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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Drama

Game Change

Not nearly as good as the book, but vote Moore for the Emmy.


Drama

Rod Lott
Nearly every scene of HBO's telefilm Game Change, I recall from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's excellent nonfiction book of the same thing. But the movie directed by Jay Roach (of the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents franchises) only tells half — maybe even one-quarter — of the story, ignoring the 2008 presidential-campaign narratives of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards for the one it finds most compelling: that of Sarah Palin and John McCain, and not the other way around.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life / Telstar: The Joe Meek Story

One’s in tune; the other, tone-deaf.


Drama

Rod Lott
Because one usually has to enjoy the stature of a Johnny Cash, here are two musicians I never dreamed would get biopics: Serge Gainsbourg and Joe Meek.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012

The Descendants

Say ‘aloha’ to a smart film about a fractured family.


Drama

Rod Lott
Once the Oscar contender to beat — until The Artist swooped in and did just that — The Descendants is the oddest kind of road movie: one in which the roads don’t exist at all. The travels undertaken by George Clooney’s harried, married Matt King character in this dramedy are done so mostly via plane, as he criss-crosses three of Hawaii’s eight islands in search of a stranger he doesn’t want to face, but stalks with great determination nonetheless.
 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely long and incredibly cloying.


Drama

Rod Lott
How? Of all the films that could have filled that ninth Best Picture slot at this year's Academy Awards, how did Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close get there? Manipulation is one thing; manipulation soaked in implausibility is another entirely: Oscar bait of the worst, most despicable order.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In Darkness


Drama

Phil Bacharach
It’s not as if there’s been a grievous shortage of movies detailing the horrors of the Holocaust. Even so, Poland’s In Darkness, which is scheduled to open Friday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, adds something to the cinematic discussion, chiefly in the form of its unlikely hero.
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sleeping Beauty

This ain't no princess story.


Drama

Rod Lott
Definitely not to be confused with the Disney cartoon — or any adaptation of the fairy tale, for that matter — this Sleeping Beauty is kind of like if you chose one of the masked women from the orgy scene of Eyes Wide Shut, then were told her backstory for 101 minutes.
 
Monday, April 9, 2012

Miss Bala

As a drama, this Mexican entree is mild.


Drama

Rod Lott

Conceptually, Miss Bala shares much in common with 2004's Maria Full of Grace. In that film, a young Colombian girl became a drug mule in order to save her family. Here, a young Mexican woman becomes a criminal accessory in order to save her friend.


 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shame

'Shame' on Oscar for ignoring this dangerous drama.


Drama

Rod Lott
Our daily life is defined by rituals. For you, that may mean a morning cup of coffee or a quick jog before bed. For Brandon Sullivan, the New York City-based protagonist of Shame, it means masturbating at work.
 
Monday, April 30, 2012

The Perfect Family

Even if her movie does not, Kathleen Turner shines as the moralistic matriarch at the head of 'The Perfect Family.'


Drama

Rod Lott
The Perfect Family
5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Knights of the Round Table

Good ‘Knight’? Not quite.


Drama

Rod Lott
From 1953, Knights of the Round Table proudly boasts the CinemaScope logo as it opens, trumpeting itself as an epic Hollywood costumed drama on a massive scale: no expense spared, no detail ignored. And no story engagement.
 
Thursday, May 17, 2012
 
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