With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…
Where the Truth Lies
K. O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.
Stylish film noir with lots of twists and lots of beautiful naked women until the resolution. The murder is always the... well, it's the cliché.
I like trashy low-budget fifties-revival murder mysteries, which are by default ready for Midnites for Maniacs as soon as they are released. A little Vaseline on the lens, some rural airports, nice. Nah, ain't quite Vertigo.
And Egoyan uses some choice locations, like Pierre Koenig's Stahl House, which of course you have to shoot in a night scene, and he does.
Egoyan (or Holmes) get in some interesting bits about anti-Semitism in keeping with his interest in minorities.
Interesting 60s songs (including Mahavishnu Orchestra) make up the nostalgic soundtrack. Weird choice of "White Rabbit" for a children's hospital benefit.
Alison Lohman is pretty lightweight for her role, but I guess her character is supposed to be a naive reporter if there could be such a person.
Four lobsters and the greatest facking grape fruit you've eva had
I am not the biggest Atom Egoyan fan, I am not sure he has even made one good film in his career, but there is something about his filmmaking that keeps bringing me back. This is probably one of his most enjoyable works, a Hitchcockian erotic thriller with two really good performances from Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon, playing Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin style 1950s performers, who get tied up in a murder, the film flits back and forth between the 50s and 70s, where a young female journalist (the woeful Alison Lohman) investigates the death for a book. It wants to be Hitchcock, but to be fair it is at best low-rent De Palma. Yet, because of Firth and Bacon it is more than worth a watch.
Dt. Titel: Wahre Lügen
After the brilliance of such films as Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan really missed the mark here. The mystery is intriguing, but the pace is way off in establishing a thread of suspense that holds up for two hours. Bacon is probably the movie's biggest asset in his portrayal of a shady showbiz playboy, but Lohman is rather weak in carrying the heavy burden of a role which essentially serves as the audience's eyes and ears in uncovering the truth behind the cover-up. The production design is beautiful, and Egoyan is still a natural talent behind the camera (the use of soft focus in showing Bacon's enumeration of events was a nice stylish touch), but I can only give…
This film was a bit unexpected - I knew a little about the plot but hadn't realised that the majority of the film revolved heavily around a female journalist. Karen O'Connor is an interesting lead character and played well by Alison Lohman. Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth are both very adept actors in this and certainly put their all into the performance. The chemistry - and tension - between them is very believable but I honestly wouldn't expect any less from these two.
I suppose there is room for criticism that the plot is too convoluted and in the end it is very repetitive. However, this is a really interesting depiction of an investigation over a large time period -…
With the possible exception of Chloe, this is Atom Egoyan's most opulent film, fitting since it concerns the fictional duo of Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth), comedians in the Abbott & Costello or Martin & Lewis mold but leaning more towards the latter. in the 50s they were kind of a big deal - the zany Lanny playing off straight man Vince - known for movies, performing as a premium night club act, and, most notably, hosting an annual polio telethon that was arguably their greatest triumph.
It's at this telethon in 1957 where Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman) first met the pair, herself a young polio survivor, providing them with a one-of-a-kind photo op in which Lanny, tears…
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