Saturday, June 03, 2017

sex, lies and videotape

I thoroughly enjoy the podcast Movie BS with Bayer and Snyder on a weekly basis. When they chose sex, lies and videotape for their first Monthly Movie assignment, I was happy to find it in my personal library. Betrayal and revenge come in the forms of adultery, exhibitionism and voyeurism. A cool erotic drama I'm glad to revisit. I'll be interested to hear Eric and Jeff discuss it in July.

The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

The work of Al Hirschfeld has been a visual history of theater for decades. In The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story we learn the history and road of his art and his life.The wealth of drawings and stories in this film makes for a fabulous documentary for any theater fan. Well done. If you rent the DVD watch the bonus features.

The Lovers

A couple dealing with unfulfilling jobs, empty nest syndrome and boredom are both carrying on affairs outside of their marriage In The Lovers, these two unlikable people lie to each other and then begin lying to their lovers. The pace is pensive and there is little dialog. An interesting film, but the characters have few redeeming qualities.

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Comedian

Playing an unlikable character, Robert Di Nero is effective as an insult comedian in his later years. In The Comedian, his character battles the popularity of an obnoxious character in almost every encounter with the public. He meets a woman with her own issues and they develop a relationship. Family and friends both play a part in the growth and demise of their relationship. I liked their chemistry and the ending was as it should be. A good rental.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

I Am Heath Ledger

A documentary of an actor's rise is always interesting, but never more-so than when the actor himself films and tells his own story. Nine years after his untimely death, I Am Heath Ledger does just that. Ledger's own footage and the words of friends, family and colleagues tell this talented man's much too short life story. Excellent film.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation on Broadway

Many years ago I enjoyed the film Six Degrees of Separation. The thriller with a sense of humor is creative and well done with a great twist. Decades later, a revival of the play comes to Broadway with a stellar cast. I was lucky enough to be in NY during the run and got tickets from TKTS. We were treated to a creative presentation and outstanding performances, especially the leads, Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins and John Benjamin Hickey. I went back and watched the film later and the performances in the play were so much better. An interesting piece that I'm so glad I got to see live.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cameraperson

Presented as a video memoir, Cameraperson is a tour around the world through clips from the works of Kirsten Johnson.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Life as a Zucchini

Stop action animation is the media for the film My Life as a Zucchini. As gorgeous as the animation is, the story is the real star of this film. The subject matter is for older children (PG-13 rating makes sense). There are references to sex, alcoholism, drugs and prison.

Friday, May 19, 2017

I Am Michael

The story of Michael Glatze is told in the film I Am Michael . A gay man finds religion and goes straight. There is drama, there is conflict, there is frustration. The most refreshing scenes are with Zachary Quinto, whose performance grounded the characters and story.