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With the cast that was assembled and the director chosen, one would think that this movie would have been better. Rosie has shown that she can act (Sleepless in Seattle, League of Our Own), Ms. McDowell is amazing with the right script (Crush, Groundhog Day, etc). Anjelica Huston, with her lineage (father John Huston) could have easily brought a better artistic vision to a story that was worth telling. One only have to look at depictions of mentally challenged people to know that this has been done before and with better results. Look at Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Juliet Lewis' performance in The Other Sister. Rosie's performance was delivered with one monotonous note and Andie(though looking interesting with no make-up on) was not convincing as a professional photographer. What were these guys thinking? Was Rosie's Executive Producers' hands gripping the reins too tightly?
This movie is the kind of film that I would normally shy away from because it deals with family and sexuality. Those two subject, in the realm of television, are often treated either in a "Hallmark Hall of fame" way or it is totally dark and nihilistic. Writer/Director Jane Anderson has done a superb job in presenting the many layers of these complex people and their complex lives. Each family member is given their due in the sense that Ms. Anderson gives each of them enough time to show who they are. I think that it was pure genius to cast Jessica Lange as "the wife". From my point of view, her dynamic feminine presence made his choice to become a woman more compelling. Was he measuring his feminism against hers? how could he give up a woman like Ms. Lange? The last words spoken are the core of the film's message. It is worth the wait.
Pigeon and Jones are the emotional hub of this cinematic wheel. The female actors triumph in this English period piece. Mr. Mamet and Mr. Rattigan did an excellent job in their adaptation of the stage play. I enjoyed the story. It was very 'English' in that its passion was both exposed and repressed as the authors saw fit. A volcano rumbling, simmering, until the climax. Jeremy Northam is an exquisite actor. He has shown time and time again that he can handle himself in front of a camera. Ms. Pigeon is by far the best female actor of her age group. For all those out there that think that she gets work because she's married to Mamet should see her in Heist, The Spanish Prisoner and Homicide. the rest of the cast did admirable jobs. I recommend this movie.
I was worried that this re-make would be disappointing because the 1960's Rod Taylor version made such a monumental impression on me as a child. If if wasn't for the immense talent of Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Sienna Guillory and Ms. Mumba, this would have been another CGI-laden piece of pseudo-scifi crap. The love story was brought to the foreground more than it was in the 60's version. The comedy provided by Mr. Jones was much appreciated. Ms. Guillory is beautiful and wholesome unlike most of the young actresses of this era. Ms. Mumba was a breath of fresh air as a woman of color in a major role. She is passionate, beautiful and sincere. I hope to see more of her in the future. The set designer deserves an award. The 'time machine' was an interesting piece of machinery. The time change sequences were believable and exciting. I whole heartedly recommend this film.
I wish Ellen made more movies. The talk show is cool but I think that she's wasting her talent. "Mr. Wrong" is a good case in point. Ellen is totally convincing in her role of a woman disappointed by, and still searching for, love. The casting was brilliant. Hope Davis, Bill Pullman, Joan Plowright, Dean Stockwell and Joan Cusack are an awesome ensemble. The premise of the movie is simple and straightforward enough to be believable but broad enough to allow for any number of crazy things to happen. Her character's job as a talk show producer is brilliant because it allows for cameos of all of Ellen's comic colleagues. It is also an old-fashion comedy in the tradition of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World, and all of the other 60's comedies showcasing stand-up acts like Martin & Lewis, Bob Hope, etc. This movie was a lot of fun and I've seen it quite a few times.
Albert Brooks is funny. He has an interesting and unique way of telling
story with humor, wit and sincerity. He is not afraid of appearing to
be 'un-hip'. Actually that is the charm of most of his work. He has
been compared to Woody Allen but I
think that his work is much more universal. Woody's giant persona gets in the way of his stories whereas Brooks actually becomes a character. He does not
play himself and does not comment of things. He 'plays' characters like a real actor. The Muse is just as brilliant as Defending Your Life and Across America. Andie MacDowell is good when a good script guides her. Sharon Stone was
made for the role of the Muse. Her energy is sexy, ditzy as well as forceful. There are some cameos in this movie that are priceless and lend an air of
authenticity to the side of Hollywood that most people have no access to. I have seen this movie a hundred times and it never fails to make me laugh.
Diane Keaton is brilliant in her ability to be funny and poignant . I
was raised as a Pentacostal and it was a join to see someone not take
religion so seriously without being offensive. She does manipulate the
subject matter a bit but she is not cruel about it. The people she
interviews are honest and quirky. I also
enjoyed seeing the vintage T.V. footage of 50s and 60s Christian faith healers. It was intriguing to see how little things have changed in the world of saving souls from evil. I wish that Ms. Keaton had made other movies in this genre. She
showed herself to be a lot more interesting than Woody Allen in the realm of
Smart script. Cool cast. Awesome vsiual style. Edward Burns is a
smooth, good- looking and honest actor. Rachel Weisz has the best chops
of all the young
female actors in film. She was a perfect mix for Birns. Paul Giamatti is surely going to go down in the history of film as the perfect comic/character actor. He's Tracy Walters' evil twin. I just saw him in Safe Men with Sam Rockwell. He stole the show. Morris Chestnut has finally stepped out of his sugary, sweet romantic comedy mode and done something that's on the level of Denzel Washington's
turn in Devil in a Blue Dress. Morris could easily step into Don Cheadle's shoes with roles like this. Dustin Hoffman was excellent. This role gave him a perfect setting for his intense energy. Luis Guzman was his perfect, weird but talented self. He and Giamatti are in the same league. Good movie on every level. John Carrol Lynch (whom I studied under at the U. of Minnesota) proved once again
how a good actor can disappear into a part. He's in a lot of movies but no one I know can tell me his name. Good Movie on all level.
What's more funny than a couple of lounge singers, Jewish gangsters
Providence and unrequited love. The cast is amazing. Sam rockwell is a genius. Wheter he's in drama (Heist) or comedy(Welcome to Collinwood) he's seems to
enjoy his work and when the actor is having fun the audience will follow suit. Mark Ruffalo, Steve Zahn(totally underrated), Paul Giamatti and the old
schoolers, Michael Lerner and Harvey Fierstein make this one of the best cast films in recent memory. Christina Kirk is sexy and funny and tough. The guy who plays the MC at the Bar Mitzbah is awesome. I laughed my ass off from
beginning to end.
Macy and his partner, Steven Schachter are rolling sevens. They are
making the sappy "Johnson and Johnson presents" genre hip. Usually
are a bunch syrupy-sweet, message-laden, no talent crap but now things have
changed. I kind of wished that the promos had not let on that Macy's character was mute. It would have been even more interesting to wonder why this guy
never spoke instead of being told ahead of time. Keke Palmer proved that child actor don't have to be annoying and Don Rickles and Catherine O'Hara were
awesome in there smallish parts. Ms. O'Hara was excellent in a serious role that had many layers and hardly any time to show all of them. She added the sexy- mature female element the Kathy Baker showed in Macy's other project, Door to Door. Rickles was actually funny without being offensive. Rickles has stood the test of time. William H. Macy is sincere, likable and emotionally and morally complex. Ned Beatty, in the role of Macy's dad, is a solid, consistent actor who never fails to be "real". you can see him in another awesome role in the film, Spring Froward.
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