This movie is brilliant, really it is. The fact that it is based on a true story only adds to it and makes it that much better.Basically, this movie is following Harold Guppy, a man who we want to like but does some pretty despicable things on our road to the ending. He seems like he's had quite a bit of trouble in his life (he lets us know in a discussion with his brother) and he wants to start fresh. This won't be the only time he has such ambitions.Harold is immediately welcomed into a family who are looking to rent a room. Enter Julie Walters. Although it's a nice, friendly, relationship at first, Harold and Mrs. Beasley's relationship soon turn sexual (though he's in his 30's and she her 50's), where they even result in having sex in bed with Mrs. Beasley's (or as he calls her, Mum's) daughter Joyce.Their relationship is smooth enough until Harold decides he wants to get out. Mum has this psychological control over him and it isn't healthy. They are now regularly sleeping together (with Joyce still in the bed) and Harold needs to get out of the situation. So he escapes, at least, for a while.Soon enough Mum has control of him again, saying she'll tell the police that Harold sexually abused Joyce. So here he is again, back in Mum's control.We are led to believe that Harold really is a good boy, just a weak one. We have compassion for him, as he really needs Mum (it's not as if he ever had one growing up), and he can't escape. But he must.All the way to the end, we pity our Harold as everything falls apart. And it does fall apart for poor Harold.This movie is sad in its simplicity and we do feel for many of the characters, Harold's brother and wife, Mum's children, Joyce, Mr. Beasley, the list goes on.I'd suggest this movie a million times over. The film-maker films each shot so coldly, there never really is any sunshine, and everything seems so grey...it's reminiscent of the relationship Harold and Mum have. Icy.Julie Walters and Rupert Graves deliver masterly performances, as well as the young girl who is Joyce. Congrats to everyone who worked on this film, it's amazing.
This is one of those above average TV movies that you'll be glad to have caught on, well, television. I saw it on LMN, and it is definitely worth the while. There's not really a dull moment - and what a creep! The warning signs of an obsessive/abuser is well done--women and girls will be well advised to take heed.If a guy moves too fast in the relationship, if he doesn't respect boundaries, if he can't take criticisms, if he starts making decisions for you, if you get a gut feeling...listen to your friends, but don't be beholden to them - unless they're warning you against an abuser. It's better to have love and lost then to hold on to an unhealthy relationship.
The common denominator of a Lifetime film seems to be that someone is harassing someone else and it becomes a guessing game who is doing the harassing. You don't need Jessica Fletcher here because it becomes obvious who the culprit is. The question who shall keep asking is whyWoman meets the ideal guy through friends. Woman is divorced and has a bright child. The new love in her life buys the kid a bicycle which ticks the woman off. Man begins a systematic harassment of the woman. We know exactly what is going on.As usual in these films, the police seem to be in the dark but by the end they find all the incriminating evidence they need.This gal needs relationships to keep her going. At film's end, she is busy with her boss, 5 years her junior.
This felt like it would go a different way. Having a teacher student relationship front and center and all that. But there is more to it ... and more to the teacher than meets the eye. So this is not just here to fulfill your secret fantasies (or nightmares), but has some extra meat to it (no pun intended).The thriller aspect of the movie works overall. Yes there are cliches, yes the movie will move to a direction once it is revealed what it's truly about ... that you expect. And still it is more than decent. Especially the ending makes up for some of the flaws along the way ... if you even feel they are flaws.
I really liked this quiet yet powerful indie, which I thought was extremely well acted, written, and directed.Riley Keough and Jena Malone give superb performances in their lead roles here. Keough portrays Sarah who's in an unhappy marriage with a workaholic husband, while devoting herself to her young daughter Jessie. Malone plays Mindy who is Sarah's best friend but which eventually develops into a sexual relationship between the two. The chemistry between Sarah and Mindy works exceedingly well throughout the movie, despite the fact that they are conflicted about committing to each other, and thus continue in their daily lives without doing so. Even years later, when Mindy is set to be married the powerful erotic and spiritual connection between the two continues.Overall, this is one of those films that caught me by surprise and if you like quiet indies that really grab you and are filled with realism, then this one may very well be to your liking. To note, there are several raw and explicit conversational scenes for those that are concerned about this in a movie.Korean-American filmmaker So Yong Kim ably handles the direction here, and co-wrote the script with her husband Bradley Rust Gray.
Lovesong is an intimate relationship drama, lovingly told, the kind of indie that hangs not on the script or dialogue, but on the beauty of the images and the mostly silent performances of its leads. And while the story is intriguing and the actors good, it never really rises up to become something memorable. Lovesong is, true to its title, a bittersweet love story about two best friends, Sarah and Mindy. Sarah married young and now finds herself isolated as a single mother who only has a toddler to talk to, her husband travelling around the world. She calls her friend Mindy who immediately, like a breath of fresh air, arrives to reassure her, tell her that she's a good mom and to urge her to have fun. The two friends along with Sarah's daughter go an impromptu road trip. But while discussing their past some tension comes up and the two end up pushing their relationship into a more romantic capacity. Things go a bit awry and the movie picks up three years later just as Sarah's relationship is dissolving and Mindy is about to get married. Writer/director So Yong Kim keeps things simple and naturalistic for her leading ladies (no makeup and a distinct lack of over the top reactions). The two main actresses Jena Malone and Riley Keough both work with her very well. But while the two have a soft chemistry that suits the style of the movie it isn't the kind of burning passion that would have made this film really stand out. And everything feels too subtle, too subdued. I liked this movie well enough while I was watching, but I also have the distinct feeling that it won't exactly stick in my mind. Still worth watching.
Cons: ANOTHER INDIE LESBIAN MOVIE THAT ENDS THE WRONG WAY.. I would have rather seen them having a relationship and then breaking it up for a different reason. I felt like it was an okay movie, with some good jokes, and it deserved some other turning points. Pros: The photography is great. The beginning has some very tender images featuring nature and a very nice mom/daughter relationship... The performances are quite good!
Country Strong (2010): Dir: Shana Feste / Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Marshall Chapman: Why this film is called Country Strong is a mystery because it is a total downward spiral that goes totally against the notion of surviving fame. Director Shana Feste also wrote the screenplay and it shows that writing is not her strong point. She opens the film effectively with Gwyneth Paltrow as Kelly Canter, country music icon released from rehab after a stint that caused her a miscarriage in Dallas. We know from the start that she will struggle with addiction during her comeback tour but it is the slap in the face conclusion that left viewers groaning. Is Canter's fate really the material that the title describes Paltrow can sing and puts on a great Dallas concert but much of the film she is in agony, and her manager / husband played by Tim McGraw is a wealth seeking prude who never realizes his pig-headed mistake until it is too late. Together they make for one depressing couple to spend ninety plus minutes to watch. Then there is Garrett Hedlund as newcomer Beau who has sexual relations with Canter and a new performer Chiles Stanton. These relations bare no emotion and basically paint Beau as an unsympathetic caregiver. Only Leighton Meester as Chiles is remotely interesting as she struggles with stage fright then becomes a new sensation who is seemingly taught how to be level by sex banger Beau and drunk and destructive Canter. Technically well made film about the illusions of fame but the result is a film that is hardly strong. Score: 4 / 10
This was not the first nor the last movie that used hardcore sex as a mainstream movie. Could it have worked without us seeing all the nudity and the explicit sex I think yes, but it does make a point in how disconnected sex and feelings can be. Hence the title we get. This is a drama, so it is not totally there to be a viewing pleasure (no pun intended) or just plain arouse the viewer.We get relationships and issues within - how sex is a substitute ... but also something we seek! Sometimes knowing it won't actually bring us more than a quick satisfaction - quite literally. How can it be sustained The acting is really good and you probably will care for them, which of course is a good thing. I never came around watching this until now - I thought the sex was just there to shock us into watching it, but there is more here than that. 59ce067264