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Spring Forward (1999)
wonderful display of writing and naturalist acting
Walked passed the TV playing this movie and was stopped in my tracks by the wonderful writing and natural acting of Ned Beatty and Avery Shreiber. It's a story about working class people working thru their problems that is brought to life by the acting. There is a small role for Peri Gilpin (she's on Fraiser) that is just tone perfect. When you see a movie like this you wonder why more don't get made. Certainly worth a look if you don't need a car crash every few minutes to hold your interest.
The Winslow Boy (1999)
Very English, very Mamet, very good
In movies I really like, the quality they all possess is believable characters; they make me care about what happens to them. I think this movie clears that hurdle. Mamet's signature direction and dialogue are brought to life by a wonderful ensemble of actors. The plot is an interesting vehicle showing how an English family reacted when something bad happened to them and gives insight into a period when things were changing in English society. Changes that would lead to be tectonic shifts in British life like women's suffrage and a questioning of the government's infallibility.
I gave it an 8