Showing posts with label Ruth Ware. Show all posts
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Friday, March 13, 2020

"The Way Back" and the Week in Reviews

[I review the new Ben Affleck movie "The Way Back" as well as DVDs "Queen & Slim" and "Married Life." The Book of the Week is a novel: "The Turn of the Key" by Ruth Ware.  I also bring you up-to-date with "My 1001 Movies I Must See Before I Die Project" with "Heaven and Earth Magic."]

The Way Back

An alcoholic ex-high school basketball star who walked away from the game is asked to come back to his alma mater and coach the team.

Jack Cummingham (Ben Affleck) was a high school basketball star, leading his team at Bishop Hayes catholic high school to the championships four years in a row.  But he walked away from the game, turning away from a college scholarship, and now works construction...and drinks...A LOT!  So much that he keeps a beer in his shower. Jack is an unhappy man whose life has taken a bad turn. So when he is asked to come back to his high school and coach the struggling basketball team, Jack has a chance at redemption.  Will he rise to the occasion?

Bishop Hayes is a small Catholic high school with a small losing basketball team. The team consists of quiet but talented Brandon Durrett (Brandon Wilson), who has an unhappy home life; Kenny Dawes (Will Ropp), the school lothario who tells every girl he is thinking of her when he shoots baskets; cocky Marcus (Melvin Gregg), who has a chip on his shoulder; Chubbs Hendricks (Charles Lott Jr.), so named because, he's well chubby; handsome Bobby Freeze (Ben Irving); and team captain, Sam Garcia (Fernando Luis Vega).  None of them has much discipline or game, but when Jack takes over the team, he slowly but surely teaches them that it's the small things, doing the small things well every time that will lead to victory.  So Jack is a good coach but he has a problem keeping his anger and swearing in check, something that doesn't go over well with the team chaplain. I mean, it's a Catholic high school, after all. But despite Jack's edginess, slowly but surely the team starts coming back. And Jack has an impact on each of these boys' lives.

In the meantime, though, Jack has to deal with his alcoholism. We learn that he has demons in his past that are tormenting him. He is a damaged guy but a good guy. He helps each of the boys, but can't seem to help himself. Watching this film I was reminded how we so often have no idea the impact we are having on others through small acts of kindess, and despite how much Jack is suffering, his humanity and empathy wills out.

Written by Brad Ingelsby and directed by Gavin O'Connor, one can't help but compare this film to "Hoosiers," or many other sports films.  A flawed coach with a dark past, small school with an underdog basketball team, the team overcoming odds, the winning point at the buzzer, etc. But despite the sports film tropes we have all come to expect, this film rises above them. O'Connor's direction of the basketball games gives the viewer a you-are-there feeling.  They are real and exciting.  I was all in and I don't even really like sports!

However, the heart of this film is Ben Affleck, and I would think this film is a bit of redemption for him, too, as he has famously struggled with an addiction of his own. He pulls no punches when it comes to Jack's alcoholism.  But I was also reminded what a good actor Affleck is.  It's his ability to show vulnerability and realness that elevates this film above other sports films. I think it's one of the best performances of his career.

Rosy the Reviewer says...predictable sports film but Gavin O'Connor's direction and Ben's performance make it one of the best.

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Queen & Slim (2019)

A Tinder date gone very wrong.

Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) is a young attorney who has just lost a case and her client got the death penalty.  So what do you do when you are depressed?  Why, you go on Tinder and find a date.  Queen finds Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and when we meet them they are on their first date at a diner.  Queen isn't that impressed with Slim, especially since he prays before he eats and makes noise when he chews.  She is indeed a Queen and acts like one. These two are not well-suited to each other and will probably never see each other again.

But then...on their way home, Slim is stopped by a racist police officer.  Slim complies to all of his orders, but Queen is not having it.  When the cop opens the trunk to search it, Queen asks him if he has a warrant, and when Slim asks the cop to hurry up because he is cold, that really pisses the cop off and he pulls out his gun. Queen demands his badge number and when she reaches for her cell phone to film the incident, the cop shoots her in the leg. Slim and the cop skuffle and one thing leads to another, with Slim grabbing the cop's gun and shooting him.  And there you have it.  The misery of driving while black in the United States of America. And knowing what their fate will probably be - living while black in America - Queend and Slim, two young people who have just met, take off and go on the run, knowing they can now never turn back.

Quite a first date. Quite a way to get to know someone.

The two head to New Orleans to Queen's Uncle's house.  Not a good feeling about this.  We have two good kids caught in a bad situation exacerbated by one bad decision after another.  This is one of those frustrating films that you know is not going to end well with each bad decision leading to another bad situation to yet another bad decision and on and on.  It's one of those films where you want to yell at the screen, "No, no, no!"

  • First they run out of gas and are picked up by an off duty sheriff.   No-o-o.
  • When the sheriff figures out who they are, they kidnap the sheriff. No-o-o.
  • They accidentally hit a guy and take him to the hospital.               No-o-o.
  • They stop at a bar.  Slim doesn't drink but then he does.              No-o-o.
  • They decide to go to Cuba and trust a guy to get them there.       No-o-o.

Queen and Slim are on the run with a $500,000 reward on their heads but as they make their way from Cleveland to New Orleans to Florida, and eventually, they hope, to Cuba, the dash cam video of the cop altercation is made public and their story hits a chord with the public.  They become folk heroes, a modern version of Bonnie and Clyde.

Kaluuya made a big splash in "Get Out" and has proven to be a reliable actor. Turner-Smith is a newcomer to feature films, having spent the last couple of years on TV, but this film has made her a star.  The two have screen chemistry and incredible presence.

Directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe, the current darling of the screenwriting world, this is clearly an indictment of not just driving while black in America but being black in America.

Rosy the Reviewer intense, special film about race in the United States that is also a reminder to stay away from Tinder.

Married Life (2007)

Who knew that "married life" involved lying, affairs and plotting your wife's murder?

Writer/director Ira Sachs apparently thinks that's how it works in this stylish, 1940's noir look at a married man, his love for his mistress, and his plot to murder his wife to save her from the humiliation and suffering of divorce. Now that's a good one!  (Sachs, with Oren Moverman, has adapted the story from John Bingham's 1955 novel "Five Roundabouts to Heaven.")

Harry (Chris Cooper) and Pat (Patricia Clarkson) have been married for a long time, but as happens in longtime marriages, they have parted ways emotionally.  Pat thinks sex is the most important thing in a marriage; Harry wants more emotion and connection.  So Harry has found Kay (Rachel McAdams), who fulfills those needs (it doesn't hurt that she is much younger than Pat), and he wants out of his marriage so he can marry Kay.  But divorce doesn't seem to be an option.  Killing Pat seems to be the best option.  Seems like an episode of "Dateline!" So Harry sets about poisoning Pat.

All of this is observed by Richard, Harry's best friend (Pierce Brosnan), a long-time bachelor and lothario. But wouldn't you know, Richard has a hankering for Kay too, so he wants to make sure Pat and Harry stay married, and while Kay languishes in her safe house, only seeing Harry when he can get away from Pat, Richard moves in on her.  Meanwhile, it seems Pat is doing a little dilly dallying of her own!  Such is married life!

Not sure how I missed this film the first time around, since this is the kind of story I enjoy.  I especially enjoy Pierce Brosnan, who just seems to be getting more handsome and suave as he gets older. Despite the fact that I don't approve of smoking, he certainly looks sexy with a ciggie hanging out of his mouth.  Speaking of which, I haven't seen this much smoking in a film since Bogart was still around.  This film also highlights Chris Cooper as a leading man, which is a rarity.  He has practically cornered the market as a tortured character actor. Rachel McAdams' career took off after "The Notebook," but has slowed down a bit in recent years and that's too bad, because she is a lovely actress.  And Patricia Clarkson?  I don't know what it is, but she seems to be a source of controversy.  She is one of those actors that people either really like or just detest. Not sure why. But the four form a great ensemble in a film that is a cross between film noir and those great romantic potboilers of the 1950's.

Pat says something interesting in the film. You marry a man and make him into the kind of husband you want which makes it even harder when he runs off with another woman.  Now that woman gets to enjoy the man you created.  I had that feeling once.  Long story.

Last week, I reviewed "Frankie," Sach's latest film, which couldn't be more different from this one.  Where "Frankie" had little in the way of plot, lots and lots of walking and talking, and (sorry) frankly lumbered along and was quite boring, this one moves along at a fast pace, has an interesting plot and a sense of humor.

Rosy the Reviewer says...a rather jaundiced view of marriage but a sweet film at the same time.

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Have YOU seen this classic film?

Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

Described on IMDB as "A series of surreal cutout animation imagery, largely without a discernable narrative."

Oh, geez. Not another avante-garde film! 

Director Harry Smith, who died in 1991, was a visual artist, experimental filmmaker, record collector, bohemian and mystic.  He was an important figure in the Beat Generation in NYC and is credited with anticipating some aspects of the Hippie movement.  In addition to his experimental films, he is also known for his influential "Anthology of American Folk Music," which was drawn from his extensive collection of out-of-print commercial 78 rpm recordings.

This is one of his most famous film efforts and consists of a series of abstract animated cutouts that reminded me of some aspects of Monty Python and a really irritating soundtrack.  My favorite kind of film.  NOT!  After enduring 60 minutes of this, I couldn't understand why someone would make such a film or why anyone would want to watch it, though it is visually interesting...if you are on acid!

But after seeing a picture of Smith, I maybe have a better idea of why the film was made. 

Why it's a Must See: "Harry Smith is perhaps the least known major figure of American avant-garde cinema.  His films reflect a fascination with alchemy and the occult...[He] attempted to short-circuit the processes of logic and explicit linearity, entering into the realm of the subconscious, automatic, and symbolic."
---"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

If that's the best they can do to explain why this film is one I need to see before I die...

Rosy the Reviewer says...

(Available on YouTube, but you don't need to see this.  Trust me)

***The Book of the Week***

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (2019)

A young woman takes a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands only to end up in prison for murder.  How did that happen?

Rowan Caine is in prison writing a very long letter to a lawyer, hoping he can help her.  She is charged with killing a child and claims she is innocent.

It all started when she stumbled across an ad for a nanny in the Scottish Highlands.  The salary and benefits seemed too good to be true but Rowan's life wasn't really going anywhere in London so she took a chance and applied -- and got the job!  So there she was in the beautiful Scottish Highlands in a beautiful house with a beautiful family.  What could go wrong?


So as she writes to the lawyer from prison, the story unfolds.  All kinds of strange things happen in that house and the children are hardly perfect.  Left alone for weeks at a time in the strange house with Jack, the strange handyman, what seemed to be a perfect job has turned into a perfect nightmare.

I am clearly a fan of Ware.  I have reviewed her earlier books "The Lying Game," "The Death of Mrs. Westaway," and "The Woman in Cabin 10," and enjoyed them all, though some more than others.  She is a Brit who writes page-turners that would all make great movies. Her characters are well-drawn, the dialogue is believable and there are twists and turns you won't see coming. 

This is one of those stories in a long line of stories featuring young women brought into a spooky household and terrorized. Think of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw," which just had a recent film remake with the  "The Turning," which I reviewed last January, but this one has some surprises. And it will make a great movie!

Rosy the Reviewer Ware's other books, a page-turner!

Thanks for reading!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

"Skyscraper" and The Week in Reviews

[I review The Rock's new movie "Skyscraper" as well as DVDs "The Disappointments Room" and "Mom and Dad."  The Book of the Week is "The Death of Mrs. Westaway."  I also bring you up-to-date with "My 1001 Movies I Must See Before I Die Project" with "Romper Stomper."]


The Rock plus a burning skyscraper equals nail-biting, edge of your seat excitement...or not...

I know...

but it's been a rough week and sometimes you just need some simple, silly, mindless entertainment when there is lots of complicated, serious stuff on your mind and you can always count on Dwayne - The Rock - Johnson for some exciting stunts, humor and great abs and guns, stuff that doesn't require a lot of thought from the viewer. 

And speaking of The Rock.  For a woman of a certain age, I find him curiously attractive.  Not sure if it's that bald head, his nice big man stature or that twinkle in his eye, but I like him! I'm still thinking of those guns!

Anyway, Dwayne plays Will Sawyer, a decorated war veteran turned FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader.  He is now retired because his last assignment - ten years ago - resulted in the death of the hostages, the loss of his leg and lots of guilt, so now he works to assess security for skyscrapers and has been hired by billionaire financier Zhao Long Ji (Han Chin) to assess his new building, The Pearl, the tallest skyscraper in the world - 3500 feet and 225 stories - before it opens.  Will has brought his wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell) and children, Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell), along and they are the only ones staying in the residential part of the building before its opening, except for Ji who lives in a penthouse on top of the building.

The building is supposed to be impenetrable with an infallible fire extinction system all run by computer but somehow some gangsters led by Kores Botha (Roland Moller) have figured out how to break in, penetrate the computer system, shut off the fire system and set a fire on the 96th floor in hopes of flushing out Ji and a disk drive with incriminating evidence about their money laundering.  What they weren't counting on was the fact that Will's wife and children are in the building too and there is nothing a Dad won't do to save his kids.  Unfortunately, Will's family is inside and he is outside so now he needs to find a way to get back into the building.

Of course there is no doubt that The Rock will rescue his family.  

The fun is how he does it, and when I say fun, I mean fun.  I actually laughed more during this film than I have in most of the comedies I have seen in the last year.  I don't think I was supposed to laugh but there were some stunts that were so outrageous that I just couldn't help it.  The guy sitting in front of me in the theatre couldn't help himself either.  He was laughing more than I was.  

Maybe it was The Rock scaling the building using nothing but duct tape on his feet and hands or maybe it was that impossible leap he took from a crane to a window or his wrestling with his ex-best friend and using his artificial leg to pummel him.  Speaking of which, the leg came off and then in the next scene he was running away with his leg on.  Didn't see him put it back on but this is one of those movies you don't want to think too much about.  

The point isn't that things make sense but rather seeing The Rock do his death defying thing.  One can't help but compare this film to "The Towering Inferno" and "Die Hard" movies except those movies didn't have The Rock, did they?  He is now the one-man mega box office when it comes to action films.

It's nice to see Neve Campbell again.  Not sure where she's been but she gets to do some ass kicking too.  It's always a pleasure to see a woman take care of business though it's way, way over the top.  

But the whole movie, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, is way, way over the top and that's why we see movies like this, right?  

Rosy the Reviewer I said, it's been a difficult week and this film gave me an hour and 42 minutes of relief that included a few unintentional laughs.

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Imagine buying your dream house and discovering ghosts in the attic.

Architect Dana Barrow (Kate Beckinsale), her husband, David (Mel Raido),  and their five-year-old son, Lucas (Duncan Joiner), move to an old mansion - The Blacker Estate - in rural North Carolina.  You can tell right away that some horror is afoot because the mansion is remote, they move in at night and it's raining, all signs that moving into this place might not be good.  And it's not.

In fact, weird stuff starts happening right away.  

Dana starts having bad dreams - but are they dreams? After one particularly bad one, she wanders outside to have a smoke and sees a light go on up in the attic, in a room she didn't know about so she goes off to investigate, even though it's in the middle of the night with bats flying around. Another sign that this is a horror film. Who IS this person?  But then if she didn't go investigate, she wouldn't find the eponymous room and there wouldn't be any point to this film, right?

Anyway, Dana finds a room that was not on the blueprint of the house.  The door is hidden behind an armoire but she manages to get in but once in naturally she gets locked in because - ooooh - there are "forces" at work. But to complicate matters, Dana has psychological issues so we will question her sanity.  Dana and David lost their infant daughter and are still struggling with their grief so we are supposed to think that perhaps she is just losing her mind over that and none of the ghostly stuff is real. Kind of like "Unsane," which I reviewed last week.  The possibly hysterical woman horror movie trope.

David is one of those clueless husbands - another horror trope - but luckily, Ben (Lucas Til), the local handyman shows up and clues Dana into the story of what happened in the house in the past.  Seems that in the old days, when a family gave birth to a deformed child or a child with issues, the child was put in a "disappointments room" where the child was kept a secret from the world and spent his or her life there. Couldn't help but wonder about a modern day equivalent.  Our kids disappoint us, into the Disappointments Room they go.  But I digress. Seems that Mr. Blacker (Gerald McRaney), the patriarch of the family and the estate, was a mean Dad who tormented his little girl, Laura, and his and her ghosts are still lurking in the house.

Kate Beckinsale is a good actress and does what she can with the material, and Gerald McRaney is a believable bad guy but I like him better as the gruff but kindly doctor on "This is Us."  But the actors can't really elevate this film from what would have been a fair Lifetime Movie.  But as a feature film?  Not so much.

I often love movies about malevolent houses and little kids who seem driven by malevolent sources.  Much prefer those kids to the overly precocious child actors with snappy dialogue that are so prevalent in films these days, but despite that fact this one is kind of a snooze fest.

Rosy the Reviewer says..."The Disappointments Room" was...well, disappointing.

Mom and Dad (2017)

A sudden outbreak of filicide breaks out and in case you don't know what that is, it's an inexplicable urge for parents to kill their children.

Parents have all probably had this urge at one time or another so this black comedy plays on that unmentionable thought not to mention Kendall and Brent lamenting when they just used to be Kendall and Brent and not Mom and Dad.
Kendall (Selma Blair), Brent (Nicolas Cage), Josh (Zachary Arthur) and Carly (Anne Winters) start out as a typical family with the usual generation gap and teenage angst with Carly wanting independence and acting like a haughty little bitch and Kendall wanting closeness but then the parents fall prey to the mysterious disease and are overtaken by a lust for blood and turn into murderous zombies. Talk about your kids disappointing you and what can happen if they do!

Carly and her little brother must survive after their parents suddenly turn violent and want to kill them.  For a harrowing 24 hours, Carly and Josh must keep their parents at bay.

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair make a good pair of murderous parents, but I have to ask. When did Nicolas Cage get so creepy and turn into such a caricature of himself?  That's a rhetorical question.  It's actually OK because he's quite fun to watch.

Written and directed by Brian Taylor, this film explores the themes of kids disappointing their parents and the loss of identity, youth, hopes and dreams that people sometimes feel when they become parents. However, this film takes all of that to another level!

Rosy the Reviewer says...give a whole new meaning to a kid saying "My Dad's going to kill me!"

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Have YOU seen this classic film?

Australian skinheads wreak havoc on immigrants and anyone else who gets in their way.

If you ever wondered how Russell Crowe got his start, you might be interested in this film.  He is a very young, handsome and thin Russell Crowe and plays an unlikely leading man in this film about Australian skinheads in a 1990's Melbourne, Australia. 

When I see the early work of actors who became famous, I always look for the early star quality and Crowe definitely had it even though he was playing a bad dude. I have talked about this before in this blog, but my Dad and I used to watch old movies together. He was an only child and went to a lot of movies, probably to assuage loneliness.  Often right in the middle of a late movie we were watching, he would say, "I've seen this one!"  One of his favorite things was to watch the credits and point out to me a famous actor who was still so new that the credits used his real name - Bernard Schwartz who became Tony Curtis; Archibald Leach who became Cary Grant; Marion Morrison who became John Wayne.  Russell never changed his name but I would bet you didn't know his middle name was Ira!

The film begins with some skinheads beating up some Asian kids and yelling "This is not your country."  Sounds eerily familiar to what is happening today in our own country even though this film takes place in Australia 25 years ago.  Russell Crowe plays Hando, the leader of a skinhead group.  There is a side story concerning Gabrielle (Jacqueline McKenzie), a drugged out girl who appears to be sexually abused by, Martin (Alex Scott), an older man who we learn more about in a twist. And naturally her path coincides with Hando's and his friend Davey's, a more sensitive skin-head, if there is such a thing (played by Daniel Pollock, who unfortunately  in real life threw himself under a train shortly after this film was released) and a love triangle ensues.  Then Gabrielle sets things in motion for the gang to rob Martin.

One of the guys says to Martin "We've come to wreck everything and ruin your life."

But the tables get turned and it ends badly for everyone.

Written and directed by Geoffrey Wright, there is not a lot of character development and the film feels almost like a documentary but gritty and stylishly done with the fights set to punk music. Romper stomper is a reference to the children's TV show "Romper Room," an implication that when the skinheads do the stomping it's all good fun - good fun gone wrong.  

Why it's a Must See:  "[This film] ignited a passionate debate in Australia about whether it was a racist or antiracist tract...[It] does not pretend to offer a sophisticated commentary on the complexities of multicultural Australia.  These 'skins' are what gangsters or juvenile delinquents so often are in cinema -- a flamboyant metaphor for a life lived at the edge of society.  Both Wright and Crowe strive to give these events a Shakespearean grandeur, a la Richard III, and they largely succeed."
---"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"

Rosy the Reviewer says..."Richard III?"  That's pushing it a bit but it's still a fascinating film.

***The Book of the Week***

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (2018)

Harriet Westaway is a young woman who is broke and desperate. When she receives a letter from a solicitor (the book takes place in England) telling her that her grandmother has just died and she is heir to a fortune she thinks that her prayers have been answered.  Except there's one problem: her grandmother died over 20 years ago.

Harriet Westaway AKA Hal is young and broke.  Her mother died in a car accident and she never knew her father so she is all alone in Brighton, England, telling fortunes with her tarot cards on the Brighton Pier.  She borrowed money from a loan shark and, he has sent his goons to threaten her for repayment so when Hal receives the letter from a solicitor telling her she is an heir to her grandmother's fortune she sees a way out of her dilemma.  Except for one little thing.  It's not her grandmother.

Hal is certain this is a mistake and checks her birth certificate and yep, even the name of her grandmother is not the same but the letter was sent to her - Harriet Westaway - at her address.  

Dear Miss Westaway,

Your grandmother, Hester Mary Westaway of Trepassen House, St Piran, passed away on 22nd November, at her home. I appreciate that this news may well come as a shock to you; please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

In accordance with the wishes of your late grandmother, I am instructed to inform beneficiaries of the details of her funeral. As local accommodation is very limited, family members are invited to stay at Trepassen House where a wake will also be held.

Yours truly,

Robert Treswick
Treswick, Nantes and Dean, Penzance
So maybe this fortune really is meant for her.  

So Hal travels to Trepassen House where she meets her uncles, Harding, Abel and Ezra, and the dour Mrs. Warren who would give Mrs. Danvers a run for creepy housekeeper of the year.  As a tarot card reader, Hal feels she can read people and that she can pull this impersonation off, but what she doesn't count on are the lies and secrets this family has been harboring and that her life is in danger.

Reading this novel, I had an epiphany.  As you know, I have been working to add more fiction to my reading life but what I have discovered about myself is that I am drawn to page-turning thrillers like Gillian Flynn's"Gone Girl" and  Paula Hawkins' "The Girl on the Train."  And books by Ware.  In fact, this is the third one of hers that I have read ("The Woman in Cabin 10" and "The Lying Game" were the others).  I guess I am not that literary person I thought I was.  But hey it's summer and summer is all about easy to digest books that can be read in a few hours and this one fits the bill.

But don't think my saying that means that Ware is not a good writer.  She is.  She constructs interesting, twisty plots (though I figured this one out), has a way with realistic dialogue and her prose is not only descriptive but quite lovely.  The book reads like a movie and since I love movies, I saw the whole thing in my mind. So what's not to like?  

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you like Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn, you will love Ware's books.

Thanks for reading!

See you next Friday 


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 and the latest on

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