jay nixon (jjnxn)pennsylvania
jay's Recent Reviews
Stolid reworking of Hamlet certainly has an outstanding cast but the director has no idea what to do with them. He has drained the inherent tragedy from the piece and what is left is a hollow exercise in tedium. Not a single one of his players, all experienced Shakespearean actors, is given a chance to let loose and breath some kind of life into this flat enterprise.
Somewhat obnoxious comedy, Gargan in particular is hard to take, with Shirley moving into teenhood. She's been better elsewhere and the story is one big cliche after another. Guy Kibbee is good but he's about the only redeeming feature this has.
jay's Favorite Movies
A captivating small film dealing with the relationship of two gay men over many years and the surrounding upheaval of the gay movement. Many wonderful supporting performances contribute to the overall goodwill of the film. Sirena Irwin is a sketch as Beverly the trend jumping greek chorus and Jill St. John an absolute scene stealer as Alan's boozy wise mom. The musical score is also loaded with excellent choices which really set the right tone for each scene. It all boils down however to the chemistry and performances of the two lead actors which are strong and makes you really like and root for the characters through their journey.
a cautionary tale about the insidiousness of evil and the danger of complacency