Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Film and Television

I love movies. I love going to the movies and I love watching movies at home. I love writing about movies, something I’ve been doing now for 15 years. But I often feel like I’ve become jaded by seeing so many movies. It’s hard to find something that really surprises me anymore, something I desperately want to talk about with my friends after a screening. Maybe Hollywood just isn’t turning out those kinds of gems anymore, focusing more on blockbuster tent pole event movies that they can hopefully extend on for many, many sequels at the cost of doing something new and original.

Let’s face it, after stillborn live-action features such as Maleficent and Cinderella, in which Disney greedily attempted to bring classic cartoon characters such as Snow White and Cinderella to life, there’s only one that survived the transition. That would be 1996’s 101 Dalmatians, starring the versatile Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil.

Like Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange, the Brazilian film The Way He Looks (Strand), the full-length feature debut by writer/director Daniel Ribiero, wasn’t just one of the best gay movies of the 2014 LGBT film fest circuit, it’s one of the best gay movies ever. Period.

Friday, April 17, 2015

True Story: Cat & Mouse (Yawn)

I’m usually up to speed on my movie background before going to see a movie, but I’ve managed to keep myself in the dark about the new drama True Story. I didn’t realize going in that the movie was based on a book by the same name about actual events involving the author and the subject of the book. I’m not sure knowing any of that would have made things any clearer.

Get Hard is the latest comedy from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and while Hart has seen his star ascend rather rapidly over the past year, Ferrell has hit kind of a plateau, teetering on the edge of a career flame-out thanks to an over-reliance on his patented, dim, over-grown man-child character that served him so well on SNL, and, when he first broke into movies, with films like Old School, Anchorman, and Elf. That character has grown tiresome (Anchorman 2 severely under-performed at the box office), and audiences haven’t taken to a more mature Ferrell in films like Stranger Than Fiction and Everything Must Go, so what’s the next step?

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