Neil Conrad
as Dot Halford
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Nothing less than one of the year's best pictures, a portrait of wealthy Connecticut suburbanites in the 1970s whose lives have no emotional or spiritual rudder.
The Ice Storm captures this place, this season, this garish and confused moment in history, with surgical precision...It's Lee's sympathetic detachment that gives the movie its paradoxical power.
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page.
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It was hard to feel anything about any of the characters in this story. They were all encased in, well, in ice and maybe that's the point. But I wanted to FEEL a little of that quiet desperation. Then again, maybe the point was NOT to feel. Anyway, I'm glad we're not living in 1973 anyway. Key parties? Really? Looks like a total drag.This is what happens when people who have too much of a.) disposable income and b) time on their hands. Part of DVD binge my husband and I did in the famous unrelenting winter of 2014.
Ang Lee's subtle and sedate look at two families in 1973 Connecticut suburbia has a lot of lives of quiet desperation, longing, yearning ... for what? Nobody knows. The television in the background suggests that its out there. What? Where? Nobody knows.
Though I really dig the whole postapocalyptic end-of-the-world, freak of nature weather stuff, it was just too sapped of genuine emotion for me to care about this much.
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