Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
Ridley Scott’s take on “The Ten Commandments” stars Christian Bale as Moses. In the 150 minutes that the movie (sometimes slowly) unfolds, we follow his journey from Egyptian royalty to leader of the Israelites in their flight from Egypt. All the highlights are here, including all 10 plagues, the parting of the Red Sea and the creation of the tablets. Bale is his serious self and the rest of the cast is equally earnest. The only interesting thing about this big-effects 21st century version is Scott’s variations on the classic moments (some of which are impressive or cool). Overall, it’s OK without ever being awe-inspiring or even inspiring.
GAY ANGLE: In an innuendo-laden moment, the viceroy hits on Moses.
Director: Chris Rock
Writer: Chris Rock
Stars: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union
Chris Rock wrote/directed/stars in this examination of a popular movie comic who attempts to restructure his career as a serious director. The film is structured around a discussion/interview with a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson), as he goes thru the day promoting his film’s opening (and runs into a variety of entertaining cameos). Most of the comedy comes from Rock’s signature irreverent insights, even when they come out of the other actors’ mouths. Much of it is amusing and sometimes funny. Rock’s performance and his direction have a robust energy, but the film is more a small personal project than a riotous big-screen comedy.
GAY ANGLE: There’s a whole sequence devoted to a gay character.
Why don’t u post the foto from Sunday big on the site, so we can look for ourselves?
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.