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by Tony Medley
Adventureland (10/10): Everything about this movie surprised me,
from the perceptive script and sensitive, intelligent directing of Greg
Mottola, to the acting by the entire cast. While Jesse Eisenberg, the
leading man gives a diverting performance as the virginal, disingenuous
protagonist, the person who stole the movie for me was Kristen Stewart,
the girl who captures his heart.
It is her sensitive, tantalizing performance that makes this film
Whatever you thought of Mike Tyson, this eye-opening film shows him with
all his warts, and tries to explain them. Producer-director James Toback,
who used Tyson as an actor in three of his films, got him to tell his
story in his own words. Using steadicams, he made a Hi-Def shoot during
a week of intense complexity. Then followed eight months of research and
editing. The result is a fascinating autobiography using Tyson’s
contemporary interviews in front of Toback’s cameras, combined with
archival films of his past interviews and fights, often brutal. There
are no competing voices in this film, and it doesn’t seem as if any are
needed because Tyson is disarmingly honest about his failings.
(5/10): This is a classic example of a film that should have been
subjected to a detailed preview process, one in which the producer
should have paid attention to the comments of the viewers. For 100
minutes, it is a rip-snorting, tense, interesting film. Then, because of
an unsatisfying ending, it completely falls apart.
State of Play
(5/10): Almost a duplicate of “Knowing.” This fast paced,
attention-holding film with music by Alex Heffes and cinematography by
Rodrigo Pietro that heighten the tension created by director Kevin
MacDonald, and a typically great performance by Russell Crowe, falls
apart with an ending that should have been played under Peggy Lee
singing Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “Is That All There Is?” The
enormous talent of Rachel McAdams is wasted in a role that requires her
to stretch from A to A minus, but Helen Mirren sparkles.
36 (2/10): This does not capture 1936 Paris
(the film was shot in Czechoslovakia),
although that’s what was intended. You have the feeling you are watching
characters in a fantasy location, which is exactly what you are doing.
One of the wonderful things about “Casablanca” (1942) was that, despite
the hokey titles, which are almost comical today, you really feel as if
you were in the real city of Casablanca, even though what Warner Bros.
presented was as far from the real Casablanca
as New York City is from
Ponca City. It doesn’t have to be accurate to
seem realistic. What Director-writer Christophe Barratier presents is a
set so phony that it robs the film of the ambience it advertises in its
title. In addition, unfortunately, both the characters and plot lack
Il Divo (2/10): Maybe if you
are a fan of Italian politics this slow, boring, convoluted biopic of
seven-time Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (Toni Servillo) and his
alleged Mafia ties, loaded with ECUs, might be fascinating, but I doubt
Report (0/10): Where does integrity fit into creative arts? Smut
sells. So does that mean that smut is OK, so long as it makes money? Or
should a major studio have some obligation to art and society to publish
material with at least an iota of serious value? This movie is an
obscenity, loaded with F bombs, full frontal male nudity, extremely low
moral tone and a story line that would seem stupid to a nitwit.