TONE DEAF: Marguerite and Hello, My Name is Doris


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rev 1When Tommy Wiseau released his film The Room, it was so awful that it inadvertently became a cult hit, especially on the late night circuit.  But people often wondered whether the filmmaker knew just how execrable his movie really was.
I thought of that as I watched Marguerite, the new French film from writers Xavier Giannoli (who also directed) and Marcia Romano.  It’s a story about a patroness of the arts who gave recitals in her home to raise money for various charities.  When all the other performers had rendered their absolutely ravishing arias and duets, Marguerite would then conclude the evening by singing herself.  And out of her well meaning mouth came notes so awful, it made fingernails on a blackboard sound like one of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto.
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My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 3/18-3/25/16


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/18-25/16
ff 1ON NETFLIX: Galaxy Quest, written by David Howard and Robert Gordon, directed by Dean Parison, was an unexpected delight when it came out. A group of actors from a popular, though long cancelled, sci-fi television series find out that aliens have mistaken the series for reality and abduct the actors for help in defeating their cruel foes. A first rate cast including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shaloub and Sam Rockwell, among others, make this movie one hysterical satire.
ff 2ON HULU: With screenplay by Viktor Rozov and direction by Mikhail Kalatosov, The Cranes Are Flying is one of Russia’s greatest film. Set during World War II, it follows the lives of two young people, very much in love, as their lives are torn apart by Germany’s invasion. The movie wears its emotions on its sleeve, but it’s a very moving and powerful film. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING: Marguerite, The Clan, A.K., Too Late, Krisha, Hello My Name is Doris, City of Gold, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eye in the Sky, The Boy and the Beast, Backgammon, The Wave, Knight of Cups, Zootopia Continue reading