The acting and cinematography (particularly the film's vibrant color) help balance out a rather long and drawn out story (using years as chapters makes it seem even more interminable when you know you want to get to 2011...when you start at 2008). Still, the movie is beautiful to look at and director Mira Nair occasionally gets to the heart of what slum life is really like, but the main reason to see it are the astonishing performances: Lupita N'yongo and…
Other People is one of the simplest, yet most profound, films of the year. Molly Shannon is devastatingly honest and funny in this dramedy about a mother dying of cancer and her last months with her family. Jesse Plemons plays her gay son, an aspiring writer living in NYC who returns to be with his mother and homophobic father, played by Bradley Whitford. The story by Chris Kelly is heartfelt and hysterical in qual measure, so bring tissues and prepare to laugh at this intimate look at family and loss.
Some thoughts on Marlon Brando:
Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire is the epitome of raw talent. His layered and violently visceral performance of Stanley Kowalski is one for the ages as he swaggers and stumbles his way through the film. He goes toe to toe with Vivian Leigh and Kim Hunter and it's impossible to look away as he swings from charisma to rage to regret and back again. It's no wonder that everyone in Hollywood stood up…
Some thoughts on Quentin Tarantino:
This movie took me by surprise and Tarantino hadn't done that, for me, since Pulp Fiction. I can distinctly remember the feeling of awe and glee I felt in the theater when I realized he was actually going to kill Hitler. For some reason I didn't think he was going to re-write history, so when he did I had a genuine gut reaction to it and I loved it! And of course I've re-watched it…