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Lifetime TV Movie review: Stephen King’s Bag of Bones

Last week a box arrived on my doorstep. Inside that box sat another box which opened to reveal an old-fashioned-style record player playing a 1930s song. It both startled me and intrigued me. I thought it was brilliant marketing for Stephen King’s Bag of Bones on A&E. Turns out the entire drawn-out miniseries is all empty jumps, startles and screams. I like the occasional good scream but want there to be a reason behind it.

Stephen King’s Bag of Bones focuses on a writer [Pierce Brosnan] whose wife [Annabeth Gish] dies. He retreats to their vacation home on a lake in Maine where he meets a young woman [Melissa George] and in helping her becomes embroiled in an old town mystery. Decades ago, a singer named Sarah Tidwell [Anika Noni Rose] placed a curse on the entire town.

When a story is about a writer I wonder if the writer is imagining something, writing something or actually experiencing it. Most of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones features a frustrated, angry, solitary Brosnan. It’s not entertaining. Or scary. Brosnan’s character Mike Noonan is terribly unlikable. He’s pushy, abrupt and arrogant. He doesn’t treat anyone with respect. Yet he attracts women decades younger. He’s also American and it seems his family has been here for decades and he still has a hint of an Irish accent. Not good. True to the title, the miniseries fills the small screen with ghosts and ghouls—bags of bones.

Something got lost in translation from King’s book to the television screen. It’s disappointing. A weak script, sub-par acting and lazy editing make Stephen King’s Bag of Bones a miniseries to skip.

Stephen King’s Bag of Bones from Sony Pictures
Television premieres on Sunday, December 11 and concludes on Monday, December
12, airing at 9PM ET/PT

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The Greatest: DVD review

If it’s his, I’m not going to be happy about it. I don’t want people to think we’re blessed.

The Greatest effectively and touchingly explores denial, anger and fear through the father, mother and younger brother of a deceased teenager [Aaron Johnson] when his pregnant 18-year-old paramour Rose [Carey Mulligan] shows up at their home. Rose and Bennett Brewer, seemingly opposites, admired each other from afar until the final day of school. Surprise. The Barnard-bound Rose finds herself pregnant from their one time together. She’s intelligent enough to earn entry into the Seven Sisters school but not savvy enough to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. The teens loved each other as much as teenagers can. The Brewer family must come together to understand both the loss of their son and the addition of their son’s child. At times it feels redundant and very Ordinary People decades later but with Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan it works for the most part.

purchase at Amazon: The Greatest

Written and directed by: Shana Feste
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan
Rated: R
Running time: 100 min.

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FILM: Two sentence REVIEWS of Green Zone, Alice in Wonderland and The Ghost Writer

GREEN ZONE [Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Adams]
–Surprisingly compelling thriller and morality tale. The film delves into the politics and ethics behind the search for WMDs during the Iraq War.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND [Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp]
–Women rule the underworld in Tim Burton’s trippy take on the classic children’s story. Red Queen vs. White Queen while a plethora of dreamy and psychedelic encounters abound for a confused Alice.

THE GHOST WRITER [Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams. Kim Cattrall]
–Landing a cushy writing gig for a former-Prime Minister involves sleuthing and peril in this exceptional, taut thriller.

All films are currently in theaters.

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film review: Married Life

Married Life is all about how little you might actually know about someone with which you share a bed. The minutiae of day to day life sometimes get in the way of delving into one’s psyche at times. When you’re married, time moves along and the person you knew may have actually changed, as in fact, many people actually do. It’s only natural to learn and progress in one’s life and not be stagnant. Married Life charms and delights with its various ruminations on love and relationships.

Pierce Brosnan is sexy, dapper “ladies man” Richard and there’s his “pale-lipped” friend Harry Allen (Chris Cooper). Harry has been married to Pat (Patricia Clarkson) for years and they seem to have the perfect marriage. Harry thinks killing his wife would be less complicated than divorce. Rich meets Harry’s new object of affection, young, darling Kay (Rachel McAdams). He cannot even believe that his habitual, staid friend snagged such a babe and realizes he must have her himself.

Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue) wrote and directed Married Life. The film zips along with its solid script, witty and snappy dialogue and thoughtful and deliciously unpredictable moments. More than once, I was literally at the edge of my seat holding my breath. The film has elements of Hitchcock in that is it going to work and how and when it will happen. In 1949, it’s a simpler time with diners, luncheons, tea, radio, and dancing on the town or to the picture show as an actual night out. There’s something overall romantic about this time. The narration, which I have grown tired of as a plot device (I see it as such a short cut to the main ideas too often), actually works here in adding to the overall nostalgia and quaintness. Many scenes are like Hopper paintings come alive making Married Life a visual treat as well as a compelling film.

McAdams (Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) is lovely and so good in these period roles. She looks comfortable and there are layers of sweetness under that platinum hair. Clarkson possesses the right amount of mischief and devotion in her role as the dutiful, seemingly predictable wife. Brosnan is brooding and complex and yummy. I just couldn’t buy the Cooper vs. Brosnan though. Hands down I would take a wolf in Brosnan’s clothing instead of a sheep like Cooper’s character. Cooper/McAdams give the impression of father/daughter more than older man/younger woman. But please don’t let that stop you, somehow it all flows along. I suppose that in Harry, a young widow would view safe and secure instead of adventure and excitement in a guy like Rich. The entire cast is so ridiculously talented that you come to like every character in some way.

Married Life is a fantastic film that will seduce you from its first scene to its last.


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