Director: Fred Schepisi
Writer: Gerald Di Pego
Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison
Clive Owen is the prep school English instructor with demons, including alcohol. The new art teacher (Juliette Binoche) has her own challenges, but as you can tell from the photo that accompanies this review, they end up together. Meanwhile, they inspire their students with a battle between writing and art. Despite that fact that the script is predictable and spends too much time selling its intellectual points, all of the performances are engaging, especially Owen who is compelling & Binoche who is enchanting. Combine that with crisp direction and this slight little romance takes on an agreeable slant.
GAY ANGLE: Look for the student with one line who’s probably gay.
The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Writers: Scott Neustadter (screenplay), Michael H. Weber (screenplay)
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Shailene Woodley plays a young woman who has been ravaged by cancer since she was 13. She meets Ansel Elgort in a support group and they proceed to fall in love. The witty, sometimes overwritten, dialogue is part of the film’s charm, but the bulk of the appeal comes from the tall, baby-faced Elgort, who’s cute, charismatic and charming. Woodley is OK, but looks too old for her role. While I’m sure fans of the book (which I haven’t read) will be thrilled and touched, the story continues too long after it felt finished and mires itself in misery. Still, it may be worth it to see Elgort in a career-making performance.
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.