The acting and cinematography (particularly the film's vibrant color) help balance out a rather long and drawn out story (using years as chapters makes it seem even more interminable when you know you want to get to 2011...when you start at 2008). Still, the movie is beautiful to look at and director Mira Nair occasionally gets to the heart of what slum life is really like, but the main reason to see it are the astonishing performances: Lupita N'yongo and…
Other People is one of the simplest, yet most profound, films of the year. Molly Shannon is devastatingly honest and funny in this dramedy about a mother dying of cancer and her last months with her family. Jesse Plemons plays her gay son, an aspiring writer living in NYC who returns to be with his mother and homophobic father, played by Bradley Whitford. The story by Chris Kelly is heartfelt and hysterical in qual measure, so bring tissues and prepare to laugh at this intimate look at family and loss.
Some thoughts on Marlon Brando:
Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire is the epitome of raw talent. His layered and violently visceral performance of Stanley Kowalski is one for the ages as he swaggers and stumbles his way through the film. He goes toe to toe with Vivian Leigh and Kim Hunter and it's impossible to look away as he swings from charisma to rage to regret and back again. It's no wonder that everyone in Hollywood stood up…
Some thoughts on Meryl Streep:
I am literally gutted every time I see Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. She is, quite simply, flawless in this role - flawless in her conflicted emotions, her accent (she speaks 3 languages in this film!), her movement, and her chemistry with both Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Her Sophie seems so luminous and full of life at first, but she is also clearly haunted by something, and Streep plays the agonizingly slow reveal of…