Review: Code 46

Code 46 is a British film from 2003 starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton in a sci-fi love story set in the “near future.” It recently arrived on Amazon Video and the plot synopsis and trailer pulled me in. Continue reading “Review: Code 46”

Review: Spotlight

Spotlight tells the story of The Boston Globe and its investigative team (Spotlight) that finally brought the story of child abuse in the Catholic Church national and global attention.

There has been so much anger and pain at the Catholic Church over this monstrous world-wide cover up of generations of young people traumatized and scarred forever by their most trusted patriarchal figureheads. It seems redundant to say this film will make you angry all over again. But it will.   Continue reading “Review: Spotlight”

Review: Welcome to Me

Welcome to Me stars Kristen Wiig as a mentally ill woman who wins $86M in the lottery and puts herself on a TV show that is all about her. Kristen Wiig is fantastic in this part and proves her talent as a dramatic actress with her portrayal of Alice Klieg.

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Welcome to Me”

Watch This: Trailer for Welcome to Me

I think winning $86 million in the lottery would make everyone go a little crazy, but in Welcome to Me, the main character is already crazy. Welcome to Me stars Kristen Wiig as a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder. She spends her winnings on buying herself a TV show which is about her and stars her. Oh, yeah, and she goes off her meds.

The cast in this indie production is simply outstanding: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bently, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Thomas Mann, Loretta Divine and more.

There is also a long list of producers, among them is Will Ferrell. The film boasts a female director:  Shira Piven.

When you think about it, what Wiig’s character does in this show is a little like starting a blog where all you want to do is share your opinions on things. Like, say, this blog. (Except I don’t have any money, and Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bently, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Thomas Mann, and Loretta Divine don’t want to come and play with me.)

The film will get a wide release on May 8, 2015, with limited openings on May 1. It looks good and you don’t have to win the lottery to afford it. Go see it.

Image Credit: Kristen Wiig TIFF 2014” by GabboTWelcome to Me 46. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Review: Thanks for Sharing

Thanks for Sharing boasts a great cast in a fair story about people in a 12-step group for sex addiction. The film gives superficial treatment to 4 sex addicts’ story lines. Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad and Alecia Moore (Pink) are the sex addicts; all are in the same support group.

Thanks for Sharing poster

Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo have been in the group and “sober” for a while. Newcomers Josh Gad and Pink join the group as the film starts.

Tim Robbins is in a stable relationship with a very underused Joely Richardson. He is estranged from his son, played by Patrick Fugit. A good part of his recovery efforts in the film deal with healing his relationship with his son.

Mark Ruffalo meets Gweneth Paltrow’s character as the film starts and wants to have a normal relationship with her after going for 5 years without being with anyone. She’s not without her own hangups, but his hangups definitely trump hers. He’s terrible at having a normal relationship.

Josh Gad probably has never had real sex in his life and has a creepy mother wonderfully played by Carol Kane. Inexplicably, he and Pink become good buddies and help each other with their recovery.

Finally there is Pink, whose problems are given the most cursory treatment. <sarcasm> Obviously, the men’s stories are more important than a woman’s. </sarcasm>

Here’s the trailer for this 2013 film.

Thanks for Sharing is worth watching, even though it isn’t the best film you’ve ever seen. If I were giving stars, I’d give it 3 out of 5.