Director: Richard Laxton
Writer: Emma Thompson
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge
Emma Thompson wrote (and has a small role) in this film that’s based on the true story of a teenager (Dakota Fanning), who’s married to famous Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). He’s unloving, uncaring and uninvolved with her, which causes much anxiety before she finally takes action. Fanning is stripped down to her most plain, but it doesn’t motivate her flat performance. It’s ironic that such a talented actor like Thompson ended up with such a disappointing lead in her creation. There are some lovely locations (esp. Venice), but the story unfolds too slowly, bleakly and without sufficiently interesting characters or situations. (Criterion Cinema only)
GAY ANGLE: Although it’s never spoken (which it wouldn’t have in those days), we have to assume that her husband was gay.
Director: James Wan
Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Vin & Paul and everybody else is back for more international intrigue. These films used to be about racing, but they’ve slowly developed into action-filled missions to save the world with fast cars. After a sluggish start, this one slams on the accelerator and speeds thru one outrageous sequence after another. Forget the laws of physics, the viability of human endurance, even common sense…this film is all about stunts that are hilariously over the top. Don’t worry about plot or dialogue and enjoy the macho posturing. Even though it’s sometimes hard to follow the geography of the fights, they’re still hard-hitting and sprinkled with clever camera tricks. Go for the pure popcorn thrill to enjoy this wild and crazy ride!
GAY ANGLE: So much testosterone and nobody takes off their shirt.
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.