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The Emmy-nominated Spectacle: Elvis Costello with . . . finds talented singer/songwriter Elvis Costello querying various musicians about the craft. He then performs with them or collaborates on various songs of his own as well as their songs or a mish-mash of both. S2 includes guests The Edge, Bono, Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett and Bruce Springsteen. As an interviewer, Costello is affable, comfortable and an astute listener. Most talk is of production and admiration between Costello and whomever his guest happens to be. In Episode 4, Mary-Louise Parker interviews Costello. Apparently she’s a music writer according to Costello’s intro of the Emmy and Tony-award winner. “You made so many uncool things cool,” gushes Parker. “All my learning was just from listening,” Costello remarks. He also says he doesn’t read much or read much literature (only history) because “there’s too much music to hear.”
The two-disc set includes behind-the-scenes documentary and four bonus songs from Elvis and The Imposters.
Studio: SpyBox Pictures
Running time: 350 minutes
Release Date: June 7, 2011
PR: MVD visual
Retired black-ops agents get back together for one last hit when Frank Moses [Bruce Willis, clearly in his element] gets a threat from a former foe. There’s a lot of shooting but it’s a fun film with Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich. I can’t say I really understood the minutiae of the hit on Moses but the camaraderie and his connection with Parker is fun. Plus anytime Mirren is in a film, it’s a few notches classier.
Intense film that starts out by showing Valerie Plame [Naomi Watts] in action throughout the Middle East as a covert operative for the CIA. She’s meticulous in developing her contacts and following up. Her mostly-male coworkers clearly admire her skills. Not long after the invasion of Iraq, Plame’s husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson [Sean Penn], writes an op-ed about the lack of data on weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration publicly reveals Plame’s CIA position to punish the couple. Overnight, Plame and her husband are fighting to maintain credibility and dignity. Watts turns in an impeccably smart and dignified performance. It’s obvious that Plame adores her work and her family in equal measures. As Wilson, Penn is stoic and tenacious. It’s still a shocking scandal and Fair Game makes an engrossing film.
Based on the real-life inspirational story of Betty Ann Waters [Hilary Swank] and her brother Kenny [Sam Rockwell], Conviction is both compelling and emotional. The siblings are extremely close due to their tumultuous childhoods. When Kenny becomes wrongfully convicted of murder, Betty Ann dedicates nearly twenty years to getting him exonerated. The working class bartender mom gets her GED, goes to college and then to law school in order to assist her brother who she believes in when everyone else has nearly forgotten him. It’s not as impressive as Swank’s previous real-life depictions but she morphs herself into the character and makes the audience root for her.