Monday, July 31, 2006

Sunday, July 30, 2006


This week on the Link Daily Blog I'll be reviewing Woody Allen's Scoop. It's no Match Point, but Woody is clearly energized by the British setting and a younger cast......

Friday, July 28, 2006

Comfort Movies

A few years ago Dreamworks released a light romantic comedy called "The Love Letter." (Directed by Peter Chan) Based upon a novel by Cathleen Schine, "The Love Letter" is the story of Helen (Kate Capshaw), recently divorced and running a ramshackle bookstore in a quaint New England village.


As the movie opens, Helen has packed her daughter off to camp. One day in the bookstore she finds an unsigned love letter which she naturally assumes is for her. She becomes obsessed with the writer's identity, thinking at first it's high school friend George (Tom Selleck, charming) but shocked to discover it might be her young employee Johnny (Tom Everett Scott). Johnny has the hots for her and the two begin an affair.

The letter falls into other hands, and several characters come to believe the letter is meant for them. Helen's assistant (Ellen DeGeneres) and another employee
(Julianne Nicholson) each make erotic mistakes based on misreadings of the letter.

The mystery of the letter involves Helen's mother (Blythe Danner), and is surprising though not shocking. I bring up "The Love Letter" because it's a random film that I find myself watching whenever it appears on cable, and I can't figure out why. Essentially it's a very special episode of "Northern Exposure," with quirky characters in an isolated setting allowed to bloom but not to cross the line into absurdism.

What does my addiction to "The Love Letter" say about me? Julianne Nicholson looks great with a buzz cut, for starters. Most of the time I share the film's infinitely optimistic view on the possibilities of love. Also, the film portrays a community of genuinely appealing people who rely on each other for friendship, solace, etc. Not the most deeply philosophical ideas perhaps, but important nonetheless.

(image - the z review)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

More technical stuff

I've been told that for those using Internet Explorer the site still looks wonky....Steps are underway to fix this.....

Thanks Rob!

This site now looks much better, thanks in part to my friend Rob McCartney. Please visit his one-line movie review site (in the Links list). I promise to post more frequently from here on in....

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A good Friday night movie....

As promised, here's a fair-to-middling review of "Clerks 2." Thanks to Rosario Dawson for brightening things up considerably, and to my friend Lynne for going with me after our show......

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Clerks 2

I'm back in the movie reviewing saddle this week at the Link Daily Blog. I'll be reviewing "Clerks II," which calls to mind a memory of seeing the first "Clerks" on the big screen.

Of course "Clerks" never came to Greenville, but thanks to Mom's support of my budding inner film critic I saw it at this one-screen theater in Atlanta. Physically, the Garden Hills is one of the most pleasant places to see a movie I've ever encountered.

I'll post a link to my review, and hope that Rosario Dawson and filming in color make this one worth it.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lois who?

There's a discussion at Cinemarati about who should have played Lois Lane in 'Superman Returns.' The general feeling is that Kate Bosworth wasn't quite up to the task.


There's a good deal of support for Parker Posey, who played Lex's sidekick Kitty. Alexis Bledel of 'Gilmore Girls' had some fans as well ("the one actress who looks younger than Bosworth" wrote one respondent). My vote was for Bledel's "Gilmore" costar Lauren Graham. Visit this never-dull blog and chime in.

(image of Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush from

Big Mean Love Lily

Amanda Seyfried plays Sarah on the HBO series 'Big Love'. Sarah is the oldest daughter of Bill Paxton's polygamist and his first wife Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn). As the season progressed, Sarah grew increasingly uneasy with the life her parents had chosen. A friend (Tina Majorino) who figured out the family's secret helped prod Sarah down her path of uneasiness.


I single out Seyfried because I shared her point of view about the other characters on the show, which imagines a neo-Mormon utopia in which women are denied their agency while men plot economic self-aggrandizement. Blessed with a very expressive face, her performance was the most recognizably human on the show, rivaled only by Ginnifer Goodwin's as the youngest of the three wives.

I recently saw Seyfried (again) play the dumbest of the "Plastics" in "Mean Girls." It would have been easy to play this role in broad strokes, but Seyfried does it w/ dignity. She also plays the murdered Lily Kane on "Veronica Mars," a show I'm only beginning to expereince the pleasures of.

According to IMDB, Seyfried is filming a movie called "Solstice" with "One Tree Hill" star Hilarie Burton. Hopefully she'll have even more big screen work in the near future...