Movie Diary 9/28/2015

Had a great weekend at the Port Townsend Film Festival, where the weather was good and the food was great and the movies – most of which I didn’t get to see – were rumored to be grand. I did some onstage interviews with Beau Bridges, Chris Cooper, and Marianne Leone Cooper, which I hope were as interesting to other people as they were to me. Those folks were very generous with their time, in any case. The interviews were connected to these movies, all of which deserved a re-visit from me:

The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves, 1989). A Seattle that ought to really exist, fine stuff from the Bridges brothers and Michelle Pfeiffer (all of whom seem genuinely musical), and a pretty deft blend of comedy and drama from a very young, first-time director.

My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan, 1989). In many ways it’s a simple, straightforward film, but that’s part of its strategy to make sure you realize Christy Brown is one of us. Nothing simple about the performances from Daniel Day-Lewis and Hugh O’Conor as Brown, however.

Adaptation. (Spike Jonze, 2002). This sustains its clever idea even better than I remembered. Rest in peace, Donald Kaufman.

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