With four well-received films in 14 years, Nicole Holofcener has established herself as one of the best writer-directors in the business, drawing on her own life experiences to create observant and funny feature films.
Her fifth and latest film, entitled Enough Said, sees single parent and masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) strike up a romance with Albert (the late great James Gandolfini, in his last leading role). Simultaneously, Eva is becoming fast friends with her latest massage client Marianne (Catherine Keener), who is soon revealed to be Albert’s ex-wife. Unable to turn a deaf ear to Marianne’s constant complaints about her ex-husband, Eva soon begins to doubt her own relationship with Albert.
Holofcener was in London to promote the film for the London Film Festival, and on behalf of HeyUGuys I got a chance to chat to her about working with Gandolfini, and how her relationship with long-time collaborator Catherine Keener has developed.
Nowadays, more and more film stars are heading to the small screen, such is the wealth of excellent material being made on television. For romantic comedy Enough Said however, it’s the reverse; written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, it brings together two TV icons in Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini (in his last leading role) to charming effect in a film that’s both sweet and bittersweet. It’s regrettable this is one of the last times we’ll see Gandolfini grace the silver screen, but it’s a fine note to go out on.
Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here. Enough Said was screened at the 2013 London Film Festival.
Having acted under the tutelage of some of Hollywood’s finest directors in his twentysomething years in the industry, it’s safe to say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a masterclass in the art of filmmaking en route to making his first feature. Rather than play it safe, Gordon-Levitt has admirably chosen to tackle the delicate subject matter of porn addiction with his London Film Festival offering Don Jon (2013), applying all he has learnt and more in what is a smart, funny and insightful debut.
British director and master of suspense Paul Greengrass returns to screens this week with Captain Phillips (12A). Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, And Dangerous Days At Sea – which details the incredible true story of the 2009 hijacking by pirates of an American cargo ship – it’s an impressively told and suitably gripping thriller, and one of this year’s many highlights.
Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here. Captain Phillips opened the 2013 London Film Festival.
Easily the biggest sports scandal of recent times, the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong was bound to attract attention from the filmmaking community. There are currently three biopics on the disgraced cyclist in development, but first up is The Armstrong Lie. Directed by prolific documentarian Alex Gibney, the film examines both the how and the why of Armstrong’s contemptible actions.
Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here. The Armstrong Lie was screened at the 2013 London Film Festival.