A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester) ***1/2 - This is another film under the heading WHY HAVEN'T I SEEN THIS ONE. I mean, I love The Beatles as much as pretty much everyone under 80. Is it a concert film? Not exactly. I thought it was too but it really isn't. It's a musical-comedy film structured around the Beatles with lots of bits and pieces and a sliver of a plot that only serves to highlight the music, the Beatles' personalities and Beatlemania. It's a must-see for any fan of music and film.
L.I.E. (Michael Cuesta) ***1/2 -
This film reminds me of a Larry Clark film -- if Larry Clark was
actually a GOOD filmmaker. Like Clark, this film tackles adolescent
angst, sexuality and delinquency. However, the potentially
sensationalistic and/or exploitative storyline that of a troubled young
teenage boy coping with both the tragic death of his mother and his
relationship with a local pederast is given a very tasteful treatment.
The film is further boosted by the wonderful performances of Paul Dano
and Brian Cox who give their characters numerous wonderful dimensions.