Starring Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin Fitzgerald as ‘so-called friends’, Always Shineis an example of what can happen when jealousy between friends gets out of control.
Davis’s portrayal of a jealous friend is definitely my favourite thing about Always Shine. Neither of the two lead characters comes across as perfect. Yet, up until this point, I don’t think I’d ever seen a friendship up close, that was so poisonous and shady. Davis, Fitzgerald and director Sophia Takal did a good job of creating tension.
Admittedly, towards the end I did get quite lost in regards to precisely what was going on and all that it meant. Still, I say, watch Always Shine for Davis’s very memorable performance and maybe you will kindly explain to me what the end is all about.
Always Shine stars Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald and Lawrence Michael Levine. Directed by Sophia Takal, it’s a thriller with competition and jealousy between best friends at its heart…
Interesting subject matter, jealousy. It’s part of the human condition but as is the case with mosts things, it’s really what you do with it that matters most. Based on this trailer, it looks like at least one of the characters lets the emotion take over and so comes the darkness.
The Ross Katz directed and rather aptly named comedy/ drama, Adult Beginners stars funny man Nick Kroll, Australian actress Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.
If you’re open to a story about adult sibling relationships, starting again after losing everything, and getting your priorities in order, then Adult Beginners is interesting, though never too demanding.
The writing, chemistry between the three leads and the way the camera captures the lives of the characters makes for very believable and real situations. As for how engaging it all is, the phrase ‘incredibly engrossing’ definitely doesn’t fit.
As for the comedy, most of it will make you smile and 2 or three times you may laugh out loud. My interest in seeing Kroll in a somewhat serious role is why I watched. It also helped that the always reliable Byrne and Cannavale were involved.
Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Jason Mantzoukas also star.
It’s Complicated is a well cast comedy/romance starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the film follows a divorced couple who reignite their relationship even though one of them has remarried.
The couple’s complicated situation which also includes three grown up children presents a great opportunity for both comedy and drama; something Meyers took great advantage of – evident in the way the subject matter is handled.
For me, what makes It’s complicated work is Streep and Baldwin’s great chemistry. The supporting cast which includes Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish and Caitlin FitzGerald certainly don’t hurt either.
I’m a big fan of Baldwin, thanks in large part to his great work as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock. As for Meryl Streep, I almost feel like, to love film is to love her, so there really was no way I would have not watched the film.
Tune in for the subject matter and some good light hearted fun – should you be wanting that sort of thing.