Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews
Every 2 or 3 films, Woody Allen scores. This is not one of those films. The only thing to recommend it is the look: Darius Khondji’s beautiful cinematography, the lovely locations and the rich costumes. Colin Firth plays a misanthrope magician who travels to the south of France to debunk a supposed medium (Emma Stone). Firth blusters his way thru the endless arrogant rants, but the dialogue lacks any life and his changes of heart seem unmotivated and sudden. Allen moves it along with a bouncy pace, but its lack of interesting characters or snappy script make it bubbly but dull.
GAY ANGLE: Unless you find Firth sexy, Hamish Linklater is the only attractive man and he looks OK in a frumpy 20s bathing suit.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writers: Michael Mitnick (screenplay), Robert B. Weide (screenplay)
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep
The adaptation of yet another YA bestseller is set in a gray world of bland conformity and strict regulations. A young man (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to receive history’s memories, which changes his outlook on life. The whole things starts promisingly, as the time and place is created with cool visual elements. Only during the final act does it slow to a maudlin message movie. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges add some heft (Taylor Swift is unrecognizable in her role), but the film still lacks any tension or emotional payoff.
GAY ANGLE: Thwaites’ best friend is Cameron Monaghan, who plays the cute gay ginger on “Shameless.”
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.