Until now, I have seen only two Wes Anderson movies – The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – and neither of them made me even the least bit interested in seeing any of his other movies. But there was something in the previews and early reviews of The Grand Budapest Hotel that piqued my interest.
Movies about poets can be a risky proposition. There’s the good, as in the case of Stevie, starring Glenda Jackson as Stevie Smith. The fair, such as Howl, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. Then there’s the downright dismal, which is the story with Gwynneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath in Sylvia.
Reaching for the Moon (Wolfe), starring Miranda Otto as lesbian poet Elizabeth Bishop is, gratefully, in the good category.
You may not know the name Del Shores, but you are probably more than familiar with one of his most recognized projects, Sordid Lives, which was a movie in 2000 and a TV series prequel in 2008. Shores has written several plays and has written and produced for a variety of television shows from Touched by An Angel to Dharma & Greg and Queer as Folk.
I hate flying. Well, not so much the flying but the taking off and landing. So I have something in common with Liam Neeson’s character in the new thriller Non-Stop. In the film, Neeson plays Bill Marks, an alcoholic, depressed air marshal who may or may not be having a beef with his employer. The similarities between the character and myself ended at “afraid to fly.” Of course, that fear of flying makes air marshal not such a good career choice and Marks seems to be at the end of his rope when he’s about to board another flight.
“A film of the theatrical experience,” Southern Baptist Sissies (Beard Collins Shores Productions) might feel like a bit of a letdown after the Sordid Lives movie and subsequent TV series. But the strength of Del Shores’s writing and the performances of the talented cast go a long way in convincing the viewer to overlook the limitations of the stagey presentation.
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