Director: Laura Poitras
Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald,
The majority of my real job is editing people talking and the maximum length of my videos is usually 2 minutes. This doc is almost 2 hours and I could have easily edited it down to a tight hour or an interesting 90 minutes. The most extraordinary thing about this film is the footage of Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel, as he prepares for the release of the famous NSA documents. Filmmaker Laura Poitras offers an absorbing glimpse into the man and his motives. Unfortunately, in an attempt to add miniscule moments of insight (which they usually didn’t) and arty cinematic touches (which they usually weren’t) almost every shot is held too long and the details are just dull. Even with the ominous drone in the soundtrack, the potential tension never materializes. Poitras’ exclusive peek is fascinating, but she could have used a more judicious hand in the edit.
GAY ANGLE: The reporter who leaked many of the stories is Glenn Greenwald, an out gay man whose boyfriend gets unwittingly involved.
Before I Go to Sleep
Director: Rowan Joffe
Writers: Rowan Joffe (screenplay), S.J. Watson (novel)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Nicole Kidman plays a woman with amnesia: she wakes up every morning with no memory of her past. Colin Firth is the patient husband who helps her cope. Inevitably, she begins to discover the truth about what happened, which brings everything into question. Watching her unravel the mystery is interesting, but it happens too slowly. This prevents any real anxiety until the climax. Performances are fine, but the uninspired direction, sluggish pace and somewhat predictable story keep it from developing any tension.
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.
The Railway Man Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Andy Paterson (screenplay), 1 more credit » Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård This is based on the biographical book by Eric Lomax, a World War II British officer (Colin Firth) who was captured and tortured by the Japanese during the construction of [...]
May 1, 2014
PrevVirginia legislators push bills to remove same-sex marriage ban from state law and constitution
Next5 LGBTQ Veterans who made impacts in the World