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Spider – Directed by David Cronenberg, Starring Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson & Gabriel Byrne

Posted by the editors on Friday, 13 January 2012

Spider (2002) Directed by David Cronenberg (Crash (1996), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007)), starring Ralph Fiennes (Sunshine (1999), The Constant Gardener (2005), The Hurt Locker (2009)), Miranda Richardson (Damage (1992), The Hours (2001))and Gabriel Byrne (Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Usual Suspects (1995), The End of Violence (1997)).  Spider, a psychological drama, superbly directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Patrick McGrath, based on his own eponymous novel, and brimming with excellent acting on the part of the entire cast, but especially on the part of Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson, is, frankly, brutally bleak.  The film follows the attempted social re-insertion of Dennis “Spider” Cleg, a patient recently released from a mental institution, where he has spent the last 20 years, since the age of about 12.  Twisting marvelously and very grimly through the maze of schizophrenic realities and delusion, Spider is, in fact, a murder mystery.  Or is it?  Exceptional acting, inspired directing, powerful cinematography and story, Spider is harsh, very harsh, and a difficult must-see.  But must-see, it is. (PR) (Note: there are no spiders in the film.)

See our posts on the film Sunshine starring Ralph Fiennes and Miller’s Crossing written and directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne.

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The Indian Runner – Directed by Sean Penn, starring Viggo Mortensen & David Morse

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Indian Runner (1991)  Written and directed by Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking (1995), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), I Am Sam (2001), Mystic River (2003), Milk (2008), and, as director The Pledge (2001), Into the Wild (2007)), starring Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence (2005), Good, (2008), The Road (2009)), and David Morse (The Crossing Guard (1995), The Hurt Locker (2009)), with Valeria Golino, Patricia Arquette, Charles Bronson, Dennis Hopper, Benicio del Toro and Sandy Dennis.   Based on the Bruce Springsteen song, Highway Patrolman, The Indian Runner, a drama of family, brothers and their two different ways of being in the world, is Sean Penn’s first film as a director, and though not perfect, it is a moving, successful first effort.  David Morse  is very good as Joe, the older brother, solid, kind, sadly yearning for days gone by, his childhood and the family farm lost in foreclosure, and Viggo Mortensen, as Frankie, a Vietnam veteran, and in trouble all his life, a psychologically troubled bad-boy, capable of explosions of violence, and equally menacing calm, a sort of  lost outlaw, is honestly excellent.  The rest of the impressive cast, quite a feat for a relatively low-budget first film and a testimony to the seriously talented Penn, is, if somewhat unexpected, also very good: an exceptional and subtle Charles Bronson and Sandy Dennis in her last cinema appearance, are Joe and Frankie’s parents, dazed and adrift, sad and beaten by life; Dennis Hopper, as a trashy, edgy bar-tender is spot on; Benicio del Toro is great in a very brief cameo as a charming, funny, even silly Mexican who supplies Joe’s wife, played by an amusing and energetic Valeria Golino, with marijuana; and Patricia Arquette, as Frankie’s love interest, is annoyingly, sadly, childlike with her pale skin and short blond hair, and an ideal foil to Mortensen’s dark and menacing Frankie.  The Indian Runner is a thoughtful, atypical film, with complex characters, a fascinating examination of two very different, but loving, brothers, and despite a few weaker moments, the very fine acting, inspired writing and directing, and any number of very strong scenes make it a film to be viewed, and viewed again. (PR)

See our posts on the film Good, starring Viggo Mortensen and the films The Pledge, directed by Sean Penn, starring Jack Nicholson, The Game, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Pen and What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, with Sean Penn and Bruce Willis, and the film Traffic starring Benicio del Toro.

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The Town – Ben Affleck

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Town (2010)(DVD)  Co-written, directed by, and starring, Ben Affleck (as actorGood Will Hunting (1997), Hollywoodland (2006), State of Play (2009), and, as director, Gone Baby Gone (2007)), also starring Jeremy Renner (28 Weeks Later (2007), The Hurt Locker (2009), The Bourne Legacy (to be released in 2012)), and others.  The Town is a taut, sharply shot and orchestrated crime/heist thriller set in Boston, Massachusetts.  Affleck’s directing is really very good, and his acting is fine; Jeremy Renner as Gem is excellent; unfortunately the female roles are less well-developed.  Nevertheless, for a tense entertainment The Town is to be recommended. (PR)

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See our post on State of Play, starring Ben Affleck, here.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)(DVD)  Directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones (as actor: The Fugitive (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Men in Black (1997), Space Cowboys (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), In the Valley of Elah (2007)), with Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan (1998), Seven Pounds (2008), True Grit (2010)), and others; screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams (2004), Babel (2006), The Burning Plain (2009)); music by Marco Beltrami (3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Hurt Locker (2008)); cinematography by Chris Menges (The Killing Fields (1984), The Mission (1986), The Reader (2008), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)).  A vision of the American West, with a very keen eye for detail, and not too distant from that found in No Country for Old Men, also starring Tommy Lee Jones, looking at honor and morality, friendship and the relations between men and women, and man, his history, and the stark beauty of the vastness of Texas/Mexico border,  The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada can be darkly funny, and say as much without words as with them.  Tommy Lee Jones shows an extraordinarily deft hand in his directing, and his acting is, of course, superb.  Perhaps not for the excessively squeamish, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, is, nevertheless, a must-see film. (PR)

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