Director: Jon Stewart
Writers: Jon Stewart (screenplay), Maziar Bahari (book)
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas
Maziar Bahari is best know for his appearance on “The Daily Show” that got him arrested and placed into solitary in his home country of Iran. Jon Stewart wrote/directed this film featuring Gael García Bernal and he did a pretty good job. The basic structure is solid and there are creative touches that show a sound understanding of the medium. It’s an effectively told story, but lacks the emotional punch that would have given the days in solitary more impact. Still, it’s an interesting story and a promising first effort that includes an earnest message about the freedom of speech and plight of political prisoners.
GAY ANGLE: Bernal is even handsome in glasses and quite a sexy dancer!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Peter Craig (screenplay), Danny Strong (screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
The first film was pretty good. The 2nd slid somewhat off track. This one has completely derailed. All of the excitement of the games is gone. Instead Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is holed up in with the rebels. Since she’s won her Oscar, they gave her plenty of tear time. She spends most of the movie angry or sad, while the insurgents mold her image to lead the rebellion. The first hint of combat is almost an hour in and less than 2 minutes long. The only other action takes place entirely inside the security of a bunker. This is clearly a setup for the final installment, so it’s best to avoid this one completely.
GAY ANGLE: Three cute men in major roles, but it’s all very chaste (and dressed).
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.