Director: Paul Haggis
Writer: Paul Haggis (screenplay)
Stars: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody
This latest from Paul Haggis (best known as the writer/director of “Crash”) follows a similar multi-level structure. Three couples play out tragic stories in 3 cities (New York, Rome, Paris), each centering around the loss of a child. The impressive cast (Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde) turns in deep performances, but it’s the script that leaves you wanting. It sets up a number of compelling complex situations (and even tosses in some reality defying twists), but none of it resolves in a gratifying conclusion. I kept waiting for the dramatic revelations, but all I got was flawed characters who suffered interestingly.
GAY ANGLE: Three major cities on three continents and still nobody is gay.
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writers: Joon-ho Bong (screenplay), Kelly Masterson (screenplay), 4 more credits »
Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
This film offers an unusual take on the future: the world is a frozen wasteland and the only survivors exist on a long train that continuously travels around the globe. The poor huddled masses at the back (led by Chris Evans) decide to plead their case to the leader, so they undertake a mission to get to the front. At times it seems like an action film, but the fight scenes are often full of splashed blood and blurred action. At other times, it’s an apocalyptic drama with bold statements about class and society. If you’re willing to overlook the giant lapses in logic, you may find this movie to be an absorbing and original experience. BTW, Tilda Swinton is having great fun with her bespeckled, toothy character. (Criterion Cinema only)
GAY ANGLE: Sadly, Evans is heavily clothed to camouflage his muscular physique, which would be inappropriate in those lean times.
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.