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Thursday, November 09, 2006

GREENLIGHT #88: Running with Scissors (with "The Grifters" and "The American President")

Ann and Les wouldn't recommend Running with Scissors (2006) to many people. In fact, Les doesn't recommend it at all and Ann recommends it only if you really love Annette Bening and you're interested in movies about mental illness. They story was quite appalling though they agree that most everyone in the movie did a terrific job especially the not-so-known Brian Cox and the too-little-seen Jill Clayburgh. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends the first Annette Bening film which he still loves called The Grifters (1990.) Ms. Bening plays the ingenue girlfriend of Anjelica Huston's son played by John Cusack. The three of them match wits against each other with great aplomb. (Incidentally, this movie was directed by the same director as Running with Scissors, Stephen Frears.) Ann recommends a film featuring a much more darling side of Ms. Bening where she gets to play the smart and earnest ingenue to Michael Douglas in The American President (1995.)

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