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Scorecard: Debuts by Actors as Directors Not everyone gets it right on the first try. by Chason Gordon With the upcoming release of Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, we decided to take a look at other actors and their directorial debuts. Did they overreach, or chafe their colleagues with hitherto-unrecognized talents? Let’s see. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind — George Clooney 7/10 In Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Clooney takes the story of Chuck Barris about as seriously as anyone could. Every scene is wonderfully over-the top, including the requisite moment when a table is cleared before sex. As Barris, Sam Rockwell adds an anxious charm that makes the character of a game show host/CIA hitman believable, if only for moments at a time. Albino Alligator — Kevin Spacey 3/10 Albino Alligator is an incredibly dry film about a hostage crisis, so much so that even [...] »
- Chason Gordon
For many, mention the name Darwin and images of evolution are conjured. While Charles Darwin Herbert Spencer is the origin of the term “survival of the fittest,” which carries a coincidental resonance, he has nothing to do with director Nick Brandestini’s film Darwin, a film about a small, isolated town that sits at the end of a worn out road in the middle of Death Valley.
Population 35, no children, no true government of any form, Darwin is the decaying remnants of a town more than 150 years old. Once inhabited by miners, prostitutes and outlaws at varying staged of its turbulent past, Darwin now is the unlikely home for a handful of intriguing characters, all of them real, each of them with their own story. Together, the lives captured on film create one of the most compelling documentaries I’ve seen in years.
The residents of Darwin somehow find ways to coexist and survive, »
- Travis Keune
2 items from 2011
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