Category Archives: drama

Bits and Pieces

There are some movies that I’m doomed never to see in their entirety or in sequence. I keep seeing bits and pieces of Swimming Pool, which unfortunately seems to be one of those films where you really need to see the whole thing–in one sitting. Not a great movie by any means, but oddly haunting. I’m still not certain that I understand it.

Also caught a chunk of Heavenly Creatures. It was so fascinating that I finally did the smart thing. Looked it up and then made a point to see it the whole way through. The story was based on the Parker/Hulme murder and was directed by none other than Peter Jackson. Some really nice performances throughout, visually haunting, and an overall good plot made this well worth my time and effort to see it in sequence.

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Good Performance, Bad Movie

Purchased a used dvd of
Owning Mahowny at the friendly neighborhood supermarket for $5 on the principle that it would cost me about that just to rent it. Decent cast really: Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Hurt, and Minnie Driver. It’s based on the true story of a Toronto banker who managed to embezzled millions of dollars from his place of employment in order to finance his gambling addiction.

The acting isn’t the problem. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of those actors who always turns in an excellent performance; John Hurt can do no wrong in my book; and Minnie Driver, while not at that level of talent, is very good at what she does.

The difficulty is that this is a less than gripping film. The plot just isn’t . . . well to quote Gertrude Stein, “there’s no there there.”