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Michael Peyser, Aidan Quinn, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mark Blum, Midge Sanford, Rosanna Arquette, Sarah Pillsbury and Susan Seidelman - Michael Peyser, Midge Sanford, Leora Barish, Mark Blum, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Susan Seidelman, Sarah Pillsbury New York City, USA - 25th anniversary screening of Desperately Seeking Susan Thursday 23rd September 2010

Michael Peyser, Aidan Quinn, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mark Blum, Midge Sanford, Rosanna Arquette, Sarah Pillsbury and Susan Seidelman

How To Make An American Quilt Review


Bad
I am dumbfounded about where to begin writing about this experiment-in-filmmaking-gone-terribly-wrong, How To Make an American Quilt. Some of the best actresses working in film (Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Winona Ryder, Jean Simmons, Lois Smith, Samantha Mathis, and Claire Danes, to name a few) appear in this movie. And I can't begin to imagine how such a wide array of talents agreed to appear in such a dreadful picture.

Ryder plays the cheeky Finn, a precocious grad student pondering a marriage proposal. Having second thoughts, she decides to spend the summer with a gaggle of quilting relatives and their friends, just to sort things out. Well, we see right off the bat that this probably wasn't such a great idea, because each and every one of these people is completely insane.

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Eight Men Out Review


Excellent
When the White Sox lost the 1919 World Series, baseball's first scandal was born. We've seen bigger and better rows since then, but the Black Sox of 1919, with star player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson front and center, might be the most timeless. Cusack steals the show as George Weaver, who protested his innocence all the way. But it's the stories (Sayles's best film) of how baseball mistreated its stars and how gangs ran just about everything in Chicago that make the movie worthwhile.

River's Edge Review


Extraordinary
Long before Laura Palmer's body was discovered wrapped in plastic, poor Jamie was strangled to death aside a lonely river, her unrepentant killer John (a creepy Daniel Roebuck, the guy who played Jay Leno in The Late Shift) taking it upon himself to prove to his friends what he's done. He's not giddy about it, he just wants acknowledgement and, somehow, understanding.

A gripping study of teen ambivalence and the utter lack of angst, River's Edge is a creepy, powerful, and underseen picture that features some virtuoso performances (notably Crispin Glover's Layne, who organizes an ill-conceived campaign to get John out of town). Featuring some of the most inventive and believable dialogue, the locals (including Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye as the only kids even remotely bothered by the death of their friend) are at a loss for what to do. Atmospheric and numbing, the picture is an obvious precursor to Twin Peaks, and a better template David Lynch couldn't have found. The story is loosely based on a real murder, which makes it all the more chilling.

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The Love Letter Review


Bad
Can romantic comedy get any worse than this? A mysterious love letter makes its cliched rounds of a New England town, and everyone thinks everyone else is in love with them. The centerpiece affair: A May-December romance between Scott and a ghoulish Capshaw. Embarrassing to watch.

Love Field Review


OK
The death of JFK is the backdrop for this quirky and vaguely unsatisfying film, which puts Michelle Pfeiffer (Oscar nominated here) in a platinum blonde 'do and on a road trip to the Kennedy funeral with an unlikely companion: Dennis Haysbert and his young daughter. Not quite a study of civil rights in the '60s, not quite a Thelma & Louise, and not quite a relationship story, Love Field is mostly a by-the-book period drama intended as Oscar bait. This time, it worked.
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