Directed by: William H. Macy
Written by: Jeff Robison and Casey Twenter
Starring: Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, and Laurence Fishburne
This was NOT the movie I expected it to be. It’s going to be difficult to say much without spoiling the twist that made me like Rudderless so much more than I anticipated, so I will keep this brief.
After the devastating loss of his son, Sam struggles to cope with his life moving forward. Sam’s ex-wife gives him a collection of the songs that their son had written and recorded. He immerses himself in the music and eventually performs one of the songs at a local bar. A nervous, persistent young man, Quentin played by Anton Yelchin, then approaches him about collaborating on the songs; the two form a bond and eventually begin playing this very popular music for large local crowds. (more…)
Directed & Written by: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
Other than some gorgeous cinematography coupled with equally gorgeous paintings, Mr. Turner falls pretty flat. This film is less about a story and more about a man’s life; but the lack of a plot progression coupled with an unlikable character makes Mr. Turner‘s running time of 150 minutes a bit difficult to stomach.
Timothy Spall plays J.M.W. Turner, a Romantic British painter working in the 1800s. He primarily painted landscapes of places both natural and man made. Turner regularly ventures to an ocean-front town where he falls in love with a landlady, and subsequently, the sea. Through his visits to see Sophia Booth Turner develops a preoccupation with the sea and develops a fondness for painting its fury, calm, and glory. When he is not seaside, he is at home often taking advantage of the love and kindness of his housekeeper. Turner’s grief upon the loss of his father is also explored. (more…)