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Friday, February 27, 2015

Report Card---Love Is Strange"

I stated, before I began my Oscar picks, that I still had a couple of Report Cards to attend to.
This is one of them.
It went under everyone's radar.
It wasn't nominated for anything.
Nor did it deserve to be.
Frankly, I'm surprised that anyone involved in it's production would have enough confidence and pride in it to even send out DVD screeners for it.

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are two homosexuals who are married to each other.
Their marriage has caused legal problems that has cost one of them his job.
This is all established in the first fifteen minutes.
You'd think that the rest of the movie would be devoted to them attempting to fighting the system, to getting the job back.
It isn't.
The rest of the movie is about nothing.
Just mutual consolation.
This is what is known in movies as a "character study".
It can also be referred to as "contemplating one's navel".

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Only in the first fifteen minutes.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

It has the potential to be, but it isn't.

Is it a story worth telling?

There really wasn't one.

Is it good storytelling?

A "character study" means that there were characters worth studying. They weren't.

Is it well written?

The dialogue was fair.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Lithgow and Molina are wonderful actors. This one really tested their craft.
Within the limitations of the script, they were fine.

Well shot?

Nothing fancy.

Is it too long? Too short?

The time didn't just fly by.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and not a lot.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I really kind of thought that something was going to happen. I was surprised when nothing did.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Very little thinking was involved at all.

Is it funny?

No. A little light relief might have helped.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

No bucks.

Is it impressive?

No impressiveness.

Overall grade: C-.

It was a shame to see talent like this wasted like that.


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Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."