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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

GREENLIGHT #145: Mr. Brooks (with "The Big Chill" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

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Ann and Les don’t see eye-to-eye on Mr. Brooks (2007.) Les thinks this film about a successful corporate man played by Kevin Costner who has an alter ego, played by William Hurt, who talks to him incessantly about his murderous after-hour activities while a local photographer played by Dane Cook tags along just for fun is an intriguing provocative film. Ann, on the other hand, thinks Mr. Costner has no taste in movie-picking, that Mr. Hurt used to make good movies, and that the concept of a wanna-be serial-killer is revolting no matter how well done. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a wonderful William Hurt film called The Big Chill (1983.) This film with the amazing cast-list and trailblazing soundtrack was about a group of college friends who reunite after one of them dies, (a good story in that alone.) The action takes place at the home of the successful running shoe-salesman and his wife played by Kevin Kline and Glenn Close. A lot of interesting conversation and twisted relationships made this Lawrence Kasdan film an almost instant classic. Ann recommends a movie she thinks Mr. Brooks wanted to be but wasn’t. This movie features a washroom attendant with little future, played by Matt Damon who mistakenly gets sent to the Italian playground of the jet-set. Once there he decides he likes the lives of the playboys, especially the one played by Jude Law and, even without an alter-ego he finds a way to become one of them because he is The Talented Mr. Ripley (2003.)

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