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Apr092018

Beauty vs Beast: To Boston With Love

Jason from MNPP here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" - the director David Gordon Green is turning 43 today, so while we wait to see what he does with his Halloween sequel-o-sorts later this year let's cast an eye  a millimeter backwards towards his last movie, the very fine but somewhat overlooked Stronger. I personally was pretty sad the movie never gained any footing during the awards season for its stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany or for Miranda Richardson in Supporting - they were all worthy in my book (and Jake made the Bronze in Nathaniel's Film Bitch Awards). But time will be kind to all of them, I think. The film isn't easy on any of its characters - it refuses to sanctify the terror victim or the "supporting girlfriend" at its heart at every turn. These are complicated people in an extremely complicated situation.

 

PREVIOUSLY Toss a bone up and see where it lands - last week we wished Stanely Kubrick's 2001 a happy 50 and y'all surprised me with your love for humanity of all things (this is Kubrick, people!), giving Keir Dullea's space-babe a 4% victory over the dead red eye of HAL-9000. Said MARIAH, perhaps summing many of our votes up (Keir was a piece, it's true):

"I am voting for Dave because I am a homosexual male."

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Reader Comments (6)

I’ll admit: I holded out on seeing this because I didn’t think Gyllenhaal would be nominated. So, I never saw it.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

If there's ever a DGG vs. Lars von Trier Deathmatch, watch this with Breaking the Waves.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKatey

Team Tatiana for her patience - Jake’s reluctance and sassiness and Miranda’s indoor smoking seemed much more unbearable than losing my legs!

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

I believe all three of these actors were excellent, and it was also a solid film. Gyllenhaal great, Maslany quietly brilliant and Miranda Richardson so electric. It saddens me it was completely overlooked.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterevangelina

Team Erin because I'm also a marathoner.

April 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

evangelina -- i'm so wondering when Maslany will get her due in film. The peak of her career shouldn't be Orphan Black. The breakthrough isn't supposed to be the peak! Here's hoping some juicy roles are coming her way.

April 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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