The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
The Brothers McMullen writer-director-star Edward Burns returns to the family well once again with this warm, acutely observed story about an expansive Irish clan’s fraught yuletide when the long-absent patriarch declares his intention to come home for the holidays.
I came across both The Brothers McMullen and She's the One toward the tail end of the 90's, I would say when I was around 15 years old. They were Edward Burns' first two efforts as a writer/director, and I was immediately affected by the equal attention he gave to his entire ensemble of actors. I was in love with both of those films at the time, and watched them almost religiously a few times per year. Watching them again recently, I had a nice nostalgic feeling from my more naive days as a budding cinema appreciator, but I also was sad to find that I didn't like the films as much as I used to.
Still, I have never…
Latest Edward Burns film is basically perfect, as densely interwoven ensemble dramas go. One of 2012's best.
Achingly lovely, so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful...
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Its hard for a Drama to trip my trigger but this was great. I really enjoyed it and where it went and how it ended. This was a really good movie.
It's an Edward Burns movie: tiny budget, ensemble cast, downbeat and somber. Also, Christmas!
Ed Burns indie movie remake of "The Family Stone." The movie is involving and for having a huge cast of characters never feels like it shortchanges any of them. The film is your average, lightweight, Family Christmas movie but it is actually more worthwhile to watch then any Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas themed story. It is also one of Edward Burns' best directed movies.
Saved from being truly awful by a couple of good performances and some interesting cinematography using the Red digitial camera. However, generally speaking this is a amateurish and rather plain film. And the strong language somehow stops it feeling very heart-warming.
Edward Burns' tale of a dysfunctional family trying to decide how to reunite for Christmas is full of a lot of really nice moments, and does a very nice job of telling a lot of small stories in a way where they organically seem to come from the same place. In the end, though, the pieces are a lot more powerful than the sum...there are a lot of decisions made that do not seem justified and a use of Christmas carols that try to push the emotions a little too much.
featuring the kind of low-stakes, humanistic drama that writer/director ed burns is known for, "TFF xmas" blends together the lives of a queens family who are trying to reunite in order to reconcile with their dying, deadbeat father at christmas.
the performances are relaxed and familiar, thanks to the mostly improvised script and the talent of the players. shot guerrilla-style and on location, burns squeezes every ounce of value from his budget.
TFF xmas is a complex, modest drama that manages to avoid the treacle of most holiday themed films.
Appears to have been made with a basic premise and an ending in mind, and not much else. Even taking into account the likelihood that much of this was improvised this is a poor effort from Ed Burns, yet another indie drama inspired by a cinematic hero (Cassavetes gets the nod over Woody this time around) that only distinguishes itself by being about working class Irish-Catholics instead of working class Italians. I mean, it's watchable I suppose since figuring out where he's going with this mess takes up most of the running time, but it's less about being confused by the plot - which is extremely simple - than what it is he's trying to say with the Fitzgerald family…
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My appreation for this film continues to grow. Ed Burns paints an accurate depiction of family, while conveying its themes like forgiveness and moving on. Not to mention, Burns' balancing all of these character and subplots is sublime work by him, he is more than just the poor man's Woody Allen.
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