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“Enough Said  is a romantic comedy and the music is a much smaller instrumentation and the core of the music is piano, guitar, and a little percussion,” states Marcelo Zarvos (Brooklyn's Finest). “We had some orchestral pieces later in the film for some emotional moments that happen.” It was important for musical score not to be overpowering. “The dialogue is fantastic and you have amazing actors who are delivering those lines.” The Brazilian composer notes, “You’re laughing at the characters because they exist; that’s my favourite type of comedy to work on because I feel that the music doesn’t have to be pandering for laughs. It’s more accentuating and pointing out that this is a »
“When I was really young I remember watching The Sting  and I loved that music,” recalls Marcelo Zarvos. “It was one of those things which made me want to play the piano.” The instrument would play a major part in obsession which would become a career for the aspiring musician. “When I was a kid I played rock ’n’ roll in bands. I left Brazil when I was 18 years old. I used to write the music for the band and eventually I became interested in film.” The native of São Paulo was fascinated by the effectiveness of the musical scores featured in The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), The Mission (1986) and Blade Runner (1982). “There was a new wave of Brazilian movies that was very good and interesting »
★★★☆☆ There was always going to be a tinge of sadness felt for the final on-screen performance of James Gandolfini, who passed away earlier this year. Some may even allow this melancholy to taint their view of Nicole Holofcener's indie rom-com Enough Said (2013). The passing of Gandolfini aside, Holofcener has assembled an impressive cast, including the talents of Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and a sadly underused Toni Collette. Steering clear of the saccharine tropes typical of the genre, the film examines the love affair between middle-aged masseuse Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) and Gandolfini's Albert.
Both characters have typically dysfunctional relationships with their children, who are both set to fly the nest for their first semester at college. But wait for the twist: Eva's new client turns out to be Albert's ex-wife (Keener), and rather than tell either, she decides to collect information from the one-time-wife of Albert so that she »
- CineVue UK
The feeling of time slipping away hangs over the duration of Enough Said for a number of reasons, including those pertaining to the film itself, and those external to the world of Nicole Holofcener’s latest, and perhaps best, work. The most apparent of these going into the movie is the sad passing of the great James Gandolfini, a figure who looms as large on the screen as he does in television history for his iconic portrayal of Tony Soprano. His posthumous presence in the film unavoidably puts the thought of time passing and his passing away in the back of the minds of probably most people seeing this film (it was the topic of the first question posed to Holofcener at the screening I went to). This informs our experience of the movie, and I think it makes it work even better on emotional and thematic levels.
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- Darren Ruecker
For good and for ill, the spirit of Woody Allen continues to loom large over the films of Nicole Holofcener: Her fifth feature, “Enough Said,” could have borne the less elegant title of “Ex-Husbands and Ex-Wives.” Principally concerned with the pleasures, pitfalls and unreasonable expectations that can accompany romance after marriage, this enjoyably meandering ensemble comedy sets up a small Los Angeles-based constellation of characters around Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a divorced mom warily embracing an unexpected second shot at love. If Holofcener’s recognizable style of barbed yet compassionate emotional probing is showing some mild signs of mainstream blandification, the presence of a wonderful James Gandolfini in one of his final screen performances represents a huge plus that could draw more eyes than usual to this Sept. 20 Fox Searchlight release.
- Justin Chang
Although Showtime vaulted into rarefied air with its Emmy win for “Homeland,” the channel continues to offer a spate of shows that clearly have admirers and boast billboard-worthy stars but amount to utility players, failing to reach cable’s elite tier. Two of those, “Nurse Jackie” and “The Borgias,” return April 14, while “The Big C” has been granted the TV equivalent of a dignified death, with four hourlong episodes to conclude the series. A new showrunner hasn’t changed “Jackie” — worth recommending for Edie Falco and not much else — while “Borgias” proves that even papal intrigue and debauchery can grow tiresome.
So if there’s one worth discussing, it’s “The Big C: hereafter” — not because it works, but because the ways in which these episodes fall short illuminate how a promising premise can go wrong, squandering a provocative idea. Even so, credit Showtime with committing to this limited run, »
- Brian Lowry
6 items from 2013
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