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Thursday, April 19, 2007

GREENLIGHT #128: The Hoax (with "The Mothman Prophecies" and "The Cider House Rules")

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Ann and Les aren’t putting you on when they say they thoroughly enjoyed The Hoax (2006). Richard Gere gives a truly engaging performance as the man who lies his way to fame and fortune by telling the world that the world-famous recluse Howard Hughes chose him to be the writer of his autobiography. The hoax even worked on his agent played marvelously by Hope Davis but, as most lies do, it eventually all came undone. They don’t think the script was so good for Marcia Gay Harden or Julie Delpy but it was wonderful for Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci . Much credit goes to director Lasse Hallstrom for bringing this true story to the screen so entertainingly. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a relatively obscure film called The Mothman Prophecies (2002.) Like Hoax, it featured Gere in a non-hunk role. Instead he played the distraught reporter whose wife, played by Debra Messing , was recently killed in a car accident and now he thinks he’s can somehow reconnect with her through the bizarre visions of a great big “moth man” in a small town in West Virginia. Sounds quite far-fetched, Les knows, but he says it’s quite interesting. Ann recommends another Lasse Hallstrom film with an incredible cast including Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire , Charlize Theron , and Paul Rudd . They effortlessly take on some major issues through John Irving’s screenplay adaptation of his own novel The Cider House Rules (1999.)

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