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Been a While…Louis (2011)

I haven’t posted in a while, moving is exhausting and all consuming! Just as I felt settled in, I started designing costumes for not one, but two shows…crazy busy, just how I like it. Speaking of things I like, there’s a charming movie from 2011 called Louis.

A fanciful, dance and jazz filled tale fantastical tale of the early life of Louis Armstrong, Louis is well worth watching. It is a silent film with a beautiful soundtrack by the incomparable Wynton Marsalis and Cecile Licad. To call it a silent film is a bit of a misnomer, as Marsalis and Licad use their respective instruments to “talk” in the stead of any dialogue. This is a brilliant element of the film, so unique and interesting. The absolutely gorgeous and aptly named Grace (Shanti Lowry), dances her way through her part as a prostitute with a baby she adores completely. Judge Perry (Jackie Earle Haley) is running for office…and doesn’t want anyone finding out that he is the father of Grace’s baby. Haley is officially my favorite male actor, here he plays the Chaplinesque public official with aplomb. Louis (Anthony Coleman), is a plucky kid who just wants to play jazz, rising above his surroundings, influenced by it but not jaded by it. He is intrigued by Grace, and this leads him on quite a few adventures. This film is lovely, imaginative, and beautifully crafted.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Movie Reviews

 

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Little Children (2006)

Adapted by Tom Perrotta and Todd Field from Perrota’s novel of the same name, Little Children, is a tale of the lengths two people will go through to escape the soul numbing nature of marriage in suburbia. Sarah (Kate Winslet) is a well-educated writer who is disturbed by the way her life has turned out…married to a distant man who is obsessed with a girl on the internet, with a stalled career, and a child she can’t begin to understand. Brad (Patrick Wilson) is a law school grad who can’t seem to pass the bar. Married to a successful documentary film maker (Jennifer Connelly) and raising their young son, he is depressed and underwhelmed with his role in life. A chance meeting at the local park, and later at the municipal pool, leads to an affair. Sarah feels alive as she finds a reason to see herself as a desirable woman again. They use their kids as cover for their frequent meetings and eventual sexual relationship. Plans to run away together leads them to one fateful night. A second story (too good to call a subplot), of a pedophile (Jackie Earle Haley) who has returned to live with his mother (Phyllis Somerville) and faces the shaming of the town and the particular vehemence of disgruntled former police officer Larry (Noah Emmerich), is compelling for its rawness and refusal to make either man all good or all bad. A complex exploration of modern angst with incredible characters richly brought to life, especially by Winslet and Haley, this is a film that will stay with me a long time. A brilliant piece of modern cinema.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Movie Reviews

 

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