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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Report Card---"Still Alice"

"Still Alice" is about a woman facing the onset of early Alzheimer's disease.
This is not light fare.
But it is absorbing, sensitively portrayed, and wonderfully acted.
It helps to be in the mood for this.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Very.
A.

Compelling even?

Often.
A+.

Is it controversial?

Issues of family responsibility could have been more controversial.
C-.

Is it a story worth telling?

Absolutely.
A+.

Is it good storytelling?

Yes.
B+.

Is it well written?

Yes.
B+.


Is it well cast? Well played?

Julianne Moore gives a career performance.
Alec Baldwin is really good in a role that is not like what he usually plays.
A+.

Well shot?

Well enough.
B+.

Is it too long? Too short?

Not at all long.
A.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely, and extremely.
A+.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

You pretty much know where it's going.
C.

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

Yes. Particularly when I have senior moments.
A.

Is it funny?

No. I suppose they could have found some humor.
C.

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

No.
D.

Is it impressive?

Yes. Particularly the acting.
A.

Overall grade: A.

Julianne Moore should be in the hunt on Oscar Night.


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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 macchus999@aol.com. 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."