Saturday, February 04, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review

[Note: I am going to try to avoid too many spoilers in this review, despite what the next paragraph will say]

Here's what I would have to say about the new version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: watch it twice, or go and read the plot summary before you watch it. As with certain other forms of art (opera, Shakespeare, sporting events), TTSS can't really be appreciated on the first go-round unless you know what is going on.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Best the Americans Have to Offer Us, Part TWO: the Movies!

The actors/actresses I left off the list last time because I'm a moron:

Laura Linney, who is enough of a background actress that I wrote "Laura Dern" (also an excellent actress), despite her great performances in Mystic River, Breach, and even Lorenzo's Oil.
Chris Cooper, who quite capably stands in for the type of "menacing heavyweight" performances we would lazily shorthand someone in for, like Gene Hackman or Brian Cox.
Amy Adams, who is on this list despite winning an Academy Award,  deserves to be here because of two thankless roles she played, as the naive teenage nurse in Catch Me If You Can, and Mary the Wet Blanket Girlfriend in the Muppets. Both parts were written by the screenwriters to be as torturously awful for a performer as possible, and she came out looking pretty sharp in both of them. Oh, and apparently she was in some Catholic melodrama or something.