Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Writers: Paolo Sorrentino (story), Paolo Sorrentino (screenplay)
Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
This Italian nomination for Best Foreign Film follows a man who’s just turned 65. He wrote one successful novel years ago and still spends his days moving in society’s circles: dancing at wild parties, having useless conversations, viewing performance art and questioning it all. If you’re familiar with Fellini you’ll see his touches all over: sumptuous images of Roman life and locations, freaky characters and incongruous imagery all combined in glimpses, not in linear narrative. On the other hand, the film is missing the master’s magic. If you’re into art films, this might appeal. I found it beautiful to behold, but oh so tedious, labored and indulgent. (At Criterion Cinemas only.)
GAY ANGLE: Nothing especially gay about this man’s Rome (although some of the images are fabulous).
The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Writers: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay)
Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray
Director George Clooney has assembled a strong cast (including himself, Matt Damon, Bill Murray & John Goodman) to play the men who traveled to Europe at the end of World War II to rescue thousands of works of art from the Nazis. This true story is full of amazing events, but it’s not sure what kind of movie it wants to be. It’s a war adventure, a comedy, a drama and an art film, literally…and that’s the problem. The story lacks a strong focus. It’s an entertaining history lesson, but it’s a less than thrilling movie.
GAY ANGLE: All this art and nobody gay (at least not out)
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.