The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.
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Bohemianism and marriage are both for life in this alternately rueful and whimsical documentary about expat Japanese artist couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
It's a touching film and a fascinating glimpse into one of those couples you can't quite believe are still together.
A painful, powerful portrait of the struggle and sacrifice required to create, and the cost that it can demand.
The story of an extraordinary marriage between two people bound together by their artistic impulse.
A lively double portrait of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Brooklyn-based artists who, after 40 years of marriage, are still creating side by side, and tormenting each other.
More than anything, the film expresses - at an almost subconscious level - the difficulties of discerning not only what real art is, but also what true love is all about.
[An] exceptionally authentic and warm portrait of love and creativity amid the impoverished end of the New York art scene.
Heinzerling chooses to focus on the couple and their art, but it unfolds too slowly and at times it feels like the film has a lack of focus, altering between showing us their art creations and their rocky relationship without a balance.
Charming, funny with a particular fondness that is moving to watch, it is not to be missed.
Cutie and the Boxer is an often quiet, almost fragile piece of cinema that presents us with a spiky and unglamorous relationship, still full of love. It's a beautiful and humane documentary.
An unexpected but fully welcome treat. It's a great look at how both relationships and the creative instinct evolve over a long time.
[Heinzerling's] languorous explorations of the couple's chaotic home find the details of their sexual and intellectual intimacy in the debris of their relationship, the collected treasures and half finished, discarded fragments of ideas.
This complex portrayal follows Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a pair of artists living in New York and trying to make a living amongst their cultural history and likeminded approach to artistic expression. Ushio's work is culturally significant, to the point where he could be featured by the Guggenheim, and has retrospectives that are already thirty years old. In comparison is the couple's present, marked by an inability to pay their rent and keep their son sober. With a history of abuse and alcoholism their past is patterned with dispute, and yet they love each other despite these troubles. Noriko's work shows their history and her pain in such vivid detail, that it's featured in a gallery. This film is complex because their art almost always seeps into their personal lives, and much of their troubles stem from feeling inadequate and depressed. This film is beyond beautiful, thanks to stunning, beatific cinematography. It's edited with extreme care, pairing together animation, found footage, and new footage of the couple, obviously in love and yet apologetic of their past. This film not only examines the artwork of a lost genius, but a love that has withstood constant controversy.
What first seems like a simple documentary turns out to be a complex and deeply sad portrait of an old couple of artists whose creative force derives from their many differences and conflicts together, with their art revealing a lot about their resentment and unhappiness.
This film is so well-made that it hardly even feels like a documentary. This couple acts as if the camera is not even following them around. Following the life of two struggling artists who are a questionable couple from the beginning, is one of the strongest romances I have seen in a really long time. I know it is a documentary so the emotions are genuine, but that makes no difference to me, because watching two people with this much devotion, hatred, and love for their passions and each other was breathtaking. This picture gave me a whole new perspective on life. I highly recommend this film to any aspiring artists of any sort. Whether it be paintings, drawings, filmmaking, etc. "Cutie and the Boxer" is brilliant in it's show-don't-tell aspect. Portions of the film is told through her drawings and old footage of their lives has been archived into this film. I loved every second of this film. One of the best of 2013!
Opening with the striking image of an 80 year old Asian man putting on comically large boxing gloves, dipping them into black paint and proceeding to aggressively pummel a white canvas, which stands twice his size, it would be easy to say this is a doc which contains some imagery that commands attention. But more so, "Cutie and the Boxer" contains more intriguing nuances within its character analysis. Especially during the latter portions, where Heinzerling focuses more on Noriko and her hand drawn animations; animations which star a quite liberated female character, who goes by the name "Cutie". During this section of the film "Cutie and the Boxer" takes its purest and most developed form, as these character's true motivations become transparent.
Read the rest of my review at: http://www.examiner.com/review/cutie-and-the-boxer-doubtful-anyone-will-read-this-review
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