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Saturday, September 30, 2006

GREENLIGHT #77: All the Kings Men (with "Mystic River" and "A Face in the Crowd")

Ann and Les don't agree on how All the Kings Men (2006) was put together. While they both say the movie is a disappointment, Les was so impressed with Sean Penn's peformance that he is willing to give it a yellow. Ann, on the other hand, thinks Mr. Penn's performance was one of the most tiresome parts of this tiresome movie. Both wonder why talented director Steve Zaillan would remake such a movie if he had nothing new to say about it. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, they recommend seeing the original but Les goes on to recommend his favorite Sean Penn starring and Clint Eastwood directed movie called Mystic River (2003.) A film that won an Oscar for Penn and co-star Tim Robbins and had some star turns by Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Kevin Bacon, and Laurence Fishburne. Les was also personally delighted that he liked this film because it was based on a novel written by his friend Dennis Lehane. Ann recommends a much better political intrigue movie by the amazing director/writer pair of Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg. The movie features an astounding dark performace by the loveable Andy Griffith along with then newcomers Patricia Neal, Walter Mathau , and Lee Remick. It's called A Face in the Crowd (1957.)

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