depths that Charlize Theron accomplishes in the powerful, brilliantly
performed film". An Oscar nod, for sure, to say the least. This is a
performance for the ages. If you respect film acting and the brilliance
it can behold, this is a must see film. Patty Jenkins does magnificently
to not get in her actors way, to let them inhabit their characters
without the use of flashy camera tricks, or showy first time 'I'm Here!'
directorial flashes. Wonderfully written, this is a 'rough tough, take
no prisoners' film, that is not for all sensibilities. However, if
you're an adventurer and you want to have your cinematic world 'rocked',
see Monster. It is utterly unforgettable. Charlize, as Dustin also said,
'I apologize for not seeing this sooner...' but how could anyone know?
This is a great lesson to never pigeon-hole an actor. God Bless Ferne
Cassel for the most staggering job of casting of the decade. If there
were Oscars for that branch, she deserves five for believing and
delivering... and Charlize, you owe her two for staying on your agent so
you got to see this moment of your life, and to the brilliant Patty
Jenkins for delivering such an electrifying film. Wow!.........
The lead review you have on the site -- Straight To TV Land -- is
outdated and misleading; the film has an entirely new ending that is not
relevant to these comments. The film was also significantly re-edited
since the test screening that this review relates to. Just read the
other comments on the site and you will see. Please, let this review sit
at the end where it belongs as it is about a movie that is no longer the
movie this gentleman is writing about.
Dan Ireland, Director, Passionada .......
-- it's a real winner. From it's sexy and provocative style, to its
pulsating score, this is a film made with real commitment and passion.
Chain of Desire is life and love on the steamy streets of New York, told
through couples who lead us to other couples. It's a modern day La
Ronde, but it never feels like a rip off -- it's original, romantic and
downright hot. Linda Fiorntino is, for once in her career, vulnerable
and sympathetic. Director Lopez has drawn beautifully nuanced
performances from all his cast. And what a cast! Some of the freshest
faces, that even 10 years later hold up. Anyone that has ever spent a
hot summer night in New York will love this film. It's a love letter to
the city that never sleeps, but more importantly, it's a testament to
the spirit and permissivness of late 80's and the people who survived
it. A beautiful, sexy and haunting film that I saw at least five times
in a theatre. Everyone I dragged to it loved it as much as I did. A
sensual masterpiece. ....
that in brings, Two for the Road also boasts the best film of Audrey
Hepburn's brilliant career -- and certainly the best of Stanley Donen's.
Even by todays standards, the film hold its own and surpasses the
superficial garbage Hollywood cranks out on a daily basis. Maybe Matthew
MacConnaughey, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts,
Ashton Kucher, Brittney Murphy, Nia Vardolos, John Corbett, and all the
directors that try this genre... Adam Shankman, in particular should be
tied to a chair and forced to watch this film. But, maybe, that's a bad
idea because from what they turn out, they wouldn't get it anyway.
They'd probably find it too dated.
This film has more soul in one frame than anything these artists will
churn out in their lifetimes. Hopefully 20th Century Fox will release
this on DVD for the world to see and experience with the wonder of
digital restoration and stereo sound. The score by Henry Mancini is one
of his best. For the true romantics, this film is a must. ......