Originally Posted by Master Zik
Originally Posted by psk2310
Wifey & I caught Olive Kitteridge on HBO this afternoon. This 2 part mini series or movie based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book was solid. Great performance from Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, & even the bit role from Bill Murray... John Gallagher from Newsroom & Short Term was in it too...
What was it about?
It was on all day today and I was gonna give it a shot but when I read the synopsis it felt like it was some ongoing series that I'd be jumping in the middle of. Wasn't making much sense to me so I passed, then the Talented Mr. Ripley came on
I also watched The Mexican today for the first time. Meh overall.
And now it has me wondering so I ask yall. Is Julia Roberts really a good actress?
It's one of those slice of life flicks looking into the life of a school teacher whose married with a son. She's well meaning but kinda anti social person who suffers from severe depression (possibly even mental illness). Although she means well, she has a negative effect on her husband (Richard Jenkins) & son (John Gallagher ) which greatly effects their lives.
It really does great job exploring how complex a marriage (especially a long one) can be. I really liked the dichotomy of how needlessly cruel Olive (Frances McDormand) could be & how kind her husband was. It was a really stark contrast which was explored very well.
As for Julie Roberts, she's done a lot of crap movies & I think The Mexican was one of them. I thought she was stellar in Erin Brockovich. I also enjoyed Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding, & Closer.
Also, just finished the Roger Ebert doc Life Itself. What a great doc. It was a moving tribute to the man who lived a great & accomplished life. My wife & I really liked it. What I liked about it is that he had an even better family life. Great look also into the love/hate & ultimately love relationship he had with Gene Siskel (whose wife is a fine cougar BTW