Gone Baby Gone

May 3, 2009 at 11:40 am (Reviews) (, , )

Have I ever mentioned how much I love having a PVR?  It has totally changed the way I watch television-I think I’m watching less overall which can only be a good thing.  The problem can be that I get behind on my recordings.  I finally watched “Gone Baby Gone” this morning, which I think I recorded over a month ago.  Who knew that Ben Affleck could direct such a complex and thought provoking movie?  Twists, turns, complicated morality, unexpected results and situations…this movie was very well done.  Great performances, too.  I’ve always been a fan of Ed Harris and he’s fantastic, as usual.  Kudos also to Amy Madigan, Michelle Monaghan, Amy Ryan…well everyone, really.  I was also surprised and pleased with Casey Affleck.

Based on a book by Dennis Lehane (who also wrote the book Mystic River…which was turned into another powerful movie) and adapted by Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard, this is not a happy, feel good flick.  It is dark, complicated and thought provoking.  Watch it.  It is definitely worth it.

Lest you think that I’m only about the complicated and clever, I also watched “Don’t Mess with the Zohan” this weekend.  While not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, it certainly wasn’t the best either.  Mildly funny, and with some tiny attempts at satire it was a mindless little romp.  I’m starting to feel that I only REALLY like Adam Sandler when he stars with Drew Barrymore.  (“50 First Dates”‘ & “The Wedding Singer”)  Maybe that says more about her than him?

Speaking about Drew Barrymore, did you watch “Grey Gardens”?  Taking the advice of Lainey, of LaineyGossip (love her!) I watched the 1975 documentary first, then the HBO movie.    I agree that was the best way-I had something to compare with.  Hasn’t Drew become a luminous woman?  And a far better actress than I ever would have given her credit for.  She managed to keep up with Jessica Lange, and that’s no small competition.  Even if you don’t want to know shocking stories about Jackie O’s relatives, it is a strange, sad tale about mental illness and family dynamics.  Very well done.

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