Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions travel thru several seemingly insurmountable obstacles to reach the mountain where the dragon sleeps. This continuation of the story is full of action: chases, fights and confrontations. Some of it’s inventive, but much is just noisy and busy. Freeman manages to add some mild comic charm with his character, but otherwise the story is all serious. The visuals and threatening creatures are convincing, but there’s little about this installment that’s a visual wow. Mostly, it’s just solid movement forward. Fans should be thrilled, while regular moviegoers will not be bored.
GAY ANGLE: A bunch of very hairy men travel on a long journey, but the only hint of romance is with the only woman.
Kill Your Darlings
Director: John Krokidas
Writers: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall
When Alan Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) was a freshman at Columbia University, he made three writer pals (Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs & Jack Kerouac) who would be the foundation of the Beat revolution. This isn’t just about their seminal relationships (and Ginsberg’s sexual awakening), but about the lethal act that caused a major fissure in their lives. Radcliffe does an impressive job, but all of the performances and the spirited pacing keep this freewheeling story interesting. While it’s not a great film, it’s the best I’ve seen on this subject and a cursory, yet fascinating glimpse into some complex relationships.
GAY ANGLE: Radcliffe goes all the way gay (with the bushiest treasure trail I’ve ever seen).
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.