Director: Camille Delamarre
Writers: Luc Besson (screenplay), Bibi Naceri (screenplay)
Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
The film’s opening sequence features French Parkour star David Belle’s athletic acrobatics as he outruns and outsmarts dozens of bad guys…and it’s downhill from there. He teams up with Paul Walker as a renegade cop (is there any other kind?) to bring down the gangstas. The plot is so ludicrous that it’s not worth outlining, but suffice it to say that it’s an extremely dumb framework for an onslaught of mostly mediocre fights and frantic chases. The action is usually shot too blurry and edited to frenetically to appreciate the effort. Hopefully, the next “Fast & Furious” will be a better film, because this would be an embarrassing sendoff for Walker.
GAY ANGLE: Belle’s in great shape and he loves to show it off.
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Writer: Jeremy Saulnier
Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
A seemingly homeless man (Arlington native Macon Blair in a touching, nuanced performance) sets out for a revenge that grows out of control. Comparisons to early Coen Brothers are inevitable: a sly objective point of view, careful pacing, interesting observations, understated emotion and abrupt violence. Jeremy Saulnier (also an Arlington native), who wrote/directed/shot shows a mature mastery of style and cinematic confidence that augers well for his future (especially after the mess that was “Murder Party”). Every frame of this compelling film is quietly gripping and intelligent fun. (Criterion Cinema only)
GAY ANGLE: Nothing sexy about Macon Blair, but see the movie anyway.
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.