Writer: Pablo Berger
Stars: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina
The title means Snow White in Spanish, so there’s the plot. It’s set in the early 20th century world of bull fighting, but the big twist: it’s in black and white and silent (except for the musical soundtrack and some intertitles). The cinematography is rich and there are period cinematic elements (overlapping images, gimmicky transitions). In an effort to create this stylized approach, the performances come off as stilted. The inevitable comparisons to “The Artist” leave this film lacking in originality or ingenuity.
GAY ANGLE: Snow bears a resemblance to young Jennifer Beals, who starred in “The L Word.” How’s that for a stretch?
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Joseph Kosinski (screenplay), Karl Gajdusek (screenplay)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
It’s yet another post apocalyptic world, this time with Tom Cruise as one of the survivors. His job is to maintain droids that patrol the wasteland, until things happen that set the plot in motion. While the story isn’t especially original and the action sequences are only average, the rest is pretty cool. This world has neat futuristic stuff, dazzling scenery and great design. While it’s 15 minutes too long, it’s a scifi treat for the imagination.
GAY ANGLE: If anyone still thinks he’s sexy, there are few muscled torso shots.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.