4 posts categorized "Memoir"

February 20, 2022

THE HAND OF GOD

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ColeSmithey.comDreadful.

This movie is a dog.

Dogdamn it. 

Paolo Sorrentino's filmic coming-of-age memoir has some pretty scenery but plays like a train going .001 miles per hour.

Characters ostensibly based on real people are just hateful, mean, and socially destructive.

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Rob Brydon's and Steve Coogan's "Trip To Italy" movie is a much better choice if a modern day Italian travelogue is what you're after .

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Rated R. 130 mins. 

Zero StarsZERO STARS

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January 19, 2022

THE TENDER BAR

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ColeSmithey.comAmateurish memoir adaptation.

George Clooney has lost his touch as a director.

Clooney's eighth feature effort is hobbled by myriad missteps. 

Rudimentary rules of filmmaking get broken at every turn.

Voice-over narration (show don't tell), inept acting (Daniel Ranieri's cringe-inducing performance), and an on-the-nose script (beauty-can-disguise-a-horrible-soul), doom this movie to the dust bin of history.

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Memoir moral: J.R. Moehringer wasn't bright enough to realize he had a responsible father figure all along. Duh.

Dumbass.

Pulitzer — Schumilitzer. 

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November 22, 2009

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE

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ColeSmithey.comBased on her own novel, Rebecca Miller directs this wallowing tale of bad people doing bad things.

Unfortunately, the film comes apart at its emotionally precarious seams. Robin Wright Penn plays Pippa, who martyrs herself for her much older (by 30 years) husband Herb (Alan Arkin).

The generational divide between this spring/winter couple comes to the fore when his medical condition demands that they move out of their posh beach house to a retirement community in Connecticut.

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The story flip-flops between Pippa's current tribulations and disingenuous flashbacks which depict Pippa's helter-skelter youth at the mercy of her unfit mother (Maria Bello), whom she escaped at 16. Young Pippa (played by Blake Lively) briefly crashes with her lesbian aunt.

Said aunt's fetish photographer girlfriend Kat (played by Jullianne Moore) takes a shine to Pippa before sending the lost young soul packing.

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With two grown children out of her perennially mussed hair, Pippa finds herself attracted to her neighbor's son Chris (played by Keanu Reeves).

An act of adultery by Herb gives Pippa license to pursue Chris but there isn't much rhyme or reason to their coupling.

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"The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" doesn't know whether it's a drama, a comedy, or a random slice-of-life expose.

Neither will you.

Rated R. 98 mins.

1 Star

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