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Friday, December 28, 2007

Starting Out in the Evening

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: An aging novelist, who is struggling to live up to his early career glory, gets taken for a ride when a beautiful young student asks to write her master's thesis about his life and career.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Frank Langella, Lili Taylor, Lauren Ambrose, Adrian Lester, Jessica Hecht, Michael Cumpsty

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This is an intellectual movie about intellectual people, so if "intellectual" is not in the top five words you'd use to describe yourself, you should probably skip this one. On the other hand, there's a certain older, intellectual crowd (which includes my parents) who might really take something from it.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: If you laugh when you're uncomfortable, there's a small chance. If not, then at least you get to feel uncomfortable.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If you have any dark memories relating to some shifty winter-spring romance you got yourself tangled up in, the kissing scene might bring tears to your eyes... Or vomit to your mouth.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It's nominated for a Best Screenplay Spirit Award. It's not my favorite of the bunch, but neither are any of the others.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Even though the story takes place within only about a year, Frank Langella does a nice job of making you feel like he's getting older before your very eyes.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Perfectly suited to this low budget story. It's unremarkable... in a good way.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: I appreciate how freely many of the characters speak their minds, even when what they have to say is not pretty. Maybe the straight forward and confrontational attitude is a New York thing, but it seems so rare these days for people to be honest about what they really think of each other, (I mean besides on anonymous chat boards). For that reason, it's interesting to see conversations between a bunch of people who can dish it out, and also take it. Unfortunately, simultaneously while I was enjoying this fresh dialogue, I found myself having to suspend disbelief that these people would actually talk to each other that way. But if they did, and if I was one of them, and if I were speaking to the writers, I would probably ask them if they had any idea what the young student's motivations were for behaving so seductively toward this old writer.

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Janeen said...

I liked this movie quite a lot, despite the fact that it was slow at times. Of course, its a drama, so I always expect that! I did get a bit choked up when she came to visit him and he slapped her. You just GOT his pain, and hers. That made me think this was pretty good writing, since I felt bad for both characters. Anyway, just my little opinion!

Monique said...

I defintely had an emotion when he slapped her, but it wasn't choked up. It was more like, good for him, she totallly deserved that. Because he really resisted believing that her advances were real at first, and she kept deliberately convincing him that they were. I still don't understand her motivations for that, and I was glad she got slapped.

And btw, a yellow light is an admittance that some people will enjoy the movie, but probably not all. So I don't disagree with your positive feelings about it. It didn't suck...