Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars as a character who looks and acts like he stepped out of “Jersey Shore:” brusque, muscular, shallow, sexy and a total stud. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Scarlett Johannson who embodies the tough, slutty borough girl), his obsession with pornography becomes an issue. This is a fast-paced, quick-witted character study about a man who’s more of a mess than he seems. Gordon-Levitt has fully immersed himself in the character and it’s a winner. His scenes of dinner with his dad (Tony Danza) are great fun. It’s a bit raunchy, if you have a problem with that and not all that deep, but it’s entertaining as hell and bodes well for his hyphenate talent.
GAY ANGLE: Gordon-Levitt shows off that buff body almost nonstop.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a single mom, who ends up in a relationship with James Gandolfini. She’s her typical neurotic and he plays nice. Things get complicated when her new friend (Catherine Keener) turns out to be his ex. There’s nothing especially original about this story, except that it’s told from a middle-aged perspective. The characters are interesting and performances enjoyable, but there’s not much comedy…just a bit of mild humor. Overall, it feels like a minor Woody Allen flick (although written/directed by Nicole Holofcener).
GAY ANGLE: Bear alert: Gandolfini is shirtless in bed several times (if you like overweight and covered in hair).
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.