Monday, May 22, 2006
Report from the popcorn gallery
The film that garnered Best Actress for Maggie Cheung at Cannes last year was terribly tedious. At one point, I felt as if I was watching her character's recovery from drug addiction/life rebuilding process in real-time. I'm not even sure why her portrayal was deemed best of the year, except she did have to cry a lot and look frazzled and pale. I thought she was much more impressive in In the Mood for Love where her stoicism spoke more eloquently than any crying jag could.
The Family Stone on DVD
Is there anything nice I can say about it? Well, Claire Danes' hair looked amazing throughout. That's about it. This was one of the most contrived messes I've ever seen, further tarnished by two slipshod romance plotlines. I didn't buy the two couples who linked up mid-film for a second. Oh, one other nice thing I can say: Paul Schneider has a handful of charming comic moments in his small role--mostly reacting to the craziness around him. And SJP can no longer play the PYT, but I don't know how to make her stop. Some people will embrace this film as a heart-warming family tale, but some people also enjoy all-you-can-eat buffets (read: salty Salisbury steak and sweaty Jello).