It's like the Lifetime version of Ben Affleck's Live By Night, with Tom Hardy giving the worst performance of his career as a dementia-stricken crime boss, fitting for the contemporary political age, as we witness the sundowning of a once-powerful man. But sadly, this just runs out of ideas quicker than the final skit of SNL to the point director Josh Trank literally decides to have Hardy shit his pants to end a scene. Tom makes Travolta’s performance in Gotti look like Vito Corleone.
Alain Resnais’s ingenuity as a filmmaker is on full display in his adaptation of one of the British theater’s most complex and rewarding works, Intimate Exchanges. A theatrical octet written between 1982 and 1983 by prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the work is comprised of 31 scenes with over 16 hours of dialogue; it involves 10 characters who are all played by one of two actors, and is divided into eight stories, all of which spin off from the same opening…