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A Single Man

(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Single Man
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After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor in Los Angeles struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sd., color ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It’s Southern California circa 1962; the Cuban missile crisis is looming, atomic paranoia is everywhere, and a new generation of adolescent boomers is beginning to feel the first stirrings of dissent. Against this backdrop of fear and upheaval we’re introduced to George Falconer, a tenured English professor who’s finding his life increasingly without meaning several months after the tragic death of Jim, his lover of sixteen years. Despite the demands of academia and the awkward attempts of his best friend Charley, herself an embittered divorcée, to provide some solace George finds the void left by Jim’s passing too immense to overcome. Emptying out his safety deposit box and buying some bullets for his antique handgun George decides to end his pain permanently until a series of chance encounters with a persistent student opens his eyes to a different possibility. Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, Tom Ford’s beautifully executed film is a near perfect blending of art and narrative. Employing long dreamlike takes paired with a score of melancholy strings he manages to evoke not only a keen sense of time and place, but of mind as well; a drunken dinner date with Charley reveals a shared pain while a brief exchange with a young hustler achieves an unexpected intimacy. With extreme close-ups (eyes and lips figure heavily), slow motion passages, and a shifting palette which goes from delicate B&W to radiant colour depending on George’s mindset, Ford imbues the story with a sensuality that is alternately erotic and heartbreakingly poignant. Filled with sadness and longing, but never insulting the audience with self-pitying sermons, the ironically titled A Single Man is the tragic love story that Brokeback Mountain only pretended to be.

Brilliant acting. Loved it.

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Aug 16, 2014
  • paint123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this movie was fantastic. Shot beautifully and just incredibly well done. Very interesting story as well. I definitely enjoyed it

A tale about a man named George (Colin Firth) coping with the days after his longtime boyfriend, Jim (Matthew Goode), dies. The film is not at all action packed - and seems rather boring to many - but it is interesting in its own way. The acting is well done, and props to Julianne Moore on the Brit accent and Nicholas Hoult on the American accent. The story is told through flashbacks and poignant music.These techniques strengthen the slowing of time used within the film to show George's emotional state. The point-of-view shots from George's perspective as he focuses on lips and eyes of other characters also attribute a sense of his state of mind as he tries and cope with his loss. This film captures the day to day moments after a major crisis happens as apposed to the major crisis that most other films portray. Those moments are also hard to deal with and also deserve to be told.

Jun 25, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Well acting was above average but the story wasn't what I expected sorry not into to men

May 06, 2014
  • George Millar rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant acting aside, I didn't like any of the characters in the film.
Some lives are so flaccid that I didn't really care what happened to them.

Mar 15, 2014
  • ncs1961 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found it a compelling story of moving through grief. It portrayed one day in a lonely man's life, but shed light on much more. I am interested to learn more about Christopher Isherwood.

Mar 11, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It is a well-done movie, with superb acting! Expressive, artistic! Do listen to the commentary, worth it! It is a sad movie.. Worth watching!

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Oct 25, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 01, 2012
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 26, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 15, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 02, 2012
  • missy2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Cover intentionally misleads. This is about gay love, and Matthew Goode's face should have been on the cover art, rather than Julianne Moore's.

Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A story that centers on an English professor who, one year after the sudden death of his partner, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960's Los Angeles.

Mar 15, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Based on the same name novel by Christopher Isherwood , this film is a romantic story of love interrupted. The isolation that all of us feel , especially after the loss of a loved one, leads the way to recognizing the importance of the " little things " in life.

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Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Mar 15, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: disturbing images ( auto accident)

Mar 15, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: nudity

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Apr 15, 2012
  • maggiemcmaster rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

George: [whispered] Just get through the goddamn day.

Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

George: The bathroom's just down the hall, if you'd like to take a shower.
Kenny: Aren't you taking a shower too, Sir?
George: Oh, I'm fine, I'm English, we like to be cold and wet.

Mar 15, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty."

"Death is the future."

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