Ray will earn Jamie Foxx an academy award. Don’t misunderstand, there have been better performances this year – but there has never been a ‘channelling’ of a person like Jamie’s Ray Charles. It is almost eerie how much Foxx looks and acts like Ray Charles. The movie was a really good film and the performances by his female costars, Regina King and Sharon Warren were excellent. It is certainly one of the finest biopics ever.
RATING 8 out of 10
The Virgin Suicides in one of those films that I missed when it first came out and planned on watching eventually… well, eventually happened. First let me state that the soundtrack is awesome. It has tons of great music from the 70’s…
Okay, so that had nothing to do with the movie, but I just wanted to note that. The film itself is somewhat disturbing. Sofia Coppola wrote and directed this film prior to doing Lost in Translation. Like Translation, she delivers a vague story. Also, like Translation, the vagueness lends itself to deep introspection. It could be a story of religious represssion, a story of overly strict parenting, a story of deep family secrets, a story of the downturn of the auto industry, the American economy – you name it… the only thing I am sure of is that it is entirely watchable and entirely depressing.
RATING 6 out of 10