Director: Allen Hughes
Writer: Brian Tucker
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Runtime: 109 mins
Mark Wahlberg plays a hardened NYC cop (is there any other kind?), who turns private detective after an on-duty controversy. He’s hired by the city’s sketchy mayor (Russell Crowe) to conduct a personal investigation. This results in the inevitable paranoid political complications. While nothing here is particularly original or surprising, it’s well crafted and never drags or loses interest.
GAY ANGLE: A major political moment takes place at an HRC event (oh yeah, quick partial glimpses flesh from both leads).
Director: Christian Petzold
Writers: Christian Petzold (screenplay), Harun Farocki (collaborator on screenplay)
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock
Runtime: 105 mins
This is a typical European import: subtitled with an oblique narrative, minimal dialogue, no music and deliberate pacing. The title character is an aloof doctor in a small village in 80s East Germany (before the wall came down). She works in a children’s hospital and is subjected to constant surveillance from the authorities. Over the course of the film, she helps some of the patients, plots to flee the oppression and interacts with one sympathetic colleague. While it’s intelligently crafted and never dull, it’s still unsentimental and sparse. For serious buffs only.
GAY ANGLE: Sure, some of the women look like lesbians, but any overt homos are strictly DL.
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.