Quick Shots of some recent rentals:
The Winslow Boy
: Good story and solid acting made this an enjoyable rental. This was the first time I have actually liked Rebecca Pidgeon in her role. Usually her glib delivery grates on me, but she softened it a bit here and it worked for her early-20th century British activist. I was surprised that the attraction between her and Northam was so muted and simply let you know that they would be together eventually, but you simply don't just jump into relationships. Mamet continues to direct good films, even if all of them are rather slight.
: This film seemed pretty ridiculous from beginning to end. The writers should have spent more time and effort adapting the story to a modern setting. It seemed like it could have been deeply dramatic without seeming grossly ridiculous. It just wasn't a good idea to shove such a square Shakespearean peg into the round hole of modern teens. The violence throughout the movie was just out of place and silly.
: I was kind of disappointed with my second viewing of this film. I still think it is the fourth or fifth most interesting film of last year, however the repeat screening didn't reveal anything spectacularly new. Basically, I caught it all the first time. Despite all the endless discussion of the film on the internet, it really isn't all that complex. I only wish that Lynch had done a commentary track on the DVD. I have heard rumors that he "doesn't believe in them" and if that is true my response is "get over it" but que sera... I would love to know how he planned on shaping a series out of what seems like a rather self contained work, but then again I doubt that he ever intended on making a series.
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