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In the Electric Mist – Starring Tommy Lee Jones

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 January 2012

In the Electric Mist (2009)  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, starring Tommy Lee JonesJohn GoodmanPeter SarsgaardKelly MacdonaldMary Steenburgen and Levon Helm.  In this crime drama, laced with magical realism, set in the bayou and back country of Louisiana, Tommy Lee Jones, portraying an recovering alcoholic, Vietnam veteran, parish police detective, investigates the murder of a young prostitute.  Though the cast is clearly top notch and the potential to be more is there in the portrayals by all of the major actors; unfortunately, their acting seems, somehow, somewhat uninspired.  The failure to really come together could very well be due to the poor screenwriting, based on the novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke, that fails to create much tension or develop characters, and is otherwise equally ineffectual and splintered.  (PR)

See our posts on the films The Company Men, The Fugitive, starring Tommy Lee Jones and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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The Infinities by John Banville

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Infinities (2009)(Novel) By John Banville (The Book of Evidence (1989), The Sea (2005, winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction), and others))  John Banville‘s latest novel, The Infinities, the story of a comatose theoretical mathematician/physicist and his dysfunctional family (alcoholic second wife, fearful and weak son, self-abusing daughter), a daughter-in-law, two visitors (with the silly names of Roddy Wagstaff and Benny Grace), and the gods Hermes (by and large the narrator) and his father, Zeus, is set in a relatively alternative reality, much as our own with the notable exceptions of salt-water being used to run cars, cold fusion energy and the scientific acceptance of infinite universes (hence the novel’s title).  In fact, The Infinities is a look at the mix of the mortal and the divine, the finite and the infinite in the world, loosely based on the myth of Amphitryon (whose wife, Alcmene, who was seduced by Zeus in the guise of her husband).  Though there are many, perhaps excessive, yet wonderful descriptions in The Infinities, one may ask if basing the novel on the myth justifies the overly precious narrative device of the gods’ presence: an excessively witty and somewhat irreverent narration which in the end is so heavy-handed and distracting. The Times, nevertheless, found it “dark, funny and delightful”, according to the book jacket. (PR)

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Sherlock Holmes – Starring Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law, Directed by Guy Ritchie

Posted by the editors on Friday, 16 December 2011

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), RocknRolla (2008)), starring Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin (1992), Zodiac (2007), Iron Man (2008)), Jude Law (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Sleuth (2007)), Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong.  This action-mystery film, Sherlock Holmes, is an unabashedly entertaining take on the Holmes myth, mixing, as it does, some of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Holmes with a contemporary somewhat irreverent, action-oriented take on things.  Though a bit overdone on the villain side, perhaps typically Victorian in its tone,  it’s rather sad, however, that the, equally Victorian, edgy intellectual side of Holmes, that is to say his cocaine addiction and marvelous deductive reasoning, have for all intents and purposes been left out.  On the other hand, it’s a pleasure to see Watson as something other than the rather clumsy, bumbling sort he was portrayed as in many of the earlier films, though, it’s true that, aside from looking quite the sharp dresser and being rather more active, Jude Law, true to himself, brings little more than a superficiality to the role.  Robert Downey Jr.’s  portrayal of Holmes is certainly an update as well with respect to Basil Rathbone‘s rather tight portrayals.  Downey’s Holmes though, aside from lacking the intensity of Conan Doyle’s cocaine-addicted sleuth, perhaps camps it all up a bit too much.  Nevertheless, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes isn’t trying to be Conan Doyle’s Sherlock.  Here, the myth of Sherlock Holmes is used to create an exciting, quick-paced contemporary entertainment, which Ritchie, Downey and Law succeed in doing quite well, in fact.  Though not a must-see, in the sense of profound or important, the mix of Victoriana and contemporary makes Sherlock Holmes something you really are very likely to enjoy. (PR) (Note: The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsis scheduled to be released today, 16 December 2011.)

See our previous posts on the films RocknRolla, directed by Guy Ritchie, with Mark Strong, Eros, with Robert Downey Jr., and the films Repo Men and Closer, with Jude Law.

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Tinkers – Paul Harding – Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2010

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 26 November 2011

Tinkers (2009)(novel) By Paul Harding     Tinkers, Paul Harding’s first novel, and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is about the last days of an old, dying New Englander and the changeable mosaic of his last memories, of himself, his father, a tinker, and the rural and natural world of the past.  And it is in these last, poetic descriptions that Harding’s strength is brought to the fore: snow, light, ice on the limbs of trees, water, wood.  Though at times Harding pushes the poetic envelope a bit too far, Tinkers is quite a wonderful novel, about all that passes in memory, in drifts, swirls and eddies, in the time between tick and one’s last tock. (PR)

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Heliopolis

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 20 November 2011

Heliopolis (2009)(Novel)  by James Scudamore (Amnesia Clinic (2007))    Heliopolis, firstly, is not a science fiction or fantasy novel; in fact, the novel is named after one of the favelas in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and is the story of one young paulistano‘s adventures through contemporary Sao Paolo’s exotic cuisine, dense pollution, denser traffic, and extremes of urban poverty and wealth in his search for identity.  Scudamore has a deft touch for sensory description, be it food or environment, that is a pleasure to read.  Yet Heliopolis, his second novel, and long-listed for the 2009 Booker Prize, seems wanting: though the characters are interesting, their relationships are inadequatelydeveloped and the plot seems shallow and too “neatly” treated. (PR)

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