Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A netflix movie night...

Caught these two movies on netflix last night during another bout with insomnia.  Great recommendations.  Highly recommended.

The first was Beat starring Kiefer Sutherland as openly gay writer William Boroughs and Courtney Love as his estranged wife, Joan.  It's the true story about the college days of a circle of friends who will later become an integral part of the "beat" movement and become some of the most influential writers of our time including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.  The story begins with a murder; due to unrequited love, a theme that is used heavily throughout the film, involving Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints) and a man who is obsessively in love with him, and it ends with a murder.  Both shaping the future work of the main characters.  My one gripe is the down play of Courtney Love's Vollmer addiction and deterioration due to drugs and alcohol.  But overall an interesting story with a great cast.  Plus Sam Tramell of True Blood fulfills some of my homosexual fantasies as a love interest/house boy to Boroughs.

Seems like this was a True Blood centric movie night with Evan Rachel Wood as Kimberly, the seemingly picture perfect, all-American girl in this satiric, black comedy.  Ron Livingston also makes his second appearance of the night as a well meaning English teacher who gets accused of sexual harassment by Kimberly and her small clique of friends.  The tagline for this film is "Revenge knows no mercy", a point made abundantly clear by the films final reveal.  Jane Krakowski from Alley McBeal is entertaining as the lesbian reporter who gets caught up in Kimberly's attempt at fame but the break out for me was Adi Schnall as Randa, a recent transfer student from the Middle East.

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